Those were my sentiments for Michelle Sharp as I finished this book, because to me, Dream Huntress had the perfect balance of fun, sexiness...moreCrushed it.
Those were my sentiments for Michelle Sharp as I finished this book, because to me, Dream Huntress had the perfect balance of fun, sexiness and mystery, leaving me with that warm, fuzzy, good read feeling. It was fantastic!
Jordan Delaney is a sassy, no-nonsense police detective working undercover in one of the seediest bars you can imagine. Her approach to her job is admirable. She should probably be more scared than she is, however, surrounded by such disgusting examples of the male species without any backup - and not even wearing enough clothes to hide a gun! - but she handles it all with aplomb. That's not to say she's 100% brash swagger, though, or that she doesn't have a vulnerable side. When people come close to discovering her big supernatural secret she soon loses a lot of that bravado. She was a fascinating character and a great heroine.
Also on the scene is Tyler McGee, the bar's latest security man who is definitely more than he seems. The pair of them had great chemistry together, although their relationship was not without its irritations as they both often got in each other's way. We're not sure at first precisely what Tyler's goal is, but he's definitely not happy to have someone putting themselves in danger right before his eyes. His cop instincts - retired or no - won't allow it to go unnoticed. Of course, as these things often go, that initial irritation soon led to something more romantic. As their relationship changed and evolved and we got to know the characters more, I really grew to like them both individually and together.
Aside from the romance there was a great storyline which nicely tied together Tyler's back story as well as Delaney's supernatural abilities. It culminated in a nail-biting and almost heartbreaking finish, one that left me on the very edge of my seat and rooting for a HEA with all my might.
All together, an excellent read - 5 Stars! ★★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
When you read a lot of romances as I do, you start to notice the really commonly used tropes popping up again and again. In this case we have...moreUnbroken
When you read a lot of romances as I do, you start to notice the really commonly used tropes popping up again and again. In this case we have two: friends to lovers, and the fake relationship ruse. You can add to that a nice dollop of scarred hero, and reluctant-in-love heroine, and all together, you've got a tasty mix that should satisfy even seasoned romance junkies.
Cade, our hero, was badly injured in a rodeo "accident" a few years back and walks with a limp. He's still struggling to come to terms with his broken body and hasn't quite gotten there yet. Cade's BFF since childhood, Amber, is not without her own baggage, either. She was a foster kid and was bounced around from place to place as a child and teen and has never felt wanted or accepted anywhere. This led to her making a lot of poor romantic choices as a younger girl - letting men use her body but without understanding how to form any kind of emotional attachment to them - and so now she's sworn off all men. Well, except for best friend Cade, of course. He's different, and has never treated her the way the other boys did - Awww!
So as you can see, we're all set up nicely for a friends to lovers epiphany *lightbulb!*. It's just a matter of waiting for them to see what's been in front of them the whole time!
Overall, I enjoyed the romance in Unbroken. It was sweet, sexy and had a great set up with them having to pretend to already be together. The only thing I might have liked better would have been if either of have them would have realised they weren't just "scratching an itch" a little sooner. Instead, it seemed like the author tried to fit a whole book's worth if gushy romancey talk into the last few pages. It was a bit too toooo sugary.
Great fun read - 4 Stars ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. (less)
This was just pure fun in a bucket, you guys. Absolutely entertaining from front to back. It's a YA Urban Fantasy with romantic elements...moreDragontastic!
This was just pure fun in a bucket, you guys. Absolutely entertaining from front to back. It's a YA Urban Fantasy with romantic elements based around a secret society of dragon shifters who come into their powers during their teens and are then drafted into a sort of "Dragon High" to learn how to control their new gifts.
The main character is Bryn, a soon-to-be sixteen-year-old, who was just fantastic; witty, snarky, and hilarious. Her sudden change from ordinary human to BOOM!YOU'RE A DRAGON! was handled with comedic aplomb. No serious drama llamas in sight here. It was light-hearted, freaky shifting fun!
