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)
Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper is a standalone paranormal romance novel. If I only had one word to describe this book it would be...more3.5 Stars
Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper is a standalone paranormal romance novel. If I only had one word to describe this book it would be “fun”. The story is entertaining, the characters are quirky and the dialog is funny. It made me laugh and it made me smile. I always appreciate when a book has me laughing, though it can cause questioning looks to point my way. Can’t help but wonder if they picture me as “the crazy woman spouting random bursts laughter in the corner”. I try to refrain from smiling manically, lest I scare them away… Ahem, sorry, got a bit off track there.
Better Homes and Hauntings is actually two romances in one. The primary romance is between Nina and Deacon. Deacon is the text savvy creator of a social networking website that has earned him millions. Nina is a struggling landscape architect whom Deacon has hired to landscape the property on the Whitney Estate. The Whitney Estate is a New England island property that has been in Deacon’s family for generations. It is shrouded in ghostly apparitions from the past and has fallen into disrepair. It is Deacons intention to restore it to its original glory, for reasons he’d rather not examine too closely.
The secondary romance is between Jake, Deacon’s best friend and contractor, and Cindy, the owner of an organizing/cleaning service. They were brought along with Nina to stay on the island for the course of the project. Rounding out the main cast of characters is Dotty, Deacon’s flighty yet vivacious cousin. The group ends up forming a bond of sorts during this book and I really enjoyed reading along as they formed friendship with one another while dealing with paranormal frights.
I liked Better Homes and Hauntings. Both the romances are endearing, each in their own way. The paranormal aspect added fun and mystery to the story. I was intrigued by the mystery of what really happened to Deacon’s ancestor, Catherine. My favorite part though, was the character interactions. The connections, the dialog and the relationships are what gave life to this story.
I would recommend Better Homes and Hauntings to fans of paranormal romance.
*Review copy received from Pocket Books via NetGalley.(less)
Enemies on Tap is the first book in the Sweet Salvation Brewery series by Avery Flynn. Miranda Sweet, the heroine, has returned to her hometown, Salva...moreEnemies on Tap is the first book in the Sweet Salvation Brewery series by Avery Flynn. Miranda Sweet, the heroine, has returned to her hometown, Salvation, to work on transforming the Sweet Salvation Brewery back into a profitable business. This isn’t easy when most of her efforts are being blocked by Logan, the hero, and the citizens of Salvation. I couldn’t stand Logan for the first half of the book. In fact, I hated him. His actions were smarmy, conceited and completely underhanded. I wish Miranda had been a little less understanding. I wanted Logan to have to work for her affection.
The town of Salvation as a whole was irritating. Miranda and her sisters grew up being looked down on and insulted because of the Sweet name and when Miranda returns, nothing has changed. I can’t stand small minded hateful people and this book is full of them. It’s not till about the midway point that Logan finally climbs down from his high horse and takes a hard look at his mindset and actions. Fortunately the Logan in the second half of the book was much more likable. Though, the quick turnaround gave it a bit of a fairy tale feel.
Enemies on Tap is on the shorter side so it’s a quick read. The pacing is smooth and the story is one that held my attention. All in all, it’s a good read and I liked it.
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley. (less)
Extreme Measures is the first book in the Aegis Security series by Elisabeth Naughton. It is a fast paced romantic suspense novel focusing on Eve and...moreExtreme Measures is the first book in the Aegis Security series by Elisabeth Naughton. It is a fast paced romantic suspense novel focusing on Eve and Zane. Eve works for the CIA and Zane works for Aegis Security. They have a history together that ended when Eve ran and Zane was left believing she was a traitor. After Zane is injured during a covert mission gone wrong he becomes obsessed with tracking Eve down and making her pay.
I really liked Extreme Measure. The characters are interesting and the plot is engrossing. It’s the type of story that makes you think. About how right and wrong isn’t always black and white and about the hard decisions some people have to make. Eve is a very complex character that is haunted but the things that she has experienced and the decisions she has had to make. I’m always a fan of kickass heroines and Eve was that and more. I admired her and I felt for her. Her romance with Zane helped to soothe her soul.
