Deceived By The Others is the third book in the H&W Investigations series by Jess Haines. If you haven’t read the first two books Hunted By The Ot...moreDeceived By The Others is the third book in the H&W Investigations series by Jess Haines. If you haven’t read the first two books Hunted By The Others and Taken By The Others I strongly advise that you do before reading this book, and please do not read this review any further as it will contain spoilers for the two previous books.
DBTO starts off with Shia about to sign a contract between here and Chaz, her werewolf boyfriend and Alpha of the Sunstrikers pack. They are both going away for a long weekend with all the pack members so that Shia can get to know the pack and watch them shift into their other forms. Shia is concerned how the pack will react to her as she has a contract with Alec Royce the master vampire with whom she was also blood bound too. The vacation doesn’t go as planned with somebody out to get Chaz and pack members not wanting Shia there with them for the full moon. I won’t go into any more of the story but suffice to say there is a massive shock in the story.
I have really enjoyed the three books by Jess Haines, the stories are not anything we haven’t really read before in the Urban Fantasy genre and they are very quick and easy to read but for some reason I cannot put them down. Ms Haines creates good chemistry between Shia and Chaz and Royce so much so that I just keep turning the pages to see what happens next. DBTO does not have a big fight scene in it unlike the earlier books and I liked that about it.
I thoroughly recommend this series and I cannot wait to get my hands on the fourth book. For the earlier books and the beginning of this I have been Team Royce all the way (I always pick the vamp) however as the book progressed I changed sides toTeam Chaz. But what Team was I in the end? Why don’t you read the book and find out for yourselves? (less)
I'd like to give this book 3 and a half stars. I thought there was quite a lot of waffling in the book and not enough tension was created. Sometimes I...moreI'd like to give this book 3 and a half stars. I thought there was quite a lot of waffling in the book and not enough tension was created. Sometimes I found my mind wandering and others I was totally engrossed in the story.(less)
Something Secret This Way Comes follows the story of 22 year old Secret McQueen who is a half werewolf half vampire bounty hunter. Abandoned by her we...moreSomething Secret This Way Comes follows the story of 22 year old Secret McQueen who is a half werewolf half vampire bounty hunter. Abandoned by her werewolf mother as a baby Secret is now employed by the Vampire Council of New York to kill rogue vampires. Only a handful of people know that she is half were half vamp and it is something that she doesn’t want either race knowing what she truly is. Secret has spent most of her life around vampires and very little time around werewolves but that changes when she meets the King of the pack and his second. Whilst learning about her werewolf side Secret also has to deal with an old enemy who is back to finish what he started 6 years ago and that is to kill Secret.
I really enjoyed this book I would like to give it 4 stars. After recently reading some dark gritty books this was just what I needed, a classic UF story. It was a light fun read that was well paced with a sexy love triangle with characters that I liked. There are good fight scenes and Secret is a kick ass. Ms Dean has set the scene for future books and this is a series that I will follow. I am interested to learn more about the vampire Sig. The ending is excellent a real cliffhanger the only problem I have is that I have to wait until 20 September 2011 for the next instalment A Bloody Good Secret to find out what happens next. (less)
In Storm Born 2 we pick up where we left off in Storm Born 1 Eugenie is having a romantic time with the handsome vet Kiyo when an ice elemental shows...moreIn Storm Born 2 we pick up where we left off in Storm Born 1 Eugenie is having a romantic time with the handsome vet Kiyo when an ice elemental shows up. Before Eugenie can battle the creature Kiyo is already out of bed and kicking it's ass, however he does need help from Eugenie to send it back to the otherworld. This leaves both parties questioning the other with ‘What are you?’. We delve a bit more into Eugenie’s character and home life and we also have more questions which need answering like ‘How come all the creatures from the otherworld know her real name?’ Eugenie decides on her course of action for what to do about saving the kidnapped girl who is in the otherworld and this sets us up for the third instalment. This series of graphic novels just keeps getting better and better and like in the first part, before I knew it I was at the end. I can’t wait for the next one. Once again the artwork is amazing and I want to give this graphic novel 5 out of 5 fangs, well done Sea Lion Books.
