Sage Dumont needs to win a contract for used drilling equipment to ensure her promotion. Somebody wants her to fail, and it's bodyguard Jake Cantrell's job to see that nothing goes wrong. But when Jake and Sage stumble upon a plot more deadly than they can imagine, the ante is upped and they must combine forces just to survive.
Jake Cantrell is good at his job. Private investigator and mercenary, the tough ex-special forces marine has been hired as a bodyguard by Sage Dupont’s grandfather. Sage, an upcoming VP, wants to earn her promotion to president and feels clinching a deal between the Saudis for purchase of used pipe and platform drilling equipment is her key to success. When Jake arrives at the marine Drilling International offices, they get off on a bad start. Sage doesn’t think she needs a bodyguard, but her grandfather feels differently. Furthermore, Cantrell’s uncanny intuition for suspecting shady dealing is aroused, and he’s going to see that Sage is protected.
Initially, Sage must entertain the Saudi sheik’s family and entourage, then negotiate the deal. On the surface things appear to be going well between Sage and the Saudis, but when Jake overhears disturbing news, he fears much more than a transaction for used pipe is in the works. Moreover, he’s attracted to Sage and doesn’t want to compromise her or his position to protect her.
Tension sizzles in this contemporary story. As usual, Ms. Martin has come up with a plot that offers nonstop suspense mixed with the usual high-octane testosterone so prevalent in her books. Both Jake and Sage are nicely drawn, three-dimensional characters a reader can care about. The fast-paced plot is not only fascinating but provides lots of information about Middle Easterners and their customs. I was fascinated.
Secondary characters were great. I became so interested in the hunky PI’s at Trace Rawlins’ company. I can’t wait to read their stories.
Against the Sun has wonderful characters, great pacing and nonstop suspense. And if you like a sexy hero, then Jake Cantrell will satisfy your every craving. (less)
Five motorbike riders zoom across the desert and find a burnt out boat. With the boat is a scorched and broken corpse. A sudden storm sends the riders back to their camp, leaving the corpse and boat as they found it.
The corpse is soaked by the rain and gradually his wounds fill with stone which then becomes flesh. Once he is fully restored the stone man, now human in appearance, crosses the desert and finds the bikers camp. Josie and Jimmy, two of the bikers, join forces with him and help him regain his memory and fend off his enemies, despite the danger to themselves.
Definitely a science fiction book with a unique premise. Stone men, ordinary humans and a shape shifter all combine to make a good story. Josie and Jimmy, the two main humans, are typical teenagers. He's fascinated by Josie, she considers him a friend. The stone man is able to reconstitute himself when hit by bullets or knives and even after major attacks on his body. He is both an unusual and well developed character.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first slow going, I found it difficult to keep my interest, but I persevered and was glad I did. The more I read the more I got hooked. The excitement builds gradually until it comes to a stupendous climax. It's certainly worth pushing through to the end as the last few chapters make the slow beginning worthwhile. The end brings the story to a finale, but still leaves hooks to bring the reader back for the sequel. Well done C.E. Martin, a book with a good story and well edited. (less)
The dark makes me shiver but the latest story about the Carpathian people makes goose bumps arise for totally different reasons.
First off, this book might be part of a series but it’s a complete standalone. A first time reader won’t be lost because the entire focus is on the relationship between Zacarias and Marguarita. It’s volatile, arousing, annoying and fierce. Actually, that pretty much sums up the hero too.
Zacarias has been through a lot in the centuries he’s been around. He’s different than the other guys in the series and I liked how Ms. Feehan explored that so I’d understand. For fans of the series, they’ll see him act in his own story exactly like he was when he starred as a secondary character in other books. He’s a robot, a warrior, a man without emotion that Mr. Spock could only envy. His dedication to honor and duty has finally been satisfied and he makes the ultimate choice to never ever turn into the things he hunts. He didn’t count on a stubborn woman like the heroine to mess up all his good intentions.
In some books, what the heroine did could have humorous connotations because she derailed his carefully planned agenda. But that is not the way Ms. Feehan writes her heroes and heroines. Zacarias is a throwback to a bygone era where a man’s word was law and unquestioned. He isolated himself so much that when he finally finds a lifemate, he has no idea how to act, how to handle her or how to relate. He knows what he knows and that’s that. Which of course kept me highly entertained and interested.
Marguarita lost her voice in the previous book. The back story is revealed in the normal course of events so there’s no info dump and no confusion for first time readers. In Dark Predator, I got to see the ramifications of that fateful day. Yet, the heroine is one tough cookie. She doesn’t back down, give up or take any guff. Believe it or not, her strength against Zacarias at his most obnoxious is her willingness to give of herself. Utterly and completely does she relent to his needs. By doing so she shows him by example how things should be, how they can be, and it’s beautiful, romantic and poignant. Even when she’s terrified and horrified, Marguarita stood up for herself and for her man, much to his consternation and bad temper. However, I respected her strength, and her personality was a perfect balance.
There is the classic battle of the male mind versus the female mind, and with Carpathians, that can be taken literally. For fans of the series, they know there is going to be an epic battle between the hero and the vampires, and Ms. Feehan delivers a gruesome but gripping account of the confrontation between the two. Sometimes the author has quite a few Carpathian brethren show up in her books to spice up a tale and provide that sense of community that I enjoy so well. Except for two brief interludes, this story is solely focuses on Marguarita and Zacarias and the hurdles they have to jump over to have their happily ever after. Part of the conflict is their differences and part is the external conflict. Actually, there are two separate altercations that showcase the brutality and harshness that try to poison and destroy them. No matter which one it is, both are written so well that they can leave a reader shocked, grossed out and one hundred percent riveted.
The only thing that drives me nuts, and it seems to be a consistent thing with Ms. Feehan’s writing, is the repetition. I know that Zacarias thinks himself a monster, that he can do atrocious things, that he has darkness inside him, that he’s an animal, a predator. I get it, I get it. I just wish those filler sentences could be replaced with a more positive agenda or at least a hint of it instead of the hero constantly beating himself up. It does get a bit old but that is what skipping paragraphs is for. The mind has its own fast forward. I just wish I didn’t have to do that because there is so much about the story and the writing that appeals on many levels.
Secondary characters are from the ranch and its environs. They propel the hero into action, some good some bad, but they are all important to the plot. The author used them to good effect.
Dark Predator is another well written, deeply emotional story that pulls a reader in. There is action, suspense, gentle and subtle humor and a hero and heroine worth rooting for. It’s a long book but I was so engrossed in the emotional tug of war between a man who needs to learn what love is, and the woman who is determined to teach him, that the hours flew. It’s another keeper of a romance where love finally does the impossible and saves a man who thought he was unsalvageable. How can readers resist a hook like that? I couldn’t. Read it and find out why.
I love a book with alpha-heroes and plenty of action (in and out of the bedroom). This book satisfied all those needs.
I have to admit, I’ve never read...moreI love a book with alpha-heroes and plenty of action (in and out of the bedroom). This book satisfied all those needs.
I have to admit, I’ve never read a book by Lori Foster but have always meant to, since her reputation is so huge. So, when this book came up for review I pounced on it like a cat on tuna fish, and I gobbled it up just as readily.
The book has a great premise. Dare, our hero, is a mercenary of sorts who was hired to retrieve a woman kidnapped by white slavers and taken to Mexico. While there, he stumbles across another woman who’s been kidnapped, but clearly doesn’t fit the mold of the type of woman the bad guys would usually take. He does what anyone in his position would do – he rescues her, too.
Molly is older (thirty) and not model thin or conventionally pretty. She’s also been treated differently than the other women; beaten more, starved more, tortured more. I had a hard time identifying with Molly. She’s a successful novelist who’d been taken from the doorstep of her apartment, drugged, imprisoned and tortured. And, despite it all, she never really loses it. She has a little trouble sleeping, but that’s really about it. No tears. No panic attacks. No fear. She remains calm in every situation. She never even loses her temper ... not really.
Interestingly, these are all the reasons why Dare is drawn to her, but I kept waiting for her to be human. She really had no significant flaws, and sometimes just didn’t feel real. In fact, my first comment when finishing the book was that my biggest complaint was the heroine was too perfect.
Regardless, the rest of the book makes up for that. I loved Dare, I loved Chris and I was fascinated by Trace (and glad he gets his story next!). The “who” and the “why” of Molly’s kidnapping kept me turning pages. They’re sure it was done by someone close to Molly ... but who? Dare uses every resource to find out the truth, even though he knows it’s going to upset Molly. He’ll do anything to keep her safe.
