Diana has had a hard life. After losing her daughter, she falls into a deep funk. Struggling with alcoholism and depression, she does the only thing she can: she devotes herself to work. Seems following a routine is the only thing that keeps her going. Of course, picking a career dominated by men doesn’t make things any easier. Despite the odds against her, she fights her way through the ranks and manages to make a place for herself doing a job she loves. While the pain of her loss will never go away and she doubts she’ll ever be able to move on emotionally, at least she’s managed to keep going physically. That is, until she finds a savage creature chained up in a hidden section of the subway tunnels. Is it beast or man? Or a little of both? Either way, Diana’s routine life is about to change.
Alric spent years locked in the darkness. Alone and angry, his fury festered until his thoughts lingered on little else but revenge. When fate sends him a way out, he jumps on the opportunity like a raving lunatic, lashing out at the first and only living thing to grace his underground prison in over a hundred years. Lucky for him, Diana is resilient and tough. Perhaps it’s pity she feels for Alric, or maybe an overwhelming need to succeed where she’s failed so miserably before, whatever the driving force, she manages to survive his assault and nurses him back to health. Together, the two of them find love and happiness. But at what cost? Five years later, Diana is a changed woman and Alric is the strong warrior he once was in the past. Life is good. Or at least as decent as it can be when you’re married to an immortal who fights demons, is overprotective, bossy, and domineering. It’s time for the old Diana to re-emerge. Can the life she and Alric have survive the change?
Dark Immortal has a deeply emotionally allure to it. Both Diana and Alric are troubled by their past, who they were, and who they still are. These lingering doubts surface once the fairy-tale life they’d so carefully built over the last five years is shattered by an eye-opening event that nearly costs Diana her life. The story moves slowly for about the first one-hundred pages, but necessarily so. Even though Alric is her husband, Diana’s memory of the last five years is completely gone. Imagine waking up in her situation. As visually appealing as Alric may be, he’s a complete stranger and she’s terrified. Then throw in demons and flying object…yeah, total nightmare. It’s going to take time for her to adjust.
While I enjoyed the story, I found myself getting a little irritated at times by the emotional tug of war. One minute Diana and Alric are rediscovering their feelings for each other, and the next one or the other is contemplating how the other would be better off without them. It felt like one step forward, two steps back. But I had to remind myself that it’s a given for me to know they are married and love each other, even though Diana can’t remember that herself, and Alric is the type of guy who constantly struggled with the darkness inside him. Diana was not the same woman after her memory returned so in a sense, they were starting a brand new relationship, which tends to have it’s back and forth moments.
Overall, Dark Immortal is a story worth reading. I still have some unanswered questions and there are some definite loose ends, but I’m hoping that means there are more stories in the works. Ms. Coi introduced plenty of secondary characters who piqued my interest and it’d sure be a shame to let their stories end here. Yes, that was a veiled hint to the author in case she missed that.
If you’re looking for something other than the quickie, the wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am kind of book, then you just might enjoy Dark Immortal by J.K. Coi. It’s a deeply emotional tale with complex characters to warm your heart and capture your soul. With its fair share of hunky heroes, diabolical demons, and damsels in distress, it’s a story I’m certain to remember for a while to come.(less)
Tuck jumped from the frying pan into the fire. After escaping the Gutters, a vicious band of children and teenagers who were bent on killing and eating him, Tuck emerged alive only to be taken by another gang for their prostitution ring. If being drugged to the gills in preparation for a life of sexual slavery wasn’t bad enough, Tuck soon finds himself rescued only to be made a spy for the government. Yet the rebels want Tuck to turn into a double agent and give them information instead. Tuck’s having a hell of a week and the only one he can trust is the sexy soldier that seems to care about him beyond all good sense.
Hell’s End is a quick paced, action packed roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Set in an alternate science fiction world, the planet is ravaged by gangs, violence, and a seemingly corrupt government. Every level offers some different source of danger and conflict. The world building is ambitious and impressive. There are several holes in the logic governing the planet and it’s various levels but the fast, near non-stop action, and maze-like plot helped me ignore any problems. There’s so much going on with such a large cast that the story absorbed almost all my attention just to keep up with everything and everyone.
The characters are well defined but there are a lot of them. This isn’t a problem, per se, but since each new character is more interesting than the last, it does mean that none of them get the space they really deserve, perhaps they will in future books. The main characters of Tuck and Ivan, the government soldier who falls for Tuck, make a nice couple. They help drive the action and give it a central point amid the swirling chaos that seems to always be present. I think there’s too much going on to really devote the necessary time and attention to their romance to make it truly believable but I liked it as a counterpoint to the violence that perpetuates the world and story.
While reading I was quickly and thoroughly absorbed from the start. It sucked me in so I read it pretty fast and without too many breaks. I worry that I won’t be able to remember all the necessary details if there are any subsequent books in the series but the author’s imagination is let loose. The creativity and delight of this world, with all its darkness and hidden beauty, is a wonder. The plot is ambitious and reaches perhaps too far with the genetic manipulations, bots, spies upon spies, traitors, moles, and so on but it makes for a lightening fast and extremely entertaining read. I would easily recommend this for sci-fi fans that like a lot of action and a complicated plot. This is not a difficult read but it’s also not what I’d consider a breezy read either. It’s absorbing for the right person.
Nick was forced into a life that many would cringe at, including myself. Yet, he somehow made it out of that life and just wants to live the life of a quiet professor just like he deserves. However, his past catches up with him and threatens to destroy everything he has created over the years.
I had been previously introduced to Nick in another story about his brother, so I knew a bit of what I was getting into. Nick reminds me of a tiger waiting to pounce. He seems beautiful and majestic from a distance, but get too close and you will get scratched. Lucky for Gen he pounces on her, but in all the right ways. He introduced her to a lifestyle that many of us read about and what to know more of. Nick is a character that was elusive enough that I wanted to know more even at the end of the story. I would love to read a story about his and his brother’s childhood so I can better understand the man he has become.
Gen was a surprising character to me. At first I expected her to be some type of secret spy, detective or even a hired hit woman. There was something about her that just screamed “I am more than what meets the eyes”. What I had not expected was for her to live such a mild mannered lifestyle. She just seemed like she needed adventure and excitement on a regular basis. Which was further confirmed when she and Nick got together, because their time spent together is anything but calm and mild.
