Love on the Line was a very cute read and just what I needed to lift my spirits and make me smile on one of our lovely rainy winter weekends here in NLove on the Line was a very cute read and just what I needed to lift my spirits and make me smile on one of our lovely rainy winter weekends here in North Carolina. It had all of my favorite elements... lovable characters with a complicated connection, passion with just a bit of inner turmoil, humor, love and cooking!
Kimberly's warnings to not read this one when you're hungry are spot on. OMG I drooled over all the yummy cooking and was kicking myself for not having anything delicious in the house to snack on while I read. So stock those pantries before you dive into this one. LOL
Violet and Noah were excellent characters and perfect for each other despite the fact that he is extremely dedicated to his job as a police detective and she never wants to be with a man who puts his life on the line every time he goes into work. After he's injured on the job he needs someone to come in and help him at home and she's always in need of more clients now that she's a personal chef and so the two are smooshed together for a spell. Thank goodness.
Violet is one of those heroines I pretty much instantly loved. She's passionate about cooking, is open and honest and really just puts it all out there on the table. And Noah? He's a bit grumpy but sexy as hell, fierce and has a bit of a vulnerable side going on. He was pretty damn delicious grumpiness and all in my opinion.
One of the best things about these two was that they didn't play games with each other. They were who they were and they didn't try to change the other or manipulate them into doing what they wanted. They were just good together. Bits did get steamy and deliciously so but scenes aren't extremely detailed.
There were some awkward moments with her coming over every evening to cook for him and them having to deal with his injury, the brewing passion between them and just life in general. My favorite moments were when they cooked together. There's something so sexy and intimate about spending time together creating something. It was fun seeing her spark his interest in cooking (and omg he totally cooked for her one time and it was so sweet!). It also added a whole lotta humor. This one's a little long to quote but it had me rolling. It still sends me into giggles reading over this part of the story.
Finally, when the chicken had gone into the pot to simmer and there was a decent coating of flour on the countertop where Noah had ambitiously tried his hand at mixing dumpling dough, Violet reached into her collapsible cooler to unearth a bag of frozen peas.
"Hold on just a second. What are those?" Noah pointed the spoon at the offending bag with a wary jab.
Violet stifled a laugh. "They're peas, Noah. I promise they won't hurt you."
"But you already put one green thing in the pot." He jerked his chin downward toward the burner, and dammit, it was impossible to tell if he was kidding.
"Oregano's an herb. It doesn't count," she said, but Noah shook his head, and oh my God, he was serious.
"Yes it does. It's green. And you used a lot."
Violet's head snapped up, indignant. "I didn't use a lot. And the peas add a fresh layer of flavor to this dish."
"Nope. I'm not buying it. Nothing tastes better with peas in it." He turned back to the stock pot, stirring the contents like nothing doing, and Violet's composure evaporated right along with the fragrant puff of steam lifting up from the stove.
She jammed both hands to her hips, grinding her boots to the linoleum. :You are so rigid, it's infuriating!"
Noah's ear-to-ear smile froze the breath right to her lungs. "I know, but you're really cue when you're irritated, and it's kind of worth pissing you off."
They really were just a cute couple. I liked how Kincaid handled Violets fear over Noah's safety on the job, how he slowly began to remember what really happened when he was injured and I loved how things ended between them. I would have liked a little more time with them though but I'm a greedy reader and that's just how I am. Novellas never quench my thirst completely but this one definitely put a smile on my face and left me wanting to pick up anything else Kincaid has to offer in the future. If you're looking for something sweet and light hearted that will give you a chuckle or two you need to grab a copy of this one. ...more
She was a colossal tyrant stuffed inside the tiny body of a woman.
If you're like me and love finding new worlds that are unique, a little quirky and
She was a colossal tyrant stuffed inside the tiny body of a woman.
If you're like me and love finding new worlds that are unique, a little quirky and just good for your book loving soul then Boone Brux is an author you need to meet. She weaves together such a rich and exciting story it's like stepping right into the world and being there.
There's some drama in Kiss of the Betrayer. You know it's going to be one hell of a ride with the heroine's mission in life is to take the hero out. And yall I'm not talking about the dinner and a movie variety but the swimming with the fishies kinda deal. I mean, hello, that's one damn serious mountain they've got to get themselves over! But damn they do so in the most amazing way.
