Best Kind of Broken is the first book in the Finding Fate series by Chelsea fine. It’s a book about overcoming personally tragedy and allowing oneself...moreBest Kind of Broken is the first book in the Finding Fate series by Chelsea fine. It’s a book about overcoming personally tragedy and allowing oneself to forgive, to love and to move on. So here we have Levi and Pixie (Sarah), who supposedly mean a lot to each other, in so many ways. A tragic event happens and they don’t speak a word to each other for almost a year. I mean, seriously? And when they are forced into close quarters they are so busy wallowing in pain and guilt that they don’t see what’s right in front of them. Instead they revert to childish antics to push each other’s buttons. How old are they again? Oh, right, 19 and 20. They spent so much of the book avoiding each other that it just got tiresome. Talk about serious communication problems. My gawd, I wanted to slam their heads together and tell them to get over themselves already and just get on with it. It’s not that difficult to communicate, we learn to do so prior to kindergarten, but Levi and Pixie evidently choose to forget those lessons for a while.
Best Kind of Broken is a well written story. Overall, it’s a good book. It draws you in and the characters are vividly portrayed. There is depth to the story and the emotions come across to the reader. I just didn’t care for how the plot unfolded or many of the characters actions. I did enjoy some parts but the way everything was dragged out just vexed me. It had potential but it wasn’t a book I could truly appreciate.
Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston is the 9th book in her Pride series. I have enjoyed the previous books in the series but this one completely failed to ho...moreBite Me by Shelly Laurenston is the 9th book in her Pride series. I have enjoyed the previous books in the series but this one completely failed to hold my attention. It was a struggle for me to finish. I just wasn’t interested or entertained. I think the main issue is that it suffers from multiple personalities. The story jumps around characters frequently throughout the entire book. The story is told from the point of view of over 25 characters, I kid you not. This is supposed to be Livy and Vic’s book but it felt more like a story for the entire cast of characters. There was so much dialog and jumping around that it didn’t feel like much progression was made and when something interesting did happen it was glossed over and sped along to a different view point... Many of the characters annoyed me and much of what happened or was said bored me.
I can’t say that I liked the book but I didn’t hate it either. I ended up giving it 2 stars because there were a couple nice moments. I enjoyed the part that takes place at Vic’s house and the part when he and Livy are in Honeyville. Sadly, that’s about it. I liked Vic and Livy together and would have liked to have had more page time with them. This just wasn’t a book that I could enjoy but other readers may like it. (less)
Born in Blood is the first book in the new Sentinels series by Alexandra Ivy. Firstly I have to say that the cover bugged me because in the book Calli...moreBorn in Blood is the first book in the new Sentinels series by Alexandra Ivy. Firstly I have to say that the cover bugged me because in the book Callie is described as having “short, spiky hair that was so dark red it shimmered like fire in the sunlight”. This description immediately pulled me out of the story because on the cover of the book Callie is shown with long, red hair. Additionally, Duncan is described as having short, pale blond hair. Normally I don’t pay much attention to a cover but when one or more of the characters pictured is described so differently in the book it catches my attention. Now, on to the story…
Overall, I found Born in Blood to be a good book but it didn’t really get interesting for me until the very end. I liked it but it failed hold my attention completely. I was more intrigued by the side characters, Fang and Serra then I was by the main characters. Duncan and Callie are both likeable and they are good together but their story wasn’t captivating.
Born in Blood is a mix of romance, danger and suspense. The world building is nicely done and the side characters give you hints of future stories. I found the High Bloods to be an intriguing concept and I look forward to reading more about them in the next book. The potential is there for this to be a great series and I can only hope that potential is realized.
Wild on You by Tina Wainscott is the first book in the Justiss Alliance series. The Justiss Alliance is a private security organization and Addie’s fa...moreWild on You by Tina Wainscott is the first book in the Justiss Alliance series. The Justiss Alliance is a private security organization and Addie’s father hires the Justiss Alliance to protect her after she is almost run down by a car. Risk’s job is to protect Addie which seems simple for the former SEAL but he quickly realizes that protecting Addie won’t be nearly as simple as he thought. Their chemistry is instantaneous and complicates Risk’s job of guarding Addie. It makes for some steamy situations.
I really liked Wild on you. Addie and Risk are both great characters and I loved their chemistry and interactions together. Addie isn’t your typical heroine. She’s an avid animal rights activist who is determined to dedicate all her time and attention to her cause. She’s afraid being in a relationship will cause her to lose sight of what she has worked so hard for. She is spunky, impulsive, reckless and sweet. Risk is the perfect hero for her. Their story is and fast paced and quite entertaining. It’s a compelling mix of romance, action and suspense. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Wild on you is recommended to fans of romantic suspense.
