I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett but this is the first of his books that I've read that isn't a Discworld story. I wasn't sure what to expect but I ceI'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett but this is the first of his books that I've read that isn't a Discworld story. I wasn't sure what to expect but I certianly wasn't disappointed. This book takes you through a full range of emotions - from incredibly sad, to laughing out loud and everything in between. It is a book that makes you think - about love, loss, joy, despair, growing up, faith, religion and much more.
The story is set in a parallel universe in the equivalent of Victorian times - Mau comes from a small Island in the southern ocean and Daphne is a young lady from London who is travelling to stay with her father. Mau has been alone on the Boy's Island as part of his coming of age ceremony and is travelling back to The Nation to finally become a man when the Tsunami hits. Daphne is the only survivor when the ship she was travelling on is wrecked on the island by the storm.
Mau's entire village has been wiped out by the wave - everyone he knew and loved are dead. He is also worried about his soul as he hasn't completed the coming of age ceremony. He has to learn to deal with his loss and questions his religion - how could the God's have allowed this tragedy to happen? Daphne has been brought up to believe that the islanders are "savages" but as more and more survivors turn up in need of assistance she begins to question everything she thought she knew.
This is a story of great loss but there is a lot of hope too as the survivors work together to re-build their lives. This is a thought provoking book that will have you questioning everything and make you grateful to be human. It is more serious than Terry Pratchett's Discworld series but his humor still shines through alongside a facinating insight into human nature, religion and philosophy. This really is a book not to be missed....more
I really enjoyed the first two books in Elle Kennedy's After Hours series but I had a feeling all along that AJ may end up being my favourite. You knoI really enjoyed the first two books in Elle Kennedy's After Hours series but I had a feeling all along that AJ may end up being my favourite. You know that saying "it's always the quiet ones"? Well that sums up AJ perfectly and this nice guy is the hottest hero of the series! The first two stories were hot but AJ practically melted my kindle and his connection with Brett is nothing less than scorching.
AJ has spent his whole life trying to live up to other people's expectations, he feels like his parents are disappointed with the choices he has made and he feels that he owes it to them to do better. It's not just his parents though, he also falls into the nice guy role around his friends and especially with the women he dates. Deep down all he really wants is to let his bad side out and have a little fun but he's worried about letting people down. Brett on the other hand is the only daughter in a family of tattoo artists, she has gone from one bad relationship to the next and her poor decisions have made her the black sheep of the family. She is desperate to prove to her father that she has changed so that he will give her the chance to run the new tattoo parlour that he is opening but one night of passion with AJ may just have ruined her chances. Until AJ makes her an offer she can't refuse, he'll pretend to be her boyfriend if she let's him act out his wildest fantasies in the bedroom. AJ is the perfect good guy to show her family she's started making responsible choices and there is no way she can resist the opportunity to spend more time with the man who makes her feel so much passion.
I loved AJ and Brett together, they both have a wild side and are very adventurous which leads to some very steamy encounters but they also have a lot in common. I love the way Brett brings out AJ's naughty side, she encourages him to explore his deepest desires and fantasies and she's more than willing to try anything he throws at her. Brett has a reputation as a wild child but in reality she's actually really responsible and she's desperate for her family to take her seriously. AJ has a messed up relationship with his parents after an unfortunate incident in his childhood and I absolutely loved Brett for the way she stood up for him and showed his parents just how much they had been hurting him. I also loved the way they bring out the best in each other, they accept each other for who they are and encourage each other to be who they really want to be.
One Night of Trouble was a fantastic end to the series and ended up being my favourite book. It was nice to catch up with the previous couples (although I was really disappointed with some of Darcy's actions which surprised me) and I loved spending time with AJ and Brett. They were the most passionate couple yet but they also had some really sweet and romantic moments and I think I had a smile on my face throughout the whole book. I can't recommend this whole series highly enough though, if you like your romances spicy then you're going to love these three rough, tough, ex MMA fighting bad boys and end up feeling very jealous of the women who captured their hearts!...more
Aww that made me want to reread the Guild Hunter books all over again! I never expected to love Dmitri as much as I do but his and Honor's story was iAww that made me want to reread the Guild Hunter books all over again! I never expected to love Dmitri as much as I do but his and Honor's story was irresistible and this was a great little glimpse into their life as a couple now.
I love Tessa Bailey's Line of Duty series so I had high hopes for her new Serve series which is set around a BDSM club. UnBuddy read with Aly
I love Tessa Bailey's Line of Duty series so I had high hopes for her new Serve series which is set around a BDSM club. Unfortunately I wasn't a huge fan of the first book but that was more down to the fact that I hated the heroine than anything else so I took a second chance and bought the second book too. I'm so glad I did because Exposed by Fate was everything I wanted from Owned by Fate and more, in fact I think I now have a new favourite Tessa Bailey hero in Oliver, he was absolutely fabulous!
Eliza is keen to explore her newly discovered submissive side but she's wary of testing the waters with a stranger when she has no real idea about what she will enjoy or what will be expected of her. Oliver is her best friend's older brother and as a playboy and a regular at Serve he would be the perfect person to teach her the art of submission. Her only fear is that she could end up getting her heart broken if she doesn't keep him at a distance. Oliver has craved Eliza for a long time but he knows he's not a one woman man and would never want to hurt her. The pair agree on three lessons thinking that will be enough for Eliza to learn what she needs to know but not long enough for either of them to get attached. What they don't expect is the instant, deep bond that they both feel and it's not long before they realise that the lessons are changing them both but will either of them be brave enough to admit that three lessons will never be enough?
Tessa Bailey has always excelled at her dirty talking heroes and Oliver is no exception to that, he is completely masterful in the bedroom (and the shower, and on the conference room table, and .. well you get the picture!) so we are treated to some completely knicker melting scenes that will leave you desperately needing a cold shower. Eliza may be inexperienced but inexperienced doesn't equal shy and she's more than willing to jump into her lessons with both feet. She has done her research and she trusts Oliver to always have her best interests at heart so she doesn't hesitate to accept anything he suggests. The two of them have fabulous chemistry but more than that they have a solid base of friendship and I loved the way Oliver was able to talk to Eliza about her fears and make her realise that there is nothing wrong with her desires. Eliza is a strong heroine, she loves to submit in the bedroom but in all other areas she is strong and feisty and more than capable of keeping Oliver on his toes, she is also the one person who believes in him. Oliver has always been on the outside looking in when it comes to his family, he's never felt good enough or that he could live up to their expectations but Eliza sees past that to the man he is inside and she helps him gain confidence in his business life which was great. I liked the balance between them and the fact that they are both better together than they were apart.
Exposed by Fate was a fab story and one I thoroughly enjoyed. If you're looking for a hot and spicy romance with plenty of dirty talk and a little exhibitionism you will love this one. I'll definitely be buying future books in the series as soon as they're available!...more
Once Loved is the second book in Cecy Robson's new adult Shattered Past series and it's a real emotional roller coaster of a story. The serie4.5 stars
Once Loved is the second book in Cecy Robson's new adult Shattered Past series and it's a real emotional roller coaster of a story. The series is just getting better and better and I absolutely loved both of these characters, Lety and Brody have been through so much but they're survivors who refuse to let their pasts define them.
If you've read Once Perfect you'll already have met both characters, Lety is Mateo's sister so we've already seen some of her horrific family history. Her father is a drunk and a bully who regularly beats on his wife and his children. Lety has suffered verbal and physical abuse for the majority of her life and even though she's now moved out of the family home to go to college she still can't quite escape from her father's clutches. It's heartbreaking to see everything that Lety goes through but I was so proud of her for the way she copes with everything that happens. She is brave enough to make a stand even when her mother won't and I was cheering her along from the sidelines. Lety has worked hard to get her scholarship to study nursing but she also works as a carer to earn enough money to pay her bills. You have to admire her determination to make something of her life and the way she tries so hard to stand on her own two feet.
