A dystopian plot that takes place in and around San Francisco. One of the main characters, Lex, lives in a town outside of San Fran and she has to sneak in under the cover of darkness. The bridge has been barricaded so that no vehicles can get through and the city is patrolled by a military police force called The Guardians. Not the nicest of people. Lex must get in to San Fran and rendezvous with The Resistance and give them a flash drive on the drug called Emovere, created by her mother in the first place, and how it is still being used by the government. Emovere is a drug that hinders one’s fear, making The Guardians that are being given it fearless and callous.
The individual that leads Lex to The Resistance is Quin. He was once a venerated member of The Guardians, now a member of the Resistance. Quin has lead a rough life, prior to and during his time as a Guardian. At first he is distant with Lex, but over the month that she spends with The Resistance he gradually warms up to her and they become close. During that time he and Lex will discover that The Resistance isn’t quite what it is all made up to be.
I haven’t read a whole lot of dystopian, The Hunger Games Trilogy and Legacy have been the extent so far. And I would have to say that if they are all as good as what I have read so far I would be open to reading more of that genre. If you are a fan of dystopian, I believe this is something you have to add to your TBR shelf. Definitely something that must be read! ...more
Place: Lucan, Ireland. Date: 1823. A Pureblood Vampire takes a priests life and waits for an Angel to come and take the priests soul. An Angel named Aingeal, appears and as she readies herself to leave the Pureblood attacks her and fills her with his poison. Her pair Azrael, comes to her rescue. He cures her of the poison, however the Angel Descendant she’s carrying is still tainted. Azrael tells Aingeal to run and hide until he can consult with Arch Angels on what is to be done for their offspring. Luckily pairs are connected and no words are spoken aloud in front of the Pureblood to tip him off as to what is going on between the two. Aingeal runs and Azrael keeps the Pureblood at bay. A few months later a baby is placed at a couples door swathed in cotton linens.
That, my friends, is just the prologue! So, as you can see you are sucked in right away. Lailah, a.k.a Francesca in her current life, knows that she has lived before. She doesn’t have total recall of all of her memories, but she remembers bits and pieces at a time. The constant is that she never forgets Gabriel. Lailah/Francesca is that baby left on the stoop, by the way and it is present day.
When Francesca helps out a Vampire named Jonah, she also comes into contact with a couple of guys from her past. One she doesn’t remember and the other is Gabriel. Dumb founded, Gabriel tries to figure out how she could be there. In another life he had watched her being killed when she was still human. And from then on more comes out about Lailah’s past with Gabriel and her current attraction to both Gabriel and Jonah. I’m not telling you who the other mystery guy is. You will have to read it and figure it out like I had too.
I would definitely say purchase LAILAH. The take on Angels and Vampires is something new that I haven’t seen before and for that alone it would be worth the money. Lailah is fantastic. This is one that I had a hard time putting down until I was done and then I was wanting the next book right away. One reason I usually wait to read something until either the whole series is out or at least a couple of books after the first one. It’s so painful waiting for the next one. I will definitely be looking forward to Gabriel, number two in the series. ...more
I first fell in love with Nancy’s writing with her Destiny series. Thinking nothing could top that Nancy gave me a huge surprise with her second serieI first fell in love with Nancy’s writing with her Destiny series. Thinking nothing could top that Nancy gave me a huge surprise with her second series Touched. Loved it more then Destiny if that is possible. Now she has branched out into Contemporary Romance. And I will say another stellar success!
From the very beginning you are drawn in. Foreboding from the minute Candy thinks she heard Libby calling her name. When Candy runs out the door late for work you know things are gonna get “real” super fast. Poor Libby! Poor Candy! Not knowing who she can turn to. Is Dave for real? Who is Mark? What’s gonna go down? More importantly WHO is gonna go down? I’m not giving anything away. This is something you must go into blindly and experience, because it is one hell of a whopper! So don’t miss out on this! And be sure to pick up Nancy’s other series! From time to time they are freebies. Keep an eye on Nancy’s twitter, she let’s you know when you can get them. And trust me once you pop one of those babies open, there is no stopping until you’ve completed all of them!
And Nancy, that brain matter on your shoulder? Consider my mind blown by your awesomeness once again! ...more
At first I liked main character Camille. She has a distrust of guys that are arrogant womanizers. I myself find a guys hot-ness rating go down if he’s arrogant or too cocky. So I could relate to her dislike of Delsin. But, after she gets to know him and falls for him anyway she is kinda hard on him. I actually felt bad for him. She is way too sensitive around him. She knows he draws in the chics and he hasn’t had a girlfriend in years. Even so she gets bent the first time they go out as a couple and some girls hang on him. Yeah, he could have said something, but dude has been single for several years. Give the guy a break! Then when she catches him in a bad position she just takes off and refuses to even hear him out. After awhile even her friends that can’t stand Delsin at first, tell her to talk to him.
I liked ROUGH as a whole, but I just didn’t like the female main. I know she’s young so she is allowed a little bit of leeway on the acting childish scale, but I still kinda wanted to throat punch her. Totally on Delsin’s side. And his friend Avery, which is Camille’s best friend, sounds fabulous!