Sooo. The romance. Well. There's a touch of animosity between Luc and Jade. That whole, I want to kill you, thing is a real bitch on a relationship but these two? Fabulous together. There's some snark and witty banter back and forth (though not as much as I expected after meeting them in book one) and there's a nice dose of sexual tension which I always enjoy.
There's really not too much heat or sheet time but what's there is pretty enjoyable. Okay, so a couple times I found myself chanting "kiss her! kiss her! kiss her!" but really the rest of the storyline is so involved and action packed you don't miss the high heat factor all too much.
I really liked both Jade and Luc. They pair up nicely with his sometimes "cave man" route (he has a tendency to want to just toss her over his shoulder when she doesn't do as he wishes) and her refusal to back down. Chickie has some attitude and is a damn tough heroine who says it like it is and can really kick some ass when need be.
"You...attacking Icarus." Luc coughed. "Stupid."
She blinked several times, not sure if she'd just been insulted.
From the irritated look on his face, she had.
Jade braced her arms on either side of Luc's body and hovered above him. "I saved your life, jackass."
"Saved me?" He wiped a trickle of blood from the corner of his mouth. "I had things well in hand."
"Really? Was that when you were thrashing about like a fish out of water or when Icarus was peeling your flesh like a ripe orange?"
The secondary characters really shine as well. Brux has a way of really creating a wonderfully tight-nit and loving group of characters you just want to know more about. They'll make you smile, they'll make you laugh and they'll have you falling in love with all of them as they work together to fight the Demon Bane and risk their lives to protect the human population from them. I don't want to spoil too much of the storyline but their mission is pretty heartbreaking. They really have so much to overcome because of the past and lies that have been kept for many, many years. Brux really makes you care for all of them and their lot in life as they try to work things out. Really she even managed to have me falling for the villains in the story and sorta kinda hoping we'll get their story one day. Pretty impressive I think.
If you enjoy a fast paced storyline filled with adventure, danger and irresistible characters then Kiss of the Betrayer is a book you'll likely really enjoy. I had a hard time putting it down once I started and as soon as I finished I was ready for book 3. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Brux will come up with next. ...more
Some books just grab me right from the start and Byzantine Gold was so one of those books. It's got a little bit of everything. Romance, humor, dangerSome books just grab me right from the start and Byzantine Gold was so one of those books. It's got a little bit of everything. Romance, humor, danger, a fascinating locale in Turkey surrounding a Byzantine Era shipwreck and likable characters that I continued to fall in love with.
This is the second book that centers around Atakan and Charlotte and I really loved that we got to catch up with them and see their relationship continue to grow. There's a lot going on in the story with threats to their lives coming from multiple directions, both new threats and old enemies resurfacing, but it's all pieced together very nicely and kept me turning the pages, or rather tapping them since I was reading on the Nook, as quickly as I could.
Charlotte and Atakan are an incredibly interesting pair that met during the previous book at a dig site that she was working on. She's an archaeologist and he works as an agent for his government to protect their cultural treasures. They're both very intelligent people, passionate and despite their vast cultural differences, she's American and he's Middle Eastern, they're really just perfect for each other.
They're just a fun pair to watch interacting with each other and you can so see the bond between them. How they joke and tease with each other, how they know when the other is hurting and what they need, etc. Things get a bit steamy between them too, what with naughty uses for pomegranates, some 'naked bathing' aka skinny dipping in the ocean and some wicked chocolate dipped fingers. I just loved every second of these two from the silly to the serious.
During their visit to Chicago the previous Christmas, she had a Brazilian administered upon her private area. He was appalled when she stepped from the bathroom and discarded her robe to show him. Many women denuded themselves. He knew it was a popular practice, but he never thought Charlotte would do such a thing.
"I do not like this barren landscape. Natural is good. how fast can you grow it back?" he'd asked, thankful his raging hard-on wasn't affected by the unwomanish sight.
"Do you want it all back? I can have my 'landscape' trimmed and shaped so there's still a narrow patch, like a band-aid size rectangle."
"Ugh, you'd make a topiary of your...your..."
"My bush, yes"
"No. No rectangles, no diamond patterns, no stripes, leave--'my bush', she'd supplied again, "leave it fluffy."
