I love the laid back approach. There was some action 2/3 in but it's not serious badassery. WICKED GAME is very character driven and he focal point isI love the laid back approach. There was some action 2/3 in but it's not serious badassery. WICKED GAME is very character driven and he focal point is on the world building and character introductions. I like her vampire myth, it follows a few stereotypes like aversion to sunlight and the stake to the heart, etc. but she added her own unique twist to it like her concept of Life Times and how a vamp can be zombie-like if they lacked care.
There's a lot of humor and snark, I love the ridiculousness of some of the scenes and Ciara's background as a con artist made WICKED GAME very interesting. The climax was more about outsmarting the enemies than physical battles.
There's more to the story of course. I'm just feelin lazy to write a detailed review LOL. I'll leave you with I LOVE WICKED GAME & I CAN'T WAIT TO READ MORE!!...more
GUNPOWDER ALCHEMY has so much to offer from beginning to end, the pace was fast but not hurried, just enough time to feel things out. There are a subsGUNPOWDER ALCHEMY has so much to offer from beginning to end, the pace was fast but not hurried, just enough time to feel things out. There are a substantial amount of characters but JLin didn't parade them like it's a pageant, we actually get to have adequate time with each important player, get a their vibe, and position them accordingly in the story. I do find the reunion part very interesting between Soling and her father's former team and the anecdotal stories shared about her parents and Soling herself when she was a child were melancholic. GUNPOWDER ALCHEMY isn't a long novel, it's under 300 pages but it's packed with the good stuff. On a personal note I prefer Steampunk with supernatural or magical elements as the lack of it sometimes bore me. That's not the case here, no magic just alchemy and lots of action. If you're a Steampunk fan you'd be wise to add this to your TBR, the sooner you read it, the better.
Now I have to be honest, BDSM featuring an older couple had me doubting, SKennedy eased all of it from the first chapter. FREED was a beautiful love sNow I have to be honest, BDSM featuring an older couple had me doubting, SKennedy eased all of it from the first chapter. FREED was a beautiful love story, very in tune with the emotions rather than the physical and superficial characteristics. The focus was on Mary and Elliott's chemistry with the physical attraction taking a backseat. Like Mary was insecure about her stretchmarks and lack of muscle definition but Elliott saw it as her "battle scars" and found perfection in her imperfections. I promise you I swooned over Elliott for this alone! He always made Mary feel like she's the most beautiful girl in the world and who doesn't want that right? ...more
ARCANA was a very pleasant surprise. As the cover art did nothing for me (cover snob moment!) I instead focused on the Edwardian Era setting (DowntonARCANA was a very pleasant surprise. As the cover art did nothing for me (cover snob moment!) I instead focused on the Edwardian Era setting (Downton Abbey) instead which Jessica Leaks depicted so well! The aristocracy and their elitist rules, the balls, debut, coming out party, the hunt for a husband, the romantic tension! Gah its so good it almost felt like I read historical romance instead of fantasy set in an era long gone.
ARCANA's myth is fae-like and though it plays an important role in the story, it wasn't the focus. This novel isn't about the heroine growing into her powers, rather its a halfling trying to assimilate in the human world special abilities and all.
But who am I kidding?! The primary reason why you SHOULD read ARCANA is Lord Thornewood! Rakish, rich, oh-so sexy, he will denifitely make you swoon! So don't be turned off by the cover art and even the fantasy element if you're not a big reader of it, ARCANA is more magic realism than supernatural and very romance-centric. You'll be glad you read this....more
It's easy for me to imagine SEDUCING THE GROOM as part of a full-length historical romance novel and a part of me wishes that this was longer so we caIt's easy for me to imagine SEDUCING THE GROOM as part of a full-length historical romance novel and a part of me wishes that this was longer so we can witness Ellen and Stephen's love story from beginning to end. CHolt has other and sexier plans though because she jumps right away to their honeymoon. The problem is theirs is an arranged loveless and supposedly sexless marriage, unfortunately Ellen's already fallen for the handsome aristocrat and is intent on consummating their relationship on their wedding night.
Novellas are tricky and is a usually hit or miss because at times some aspect of the story suffers so it can fit the length. CHolt though made it simple gave SEDUCING THE GROOM a sense of completion. The characters managed to give us a good snapshot of their backstory, the conflict was well rounded and because the plot posed a simple question, to fluck or not to fluck, the resolution was fairly simple as well. Though SEDUCING THE GROOM did not fully satisfy my craving for a great historical romance, it was enough to whet my appetite and plan for more in the nearest future....more
A poignant coming of age novel, trust in Juliana Stone to deliver a heartfelt story without going overboard. Monroe and Nathan bonded over a similar tA poignant coming of age novel, trust in Juliana Stone to deliver a heartfelt story without going overboard. Monroe and Nathan bonded over a similar tragedy in life and both were hitting rock bottom when they met each other.
BOYS LIKE YOU is a light contemporary YA drama. I love that there was no romantic angst, Monroe and Nathan were wise enough not to use each other as emotional punching bags. To borrow Mrs. Blackwell's phrase, they caught each other, found peace and love and eventually learned to forgive themselves.