Though this book was definitely more romance than suspense, I still enjoyed trying to figure out whodunit. I thought I’d gotten it figured, but kept changing my mind. I waffled, much like Dare did, when the facts started falling into place. I have to admit that I wasn’t terribly surprised by the villain, but I struggled with the reasons for the kidnapping. They just didn’t work for me. Really, though, it didn’t matter -- because the writing was that good. There is no denying the skill Ms. Foster has in her fingers.
Secondary characters were wonderful, too, and sometimes stole the show. Chris was especially great, and I hope he gets his own story someday ... I’d especially like to know the background between him and Dare. Even the dogs were unique and individual!
As a virgin Lori Foster reader, I came away from “When You Dare” quite satisfied. It may not have been perfect, but it entertained me which is what I expect from a good book. I never had a moment when I even thought about taking a break from it. I needed to know what happened to Dare and Molly. I was invested in them and in the rest of the characters who populated the book. When I wasn’t reading it, I wished I was.
Simply put, “When You Dare” is a good start to what sounds like an intriguing series, and I can’t wait to get started on the next book.
What evil lurks in the hearts of hairdressers around the world? Lucia Gregory knows… but only because she’s just opened a chest full of demons and dis...moreWhat evil lurks in the hearts of hairdressers around the world? Lucia Gregory knows… but only because she’s just opened a chest full of demons and discovered that she’s a succubus. Now she’s pressed to rein in all that she’s loosed upon the world, not to mention keeping her salon in one piece while doing it.
Lucia Gregory is the kind of heroine you like from the moment you meet her. She’s passionate about what she does, she’s good to her employees, and she seemingly has the patience of a saint. Lucy, as her friends know her, also is very adaptable and goes with the flow, which is handy when you suddenly discover you’re a sex demon. What I like best about her, however, is how she can be completely in awe of her new-found powers one moment and completely at ease with them the next. I think this has a lot to do with her adaptable nature, but it also makes her so much more enjoyable to watch.
Rafael Deleon is pretty much what you’d expect out of a demon. He’s stern, determined, and pretty inflexible on his best days. However, he has a softer side that he keeps well hidden from everyone. Tortured by his past failings, he hides behind his duty to keep him aloof and unattainable. Little did he expect Lucy to find a way to break down those barriers. I love the fact that she is not just able to do that, but that she is willing to keep trying. I also enjoyed the way the author softened him up little by little, making it seem like an honest turn around on Rafe’s part. You can really see their attraction growing and becoming something more.
Demons Prefer Blondes was a surprise in many ways. The author does a fabulous job of giving you not only a unique setting, but a hero and heroine that you won’t soon forget. Not to mention that she manages to make demons both sexy and scary at the same time. Jam packed full of laughs, characters you can’t get enough of, and a steamy-hot romance, Demons Prefer Blondes is a sure hit!
I knew I had just read an awesome book by the aftermath – nails bitten, teeth aching and hyperventilation, check – check – check. There is action, suspense and more twists and turns than the Pacific Coast Highway; and it can leave a reader just as breathless. A Highland Werewolf Wedding delivered surprises, shocks and heart pounding adventures that had my brain spinning. What a ride!
The author first introduced me to the lead characters way back in history. Because werewolves live a long time, fate had a nice, leisurely time span to work its magic. Ms. Spear’s writing is diabolical and clever. She wove an intricate little mystery about a time honored tradition – hunting for buried pirate treasure. There was murder and betrayal along the way, naturally, but there is something infinitely more intriguing buried with the stash – destiny.
Elaine is young and scared when the story opens. When next a reader meets her, she’s all grown up and a force to be reckoned with. Life has hardened her and made her more cunning, determined and a woman who knows her own mind. She stands up for herself, and because she’s been on her own for so long, knows what it’s like to have no one to guard her back. That makes her a woman of action. If there’s injustice, she stands against it. If there’s a wrong, she is going to correct it. And if someone is going to try to feed her a load of blarney, she’ll call them on it. Elaine Hawthorne is no one’s fool. Despite everything she’s lived through and survived, there is this little spark of romantic yearning inside that has lain dormant all these years. It will take one man to ignite it and his name is Cearnach MacNeill.
I originally met Cearnach in A Howl for a Highlander and he was portrayed as a man who is jovial in nature with a will of steel. In his own story, I got to see a greater depth from him that pleased me. That easygoing manner that his family is familiar with isn’t present in this book. He’s taking a stand against injustice; a right choice in the face of one hundred percent disapproval. And yet, the hero can do no less. It’s that sense of honor, integrity and the unwillingness to let a wrong go uncontested that made him an awesome choice for winning the heroine’s love. The fact that he is drool-worthy in a kilt, or nothing at all, is an added bonus.
What kills me is that I can’t talk at length about the villains. The whole lot of them play a key role in getting Elaine and Cearnach together long enough that they fall in love, wholly and completely. So much happens to the two of them because of the actions and manipulations of the bad guys that it’s astounding. The conflict is genius, the action sequences of fighting, running and fighting some more were tightly written and the final culmination of a century’s old mystery finally getting solved was satisfactorily wrapped up.
At first, their romance seems to be humming along without a hitch, mostly because they’re both wolves and they know the mating expectations. The hero and heroine are not shy by any means, which had the effect of providing me with some oh-so-sexy seduction scenes. Both characters know what they like and want and go after it. I was enjoying their getting together so much that when the villains made their dramatic strike it was a like being splashed with frigid Arctic water. SHOCK! I yelled at the book, put it down, stalked off, came right back and started reading again. I could not believe my eyes. What an amazing, truly amazing gift Ms. Spear has for storytelling!
I absolutely enjoyed the romance, the back story and the delivery but the novel isn’t totally perfect. There is only one thing that could have made the book one hundred percent ideal and that was less repetition of Elaine being an “alpha-she wolf”. I get it. Cearnach totally loved that about her, was enamored of her personality and appreciated that she was an alpha-she wolf. But I was beat over the head with it and after a while all I could do was roll my eyes. It almost came to the point that she was over-alphing the hero, which wouldn’t have been a good thing. The author managed to prevent the heroine from usurping the hero’s place as a hero, but barely. In the end, the most important fact is that they came out equal, Elaine and Cearnach are well matched and their union is truly blessed. A piece of the pirate treasure proved that.
Another component to enjoy was seeing Duncan again from A Highland Werewolf Wedding. In this story he acts like the other book said he usually did but because he was falling in love at the time, a reader didn’t get to see him in action. His devilish bloodthirsty nature came out loud and clear in this tale and it was a great benefit for Cearnach. Not only did I get to see Ian, the oldest brother again, but I had the distinct treat of seeing I was right about an observation that I’d made when reading the other book. Uncle Ethan is fitting right in. I’m tickled pink.
Even though I’m making references to a previous book, please don’t let that dissuade you from reading this one. It’s a great standalone read because the story is complete unto itself. Yes, there are little references from the previous books that a fan will be able to pick up and enjoy all the more. It’s like a double layer of fun – it’s great for both new and old fans of the series.
A Highland Werewolf Wedding is not only sultry, sexy and satisfying but it has a plot conflict that stuns, shocks and bowls a reader over from the surprise. This is a book that kept me on my toes, kept me glued to its pages and bouncing in my chair. I cannot even express the myriad of emotions this book wrung from me but it’s all due to the awesome talent that Ms. Spear possesses. It was amazing how she lulled me into thinking that this was going to be a sweet but hot romance with a mild bit of drama. Readers are in for a wild time. I feel like I’m straining against the bit because I want to reveal just what made this novel as cool and diabolical as it is and I can’t. It’s a major spoiler and I want readers to feel what I did, experience the whole sensation like I did and that can only come from the not knowing. I guess some readers might figure it out. In retrospect I think the author did drop clues. But I didn’t catch on so it made the revelation all the more powerful. So, rush out and get this book when you can and find out for yourself. A Highland Werewolf Wedding a sure winner.(less)
Iron Dominance is a sultry, wickedly enthralling story. Ms. Silverwood has done an excellent job combining steampunk and erotic romance, creating a world that is vivid and lush. The protagonists, Theo and Claire, come to life on the page. From start to finish, their journey from strangers to lovers captivates and entertains. Likewise careful attention is devoted to secondary characters, who add depth and richness to the story.
