Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships�rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens mSynopsis:
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships�rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.
For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her�a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea's young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.
But the fate of the Vestrit family�and the ship�may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles...and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will....
I really enjoyed this more than I expected. It can be difficult sometimes going from series to series yet set in the same world with different characters. I tend to get attached to the ones that I meet first. In the end, I discovered that I'm pretty attached to some of the characters that will be appearing throughout this trilogy as well.
She knows what it means to be Elect. The Vanguard are an entirely different breed.
In the wake of tragedy, Allison Noble finds herself surrounSynopsis:
She knows what it means to be Elect. The Vanguard are an entirely different breed.
In the wake of tragedy, Allison Noble finds herself surrounded: hunted by enemies she never knew she had, protected by strangers she isn’t sure she can trust. Her options are limited. She can stay, and put her life in unfamiliar hands…or honor the promise she gave her mother to track down Phillip Noble.
Questioning friendships, testing loyalties, Allison strikes out on her own. But as her powers grow, and new potential is revealed, the danger she ran away from is never far behind.
I really, really enjoyed this sequel. I read it straight through in just a little over five hours. I am very much looking forward to book three and will certainly be on the lookout for future series from Ms. Todd.
This book picks up just over a month after the end of the first book. Allison is depressed and doing all that she can to stay numb. With the Vanguard around, that's easy to do. However, it isn't long before Ally begins thinking of vengeance. She'd kill every Elder out there if she were able and if she had to. She makes moves to do just that, but her planning isn't so good. She goes on the run and has an unexpected tag-along in Ryan to accompany her.
Ryan would do anything for Ally. She has a hard time trusting him at first, but she slowly lets him in. If only she didn't have the bad habit of pushing him away constantly. That dude puts up with a lot of that from her, but I don't think he can do it for much longer. I think it's what she's given him so far that keeps him around, but I believe him when he says that he won't chase her. Both Ryan and I need her to make up her mind for once and for all when it comes to their relationship. I understand why she feels she should stay away from him, but she's hurting the both of them by playing keep away.
Ally gets herself into a lot of trouble in this installment. Some of it, really isn't her fault, other times, she clearly does wrong. She just doesn't care. She appreciates the consequences a little more by the end of the book than she starts out with, but considering her current plan she's embroiling herself in when this book ends, I'm even more worried for her future.
There are some revelations revealed in this book that Allison did not react well to and that I didn't expect. Maybe I should have, but I was pretty surprised. I hope that Ally gives her remaining family a chance. None of this is their fault. I think the possibility is there now that she had a chance to see things from Phillip's POV. I really hope Ally gets a chance to be somewhat herself in the future as well. She's stronger now, but she hasn't been very nice since what happened at the end of book 1. She at least realizes that she's changed. She hasn't corrected her behavior by much, but I think those good parts of her are still there. I really hope she doesn't do anything too crazy, but I'm not putting it past her at this point. I'm worried, but I really can't wait to see what comes next....more
Allison Noble never liked the Baileys. They were too good-looking, too popular, too charming to be legitimate. For most of their high schoolSynopsis:
Allison Noble never liked the Baileys. They were too good-looking, too popular, too charming to be legitimate. For most of their high school career she avoided the pair, convinced their outward affability was just a ruse to disguise their true character. Okay, yeah, she’s a little neurotic. Even so, she never suspected that what they were hiding was dangerous. It never occurred to her that they might have abilities based more in fiction than reality. Why would it? People can’t produce fire with their bare hands. There are no such things as mind control and telekinesis. Except, she discovers, there are.
The Baileys are Elect, gifted with supernatural powers Allison is able to not only sense, but use herself. In the history of the Elect, there has never been one such as she, and with good reason. Because she wasn’t born to such power, she has a difficult time controlling it. Accidents happen, putting them all at risk. As others draw near—some who wish to protect her, others who want to destroy her—she is forced to uncover the secrets of her past, and face the consequences of being what her own kind refers to as an abomination.
