Julie Kenner had a big job to do in Episode 1 of the Rising Storm series. She had to introduce and help readers keep straight an ever-growing cast ofJulie Kenner had a big job to do in Episode 1 of the Rising Storm series. She had to introduce and help readers keep straight an ever-growing cast of characters in Tempest Rising. I’ll admit, I was confused briefly a few times but I was able to figure out who was who in each new scene of the novella.
The story starts out with a car accident involving two college students. One of them dies, the other lives and tells a huge lie for all the right reasons. Throughout this first installment of the series, the author introduces the people tied to the introductory characters and shows how everyone has their own drama and secrets.
It was interesting that the large cast of main characters range from teens to middle aged, from kids to parents. Little dramas to big dramas.
The series will be written by various authors in a television show format. Meaning, the drama will go on and on. I can’t say I really like this, considering I don’t watch much television (I average about an hour a day). The reason I prefer books and movies to television shows is because I get an ending to the story sooner. Some television shows can go on for years (up to a decade) and for me that’s a big drawn out commitment to a story. But maybe I’m just impatient.
I suspect that the creators of the Rising Storm series have secret hopes that it will be optioned for TV, like J.R. Ward’s The Bourbon Kings or Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series. While this first Episode in Rising Storm is good, the jury is still out on that. I will point out that while some reviewers are comparing it to daytime soaps, I think it’s better than those, more like prime time small town dramas.
By the end of this novella, I’d become invested in finding out what will happen in the future for the people of this small town. While there’s stirring of romance, I wouldn’t exactly call this Contemporary Romance genre yet. Hopefully romance will build in each new Episode.
And the next Episode is only one week away!...more
I’m a big Jamie Begley fan. I’ve read everything she’s written. Keeping What’s his is a good book, but not my favorite of hers.
First off, I guess I juI’m a big Jamie Begley fan. I’ve read everything she’s written. Keeping What’s his is a good book, but not my favorite of hers.
First off, I guess I just wasn’t expecting the Kristen Ashley type of plot. It’s more of a personal tastes thing as a reader. I’m not a fan of first loves reunited years and years and years later.
In this book, it was 18 years. Sutton and Tate had been in love as teens. She was forced to break up with him by her father in order to keep Tate out of jail and from losing custody of his younger siblings. He thought she betrayed him with another guy and started sleeping with other girls right away. They never worked it out back then and she’s back 18 years later to set things right.
His life has been stagnate for the past 18 years, with taking care of his family, being a manwhore and selling marijuana.
Her life gradually went to shit in the years they were apart. She survived some horrible things and is emotionally messed up.
There’s a murder mystery plot in the book, which provided a little action and suspense. This also forced Tate and Sutton to spend time together and, of course, realize they still had a connection.
It was a good story with lots going on. For me though, it was weird the total complete 180 Tate did all of a sudden when he decided he was getting his woman back. It was sudden and then all this new information was thrown at the reader as if to prove how much Tate really loves Sutton.
I guess my biggest problem with the book was that I wasn’t buying what Tate was selling. He didn’t really seem in love with Sutton back when they were teens and both of them sort of acknowledge it in the present time. It didn’t make for great romance.
And when he said that he came after her once a few years after they broke up, but he saw her with her fiance and went back home? It wasn’t believable and didn’t fit in with how much he despised her during those years. It seemed like something the author threw in to make her readers like Tate more and believe he really loved Sutton all that time. I wasn’t feeling it.
So, this is a good Jamie Begley book, but not her best. That doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to what she comes out with next!...more
The fourth book in The Edge series brings together a hero and heroine on a serious mission, one they’re both willing to die for.
The issue of slaveryThe fourth book in The Edge series brings together a hero and heroine on a serious mission, one they’re both willing to die for.
The issue of slavery in the Edge and the Weird has been touched upon in other books of the series, but in Steel’s Edge, Richard and Charlotte are both hellbent on ending all slavery. In order to do that, they must start from the bottom and track the money up the ladder to the heads of the slavery ring.