Claire is the perfect heroine. Strong when she needs to be, tender when the time calls for it. Although her origins make her different than others, she finds a way to trust in others, something she’s never believed possible. Aiding her in her explorations is Theo, a commanding, sexy dominant who knows exactly what he desires in and out of the bedroom. Their chemistry is off the charts and pulls the reader into their world, their passions, and their growing adoration for each other.
Ms. Silverwood has a writing style that is a pleasure to read. Iron Dominance moves at a quick pace with nary a lull, making the book impossible to put down. Although the book is a BDSM romance, emotion is the foundation of the story. Suspense builds tension between the protagonists, especially as Claire is forced to come clean about her past and trust Theo to understand her motivations.
Fans of steampunk will devour Iron Dominance. Those curious about this new genre in erotic romance need look no further.
Savage Deception was a fantastic romantic suspense that kept me turning pages. While it’s technically the start of a new series, i...moreIn a word… Awesome!
Savage Deception was a fantastic romantic suspense that kept me turning pages. While it’s technically the start of a new series, it directly follows another book in a previous series. When I first started reading Savage Deception, I hadn’t read that other book, and have to admit to being pretty confused. I don’t think it stands alone well … though I might have gotten things sorted over time, if I wasn’t already a big fan of the author, I might not have kept reading.
What I did do is read that other book and once that was cleared up, it was full speed ahead! Now I was fully engaged and loving every word. The plot here was tightly created with plenty of twists I wasn’t expecting. The heroine, Nickie, is put through the wringer here with her past bumping into the present and she finds out some things that nearly break her.
Don’t worry… she has Duncan. And he’s the most awesome boyfriend ever. I really do love the man and wouldn’t hesitate to steal him away from her if I could. He’s not perfect, thankfully, but his flaws make him that much more wonderful. I really love their relationship, and it developed well here. It’s sweet and romantic, hot and sexy, and really very realistic. They have their ups and downs, but thankfully they know they can trust each other and that makes everything work.
The secondary characters here were just as great as ever. Duncan’s family is so much fun. I really love them all and am glad to be able to keep up with what they’re doing. Nickie has a surrogate family, since her biological one is worse than useless. Her captain, her foster mom … they’re really what give her a solid foundation.
My confusion at the start, along with a few editing errors (the first I remember seeing in Ms. Wolfe’s books — these were wrong words or typos) are all that kept this from being rated higher. I really did enjoy the story once I got my head wrapped around it. It was everything romantic suspense should be: exciting, interesting, well plotted, romantic and had a solid, satisfying wrap up.
I’m sold on this new series and excited to continue on with Nickie Savage, at least as long as I get the whole crew of characters along with her! (less)
No matter how you feel about, there is one basic rule to follow with dragons: Don’t piss them off.
This author whisks you away into a magical world where dragons, magic and love all mix. I got caught up in her story and read it non-stop until I finished it. Ms. Bentley’s characters are strong and will defend to the death those they love.
Keara is an orphan who works with herbs and has taken in Jamie, a young boy who was also an orphan. When the local lord decides he wants her for his own, she has no power to refuse. Then this tall dark stranger shows up, claims her as his own and marries her. They don’t even manage to get out of town before the lord shows up with his men and surrounds her house. He still wants her. But Thoren isn’t about to let anyone else have her…
The author throws in a rogue dragon to go with the evil lord, adds a bit of warfare along with budding love, then mixes in dragon heritage to give you a really fast action story that stands up well. It was really a pleasure to read this story, and I bet there will be a sequel. There are too many questions left unanswered to suit me. I want to hear more about the dragons!
I found this was a well paced, fun story to read. Thoren rejects Keara because she’s not his match. Then he finds out she is, but he can never get her alone to tell her. His frustration screams off the pages as you read the story. I have to admit, though, I thought it served him right.
Why don’t you get a copy of this book and take a ride with a dragon, too? You won’t regret it.
Moira Rogers has built a futuristic, post apocalyptic world filled with humans, demons and those who are somewhere in between the two. The futuristic technology is fantastic, and the characters are all well crafted and complex. I love this world, and the people who live here - the good, the bad and those who straddle the fence between the two.
The demon Armageddon created chaos in the world. Fifty years later, life is lived in virtual reality, and in underground cities. Summoners and half bloods live apart from humans, surviving the best they can manage. There’s money to be had if you are brave enough, or foolhardy enough, to provide services to both sides.
Devi and her crew are truckers, bringing much needed supplies to the humans in their underground cities; and to the outcasts, she offers valuable commodities as well. When the humans jeopardize her crew and her livelihood by planting a spy in her transport to the Rochester settlement, Devi has to make a decision: leave the area or join with the outcasts at the settlement, at least temporarily, to regroup and clear her reputation.
Once she meets Zel, the half blood leader of Rochester settlement, she feels something that hasn’t happened to her before: desire, strong and not easily ignored. When it becomes obvious Zel feels the attraction as well, Devi decides to stay a while and explore this new thing happening between them.
Devi is independent, strong and courageous, leading her small band of truckers through the wasted landscape that used to be Minnesota. She has a strong sense of loyalty to her friends, the people she trusts. She only has one rule: don’t mix business with pleasure. But Zel tempts her more than anyone ever has. When things start to heat up, Devi decides some rules just aren’t worth preserving. I love Devi, with her strong sense of loyalty to those she calls friend. I also love her open mind, willing to give folks a chance, regardless of their heritage.
Zel is strong, handsome, and all male. His father was a demon, but Zel never knew him. The man who raised him and cared for him was fully human, and Zel honors his memory by leading the settlement the way he believes he would have wanted. He has a strong sense of loyalty, and will fight to protect what is his, whether it is friends or the settlement itself. When Devi gets under his skin and things start to get crazy, Zel has to keep her safe from both sides. I love Zel, and his wicked sense of honor and loyalty. I love his possessiveness once he decides that Devi is his, and the lengths he will go to ensure the safety of everyone under his watch, including Devi and her crew.
Hammer Down is part of a new series from Moira Rogers, and I love the atmosphere of this new world. The action in this kept me on the edge of my seat as I read, and the scenes between Devi and Zel are hot beyond volcanic. The secondary characters are all strong and I hope to see more of them as the series grows. There are several sub plots here: what are the humans after? What is Tanner? Are all of Devi’s crew really fully human?
I found the demon code of honor as followed by Zel’s true father to be interesting, and hope that he finds a way back at some point in time too. Hammer Down is a hot look at life after the demon apocalypse, and filled with action, passion and danger. If you like your romance with a hard edge and a thread of danger, this is definitely for you.
I think every teenager (and some adults) hopes that there is some secret destiny meant only for them, just waiting to be discovered. It may be a secret talent, or maybe you want to be the next “big thing” in the acting or modeling world. Perhaps, for some maybe it’s the life of a spy, or if you really dream big, maybe you are waiting to find out that you are the long, lost princess of a foreign land. I could hazard a guess that not many expect to find out that they are the next Fairy Godmother. Yes, that one. Minus the singing mice (so far). I think few could do it with the absolute hilarity that Maggie Winters does though.
Going to your grandmother’s birthday party, expecting a nice, normal, boring night, only to find out that your grandmother is the Fairy Godmother from all the fairy tales that you’ve grown up reading is shocking enough, but to find out that you are the next in line to inherit the title? That’s complete insanity to a high school girl. If she refuses, the world will be taken over by evil. Talk about pressure! There are some perks though. She gets to learn how to fly and do magic. She even gets her very own Knight in Shining Armor – what more could a girl want? Well, for one thing, maybe for the Knight to not be her brother. At least the boy that she’s been crushing on for years, Connor Prince, is finally noticing her. Except then she finds out that her very first assignment is, Katrina, a classmate that she loathes and her happily ever after is with Connor. Oh and not only is she not allowed to tell anyone but now she has these evil things called Grimms that are trying to kill her. Junior year is so not working out like she thought it would.
The voice of the teenager in this book is so authentic that they could have been standing in front of me narrating it. Ms. Purdy has done an excellent job with the characters in this book. We have the nice girl, the mean girl, the jealous best friend, the annoying brother, the hot guy, the guy best friend that could be more, and the evil stepmother. All of them are well fleshed out and uniquely individual. Maggie is a great heroine. She is her own person, even if she’s not sure for herself who that is yet, the reader can clearly see it. She is compassionate and selfless, insecure and lovestruck and hilariously overwhelmed with her new responsibilities. Jackson is a great older brother, both protective and annoying, as most older brothers are. Seth is sweet, a little bit of a bad boy and very hot. And Taylor is fantastically loyal and protective of her friend while Katrina is guarded and prickly until you get to know the real girl hiding behind the mask. Maggie’s mom and dad, her evil stepmother and the annoying step-sisters are all well drawn out. Even though we don’t see as much of them as the others, we get a clear picture on who they are.