The romantic interest was sweet as could be, although a little slow on the uptake! I think I'd have preferred if he were closer to Bryn's own age, though. He was nineteen, which seems very different to newly sixteen. And that is very hypocritical of me to say since my husband is 14 years my senior! But it's different with teens. Especially ones as young as 15/16. Anyhoo, that was my only concern. Otherwise he was perfect! :)
All together, a great, fun read! Highly recommended.
I was about to type, 'here we are back with McCollum doing what she does best,' but having just read her recent YA Urban Fantasy, which I...moreCrimson Heart
I was about to type, 'here we are back with McCollum doing what she does best,' but having just read her recent YA Urban Fantasy, which I ended up rating higher than anything else of hers so far, maybe that's not quite what I mean any more. But it certainly is nice to feel in comfortable hands with a writer in her element as McCollum is with her hunky Highlanders!
Crimson Heart is yet another great, feel-good romance with a nice switcheroo happening in the supernatural department. It's the man that has the magic this time. A nice twist, and a great setting for their romance with plenty of intrigue.
4 Stars! ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This was a really sweet read. I hadn't read book one, but since that couple aren't really in this book, it was fine.
We join the story in full swing wi...moreThis was a really sweet read. I hadn't read book one, but since that couple aren't really in this book, it was fine.
We join the story in full swing with, I presume, events from the last book in effect because our heroine is hightailing it across country, transporting our hero who's just been poisoned to get help at her family's secret retreat. Her father is the exiled king of the white tiger shifters, and Gina and Mitch's emerging relationship may be the beginning of a foretold prophesy for the Shifter Royal house.
I enjoyed King's Throne. It was a great new spin on the Shifter race, with an engaging plot. It was sexy, but otherwise had quite a sweet, clean cut feel to its styling and its characterisation.
A sweet sexy read with likebale characters 3.5 Stars ★★★1/2
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I really didn't know what to expect with this one. To me, Heather McCollum = Hunky Highlanders, albeit with a dash of paranormal, but this? Contempora...moreI really didn't know what to expect with this one. To me, Heather McCollum = Hunky Highlanders, albeit with a dash of paranormal, but this? Contemporary. YA. Fantasy. It was so different, but so very, very good! I absolutely loved it!
Jule Welsh has always had a beautiful bel canto voice that entranced listeners, as did her mother. But then her mother went crazy and stopped singing, and started spouting nonsense about Jule not being safe with the people she's known all her life. And the new guy in school started acting like he wants to rip her throat out every time she makes a sound. Sounds like just another day in the life of your average teenager!
This story might seem like it's your typical YA set-up, what with the brooding new guy and all, but it was soooo good and played out so differently to what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised by each new twist and turn, and really enjoyed the romance side of it too. It was excellent!
I highly encourage any fans of YA Paranormal/Fantasy looking for something new and fun to try this one. You won't be sorry!
5 Stars ★★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This was a definite change of pace for me. I don't recall ever reading this kind of genre before, but... I liked it!
Our hero, Deacon, is a great introduction to cowboys for newbies such as myself, because he's part city boy, part country boy, and conflicted as hell about it. The news of his father's death brings him back to his childhood home, a working ranch that he positively HATES, to face his past so he can, hopefully, put it behind him forever. By destroying it. But will tearing down a few old buildings really help? And why does he hate it so much? The reasons take a while to come out, and until then Deacon's behaviour seems excessive and hard to swallow. Eventually, though, I grew to love him (and his brothers!) and, let me tell you this little nugget: he makes a very enthusiastic bed partner! That's all I'm saying...
Mackenzie Byrd was the childhood friend of Deacon's sister who had an annoying crush on him as teenagers. Now she's all grown up and determined to save the thing he hates most - The Triple C Ranch. I found Mackenzie to be smart, capable, and with the same mix of personalities problem as Deacon, except she's part tomboy, part girlie-girl. Which was an endearing mix. And although they wanted very different things, I was happy to see they went about their little war without resorting to any nasty underhanded tactics. Much.
All in all, this was a superb read. Prepare yourself for some seriously sensual scenes, some ridiculously hot brothers, and some sweet family moments in Branded. The warm fuzzies were a-happening all over the show with this one, and I can't wait to dive back into this world with the next instalment. I wonder which brother it will be!
4 Stars ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)