So yeah. That’s all I’ve got for this one. Should you buy this or request it from your local library? Buy the damn thing. It’s only a buck fifty. Support our indie authors! ...more
The Tudor Vendetta contains plenty of surprises. I of course requested this with out noticing that it is the third in the series and I must say, if this is what the other two are like I will have to go back and read them. Fabulously written with all the court intrigue you could want. I am a Huge fan of Queen Elizabeth I’s. And I will say that if this series does continue that I will follow it. The ending seems to infer that Brendan is done as the queen’s spy.
Both his and one of Elizabeth’s secrets are revealed. It takes trust from both sides to see the conclusion through to the end and Brendan has every one of his dreams come through to fruition. He safe guards Elizabeth’s secret and also wins back the heart of his true love and they retreat to the country side far from the courts intrigues. Or do they? We will see if there is more to follow. I creeped his site and didn’t see mention of another Spymaster Chronicle to be released anytime soon. ...more
Five years to the day of Rory’s sister. Anya’s murder, she is at a benefit ball for the TOV (The Other Victim) foundation that Rory started in honor of her sister. Junior’s younger brother Danny turns up at the ball. Determined to clear his brothers name before he dies, he grabs Rory when she is on stage and tries to force her at gun point to take the blame for him. She hits her head and sustains a pretty bad coma.
While in the coma Rory and Junior form an intense psychic connection. She is able to see the things he is seeing in the sub acute wing of the hospital that he is housed in and he keeps sending her images of the night the murder happened. She becomes so entangled with Junior that she starts behaving bizarrely to her current fiance and family they start wondering if the head injury hasn’t changed her for the worst. Still trying to maintain her identity and not lose herself she decides to work with Junior and gives herself over to him to solve the mystery of what happened that night and allow Junior pass on with a clear continuous.
The Night Visitor is a pretty dark and intense read. Rory’s family dynamics are perverse and engulfing. Her step-brother and step-father are trying to confiscate her company out from under her. Her mother is narcissistic, only looking out for her own needs. The only bright spot in her life is her fiance, Tom. Dianne Emley has created an engrossing plot. One that is hard to put down, you feel you just have to find out who it was that pulled the trigger. If you like a dark mystery, this is definitely up your alley!
One Funeral is the second installment to Kat and Stone’s series No Weddings. I must say I really am enjoying the series so far. No twitchy peen in this book. I was kinda looking forward to it, LOL! Where things were from Cade’s point of view in No Weddings, Hannah’s is in One Funeral. Where Cade had a twitchy peen Hannah seems to have a problem with her melting panties/thong. Not that one would blame her with being faced with Cade five days a week!
In One Funeral Hannah and Cade decide to “non-date”. That way they could spend time together and not have the burden of dating jitters. Hannah also takes Cade’s advice to see someone for therapy. She however one ups him and makes an appointment for him the day after her session, love it! There is several parties and Hannah branches out her business a little more to surrounding eateries and a club in the area. She learns to make friends due to her therapy and things are getting more intimate between her and Cade. And they finally seal the deal!!!! Thank god! I don’t know how much more I could have handled! I won’t tell you how or when however. I want my own personal Cade though. What a romantic!
I can not wait for book three, Two Bar Mitzvahs. It comes out three days after my birthday! A bunch of horror flicks, American Horror Story’s new season, my favorite holiday, good things happen in October!...more
Cade has the most twitchy peen I have ever read of! LOL
Now that I have that off my chest I can get on with it. Ok, I can’t get past it…. It’s mentioned at least once a chapter! I have never been so aware of a wenis’s movement as I was in this book. I’m all for talk of mans fabulous extra appendage, but wow. That thing is ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU! Sorry for that, you got the quirky me writing today. I’m trying to clear my mind. Maybe I’m running a fever. I’m fighting off some sort of creeping crud right now. Headache, sinuses, sore throat, and sneezing with itchy watery eyes. I’ve never had allergies before so it can’t be that. Ok, I’m good now.
Both Cade and Hanna have had their hearts broken and are dealing with it in their own ways. Cade’s drowning it in physical pleasure, he has a list of eight girls and Hanna is freezing people out. But in each other they find a kindred soul and become friends. Friends that are extremely attracted to each other like to put innuendo and much of their conversation. With Cade’s manhood making constant twitches along the way when ever he gets around Hanna. Hell, he just has to think of her and Mr. Happy is responding.
Cade has made a promise to his sisters not to screw the help, but Hanna is not the help and in his mind is one woman that comes along once in a life time. And he is determined not to miss out on it. She makes him want to be a better man than he has been of late and he starts changing little by little. Being someone that would deserve to be with Hanna, because Hanna is more then just a release for him. She represents something more that he thought he had and lost. Never to be found again. But he has been proved wrong and has gotten a go ahead from one of his sisters, that Hanna just may be good for him.