On the surface Brody's life looks perfect, he's the son of a wealthy family so he has plenty of money and the freedom to do whatever he wants and he's also one of the popular guys at the college. What most people don't see is that he is still damaged from a major event in his childhood. He keeps his emotional scars well hidden but they're definitely there and Lety is the only person who he feels understands him. I think what I loved most about Brody is that he's such a great guy, he's sweet, kind and doesn't have a mean bone in his body. I've started to get a little bored of the bad boys and players so coming across a guy like Brody makes a really nice change. Lety and Brody were a couple when we first met them but after an incident with her father Lety pushed Brody away to protect him. Brody cares deeply for Lety though, he knows they had something special and he is determined to win her back and show her that together they can survive anything.
I don't want to say too much more about the plot but I have to tell you what an adorable couple they are. I loved seeing the two of them together, they have a great relationship and they're both surrounded by supportive friends which was great. I liked how protective they are of each other and I was glad that their relationship is so solid with very little angst between the two of them. Both of their family situations were heartbreaking but there were some really sweet moments both with Brody's family and with Lety's siblings. We get to see some incredibly sweet moments between Mateo and Evelyn which made me smile and we are given a further glimpse at the next couple Sophia and Killian. Once Loved is a fantastic story and I'm already desperate to get my hands on the final book Once Pure, I've had a feeling from the beginning that Sophia and Killian will be my favourite couple but it's going to be hard for them to knock Lety and Brody off the top spot....more
I'm the biggest fan of this series, I love the world, I love the characters and I've devoured every single book and novella the second I've got my hanI'm the biggest fan of this series, I love the world, I love the characters and I've devoured every single book and novella the second I've got my hands on them. A Cursed Bloodline was one of my most anticipated reads of the autumn so I had incredibly high expectations but now that I've finished reading it I think I'm in shock and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it.
A Cursed Bloodline had me completely gripped from the very beginning, so much so that I stayed up all night reading and finished it just before 7am! The book brought out so many intense emotions in me, I was shocked, angry, horrified, angry, hurt, angry, devastated, angry and heart broken. There were a couple of moments where I giggled but they were few and far between which is unusual for this series. If I had to pick one word to describe my mood reading this book it would have to be depressed. Every single time Celia was given even a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel something even worse would come along and smash her hope to smithereens and I actually got to the point where I was finding it painful to carry on reading. Never mind poor Celia - I needed something good to happen to stop my own heart from breaking!
I do feel that the book deserves top ratings because it made me feel everything so intensely, not every author has the ability to do that to me, but on the other hand I read for fun and this book made me suffer. I can deal with a certain amount of emotional upheaval in a story but there comes a point where you start thinking enough is enough and because everything is so bleak you start to wonder if you can bear to carry on reading. I'm still a huge fan of this series though and I'm going to trust Cecy Robson to make things better in the next instalment. She's taken us through rough patches before (although never quite this bad!) and always brought the characters out the other side stronger than ever so I'm going to trust that she'll manage it again. I just hope to god that the next book will be a little lighter in tone though or I may need therapy afterwards!
One thing I really love about these books is seeing how far Celia has come. Her bond with her sisters is really tested this time and I did find myself a little annoyed with the others (particularly Shayna) for not standing by her when she needed them. They should have known her well enough to understand that she must have good reasons for her actions and they should have supported her even if they didn't agree with her decisions - just like Danny and Bren did. I was less annoyed with the way the wolves behaved because they were acting with Aric's best interests at heart and they don't know Celia as well as her sisters should but even they started to annoy me after a while. It was Anara that brought my rage to unprecedented levels though and his actions made my blood boil.
The story has plenty of action where we get to see Celia kicking ass but I was a little disappointed that a major part of the final battle was off screen and we only find out exactly what happened later on when Celia asks her sisters about it. I know there is a reason for that (Celia was unconscious during that scene and since she's the narrator it would have been impossible for her to witness events unfolding) but I really would have preferred to see what happened first hand. Perhaps we could have seen Celia struggling to stay conscious and been given hazy details about what was happening as she looked on? I think that would have worked better for me anyway.
A Cursed Bloodline is one of those books that is going to shock fans. It'll probably be a Marmite book, one that you'll either end up loving or hating but no matter what you're bound to have an extreme reaction to it which, quite frankly, can only be a good thing. It took me a long time to decide whether this is my favourite instalment in the series or the complete opposite but I've come to the conclusion that any book that has me so invested that I feel like I'm being kicked in the teeth every time something happens to the heroine has to get top marks. This is definitely one of my favourite series and I'm now even more eager for the next book than ever!...more
Phoenix (Phee) has been bought up in a community of savants who are all controlled by the Seer. He has strong powers of mind control and has4.5 Stars
Phoenix (Phee) has been bought up in a community of savants who are all controlled by the Seer. He has strong powers of mind control and has instilled fear into the entire community, if they don't do what he tells them too then there will be severe consequences. Phee is often sent out to steal for the Seer and has to bring back whatever he requests but when she is asked to steal from Yves things don't quite go to plan. When Yves realises that Phee is his soulfinder he is horrified by the fact that she is a thief but as he learns more about her upbringing he becomes determined to save her from the Seer's clutches. It isn't going to be an easy task though and they will need the help of his family to do it.
I loved the first book in this series Finding Sky so was very excited about getting my hands Stealing Phoenix. Now, having read both books, I'm really struggling to decide which one I liked best - Yves may just have stolen my heart from Zed! In my review of Finding Sky I said that it was a must read for fans of YA paranormal romance who were looking for something different and I can definitely say the same about Stealing Phoenix. This is a series you want to watch out for and I'm very excited to know we're going to get to see more of the Benedict brothers in the future.
Phee is a character you can relate to from the very beginning, she may be a thief but it is down to the way she has been raised rather than a personal choice she has made. The Seer is a baddie with truly horrific powers and I spent a lot of the book worrying about how Phee and Yves could possibly escape from him. Phee may be under the Seer's control but she is still a strong character and she does her best to stand up to him. She hasn't had the best start in life but she dreams of something better and meeting Yves and his family finally shows her what things could be like. Although she desperately wants that happy family she is scared to trust that that could be an option for her, she is frightened of what the Seer is capable of and worried about what could happen if she tries to escape.
I've already said that I liked Yves even more than Zed which is something I wasn't expecting because I loved Zed! Yves has the whole geeky genius vibe going for him and I have to admit to having a soft spot for the geeky guys. He is extremely intelligent but also very shy and has no idea of the effect he has on the women around him which was quite funny to watch. I loved getting to see him with his family and just like in the first book I enjoyed the banter between all of the brothers and the fact that although they tease each other they still have each other's backs.
The plot is fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat but I also enjoyed the romance between Phee and Yves as she slowly learns to trust him. I can't wait to see what Joss Stirling comes up with next and am very much looking forward to reading Xav's story which I understand is up next. If you haven't started this series yet you could probably read Stealing Phoenix as a stand along story but I'd highly recommend starting with Finding Sky, both are great books and you'll be missing a treat if you don't!...more
Dare to Resist is the introduction to the multi-author Wedding Dare series and introduces us to Kady and Colton whose wedding will be the set4.5 stars
Dare to Resist is the introduction to the multi-author Wedding Dare series and introduces us to Kady and Colton whose wedding will be the setting for the remaining four books. I'm a huge fan of all of the authors involved in this series (Laura Kaye, Diane Alberts, Katee Robert, Samanthe Beck and Tessa Bailey) so I have incredibly high expectations for all of these stories. I'm happy to say that Dare to Resist more than lives up to them and if the remaining books are as good as this one then they're all going to be on my favourites shelf!