I liked how Zane struggled with what he believed as truth as opposed to what his instincts were telling him. He never got over Eve and he just wants to find out the truth about her but even when he hears it, it takes some convincing for him to believe it. Their romance is raw and explosive. The chemistry is hot and the feelings run deep. The suspense is woven tightly with the romance and makes for a gripping read. We are introduced to other characters within Aegis Security and seeds are planted for future stories. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Extreme Measures is recommended to fans of romantic suspense.
*Review copy received from Montlake Romance via NetGalley. (less)
No Strings Attached by Susan Andersen is the third book in the Razor Bay series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. This is the first bo...moreNo Strings Attached by Susan Andersen is the third book in the Razor Bay series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. This is the first book I’ve read by Susan Andersen and it won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This story focuses on Luc, an undercover DEA agent and Tasha a pizzeria owner in Razor Bay. It starts out 7 years prior when Tasha and “Diego” (Luc) have a short fling together in the Bahamas. Their passionate encounter ends abruptly and unexpectedly when Luc is swept away due to his job and Tasha is thrown in jail. Fast forward 7 years to when Tasha and Luc meet again…
Tasha is understandably livid because she believes Luc is “Diego” a drug lord who got her arrested. Meanwhile Luc believes she took off on him that day seven years ago, he didn’t know that she was arrested. Sparks fly in more ways than one as these two strong willed characters go head to head. Luc is determined to get her to listen to and trust his side of the story. For, he never forgot about her, just as she never forgot about him. Unfortunately her memories of the Bahamas are marred by being arrested and jailed for two days.
I really enjoyed reading along as Tasha and Luc come together in a romance that felt genuine and heartfelt. The interactions between the main characters as well as the secondary characters are well written and engaging. Tasha and Luc are strong, confident and likable characters. They were perfect for each other and once they got past the Bahamas incident the chemistry took over. Let’s just say it was intense and the sex was steamy.
The secondary characters play a big part in No Strings Attached. They really added an element of community and family to the story. I particularly enjoyed Jeremy the eighteen year old teen who works in Tasha’s restaurant. He was a charming mix of tough and sweet. Also the interplay between Luc and his newly discovered half-brothers and nephew was heartwarming.
No Strings Attached is a great read. I would recommend it to fans of contemporary romance.
*ARC received from the publisher, Harlequin HQN via NetGalley.(less)
How to Handle a Heartbreaker is the second book in the McCauley Brothers series by Marie Harte. It is about Abby and Brody. They have been fi...more3.5 stars
How to Handle a Heartbreaker is the second book in the McCauley Brothers series by Marie Harte. It is about Abby and Brody. They have been fighting their attraction towards one another ever since they met about six months prior. Abby is roommate and friend to Maddie, the heroine of the first book, The Trouble Maker Next Door, and Brody is friend/honorary brother to the McCauley brothers. Neither Abby nor Brody is looking for anything series so they agree to keep things simple but of course things start to get more serious when they find themselves falling in love.
I enjoyed How to Handle a Heartbreaker. It was amusing and entertaining. Abby‘s a great heroine and I found her to be witty, charming and endearing. Her interactions and banter with Brody were a joy to read. Abby became quite adept at handling both Brody and his dog, Mutt. Brody was a good hero but there were times when I wanted to knock him upside the head. When he is greatly upset he retreats into himself and pushes everyone away. Which is understandable given his past but I still didn’t like the way he pushed Abby away when she genuinely tried to help.
How to Handle a Heartbreaker is well written with engaging characters and snappy dialog. I really enjoyed it until the end when it lost a little steam. I guess I didn’t feel that Brody did enough to show how much he cared. He made all the right moves but it didn’t move me or feel heartfelt. It seemed like he was doing and saying what he thought she wanted as opposed to speaking and acting from the heart. Actions speak louder than words and I wanted him to show her over time how he meant what he said. It was too quick a resolution/ending for me. But that’s just me, other readers may feel differently.
All in all How to Handle a Heartbreaker is quite good and I would recommend it to fans of contemporary romance.
*ARC received from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.(less)