Lycan Love is a quick and entertaining novella about a Lycan and his mate. Lucas Wilde is stunned when he discovers that Jennifer Hart is his soul mat...moreLycan Love is a quick and entertaining novella about a Lycan and his mate. Lucas Wilde is stunned when he discovers that Jennifer Hart is his soul mate. He’s a werewolf and feels anguish at the thought that he has unwittingly changed her against her will. He sees being a werewolf as a curse and has no desire to change anyone much less his soul mate against their will. Lucas is a great hero. He is sexy and protective, yet strong and dangerous. Jen is a fitting character for him. She is confused and hurt by Lucas’s action after they first make love. When she discovers the reason he acted the way he did she is overwhelmed and frightened. Lucas is determined to be with Jen and make the adjustment easier for her. The conflict that Lucas and Jen feel about what they are is compelling and adds to the depth of the story as does the addition of a more malevolent character, Serena.
All the elements come together in a well balanced novella that flows well throughout. It has a good mix of conflict, action and romance. The love story is fast paced and steamy. You can easily read it in one sitting. Lycan Love is recommended for fans of paranormal romance. (less)
Dash of Peril is the 4th book in the Love Undercover series by Lori Foster. I have to say I think it’s my favorite in the series to date. I just loved...moreDash of Peril is the 4th book in the Love Undercover series by Lori Foster. I have to say I think it’s my favorite in the series to date. I just loved Dash and I really enjoyed him and Margo together. Margo is intelligent, independent, and no-nonsense with a secret soft side. Dash is perfect for Margo and a really great hero. He is strong, protective and charming. Margo is so used to her tough Lieutenant role that she has a hard time letting loose and being herself. She slowly discovers that with Dash she can do that. He understands who she is and what she needs.
Dash of Peril is a sexy, fun and entertaining book. There is intrigue, danger and romance. The characters are likeable and complex. There is further development with the side characters, mainly Cannon whose story I’m anxiously waiting. The plot is fast paced and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series.
Dash of Peril is highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense. (less)
Kaleidoscope is the 6th book in the Colorado Mountain series by Kristen Ashley but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. This book is about Deck (Jac...moreKaleidoscope is the 6th book in the Colorado Mountain series by Kristen Ashley but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. This book is about Deck (Jacob Decker) and Emme. I really loved Deck as a hero. He is the typical Kristen Ashley hero without being a jerk. One of the things I liked best about him was that he was 100% committed to making things work with Emme from the very beginning. He never stormed off in anger and even when Emme was acting crazy he hung in there. It was a very sweet story in many ways but I would have like to have seen more simple day to day moments of them together. And that leads me to my main complaint with this book. There are multiple spots in the book where the story skips ahead, 1 week, 1 day, 3 weeks, 8 hrs… It feels as if we are getting an extended cliff notes version of the story. One of my favorite parts of a romance novel is to see the story unfold as the characters fall in love. I want to see how and why they fall in love and with all the skipping ahead in this book I felt I was missing some of that. That being said, I still really enjoyed the book.
As with all Kristen Ashley books I found Kaleidoscope to be completely engrossing. Life beyond the book ceased to exist for me while I was reading. I loved the aspect of the Kaleidoscope and the meaning behind it. The flow is fast paced and the characters are vividly portrayed. The plot while not the most exciting one, kept me entertained. There is humor, romance, sex and a bit of mystery. It is classic Kristen Ashley yet stream lined. The descriptions are kept to a minimum, meaning we didn’t get a running hair, makeup and fashion commentary. Thank goodness for that.
Kaleidoscope is recommended for fans of contemporary romance.
Aden is the seventh book in the Vampires in America series by D.B. Reynolds. Aden is a powerful vampire. He is working to become the next vam...more3.5 Stars
Aden is the seventh book in the Vampires in America series by D.B. Reynolds. Aden is a powerful vampire. He is working to become the next vampire Lord of the Midwest and the ultimate test of challenge week is upon him. I must admit that I wasn’t sure I would like Aden as first. He came off as very arrogant and a bit conceited. I’m happy to say that I did warm up to him as the book progressed. Sidonie is out to expose the slave traders operating in Chicago and in the process of doing so finds herself falling under Aden’s spell.
I enjoyed Aden. It’s a good addition to the series and made me want to reread the first couple of books again. Raphael and Cyn are my favorite couple in this series and they had a very small part in this story. Arden is fast paced with action, danger, and romance. It is steamy and there is a small bit of BDSM but nothing extreme. We also get flashbacks to parts of Aden’s past long ago when he was human. It helps us to understand him as a character. Sidonie is an intelligent and independent woman driven by her need for justice/revenge. I found her and Aden’s story to be engrossing and entertaining. I look forward to more books in the series.
Aden is recommended to fans of the Vampires in America series.