Kady has been crushing on her brother's best friend Colton since she was a teenager, they have a lot in common and even work in the same field but apart from one hot night three years ago Colton has only ever seen her as his friend's younger sister. Colton knows Kady was devastated when he walked away, in fact he hurt himself just as much by leaving, but he knows she deserves so much more than he can give her. When they find themselves stuck together on an overnight trip because of a contract they're both bidding for it doesn't take long for their passion to get the better of them. The real question is whether they are both willing to make a go of it.
Considering this is a novella and that the story really only covers a 24 hour period Laura Kaye does a fantastic job of introducing both characters and showing the reader their history. Things develop quickly but never feel rushed or unbelievable because you can see how much Kady and Colton have meant to each other for years. Kady is a fabulous character, she works in a male dominated industry and has had to work long and hard to gain the respect of her peers. She is the kind of woman who fights for what she wants and who isn't afraid to stand up for herself. Colton is just sex on a stick! I'm telling you he is one supremely hot alpha who I am totally adding to my list of book boyfriends. If you love a domineering man, one who likes to take control in the bedroom, then you are going to fall head over heels for Colton.
If you've ever read any of Laura Kaye's books (or any of the Entangled Brazen books for that matter!) then you'll know to expect a scorching hot read in Dare to Resist. The chemistry was off the charts, keep a spare pair of knickers to hand sexy and my only real complaint is that I wanted more. I would have loved to read a full length novel about this couple but that doesn't make this novella any less fabulous and I'd recommend it highly to erotic romance fans. I just can't wait to carry on reading this series!...more
I have been beta reading Scandal for months now and I have LOVED every single minute of it. It's only fair to say that I'm good friends with the authoI have been beta reading Scandal for months now and I have LOVED every single minute of it. It's only fair to say that I'm good friends with the author but I don't think I've let that fact bias me towards the story - this really is a BRILLIANT book!
I'm not really going to write a proper review now because I want to save that until I've read the finished, professionally edited version in a couple of months time but I do want to share just how fantastic this is and encourage you all to read it :o)
The whole story can currently be read online on Wattpad here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/19450074... but the story will be removed once it's gone for editing so if you want to try it now while it's still free you'd best do that ASAP.
Scandal is a brilliant historical ménage romance with some of the most realistic and likeable characters you'll ever come across. It's full of mystery, intrigue, suspense, shocking twists and fantastic, super hot sex scenes. What more could you ask for?
I've probably read the whole book at least 5 times by now and I'm still just as crazy about these characters as I was the first time I met them. In fact, I can't wait to read the book again once it's been through a professional edit :o)...more
After getting her heart broken by her first love Erin has sworn off relationships and now sticks firmly to her no more than three dates rule4.5 stars
After getting her heart broken by her first love Erin has sworn off relationships and now sticks firmly to her no more than three dates rule. Seeing so many of her friends and siblings fall in love has made her start to think about having someone in her life more long term though but even if the idea of a boyfriend is intriguing she has no intention of letting her heart get involved. She can never refuse a challenge though so when friends bet her she can't find the perfect boyfriend she sets out to prove them wrong. She isn't the only person involved in the bet though and sexy paramedic Troy has been designated her wingman. The more time Erin and Troy spend together the more they start to realise how good they could be together but Erin isn't the only one who is wary of relationships. He dated a thrill seeker before and it nearly cost him everything so as much as he admires Erin's adventurous spirit it also scares him. Can they learn to let go of the past and take this chance at happiness?
Robin Bielman's Secret Wishes novels have become one of my favourite small town romance series. I really enjoyed the first two stories but I think Wild About Her Wingman has to be my new favourite. It has everything I've come to expect from this author - the family and friendship of characters we've already grown to love, the fun banter and laugh out loud humour, the meddling townsfolk who love to gossip and of course the really sweet romance that develops between Troy and Erin. The only thing missing is the smut, don't worry there is plenty of flirting, smouldering looks and hot kissing but beyond that this is a fade to black series which I know a lot of people prefer.
Erin is a great character, she's confident in herself and she knows what she wants from life. She loves to have fun and is very free spirited but she doesn't take undue risks and as much as she's got the reputation as a wild child she's really quite a homebody. She loves her family and would do anything to help the people she cares about but she also tends to hold herself back. Ever since her ex-boyfriend betrayed her in the worst kind of way she has been wary of giving anyone her full trust, even her friends and family. Troy is the kind of hero we can all fall for, definitely no bad boy he's a caring man who looks after his mother, sister and niece. He moved home to be near them after his brother in law died and he takes his responsibilities seriously. Troy is very much a knight in shining armour, always going out of his way to help people, and that shows in his choice of career as well as in his every day actions. As much as I love a fictional bad boy Troy is actually much more like the kind of guy I'm attracted to in real life.
There is just so much to love about this story, I laughed out loud on multiple occasions and I swooned alongside Erin when Troy did something sweet. I think what I enjoyed most is that they become friends before anything else, they get to know each other slowly and I had fun spending time with them both. I also loved getting to catch up with the previous couples and seeing what they're up to now, you might recognise a few of the characters who are meddling to get Troy and Erin together from the other books. I would say you can probably get away with reading this series out of order because each book features a different main character but I'd be happy to recommend all 3 stories so far because they've all been great reads. I have a feeling that we might get Erin's little sister Teague's story next but whoever the main characters are Robin Bielman's next book will automatically go straight to the top of my wish list....more
I love the fact that Nalini Singh always gives her fans so many extra snippets and glimpses into the lives of her characters. All you have to do is siI love the fact that Nalini Singh always gives her fans so many extra snippets and glimpses into the lives of her characters. All you have to do is sign up for her newsletter and you'll be regularly treated to these stories as well as being kept up to date with all of Nalini's latest releases - what more can you ask for?
This story shows us just a tiny morning in the lives of Sara, Deacon and Zoe but because we already know and love these characters it was such a delight to read. I love this little family and it was fantastic to see the three of them spending time together when Sara and Deacon aren't working. Zoe is adorable and I'm looking forward to seeing her grow throughout the series, I do wonder if we might get a full length novel about her sometime way in the future which would be fantastic.
Of course it does leave you wanting more but I think that's the whole point of these short stories - they just increase your excitement for the rest of the series!...more
Ian and Stacy had been together for a year before Stacy panicked and ended the relationship when it started to get too serious. She loves hi4.5 stars
Ian and Stacy had been together for a year before Stacy panicked and ended the relationship when it started to get too serious. She loves him but she's worried that her past as a stripper will have a negative effect on his career as a detective. Ian knows all her deepest secrets though and they don't bother him in the slightest. He is determined to win her back so when a stalker starts sending her threatening letters it gives him the perfect excuse to insert himself back into her life.