The plotline within this story had a lot of complex turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Whether it was the characters’ budding relationship with one another, their relationships with friends and family, or the threat of being discovered at any minute, there was never a dull moment. I know that this pair will have a long and exciting life together, and I hope I get to see them again in future stories.(less)
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... Ruined. Sarah Vere is the victim of early nineteenth century society – and events that s...moreOriginally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... Ruined. Sarah Vere is the victim of early nineteenth century society – and events that she never expected. She does her best to face down the rumors, and the delighted horror of society. To be abandoned by that same society might be a relief.
But she’s abandoned by more than society: her best friend is forbidden to speak to her …and Claire, who might have been wonderful and supportive, suddenly looks on her with society’s eyes.
Abandoned by those around her (can we afford to associate with a house of questionable morals?) rejected by all that matter, Sarah is, quite suddenly, invited by those who don’t… don’t behave that is: the legendary demi-monde. Her reaction is simply to hide.
This is an absolutely emotionally gripping tale; readers find themselves on Sarah’s side from the first, wanting to fight back. Oh there’s cousin Hatty, who wants to be brave … there’s Mama, undoubtedly right, but hardly a help…
We hope for a friend to step forward, some escape to appear, anything. Sarah is no coward, but life is difficult. Sarah escapes the world via thunderous gallops on her wonderful filly. It will bring her under the eyes of someone she could not have expected…
And it seems a friend may indeed introduce her to a different part of society, and a very different sort of man. I don’t want to spoil it, so will say no more on plot, however, cast and characters are wonderful here, conversations lively, emotions amazing. I didn’t care for the abrupt change in point of view, however, we moved fluidly forward, so it is a small point in such a wonderful story. Do read.(less)
Will the world end with a bang, a whimper or so slowly that no one notices anything until it’s too late? This collection offers five terrifying glimpses into how and why everything ends for individuals, societies and even the entire human race.
It’s scary to think that someday the human race will end. Whether our descendants die out or evolve into a new species has yet to be determined but one of the loneliest fates I can imagine is outliving ever other human being and then face one’s own mortality. The stories in the book are spooky, sad, and even occasionally funny but all of them attempt to describe what it would be like to be in this situation.
Till Dawn was full of run-on sentences that made it difficult to follow the narrator’s thoughts. I suspect that it was intended to show the narrator’s disorganized thinking and possibly hint at an underlying mental illness. The concept was quite intriguing but I spent so much time trying to figure out if the narrator was reliable that I never quite got into it.
After All shows what would really happen in an apocalypse: the wealthy would hog all of the resources, everyone else would die slowly and terribly. The question is, though, what happens many generations from now when the wealthy re-inherit the earth? Can a society survive longterm if only a few personality types are allowed to reproduce?
Death Trapped once again had me wondering how much of what the main character described was actually happening versus how much of it was a hallucination. The entities the main character meets are so unusual that they could easily be described but even when the author’s intentions are confirmed I found myself listing reasons why the other explanation was still valid. It definitely kept me guessing, though, and the characters in this story were my favourite in the entire book.
Only Human is the strongest entry in this collection. It would be so lonely to be the last member of one’s species still alive especially while witnessing the genesis of the species that will be your replacement. The twist at the end of it was unexpected and even though it left me wanting more everything was tied together precisely and all of the questions I had at the beginning were more than satisfactorily answered.
The Bridge to Andromeda has an attention-grabbing introduction but I had trouble figuring out why it ended so abruptly or how certain aspects of the plot were intended to connect to one another. The metaphors were so well-written that I could almost see them bubbling out between the sentences. I truly wished to savour the final story but never quite understood what the author was attempting to communicate.
Despite a few bumps along the way Passport to Phelamanga is an imaginative collection of tales that I never wanted to end. I hope to read more from Michael Sutherland soon and in the meantime will be revisiting these worlds and wondering what he will come up with next!(less)
A man with needs, a woman with desires, how can the result not be explosive?
Aiden ‘Jonesin’ Jones is a retired SEAL, who wishes he wasn’t. He’d love to still be working as a medic with the rest of his team; traveling the world, hunting down the bad guys and being the one to help his comrades when things went wrong. But that’s not his life anymore, not since he lost a leg. Now his days are considerably less exciting. One thing would help though, because although he’s rehabilitated enough to enjoy many things – including waterskiing – taking a woman to his bed is his final hurdle.
Marissa Nelson works in a bar to fund her studies. She’s little but feisty and runs the place with professionalism and aplomb. It is definitely not her style to pick up customers, but when she sees Aiden waterskiing and then propping up her bar later that day, she just can’t help or ignore the attraction she feels for him.
This is the first book I have read in the Seals on Fire series and I have to say it certainly shows promise. The book is hot and sensitive and kept my interest from the first page. I liked how Marissa just went for it. She saw Aiden, fancied the pants off of him and wasn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone when she asked him back to her place.
Aiden was just adorable, and Mz Cayto handled his body image issues with great writing maturity. It was neither the main focus of the story, nor brushed aside. A well handled theme of overcoming serious injury and re-discovering sexuality. Marissa was perfect for Aiden, she had depth of character and was supportive and clearly didn’t have to fake any of her lusty desires, she was HOT for him.
Jonesin’ For Action is a character led story, not much else happens, but personally that is how I like my hot short stories. I really just want to know about the hero and heroine and imagine them riding off into the sunset together. I would certainly pick up another Samantha Cayto book and will be on the look out for more Seals on Fire.(less)
Flames of Desire is a fire-fighter debauchery! I had a lot of fun reading this short story by Angelina Rain.
The story begins with Ginelle, a heartbroken woman who has a horrible day followed by a horrible night. After certain events, things turn for the better as she’s reunited with her old high school boyfriend, Seth, and his fire fighter friends. Flames ensue. The overall plot of the story (unknown hot men wanting to have sex with Ginelle) was surreal, but the sweet backstory between the protagonists and the fiery sex compensate for the fantasy. Furthermore, this backstory and the feelings that re-emerge are what keep this short novel from leaving the romance genre and entering the sex for the sake of sex category.
To my dismay, this story had several editing mistakes that distracted me from further enjoying it. For instance, there were a few swapped tenses and words out of place: “Ginelle traced her fingered” instead of “fingers”; “collage” when it meant “college”, “over” when it meant “oven”, etc.