There are some excellent underwater scenes that got my blood pumping, a cute octopus that had this squeamy sea creature wary girl kinda going awwws! and an intriguing mystery concerning the ships history. I would have loved a little more focus on the ship and the final conclusions about it's origins but that's really just the history lover in me wanting more.
If you're looking for a love story that's a little different and a story that's unique, creative and captivating this is definitely a series to check out. I think Byzantine Gold can be read as a stand alone but really I'd pick up Golden Chariot first. Charlotte and Atakan are the focus of both books and it's just so much better seeing it from the very start. I'm really looking forward to checking out book 3 in the series and seeing how some of the minor storylines that were introduced resolve themselves. Definitely a fan of this series....more
Dirty talking, rough sex and kinkery goodness. Yes. Yes, please!! Willing Victim was a incredibly seductive read and I loved every single bit of it asDirty talking, rough sex and kinkery goodness. Yes. Yes, please!! Willing Victim was a incredibly seductive read and I loved every single bit of it as a chance encounter brings fairly straight laced Laurel into the dark and twisty world of an underground boxer named Flynn who helps unleash her inner fantasies. The rough around the edges hero, the curious heroine, the chemistry. It was all so damn good.
“Listen, kiddo,” he said. “I’m a selfish prick, and I want to be the greatest fuck of your life and ruin you for every man who comes after me. But I’m not a mind reader, so I need some help. Otherwise I could end up as the douchebag who’s got shitty taste in wine and totally traumatized you when you were thirty.”
I just...*thud* I fucking love a dirty talker and Flynn is goood at it. Whew. He's not a polished hero in any way shape or form. He fucks another woman in front of Laurel--don't worry she was totally into it and it's before they're together-- he's gruff and forceful and not the sweetest talker. And the man makes absolutely no apologies for any of it. He knows he has some kinks going on and he's good with them and damn it all that is so fucking sexy to me. And Laurel. Hmm. I really love when a heroine is curious and gets into the kinkery too. She didn't wow me quite as much as Flynn but she was held her own.
I really liked how Laurel and Flynn fell in together. Things start out with the only goal between them that of getting each others rocks off but as it goes along you can see them starting to care for each other and it's really rather sweet and romantic and sometimes a bit funny. I loved that they really talk with each other. They find out what the other needs and wants and they go for it.
The sex? It's hot. Holy hell. Yeah. He's good in bed and doesn't mind getting dirty or mixing it up. I really liked that while they have some serious kinks they don't have to indulge in them all of the time. Straight vanilla missionary works for them too and whew yeah... powerful. Though force fantasies are played out in this one it's always very clear it's consensual and that Laurel feels very safe with him. It's definitely not for everyone but it's not nearly as extreme as I thought it would be.
McKenna is an incredible talent and can really make you feel what her characters are feeling. The attraction, the excitement, the tension and awkwardness when things are a bit up in the air. All of it was amazing and damn it makes you wish you were these characters. Just for a little while. My only complaint is that I wish it had been a bit longer. Or was a series. Because dammit I want a hell of a lot more of Flynn and his dirty talking ways. If you like dark erotica Willing Victim will definitely hit the spot.
Oh my god. If you haven't read this novella you need to pick it up now. Like go straight to Amazon and oneReviewed for herding cats & burning soup
Oh my god. If you haven't read this novella you need to pick it up now. Like go straight to Amazon and one click the hell out of Hearts in Darkness. Holy crap it's good. It's sexy and fun and will make you wish you lived in a place with taller buildings and elevators. Gah. Stupid short buildings in North Carolina!
I freaking loved the characters, Caden and McKenna, and the whole set up. Trapped with a stranger...in a small space...in the dark, with no idea what they look like, and nothing to do but talk...for hours. It's crazy intimate and not just for them but was for me too. You really get to know these two quick and they're truly amazing people.
Caden's this big macho alpha male that's tattooed and pierced. Sexy as hell but has insecurities because of scars and phobias he's carried for years. And Makenna, well, she's a frazzled accountant that's had one hell of a day. She's sweet and pretty easy going. She's someone you'd feel instantly comfortable with and that would do anything she could to ease someone else's troubles.