Although Wicked Games does work as a stand alone I think you'll get much more enjoyment out of it if you've read Lover Undercover first. I loved Stacy and Ian's side romance in LU and that is where you see them meet for the first time and fall in love. This was my favourite story in the anthology, I absolutely loved catching up with these two and also seeing how Kylie and Trevor are doing a year down the line. Ian gets quite a treat in the private room of the strip club where the Halloween party is being held - this is definitely a steamy series! - but can he protect Stacy from her stalker and convince her to take a chance on love?...more
I've been a huge fan of the Eternal Mates series ever since I first read Kissed by a Dark Prince but the one character I've always been desperate to sI've been a huge fan of the Eternal Mates series ever since I first read Kissed by a Dark Prince but the one character I've always been desperate to see more of was Vail so I couldn't wait to get started on Tempted by a Rogue Prince! You know how you sometimes just know that a character is going to break your heart and make you fall head over heels in love with them? That's how I've felt about Vail ever since he was first introduced and he didn't disappoint me. Vail was tricked by the witch Kordula into believing that she was his mate, she then trapped him with spells and bound him to her for over 4,000 years forcing him to do unspeakable things in her name. He had to push away his brother and hurt his own people just to keep them safe and even though Kordula is now dead and he is finally free he is unable to escape the memories of the people he was forced to murder. If you like your heroes tortured they don't come much more damaged and in pain than Vail and if there was ever a character who deserved a happy ending it's definitely him!
Rosalind is a witch who has always done her best to help people, she is a healer not a dark witch but during the battle to help King Thorne protect the Third Realm she had to kill to protect her friends. That has left a dark stain on her and she has been unable to put the memories of the horrors she witnessed out of her mind, the things she did are haunting her and she is terrified of the darkness she now feels inside her. Rosalind was captured during the battle and has spent months as a captive in the Fifth Realm, her magic has been bound so she is unable to escape but she is forced to use her healing abilities on the king's warriors. When she is made to heal an unconscious man she has no idea that he is an elf prince, the missing brother of Thorne's ally Loren, and someone she has every reason to be terrified of. Rosalind has spent her life avoiding the elves since she learned of a prediction that an elf prince would be the cause of her death but fellow prisoner Vail might just be her only hope of escaping the Fifth Realm and finding her way home.
I absolutely love Vail, he is close to the edge of madness after centuries of torture but underneath the pain and suffering he is such a sweet guy. I'm not going to try and tell you he isn't damaged though and sometimes he is outright terrifying so I was impressed with Rosalind's bravery and the faith she had in him not to hurt her. It doesn't take long for Vail to recognise Rosalind as his eternal mate but after everything he has been through it's not much of a surprise that he thinks she is using magic to trick him. He is scared to trust his feelings because he is sure she is trying to trap him just like Kordula did and there is no way he'll ever let anyone capture him like that again. Vail and Rosalind's story isn't an easy one, they have both suffered so much and there are so many things against them but that just makes their happy ever after all that much sweeter. I loved seeing this couple start to heal as they spent more and more time together and their romance was incredibly poignant. I've enjoyed all of the books in this series but Tempted by a Rogue Prince was definitely my favourite and Vail is a completely unforgettable hero....more
I'm a HUGE fan of Sarah Alderson, she writes such incredibly hot YA boys so the second I found out that she was writing her first NA book under the naI'm a HUGE fan of Sarah Alderson, she writes such incredibly hot YA boys so the second I found out that she was writing her first NA book under the name of Mila Gray it went to the top of my wish list! When Sarah sent me a very early copy of Come Back to Me I can't tell you how excited I was to read it, I had high expectations for the story and she utterly smashed them.
Just reading the prologue gave me goosebumps and put a knot of fear in my stomach. You know that something terrible is going to happen but you're not sure exactly what or even who it will happen to. The story then skips back in time to 3 months previously to when Jessa's brother Riley and his best friend Kit have just returned home from their latest detachment with the marines. Jessa has had a crush on Kit for years but she never even dreamed he would be interested in her. It's not long before the sparks start to fly between them though and as they spend more time together they slowly start to fall in love. What I loved most about this book was that Jessa and Kit spend time actually getting to know each other outside of the bedroom, they have fantastic chemistry but they don't feel the need to rush things. In fact because they have known each other for such a long time they have a strong bond of friendship that they are both wary of losing each other if things don't work out between them.
They have to keep their relationship a secret in the beginning partly because they are worried about what Riley's reaction would be but mainly because of Jessa's father. He used to be a marine sniper and is now Kit's Colonel and he isn't the kind of guy you want to get on the wrong side of. Jessa is under a lot of pressure at home, her father is quite obviously suffering with some kind of PTSD and his mood swings make him nearly impossible to live with. Jessa and her mother live in fear of doing something that will upset him or set him off and they spend their whole lives walking on egg shells. Living that way has really started to knock Jessa's confidence so I loved seeing Kit help her rediscover her dreams and learn to stand up for herself. Kit is hot as hell but he's also incredibly thoughtful, sweet and romantic and he is constantly thinking of little ways to cheer Jessa up. He treats her like she is special and she starts to believe that he is right. The chemistry between them is utterly fantastic and they are scorching hot together but the sex scenes are never crude and they're always just as emotional as they are sexy.
Come Back to Me is intense, passionate, romantic and totally swoon worthy. It made me laugh one minute and sob my heart out the next, broke my heart but helped put it back together again and it made me fall in love. Mila Gray captures the intensity of first relationships, that feeling of being head over heels "I can't live without you" in love and she makes you go through it right alongside Jessa and Kit. This isn't just a romance though, it's also a story about family and friendship, about loss and grief but also about finding hope in the darkest times and realising that no matter how hard it gets life goes on. In case I haven't made it obvious enough I absolutely LOVED Come Back to Me and I can't wait to get my hands on anything else that Mila Gray / Sarah Alderson writes in the future! ___________________________________________
My initial thoughts when I first received the book: I just got sent a super early review copy from the author!!!!!!! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
*Sings "I'm sooooo excited" & happy dances around the room* ...more
I'm a massive fan of Ilona and Gordon Andrews's Kate Daniels series, in fact I'd put it right up there as one of my favourites, so of course I couldn'I'm a massive fan of Ilona and Gordon Andrews's Kate Daniels series, in fact I'd put it right up there as one of my favourites, so of course I couldn't wait to dive into their newest novel and explore another world they've created in Burn for Me. When I pick up a story from a favourite author I always go into it with high expectations and sometimes that can work against me but this husband and wife team have never let me down and with each new book they consistently hit the ball out of the park. They excel at excellent world building, creating strong female lead characters, sexy heroes and fantastic casts of side characters and that is exactly what they've done again in Burn for Me. I wanted to climb into the book and live there, Nevada would make a great friend although I don't think she'd appreciate me having such a big crush on Rogan LOL.
Nevada is a private investigator in charge of running her family business, they're a small operation and money is tight so Nevada is under a lot of pressure to keep her family stable financially. She has a close relationship with her mother, grandmother and younger cousins and siblings but as the main breadwinner she has a lot on her shoulders. When she is asked to take on a case against a Prime magic user she knows she has very little chance of succeeding but the money she could earn would make a huge difference to her entire family and it's not like she has much choice other than to accept. As if going up against a Prime wasn't bad enough the case also brings her to the attention of Mad Rogan, an eccentric billionaire and powerful magic user in his own right. Rogan doesn't play by the rules and he will do whatever it takes to get what he wants, for now it is in his best interests to work alongside Nevada but she knows she can't trust him to have her back if their goals change which makes him trouble.
I absolutely loved the world that Ilona Andrews has created, the magical system is well explained and thought out and the idea of the powerful magical families having mob like control over certain areas was a brilliant one. These families do whatever it takes to protect their interests and to keep their bloodlines pure and it is safer to stay under their radar, something Nevada and her family have always tried to do in the past. Her latest case drags her right into the middle of things though and she's now stuck in an impossible situation. She isn't powerful enough to tackle the case on her own but accepting help from one family could set the others against her. Nevada is a great lead, she is strong and intelligent, she knows her own mind and she doesn't let anyone get away with pushing her around. She cares about her family and is willing to risk everything to keep them safe but as much as she would prefer to go it alone she is willing to accept help when she needs it. I loved the relationships she has with her various family members, in fact, the whole family was just so much fun to spend time with. There are some quite eccentric characters amongst them but I mean that in the best possible way and I can't wait to see more of them as the series continues.