It was nettlesome, just like the very last line of the novel, which reminded me of a line pulled from a porn film. The choice of words was unfortunate because, as I mentioned before, the author had successfully managed to tread the delicate line between porn and romance.
Truly, Flames of Desire is more than just intense sex between five gorgeous men and a woman. It has humor, an easy flowing plot and there is emotion and sentiment in every touch and caress that the characters give and take (for instance the male/male scene or simply the way Seth and Ginelle interact).
Flames of Desire is a fun, extremely hot story, best read in privacy, especially because if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time forgetting the idea of five men in bed.
If you were going to go to an island vacation hotspot in the form of a spicy novel, then this book would be your destination.
Trust Me centers around three men who run an island resort. Two of them are the central characters in this hot read. At a wedding for Kira and Gabe, Alec meets the sexy Brooke, who just happens to be Gabe’s editor. The two light up enough sparks between them for a Fourth of July picnic. When the two head off for a quickie, neither one will ever be the same again.
The other main character in this tale is Will. He meets Angel on a phone sex line and is hooked by her stammering and nervous voice. The two hit it off and soon are doing much more than talking. These two give a new meaning to the term phone sex. Both give as good as they get and the exchange of lust is equal on both ends.
The two stories intertwine and I was turning the pages of my e-reader faster than ever to find out what happens. After Brooke goes back to the mainland, she remembers the hot night she had with Alec and goes to a sex club with a guy she is dating. This has some terrible consequences and when she sees Alec again, they raise their ugly head.
Will and Angel have a unique phone relationship that blossoms into real love across the wires. When Angel has to make a choice with her work that could compromise her safety, Will gets involved. Her knight in shining armor, he saves the woman he loves from a situation that could have really hurt her and takes her off to his island paradise.
Trust Me has a unique blend of lust and characters that you can fall in love with. Each one is crafted carefully and you can really feel the emotions and sexiness ooze off the page. Hot read!
Love on the beach without sand in my shorts. That is the perfect vacation. This read was lusty and full of good times. There was a description of rape that could be a trigger for some. Other than that, the wild parties and hot group sex was right up there and smokin hot the whole way through. BJ Ware knows how to turn up the heat and light my fire every time.
There’s nothing a big, interfering Italian family can’t fix. Vince is having a mild mid-life crisis. After three failed marriages, he’s wondering if maybe he should try playing for the other side for a while. He’s suppressed any and all feelings for men since he was a teenager but maybe now that he’s almost forty he can finally find his true self. Enter Trey, a younger man with a troubled family life but who may just be what Vince needs. Vince not only needs to come to terms with his sexuality and his real needs but also with his huge Italian family. A family that is determined to be involved every step of the way.
Family Man is a warm, charming story about two men that find love amid family drama. Trey has an alcoholic mother and a dependant grandmother while working two jobs and trying to finish college. Vince has an interfering family that is loud, large, and very opinionated. Falling for each other is pretty easy but making it work amid the chaos takes work. It’s a kind of work that is lovely to watch unfold. The two men have a great relationship with real chemistry and a nice progression. They are instantly attracted but don’t fall into bed right away. Instead that excitement and desire of first meeting someone with great chemistry is shown to great effect. Their passion builds slowly, step by step, in concert with their relationship. When the two finally sleep together, it’s easy to believe these two are deeply in love.
The writing really shines here with two styles blending well. The narrative alternates between first and third person (Trey and Vince respectively). The characters are three dimensional with a lot of flaws and strengths. They fit well together, leaning on each other and playing to each other’s strengths. There’s some nice depth to the issues brought up, dealing with addiction in the family and the fear of being gay in a very traditional and religious family. Vince’s family especially is wonderful and one of those amazing, annoying, but fabulous groups of people that seem too good to be true even with all their drawbacks.
It’s hard to find anything to criticize with such a well-written book. It’s ends a bit too easily and the family does take care of everything a bit too much. These easy resolutions do take some of the reality away from the book, but I personally didn’t mind so much. In the end I think fans of the author will really quite like this one and enjoy it for the heartwarming message.
Callum may look sweet and innocent but he’s ready for anything Sin can dish out. Callum is a professional chef and extremely successful at work. His personal life, however, is another story. Relationships never seem to work out for Callum and he’s decided to stick to one night stands. Sinclair, an ex-mercenary, thought the same thing. Yet when these two meet, sparks fly instantly and neither man can get enough. When Callum’s number one fan comes stalking, Sin is there to stop him.
Tempting Sin is apparently a re-released story from Amber Kell. The original story was published three years ago and this edition has been re-edited with some added scenes. I didn’t read the original story but just so fans of the author know – this isn’t an original. That said it’s very similar to other Kell stories. The main characters are fun, light, and interesting enough but they’re not very three-dimensional. Sin is a big, badass ex-merc that immediately falls in love and takes over Callum’s life. His overprotective nature is a bit ridiculous but the story isn’t going for a realistic take on relationships. Likewise Callum is a magnificent chef with a heart of gold, adorable looks and deep vulnerability. He can take care of himself but doesn’t mind overbearing men in life, which is good because there are a lot.
The plot mostly consists of the two falling instantly in love with a side plot about Callum’s stalker. I’m not sure why this was added and frankly the story didn’t need it. The time and space would have been better spent developing the too-quick relationship between the main men. They fall in love, move in, declare their love, and talk marriage all within a few days. It’s lightning fast but then again I expect that kind of thing from Kell. There are a few too many cutesy affectionate names used and the sex isn’t as hot as Kell normally delivers. It’s not tame but there’s less of it than usual.
Fans of the author should know what to expect with this offering. I didn’t hate it but it’s not one of my favorites of Kell’s. The dialogue feels weaker and more sappy than usual, but the light, easy, fun feel of the story is still there. These are fun to read, never last long, and usually offer some great sex. This one feels a bit too predictable – which is sad since it has a decent set up and some eye-catching characters. I’ll probably continue with the series as I like the characters well enough and hope the next one is better. Amber Kell’s books always feel like fun, popcorn reads to me and entertain despite any problems. (less)
And even those words don’t do this justice. Ms. Scott has got serious writing chops. She made me love this book, even though it’s nothing like my usual choice for reading and even though it’s terribly sad and tragic for the vast majority of its pages. She creates incredibly real characters in Jacob and Sam, then puts them in a place that broke my heart.