I was very excited to read this Steampunk book, the blurb sounded amazing, and indeed for the most part I enjoyed the novel. The world...moreRated 3.5 Stars
I was very excited to read this Steampunk book, the blurb sounded amazing, and indeed for the most part I enjoyed the novel. The world building is absolutely incredible and it was this side of the book that I liked the most. Everything is slightly off kilter in the world of Sang, there are bludbunnies who sound cute but will attack you with their fangs and drain you dry. There are places that are similar to those in our world but they are dark and dirty and there are people like those in our world too such as Willem Sharkspear. Then there are the inventive clockworks, the robotic creatures that the people in Sang have to guard and look after them. All of this was for me the most enjoyable part of the story.
I did not however really care for Tish, I found her to be contradictive and did not feel the love that is meant to be between her and Criminy. One minute she is all over Criminy then the next she is stand offish. At first I also had an issue with Tish’s acceptance of being in another world. But then I always have an issue when a character just blindly accepts their new supernatural life, I don’t understand why they would not be freaking out and questioning everything. Criminy on the other hand I adored with his cheeky ways and magic tricks.
The bit that sort of spoilt it for me in this book though was the pacing. I found it to be very slow and nothing really happens until half way through and I found myself keep putting the book down. It took me longer to read than it normally would have. I also kept getting lost with the story and things would be happening where I would be ‘Eh where did that suddenly come from?’ Due to the amazing world building and the awesome character that is Criminy Stains I would like to give Wicked As They Come 3.5 stars. I’m not sure if I will carry on with the series as the next book is written about different characters. I would recommend this book to those who like to read Steampunk. (less)
I must admit that I had been putting off this book for some time as I just wasn’t that keen reading about Hank Nightingale. He had made appearances in...moreI must admit that I had been putting off this book for some time as I just wasn’t that keen reading about Hank Nightingale. He had made appearances in both the previous books and he came across as a good guy not a bad ass like the rest of the hot squad, however I was wrong Hank is bad ass and HOT! Just what you want and expect from a KA hero. Roxie our heroine in this book is a great character too but there was one little thing that niggled me about her and that was her always thinking she wasn’t good enough for Hank which got a little tiresome in the end.
I’m not going to go into detail about the book because the usual happens in this book as do most of KA’s books with kidnappings etc but I don’t care I love it. The Rock Chick series is fun, it has plucky heroines and extremely hot alpha males. The characters appear in every book and I feel like they are my friends now. It is even making me to visit Denver. Are the guys there really like they are in the book? If you live in Denver maybe you could let me know.
There is always a happy ending so even when you get to a tearful bit you know that everything will work out good in the end….I hope this is always the case anyway. I don’t know what I would do if things turned out bad. If you want a fun thrill of a book then please try this series. I absolutely love it and I’m going to give Rock Chick Redemption 5 stars. (less)
Oh man I cannot get enough of this series. I keep think I am going to be let down by one of the books but I haven’t been yet. It is so confusing becau...moreOh man I cannot get enough of this series. I keep think I am going to be let down by one of the books but I haven’t been yet. It is so confusing because when I think I have a favourite hero and heroine I read another book and then I change my mind. I’ve read some reviews of this book and some people really dislike Ava and I don’t understand why. I thought she was awesome. Yes it was a little annoying how she was always trying to get away from Luke who is mega hot I mean why would anyone want to get away from Luke but whatever Ava was great.
So we all know what we are getting with a Rock Chick book. Hot heroine hooks up with one of the Hot Bunch Alpha males. There are ups and downs, kidnappings, parties, cocktails and stun guns. Yes this book had it all plus a heart breaking moment for Ava involving Luke and one of the other Rock Chicks which got me hating the other Rock Chick for a while. We also get new characters joining the Rock Chick extended family.