Then you have Mad Rogan. What can I say about Rogan apart from that I have the biggest crush on him? Nevada and Rogan don't get off to the best start and considering that Rogan kidnaps her trying to get information that isn't too surprising. Technically I shouldn't like Rogan for that incident alone but oh boy do they have some fabulous chemistry going on between them. I loved the fact that Nevada didn't instantly forgive Rogan and act on her attraction to him, in fact she is fighting it all the way because she is still annoyed at his behaviour but he's definitely wearing her down and I can't even blame her for that. Rogan is dangerous with a capital D. He isn't the kind of guy who lets anyone close easily and if you're not part of his family then he really has very little interest in what happens to you. He doesn't have standard morals so if you're not an ally you're automatically a potential enemy and he'll have no reservation about doing whatever it takes to make sure you give him what he wants. However, once he has given someone his loyalty they can trust him to have their backs no matter what. Nevada starts to see that but it's going to take a lot before she accepts that they are anything beyond convenient, and temporary, allies for the length of their current case. I'm incredibly excited about seeing them spending more time together and I'm also looking forward to seeing Nevada start to get more control over her abilities.
I could rave on and on about Burn for Me but if I haven't already convinced you to give this series a try then I don't think anything else I could say will make a difference. This is a fantastic start to the Hidden Legacy series and any future books will be going immediately to the top of my to read pile.
28th Feb 2014:
Want. Desperately. I mean NOW!!
6th May 2014:
OMG I HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Burn for Me is up on Edelweiss for review right now guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!...more
After really enjoying No Strings Attached I couldn't wait to read Nicolette Day's first full length novel Tempted by the Soldier and I have t4.5 stars
After really enjoying No Strings Attached I couldn't wait to read Nicolette Day's first full length novel Tempted by the Soldier and I have to say it was even better than I'd hoped it would be. I had so much fun reading this book and I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next - she's definitely been added to my list of must read authors! Lilly is Hayden's best friend and Nate is Jace's brother so both characters were around in No Strings Attached but they didn't have a huge amount of page time so we don't know them well before starting this book. Although you can read this as a stand alone novel I would recommend reading the series in order if you can because of this rounds off the previous couple's story really nicely.
Nate is a Marine who was badly injured in a helicopter crash on his last tour of duty, he has recovered physically but he is suffering badly with PTSD and is an emotional wreck. He feels so guilty that he was the only survivor of the accident and he doesn't feel that he deserves to be happy. Lilly is beautiful, feisty and everything he could ever dream of but he is convinced that he isn't good enough for her and he is determined not to get involved in her life. Lilly and Nate shared an incredible night together a year ago and she really thought there was a connection between them, until he walked away from her the morning after and has been pushing her away ever since. She may still be attracted to him but there is no way in hell that she'd ever give him another chance to hurt her like he did before. When circumstances force her into a road trip with Nate she sets out to show him exactly what he walked away from but she's finding it harder to keep him at arm's length than she expected to.
I'm a sucker for a damaged hero and they don't come much more emotionally wounded than Nate so of course it didn't take me long to fall for him. It helps that he's a sexy hunk of alpha male who is ALL about the smouldering looks and flirty banter. His nickname is "Private Panty Melter" and boy does it fit him! I'm amazed that Lilly managed to hold out for as long as she did because their chemistry was off the charts and about to set fire to my kindle. Nate can come across as a bit of an ass at first because he does everything in his power to push her away and that includes saying some quite hurtful things to her. We get to see the story from both character's point of view though so even when he is being an idiot we get to see his thought process and understand why he's acting that way.
Thankfully Lilly isn't a pushover and she totally calls him out on his bad behaviour, she punishes him in some truly fantastic and creative ways and I loved her for that (watch out for the truck stop bathroom scene - I laughed so much I nearly cried!). Lilly is a great character, she is down to earth, modest and a lot of fun and I think she'd be a great friend. Nate is lucky that she is forgiving too because not everyone would take him back after the way he acted initially no matter how irresistible he is. He does have to work to earn her favour and the banter between them is fabulous, neither of them like to lose an argument and they'll do whatever it takes to one up each other which is very amusing to watch.
I expected this to be a light and fluffy read - nothing wrong with that, I enjoy my palette cleanser romances - but I actually ended up with a story that has a lot of heart. These characters are both damaged individuals but they come together and make each other stronger. The story was still a huge amount of fun, full of witty banter and extremely hot sex but the characters also go on a satisfying emotional journey and it left me with a huge smile on my face....more
Buddy read with Ange, we're working our way through the whole series.
I already reviewed this book HERE so I'm not writing another proper review but IBuddy read with Ange, we're working our way through the whole series.
I already reviewed this book HERE so I'm not writing another proper review but I have to say I loved it even more the second time around. This is one of those series that just gets better and better the more invested you are in the characters and I can't wait to carry on reading :o)...more
**Please be aware that although this review will be spoiler free for Dark Debt it will include spoilers for previous books so if you haven't read Bloo**Please be aware that although this review will be spoiler free for Dark Debt it will include spoilers for previous books so if you haven't read Blood Games yet I would suggest that you don't continue reading**
I'm a huge fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series and after the game changing events at the end of Blood Games I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of Dark Debt to find out what happens next! I was expecting the plot of this story to revolve around the dissolution of the GP and the newly established Assembly of American Masters but although that does play a role the main part of the story is something that has a much bigger impact on the three Chicago houses. It's difficult because there are so many things that I want to talk about but at the same time I would hate to give spoilers so I'm going to keep this review deliberately vague in regards to the plot. What I will say is that there is plenty of mystery and we are introduced to a surprising new enemy who I think will be keeping the team on their toes for quite a while to come.
Merit and Ethan's relationship has been through the wringer but just when they get to a fairly good place an old face from Ethan's past shows up and threatens to ruin everything. This vampire is old and extremely powerful, likely stronger and faster than Ethan even, so for once he finds it it impossible to keep Merit safe. She is in the firing line and more vulnerable than we have ever seen her and it leaves her shaken and unsure of herself. As much as I love Merit because she's usually so kick ass it was interesting to see her in such a difficult situation, she suddenly finds herself no longer immune to vampire glamour and unsafe even when she's inside Cadogan house which is utterly terrifying for her. You should already know that Merit doesn't let anything hold her back for long though and as scared as she is her love for Ethan and her determination not to be his weakness soon have her fighting back harder than ever.
It isn't only vampires who are causing them trouble though and they are actually at greater risk from a human mafia like group who have managed to get their claws into Navarre House. I think anyone who reads the series will probably agree with me that Morgan has been a bit of an idiot since the beginning. His attitude has annoyed me on more than one occasion and I haven't been a fan of his for a long time now so I was surprised to find myself feeling more than a little sorry for him here. His house is in a mess and although he didn't create the situation he certainly hasn't helped it but now he finally has the opportunity to turn things around and it looks like we might be about to see him man up for a change. I'll be really interested to see if this continues over the next few books and if it does Cadogan might just find they have a new ally in Navarre. I expect Morgan has a fight on his hands though so it might not be as smooth has he hopes.