He grumbled and she squeezed her arm around him. "Make you a deal: I'll help you through your claustrophobia, and you can help me with spiders."
"Spiders?" He chuckled.
"Those things have way too many legs to be acceptable. Don't even get me started on centipedes."
"Deal." He laughed, but inside he was beaming because her proposition only made sense if they were going to spend time together outside this damn elevator. And he really wanted that.
The banter between them. It's amazing. They feel natural and comfortable and so good together. I loved getting to hear them together. The silly things they shared, the heart breaking moments they'd been through. You can't help but smile over their teasing and wish just a little bit you really knew them.
Things move very fast but with the intimate and super charged situation it totally worked for me. And these steamy scenes. Holy fucking hotness. Dayum! They're scorching hot, passionate and even have a little light hearted playfulness going on. It's the best combo and so satisfying.
He crowded right up into her space, pressed his body against hers--trapping her against the glass of the door behind her, plunged his hands into her hair until he was cupping the nape of her neck, and devoured her lips with his.
At this point I never doubt a Laura Kaye book. I know going in it's going to be well written, sexy, heart warming and going to have an incredible happily ever after because really the woman is just brilliant and talented as hell but this one was even better than I expected. I'm seriously kicking myself for waiting so blasted long to read it. It was worth every cent and will definitely be a re-read. Now go buy a copy! LOL...more
So. I saw Christmas. And I saw a freaking drool-worthy hunk of man candy and, well, I was in! With not a clue what Santa Wore Combat Boots was gonna bSo. I saw Christmas. And I saw a freaking drool-worthy hunk of man candy and, well, I was in! With not a clue what Santa Wore Combat Boots was gonna be about. lol And I got quite the surprise from this little novella as neighbors Emma and Jake bring a little magic back into the holiday season after losing someone they love.
The quick of it is that Emma lost her husband years earlier and since then her spirit and joy have been fading day by day. She's just barely getting by emotionally and only pulls it together for her children. Her neighbor and friend, Jake, has watched over her all these years and now, with the help of her husband's spirit, he's decided it's time to help her finally heal and grab back on to life.
Jake is a great man (and a firefighter). He really adores Emma and her children. He may have started helping her because he felt obligated to her husband-who he served with-but you can tell he just loves this little family and wants to be with them. He was so blasted cute with her kids it totally made all my girlie bits do a little sigh. lol And I liked Emma too. She really has lost the Christmas spirit and you could feel her struggles and desperation over not having her husband and having to endure the season. It was nice to see her come around with a bit of a nudge from everyone.
This one was really sweet and pulled at my heart. It was such a hard spot for all of them dealing with their loss and having to finally move on. There's a bit of magic involved since her husband's spirit is part in the storyline but it worked for me overall. And, whew, the ending? Had me a total girly crying mess. That's what popped this one up to a 4.
*3 bucks is a little steep but if it goes on sale it's one I'd recommend if you just want a quick and touching Christmas read.
I'm really not sure how this one ended up on my Nook but I'm glad it did! Andre's writing has a great flow and is reallherding cats & burning soup
I'm really not sure how this one ended up on my Nook but I'm glad it did! Andre's writing has a great flow and is really so captivating. One of my favorite storylines is the "fake mates/couple" that end up falling for each other. For some reason I just love that one and, turned out, I really loved Cole and Anna as well. The innocent school teacher taking a stand and the playboy footballer fulfilling his gram's dying wish to see him happily married by doing something crazy...like getting married mere hours after meeting...
Now, talk about a hot steamy read! I don't think anyone has ever had quite so much sex in the history of sex as Anna and Cole. Holy cow. These two went at it like bunnies. Now, the sex scenes were very well written. They're hot and steamy, emotionally charged and down right sexy but geezaloo there's an abundance of them in this 180 page story. I'm surprised either of them could actually walk after we hit about the halfway mark.
I ended up really falling for these two and for very different reasons. Cole managed to screw up more than once but I was an absolute puddle over him and his grandmother. Here's this HUGE hulking footballer and he's completely smitten with his tiny little grandmom who is ill. Doesn't want to disappoint her, lets her tell him what's what and frets over her. It was just so sweet and heart breaking watching the two together and seeing how emotional it made him.