I was pleased with this book. Even though we don’t get any dirty monkey lovin’ in it, we get a good story about the journey Cade and Hanna’s lives take together. And although it is a constant back and forth it didn’t drag for me and there wasn’t a part where I was like “Get on with it already!” Amazing right? Usually I want to slap someone when they can’t make up their mind or even contemplate chucking the kindle. But not this time. There is just something about these two that kept me interested, even when they were backing off a little from each other. That being said I would really suggest this to anybody....more
I read Firelight #1 & Moonglow #2 of this series and thoroughly enjoyed them and this one does not disappoint. I think this one may be my fave outI read Firelight #1 & Moonglow #2 of this series and thoroughly enjoyed them and this one does not disappoint. I think this one may be my fave out of the bunch yet. And is making sure I go back and read the others that came before Evernight. Sometimes readers can get caught up with other books and need to be redirected to a series that they had enjoyed. I sincerely thank Julie Paulauski at Grand Central Publishing for reminding me of Kirsten Callihan’s Dark London series. I’m going to try and sneak these in between my other books I have scheduled. And for reminding me of how much I absolutely adore Steampunk!
I love Will! He’s naughty and a dirty, dirty talker. A man after my own heart. William Thorne is a Sanguis Demon, kinda like a vampire, but not. Holly Evernight is a scientist/inventor for the SOS (The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals). Holly and Will have a past. They were both held captive by Amaros, a fallen angel. Amaros took Williams heart and replaced it with a platinum clockwork heart created by Holly. The heart is foreign to his body and is trying to reorganize itself, letting the metal take over his skin. The only time he feels relief is when Holly is able to call the metal from his body. That is her elemental power. The power over metal. They decide to work together. William will keep Holly safe, as she has been attacked several times. He will find out who wants her dead. In turn, Holly will find a cure for what ails him and keep him pain free in the interim. There is just no stopping Kristen Callihan! She just gets better and better! I can definitely say that this is a series that should not be missed. One to put at the top of your TBR list. If you haven’t, do so now. You will not be disappointed, this series is something not to be missed out on!...more
Rebecca’s Lost Journals contains: The Seduction #1.1, The Contract #1.2, His Submissive #1.3, My Master #1.4, and The Master Undone #2.5. So just brieRebecca’s Lost Journals contains: The Seduction #1.1, The Contract #1.2, His Submissive #1.3, My Master #1.4, and The Master Undone #2.5. So just brief little snippet reviews.
The Seduction #1.1 The story of how Rebecca comes to be working at the gallery. Her meeting with Rico, Chris, Ava, and Mark. Her first couple of trysts with her Master.
The Contract #1.2 Rebecca receives the Master/sub contract and has worries and questions about it.
His Submissive #1.3 Rebecca’s Master is giving her lessons on what the contract details. A trial of sorts to see if she is ready.
My Master #1.4 It’s been almost a year since the first contract was signed. They are renewed every four months with changes being made where needed. Rebecca isn’t sure she wants to sign another contract. And her Master crosses a line, trying to keep her. Only it has an opposite effect on her than he intended. All of Rebecca’s journals contain hot, steamy monkey lovin’. But there is a bit of sorrow to all of it. Rebecca is needing more from her Master emotionally then what she is getting. She wants a normal relationship. Not just the Master/sub relationship they have. She wants love and she is coming to the realization that that is not something she may not get with the man she has fallen in love with.
I’m going to review The Master Undone after I read Being Me. So, look for that one on it’s own. I purchased this without realizing it contained this and purchased it separately as well. What the hell, it was only 99 cents.
Brinley and her best friend Mason go to a party being hosted by Noah, a guy she has a class with and is trying to get her to go on a date of get in to her pants. When she is there she finally bumps into Ryder. She is aware that they are attending the same college, but has been hoping to keep avoiding him since their mishap of spin the bottle in high school. Ryder is sorry for the way he acted in high school and is hoping to keep Brinley out of the clutches of Noah…and his own. He never forgot their first kiss.
As much as the two try to avoid each other, they can’t stay away. They have mad chemistry and just may have more in common then they are really aware of. They finally do end up an item, but are both terrified as to what that may entail. Not wanting to be hurt of drag the other into their own family dysfunctions.
They sex scenes are superb and hot. Ryder definitely is book boyfriend material. I also really liked Brinley’s character. She is weak, but also strong in her weakness. The book doesn’t get boring at any point and the ending is fabulous and satisfyingly happy. I would recommend this to any New Adult reader out there with a soft spot like me for real life people. People with messes and that are messes. ...more
Bittersweet was a good read all around. I enjoyed it but, there was something missing at the same time. I'm still trying to figure it out. Maybe it waBittersweet was a good read all around. I enjoyed it but, there was something missing at the same time. I'm still trying to figure it out. Maybe it was just the high level of stress that is still currently swirling around out house and has nothing to do with the book at all. This had all that you could want in a book. Drama, rich and beautiful family, skeletons in the family closet, romance, back stabbing, murder and some sorrow.
Mabel and Ev end up college roommates. At first they don't click, but after a death in the family Mabel consoles Ev and that brings them together. They share some of their secrets and one is that Mabel doesn't want to go and spend summer vacation at her aunt's house. Ev, invites Mabel to come with her to the family cottages around a lake for the summer. And that's when the real action/drama starts.