There is a lot going on in Dark Debt, there are plenty of plot twists and the amount of action is just right - enough to keep you gripped to the pages and not wanting to put the book down but still leaving room for the series trademark humour and for the brilliant characters to shine. Mallory and Catcher get a lot of page time and they were adorable, they actually made my heart melt a little! We even get to see a very surprising side to Merit's father, we all know what a terrible father he has been so far but perhaps this might go a little way towards making up for it. Of course Merit and Ethan are always my favourites, I just love seeing them together and their banter never fails to make me smile. As usual they have difficult battles to face here but this time they don't let it pull them apart and it just makes them a stronger couple than ever. I love this whole series but I think Dark Debt is probably one my favourite books so far and I just can't wait to see what happens next, we have definitely been given a hint of things to come too and, trust me, it's going to be a wild ride. I just wish I didn't have to wait for the next book to be published!...more
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz and her Original Sinners series. I have been completely addicted to these books ever since I readIt's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz and her Original Sinners series. I have been completely addicted to these books ever since I read The Siren and I'm incredibly invested in this world and it's characters. It'll probably come as a bit of a surprise to hear me say that I put off reading The King for a long time after I received a review copy but there was one particular event at the end of The Saint that absolutely devastated me. I desperately wanted to pretend that it hadn't happened and as much as I was hoping it would be proved incorrect in this book I had a horrible feeling that it wouldn't and I was scared to get that confirmation. It's so hard because I can't really go into detail because it's effectively a major spoiler but I was gutted by the way this thing turned out. It means we're going to be stuck with regular interaction with a couple of characters who I'm really not a fan of and in my mind it changes everything about the relationship between Nora and one of the men in her life. It's actually a testament to how fantastic Tiffany Reisz's writing is and how real these characters have become to me that I can feel quite so hurt by their actions!
Anyway, I put off starting The King because of the above and the opening chapter made me really nervous. It focuses on Kingsley having a conversation with one of the characters I don't really like and I thought for a minute they were going to end up the main focus of the book so I almost didn't want to carry on reading. Luckily I was quickly proved wrong and from the second that Kingsley starts talking about his very complicated history with Soren and Nora I was completely hooked. This book put me through an emotional wringer but apart from the very first and last chapters I absolutely loved every minute of it.
Kingsley has fascinated me since we first met him so I absolutely loved getting inside his head and seeing how he came to create the Eighth Circle was brilliant. I love seeing him and Soren together, they have such a rich and complicated history and it's one that has shaped both of them into the people they are now. I also enjoyed seeing Kingsley's early interactions with Nora and watching their friendship develop. A lot of the events in this book are things we've seen before but seeing them through Kingsley's eyes gives us a completely different insight into them. Tiffany Reisz is a master at manipulating her readers and giving us the truth in lots of small bite sized pieces so that everything only starts to come together to form the big picture when you've seen all sides of the story and I love that about her. This series is complex and utterly compelling with rich, three dimensional characters that I have very strong opinions about.
As much as a certain part of the storyline made me want to scream and throw my kindle across the room (I'm very lucky I didn't break it!) I still absolutely loved The King and think it's now my new favourite book in the series. The Original Sinners series is absolutely wonderful and I don't think I'll ever be able to get enough of it so I really hope Tiffany Reisz keeps it going for a long time to come....more
I read this story as part of the Angels' Flight anthology which contains 4 Guild Hunter novellas.
I have liked Elena's best friend Sara from the momentI read this story as part of the Angels' Flight anthology which contains 4 Guild Hunter novellas.
I have liked Elena's best friend Sara from the moment we first met her in Angel's Blood. As the guild director she has always gone out on a limb for her people and she is particularly protective of Elena even when that does mean facing off against a pissed off archangel. Sara and weapon expert Deacon are such a cute couple and I've always enjoyed seeing Elena spend time with them but it was fantastic to actually discover how they met each other and became a couple.
This story has a nice amount of action as Sara and Deacon work together to track down a rogue hunter who has started murdering vampires. Sara is also facing trials thrown at her by the archangels because she is about to become the new guild director and the odds are not in her favour. The chemistry between Deacon and Sara is fantastic, they have trouble keeping their hands off each other but their worlds are far apart and they both have reservations about how a relationship between them would work. Sara worries that Deacon wouldn't want to have her as his boss when she becomes director and Deacon prefers a quiet life away from the spotlight which is something the director will never be able to have. I just love this couple and it was great to have a story which focuses on them, I hope we get to see more slices of their life together further down the line....more
I'm going to apologise in advance for this review because I just don't think I have the words to do Golden Son justice, I've been trying for days to wI'm going to apologise in advance for this review because I just don't think I have the words to do Golden Son justice, I've been trying for days to write this and I can't seem to express myself in any sensible way so you'll just have to put up with my fan girl raving. Red Rising was without a doubt my favourite book of 2014, it was one of my first reads of the year and even though I read over 200 books after it none of them managed to knock it off the top spot. So as you can imagine my excitement levels for Golden Son were off the charts. I was a little nervous at the same time though, so many times you find the second book in a trilogy is a disappointing filler that doesn't really add to the story and I would have been gutted if that had happened here. I needn't have worried though because Golden Son is incredible, in fact I think it blows Red Rising out of the water which is quite an achievement!
To put it simply Golden Son is epic. It is a book that will grip you from the very first page. It will take you on a roller coaster of intense emotions - you will laugh, cry, cheer and scream in frustration. There are shocking plot twists, new friendships are built while old ones end in betrayal, your heart will be ripped out when characters you love are destroyed but you'll find yourself rooting for others to survive. The story is fast paced, the plot is intricate and has so many layers that I'm sure there are things I won't fully understand until I reread the book and the character development is fantastic. We get to experience epic battles but we also get to learn more about the society as we see Darrow working hard to bring it down from the inside. The world building is just incredible, it's already so detailed yet I feel like we've hardly begun to touch the surface and I can't wait to see where things go from here.
It's so hard to write a review when you don't want to give away any of the plot so I'm just going to talk about a couple of the main characters. Darrow has changed so much from the boy we first met, he has become quite cold in some ways and the only thing he really cares about is destroying the Golds who betrayed him and his people. He pushes his friends away and has become a bit of a loner but at the same time he manages to draw people to him, his allies would willingly walk into hell by his side and we see this happen time and time again. One of the things I've always loved about Darrow is that he isn't perfect, he makes so many mistakes but he is smart enough to recognise that and he tries hard to learn from them. There are times when it can be frustrating watching him push people away but it is easy to understand where he is coming from. I can't help but love him and I desperately want to see him find some kind of happiness even as he brings the system down around him.
Without a doubt my favourite character is Sevro though, he steals every single scene he appears in and I love him more than words can say. I've lost count of the number of times that Sevro and the Howlers have saved the day, the war would truly have been lost without them. I absolutely adore the friendship between Sevro and Darrow too. Sevro is often the voice of reason, the one who calls Darrow out when he isn't thinking clearly but at the same time Sevro can often be the more bloodthirsty of the two and he's brilliant at plotting against their enemies. Other highlights include meeting Pax's family, finally discovering who Ares is (I would never have guessed in a million years!) and meeting new character Ragnor who I hope we see a lot more of.
To be honest there are too many highlights to mention, Golden Son is so tightly plotted that there isn't a single wasted sentence. Every line is important, every single chapter is full of suspense, emotional anguish and shocking reveals. This is an exhausting read but in the best possible way and once again I feel confident in naming my book of the year even though it's only January. I think I'd be willing to sell my soul to the devil if I could get my hands on a copy of the final book, Morning Star, right now but in the meantime I'll just have to console myself with multiple rereads of the first two books while I wait.
Previous thoughts: I got approved on netgalley. I got approved on netgalley.
I GOT APPROVED ON NETGALLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh happy days!!