And Anna. I really felt for her too. She's "sweet" (yeah that word got used in abundance as well) and rather sheltered and damn tired of everyone treating her like she's safe and boring. I really enjoyed watching her break free of that and exploring not just her sexuality but life in general. Getting bolder and not doing what everyone else expected of her.
Some of the storyline was a little predictable and I will say I had a bit of an issue with the emphasis on how much sex Cole had with women prior to Anna. I guess I just like living in my little bubble and not knowing about my hero's man-whorish past, ya know? But putting those two things aside I really enjoyed Cole and Anna's story and will be going back now to pick up the first two in the series.
So, who would I recommend this one for? Anyone who enjoys a good romance with a LOT of sheet time added in to the mix. ...more
Alright so. After book one in the series I was pretty frustrated--the heroine picked the wrong hero in that one. But book two was supposed to be aboutAlright so. After book one in the series I was pretty frustrated--the heroine picked the wrong hero in that one. But book two was supposed to be about that man and I was dying to see Storm find his happily ever and moving on from the woman who broke his heart and find the one he was meant for. And...that didn't happen really.
Storm and Litha. Well, they spent about 20 pages of the book in each others presence. And a portion of that was in dream form which was pretty frustrating. Instead there was more of the couple from book one. And a secondary storyline of one of his teammates and his kidnapped fiance. Plus two weddings, two proposals, a rogue werewolf and a baby.
Again, like the first book, I really liked the actual characters. They're interesting, unique and you can tell really care deeply for each other. And I love the whole premise of the series of a team put together to protect and deal with the bumps in the night.
There was a lot of potential with this one. I would have loved to see Litha actually helping Storm deal with getting over Elora and moving on. But it just didn't happen because they were hardly together until the end since she was sucked into another dimension and all. When the two finally came together I loved them. They're cute and sweet and there was some nice humor happening. I just wish more of the book had actually revolved around them...since it was their book.
But those couple things I did enjoy just aren't enough for me to continue on with the series. I just don't think Danann's style is for me. There's way too much narrating by the storyteller about what's going on with everyone and very little dialogue. Just a mass of details that could be done without. Too many threads happening and too little focus on the romance for me. But she's gotten crazy positive reviews for the series so maybe it'll work for you. I'll be passing on the rest.
I have a thing for authors that step outside the norm and try something different. So when I saw a new series featuring Nymphs I was all in and I'm reI have a thing for authors that step outside the norm and try something different. So when I saw a new series featuring Nymphs I was all in and I'm really glad I gave The Nymph's Labyrinth a try. The writing style hooked me right away and had me reaching for my Nook every chance I could during the day. With intriguing characters and an interesting take on mythology Winters created a fun world that easily pulled me in.
The gist? Archaeologist Beau has put everything in his life, including his son, on the back burner as he tries to make a name for himself uncovering an ancient mythological Labyrinth. The very Labyrinth that Aria, and her sisterhood of Nymphs, has spent thousands of years keeping hidden and protected. Oh yes, drama abounds ;) But these two are good together. There's a little bit of steam to the relationship (some very yummy time spent in the ocean) and a nice addition of humor between them which I always enjoy.
One of the things I loved most about this one was that you can really see Aria and Beau changing along the way. Meeting each other really turns each of their lives around and they become better people because of it. I wanted to just cheer for Aria as she finally stood up for herself and what she believes after centuries of being more or less bullied by her "sisters".
And Beau. I had mixed feelings about him in the start. I loved his absolutely determination where his work was concerned but at the same time he's been an absentee dad and hasn't seen his son in 10+ years because of it and that, for me, is not a quality I look for in my heroes. But he really surprised me along the way and in the end I found myself very proud of him and the person he became. He manned up after his son landed on his doorstep and I absolutely loved watching their relationship evolve and how hard he worked to make things right.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two being pulled in different directions as they fought between what they thought they wanted or had to accept and what they found they truly desired and needed in their hearts.
With likable characters overcoming all sorts of hurdles thrown in their path, a fresh paranormal twist and a nice plot touched with action The Nymph's Labyrinth was a delightful start to a series that left me wanting to read more from Winters. I'm really curious about how the series is going to play out. If each book will focus on Aria and Beau or if we'll meet some of the other Nymphs. Regardless of which way it goes I'm hooked and can't wait to see what happens next.