They aren’t always the most endearing of people. They do things that are frustrating, dishonest, and heart-rending. But they always love each other, and they always determine to make a life for themselves. Jacob’s first and only real goal in life it to take care of his sister. As we learn the truth of what happened, we understand what drives him so frantically to keep her safe.
Sam doesn’t remember what happened to put them in the place where they are. And she’s remarkably typical for a girl her age, except that she’s dressing and acting as a teenaged boy. No punches are pulled in this book; there is language, graphic situations and more. Even something like Sam’s first period are described so clearly I was cramping up right there with her.
Thankfully, all is not bleak here. Eventually they meet a good-hearted man and his girlfriend who take them under their wings, but even that doesn’t go smoothly.
This isn’t a book for light reading. It’s one you will think about long after you finish and wonder if this is how it truly is for some kids out there. It’ll make you grateful for your rather normal life and will cause you to count your blessings, no matter how small.
Reading Desert Rice is a life-changing experience and I’m glad I was able to read it.
He’d inherited an old mansion that had knight’s armor set up in the hallway. As he was on his way up the next landing, he “pets” the old armor on the way by. Then he notices there is an extra set: Where could that have come from? The worst part was that there was someone in the armor and that someone was determined to have his head!
Mr. Greenough has written a fairy tale that includes time travel, wizards, giants, a dragon and, of course, a beautiful princess. He includes more than one source of danger and adds a little life lesson to the story, too. His words flow well, the story was interesting and I liked the ending. I won’t tell you about it, you’ll have to read this story yourself to find out what happened at the end.
Alexander manages to keep his head but he’s amazed to find the knight trying to kill him is a wizard and he’s here to transport him to another kingdom to kill the evil wizard. Alexander attempts to explain he has no fighting skills and is not a knight, but the wizard isn’t listening. The “new” earth he visits is in the medieval age and is a lovely place. Well, mostly lovely, if you don’t count the evil wizard’s monsters.
Before he gets to the castle, he acquires a strange pet, meets the princess, and has to fight off monsters. He’d love to steal the red ball of power and go home, but it’s not happening. He has thirty days to learn to fight and kill the evil wizard.
The story has humor, sacrifice, and a goodly amount of self-realization that you don’t have to accept how things are, you can change them. It’s an entertaining story with characters you grow to care about. It’s a novella, so why not get a copy and enjoy a reading treat today?
Finally, an author has written a story about a shifter female finding a human mate. You find in so many paranormal stories a human female and a shifter male lead that I found it refreshing to see the opposite in this story. On top of that, the author found a way to have a strong shifter female without emasculating Pete, the hero in Undone. While it may be questionable at times on who can win physically, it is clear to me that Pete is every bit an alpha male even if he cannot turn into a ferocious bear.
Marianna is a character that I quickly fell in love with. She has a spice for life that you just don’t see in many stories. While she can certainly be a reckless party girl, she also bears a lot of weight on her shoulders from various places such as her Amoveo blood, family, friends, and enemies – whether they be forthcoming are hidden in the shadows. While at first I saw some of her behavior as reckless, as I learned more about her I discovered that she needs a way to let her hair down to keep from crumbling under all the pressure placed onto her. She also discovers that she can depend on Pete to help lift some of that burden as well.
Pete is an awesome man; he is the ultimate good guy. He clearly wants to make life better for those around him. It’s one of the attributes that made him a good cop previously and a good bodyguard/babysitter for Marianna. He has a way of seeing situations differently than the average human which makes him a true asset to the Amoveos and humans. One characteristic that I absolutely adore is his ability to push back. He never sees himself as weak especially when surrounded by preternatural beings, but instead analyses a situation and figures out how to make it work for him. This quality was truly enduring and makes me have a special appreciation for him.
I am a long time fan of this series and have truly enjoyed seeing the progression of not only the storyline but also the author’s ability. While all of the previous stories have been entertaining, I can see the progress that the author has made in finding a way to connect with her audience by painting a picture so clearly, it makes me forget the world around me. Many times I found myself so enthralled, that I had to shake my head just to jostle myself out of the Amoveo world and tend to the real world.
If you are not a follower of this series you can still enjoy Undone, though you may find certain areas unclear. I appreciate that the author does not go in too many summaries or explanations about characters and conflicts from previous stories. I have always found summaries tedious and downright boring. So some of the group or Amoveo conflicts, such as the counsel breaking up, may baffle a new reader, but Marianna and Pete’s romantic plot will keep anyone more than interested. Plus, if you have not read the series this will be a great time to pick up the previous books as well as this one and I assure you will not be disappointed.(less)
Joanie has a secret that only her best friend Zane knows about. She is torn between blurting it out to the world and fearfully keeping it to herself. However, time is running out and she must decide on what to do and how to do it…
Joanie and Zane, who are both juniors in high school, have been best friends for a long time. They know each other very well and spend lots of time together. In fact, Joanie’s parents are under the impression that they are more than best friends and are assuming that they would be going to the prom together despite Joanie’s repeated protests that they are not more than friends.
Joanie is 16 and has a great family with parents and a sister who all love her. She does well in school and has a best friend to hang out with, so she seems to have the perfect life. However, she is afraid of what her family and her classmates’ reactions would be if they found out she is gay. Would she lose them as family and friends?
Kate, a new girl in school, is about to shake things up for Joanie. Not only is she pretty and smart, but she also likes girls. When she asks Joanie out on a date, Joanie begins to worry that even though this is what she has been waiting for, could she handle the consequences if someone found out???
I Kiss Girls is a sweet story that is a bit predictable, but nevertheless satisfying and reassuring for teenagers who are in similar circumstances. While I was reading it, I felt as though it were similar to an episode of my favorite family TV series in which things got resolved neatly, which is not a bad thing since I always want to watch reruns of it.
I Kiss Girls does have a couple of very interesting twists to the story which I really enjoyed. For a great young adult story that has a LGBT theme, be sure check out I Kiss Girls to find out how Joanie figures out how to live her life and be true to herself.(less)
When you are broken, there is no better place to go than home and no better treatment than love.