There were a couple of points in the book that confused me a bit. It took me a while to figure out how old Maggie’s brother, Jackson, is. They have the same friends, eat lunch together at school and seem pretty close so, for a while, I wondered if maybe they were twins. This got cleared up but it was quite a ways into the book. I was also confused as to why Maggie’s grandmother just sort of threw her into the position without helping her figure out what she was doing. Especially when there are Grimms whose sole mission is to kill her. Having said that, Maggie not knowing what she is doing leads to several hilarious moments.
This book kept me laughing out loud through the entire thing. I haven’t laughed this much reading a book in a while. If it ever gets picked up for a movie, I will be the first in line. Despite the humor, there is a very valuable lesson that comes across in this book – things, and people, aren’t ever what they seem, whether good or bad. In helping the girl that has been bullying her in school, Maggie soon realizes that Katrina isn’t truly the image she displays at school and that there are reasons for the way she is. In learning this lesson, she gains a new friend.
This is one book, that while I lamented the open ending that left me hanging a bit, I was glad to see that I’ll get to follow more of the adventures of these fun teens. I will be anxiously watching for the next book in this series. I can’t wait! Well written, with a few twists and turns that had me gripping my reader in suspense, and tons of humor, this is a book that I would recommend to anyone, adults and teens alike. If you pass this one up, you will truly be missing out on an excellent story.(less)
Everyone has some type of obsession in their life whether it be the pursuit of a secret fantasy, or something we experience that creates the obsession that always pulses just under the surface. An anthology about obsession is perfect for readers who need or want to feel that they're not alone in their compulsions. This book covers it.
Silent Treatment by Donna George Storey
This story makes it evident that you do not need a voice to be heard. It was a good tale to begin the anthology but the obsession wasn't altogether clear. I did enjoy the anonymity of the heroine because it added a mystery to the story. It also allowed me to interpret the heroine the way I would picture her. .Based on the writing, I wasn't restricted to how the author wanted me to view her heroine.
One Night in Paris by Kayla Perrin
This story showed and even demonstrated the theme of obsession perfectly. I was completely enthralled with the storyline from beginning to end. Not only was Vivian’s obsession with her boss explored, but the author delved into her obsession with the fantasy itself. And let's face it, we all love a good fantasy now and then.
Concubine by Portia Da Costa
Even though it got of to a slow start, this story had a very interesting ending. I liked the whole "story within a story" aspect of Concubine. Additionally, these characters connected on a deeper level than the previous tales. It created a nice little romantic feeling to it.
Love and Demotion by Logan Belle
This story was all about raw animalistic sexual urges. Cat is tame during the day, but a sex kitten at night. At this point in the anthology, Love and Demotion was my favorite story. It revisited the secret obsession of sleeping with your boss. The author added a twist to the storyline that really entertained me.
Mephisto Waltz by Justine Elyot This installment was entertaining, especially the way the author used music to build up and develop the relationship. While I am not a classical music fan, I could appreciate the correlation between emotionally connecting a good piece of music to a good piece of man candy. In the end, Lily gets to thoroughly enjoy both.
Then by Emerald
This was by far the most erotic story within the anthology. Valerie may love Chris, but her body sure wants a taste of Hayden. The reality is, even while people are in a monogamous relationship, everyones eye wanders occasionally. We cannot help but appreciate an attractive man. What's worse for the heroine,Valerie, is this attractive man is constantly being thrown in her face. The sensual tension escalates because she can't touch him ...or can she?
It’s Gotta Be Fate by Jennifer Peters This story was not only interesting but it set itself apart from the others because of its uniqueness. It encompassed a BDSM theme with an titillating twist. Occasionally, submissives need to know what it is like to dominate someone. By the same token Doms need to experience the feel of someone else’s ties around their wrists. In this story, I get exactly that. What was better, was the hint at maybe a new beginning. This was a light BDSM story, but be prepared because it's emotionally charged.
Hooked by Ariel Graham This tale was a bit puzzling to me. One thing that really made it difficult was the characters names being Ricki and Jody. Since both names are interchangeable between males and females, I kept forgetting who the boyfriend was and who the girlfriend was. In spite of that, I really enjoyed Ricki’s obsession. Add in the hook and I had a story that truly captured the theme of obsession. However, I would have liked to have actually seen the obsession be fulfilled in the final scene of the story. Ms. Graham needs to do a sequel.
Aftershocks by Bella Andre
Some relationships need a little jolt to get back in track. The lack of communication displayed by Celeste and Darren is a trap many marriages fall in. They are so afraid of each other’s reaction they fail to realize they both want the same thing. This highly erotic BDSM story was inspirational in more than one way. Secret Places by Adele Haze Until we fully trust someone, many of us keep our secrets to ourselves. That is what this story was about. The only drawback about this tale is the author focused too much time and energy on Dan's music playing. It took away from the the relationship development. Because it is so short, the secret was discovered using a typical technique. but ultimately I did get to see Dan and Marian reach their happily ever after. Best of all for the protagonists, there were minimal secrets going forward.
Loser by Charlotte Stein
This story inspired mixed emotions, but in a good way. One moment I was completely awed by the fact that Mallory would even be attracted to Billy in the first place. The next thing that threw me was when Mallory talked about how good he was in the bedroom. I thought, "Wow,what a catch!" I am sure this is what the author was going for and she certainly succeeded in her goal. Now, I don't think I will ever again walk past an average person and think what a loser they are.
Here In Between by Kristina Wright
'Strange mysterious man finds stranded woman on the side of the road'. It certainly sounds more like the beginning of a horror movie than an erotic tale, doesn't it? Well, not only does that sentence begin this story, it also ignited something deep inside me. You know, the part that wants to be that damsel in distress who is rescued by the knight riding on a magnificent stallion? I just hope my knight is as sexy and charismatic as the hero is in this story.
Spellbound by Garnell Wallace This story touched me on a few emotional levels. I absolutely loved that the heroine, Kia, was able to find herself but it took her going to Haiti to do it. The nice twist was she found the love of her life while she was trying to connect with a part of herself her family denied. What I liked too was the heroine was put into a situation that was different. It inspired her to really look within for answers. What really spiced up the story were the hot erotic scenes. I'm being deliberately vague because it's a story worth reading.
Raven’s Flight by Andrea Dale
Forget the girl next door when you can have the sexy Celtic next door. Ciaran is the type of neighbor we all dream of; sexy, intelligent, and likes to walk around shirtless. I also enjoyed the link the tattoos played in Ciaran and the heroine's journey through life. I appreciate symbolism because I have always felt it adds a touch of depth to a story. The author effectively illustrated that with the use of the tattoos.
Raindrops and Rooftops by Elizabeth Coldwell This story was a bit more sexual and the focus on obsession was not as heavy as with the previous tales. I like that it added a little bit of lightness to the obsessive side of people. Another thing that intrigued me was Keeley going to New York in search of one thing and ended up finding something completely different. For a lot of people, the scenario plays out just like that in real life. We do not realize what we are looking for until we find it.
Topiary by K.D. Grace
At first, I was a bit confused on what the author of this story was talking about, but after a few chapters, I was able to figure it out. I have heard of vajazzling, but this takes pubic decorating to a completely new level. While this story did fully explore the obsession people can have regarding a woman's parts, I did not really connect with nor fully appreciate the relationship. It seemed as if Aden only cared about one part of heroine's anatomy, and not necessarily for her as a person.
I Want to Hold Your Hand by Rachel Kramer Bussel
This story was very romantic. All Shelly really wanted to do was reconnect with her husband. While it had a strong erotic element, the story left a warm and fuzzy feeling inside by the time I finished it. Ron was eventually revealed to be the perfect husband that all husbands should be.
Storm Surge by Teresa Noelle Roberts This story was a bit difficult for me to read. While if fully captured the obsession of the character, I just felt confused because the obsession almost trumped reality. Additionally, it was another story that I felt the couple did not really connect as deeply with each other as they could have. What came across instead was their total involvement with their mutual obsession.
Undercover Kink by Louisa Harte
This final tale was a great one to end this anthology. We all have some undercover kink somewhere buried inside, and Natalie, the heroine, had to fulfill the kink she has secretly obsessed about for a long time. What was even better is that it even fulfilled a few kinks I don't think even Natalie realized she had until that moment. It's the element of discovery that made it so worth it.