You come across all of Ev's beautiful, rich, and eccentric relatives. Ev's brother that she thinks is a bit stiff and weird is the one that is drawn to Mabel. And in turn Mabel is drawn to him. She makes a friend in one of Ev's aunts. She is sent on a wild goose chase to look for incriminating evidence on the family, not really knowing what she is supposed to find by said aunt. As she digs deeper into the family tree she starts to gain some disturbing insight to the family. At times you start to wonder if she is going to make it out alive. Mabel finds out just who her advisories are and who she can really come to count on.
Like I said, this really does have everything you could want. At times you can guess the outcome, but there still are a few tricks up it's sleeve that will leave you with a dropped jaw. I think it would be worth the money to purchase. ...more
Even better then the first! Not sure if this is it or not. I’m hoping not. I scoured H.P.’s website and checked out Goodreads but didn’t see a #3 mentioned anywhere. And the way the book ends it could swing either way. Although I’m hoping for more. I don’t want to be finished with Peyton, Drake, and Ryan! I have a serious book crush on Drake. If only he lived in my house…*sigh*
Book #2 picks up right where #1 left off. Peyton is recuperating from her possession and Drake wants to get out of the house and check everything out. While out with Ryan for lunch Peyton hears that there has been an uprising of paranormal activity in New Orleans. Thinking that it has something to do with the Axeman she enlists the help of Lovie and Christopher once again. We get to meet two new characters. Guarda, a voodoo priestess who’s also schooled in witchcraft and a relative of Marie Laveau. And Baron Samedi, the Loa of the dead. We also get to find out how Drake meets his end. I kinda had it figured out, but it was still sad.
After reading this I went back to my Goodreads and made sure that I had all of her other series marked as to read. Definitely going to be in my top fave authors! The Peyton Clark series has a fond place in my book lovin’ heart. Definitely a top of the need to be read pile pick! ...more
I liked that this takes place, for a large part, takes place on the set of baking show. I love watching those shows on Food Network! Something different and exciting. The different themes were fun and the rivalry between teams. Of course the antagonist everyone loved to hate was Piper. Which rhymes with viper. Which she totally was during the show.
What I just couldn’t handle was all of the angst in the book. It damn near gave me an anxiety attack. Good grief! The two main characters Kat and Lucas were balls of it. There was anxiety over the show. Both were so into each other and they both doubted themselves and one other that they were distressed about that. Then Kat was second guessing everything Lucas said and did. Lucas had no clue what Kat was thinking. For two people that were supposed to have been best friends, they were totally clueless. Seriously, I wanted to three stooges their asses. Smack their heads together, poke them in the eyes, that sort of things. By the end I had had enough of their shenanigans! Five pages from the end Kat finally got it! That is about 300 pages of angst people! It was just too much for me....more
The Chocolate Garden is the second book in The Dare River Series. The first is Country Heaven if you want to read about Rye and Tory before picking this up. I didn’t and I had no problem reading this. It did however make sure that I put it on my TBR list. This book is my first by Ava Miles and has definitely made me a fan of hers.
Tammy has finally left her husband after enduring years of abuse from her husband, both physical and verbal. Her brother Rye has taken her and her two precious children under his wing ( I wish mine were so well behaved!). Her husband is such a douche bag, Rye pays him a million dollars and he agrees to a divorce without a hitch, not even wanting custody of his kids. Which is a good thing, because like I said, he’s a douche bag. Being at Rye’s is opening up a whole new way of life for her. She’s finding her feet as a single woman and single mom. Doing things for herself and not relying on a man to take care of her like she was raised to do. It’s also allowing her to open up to who she is and not the suppress her feelings. She has an impressive talent in gardening and is opening her own business to support herself and her children. Her main goal in life is to stand on her own two feet, take care of her children on her own, and be the mother they can look up to.
John Parker is one of Rye’s closest friends. He’s a song writer for Rye and many other country singers. From the moment he met Tammy, he’s been hers. Deciding to take it slow and give Tammy time to heal from her horrible marriage he has just stood by and been a shoulder to lean of for her for the past year. He was raised by a single mother who has become a preacher with three sisters. He’s grown up in a house of women and seems to have a decent understanding of women. He’s a gentle soul, has a way with words, is gorgeous, is a listener, just all around perfect. His main goal is to make Tammy and her children his and he falls completely head over heels with all three. Now it’s just gonna take some planning and patience to get her and the kids where he needs them to be.
Do men like these in this book really exist? Being from the North I have never come across men like this, a bit unbelievable to me. I want one! This book is magical. It leaves you with the feeling that anything is possible. That there is a happy ending out there for everyone. A real feel good novel. Definitely going to be reading more of Ava Miles’s books! ...more
First things first. I don’t think I will look at yogurt and fruit for breakfast the same again… ever.
Sam is pretty sassy. When she first sees Cooper walking ahead of her towards the dive shack she wolf whistles at him. She also likes to keep Cooper on his toes. Never quite reacting how is expected. She also likes to tease him. When they first meet up she has no idea who he is, except that he is built like a god and hotter then hell. Everything he does has her turned on, even eating.
Cooper is confident and easy going, with a sexy smile boasting three dimples. He is intrigued by Sam. She’s not like the girls/groupies that are usually around him. She is an enjoyable dive buddy and she’s able to keep up with him in and out of bed. In fact she pushes his limits often. Both him and Sam are competitive by nature and they seem to thrive off of that, even when it is all in fun.