Devin has been fighting in the shifter/Dragon war for fifteen years, some of which he spent as a prisoner of war. Returning home to continue life as a broken wolf, Devin tries to deal with his mental and physical issues. Enter Lena. She’s the youngest daughter of the family across the street, but Devin doesn’t remember her from before the war.
But Lena knows exactly who Devin is. During his farewell party Lena made the connection that Devin was her mate. Only being seven, she wasn’t even a blip on his radar so she has been biding her time, waiting and praying for his safe return. Now that he is home, she decides now is as good a time as any to stake her claim on her man.
Of course, nothing ever really goes as planned and this short story is the tale of Devin and Lena’s mating dance. He is too hung up on his wellbeing, or lack of it, and she is completely unconcerned about it. I think the author did a really great job with the push and pull of the relationship for such a short story. I think this was a great lead in to what could be a really epic series about dragons. Rebecca Royce did the right thing with giving us just enough detail about the war to get us interested without slowing the pace of the entire story.
So let’s recap: Dragons, Shifters, broken Alpha male, strong female protagonist and steamy sex. Sign me up!(less)
Rori Foster overheard Mack Dimitri making a bet with her fellow co-workers saying that he could get her in his bed just by having her tear up over a letter he will send her on Valentines Day. This did not sit well with her because she despised Mack with a passion, so she decided that she would turn the tables on him.
In order for Mack’s plan to work, he needed someone’s help, so he went to Delivery by Cupid and enlisted the help of Damios Persis who upon hearing what Mack had planned decided to get to know Mack’s target which was Rori.
Cupid Only Rings Twice was a very cute story that was short but entertaining. The developing relationship between Rori and Damios was fun to watch and when they finally got together it was worth the wait. The premise of the story was interesting and the introduction of Damios’ competitor Zach who operated a similar business called Love Demon was a nice twist.
The competition between Damios and Zach, one trying to protect Rori and the other not caring about protecting her helped broaden the story. I’ve read quite a few books by Sam Cheever and I have not been disappointed, her style of writing and the way she introduces her characters always makes for a good reading experience.
Alaina Howard enters her office one morning to find the other, previously unoccupied, desk now home to a rather good looking man. After exchanging a few pleasantries with Jordan Blake, Alaina goes to her uncle to try and find out why a man with little to no computer experience was now working in an IT department. Although her uncle explains his reasons Alaina leaves his office with more questions than answers. Surprised again when Jordan takes Abe—his service dog—for a walk, Alaina finds the more she sees of her new office mate, the deeper the mysteries around him grow. Caught somewhere between curiosity and suspicion, a volatile mix of emotions grow around Alaina and Jordan, creating a bond neither can deny.
Quite a number of times throughout the book I found Alaina came across as very judgmental– like her outwardly showing distaste for Jordan when she assumes (incorrectly) that he’s going outside for a smoke, or when she again leaps to conclusions that because Jordan isn’t blind he has “no need” for his service dog. Such instant reactions were in some respects understandable, but they left me with the impression that anything not crystal clear makes Alaina react with suspicion and distaste. This hit me particularly when she asked Jordan to leave his service dog behind when they go to the movies. Although Alaina didn’t know just how much Jordan relies on Abe for his physical and emotional health, the fact he had kept his dog with him every minute for the weeks of time they’d spent together should have tipped her off to what a monumental thing requesting he be left behind was. It felt unthinking of her, like she assumed she knew better than Jordan himself did.
I didn’t find Alaina to be anything like the common heroine, but this made me more intrigued as to where the plot and interactions would go. None of her reactions were aggressive enough for me to dislike her character, but it was a brave move on the author’s behalf writing her like this – and one that I feel strengthens the conflict within the story. Instead of being a wishy-washy, sunshine-and-roses style of book, it’s a lot sharper and more realistic. I really liked this and found these differences in plot excellent. Some readers, however, mightn’t feel the same and might find it difficult to relate to Alaina.
I also particularly liked how Jordan wasn’t your average hero who has made it back after time in the army. He’s not lost a limb or got disfiguring scars and needs the nurture and love of a good woman to make it all right. Instead he’s got a more difficult—and uncommon—problem to deal with, that of anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a mixed bag of other issues. Again I thought this was a brave and excellent side-step from what could have become a story like many others. It made the plot feel fresh and deeply interesting to see how Alaina and Jordan would deal with things. I found myself turning the pages and deeply sunk into the story, engrossed. For those looking for a sweet story that breaks out of the more traditional roles one expects; this could well be a refreshing and wonderful read.
Baby, it’s Cold Outside had a wonderful start. It was sexy with some great punch lines throw in. Things started to heat up, slowly, dragging out the sexual tension between Ben and Jade. It was turning out to be a delicious hot read.
Unfortunately, after the lights went out in the story, things stopped flowing so smoothly. The interactions between the characters became stilted, even awkward at times. It didn’t matter that Ben was a “real man” that cried for his son, or that Jade’s plan had exceeded expectations. Just like it had appeared, the magic between them evaporated. Small issues niggled, like one point in the story when Jade is wearing Ben’s shirt because “he must have taken it off before she’d arrived.” If he was investigating a criminal’s house why would he have the need to take off his shirt and then put his sweater back on?
What saves Baby, It’s Cold Outside, from being a bad reading experience is the vividly scorching descriptions and the killer beginning (I’m still grinning about a few of the lines there). It was still a good read, but it could have been superb as this author is clearly talented. I’ll be on the look out for more from her.
Firehouse Five Chief Pearce Johnson and long-time friend and co-worker Special OPS, Mitch share a private and mutual desire for each other that goes back a long time. When they finally act on it while in the sauna after work, it becomes a dilemma in both their professional and personal lives.
While Pearce’s wife, Ellie is more than willing to allow the sweet, eager fireman into their lives and their bed, Pearce has a problem with jeopardizing his career for an affair that goes against Firehouse Rules. Mitch, Pearce and Ellie can’t get enough of each other on their personal time, but Pearce becomes increasingly cool and distant to Mitch while at work. The situation leads to a personal crisis for the three, who have quickly grown to love one another beyond their expectations.
How does the trio resolve this sensitive problem without giving up their careers and friendships? The solution becomes evident when danger intervenes and the level of their feelings and commitments are quickly defined. This story demonstrates the value of love and the choices we make when we honor that value.