This entire anthology really displayed the many forms obsession can take. Though voluminous, this book has stories to match anyone’s needs or curiosity about obsession. Because there are so many different tales, surly everyone who reads this book will find something they love. I did.
A man on a mission to recover a priceless red diamond and pacify a restless nation. A woman with a talent for liberating the Ton’s jewels and a gift t...moreA man on a mission to recover a priceless red diamond and pacify a restless nation. A woman with a talent for liberating the Ton’s jewels and a gift that often feels like a curse. She is Lady Viola Preston aka the Mayfair Jewel Thief. He is Lieutenant Greydon Quinn and is on a quest to fulfill a promise to friend, but will Quinn ultimately lose his heart to one “Lady Light Fingers”?
From the talented imagination of author Mia Marlowe comes a page turning adventure that crosses the continent and back in search of the Blood of the Tiger, a rare red diamond stolen from the principality of Amjerat. The gem has a history of causing death and destruction when it’s not in the temple of Shiva. As Quinn’s friend Sanjay puts it, “Only in the care of Shiva can its evil bent be tempered”.
I honestly couldn’t put this book down. Ms. Marlowe captured my attention on page one with a sensual opening and held it captive through fight scenes, a spoiled break-in, a provocative steamer crossing the Seine to Paris and further into Europe before arriving back in England for an exciting conclusion.
Lady Viola was a beautifully crafted heroine for this novel. Ms. Marlowe paints a true depiction of the life of a female during the 19th Century. They have few rights and can not inherit when the male head of the house passes away. This has left Viola, her mother and sister to rely on the kindness of others to sustain a very mediocre living. When Viola realizes a talent for breaking and entering, she assures herself and her family a way to survive when her only other choices for work would surely bring disgrace to the Preston name. Obviously, it’s not a known fact that the Mayfair Jewel Thief is a woman; who would believe it anyway, right?
Likewise, Quinn was the perfect hero. He has a heart for the people of Amjerat when the throne is supplanted by the East India Trading company using an outdated doctrine. Quinn also has a lust for learning all things concerning pleasuring a woman. Luckily for Viola, Quinn has no objection to practicing his skills on the lovely thief. Regency romance has always been one of my favorite genre but the books I read in my youth were never quite like this. The chemistry between Quinn and Viola is palpable and breathtakingly sensual. Viola puts effort into denying what she wants and feels for Quinn but in who could really resist a persistent gentleman.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Touch of A Thief. The dialogue and vivid language will keep you turning the pages. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Marlowe has in store for us next.
Do you like being scared? If you do, this short story collection full of horror stories, many with wicked endings, might be your cup of tea.
This author was a new one for me and her writing grabbed me from the first story. I was not expecting such frank, uncensored evil in a very short story. Her descriptions take you into the story and hold you right there until you have to see how she handled the tale.
The stories range from tales about the end of the world, to monsters in the closet, to tales of vampires and life threatening situations. They are very succinct and succeeded in getting my attention quickly. Some stories could have been fleshed out more and contained more detail, which would have spaced out the horror and made the endings more of a shock. Still this author can write a good, edge-of-your-seat tale with a scary ending in amazingly few words.
Ms. Hall takes your worst nightmares and makes them come true on these pages. R. L. Stine writes “scary” stories for young adults, but I prefer this author’s style. She makes them sound believable even though you know they are fantasy. They are subtle, but grab you by the guts.
If you wish to share this with a young adult, I’d recommend it’s a mature young adult who won’t have nightmares. And, if you have nightmares, you might not want to read it either. True fans of the type of book that makes you hide under your covers will enjoy this anthology.(less)
Humans and genetically engineered humanoids - or GEs - share Phantos IV. They are there to mine titanium ore, the lifeline for Phantos IV. In reality it is the GEs, made specifically for this planet, who take the risks and get the ore. GE Nyla Four has discovered a reason why they must stop mining immediately.
The Un are the sentient inhabitants of the planet who can change not only their shape, but their inner essence. They are reluctant to communicate with any human but Nyla due to previous attempts ending in death for both humans and Un. Without proof, the humans refuse to acknowledge their existence.
Nyla and her fellow GEs along with the Un, fight for their rights with the corporation who sponsor and run the planet. The corporation’s human representatives have their own agenda, and it’s not a nice one. If the GEs and Un fail they will all be destroyed by the greed of the humans.
I enjoyed reading this book, though it sagged a bit in the middle. Thankfully, it didn't take long before it picked up again and got a new lease of life. When that happened, though Nyla had changed and I couldn’t really understand the difference in her. At the beginning of the book she was well balanced and co-existed with the humans on Phantos IV, despite the fact they treated GEs as second class citizens. Later she became bitter and twisted with a hatred for humans which didn’t jive with her previous character. She also crossed the line with her fellow GEs.
Nyla Four is the main character, but the other GEs and humans fit well into the story. The friends, the ex-lover, the traitor, even the splicer of genes for GEs - they all have their part to play. A disaster brings the two factions of humanity together and with the help of the Un they sort out their differences. Happy ever after - definitely not. What good is it to live comfortably together if their very existence is threatened?
As mentioned, I did enjoy reading Phantos Fire. It's a well written book with bold, vibrant characters and a completely new story idea for this genre. The Epilogue finished the story nicely as it showed what happened after the book finished. If this hadn’t been there I would have been wondering if I’d guessed right about some of the partnerships the authors hinted at in the final chapters. Despite showing the greed and lack of compassion of the humans, this story shows a future with an intriguing twist, plus a look at the way our race might interact with others in space. If you're looking for something to read with a difference Phantos Fire could be the one for you.
Just when you thought Snow Hollow had given up all its secrets, another story appears on the horizon.
Jennifer buried her brother Bobby and carried on with life alone. Drew, the love of her life, disappeared the day Bobby died. She’s always been interested in magic so to put the past behind her, she opens an aromatherapy store. All goes well and three years later she has a thriving business and thinks it might be time to concentrate on her non-existent love life.
Suddenly everything changes. Demons appear, her life is threatened and she learns the past and her family history is different to what she believed. Can the Witches of Snow Hollow help her? And yes - her love life takes a definite turn for the better.
Once again Ms Stevens has taken us into the world of Snow Hollow. Jennifer is a sensible young lady who finds herself up against unbeatable odds. Or are they? Her past returns not to haunt her but to help her. The warmth of love and understanding flows through this fourth in the Snow Hollow series, leaving me with a satisfied feeling at the end.
I only have one complaint with this author’s books. They’re too short! The feeling of being rushed once again took the edge off my enjoyment of a wonderful story. I would love to see this as a full length novel. I really felt as if I was missing something because of the speed of the tale. Well done Ms Stevens. Will there be more (longer!) Snow Hollow books in the future?
She’ll do anything to get to the lost city of Zerzura. She’ll even pretend she’s the fiancé of an officer stationed across the desert near the city. So what if she has to travel with a rogue to get there?
This is a smashing adventure that I greatly enjoyed reading. The author’s main male character, Jim Owens, has lost in love and fortune and wants nothing more than to be declared “dead” so he can get on with a new life. He only agrees to transport this potential bride because he owes the officer his life, and he’s paying back that debt. The female main character is a girl who was sent away to boarding school to learn some manners and be more like a lady. In other words, she was too adventuresome to please her parents; boarding school didn’t help. Ginesse seems born to bad luck. She really needs a protector, but you’ll never convince her of that.
The author takes these two headstrong people and throws them into the middle of the desert alone together on a journey that includes bandits, weather challenges, and scorpions. Ginesse almost drowns. The action is non-stop, which makes the story fun. My favorite part is the fact that the two characters are drawn to each other, but neither desires a relationship. The author uses this conflict to spice up the story with disagreements, misunderstandings, and just general stubbornness on the part of her characters. It works well.
The story is set in the late 1890s and the cross-culture mix of Victorian attitudes and the crude desert life make this tale interesting. Travel is by camel, so the author uses the slowness of travel to enhance the tension between her two characters very effectively.
I had not read anything by this author before, but I’ll be looking for her work now. This book impressed me enough it is going in my personal library. It’s a rollicking good tale with outrageous characters and I recommend it to all.
Jocelyn and Leo’s story is riveting from beginning to end. Not only does it have an enchanting love story, but the budding relationship is surrounded...moreJocelyn and Leo’s story is riveting from beginning to end. Not only does it have an enchanting love story, but the budding relationship is surrounded with mystery, murder, complicated in-laws, and conspiracy. This story truly has something for everyone and I just could not get enough of it.
