Night Sky by Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann is the first book in the Night Sky series. This is set in the same world as the Fight Destiny se...more3.5 Stars
Night Sky by Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann is the first book in the Night Sky series. This is set in the same world as the Fight Destiny series and is a young adult spinoff of it. You do not need to read the Fight Destiny series to follow this one.
Night Sky took me awhile to get into. The beginning just didn’t capture my attention. It wasn’t until around the 20% mark that the story finally came together and got interesting. Happily, once I got past the beginning I enjoyed it and became invested in the story and the characters. Night Sky is one that gets better as it progresses and by the time I was finished I was completely engaged in the story.
Night Sky is a young adult novel and Skylar, the main character, is 17 years old. I thought she was portrayed true to her age. She was a typical teenager, dramatic and rebellious. I wasn’t sure I would like her in the beginning but she grew on me and became more likeable as the story unfolded. At the beginning of the book she catches the attention of Dana, a Greater Than. Shortly after she started noticing she was exhibiting abilities. Abilities beyond what most people view as humanly possible. When the young girl she babysits goes missing, Skylar teams up with Dana, Milo and Calvin to try and find out what happened to her.
Overall, I liked Night Sky quite a bit. Once I got past the beginning, it was interesting and I enjoyed reading as the story played out. There is action, mystery and a bit of romance. The paranormal aspect is intriguing. I’m curious to find out how Skylar’s abilities will develop as the series progresses. I also look forward to reading more about her and Milo. Their romance is endearing and sweet. Night Sky is a complete book but there is more to be told. I look forward future books in the Night Sky series.
Night Sky is recommended to fans of Young Adult Urban Fantasy.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley.(less)
Taming the Lion is the second book in the Lone Pine Pride series by Vivi Andrews. I haven’t read the first book, Jaguar’s Kiss, but I had no problems...moreTaming the Lion is the second book in the Lone Pine Pride series by Vivi Andrews. I haven’t read the first book, Jaguar’s Kiss, but I had no problems following this story. Taming the Lion is about Patch, (Patricia), a loner cougar shifter and Roman, a lion shifter and alpha heir to the Lone Pine Pride. Roman is set is marry Lila, the Alpha’s daughter, in three months. Like Lila, Roman doesn’t want the marriage but he’s willing to go through with it for the good of the Pride.
Patch has wanted Roman for as long as she can remember but he’s never given her any indication the he even noticed her. However, after having to return to Pride lands at the beginning of her heat Patch manages to catch Romans attention. Something she’s always wanted but not when he is due to marry her best friend in three months.
The attraction between Patch and Roman quickly becomes too much and they begin an affair, one last fling before Roman must commit himself to another. What Roman didn’t count on was developing feelings for the tempting cougar. Their romance is bittersweet, filled with longing and steamy encounters. Will love conquer all or will the good of the Pride come first? Well this is a romance so that will give you a hint in how this story ends. I’ll tell that the ending is a happy one but the journey to it isn’t straight forward and easy.
I really enjoyed Taming the Lion. It’s erotic and interesting. There is sex, romance and a bit of action. The characters and story are vividly portrayed. The romance is raw and untamed. It held my interest and I look forward to future stories.
Taming the Lion is recommended to fans of steamy shifter romance.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley.(less)
Playing with Fire by Cynthia Eden is the 3rd book in her Phoenix series. This one focuses on Dante, a Phoenix shifter, and Cassie, a genetic scientist...morePlaying with Fire by Cynthia Eden is the 3rd book in her Phoenix series. This one focuses on Dante, a Phoenix shifter, and Cassie, a genetic scientist and sister to, Wyatt, the bad guy from the first book. I’ve read the previous books in the series and this one is my least favorite of the three. I still liked it, just not as much as the other two. My main issue is that I just wasn’t a big fan of the hero, Dante. He was so callous most of the time that I had a hard time liking him. He’s lived for so long that life is no longer precious to him. He took it and other people for granted. He had no sympathy for the plight and pain of others. Poor Cassie has loved him for so long but he kept breaking her heart when he couldn’t remember her. Then when he started to, he would remember events that paint her in a bad light when taken out of context. He also made it seem like he was only drawn to her because of what she was. Fortunately he becomes more likable towards the end of the book, when he finally begins to realize his love for Cassie.
Playing with Fire is a fast paced book. The villains are numerous and betrayals run rampant. Psychosis seems to be the norm for the villains in this series and it continues in this book. On the plus side, the story was entertaining and held my attention throughout. The characters are unique and I enjoyed learning about them, particularly the Phoenix’s. Overall, it was a good read.