I find myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I wasn't really expecting to be in the mood for a YA novel as it's been a really long time since that last time I've read one. I downloaded a sample for this book over the weekend because it was featured as a possible BOM selection for one of the groups that I'm in. Last night, I started reading the sample because I was bored with the adult CR I was reading and needed something paranormal. I got hooked on finding out what would happen to Ally and Delaney and how Ryan, Nate and Jeremy would play into things.
When Ally had her first encounter with weird powers the day she caught Jeremy, Nate and Ryan playing with fire the night they all broke into the school (for different reasons), I was already interested. It was a while before something happened again, but I became even more interested the night of the bonfire. It became really interesting when Ally was able to resist Nate's Pushing and then again even more so when she Pushed back. They all thought it was strange that she had more than one ability when it turned out she was just as fiery as Jeremy. They didn't know why, but their theory was a good one. I had the same idea, early on. It isn't until the very end of the book that we find out what's really going on with Ally.
There is some romance in this, but it's not a huge part of the plot. Ally doesn't do the usual YA heroine thing of mooning over a hero and there isn't a love triangle, so there's none of that wishy washyness you tend to find in a lot of YA these days. There are some typical high school mean girl antics, but even that wasn't so prevalent that it annoyed me. Ally didn't think that much of herself when it came to people liking or noticing her, but she pretty much just accepted things as they were. She didn't dwell on it or really let it get her down, so when one of her newfound guy friends starts crushing on her, she doesn't even notice. It takes some real convincing on his part to get her to accept it or to even accept that she likes him in that way back. By that point, there isn't a lot of hope for a relationship between these two considering what happens afterwards.
I really like the ending to this book even though it's a bit of a cliffhanger. It's a good thing I've got book two ready to go because I really can't believe that happened. I cried a bit. I really can't wait to find out what will happen next. Ally is in a pretty big mess and I'm assuming a lot of trouble based on the things her mother told her. What will happen to her now? Will Delaney, Ryan, Nate and Jeremy find out what happened? Will Ally find her father? So many questions....more
My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption thatSynopsis:
My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiancé left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash. The truth is that I'm pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis, but I could have gone without finding my principal dead in the parking lot of a seedy gentlemen's club.
After the initial shock of finding my first dead body, which included throwing back shots of Jack Daniels like it was water, I decided to take stock of my life. I was in a desperate situation and if the school board ever found out I'd been a stripper, even a bad stripper, I'd be jobless as well as fiancé-less and homeless. Fortunately, I had a friend who felt sorry enough for me to give me a job doing some surveillance work at her detective agency. Not to mention the fact that I was now able to stick my nose into other people's business for a good cause, find a murderer, and pick up helpful tips from an incredibly attractive detective.
Come check out my story and be thankful your life is relatively normal.
Another book by Liliana Hart that I really enjoyed. The tone is a bit different from the J.J. Graves series, but I still thought the book was pretty awesome.
Addison Holmes is a hot ass mess. She has very nice things and drives a very nice car, but she lives in a building that's about to be condemned in 60 days. When we meet her, she's about to go on stage at a crappy strip club because she needs the extra cash so that she can put the remainder of a down payment on a new house. Instead of selling off some of her nice things, she decides to try to make quick money at a strip club. The problem is, she's a horrible stripper. Seriously, she's awful at it. And how unlucky is she that someone actually sees her there? And then that same someone is a dead body that she trips over on her way out after being fired from the strip club. From here, wackiness ensues.
Now, Addison isn't always the brightest gal around, but she isn't stupid. She just has poor decision making skills. Despite some of the situations she gets herself into, I like her. She's spunky and just ridiculous at times. Her instincts sucks and she's basically a walking disaster, so when her best friend gives her a job on the side as a P.I. consultant, I was like, 'Wtf?'. Kate has known Addison forever, so I was so very surprised by that. This is just in the first few pages of the book and already I knew Addison was trouble. It turns out that Addison really isn't that bad at snooping around and taking covert pictures. However, she does manage to injure herself spectacularly throughout her various escapades. Despite everything, I just couldn't help but like the woman because her life was in the toilet, but she keeps on trucking, bad decisions and all.