Jocelyn’s background can be considered sketchy at best, but if you pull back the layers you see a woman who is a victim of circumstance trying to do the best for herself and her mother. Jocelyn took on the role of caretaker to her ailing mother at a young age, no matter the consequences to herself. This immediately made her character endearing to me. I can say that I wanted her to have a happy ending from beginning to end, and sometimes questioned if Leo was capable of giving that to her.
Leo is a man of mystery to say the least. His deceased wife met with an untimely death leaving him the sole caretaker for their daughter, and trying to find a suitable replacement. Jocelyn seemed to be a wife of convenience for him, since she had some of the traits his previous wife lacked such as discretion and loyalty. The author wrote his character as one of mystery in many ways and I never quite knew if Leo was the hero or the enemy. I found this entertaining and definitely added depth to the story. Even in the end I found myself questioning his integrity. One thing I did not question, however was his feelings towards Jocelyn. I could immediately tell he was smitten by her, even if he did not recognize his developing feelings towards her. This made me want him to be the good hearted man he tried to appear to be, because I knew if he was, he would be the man to care for sweet (but not so innocent) Jocelyn, which she needed and deserved.
This plot had more twists and turns than a windy road in the middle of the night. I can honestly say that the author surprised me with some of the angles of the story. This kept me enthralled the entire time, and wanting to find out more and more. I am new to author Shelley Munro’s work, but I can say that after reading this story, I would love to read more. (less)
Two questions have been on Damian’s mind since his transformation: will I ever find a second soulmate, and is it really possible to change? Only time...moreTwo questions have been on Damian’s mind since his transformation: will I ever find a second soulmate, and is it really possible to change? Only time will tell if he figures out the answer to either of them.
Damian wasn’t exactly a saint during his short first life, and his thirst for violence only becomes more unquenchable once he begins his Undead one. His severe lack of empathy and self-awareness brings depth to his personality even if certain horrid choices make it difficult to find many positive things to say about him early on. What I found most interesting about Damian’s character development, though, was how slowly it takes place. Centuries can pass between the first glimmer of change and the next step in Damian’s evolution, but because those moments are given so much time to take hold in his mind they always felt genuine to this reader.
I would have liked to see more time spent exploring the personalities and interests of Damian’s potential life partners. Some of them are developed well enough for me to understand his attraction to them, but others were given very little time to express their unique qualities. Even love at first sight eventually needs something to back up that first flush of emotion, and this novel would have easily earned a much higher rating had I better understood why he chose some of his paramours.
From the opening scene Mr. de Vissage kept my interest piqued with strong, even pacing. By covering Damian’s journey through such an incredibly long period of time the author is able to slowly build a complex supernatural society that would have been hard to flesh out in such detail in a shorter story. I found certain subplots even more captivating than the focus of Damian’s mission because of how expertly the author weaves everything together from one millennia to the next.
As someone who has never had any exposure to the French language, it was sometimes difficult for me to determine the meanings of French words and phrases that show up routinely in the first few sections of this novel. Some of them were easy to figure out because their English equivalents were so similar to them, but certain words remained a mystery to me until the end. While I understand why the author wanted Damian to retain this part of his heritage, it would have been helpful to either have had a glossary of the terms at the beginning of the book or more context clues about their meanings embedded in the text near them.
By far my favourite part of this book involves how effortlessly the author brings back the traditional approach to vampire mythology. Damian and his associates are sexually alluring to humans, but they are also extremely dangerous, unpredictable creatures. The horror elements of this tale are ubiquitous and include the darkest themes of that genre.
I would especially recommend The Night Man Cometh to anyone who is a fan of Dracula. Even with its flaws, this is a noteworthy example of what vampire fiction can be. (less)
Ben and Quinten want Camilla, bad. But she has a rule and they don’t want to ruin things with her before anything ever gets started. Leave it to a little competition to finally make them show Camilla that some rules are made to be broken.
Camilla is a sassy, energetic assistant manager at the club Ben co-owns, and Quinten works at as head bartender. She is great at what she does and when she starts wearing “costumes” to work, the men are positive it’s just to tease them. Of course it brings in more customers and gains more tips for her but it also makes control a hard to reach thing for Ben and Quinten. They have both lusted over this woman for years and decided to partner up and build a life in hopes of Camilla one day joining them.
A series of shady events bring the threesome together outside of work, and for Camilla the line she had drawn in the sand–work is work and pleasure is pleasure–is starting to blur. But she’s had feelings for both men for a while and decides to take the bulls by the horns. All the while Camilla is getting closer to realizing her dream of opening her own club with the help of a guardian angel, and some really great friends. Danger is lurking and Camilla struggles to let her men protect her and keep her safe because no one has ever cared enough too. The men work to destroy the walls she’s built, yet she manages to complete and heal the men at the same time.
Tiny Dancer is another great addition to the Divine Creek family. Ben and Quiten are great characters individually but together they are like the two halves of the ying and yang and Camilla is the energy that sets it spinning. Ben is dark and intense as Quiten is light an easy going while Camilla is like the sun and full of energy and brightness. This trio is a wonderful compliment to each other, probably the best of all.
One of the things I really liked about this book is that Camilla was a very sensual person and she really embraced that. We typically see heroines needing to be brought out of their shell, a la Grace from book one or Dr. Emma from book 9, but here Camilla was not only a former exotic dancer but also part of the lifestyle that is BDSM. I felt that this particular book was more sexually charged overall whereas most of the previous books start off sweet and loving before turning the sex factor up to full blast. Camilla, Ben and Quinten scorch the pages from beginning to end.
Heather Rainier has done a great job again with adding interesting secondary characters, setting up potential protagonists for future books and not recycling any previous tales in her ever expanding city of Divine, Texas. I personally think it should be called Smexyville R US, where there is something in the water they should bottle and sell. But that’s just me.
I don’t think I can sing anymore praises for this book or series, so if you are not reading it you are missing out. But if you are with me on this ride, you’ll know how excited I am to see where we go next.(less)
Get out the fire extinguisher, this story is scorching! It’s one long, slow seduction that builds and builds until it explodes in scenes of out of con...moreGet out the fire extinguisher, this story is scorching! It’s one long, slow seduction that builds and builds until it explodes in scenes of out of control passion. Margo and Dash’s convoluted romance is woven in amongst a very suspenseful and dramatic plot that pits their fledging trust and love against a dastardly scheme. Many times it was almost impossible for me to step away from the book – so much happens in each chapter, I was hooked.
Ms. Foster presented two dynamic characters to work her magic with. Margo is the hard-edged, take-no-prisoners heroine who is a police lieutenant who doesn’t know how to relax, and Dash, the hero, who seems like relaxing is all he does. It’s amazing how deceiving the surface of a person can be. The author wasted no time in sharing the sparks between the two protagonists and truly, the first two chapters are a doozy. In them, the author sealed my interest and invested me 100% in caring for her hero and heroine because the action starts almost immediately and danger flavors the drama to a startling degree. There wasn’t any skipped paragraphs or glossing over any scenes – everything is pertinent, intense and fascinating. A must read.
The sensual tease is extreme. Dash’s plan is to love Margo into loving him. It sounds impossible until I saw his plan in action. Wow, does that man know his way around a woman’s body. And his words! His intent! Never mind his delivery – the hero isn’t so laid back and fickle as everyone seems to believe. He proves it without a doubt in Dash of Peril. Not only that, but having a brother who is also a police officer has given him an edge when it comes to crisis and he proves his mettle many times throughout the novel. Maybe he was a bit too good to be true, but I didn’t care. It was all part of telling a great story that entertains and believe me, I was highly entertained.
Margo’s character is the one that has the most to gain, lose, learn and grow. Dash was her sounding board and her catalyst for change. She certainly enjoyed the process and the author took great pains to make a reader understand just how much of a challenge it was for her to adjust, open up and believe in someone. At times it was painful and many times it was beautiful. It was also very sexy.
This tale is also an emotional roller coaster due to subject matter. The mystery is finding out who is committing the crimes, the drama comes from the bad guys targeting Margo and the suspense comes from hoping no one dies but never really being sure if anyone is going to come to the rescue in time and if any of the villains were going to get away. The topic of the crime is disturbing as I’m sure it was meant to be. I didn’t like it at all but that is why it was so important for the good guys to win – vile things like that should be stopped.