BOYS LIKE YOU doesn't pack an emotional punch like other books but it still makes you stop, think, and imagine what you'd feel like if you were either of the characters. That's the draw of JStone's YA debut and I like that she didn't go crazy and wrote a story so tragic it'll leave her readers distraught afterwards. There's power in subtlety and that's what I got here. ...more
Cool story & typical LRJones there's some kind of mystery built in to the story. I like this enough but it's an open ending. I have a few questionCool story & typical LRJones there's some kind of mystery built in to the story. I like this enough but it's an open ending. I have a few questions that were unanswered but at this point I don't know if the answers are left to our imaginings or if there's a sequel in the works....more
CAPTIVATED was a red hot sexy read that's for sure, both stories complement each other in that Letting Go has more heart and a bit melodramatic whileCAPTIVATED was a red hot sexy read that's for sure, both stories complement each other in that Letting Go has more heart and a bit melodramatic while Seize The Night was light and smexier. MHart and TReisz will satisfy your sexy cravings so if you want to cuddle with something hot tonight make sure you check this sizzling eye candy out....more
I enjoyed HER LONE WOLF, the pace was great, never a dull moment and the serial killer really had me gripping my copy hard. The smexy is scorching andI enjoyed HER LONE WOLF, the pace was great, never a dull moment and the serial killer really had me gripping my copy hard. The smexy is scorching and I really love the straightforward reconciliation between Clayne and Danica, PTyler didn't add too much angst between the two even if their initial break-up was nothing but stupid office politics with a side of blackmail. Btw, it seems some of their higher ups are involved in something dirty and I can't wait to see how that's going to unfold. Lastly the main thread regarding the experiments and the elusive mad doctors have me piqued and itching for more. Genius villains are the best IMO and I want to know who's behind it and how far and deep their reach is.
HER LONE WOLF is a solid follow up to the X-Ops series. The chase, action-adventure, and romance thrilled me and the paranormal aspect added a gritty sheen to the tale. There's nothing like fangs and claws with a hint of fur to make things hairy right? So if you're a fan of romantic suspense with or without the supernatural, you'll enjoy PTyler's X-Ops series, satisfaction guaranteed....more
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As Tales From The Dark Side is a new series, I know some of you might be curious on how it compares to Consequences. There are a few similarities: an infamous contract, an innocent girl caught in a web of lies and deceit, a trusted bodyguard, and a very unconventional story. It ends there though because for one thing, ARomig did NOT hold back here. Claire and Tony's story, for what it's worth, was somewhat filtered, Viktoria Conway-Harrington crossed a lot of lines and her story had my jaw dropping on the floor constantly in disbelief, revulsion, and admiration. Also the sex scenes were very explicit and sometimes disturbing as expected since INSIDIOUS is a dark tale. As for the romance? Let's just say that ARomig's latest novel started as a fairy tale and ended a nightmare.
So forget fluff and bubble gum romance and go explore the dark side with INSIDIOUS. Take a break from the Prince Charmings, damsels in distress, and fairy tale endings, it's Halloween after all so why not treat yourself to something different for a change? ...more
This is not my favorite Tempest novel. I love the intriguing premise of Dizzy falling in love with a married woman and I was interested on how MichellThis is not my favorite Tempest novel. I love the intriguing premise of Dizzy falling in love with a married woman and I was interested on how Michelle Mankin is going to wing this thing. Suffice to say that I disagree with how the MCs handled their situation on so many levels. April yes your marriage is a bust and your hubby is an asshole but why stoop down his level?! Also I cant help but notice the convenient excuses and scenes that popped up here and there in order for the story to get to a certain point.
SPOILER ALERT!!! Like the very dramatic scene with April's BFF Melissa towards the end? Heck she basically gave April & Sissy's thing the green light on a previous convo so WTF girl?! If you've read RR you know what I'm talking about.
To be fair, Mankin is an effective writer, in some cases I would DNF the story but for some reason I want to know how this shitstorm is going to right itself. And like with her other novels, I love the lyrical poem include in this novel. I always say in every Tempest book that comes out, I WISH these songs materialize into actual music so we can have the pleasure of experiencing the stories in a different outlet.
So would I recommend this book? Sure why not but proceed with caution and brace yourself for some pretty interesting things. As for me, I have to mull over my feelings some more, I'll leave this undated for now....more
Ive only read TALISMAN by Heather Hildenbrand so ill withhold rating the anthology as a whole to be fair to the other authors.
Anyways, TALISMAN is thIve only read TALISMAN by Heather Hildenbrand so ill withhold rating the anthology as a whole to be fair to the other authors.
Anyways, TALISMAN is the last story in this anthology at maybe 10-20 pages tops. It's quite a simplistic Angel fantasy story and the Talisman being an important relic in the ongoing Angel-Demon war. Avery and Loch are second generation angels who've just been inducted to the army so to speak.
TALISMAN has an open ending so this could either be a prequel to a new series Heather is planning or it could just be a simple fantasy story. I enjoyed it and I plan on reading this to my nephew, inspire him to learn how to pray....more
I had the pleasure of beta reading this. I still owe Emma a full review but let me say that the Ocean Beach boys are the next crew you'll be stalking.I had the pleasure of beta reading this. I still owe Emma a full review but let me say that the Ocean Beach boys are the next crew you'll be stalking. Hubba! Hubba!...more