Richard, born a peasant but with the bearing of a nobleman, has taken out quite a few slavers, but he and Charlotte meet when she now has her own personal reason to hate slavers.
George, Jack and Kaldar were all in this book and are all my favorite characters in this series. I’m hoping George and Jack will get their own books someday if Ilona Andrews chooses to return to this world.
Charlotte was a tad boring for a heroine. She did have a very deadly power which made her somewhat interesting. Like Richard, her life hadn’t been easy. They were both coldly dumped by their spouses for greener pastures. They bonded over that and their goal of ending slavery.
I did believe their love and the buildup to it, but I was in no way wowed. Richard did prove at the end of the book how much he loved Charlotte, so that was nice to read.
The plot (urban fantasy part) was awesome as usual. Ilona Andrews never shortchanges readers in that department.
A great end to the series and, like I said, I hope to see George and Jack get their own books someday. ...more
The final book of the Hacker series! This book release was written in my planner because I was so excited to read it.
I really enjoyed this series asThe final book of the Hacker series! This book release was written in my planner because I was so excited to read it.
I really enjoyed this series as a whole, definitely a solid 4 Stars series for me. However, this book was probably more 3.5 Stars for me.
It was good, don’t get me wrong, but there were some things I liked more than others. First off, the plot outside of the romance was awesome. Most of it was centered around Blake being the main suspect in an FBI case involving Daniel’s election campaign. (If you don’t remember, Daniel is the heroine’s father).
I thought this plot was well done and actually wished it had been expanded, with more drama and angsty goodness.
Other issues from the previous books were also resolved, including Erica’s past friendship with Risa and Blake’s stance on his ex-girlfriend, Sophia. We also got a resolution to Heath and Alli’s relationship. This author definitely wrapped up everything nice and neat for her readers.
My only complaint, and why I didn’t rate the book higher, is that I thought the romance was boring. I understand that not every reader will think so, but every scene and conversation focusing on Blake and Erica’s relationship was your standard stuff. Blake said and thought the same things I’d read other heroes say and think in dozens, if not hundreds, of other romance books. It almost seems textbook at this point.
Despite my issues with the romance in the last book, this series is awesome and refreshing in the Contemporary Romance/Erotica genre featuring billionaire heroes. The author didn’t just make the hero of the series a billionaire and the heroine a young woman with aspirations in the business world. The author is very specific and detailed in her description of the hero’s and heroine’s business interests and projects.
I was happy that Blake and Erica got their Happily Ever After in more ways than one. This was a satisfying ending to a great series....more
Bijou Hunter is one of my favorite authors. It’s why I read all of her books as soon as I realize a new one has been published.
This new series, RamseBijou Hunter is one of my favorite authors. It’s why I read all of her books as soon as I realize a new one has been published.
This new series, Ramsey Security, is a distant spinoff of her Damaged series. While Damaged was a New Adult Contemporary Romance series, Ramsey Security is a little more grown up with being Adult Contemporary Romance.
In the story and building romance between the hero and heroine, you have lots of Bijou Hunter’s witty humor (mostly on the hero’s part) and a damaged heroine.
Even though Ramsey Security is headed by the hero from the Damaged and the Saint, who married Harlow from that series, this new series features former assassins instead of bikers/college students.
In Thunderstruck, the heroine has had a couple months of freedom since being kidnapped and held captive for nine months by a total psycho. She’s afraid of almost everything and is sort of detached from other people. The hero’s badass security company filled with former assassins is brought in to not only protect her, but to eliminate the threat permanently.
It’s sort of insta-love for both the hero and heroine, but the hero has to slowly earn the heroine’s trust before he can move their relationship from business/friendship to lovers.
For a former assassin, the guy is really sweet and funny. He has a few deadly moments, but his main goal is to keep the heroine safe and make her happy. He also wants to help her adjust to a new life of safety.
There are some actions scenes, but mostly the story is the budding romance between Troy and Darla.
I liked the start to this series and will definitely read the next book featuring Saskia (a female former assassin and now professional bodyguard). ...more
This anthology consisted of two novellas co-written by two authors. The genre for these stories are New Adult Romantic Suspense.