Although there was an intense external plot conflict, the internal one for Margo was rather sad. She comes from a very cold, dysfunctional family so it makes sense that her opening up to Dash would be such a leap of faith. The hardest part was towards the end, when she really believed the worst. That broke my heart.
I’m going to reiterate how intensely sexual this book is. Dash is commanding and Margo slowly learns to accept that being submissive does not equate with being weak. Not at all. Ms. Foster practically singed off my eyebrows with some of the scenes, so get ready.
Secondary characters are extremely important in the telling of this novel. Many I remember reading about when they were the stars of their own books so it was an absolute thrill to see them in action again, but rest assured this is completely a standalone book. If anything, reading about Logan or Rowdy only made me want to read their stories again. There is a reason they are on my keeper shelf.
I would be negligent if I didn’t mention the kitty. It’s a great touch, and it provided a wonderful ‘awwww!’ factor. I loved reading how the cat reacted in many scenes. It was very telling and important and the best was how Dash interacted with Margo’s pet. So sweet – how could I not love Dash as a hero?
I know I’m leaving a ton out because this was a very busy book. There are so many other aspects of the book worth sharing but I think it’s best to just read, enjoy and be surprised. I had a blast reading Dash of Peril and I highly recommend it to all readers of sexy romantic suspense. It’s a sure winner and, the crime element notwithstanding, a very fun book indeed. (less)
First let me say that this can be read as a standalone but you will not get the complete story unless you start from the beginning. The first book in the Lee Girls trilogy is The Heist, followed by For the Love of Chocolat, then finally The Golden Chalice. The first book sets the stage and introduces the characters, gives you background information, and helps you understand the relationship between the two sisters and their respective loves. The second and third book continues to flesh out the story and completely wraps you in their drama. So it would be my recommendation that you should start with The Heist.
The Golden Chalice kept me intrigued from the beginning until the end; it took me on a wild adventure and I was glued to the pages of this book. Michelle ‘Chocolat’ Dixon and her sister Sasha are the daughters of a renowned jewel thief. Sasha and Chocolat have a love/hate relationship which I understood especially because of a betrayal. Leith ‘Lee’ Sullivan is a mobster and the man that loves Chocolat but it seems that they can never find a way to completely be with each other because of one obstacle or another. The Golden Chalice has lots of action, adventure, betrayal and of course intense heat between Chocolat and Lee as well as between her sister Sasha and her drug addicted boyfriend Kumar.
As mentioned earlier, The Golden Chalice is the last book in the series, all loose ends are tied up and it also answers any lingering questions about Chocolat’s relationship with her sister and Lee. I would highly recommend this trilogy, it will keep you interested, will tug at your heart strings and have you begging for more.
White Hawk is hunting with his father and the other warriors of their tribe when he gets the premonition that something is wrong…
This author has a do...moreWhite Hawk is hunting with his father and the other warriors of their tribe when he gets the premonition that something is wrong…
This author has a done a nice job of researching Native American life and beliefs and incorporating them in her story. Indians have always thanked the earth, the animals, the spirits for providing food and guidance. They have vision quests, take pride in their own skills, and hide their pain to show their strength. Indians understood nature’s ways, respected themselves and others, and worked together for the good of the tribe as a whole. Then white men showed up.
Half Moon, who is White’s Hawks future wife, has been kidnapped along with other women from their camp by white men. They have taken them to sell as slaves, but the man who has Half Moon in his custody decides he wants her for himself. Half Moon tries hard to find a way to escape, but eventually strikes a bargain. If Seth will let the other women go, Half Moon will stay with him. She’s tortured by that decision, but does it for the good of the tribe. She also hopes White Hawk will save her from this evil that is worse than death.
Indian tradition plays a part again in this story. White Hawk leads the hunt and prays for guidance in making the right decisions. His choices now will be the turning point in the outcome. If he decides right, he has a chance to get Half Moon back. If not, he may lose her forever and his heart will be crushed.
I had no trouble getting into these characters. They want to live peacefully, but will do what they need to survive. Isn’t that a bit like us? The story reads well and has a nice pace. I would like to have known if they recovered the other women who were on their way to slavery, but the main plot keeps your attention well and that one little thing doesn’t detract from the story.
If you’re familiar with Native American beliefs, this story shows you how such beliefs are applied. If you’re not, here’s a chance to learn, and it’s a good, entertaining read, too!
Matt always understands her and she only feels safe and comfortable when around him. He tells her she’ll be chosen as one of the Elite and then they w...moreMatt always understands her and she only feels safe and comfortable when around him. He tells her she’ll be chosen as one of the Elite and then they will be able to be together. What he doesn’t tell her is that he’s a dragon who can look human…
This author creates a magical world where male dragons rule the world. They take a human shape (a pretty hot one, by the way) and live in the big castle. The two main characters are twins: Matt and Jason. While they are twins, they are not alike. Ms. Jenkins tells you they are “touched”. She doesn’t explain what that means in this book. Twins are not common the in the dragon world and their father has big plans for them.
Ms. Jenkins uses this story to set the platform for future books in the series. There’s a lot of info here that doesn’t seem to tie together and make much sense now but, as the tale progresses in future books, I think the missing ends will all begin to fill in.
When the dragon twins chose mates, the twins are no longer so close. They’ve always been together. Now they have another person to care for. I like the fact that they both want to be in marriage with love. That’s not a common dragon reaction; most males are simply looking for heirs, not love. It’s also fascinating to watch their father groom Matt for a special role. He leaves Jason out of meetings and ignores him for the most part. Surely this will turn into a conflict later. There’s also a smell of a power play coming.
I found the story interesting and enjoyed the dragons. I would have like to have a bit more detail so I was sure I understood the nuances. As it was, I liked this book enough to want to pick up the next in the series and see what good old dad is planning next. I also want to see more of Joshua and Gwen; they are slowly falling in love. So Ms. Jenkins got me hooked anyway, didn’t she?
The stakes are high. To protect his family, Virgil makes a deal with the cops to help bring down a dangerous gang. He has everything to lose, and noth...moreThe stakes are high. To protect his family, Virgil makes a deal with the cops to help bring down a dangerous gang. He has everything to lose, and nothing to gain. He knows very well the dangers of this operation, and that he could very well not come out of this alive. He's got one shot to get this right.
Enter Peyton Adams, a stubborn, strong willed woman -- and the chief deputy Warden. Her first reaction to Virgil wasn't a good one, though she can't figure out her attraction to the ex-con, either. Though innocent, the man spent the adult part of his life behind bars and in a gang. It wasn't right to want to be with him. And he knew exactly how to push her buttons, but at the same time, she managed to push his buttons as well. Now Peyton has to keep this man safe and come out of this alive. He has a sister and two kids who need him, and in time, Peyton realizes she needs Virgil, too. The sexual tension sizzles between the two and I couldn't wait to see how Peyton and Virgil were going to react to the feelings they had for one another. How would they make this work, if they choose to accept what their heart felt?
Virgil doesn't want to have feelings for Peyton. He's got a job to do. He has Laurel and the kids to think about. Trying to get out of a gang isn't going to be easy, especially when he has information that the dangerous men don't want the police knowing. Turning his back on people that he's been around for years, despite the fact that they aren't all good people, will put many lives in jeopardy. Who can he trust? Who's on the inside?
Full of intense emotion, suspense and action, Brenda Novak delivers another suspense novel that shines. The characters in her stories are always full of surprises and you can't help but love the good guys and hate the bad guys. With plenty of twists in the plot, I was fully engaged in this book. There are even a few surprises that I never expected.
If you like a romance with plenty of suspense, heroes that would do anything to protect those they love, a strong-minded heroine that can fend for herself, and a happily ever after despite the odds stacked agaist them, then get on the inside with this story.
Wow! Talk about anxiety over a heroine’s situation. Priscilla Patterson, with her need for revenge, gets herself into a perilous spot that could devas...moreWow! Talk about anxiety over a heroine’s situation. Priscilla Patterson, with her need for revenge, gets herself into a perilous spot that could devastate of not kill her as well as wreck a secret operation working to shut down a lucrative human trafficking organization.
Reared with fear, caution, and hiding by a single mother who always looked over her shoulder, Priscilla (Priss) seeks revenge on the man who caused her mother to live a life controlled by terror. As the owner of a porn shop, Priss is no innocent in a vicarious sense, but in real life she’s never danced, kissed, or anything more. Yet, she tackles one of the most depraved human traffickers in the sordid business. With her playacting, humor, and sheer determination, she rushes in “where angels fear to tread”. By doing so, she makes life a living nightmare for Trace Miller.
