Man these Titan series book are always so intense! I love them, but I can't stop readingThis review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
Man these Titan series book are always so intense! I love them, but I can't stop reading once I start. There is always a lot of action, people in trouble, Titan coming to save the day, just lots of intense situations. Savage Secrets was no different. I wish these characters were real as I would love to hang out with them all for a while. I just love every last one of them.
Savage Secrets is the story of Caterina and Rocco. Rocco who was stabbed in a fight a few weeks ago that causes him to still hallucinate once and a while. He hates it since he doesn't have any control over it and never knows when it will happen. But he can't tell anyone or else he will get kicked off the team and he does not want that. I really liked him. He is such a sweetheart but you wouldn't want to get on his bad side.
Caterina is a special operative who is trying to take down the bad guy terrorist who killed her family in front of her years ago. She has been on a revenge mission ever since then. She is this fiery Spanish girl who first meets Rocco when he is tripping. He is stumbling down the street and she helps him back to his hotel. He doesn't remember in the morning, but she definitely remembers him.
When an opportunity opens up for Caterina to get close to the guy she has been hunting she calls in Rocco to be her partner in crime. He is supposed to pose as an arms dealer the bad guy has never seen before and Caterina his new wife. Of course Rocco tries to not think about Caterina as more than a partner, knows that would be a bad idea, but he can't help it. After watching most everyone else settle down he tried that as well, but he chose the wrong partner. Caterina though....There is just something about her. He doesn't always understand what she says, but he loves it when she talks Spanish to him. When she gets all riled up and angry rants to him and he doesn't understand anything she is saying, he is in heaven. He was so cute!
Caterina thinks once Rocco knows what she is really about, what her end game is, he will hate her. After all he is a play by the rules kind of guy and she is determined to kill the bad guy not hand him over. Of course he doesn't though. I mean how could he? He is totally falling in love with her. He can't stop thinking about her and he does what needs to be done.
I love all these big, tough Titan guys and how they try to just fix everything. Sometimes you can't fix things for other, sometimes you have to let others fix things for themselves. It takes Rocco a long time to come to grips with that, and he almost doesn't, but in the end it all works out. Caterina can be a bit of an idiot at times, there were times where I was yelling at her to stop and think or two seconds as obviously something bad is going to happen here, but I still loved it. Her quest for revenge was very deeply ingrained so the end was a bit rocky, she doesn't always think straight, but Rocco is such a great guy he won't let her just fade away from him. I love these stories. I love all the characters, I love all the secret missions, I love all the ladies, I just love them. Another great read in this series....more
I love when I find books by authors I love that I didn't realize were out. It is like a special suThis review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
I love when I find books by authors I love that I didn't realize were out. It is like a special surprise. Rumor was one of those books. I thought I had read all the Renegade books, but nope. I had this one to read! How excited am I?
Since it has been awhile I didn't quite remember who Josh, or any of them, were at first, but it slowly started to come back to me. Josh is not a Renegade guy, but close enough. He is friends with them and was a Navy SEAL until a shoulder injury took him out of duty. When this story opens he is hanging out with all the characters from the first books, but he is not very happy. Something is missing for him. Being around all these people who are so in love just makes him want that too. But he can't. The only lady he has ever really loved he can't be with.
Grace and Josh used to be really close. She was married to one of his Navy SEAL buddies and even though they divorced a few years earlier Josh still can't go there. Even though he loves Grace he can't have her. When his buddy, her ex, calls him up and asks him to check in on her for him since she is not responding to him Josh grudgingly goes. He doesn't want to, but when he finds out she is might be stripping he knows something must be wrong. She is a dancer, she had all these dreams, if this is what she is doing now she has to have a reason.
When Josh shows up Grace is not very happy. After all he left her broken hearted last year and she just barely was able to recover from that. She can't let him back in, she can't have him walk away again. His life is in LA, hers in San Diego. She knows this and it will never work.
Man these two were so hot together! Even though Josh at first tries to fight it it is inevitable that they will get together. I loved this story. It was great that Grace is working at the strip club, but not stripping (though she has learned a few things while teaching the other girls to dance). Yes at first Josh is upset when he finds her there, but once he sees what she is doing he quickly changes his mind. He loves her and she him and they just need to work everything out. It was hot and fun and just a great read. ...more
I am so glad I found these Aly Martinez books. I loved Fighting Silence and Fighting Shadows is juThis review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
I am so glad I found these Aly Martinez books. I loved Fighting Silence and Fighting Shadows is just as good. At the end of the first book you see Flint take a bullet trying to keep Eliza, his brothers wife, safe. It is left that we don't know if he will be able to walk again. He may, he may not.