*A copy was provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Over the last couple of years I've read a lot of erotica and my fair share of BDSM novels and I think it's pretty safeherding cats & burning soup
Over the last couple of years I've read a lot of erotica and my fair share of BDSM novels and I think it's pretty safe to say I've officially found one of my hard limits. Holy. Cow. If Wishes Were Shadows holds no punches, literally, from the very beginning. It's a hard and fast vampire BDSM story that, as much as it wigged me out, I honestly couldn't tear my eyes away from it if I'd tried.
Vampires, menage, BDSM... yes, please! LOL I love all three so was very excited about trying this one. Turns out though I like my BDSM a little more.... mainstream. This was the first time I've read about a sadist/masochist relationship and while the writing was stellar the actual relationship was more than I can handle. I'd put this one in the hardcore BDSM category. There's whips, blood, scary ass cock rings with *eep* teeth and physical violence in this relationship. It is all 100% consensual and there's a bond between all of the characters but I just couldn't relate to any of the three and their desires/needs which was hard for me.
So, while not my particular kink I did think it was well written and would recommend to those who like things a little rougher and are very open minded with their reading. I do believe I'll give Black's more mainstream stories, as FA Fowler, a read though. She's got a great voice and really does put a story together extremely well. This girl is just a little too vanilla for the darker ones ;)
Cost wise I do think the price is a little steep for the number of pages but if you've got the extra cash laying around and are feeling a little daring I'd say go for it. ...more
It's been a while since a book made me laugh so hard I was crying and man is that a good feeling. Rescuing Lacey was an incredibly fun and4.5 stars :)
It's been a while since a book made me laugh so hard I was crying and man is that a good feeling. Rescuing Lacey was an incredibly fun and moving story with strong willed and fiery characters, an exotic locale and a good dose of humor that will easily make my 2013 favorites list. It was one of those books I had a hard time putting down and really didn't want to see end.
Lacey's basically been sent to the jungle, in a last ditch effort to save her career, to photograph...frogs ::shudder:: with Luke playing the part of her guide. It's a seemingly easy gig but both get a lot more than they bargained for from her short assignment in his world.
I absolutely love when there's fire between the main characters. When they completely get under each others skin and give the other a run for their money. And Luke and Lacey so didn't disappoint. They're both strong and willful and it shows so nicely in how they play off of each other. The banter, the times when they're getting along and especially when they're pushing each others buttons. And these two have a way of seeing into the other like no one else can. Seeing what's really beneath the surface that they try to keep hidden from others. And when things get steamy between them they get really steamy in the most delicious way.
"How's it hanging?" Luke greeted Phillipe in Spanish.
"Oh, it's hanging. Caught anything lately?"
"No but I'm working on a tasty little machita," Luke continued in Spanish, pointedly referring to Lacey. He grabbed a bar stool next to Tony, using him as a buffer between himself and Lacey.
"I'm particular about who I let reel me in," Lacey quipped in Spanish without missing a beat.
Luke felt his cheeks grow red, while Tony held back a snicker, almost choking on his beer.
"Four years of Spanish in college," she said with a shrug, taking another pull on her beer.
Luke turned to Tony. "Couldn't tell me she spoke Spanish? What kind of friend are you anyway?"
"It never came up," Tony said with a half shrug and a mischievous grin.
One of the things I liked about the story was that while there was a lot of humor and lightness along the way the two were also dealing with terrible pains from their pasts and the affects they still had on them. You really get a feel for each of them and what makes them the way they are. Why she's so stubborn and determined to do things on her own and what keeps him going and how they start to heal from their past experiences because of the other. There are a couple scenes that'll have you in tears as you watch them fight their demons. It's not always easy to watch but it'll make you love them even more.
With a wonderful support cast, a delightful romance and getting to watch two incredible people grow and find love Rescuing Lacey was a real treat. The ending may have been a touch dramatic but the outcome is sweet, utterly perfect and left the romance lover in me with a smile on her face. I can't wait to see what Heflin comes up with next.