After a dive and dinner Cooper asks Sam to become more then dive buddies, he wants to take it to bed buddies. And from there they are off. They are insatiable for each other. Sam spends nights with Cooper which she usually doesn’t do in her other flings. As their ten days together progresses so does their relationship, becoming more then the fling it started out as. It’s moving into a permanent territory. Something new for both of them. They have mad monkey lovin’ all over the island. Always trying new positions, never the same way twice. So if you are looking for a read full of hot steamy sex this is definitely it. These two screw as much as they play! And being that they are both on holiday, that is pretty much how they spend their days. ...more
Two Hundred and Twenty-one Baker Streets is an anthology of stories placing Holmes and Watson in different guises and times. Since these are short stories I will only tell a little about each and just say if I liked it or not. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s experience by giving away the goodies of the stories.
A Scandal in Hobohemia by Jamie Wyman
Holmes is a the owner of a dilapidated traveling circus. Holmes is an African American disabled soldier who lost his leg. Lestrade is a tough as nails woman. I was really disappointed the story ended when and where it did. I wanted more! This was interesting and had a fun spin to it. If it was a series I would definitely read every bit of it!
Black Alice by Kelly Hale
Holmes and Watson travel to Worcestershire to clear a maid charged for murder via witchcraft. It is the maid of a past acquaintance of Watson’s. A more typical Holmes and Watson version. But still thoroughly satisfying!
The Adventure of the Speckled Bandana by J. E. Cohen
Holmes is a hippie!! And chain smoker, LOL. Watson is post military as a doctor. They take on a case for a wax museum chief modeler from Las Vegas, Nevada whose work has been stolen from his museum. The mention of the movies, stars, singers of that time adds to the ambience for sure and Holmes being a chain smoking hippie on top of that just did it for me. Love it!
The Rich Man’s Hand by Joan De La Haye
This story takes place in Africa. In this version Holmes has just been on a crack bender. Lestrade texts a picture from a crime scene of a dismembered body. Lestrade and Watson can’t stand each other and take pleasure in baiting one another. This case is tied into witchcraft or muti. This version was a bit dark, but I was laughing at how Lestrade and Watson act like a couple of scared girls. Another thumbs up!
The Lantern Men by Kaaron Warren
This version is located in Australia. Holmes is an architect that has returned home. Watson is a respected local builder. Both are working on the local museum that was once a grand mansion in the area that was rumored to be haunted. Loved this version. It has a creepy, spooky vibe to it.
A Woman’s Place by Emma Newman
Year 2031. This story is from Mrs. Hudson’s point of view. Holmes is Holmes and Watson is a woman and lesbian this time. Mrs. Hudson is Holmes’s landlady but so much more. I won’t say any more for fear of giving everything away. All I can say to this one is wow. What a twist! FABULOUS!
A Study in Scarborough by Guy Adams
Watson and Holmes are a pair of actors that use their own names and the roll they play is of the famous detective and doctor that they invented. They start out on the radio and later appear on TV. Arthur Conan is the writer that approaches Watson in his dotage to write a book on his childhood hero. The ending is surprising to say the least. I wasn’t too hip on the manuscript interspersed through out the story but the end is so surprising I loved it!
The Small World of 221B by Ian Edginton
An intermingling of Sherlock and Holmes, the Bennett’s from Pride and Prejudice and Herbert George Wells’ The Time Machine. Throw in a couple of aliens and you have the back drop for this short story. I knew this was going to be interesting when I saw the Bennett’s mentioned and the time machine mentioned. But I hit the aliens and I was done! Awesome twist on a bunch of classics!
The Final Conjuration by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Six wizard lords are gathered to figure out who has brought an end to their age long peace, with the death of one of their own. Sherlock is teleported from his time in Victorian England to a whole other world where what he deems is improbable is probable, to help solve a mystery that can not be solved by magic alone. Even in these settings Sherlock still manages to reign supreme!
The Innocent Icarus by James Lovegrove
Takes place in Sherlock’s Victorian London, however the common man is born with a gift of sorts. There are the Hercules – abnormally strong, Cassandras – precogs, Achilles – individuals impervious to harm. Watson is in this class of people, Olfactory – those with an acute heightened sense of smell, Mercury – exceedingly fast, Calculator – able to solve near impossible mental calculations, Icarus – those with the ability to fly., and several others. They are the norm. Holmes however is a bit abnormal. He is what is deemed a Typical. Just a person without any gift what so ever. And still he is amazing in this world. He even has given himself his own title for his powers of intellect and observation that he has individually honed. Gotta love that. And the last line of the story is classic!
Half There/All There by Glen Mehn
Here we have Watson as a doctor out selling prescription drugs and Holmes as a pill popper. Watson meets Holmes at Andy Warhol’s Factory. They rent some rooms above a bakery after shortly meeting each other. For those of you that have been hoping and praying for a version where Holmes and Watson make sweet love, wait no longer. The boys have a night of passion….once. Sorry, that’s all you get. But hey, at least it happens the one time!