I would recommend Playing with Fire to fans of the Phoenix series.
*ARC received from Kensington Books - Brava via NetGalley.(less)
Arrow to the Soul is a good book, but I was disappointed. It was just so similar to the first book, Bullet to the Heart, which I really liked, partly...moreArrow to the Soul is a good book, but I was disappointed. It was just so similar to the first book, Bullet to the Heart, which I really liked, partly because of its uniqueness. I felt like I was reading a slightly different version of the same book. The characters are similar, as are their reactions to each other. The hero holds another in his heart and is disgusted by his attraction to the heroine. Sound familiar? I understood it in Rand’s case, no so much in Adam’s. Adam didn’t physically torture Arrow at least. He was more about the verbal barbs and he wielded those frequently against Arrow. I hated him a bit for that. Arrow was almost a carbon copy to Bullet, just a few differences. Heck even the plot and climax were similar. I’m not sure I want to continue the series if I’m just going to be getting basically the same characters and stories over and over again…(less)
Ruining Mr. Perfect is the 3rd book in The McCauley Brothers series by Marie Harte. This one continues where the last one, How to Handle a He...more2.5 Stars
Ruining Mr. Perfect is the 3rd book in The McCauley Brothers series by Marie Harte. This one continues where the last one, How to Handle a Heartbreaker, left off and features Vanessa and Cameron. It took me a long time to read this one because I had a really hard time getting in to it. It bored me at times. I’m not sure if it was the writing or if I was just in the mood for something with more excitement. It was well written and the characters are nicely done, the story just didn’t grab me. I liked Cam (Cameron) and I liked Vanessa, most of the time. Unfortunately, together I felt they were a little dull, though the sex scenes were steamy. There were some good scenes that brought life to the story, but overall it just didn’t engage me.
The dynamic and teasing between Vanessa and her roommates, as well as between Cam and his brothers, struck me as more then friendly teasing. They seemed blind to the fact that some of the teasing was hurtful. It just seemed immature and I didn’t find it funny. Lastly, there is some angst thrown into Vanessa and Cam’s relationship towards the end, using a common plot device that I personally don’t enjoy.
Ruining Mr. Perfect has a side story with Beth and James, Cam’s parents. I was happy to see the issue between them addressed in this book. This story also sets up the next book between Mike and Del. Mike isn’t off to a good start with Del. In fact he was a jerk to her and came off as an ass. I can only hope that he will redeem himself to her.
In conclusion, while Ruining Mr. Perfect is well written it wasn’t the type of story or romance that I care for.
HEA, no cheating.
*ARC received from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.(less)
Night Unbound is the 5th book in the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall. It’s an ongoing paranormal roman...more4.5 Stars
Loved the hero in this one!
Night Unbound is the 5th book in the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall. It’s an ongoing paranormal romance series, with each book showcasing a new hero and heroine in a complete story. I really liked Night Unbound. It drew me in completely, the story, the romance and the characters. By the time I finished reading I was invested in the story and the characters, not just the main characters but all of them. I love when that happens.
Night Unbound is a story filled with romance, excitement and action. The hero, Zach was wonderful, one of my favorite heroes that I’ve read this year. He’s mysteries, powerful, and sexy. I loved him with Lisette, the heroine. With her he’s protective, caring, tender and possessive. His attraction and yearning for Lisette drew him from his centuries’ long sterile and cold existence. He knew being with her would cause him to be hunted by his own kind but he wasn’t giving her up.
Lisette was just as drawn to Zach as he was to her. And even though she was ordered by Seth, the Immortal Guardian leader, to stay away from Zach, she couldn’t. I liked Lisette a lot. She’s one of the few female Immortal Guardians and she’s tough without being hard. She’s also genuine and warm hearted. I loved her and Zach together. Their romance was a joy to read.
Night Unbound has a very engaging and interesting story. The world and characters are vividly drawn. I felt as if I had stepped into the story as I grew to know the characters. I cheered their triumphs and my heart ached for their losses. I cared what happened to them and I’m anxious to read more about them in future stories. I hope that Seth gets a story of his own soon.
Night Unbound is highly recommended to fans of paranormal romance. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but for the best enjoyment, I recommend reading the series in order starting with the first book, Darkness Dawns.
*ARC received from Kensington Books - Zebra via NetGalley.(less)