At the beginning of this book Flint is not in a good place. He thinks he loves Eliza, and that eats him up inside. He cannot stand that he is so jealous of his brother, of Till who always gave him everything. Of Till who would do anything for him. He can't stand watching Eliza and Till and their new baby. Even though they have done everything they can for him, made their house wheelchair accessible just for him, have the best physical therapists for him, everything, he has to get out of there. He has to get away to try and start new. Which breaks Eliza and Till's hearts. He runs and doesn't tell anyone where he is.
Flint is happy just hiding away drowning in his sorrows. He could probably learn to walk again, but nothing seems very important to him. He is a super grump and just really down on himself. He is not in a good place. When he finds out he has to go pick his brother up from his moms house, that his mom came back and took him from Till, he feels even worse. All of this has happened and he was not around. He feels so terrible he almost does nothing. Thankfully he has some good people to kick him into gear when he needs it and gets him to do what he needs to do.
When he goes to pick up his brother he also finds her. He finds Ash. Ash who starts to open this new world for him. Ash who brings some light into his darkness. Ash was great, but she does seem very young. I kept thinking how young she is compared to Flint. She doesn't care and he doesn't care, well he thinks she is older than she is, but she comes off as not very wise and worldly. She has not had the best of lives, forced to steal for her father so they can keep a roof over their heads. She hates it, but what else can she do? When she meets Flint his grumpiness intrigues her and she is determined to keep making him smile. She was really silly and really great for him no matter her age.
Things get a bit rocky, Ash runs when Flint is a complete jerk to her, and oh it was heartbreaking. Watching Flint crumble, watching Flint realize how much Ash meant to him...oh it was great. Watching these two grow and come together eventually...really amazing. There were so many heartbreaking moments I just...I wanted so much for them to be happy. For them to have found what they both want and need.
The one thing about these books though? They both had such a bittersweet ending. Happy, sweet ending for the main couple, but kind of incredibly sad for some of the other characters. Last time it was Flint in the hospital maybe never able to walk again. This time was even more devastating for me and the characters. I can't wait for the next book to come out to see what happens next. These Page boys sure know how to get to me. I just want them all to get their happily ever after....more
I really wanted to like Catharsis. I really did. I love thrillers, but this book...it just wasn'tThis review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
I really wanted to like Catharsis. I really did. I love thrillers, but this book...it just wasn't that good. It was really confusing, it didn't make a lot of sense, the characters were not realistic..it wasn't a great read.
One of the biggest issues I had with the story is the characters didn't make sense. They did not seem like real people. For example the main character, the cop Aurora, was WAY too abusive, abusive, and angry to be believable. In one of the first scenes she is in a cafe and sees a mom shaking her daughter so she gets up, grabs the lady and starts yelling at her in a very scary way. The mom doesn't seem to get it so she asks the other patrons if they saw this lady abuse her child and they were all so scared and just agreed with Aurora as they don't want her to turn on them. Then she grabs the lady by the throat, shoves her into the wall, and "slapped her silly." Yeah. To top it all off she takes the woman's purse, looks at her id and threatens her. She will come find her since she now knows where she lives if she is not nicer to her daughter. And nothing happens to Aurora over this or any other incident in the book. Sure. Okay so a cop just randomly goes off the handle on everyone all the time (this incident with the woman in the diner is not unusual behavior for her) and nothing ever happens to her? She is just allowed to roam the city by herself, no partner, no backup, and do whatever in the world she wants? Sure. I buy that. Really I just kept thinking there is NO WAY she was able to pass the psych eval. She shoots and kills people and afterwards just goes on with her trail of terror. No psych eval, no take a few days off while they look into it and make sure it was a good shot, nothing. So either everything I have ever seen/read/know about the cops is wrong, or this is just not the way the system works. She is not upset by the shooting at all either. Really it seems like she just wants to beat and/or kill every person she ever comes into contact with. The book does touch on the original psych eval, Aurora says she can fake it, but I don't believe it at all. She was not able to fake it throughout the entire book even when she should have so...she was a mess. Just like all of the characters for me. They all had things that made them not realistic.
When reading this book I felt like I was constantly confused, like what is going on? This makes no sense?! and not in a good way. The logic at times made me scratch my head as just because a doesn't mean b, I can think of twenty other scenarios that it could mean, so it was confusing. Because the characters were so unbelievable for me it was hard to follow the story since they didn't act like real people. The way they spoke was not like people actually speak, it just wasn't real. The sad thing is I really think the barebones plot line was interesting. The ideas behind the story, the old man who makes puppets, who the bad guy was, the costumes, all of it was really great. If you just told me the storyline I would say that sounds like a good read. Unfortunately the writing and the characters and everything just ruined the great ideas. The story has a lot of potential, but unfortunately the execution was not the best.