At least her love life may be looking up. Sexy detective Nick is certainly a bonus. I wasn't sure about him at first. He acted like he hated Addison's guts, but I could tell he wanted to sleep with her. Which I suppose is fine because Addison did hate him at first, but she wanted to sleep with him, anyway. He actually seems like an okay guy, though. He definitely wants in Addison's pants, but he takes care of her when she manages to injure herself over and over again. She frustrates him, but he seems to find her amusing, so maybe they can make it work.
I also found that I like Addison's friend Kate, her fellow teacher Rose Marie and Addison's mom. Addison's mom is actually pretty funny. Veronica, though, that bitch can keel over and die.
I enjoyed the way the mystery played out. I wasn't sure who the killer was or how all of those bodies were connected except through The Foxy Lady and Addison. When we found out why the bodies had started dropping and why, well... Let's just say that I was rather surprised.
I will definitely be continuing this series....more
Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves anSynopsis:
Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.
Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.
I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I read it this month for a freebie challenge, but as you can see, I put it off until the end of the month before getting around to it. It's a short book, but I was worried I wouldn't like it. After reading so much M/M over the last few months, I've discovered by patience for heroines has dwindled. It doesn't take much for me to get irritated with female leads these days, but I'm still able to find a few that make me proud of them. Kat is one such heroine.
When we meet Kat, she's catering a wedding and ends up drawing the attention of Sloan Michaels. Which she does and doesn't want. After surviving a traumatic experience nearly six years ago, Kat has scars that are physical, emotional and psychological. Her parents are overbearing and her ex-fiance is an asshole. When Kat is nearly carjacked, Sloane comes to the rescue and eventually, he gives her a proposition. I was surprised by it. I had an idea of what his proposition would just based off of what type of book this is, but the way he put it to her, that was what surprised me.
Sloane is a very intense man. He radiates his emotions all over the place. He can be pushy, but Kat pushes back against him. I'm looking forward to seeing where things go for them. Kat has an inner strength that she still needs to let out more. Plus, I'm dying to know what really happened that night. And I want to know how Kat will react to Sloane's vengeance quest. Also, the hot sex. The very hot sex.
I also hope to see the moment where Kat's parents beg her for forgiveness once they can no longer deny David is a fucking liar. He's also an idiot. He keeps cornering Kat about her memories, but he's the one that keeps trying to bring them up and making them an issue. It's not like she's going around blabbing about it. He's the one freaking out over shit she doesn't even remember. The only time she's brought it up in his presence is when he's asked her about it. I wish her parents weren't such fucking twats that they could see the obvious. I sooooo want Kat to knock them down a few pegs....more
When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it's up to Xandra, newlSynopsis:
When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it's up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and bring the atrocities to light. Xandra must frequent the seediest parts of London, while also coping with what she is, the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who wants her head. Add this to a being a suspect in a murder investigation, a werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy, and Xandra barely knows which way is up. One thing she does know is that she's already lost one sibling, she's not about to lose another. Xandra Varden is the newly crowned Goblin Queen of England. But her complicated life is by no means over.
There are the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who for some reason wants her head. Not to mention her werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy. Now she's the suspect in a murder investigation --- and Xandra barely knows which way is up.
What she does know is that nothing lasts forever---and immortality isn't all its cracked up to be.
Kate Locke keeps up the action in this sequel quite well. Xandy and her family just can't stay out of trouble. Things are going okay for Xandy, except people keep nailing dead rats to her front door. She does track down the perp of the latest offense and soon finds out that an aristo put a young human boy up to doing it. Thankfully, our Xandy is a better person that to completely take things out on the poor human. Good thing too since that works out to her advantage later in the book.
Xandy's new problem comes from the fact that her brother has seemingly gotten himself into some trouble. He's been kidnapped by some betties and Xandy is pretty sure this has something to do with the experiments that aristos have been performing on halvies and is determined to find her brother before it's too late. Insanity commences from here.