All The Single Ladies by Gini Koch
This version sees us in California on an all girls college campus where a reality tv series is being filmed. Watson is the young, good looking, hero soldier, doctor that looks after the student body. Not literally. Holmes is a visiting detective from New York. Female detective at that. They are looking for the individual that is murdering and raping some of Watson’s patients. Watson is also being framed for the murders. Loved it!
The Patchwork Killer by Kasey Lansdale
John Watson is dead and gone, but his great-great-nephew takes his place. He is a doctor of sorts, he’s a dentist. Passed along a small wooden box by John, he didn’t know how to open it but always carried it on him in his suit pocket he uses an x-ray in in office and leaves the room to return to some strange man in his suit coat. Introducing Sherlock Holmes! The x-ray some how cloned him! Good story and memorable to say the least!
Parallels by Jenni Hill
Wow…just wow, LOL. In this version Sherlock and Watson are two seventeen year old BFF girls. Sherlock is Charlotte and Watson is Jane. This version has Jane writing fan fiction about Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in many different AUs (Alternate Universes). Her fan fiction has the pair as more then just partners. They are their love interests as well. Jane has a notebook that she needs the help of Charlotte to get, but doesn’t want to tell her what is in it. Mind Blown! Loved this version! Serious talent behind this one.
What ever you come across in this anthropology, you can’t go wrong. Each story is different and fantastic in it’s own right. If you are a big fan like me and are open to different versions you will love this. All of the authors in this book have pulled that notorious rabbit out of their hats and each one is of a different breed. This is truly an enjoyable read! ...more
Another couple of wrecked people find each other. I really am a sucker for that story line right now. Maybe I just like the reassurance that I’m not the only mess out there =)
Evelyn and Mateo belong together. When one is having a hard time the other is there to support them. At first Evelyn is leery of Mateo. She knows that he has been in prison, but when she finds out why she is less afraid of him. And the closer she gets to him she finds out just how really gentle he is. He is a protector of those he loves and soon she becomes one of the loved. However Mateo has a hard time letting Evelyn in all of the way. There are things he doesn’t tell her until forced to, believing that he is protecting her. Also afraid that once she learns certain things about his family life she will take off. Where Evelyn was once easily lead, she has toughened up having to take care of herself once disowned from her family. She is finishing her nursing courses, which comes in quite handy several times. Evelyn has a big heart and loves Mateo fiercely. She stands by him and he stands by her when the reason and truth to her dreams comes out.
I was very happy with the ending too. It was sweet and proves that no matter what you think you can better yourself with the support of your friends and loved ones. That no matter how dark things in your life seem if you persevere you will find that light at the end of the tunnel....more
The Poet’s Wife covers three generations of women in a family through the rule of Franco in Spain. Through the hunger, execution and torture of friends and family, and the fear of staunch Franco supporters. Also through the births, making friends, and individual triumphs.
It starts out with the courting of Luisa and Eduardo in the early nineteen hundreds and the birth of their first child daughter, Isabel. Once Isabel is born Luisa takes her on hikes and ends up becoming friends with a family of gypsies. Gypsies are treated as inferiors in their society and Luisa has to keep her friendship with them secret. Eduardo is a lawyer with the heart of a poet. After having his first and only book of poetry printed he henceforth refers to himself a poet. He loves his wife and children fiercely, a devoted husband and father. Luisa is outgoing and pretty much wears the pants in the family.
Isabel is the first born and takes after her mother and father. She has the best of both. She can take charge, but she does so in the quiet way of her father. When she reaches her sixteenth birthday she leaves with her best friend to become a nurse in the Republican army field hospitals. There she meets Henry. He is a recuperating soldier from England. In time they fall in love. They part when the army is disbanded and after two years apart Henry makes his way back to her. They then start a family and their first born is her daughter, Paloma.
Paloma is growing up when Franco’s dictatorship is slowly coming to an end. She grows up in the 60’s and 70’s. She goes to University in Barcelona and when she graduates she travels to Morocco. She has never been in love before and when she is in Morocco she meets Alberto. The first Spaniard she has come across in her travels in Morocco. They get to know one another and she finds out that he grew up in a village not far from where she grew up. The travel some together and part ways with the promise that when Alberto is finished with his travel he will find her at her home.
I really liked this. I fell in love a little with Eduardo. He was different from all of the men in his family and time. Where they were all macho, Eduardo wasn’t afraid to cry with happiness or sadness when the time called for it. He was a gentle soul and very much in love with his family. He also held to his beliefs, even when those beliefs are what gets him killed in the end. I think Rebecca Stonehill spins an exceptional story to be able to make you see the beauty in these women’s trials and tragedies. Definitely something that needs to be savored like one of the fine wines of that country....more
I’m really not sure how I feel about Control. It wasn’t the writing, I think it was all the characters. I got them, but I didn’t like them. This is really hard for me to write. I hate not connecting with the characters. The story line was good and everything but I just…. I don’t know, something was missing for me. And the only thing I can think of is, no character love, which is weird. I love F’ed up characters! But with these two there was only fizzle. I wanted to give everybody a big throat punch in this. I don’t know, maybe if I read Possess I would like it better. The ending was a total kick in the crotch. HUGE cliffhanger! Which I had a feeling it was leading up too as the book got closer and closer to the end I wasn’t seeing any resolution to the situation.