Breaking the Nexus was a fun, exciting read filled with action, lust, love, mystery and danger that I could have easily finished in one sitting if I'dBreaking the Nexus was a fun, exciting read filled with action, lust, love, mystery and danger that I could have easily finished in one sitting if I'd had the time and real life had left me the heck alone. I wanted to barricade my freaking door and keep everyone out so I could just...read...a little...more and see what would happen next. I love when I find a book that pulls me in so completely.
Okay so action starts off right from the beginning with the Nexus, which basically divides a magical world from the non magical human world, being compromised and our heroine, Sha, being sucked through the portal and landing smack dab in the middle of a bloody crime scene that yummy Detective Connor will soon be investigating Gah! Yeah, it was an excellent start- filled with suspicion and drama- and just a great way for them to meet. I loved it.
There were some really nice surprises along the way as the two felt each other out, had to learn to trust each other and deal with an overwhelming case of insta-lust while trying to figure out who was using blood magic to try and destroy the wall keeping all the magical beasties out of the human world. The action was fantastic and I really enjoyed the mixing of the two worlds and seeing the results. Makes a girl real damn glad all the creepy critters we read about are ofhso fictional and trapped in the pages of a book. Whew! Yeah it'll get your heart pounding just a wee bit.
I loved both of the main leads, Sha and Connor, and really loved his partner Ian as well. Their humor, their honor and determination. It was all amazing. They interact well and you can see the bonds forming between all of them which was really nice. Ooo and the steamy scenes between Sha and Connor? De.li.cious. I really enjoyed the balance Avalon created between the romance and action. They fit together nicely and never felt too heavy handed one way or the other.
One little warning if you only read traditional romances where everything single thing is wrapped up neat and tidy on the last page. The ending on this one? Oh it's a cliffhanger. But it's a really freaking excellent cliffhanger and I loved it! This is definitely a complete story but with how things were left book two is going to be crazy good. Avalon really sucked me into the world she created and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next for this group of characters and the new addition that was thrown into the mix at the last moment. ...more
Oh. My. Shifter-Loving. Soul I am in heaven. Seriously if I have to pick a paranormal creature to read aboReviewed for herding cats & burning soup
Oh. My. Shifter-Loving. Soul I am in heaven. Seriously if I have to pick a paranormal creature to read about it's going to be a shifter every single time but a girl gets a little tired of wolf after wolf and could use a little variety and holy hell Eve Langlais where have you been all my life? This woman has them all. Crocodiles, fox, swans, giraffes, bears, saber tooth rabbits. And *swoon* it was glorious. Funny, sexy, creative as hell and one that'll have me reading a lot more from Langlais in the future.
This one's not serious at all really and was exactly what I was looking for after coming off a couple rip your heart out heavy reads. I needed something fun and light, easy and a little silly and I got just that. This was book 3 in the series but so easy to jump right into and not have any trouble understanding what's going on.
I really had a great time with the main characters Renee, a fox shifter that's been locked away and experimented on for years and Viktor the Crocodile shifter and FUC agent who sprung her from her dungeon. Yep, their agency is called FUC. Furry United Coalition. Told ya. Silly. The FUC agents pretty much go about protecting and serving and being all sexy doing it ;)
After being locked away and experimented on for longer than she can remember facing freedom is pretty much scary as hell for Renee and she's a little flighty there at the beginning and despite his grumbly protests she latches on to Viktor like glue. He's 12 years older than her, a reptile for goodness sake! They don't cuddle! Or get warm fuzzies for mammals! I LOVE a grumbly rough hero so Viktor totally worked for me. And even though she's not the most serious character I really enjoyed Renee too and wanted to hug her as she battled her fear of the big blue sky and meeting strangers. She's really endearing in a way.
Eyes locked on his slow strip tease, she didn't even blink as he undid the buttons, revealing bulging dark fabric.
"Must you stare?" he growled.
"I'd videotape it if I could."
These two are as different as night and day but suit so well. She can be fierce when push comes to shove and someone tries to hurt her croc and the girl is determined as all get out to snag, or um, shag? him. He puts up some protests and can gruff but under it all he's a good guy which makes it even more fun to watch unfold.
There's a little bit of mystery as they go about trying to capture the "big" bad evil and some fun little surprises along the way too. With some nice sexy bits, humor and snarky goodness it was just a great read and one I'd recommend to anyone that has a thing for shifters and light hearted humor. ...more