Trace, an undercover agent, is both furious and fascinated with such an innocent claiming to be Murray Coburn’s daughter. Trace, a member of an elite secret ops team, works as a bodyguard for Murray in an effort to get the information needed to bring the human trafficking organization down. He does what he can to keep Priss out of the clutches of the conscienceless, cruel, paranoid Murray, while still maintaining his cover. He struggles to hold on to his persona as an undercover operative as Priss reaches in and claims his heart with neither of them truly aware of what is happening. What fun for the reader to be part of such giving, caring, and exciting love as the story unfolds.
Trace works on the very edge of the dark side in his determination to eliminate as many human traffickers as possible even if it means he has to use Murray’s companion Helene Schumer (aka Hell). The idea is repugnant to him, but he will do what it takes to stop the evil.
Lori Foster, like Trace, works near the edge of the dark side to create Murray and Helen. Their crudity, craziness, and cruelty make them devoid of any redeeming qualities and set the reader’s heart pounding just to think about Priss falling into their clutches. Her close calls are scary.
Ms. Foster also creates some adorable characters like Matt and the cat Liger (love these two). With Molly, Alani, and Alice, the reader sees some of the lasting effects of those caught the buying and selling of human beings. However, the breathtakingly sexy alpha males like Trace, Dare, Jackson, and Chris, that Ms. Foster creates are super special and make the reader believe that the “good guys” will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer, better place.
Trace of Fever, full of chills and thrills, kept me turning pages with its fast action, emotionally-charged scenes, and the ‘so-right’ love that blooms pure and true amid some really horrifying happenings. Lori Foster, a master at keeping tension high, action hot, and love scenes sensual and satisfying, serves up good entertainment and a happy-ever-after that sparkles.
Gentlemen start your engines! It's time for racing! If you haven't read Overdrive by Ariel Tachna, you absolutely need to. I completely recommend this...moreGentlemen start your engines! It's time for racing! If you haven't read Overdrive by Ariel Tachna, you absolutely need to. I completely recommend this read.
This is my first story by Ms. Tachna. I've read reviews of her other work and was intrigued. Then I saw she'd written a novel about racing. Got me right there. But this book isn't just a bunch of race lingo and confusing terminology. Nope. It's more than that. Ms. Tachna writes in a fluid manner that drew me in right away. I couldn't put the book down. It was like I was right there with Daniel and Frank, trying to figure out what to do with the emotions swirling between them. I cried, laughed, and wanted to know more.
The thing about the book, really, is that it's realistic. As I've said, it's not a overwhelming view of racing. No, Rally isn't Indy cars and it's not NASCAR, but if you like racing, it adds an extra kick. But I was talking about realism. I got to know Frank and Daniel as people. I saw them as something more than cardboard cutouts of race car drivers. In a lot of sport themed books, that extact thing happens. The character is defined by the sport. Not so in this book.
I loved the ache between them. No, not an injury, but the desire they have for each other. Ms. Tachna wrote their struggles and tribulations with a tenderness that I want to read more of. I've put Ms. Tachna on my auto-buy list. The book isn't terribly long, but enough to really get to know the characters. The love scenes steam and I needed a fan to cool me down.
If you want a story that's got a little racing, a lot of hot guy on guy loving, and a storyline to break your heart in a good way, then you need to read Overdrive.
Prepare to go on a wild, lusty, and revenge filled ride from start to finish in Vengeance Moon. Typically love forms out of events or situations; but...morePrepare to go on a wild, lusty, and revenge filled ride from start to finish in Vengeance Moon. Typically love forms out of events or situations; but this is no typical story and the emotions are dealt with after satisfying the more urgent desires. Animal instincts are too difficult to be controlled once the animal is let out of the cage!
Sariah DuShayne, left for dead after she and her werecat lover were attacked and assumed killed by the werewolf known as Xander Waithorn. Unfortunately for Xander, Sariah had not only survived the attack but transformed into a werewolf/werecat hybrid shapeshifter.
The new mission in her “undead” life -- make Xander pay for the lives that he’s destroyed through death or worse: turning them werewolf. Vengeance toward the only one who had caused the Sariah so much pain and suffering in her life along with every female subjected to being a victim by Xander's hand. Instead of cold, Sariah plans for her vengeance to be served up painful and bloody!
As a rising MMA fighter -- Stephan Colinsford is all too aware that restraint along with natural instincts are needed to stay alive during a fight in the cage. What Stephan was not prepared for was to fight the attraction felt from the first scent of Sariah’s feline side. Born a werecat, Stephan went rogue early in his life by leaving his pride and chosing to ignore his basic animal instincts, instead choosing to live as a "normal" human. When he realized Sariah was not only a werecat, but a little something more riled his caged feline.
Brought together by desire, can Sariah and Stephan’s relationship survive through the trials and dangers of taking Xander down?
Savannah Jordan has written an in-depth story which makes the reader feel like they are in the center of all of the action, standing right beside the characters through everything. The only thing more intense then the sex scenes were the acts of revenge.
I hope that there will be a sequel to follow up because after finishing this story I was left imagining how life ended up for all of the characters and what else could happen in the future for them. When you can't stop thinking about a story, it has power. Why not sample it for yourself?
He’s an undercover cop. She’s a prostitute. They couldn’t have anything in common, could they?
The author caught my attention with this novelette beca...moreHe’s an undercover cop. She’s a prostitute. They couldn’t have anything in common, could they?
The author caught my attention with this novelette because of her subject matter. She set the story in Seattle and then added of the most catastrophic events that can be imagined for the west coast – an earthquake that would run up the San Andreas Fault and drop parts of the coastline into the sea. You’d have tsunamis, volcanoes blowing, and total chaos as people tried to escape. This is a very real fear if you live in the area. I grew up in Washington and they speak of it as “The Big One”. So her story premise caught my eye right away.
Then she added an undercover cop, a prostitute who isn’t exactly what she seems, human traffickers and more to the story. You get caught up in the story and can’t wait to see where it’s going next, who might escape the disaster, who doesn’t and what’s left when it’s over.
It’s not a happily ever after story, but it is one example of how things could happen. Nigel is trying to protect Katya and figure out just who and what she is. Katya has run because the people of her country called her a witch. Both characters are strong and willing to do what they need to survive, even if their personal losses hurt their hearts.
Survival stories fascinate me. Watching an author’s vision of how they think people will behave and how cut-throat survival can become can be enlightening. Ms. Cooper’s vision appears to be spot on. This is a fast paced story with lots of drama and hope for the future, even if the future might not look like the present. Grab a copy and then hang on to your seat -- it's a thrilling read.
The werewolf and vampire world continuously collide, but Paul and Laurent take it to a whole other level. They are suppose to be enemies, yet from tha...moreThe werewolf and vampire world continuously collide, but Paul and Laurent take it to a whole other level. They are suppose to be enemies, yet from that first encounter they know they cannot kill one another, but hopefully they will be able to stay away and fight the lust growing inside. As if anyone can fight chemistry this strong.
Both of the main characters are very strong for different reasons in this story. Paul has the external strength, which is why he has been able to remain the second in his pack even if he is viewed as an outsider. What he has in external strength though he lacks in self-confidence. His whole life he has been told that his attraction to other men is wrong, and once you hear something for so long you start believe it.
Laurent has the inner strength of a lion. He will do whatever it takes to be with his Coeur de sang (heart’s blood). If he cannot be with his Coeur de sang the least he can do is make sure that Paul is happy no matter what the consequences to himself. Together they make one sexy couple that complements each other superbly. When one is lacking, the other one picks up the slack. It made watching the relationship unfold truly entertaining.
I liked the touch of Paul and Laurent speaking Spanish and French as well as English. It made the story a little more exotic and entertaining, but the Spanish sometimes left me a little disconnected from the dialogue. At times, I felt I was missing something because I did not know what the characters were saying. Since the same words were continuously used, I was able to understand what the author was trying to convey once I got the hang of the language. The language and writing style gave me the feel og early Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton, which I enjoyed.
This story is truly a romance above and beyond the rest. The lovemaking was sensual even when rough. I think this helped really display the emotions of each character. Even when Paul was not willing to say what he was feeling, his body was a much quicker study then his mind. I think many of the scenes were arousing because you knew that the characters' hearts were also involved -- as well as some other organs.
This story really bridged the vampire, werewolf gap well and anyone with a fascination with the supernatural would truly love this story.