Liam and Ella fight and run, fight and run. They are both so busy trying to get what they want but not appearing the “weaker” one. Both need to feel in control of the situation, and Liam has a hard time with compromise. Ella is wrecked from her marriage and trying to find her own two feet. Liam is also wrecked and his way of dealing with it is acting like the big man and throwing money at it. The perfect couple and together the perfect volatile mess. All these two seem to do to one another is hurt the other. Neither know the other well enough to understand the other person’s pain and insecurities and the whys. Until they do they are going to need and want each other, but still tear each other down. And with that cliffhanger I’m guessing shit is gonna explode. And I’m not sure in a good way. I think there is going to be a lot more heartache in store for those two. And maybe if I read the second one I would come to like them or at least get the closure I need in their story.
So I’m going with a three instead of a two. I liked the plot, but the characters for me were just ok. I’m still having mixed feelings....more
When Maggie and Tyler first meet he is a total douche bag. She comes bearing cookies and he growls at her, is rude, and shuts the door in her face. So much for being a friendly neighbor! That sets the tone for their dealings with each other. They rip on each other when ever they can, it's funnier then hell. Tyler is always coming back with something that makes Maggie laugh in spite of herself. She just doesn't want to give him that satisfaction. So of course you know I'm gonna love this book for the verbal sparring alone. After a while they come to a sort of truce and form a friendship, but they still knock each other.
Maggie has been burned before by her one time fiance. He didn't hurt her alone, he really messed up her relationship with her parents too. So with that, she of course doesn't want anything to do with guys relationship wise outside of friends. Maggie's best friend Ava, talks her into a year long dating game. They have to have at least one date a month. There has to be a kiss...with tongue...just once. Then from there if they have more then one date with the same person the stakes are raised. So when Tyler is at a bar and he sees Maggie walk in to meet a date he knows what's up. He deflects a bar fly from her and is there when she gets the call that her date has been canceled. He gallantly offers to fill in so that Maggie doesn't lose that month and has to pay for a spa stay for Ava.
And from there they just kinda keep getting closer and closer, both knowing that there is hella mad chemistry between them. Once these two have at each other they can barely keep their hands to them selves and that is where the mad monkey lovin' comes in. The only problem is is that Tyler can't offer Maggie more then friends or friends with benefits. He's made a promise to himself and he's gonna follow through with it. Even if it means he loses Maggie in the end. ...more
Chloe is returning home to Dublin as the general manager of Hope Street Hotel. She left her life behind in Dublin a few years back when her fiance called off the wedding mere hours prior to the ceremony, she hopes to return with her head held high with her advance in her career. She is a good listener, and truly likes to help those that need it. All of the guests adore and appreciate all she does for them. Her boss is pretty impressed by her as well.
First couple introduced is Dawn Madden and Kirk Lennox-Coyningham. Dawn married her friend and lover, much to the chagrin of her close friends and family. Kirk’s dad gave them a huge bag….of weed a.k.a pot. Dawn has been recently made manager of Earth’s Garden health food store and Kirk is a yoga instructor. She leaves him due to infidelity. However that isn’t the worst of it in her mind.
Second couple is Jo and Dave. Complete opposites. Jo is a tough no nonsense marketing director. Dave is an out of work actor looking for a job. Jo is a little off because of her taking lots of meds for In Vitro Fertilization. They trade vicious texts with one another prior to checking in to Hope Street Hotel. That isn’t what is really tearing their marriage apart.
Third and last couple is Lucy and Andrew. Lucy is a super model that is a couple of years older then Andrew’s twins Josh and Alannah. She thought she was marrying her One. Andrew started dating Lucy right after he got separated from his children’s mother. Then as soon as he was divorced Lucy and Andrew got married right away. Which didn’t sit well with his kids. They went our of their way to sabotage their dad and Lucy’s marriage. Later we find out it was a little more then that.
The book takes you through the ins and outs of the three couples marriage. You learn more as you go along what other things are contributing to the dissonance of these marriages. Over the weekend and with Chloe’s help will they stay together, make another go of it? Or will they say “feck” it and go their separate ways?
Not really sure what I expected when I started Love Me or Leave Me. All I knew was the narrative sounded different and intrigued me. The book starts off S L O W. The plot revolves around the main character Chloe, and three of twelve couples staying at the divorce hotel. I was having a hard time getting into it, but once I got about half way into it it started to get interesting. Pretty much once the hotel was up and running. Until midway through I was thinking I was going to have to give the book a two or three. But the last half redeemed the book for me. So I was glad I stuck it out in the end....more
Lou as a character is fabulous. So is her best friend Mel. When things look really down they both try to find something to laugh about the situation. Theirs is a true friendship. Both willing to so things for the other that only real friends do. If their was a body they would be willing to help the other bury it. Lou is a good, kind hearted person, but some of the things she does to her archenemy Hunter, are a bit evil. Although the out come is uproariously funny. I was sitting with the spawn outside on supervisor duty and came to Lou’s first lunch run for Hunter and I was laughing so hard I almost had tears running down my eyes. Which of course brought my tiny herd running to me wondering what was so hilarious. When I told them why they laughed a little too. Everyone finds excessive gas hilarious. I think that was the part that completely won over my heart. Anyone that enjoys potty humor as much as me has me won over immediately.