Anyway yet another stunning book from Kristen Ashley and another 5 stars from me, onto the next one. (less)
Leah Buchanan’s family have been Concubines giving their blood to vampires for 500 years. At 40 years old Leah is summoned to the Selection where a va...moreLeah Buchanan’s family have been Concubines giving their blood to vampires for 500 years. At 40 years old Leah is summoned to the Selection where a vampire will make her an offer for her to become his Concubine. She will be in his service for a few years, he will take only her blood and she will live a lavish life as payment and be financially looked after until the day she dies. Only Leah doesn’t want this kind of life for herself not even when she sees the handsome centuries old Lucien, but Leah is pressured into it by her family who are worried that she will bring shame on them if she doesn’t. Lucien has been watching Leah for twenty years and he wants more from her then just her blood and but it is forbidden for any kind of romantic relationship to exist between vampire and Concubine. However this is a rule that Lucien is willing to break in order to Tame the beautiful Leah.
I was very curious about how I would find this book as I love the Romance books that Ms Ashley writes but I sometimes don’t really get on with Paranormal Romance. I have an issue with the female characters in PNR books as more often than not they appear weak and foolish. I can say that I did enjoy this book though. It took me a bit of time to get into it as the style is somewhat different to the usual Kristen Ashley book. We have the first person POV from Leah and the third person POV from Lucien and I enjoyed the story much more when it was from Leah’s POV. I liked Leah she wasn’t a weak and foolish character however Lucien is a bit of a moron. He has the looks and the cash but he does not know how to treat a lady and he is not one of my favourite Kristen Ashley heroes. The story is a little predictable but that is what we love and expect from these kinds of books isn’t it? I loved the ending and it has set up the next book which is about different characters but their story intertwines with this. I will definitely be carrying on with the series and would like to give Until The Sun Falls From The Sky 4 stars. (less)
If you haven’t read this series but are an Urban Fantasy fan then I urge you to read these books. Basically we have Merit a 27 year old woman who was...moreIf you haven’t read this series but are an Urban Fantasy fan then I urge you to read these books. Basically we have Merit a 27 year old woman who was turned into a vampire in order to save her life. The majority of vampires belong to groups of Vampires known as Houses and Merit belongs to the Cadogan House whose master is the handsome yet arrogant vampire Ethan Sullivan. There have been so many ups and downs between these two but things seem to be on an even keel with House Rules that is until the Grenwich Presidium roll into town, Ethan’s ex turns up and vampires are being murdered. Will Merit ever have a boring peaceful life?
The first four books in this series are amazing in my opinion. I love them and have in fact read them more than once. Then at the end of book 4 there was a HUGE shock which was followed by two very weak books the last one in particular was not good. So it was with trepidation that I started book 7 House Rules. Would Ms Neill be able to capture the story that I used to love so much or would the series continue in the weakened state that was book 6. Well I am pleased to say that Ms Neill has got the Chicagoland Vampires back on track.
The characters seem to have developed some and Merit and Ethan’s relationship has finally been sorted out. The plot was very easy to work out but I enjoyed it none the less. It did help that there was some awesome vampness going on with silvering of eyes and Ethan being particularly delicious. I have once again been captured by this series and I’m excited for the next book Biting Bad to be released in August. I am going to give House Rules 4 stars.
I am not going to go into what the book is about as the blurb says it all really. I enjoyed this book but that is no surprise as Ava Gray is another n...moreI am not going to go into what the book is about as the blurb says it all really. I enjoyed this book but that is no surprise as Ava Gray is another name used by the awesome author Ann Aguirre. Kyra and Reyes are great characters but a little different to normal as they are both quite bad people. Kyra con’s people out of their money and will turn a blind eye to murder and Reyes the gorgeous brooding anti-hero kills people for money, however even knowing that they are still very likeable.
I found Kyra’s ability very interesting and I felt sorry for her in that she cannot go around touching people without inadvertently stealing whatever that persons best ability is whether that be playing a piano or killing. However it does come in handy when you require a special skill as you will find out near the end of the book.