This is also a vigorously hot and sexy read. Ms. Petrova does an excellent job of making the words sizzle right off the page. My only question with this story is whether there is a bit too much of that kind of action for the kind of relationship story this is. I felt there might be a bit of an imbalance in that way because this is very much a love story with an important message that earns center stage.
Given that, still I enjoyed every page. I’m delighted as always with Em Petrova’s story telling talents, and recommend Controlled Burn as a compelling romance that burns as hot as the title suggests.
Candy Dillon has her head in work. She’s busy, busy, busy with her career in engineering. Her childhood sweetheart however, Jeremiah Lange has hit the stratosphere in his career; not only is he a rodeo champion, he’s also a Country music star star. Their worlds couldn’t be further apart or their lives more different. Candy feels hers is dull and uneventful; if only she could get her adrenaline pumping and grab some fun.
Fate plays her hand and throws Candy and Jeremiah into the same bar one night. Before she knows it, Candy is telling her old friend about her frustration It’s all right for him, he’s seen the world, experienced the highs, but for her, not so much, not at all in fact.
Before she knows it Jeremiah is flying through the air with her on a bungee jump and they’re making out on a Ferris wheel – yes the sparks from years ago are still there. But after a night of serious hotness, where all her dreams come true, will they still have something to work with in the morning?
I have read Ms Austin’s books before, she’s a go-to-author for me as she never disappoints. Sugar Girl is no exception. It’s a hot, sexy read with characters who connect with each other and the reader. There is a nice build up to the steamy action, I really enjoyed the fact that Jeremiah was a super-star yet it didn’t take over the story.
Candy was feisty and sweet, I could see why Jeremiah liked her so much. The sex scenes are intense and emotional, the writing flows and heats up the page. All in all a great short read and a wonderful addition to the Naughty Sleepover series. I recommend it if you like m/f romance with some seriously steamy action.(less)
The unnamed narrator of this book certainly has his hands full! It’s difficult enough to travel on horseback over rough roads with a stranger when you’re not worried about her safety. He comes across as a man with little to no experience communicating with members of the opposite sex who come from his social class much less a noblewoman. I imagine that he’d much rather protect someone who doesn’t have such strong opinions about life.
Lady Daphne’s astute description of her impending arranged marriage made me instantly like her. She is understandably wary of marrying a stranger based on what he’s told her about his life in a letter before but is determined to give it her best shot. At times I wished I could view certain scenes from her point of view as she was such an intriguing character.As interesting as the narrator was I actually found myself spending more time wondering about Lady Daphne’s thoughts.
The metaphors were also quite memorable. The most vivid example of the care Mr. White took in painting unforgettable scenes involved a ship called The Alexander violently crashing into a dock in one of the first scenes. I shuddered in sympathy as he described the hull being torn apart by the terrible collision as if it was a living entity.
Despite clocking in at 20 pages Shades of Blue feels like a full length novel. I finished it wishing there could be more to this tale and hoping that Mr. White gives readers another opportunity to get to know these characters better in the future.
Shades of Blue is the perfect choice for anyone who loves surprises. I had a tentative theory about what might happen to Lady Daphne and the narrator early on but learning the truth was as entertaining as revising my predictions along the way!
Gray has longed for more than just friendship with Damon’s sister Frankie since they were young and when she walks back into his life after all these years he is not going to let his chance slip away. Only this time around he is no longer a shy boy and is willing to prove how much he has grown up to Frankie. Gray must not only get Frankie to see him as more than that shy kid to winning her heart.
I enjoyed meeting Frankie and Gray but did not find myself getting lost in their story as much as I would have liked. Frankie is a strong woman. Having just dumped her ex she is a little vulnerable but she still finds a way to open her heart to Gray. Not only is Gray strong on the outside but he is also strong on the inside where it truly counts. Watching the relationship blossom between the two was a nice read. When things start to happen to Frankie I found it hard to understand why no one went with the logical explanation and totally disregarded certain facts about what had recently happened in Frankie’s life. The relationship with Gray and Frankie is not only a hot one but it also is a romantic one. Gray is such a gentlemen and refuses to treat Frankie as anything less than what she deserves. The two make a great couple so in love and ready to fight for that love.(less)
Can a stolen Therizinosaur egg laid millions of years ago actually hatch? How does a girl go about solving the mystery of what happened to it when her mother insists on shipping her off to a ranch in the middle of nowhere for two weeks?
Chiana may have a knack for getting into scrapes but she’s also good at navigating her way out of them again. At twelve years old she’s just beginning to understand why her mother disapproves of her tendency to get caught up in adult investigations but this doesn’t mean that Chiana will stop acting like a private investigator anytime soon. Her witty and sometimes sarcastic opinion of how the adults around her handle delicate situations injects some much needed humour into the plot. While The Case of the Missing Dinosaur Egg appears to be part of a series I was not familiar with the earlier stories when I picked this book up. I had no trouble understanding what was happening or how everyone knew each other.
My major concern about Chiana is how her relationship with her step-sister, Sarah, is portrayed by Ms. Whyte. Chiana is an intelligent, brave, and resourceful girl who hates the thought of dressing up while Sarah is described as a natural beauty who is obsessed with wearing flattering outfits and making sure every hair is in place even after a long afternoon of training with her horse. The dichotomy between Chiana and Sarah seems out of place. Why can’t a girl love fashion and running around in the woods solving mysteries?
Professor Goodenough helped to make up for the odd relationship between Sarah and Chiana. I sympathized with his efforts to keep nosy kids off of his property. Farms can be full of dangerous objects and creatures and it completely made sense that the professor would want to limit his legal liability. His sense of humour was also well developed and unflappable. It would have been amusing to observe certain scenes through his perspective as Chiana’s understanding of what is happening is only tangentially related to Professor Goodenough’s point of view.
This tale doesn’t contain any material that is inappropriate for readers age 10 or older. Some of the vocabulary used might be too difficult for younger preteens, though, which is why I’m recommending it for the 12+ age group, but younger children with more advanced reading skills would enjoy it, too.
The Case of the Missing Dinosaur Egg is a classic young adult novel in the best sense of the term. Despite a handful references to modern day books and movies I could see it being popular with late elementary and middle school students for many years to come. It is a good choice for reluctant and avid readers alike and I look forward to recommending it to young friends and relatives in the future.(less)
Family is the thread running through Lila Munro’s A Slower, Lower Leap. From the superficial to the depths of a large loving family the threads, like silks in a tapestry, weave off in different directions and into different hues, including the betrayal of family, is also a big part of this complex tale.