The stolen jewels theThis anthology consisted of two novellas co-written by two authors. The genre for these stories are New Adult Romantic Suspense.
The stolen jewels them was present in both stories. In the first, Diamond Duplicity, the young heroine and her douchebag date stumble upon a diamond heist (one set of thieves stealing them from another).
There’s definitely some insta-lust and insta-love going on, but that doesn’t bother me like it does some readers. Sometimes I prefer instant attraction and being smitten. In the case of the two stories in this anthology, it’s necessary to the romance since both stories are really about one wild night of suspense, adventure and falling in love.
In the first story, the heroine gets sort of taken by one of the criminals, who she has an instant mutual attraction to. She’s a very willing captive. Sex and danger ensue, with the anit-hero and heroine deciding they’ll have a HEA with each other.
The second story was actually more entertaining and hilarious at times. Closely linked to the first story, with the same group of characters plus a newly introduced hero, instead of diamonds being stolen, it’s the heroine, Ruby. You might say she’s her father’s most precious jewel.
The hero is very different, way less alpha male than the first hero and a science geek blackmailed by the big bad villain in the story into kidnapping Ruby. In a different way, Ruby is also a willing victim but this time the heroine is the mastermind. Ruby and Will are both highly intelligent, but Ruby is wary of anything more than a one night stand. Again, sex and danger ensue with lots of laughs, resulting in a HEA for Ruby and her “Poindexter.”
Both couples were cute together. There’s not a ton of substance to the stories because they’re shortish in length and quite comical. I’d recommend this anthology duo to anyone who wants a fun easy read. ...more
2 books in 1! Numbers consists of two short novels about New Species males finding their mates. When I first heard about it, I thought it was a cool t2 books in 1! Numbers consists of two short novels about New Species males finding their mates. When I first heard about it, I thought it was a cool thing for the author and publisher to do.
This was actually a really sweet romance between a New Species widower, Mourn, who lost his New Species mate and a human widow, Dana, who wants to help him get through it emotionally.
When the story starts, Mourn is being taken to Medical because he keeps starting fights with other New Species in the hopes that one of them will kill him. He feels deep pain and guilt about his mate dying and sees death as his only escape. Dana is visiting her brother who works with New Species and instantly feels sorry for Mourn, who she can relate to, having lost her husband to cancer.
It doesn’t take long for Mourn to realize that his attraction to Dana means he could see a future with them together. He’s pretty sweet about the whole thing, like most New Species “heroes” are. There isn’t a lot of drama in this story, just two people finding incredible happiness together.
The second story about Hero, or 927, is different than the first. Lots more drama and angst. The premise is also more interesting.
When 927 was a child, a human little girl was thrown into his cell with him and they were cellmates for years. They also fell in love as teenagers and because of the evil doctors at Mercile, were separated for about a decade. Both thinking the other is dead, their present lives are much different.
I have to say that I wasn’t too happy with Hero at the beginning of the story. Candi deserved to be treated so much better when they encountered each other after years apart. I also didn’t like that the heroine did the chasing. That’s just my personal preference as a reader.
Once Hero chilled out and appreciated Candi more, he was the usual sweet New Species male.
Both stories are entertaining and I love all of Laurann Dohner’s books. My only complaint is that the book could’ve used more action and suspense. There is some of that at the beginning of the second story when Candi escapes a mental hospital, but the story wraps up easily after Candi and Hero mate.
I can’t wait for more New Species and Dohner’s other series....more
I was waffling between 4 and 5 stars until that epilogue to end all epilogues (and to end The ‘Burg Series). WhicThe Queen of Epilogues strikes again!
I was waffling between 4 and 5 stars until that epilogue to end all epilogues (and to end The ‘Burg Series). Which gave lots of future (very into the future) looks into the lives of the heroes and the heroines of The ‘Burg. It also gave a look into the adult lives of some of the children of The ‘Burg.
And now I want a ‘Burg spin-off series about those kids! Especially No, Jack, Kate and Kierry! Someday, maybe? I mean, No’s story seemed especially interesting.