I'm going to admit that I was a bit nervous about picking up Seize the Night, having seen Valerius through both Kyrian and Zarek's eyes I went into thI'm going to admit that I was a bit nervous about picking up Seize the Night, having seen Valerius through both Kyrian and Zarek's eyes I went into this book feeling quite prejudiced towards him. Although we had started to see a nicer side to him in Night Play I still wasn't expecting to like him all that much but I should have known that Sherrilyn Kenyon would completely turn my opinion on it's head. It didn't even take her that long to do it and I found myself feeling sorry for him very quickly!
Valerius comes across as very high and mighty like he thinks he is better than everyone else but when you get to know him you realise that it is a self defence mechanism that he has perfected over the centuries of his life. We already knew a little about his background and the family he was born into but we get to see just how badly he was treated by his father and older brothers and it was quite heartbreaking to watch. As much as I understand why Zarek was so angry with him seeing things from Valerius's side show that he was as much a victim as Zarek was. Kyrian has even less reason to treat Valerius the way he does and there were times I actually found myself getting quite annoyed with him. After everything Valerius suffered in his human life he has gone through centuries of exile from his fellow Dark-Hunters, they don't trust him and nobody willingly spends time with him so it is no wonder that he has developed such a bad attitude.
Tabitha is the first person to see through his defences to the vulnerable man underneath. She accepts him for who he is and doesn't blame him for his family's actions. The two of them are complete opposites in a lot of ways, where Valerius is very buttoned up and acts like he has a stick up his ass Tabitha is much more fun loving. She likes to have fun, doesn't take life too seriously and takes great pleasure in shocking Valerius with her actions. The interactions between them were absolutely hysterical, there were so many times I found myself snorting with laughter at the way she provoked him and his shocked responses. I just loved every minute spent with the two of them and it was great to see Tabitha stand up for her man around the other Dark-Hunters. Seeing how their opinions about him were slowly changed was wonderful and Tabitha played a massive role in that.
Alongside the scorching hot romance there are some really interesting developments in the world as a whole. There were times when I had my heart in my mouth and I can't tell you how shocked and horrified I was by some events that occurred - this really was quite a traumatic read and parts of it brought tears to my eyes. This series just gets better and better with every instalment and I can't wait to continue the journey in Sins of the Night....more
Tamara is sick of men who are only interested in one thing, she is determined thatI read this novella as part of the Baby, It's Cold Outside anthology
Tamara is sick of men who are only interested in one thing, she is determined that she will no longer sleep with someone unless they have at least a chance of building a future together. She's not looking for guarantees but she wants someone who is looking for the same things from life as she is so has instigated a new rule - she won't even kiss a guy until their 10th date. To escape the New Year celebrations she is spending time alone in her friend's family cabin but the last thing she expects is for her very sexy, much younger brother to arrive. Luke has recently arrived home from Afghanistan and is planning on surprising his sister, it turns out the surprise is on him when he meets her drunk but adorable friend.
Without a doubt this was my favourite story in the anthology, I had so much fun reading it and as soon as I finished I wanted to go back to the beginning and start it all over again! Tamara is the kind of girl I think most women can relate to and she had me laughing out loud at the way she drunkenly propositions Luke. Now Luke, what can I say about Luke? I guess the main thing is he was absolutely delicious! Not only is he a returning hero with an incredibly chiselled body but he is also a genuinely nice, caring guy. I want to know where I can find a Luke of my very own please. I loved the connection between Tamara and Luke, they are so obviously attracted to each other but she is determined to resist him. I really enjoyed seeing him slowly break through her defences, the way he manages to fit their first 10 dates into the space of a day was hilarious but surprisingly romantic and I'm never going to look at a game of scrabble in quite the same way again! When they finally give in to their passion it was explosive and my only disappointment was that I wasn't ready for the story to end....more
Tilda's plans to spend the holidays alone on an exclusive resort in Mexico are turnedI read this novella as part of the Season of Seduction anthology.
Tilda's plans to spend the holidays alone on an exclusive resort in Mexico are turned upside down when she meets sexy, dominant lawyer Miguel on the plane. Miguel is visiting his family's resort to sort out a legal problem for them but when Tilda catches his eye he makes her an offer she can't refuse. If Tilda agrees to follow Miguel's orders he promises her pleasure like she's never even dreamed of before. Tilda is a successful business woman who is used to being in control but the idea of giving herself over to Miguel both intrigues her and turns her on and she's more than up for a little holiday fun.
Five Golden Rings was my favourite novella in the Season of Seduction anthology and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from Jeffe Kennedy in the future. I love the fact that Tilda knew what she wanted and was willing to go out and get it, she doesn't hide from her sexuality and is happy to embrace her desires and jump into the world that Miguel introduces her to. I think one of my favourite things about this story was the fact that Tilda is a rich and successful woman in her own right, she doesn't need a man to take care of her and she submits to Miguel purely because she wants to not because he pushes her into it. She is new to the BDSM lifestyle but finds it incredibly freeing to let someone else take control for a change. After reading so many stories where you have a rich billionaire businessman and a naive and innocent young woman it is so refreshing to read about a woman who is the complete opposite!
Miguel is sexy as sin and I loved his creativity when it came to the gifts he presented Tilda with, they were such a fun take on the twelve days of Christmas song and I couldn't wait to see what new idea he came up with each day. He introduces Tilda to a completely new lifestyle and turns her world upside down but at the same time he completely underestimates her and I loved how she turned that around on him. My only complaint about Five Golden Rings is that I wanted more, not because anything was missing but because I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end!...more
I've become a huge fan of Tonya Burrows since I read SEAL of Honor last year and I love both her HORNET and Wilde Security series. I've been dying toI've become a huge fan of Tonya Burrows since I read SEAL of Honor last year and I love both her HORNET and Wilde Security series. I've been dying to find out more about Seth since he was first introduced in Wilde Nights in Paradise so to say I had high hopes for Honor Reclaimed is an understatement and I'm very happy to say that it's now my favourite book by this author. If you're new to this series I'd highly recommend reading SEAL of Honor first because there is a lot going on within the team that you'll only know about if you've read their entire history. The HORNET books do have a slight crossover of characters with the Wilde Security series and there is a suggested reading order on the author's website but both series can be read entirely separately if you prefer.
Seth is an ex-marine and the newest member of the HORNET team, he spent 15 months as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan and the torture he endured has left him both physically and mentally scarred. He's suffering from extreme PTSD and the rest of the team don't trust him not to fall apart in a difficult situation so he hasn't exactly been made to feel welcome. When Greer Wilde asks for their help rescuing a fellow soldier who was captured in a very similar situation to Seth the team pull out all the stops to get to Afghanistan to rescue him. It means Seth facing his worst nightmares but there is no way he can leave someone in enemy hands when he knows exactly the kind of torture he will be subjected to.
Phoebe is a photojournalist who travels to some of the world's most dangerous places investigating women's rights and she is in Afghanistan helping her friend with a shelter she has set up for women and girls whose lives are at risk. The newest resident at the shelter, a young girl who was forced to marry a terrorist and who nearly ended up as an unwilling suicide bomber, gives Phoebe information about an attack her husband is planning. Phoebe knows she can't stop the attack on her own and she turns to Seth and the rest of the HORNET team for their help.
I love a damaged hero and Seth is about as damaged as they come. He may have recovered physically from his injuries (apart from the scarring anyway) but he is an emotional wreck. He has no self esteem, doesn't feel connected to the rest of his team and most of the time he feels completely worthless and subhuman. My heart absolutely broke for him and the more we found out about what he had suffered the more amazed I was that he'd even survived. There are some quite distressing scenes of torture - not just flashbacks from Seth but also of the newly captured hostage Zak who the team are out there hoping to rescue - but none of it is gratuitous and it didn't overshadow the rest of the story. Just knowing that there are soldiers who have probable been in (or are currently in) that kind of terrifying situation is horrifying though and it gives you a new appreciation for the risks our armed forces take with their lives.