Snaring a reader’s attention from the get-go is the aim of all writers and Ms. Munro managed to do that here. Only by the end of the first chapter her hero Logan left me cold and disilusioned. She certainly achieved what she set out to do, but perhaps not in the manner she intended.Logan is beginning to fight his all-out loser reputation of someone who is full of resentment, not prepared to listen to advice and resents his family’s attempt to help him clean up his act. Only the fact that I agreed to review A Slower, Lower Leap persuaded me to continue. If this seems harsh, it is not meant to be. Every reader is different, and all reviews are nothing more than a personal opinion at that moment in time. So I read on and I’m glad I did. Seeing Logan through Lizzie’s eyes redeemed him to me a lot, and soon I was rooting for him too.
Ms. Munro has opted to set A Slower, Lower Leap around a special needs little boy, and it is a joy to see how Lizzie and Logan face the hoops of ‘growing up and maturing’ that she puts them through.
Yes, there are some editing issues of wrong words and typos but the strength of the author’s writing allowed me to overlook those and immerse myself in the story. The settings are strong, and for the most past the writing is fluid. The emotional impact is breath-taking and carried me to the end of the story.
The final conflict of all the characters is flagged early in the tale and well drawn out, culminating in a dramatic finale.
Ms. Munro’s A Slower, Lower Leap is not an easy or smooth read, but it catches at your heartstrings and doesn’t let go. Her heroine, Lizzie has a complex background with strings attached. Strings she can’t share with anyone if she wants to keep the one person that makes her life worthwhile. And yet family, in all its complex shades, is an integral part of Ms. Munro’s story and make for a long list of cast members.
For readers who enjoy family orientated romance, this is a book worth serious consideration.(less)
Marisa Chenery’s exciting Werewolf Sentinels’ series continues with Ice Claimed. Ice Claimed is book # 5 in the series, and it is one I’ve been waiting for.
I’ve been intrigued by Durlach since the series started, and his story was worth waiting for. He’s learned to cook for one thing, so there weren’t as many laughs as I’d anticipated. Durlach is surprised to find his mate is living so close to home. In his Dire wolf form the first time they meet, wily Durlach seizes the opportunity and runs with it.
Meadow is an archaeologist who specializes in ice age Tlingit artifacts. It was almost as if she and Durlach were made for each other. She’s a cowgirl of sorts, and that’s how she and Durlach meet for the first time. Only she doesn’t know it’s him, since he’s in his Dire wolf form. He actually spooks her horse and she gets thrown. Of course, Durlach knows that he has just met his mate, so he lets Meadow think that he’s a wolf hybrid. Later on, when the sexy owner comes looking for his pet, Meadow is attracted.
What I liked about the story: Sexy alpha wolf. You know that’s my #1 priority. Durlach was a hunky hero. He’s an alpha wolf, he can kick butt.
Meadow is a heroine that knows what she wants, and it’s Durlach that she wants. Even though her friend keeps warning her against him.
I love how Ms. Chenery keeps changing things up in this series. In the last book she introduced Ryder, the Sentinels’ new shaman. He’s an intriguing character, and adds an air of mystery to the series. What secrets is he hiding, and how will they affect the Sentinels’ mission? This time she introduces an even more interesting character in Taylor. Without giving anything away, I’m hoping this may lead to a continuation of what has come to be one of my favorite shifter series. Maybe a new series entirely, if Ms. Chenery does what I think she’s going to.
But enough of my speculations, and back to the story at hand. Now for the dirty parts – as always, the love scenes were hot. Meadow and Durlach sure didn’t waste any time getting to the good stuff. That mating urge is hard to resist, and she jumped his bones right there in the kitchen.
I liked how sly Durlach was in wrangling himself a meeting with Meadow. I felt that it played to his wolfish nature. Why? Because wolves are sly and clever creatures. And so was Durlach. I also liked how he wanted to do things with his mate. I enjoyed the scenes where he cooked for her. Another favorite scene was when he went riding with her, even though he’d make a lousy cowboy. It’s the little things that count, and his desire to find something in common with his mate made the story more believable to me.
Ice Claimed wasn’t as intense as the other stories in this series. Meadow was gone for Durlach from the moment she laid eyes on him. The conflict came from Taylor, and his animosity toward Durlach. I liked how the story focused mostly on Durlach and Meadow, and their relationship.
There was also something going on in the background that brings a shift in leadership for the Dark wolves, and a new danger for the Sentinels’. And I have to say that Ms. Chenery definitely keeps this series fresh.
Ice Claimed was a fantastic read. The story went by so fast, and kept my interest from start to finish. Next up: Capac finds his mate in book # 6. I’m looking forward to that one, and hoping that it won’t be the last in this series that I’ve enjoyed so much.
I enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend it to all of my fellow shifter junkies. This is a great series from an author who knows how to keep it fresh.
I love this wonderfully unique series that is quickly making Anna Randol one of my favorite Regency romance authors. The series is about the trials and tribulations of three infamous spies who are now retired and embarking on their new lives and finding love along the way. Each book is a thrill packed adventure for these three very unique leads. I was privileged to review the first book , Sins of a Virgin , and was impressed with the Ms. Randol’s writing style as well as her vibrant characters and clever dialogue. Sins of a Ruthless Rogue is Cipher’s story and this time the author takes the readers on an exciting journey to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Clayton Campbell is exactly what his country made of him. A ruthless man who will destroy anyone that gets in his way. Years ago, he was condemned as a traitor and sentenced to hang for another persons crime. Now he’s back and out for revenge against those who betrayed him. As a young girl , Olivia betrayed the boy she loved. By the sin of omission she let him be blamed for her own father’s crime. Just as Clayton is set to destroy all that she loves Olivia is mistaken for a spy and kidnapped by political zealots. Even though Clayton is angry at Olivia he wastes no time in racing to her rescue her from danger.