This is truly a good read. I wasn’t sure at first. Everything was going along so nicely and then Lou has to go and royally mess everything up with that damn spell. But what follows is so damn hilarious. The measures she goes through to try and get Aiden back and the out comes can at times be down right comical. You will know what I’m talking about when you get to the run training part. I was laughing so hard and my husband was asking me what was so funny. He just smiled at me, he’s not a reader. There are bitter sweet moments, but it is so well tempered with the humor it isn’t the heart breaking kind that you need a Kleenex for. The ending will leave you with a smile on your face. This really is a light hearted, feel good kind of read. A good little pick me up for between those intense reads. Definitely something worth picking up!...more
The Winter People had everything I am a sucker for. Fairytales and the Fae are some of them. Let us not forget my penchant for YA and NA too. So to say I’m feeling much love for this book would be an understatement. Not to mention Rebekah L. Purdy writes one boss ass fairytale!
I liked the fact that the book doesn’t come right out right away and say that this is a book dealing with the Fae. Clues a plenty, but kinda lets you come to the conclusion on your own. Not that it was hard for those of us that love those hot Fae men. Salome is lucky enough to have 3 vying for her attentions. However only one of them doesn’t have a personal agenda. I think you like me will figure out who is tormenting Salome before the end like me, but I always love being proved right. There are a couple of surprises though, so it’s always interesting and doesn’t become too predictable.
I enjoyed this so much I didn’t even mind the love quad. Not that I’m apposed to them all that much anyway. As long as they don’t seem to go on forever and get predictable I’m totally fine with them. However I do know that some people can’t stand them so this is a spoiler for those of you haters. Stay away if you don’t enjoy them. I would hate for you to not appreciate this as much as I did just for those reasons alone. If you don’t mind them I would definitely say this is a must read! Well worth your hard earned dollars, euros, yen, pesos, bucks, dough, whatever you got. Spend it on this, totally worth it!...more
When Kristine weds Erik she knows nothing about him. Just that he has saved her the night before she was to be beheaded. She’s heard all the rumors, but doesn’t know what to believe or what not too. Erik picks Kristine out hoping that he will have no feeling for her and be able to just impregnate her and fulfill his father’s last dying wish before his curse has fully changed him. But Kristine cleans up well and he finds himself attracted to her despite himself. Kristine just wants to be loved and to love another. She knows that Erik has married her just for child bearing purposes, but hopes that she may get him to feel something for her. Despite Erik’s determination, he is soon falling for his wife and Kristine has fallen for him. When he finds out she is with child he is elated but at the same time sorrowful. Soon he will have to leave her, he feels his animalistic side rising and doesn't want to harm her or for her to see him as his curse progresses day by day.
When Erik leaves, Kristine is determined to face the witch that has cursed him and demand she change him back. The plan back fires on her and Erik must ride to her rescue. The witch wants their child and Kristine’s fate hangs in the balance. Erik just hopes he can save her in time to see her and their child safe. I will admit I shed a tear a couple of times. It was just so heart breaking to watch these two struggle to stay together through everything. Each wanting to keep the other safe, their love for the other so great. But through it all their love never falters, and you just know that there has to be a happy ending. An exceptional adult retelling of the old tale. Anyone that has a soft spot for the fairy tale really should give this a read. Thoroughly enjoyable to read, even with the few shed tears!
Right when I read shit ton it’s like be still my beating heart! Lauren Layne, you speak my language! Any time there is a snarky or smart ass character, I’m in. And it started right away in Broken. I had many LOL moments while reading this. With Paul’s comments about Olivia’s love for the color pink and Olivia saying she has a lady boner for Paul it made this a most enjoyable read for me.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t sunshine and rainbows shit here. Paul is a hurting unit and knows just how to be a down right bastard. He has the worst verbal diarrhea, I should know, I’ve been told I have it… but in a good way. I pretty much say what I think and what I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Paul, has spent so long keeping everybody away his is just down right, knock down dirty. Not a good dirty either. And some of the shit he pulls on Olivia is down right evil. At times you just want Olivia to smack the snot out of the guy! Lord knows many would throw in the towel and just walk away. Which is just what he wants. He wants to stay in his dark hole. Which Olivia will have none of, you go girl!
Right from the beginning Olivia, doesn’t pussy foot around Paul. She treats him like any other person. Not really giving him the sympathy or poo-pooing he’s so used to by everybody for the past couple of years. She challenges him. She sees something more in him then anybody has since he’s been home. She gives him hope that he could live a normal life and it scares the shit out of him. She puts up with some nasty shit from him and handles it a whole lot differently then I would. Paul would have had me in tears before very long. But she keeps taking it, which at times really pisses me off. But it’s just what Paul needs. Some one to be accepting of who he is, was, and could very well be.
So I say unto thee, go forth and purchase! Enjoy!...more