This book is packed with lots of action, intrigue and sexy scenes. I would class it primarily as Romance with a hint of Paranormal thrown in. The only reason why I am not giving Skin Game 5 stars is that the ending was very predictable however I would recommend this book. I am definitely carrying on with this series and Skin Game gets 4 stars from me.(less)
I am sort of becoming addicted to these type of stories however it is quite difficult to find the really good ones out of the fifty shades explosion t...moreI am sort of becoming addicted to these type of stories however it is quite difficult to find the really good ones out of the fifty shades explosion that is happening right now. I’m afraid to say that this was one of the weak ones for me in fact I couldn’t force myself to finish it.
The first thing which annoyed me is if you are going to set a book in another country do your research first. Naked is set on London and Ethan is English. In England we do not Advil we have Nurofen and we do not refer to our mobile phones as a cell phone we call them mobiles.
Secondly and this is the major reason why I didn’t finish the book is that there was no character development. Because the book is so short we never get a chance to learn about the characters. Brynne and Ethan meet, jump into bed virtually straight away and then declare love for each other. I found it just ridiculous.
This book has got lots of great reviews and 5 stars however it was definitely not for me and I am going to give it 1 star. (less)
Wow! I am emotionally drained and mentally exhausted after reading Beneath This Man. The story picks up 5 days after This Man finishes and continues t...moreWow! I am emotionally drained and mentally exhausted after reading Beneath This Man. The story picks up 5 days after This Man finishes and continues the car crash relationship that is Ava and Jesse. Ava and Jesse are two people that should not be together they bring the worst qualities out in each other but theirs is an intense love affair where they cannot exist without the other. I lived all of their highs and lows and I’m knackered. This story takes place over 11 days ish and so much happens it felt like 11 years.
For me this book didn’t have the same impact that This Man did, but then again I had already met the challenging Jesse in book 1 so it was never going to have that same wtf reaction from me. Jesse is still very much the same, controlling, dominating, crazy and insatiable man that we have come to know and love, and boy do I love him. Ava does change a little in this book as she comes to terms with all that is Jesse. There were moments where I wanted to shake Ava for her blasé attitude instead of kicking his ass.
At the start the story it is very similar to book 1 but it's so good I just didn’t care. Once we get going though, the story does move forward and it is one hell of a rollercoaster ride so hold onto your seats. Do we get answers to the questions This Man raised? How old is Jesse? Will Ava ever go back to the Manor? Can Jesse change his ways? How did he get his scar and where are Ava’s pills? Well you will just have to read it to find out.
Beneath This Man is an emotional, exhilarating and sexy read. It is set in London which I love, however some people may find the English terms and phrases used a bit confusing. I highly recommend this series and it is a must read for fans of Fifty Shades and Crossfire series. I loved this book and again I am wishing away my life in order for the next one to come out. Beneath This Man gets 5 stars from me.
Please be warned that this review contains spoilers for the earlier books.
I used to love the Elemental Assassin series right up to boo...moreRated 2.5 stars.
Please be warned that this review contains spoilers for the earlier books.
I used to love the Elemental Assassin series right up to book 6 By A Thread and then it all went downhill for me. Gin turned into what I call a charity assassin doing jobs for free, getting a conscience and events started to turn silly and irritate me like Owen splitting up with Gin. Really what was that all about? But I still think the biggest mistake in this series was killing Mab Monroe off. Ms Estep also started recapping the story over and over which was very annoying, something that still happens but occurs less in Deadly Sting.
Deadly Sting is a classic Elemental Assassin book with one storyline throughout however it also isn’t very exciting either. There is a lot of killing but none of the inventive James Bond style murders that we once had. The plot was easy to figure out and to say that Gin is the best assassin around she can be so thick sometimes not seeing what is happening right in front of her eyes.
I don’t know if I am going to carry on with this series. It is a shame after 8 books but my love affair with Gin is over. Ms Estep has to pull something incredible out of the bag for the next book to bring this back up to the standard it started out as. I am going to give Deadly Sting 2.5 stars. (less)