Phoebe is a great heroine for Seth, he pushes away the people he cares about because he's scared to let anyone close but Phoebe sees through that and calls him out when he acts like an idiot. She refuses to let him get away with anything and he needs someone who is going to be forceful with him and not put up with his crap. I loved that she saw through his scars and saw the man he really is, she wanted to give him more self confidence but she loved him in spite of his prickly personality and the way he constantly pushed her away. They are well matched personality wise and I loved how brave and feisty she was, it doesn't hurt that they have fantastic chemistry too.
I was so annoyed with how unsupportive the rest of the team was of Seth in the beginning. It's a difficult situation because they need to be able to trust that he's not going to break down when they need him the most and end up putting all of their lives at risk so I could understand why they were wary of him but at the same time I desperately wanted them to give him a chance and start treating him better. Ian in particular was really annoying me and I enjoyed seeing him get taken to task by Phoebe. The team is still fairly new and they're all getting used to working together which leads to some interesting situations but I enjoyed the banter and watching them all bond more by the end of the book. This series definitely has more focus on the action so while the romance never takes a back seat there is a lot more going on alongside it. The team are risking their lives in the hope of saving Zak and there are some nail biting sections when I was really worried that not everyone was going to make it out alive. Honor Reclaimed brought me to tears on more than one occasion and I loved every minute of it. I can't wait to see the rest of the team all get their own happy endings and I'm excited that we still have so many books to look forward to....more
Michael is a helicopter pilot with the USMC, after injuring his back he has been grounded and all he can think about is getting back to full strengthMichael is a helicopter pilot with the USMC, after injuring his back he has been grounded and all he can think about is getting back to full strength so he can fly again. He's not convinced that massage therapy is going to make any difference to his back but he's willing to try anything and it doesn't hurt that his hot new neighbour Chloe is his masseuse. Chloe is a free spirit, she loves to travel and never spends too long in one place, she isn't looking for love and the last thing she needs is a relationship that is going to tie her down. She is more than up for a hot fling though and Michael is impossible to resist. When the pair of them are caught in a compromising position they find themselves forced into a fake relationship so they don't destroy both of their careers. Can Michael convince Chloe that his feelings for her are anything but fake and get her to take a chance on a real relationship?
I have become a huge fan of Samanthe Beck since discovering her earlier this year and I have to say Falling for the Marine was my favourite of her books so far. This story is a sequel to Lover Undercover and Michael is the brother of previous hero Trevor but although I would happily recommend both stories it isn't essential to read them in order and this would work well as a stand alone. If you're looking for a fun contemporary romance full of humour, great characters, hot chemistry and sweet romance then you don't want to miss this.
I absolutely loved Michael, he is pretty much everything you could wish for in a guy - sweet, funny, caring, protective and sexy as sin. He loves his job, is proud to serve his country and his nickname "Major Hottie" suits him perfectly! Chloe is a really sweet girl, she has been through a lot and that has made her wary of getting hurt again but there is no way she can resist Michael's charm or the attraction she feels for him. This couple is incredibly hot together but they also have a strong connection and become good friends. I knew I was going to love this book from the opening chapters and the circumstances surrounding their first meeting and I don't think the smile left my face until I reached the end. I'm so pleased that we've still got the youngest McCade brother Logan's story to look forward to. His book is already at the top of my wish list and it doesn't even have a title yet!...more
I have to confess that I wasn't really too sure what to expect from Trial by Fire, I hadn't heard a great deal about it before I sBuddy read with Ange
I have to confess that I wasn't really too sure what to expect from Trial by Fire, I hadn't heard a great deal about it before I started reading but the shiny foil cover caught my eye and when I realised it was about witches and alternate realities I couldn't resist. I'm so glad I took a chance because this turned out to be one of my favourite YA reads of the year. There is just so much to love about this book and once I'd started reading I didn't want to stop.
Lily is such a fantastic main character. She isn't one of the popular crowd at school, in fact her allergies to pretty much everything have made her a bit of an outcast but no matter how tough things are she just gets on with it. She knows that it won't be long before her increasing allergies leave her housebound and she's determined to make the most of attending school while she still can. I loved her automatically for having so much courage but what tipped me over the edge into complete girl crush mode was the way she reacted when a potential love interest broke her heart. Lily isn't a simpering fool who will forgive a guy any asshat behaviour just because he is hot, no Lily is the kind of heroine who knows exactly how she deserves to be treated and who would rather be alone than let a boy walk all over her. Do you know how rare a heroine like that is in YA these days? It's so hard to find positive female role models and I could have jumped for job at Lily's response to the boy in question!
All that was before we'd made it beyond the first couple of chapters and I could already tell I was going to love this book. Now take this fabulous heroine and drop her unexpectedly into an alternate reality, one where magic is real and where witches rule. Lily suddenly has an explanation for her allergies and finds herself in a place where she isn't an outcast, in fact she is incredibly powerful. She is completely out of her depth and has no idea who she can trust so it's understandable that she quickly bonds with the people she recognises from her own reality but even then she doesn't blindly trust them or expect them to act the way they would in her world. Lily is sensible, she thinks things through and trusts her instincts rather than go along with what other people want her to do, even in an alternate universe Lily is my kind of heroine!
There are two other characters who I really want to talk about and the first is Lillian, Lily's alternate self, who happens to be the witch in charge of the whole of Salem and all of the other covens around the new world. Lillian is a fascinating character, she does some horrific things and you can't help but hate her for them but the more you learn about her the more you start to wonder about her motives. I'm not saying her actions are justifiable but she does have reasons and I think we've only started to uncover them. There is so much more to Lillian than a cardboard cut-out villain and the choices she makes raise some really interesting questions. Can you ever justify doing terrible things? Is it worth losing the life of a few people if you can potentially save thousands? What if the cost is more than a few - how much life are you willing to sacrifice?
The other character who deserves an honourable mention and a round of applause is love interest Rowan. He really is the kind of guy that we all wish we could meet, he's strong, protective, caring, intelligent and brave but best of all he can admit when he's made a mistake and he can actually apologise for it! Imagine that - a guy who will say sorry! It's a rare and beautiful thing indeed, especially in YA. There is no alpha asshat behaviour here, yes he's wary of Lily in the beginning but considering he thinks she is is mortal enemy Lillian (because they do look identical after all!) that was completely understandable. To be fair, considering the things that Lillian has done to him I actually thought he reacted quite reasonably to Lily's arrival. I absolutely loved seeing their relationship develop over time, there is no insta-love here and the couple spend time getting to know each other and learning to trust. Lily isn't afraid to call Rowan out when he is unreasonable and he is equally willing to push her when she needs it which makes them very well matched.
I don't want to say too much about the alternate world that Lily ends up in because I think it is somewhere that you should have fun exploring for yourself by reading the book. What I will say is that I loved the way magic works, the way it is based on scientific principles and has been so cleverly set up that it comes across as completely believable. I don't have much difficulty thinking there is an alternate universe out there somewhere where magic is real! I think it's quite obvious that I loved this book, I could spend hours writing this review trying to give you more reasons to read it but to be honest if I haven't already sold it to you then probably nothing else I could say will either. If you're only going to take one young adult recommendation from me this year then make it Trial by Fire, this book is such a refreshing change, it breaks so many of the current YA trends and is well worth the money it costs....more