And Kate married a cop! There’s always a story there.
Now back to the hero and heroine of Hold On. Both Garrett “Merry” Merrick and Cher have been supporting characters to past ‘Burg couples for years.
I don’t think Kristen Ashley initially intended making them stars of their own book. Especially Cher, since KA said in the past that Cher had a boob job and that’s a big no-no for heroines in Romancelandia. To fix this past remark by a ‘Burg heroine that Cher’s boobs were fake, it was briefly made clear in Hold On that Cher’s perfect breasts were authentic. Necessary? No, because I don’t care if the heroine in the book I’m reading has fake breasts. But maybe some readers look down on that.
Anyways, this book had everything you would expect from a ‘Burg book. Threats coming from different directions, problems with exes and cute, way mature, kids.
I enjoyed that Cher and Merry each got their happily ever after. They both deserved it, especially Cher. Kristen Ashley did a good job of showing readers the “real” Cher and I loved Merry’s frequent jokes about the hippie way Cher decorated her house.
My wish? That KA would write a bonus ‘Burg book where each of the couples got a long novella featuring their HEA, married lives.
This book was great because each situation the couple found themselves in, either in romance or danger, was dealt with realistically.
I think my only very minor complaint was that I would’ve like a little more connection between Cher and Merry. They definitely cared about each other, but there was so much going on around them all the time, I felt like there needed to be more scenes of them just being together in peace and getting to know each other more.
Otherwise, this book was perfection and I’m so glad Kristen Ashley still has her mojo....more
This was one of the weakest heroines I’ve ever read in a modern contemporary romance. She got chucked to the curb (literally) by the hero four years eThis was one of the weakest heroines I’ve ever read in a modern contemporary romance. She got chucked to the curb (literally) by the hero four years earlier and basically starves herself to anorexic-like weight and on top of that works out (by running) to an unhealthy extreme. For four years until he re-enters her life through chance. Four years is a long time to hurt your body over a guy. Not to mention all the drinking she did in that time. She’s basically a malnourished alcoholic.
But through the flashbacks of their relationship four years ago, we see that she was quite pathetic over this guy back then too. She was kind of his pampered bitch, doing whatever he told her to while always making herself available to him sexually. He callously dumped her the first time around and in present day is trying to get her back.
The story is well-written with good description. I liked this book enough to go back and read the first 2 books in the series, which I ended up liking even more.
Despite my intense dislike of the “hero” in this book, I like this author and plan to read whatever book she comes out with next....more
What a great story. I think this was the first Elizabeth Reyes book where the hero is so much older than the heroine (almost a decade). I’ve read a coWhat a great story. I think this was the first Elizabeth Reyes book where the hero is so much older than the heroine (almost a decade). I’ve read a couple of her 5th Street books where the heroines are way older than the heroes and I prefer the hero being older.
The story starts out with Sydney and Ella meeting in a comical way, then meeting again through family/friends and becoming best friends (they live in the same apartment building).
Their friendship grows to love within a year, which each of them keep silent about because of the age difference. They really are at different places in life, but being soulmates they can’t help finally getting together.
They do date other people while being only friends, so some readers may not like hearing about them sleeping with other people. Fortunately, it’s not in any way a cheating situation.
Towards the end of the book, after Sydney and Ella have been an official couple for about six months, there’s a big plot twist. I kind of saw it coming with Sydney’s family history, but I was surprised with the aftermath of it. He handled the situation so freaking badly and Ella was in so much pain that I really felt for her.
The resolution to the plot twist and major drama was actually too rushed, which is unfortunate because it was good reading.
So, another awesome Elizabeth Reyes book that has me excited for her future releases.
She fisted her hand in the air as her words got angrier. “I said take Chuy if you have to take someone!”
“Pan up! Pan up!” Romero continued to tease with a huge grin. “My eyes are up here. Don’t be so obvious, girl.”
She’d lowered her voice extra low when she loosely quoted him, making him sound extra stupid. “You can’t just assume private schools are academically superior. Factors, demographics. Ooh, listen to me. I’m so smart. Blah, blah, blah.” ...more