I liked the characters even more in this second book.The intriguing Clayton was dark and dangerous… the perfect hero. Olivia was a spunky heroine who owned her mistakes and tried to make up for them. This story was more action packed than the first one and seemed to move at a super fast pace. Readers who are paying extra attention may catch a glimpse of whats to come in the third and final book of this series. At least I hope so because I’m breathlessly awaiting the enigmatic Ian’s story. I’ll give this book four stars and gladly recommend it to anyone looking for a historical romance filled with suspense and intrigue.(less)
What do you do when your fantasy has become so distracting, it has practically taken over your life? Well, you can arrange a 1Night Stand with a lookalike to the man of your dreams. That will get it out of your system. Right?
Regina Marshall is a successful marketing executive. Her biggest struggle? She seems obsessed with her assistant-to the point she is distracted at work. He’s been fantastic for business and she’s terrified to lose him, so in order to relieve her frustrations, she contacts Madame Eve and asks for a clone of her assistant in the hopes she’ll get over him once and for all.
Gabriel is Regina’s assistant and the object of her fantasy. Short of being good at his job and very good looking, we’re told little else of Gabriel.
There were many good aspects to this story. I enjoyed the progression of the relationship and the gradual wearing away of resistance. Regina is a very strong woman, determined to be in control at all times. Watching her learn that’s not possible was intriguing. The sex, of course, was very hot and the way Gabriel broke through Regina’s defenses was steamy and sweet at the same time.
There were also some negatives which kept me from fully investing myself in the book. It was told solely through Regina’s point of view, which is not necessarily bad, but I didn’t feel I got to know much about Gabriel because of it. Regina was hard for me to like, since it seemed she was not very good at her job and I got the impression she took credit for work Gabriel may have been responsible for.
Because of the limited number of pages, there were glimpses of back story, explaining Regina’s hesitancy, but I didn’t get much of a feel of the relationship between Regina and Gabriel prior to the 1Night Stand-other than a working relationship. Regina was sexually attracted to Gabriel, that was obvious, but there seemed to be little beyond the physical. And because we didn’t get any of Gabriel’s point of view, I am not sure what his thoughts were before he discovered Regina’s fantasy.
I enjoyed the story as a whole. Despite its shortfalls, for a short, hot one night stand, this one hits the spot.(less)
Can best friends make the best sex? It seems they can!
Shannay and Ethan are best buddies, have been for years. Growing up, their parents were great friends which threw them together at every opportunity. As they got older and their hormones began to swirl they started doing considerably more than playing at the park on bicycles and they swapped the treehouse for the bed!
I enjoyed how this story threw me into the moment, a wild night, a storm, a woman frantic to get to the man she loved but who was living in the mountains enduring self imposed isolation after major problems at work. There wasn’t a big information dump in the first chapter, I just knew what was happening and was plunged into the icy scene, therefore I kept turning those pages. My favourite sort of opening.
When Shannay reached Ethan it is of course a more complex twist of emotions, with another woman involved and Shannay not daring to reveal her true feelings. The tension heats up that cabin enough to melt an iceberg.
I liked Shannay and Ethan’s dialogue a lot, they really bounced off each other, and then when it got to the sex, phew, there was some serious bouncing. Well written and fast paced, Wild Thunder is a steamy short read that packs a punch with the raunch.
My only complaint is the length — when it ended I was looking for more, in fact I thought I had a few pages missing. I wanted to know what Ethan was going to do next and would have enjoyed living out those scenes.
All in all a good, quick coffee time read, with characters who are engaging and have a depth about them in a limited word count. I would definitely have read a full length novel about these two.
Find out what happens when luscious curves attract a most delicious cowboy who knows exactly how to use his hands!
Tara is at her sister’s wedding. She not feeling very happy having been forced to wear a gown that flatters all the other bridesmaids stick-thin figures, but as for her own, more voluptuous curves, well, the dress, and the supporting underwear, are nothing short of torture. Add in heels from hell and she’s at the end of her tether, ready to go drown her sorrows or run away into the sunset. Enter a certain hotter-than-hot cowboy who isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. Before Tara knows it they’re sharing a drink, swapping naughty, flirtatious glances, she’s unashamedly checking out his package and then they’re planning a sweaty and naked trip upstairs!
I liked Spank ‘em Cowboy. It ticked all the boxes for a seriously hot, short read. A drop-dead gorgeous guy, a plot that took off from page one, a heroine who I liked and a sense of the characters story going on when I reached the end.
Ms Cayto writes good sex scenes and delivers what the title suggests. I – being greedy – would have liked a little more spanking but then perhaps that would have over done it for a couple who’ve only just met. Either way, it’s all very steamy and sassy, Rob is one seriously drool worthy guy and I enjoyed how he took control of the situation, adored Tara from the word go and had more to offer than just a quick romp.
All in all a nice sexy read that I devoured in one sitting. If you want to get a little hot and bothered on your coffee break then grab yourself a copy of Spank ‘em Cowboy!(less)
Sometimes fate steps in to give us what we need to be happy and not always what we want in life and at the end of the day we are better for it. ‘Embracing My Submission’ is the first book in the Doms of Genesis by Jenna Jacob. This book takes the reader through a range of emotions.
Julianna is a submissive looking for a Dom. She works as a CPA during the day and is a submissive that goes by the name of Emerald at night. Her first Dom hurt her. I spent most of the book feeling sorry for Julianna and annoyed with those around her. Julianna is unclaimed after four years and it’s no wonder that she had self-esteem issues. I wondered why she hung on so long. I also wondered about her so called friends. I find it hard to believe that they did not notice her self-esteem issues or where they so self-absorbed that they did not care. Julianna was under the protection of Drake while at the club. I wonder if Drake kept other Doms away on purpose.
Mika is the owner of Genesis. His first wife died from cancer. In the beginning Mika thought that Doms could only love one slave. Mika got the shock of a life time when Julianna walked into the club. Julianna was the spitting image of Mika’s dead wife. Mika has the air of mystery about him. I loved this character but was frustrated at the same time by some of the things he pulled. I do not like people that do not try to have a conversation with someone before trying to teach them a lesson. It comes across as childish without the conversation.
The author did a wonderful job with sex scenes. They were hot and steamy. There was such chemistry between Mika and Julianna. It was apparent in and out the bedroom. It’s apparent the author did a lot of research in the BDSM lifestyle.
This book sucks you in and does not let you go until the very end. It takes you through a range of emotions. While I have not read Jenna Jacobs before, I cannot wait to read more from this author.