*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*...more
Rath's Deception was such a fun read. I am so glad I gave it a read even though I was hesThis review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
Rath's Deception was such a fun read. I am so glad I gave it a read even though I was hesitant at first. Really I am usually hesitant to try anything space related since growing up I pretty much hated it all. If it was set in space, had to do with space travel, aliens, anything like that was a no go. However I find I enjoy quite a bit of it now so I need to give more sci-fi books a try.
Rath is a kid living on the streets in the lowest level of society. He doesn't have much, he lost his family, it is not the best place to live, but he is surviving however he needs to. There have always been rumors of the mysterious "Guild" who will train you to be a hitman and if you survive 50 kills you get half of all the money they made off you. So essentially you get millions of dollars, get to move up to the high society and live out the rest of your days in the lap of luxury. Only most people don't actually believe the Guild is real, just wishful thinking.
Rath wasn't sure about it either until they come to him offering to test him and see if he has what it takes to be one of them. The training is intense, but Rath is determined to learn everything and become one of the companies killers. I loved reading about the whole process. From the time Rath gets picked up until the last pages of the book his journey was so much fun. Well maybe not fun for him, but fun to read about. I really enjoyed the whole world the author created and how everything worked. Of course the company is not really good, but the reach they have is incredible. The technology they have at their fingertips is remarkable. All of the ways they change you once you sign on, the tracking, the face changing, everything was really cool. I loved seeing how they went about equipping the killers with everything they would need, how the people were killed, everything. There were so many great, unique methods of dealing with everything that I was drawn right in. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading.
There are other characters, other storylines going on at the same time. Like a reporter trying to figure out if the Guild is real. Or the cop who feels responsible for some of his cop friends deaths via a Guild member so is determined to try and find the Guild and stop them. Or the best assassin the Guild has ever had who disappears one day. It all gets woven together into an incredible story. All of the storylines worked so well together and were so much fun to read. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens next!
*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...more
I feel like I need to start this by saying this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger (andThis review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
I feel like I need to start this by saying this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger (and the next book is not out yet)! I was reading along, only at about 80% of the way through and thought great, plenty of time to resolve what is happening and then it was just over! I was just like No!! I need to see what happens! So be warned - there is a cliffhanger. Some slight spoilers ahead.
Frosh was a pretty good read. Good enough that I want the next book! It is surprising how much I wanted the story to continue seeing as how I didn't really care for most of the characters. They are all kind of naive and just not my thing, but somehow the author made me want to read more.
Devon is this spoiled little rich girl who doesn't care about other people just wants things to look good to get out from a scandal her family has been living with. I didn't like her at all. She was way too singularly focused and used people if it helped her. She didn't care if she hurt anyone or anything. She didn't care about anyone but herself really. And Charlie? Oh poor Charlie. The hot geeky guy who likes Devon. I liked him, though I didn't like how he wanted to change to get the girl. If she is not into you then maybe you deserve better? Anyways the two of them...I didn't really buy them as a couple. Really I didn't buy Devon realizing she likes Charlie and wants to be with him for real. I didn't buy that she would give up on her goals after she has put so much time and effort into getting better publicity. I just...it was too instant of a switch to be believable for me.
Then we have Grant and Ellie. Man Ellie is WAY too naive to survive in the real world. She just seems very young and totally inexperienced. It is nice that she wants to change thing, to do good, to find the big stories, but she just came across as too...too starry-eyed freshman to do much. Plus she has to work her way up and she isn't willing to do that. She will find the big story and release it and rise to the top instantly! Yey her! Only her assignment is to write a bio on Grant, the schools star quarterback.
Grant and Ellie were both drawn to the other right away. Grant because Ellie didn't care about football, which is rare. Most people only want to be near him because of who he is. But he has a secret that could ruin his football career if it ever got out so he can't talk to Ellie. He is a good guy, but sometimes doesn't make the right decisions. That is one thing that did bug me, how the character would be like I like so and so, but I am not sure if they like me, let me go out with someone else instead cause...I really like so and so and hanging out with the other person and not being into it at all is totally cool. It was like if there was a slight bump they gave up on the person they actually liked and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Why not try and work it out first if you like that person as much as you claim you do? Why just throw it all away? I don't know.
Ellie especially doesn't want to be attracted to Grant since he is her assignment, but she can't help it. She doesn't even believe that he is a good guy for most of the book, but she is attracted to him. There are lots of ups and downs through the story with these characters, no one really seems to know what they want, but I did enjoy this story. I know it doesn't seem like it since I didn't care for the characters, but something about it made it a fun read. The story was interesting enough that I want more. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens next!...more