Xandy is also struggling with accepting her place as goblin queen. I can't really blame her. She's grown up her entire life believing that goblins were nothing but monsters that ate children. She's come to learn quite a lot about goblins over the past few months, though. She's much more accepting of them, but she can't quite bring herself to truly be one of "them." She eventually gets over that, though. I'm sure the plague inviting her to see the goblin newborn helped with that. That scene was precious. Xandy is also continuing her relationship with Vex (who I think is really good for her) and dealing with her feelings for him, not to mention what associating with him means. Vex obviously doesn't want to be with Xandy for the political implications of there being an alliance between the goblins and the weres, though. Xandy is insecure enough at times to think that, but he always reminds her that that isn't the case. Vex is a straightforward kind of guy. I can't see him having Xandy on. It seems the issue he has been having with the pack with regards to his relationship with Xandy has been solved as well. She still has issues with others wanting the goblins to throw in with them, though. Namely her mother and Victoria. Good luck dealing with those bitches, Xandy.
Luckily, Val does get found without too much damage done to him, but Xandy does learn a bit more about the higher ups in charge of the halvie experiments. Though she ends up running into a bit of a dead end once things are said and done. I'm sure she'll learn more in the next book. It's been implied that Victoria is running that whole show, but now that I've met her son Bertie, I'm starting to wonder... That guy seems like he may be gungho for a war with humans. I don't like him at all.
One unexpected development seems to be that Xandy and Fee are becoming more sisterly towards each other. I'm glad for them, though I really didn't care much for Fee's attitude in book 1. I just hope something doesn't develop between her and a certain not-so-dead someone as that would be just weird....more
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, buSynopsis:
When you're a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god's limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity -- literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.
I found this to be quite enjoyable. Not sure if I want to rate it a three or a four, though.
The book starts things off right away which I appreciated. There was no long drawn out intro showing how Arden is mistreated, but we get to see enough of it to know that she is treated badly because of her looks and the magic she wields. In this kingdom, to use magic is to forfeit your life as using magic in Ranella is against the law. Everyone in the little village of Wallus thinks Arden is a witch and have nicknamed the girl Trouble, little do they realize just how well she lives up to that name and just what she is.
Too bad for Dev he gets to find out the hard way why the girl is called Trouble and he doesn't hesitate to call her that despite how many times she tells him she hates it. Unfortunately, they're stuck together and Trouble's life gets complicated from here on out. Turns out that the god of chaos, Loku has decided that Trouble is his new vessel. Weirdly, though, he seems rather protective of her even though he teases her like crazy. I liked him, though. He tells the truth and is pretty funny to boot. I like Dev despite his constant need to push Trouble away. Maybe if he explained, she wouldn't be so willing to fall into Prince Kell's arms.
Granted, even with the way Dev kept his distance, I still found Trouble to be quite fickle. True, you can care for two people in different ways, but she just kept going from one to the other swinging like a pendulum. It was driving me a bit nuts. It was worse because she knew who she really wanted. She knew the whole friggin' time. Maybe she was acting that way because her whole world basically got scraped and nothing would ever be the same again and she needed some kind of companionship. It was still annoying because she'd spent her whole life trying not to end up following her mother's path and she went down sooooo easily. At least she didn't give in completely. I'll give her that.
Prince Kell seems to be a nice enough guy, too. I believe he genuinely did fall for Trouble and wanted her for more than what he could get out of her. I just didn't want her with him, so his pursuit of her annoyed me. At least he isn't completely useless, but I could have done without him.
I would have liked for Sulaino to have been a bit more of a threat. He was creepy, yeah and he was obviously evil, but after the fight at the end, it felt to me that he wasn't really ever that much of a threat. I know why Dev was holding Trouble back from taking him on, but if he had just let her deal with it sooner, they may not have ended up stuck in Ranella for so long.
At least at the end of the book, Dev seems to have finally gotten it through his thick skull that he can't just push Trouble away and wait until they get to Gravaria to try to pursue something. He's basically tossing her into Kell's arms with the way he's acting. It seems like he's made his mind up to do something about it. Guess I'll find out what that is when I read book 2....more
The start of a thrillingly original new urban fantasy series—set in a dark alternate world where the Victorian age never ended...
The Year isSynopsis:
The start of a thrillingly original new urban fantasy series—set in a dark alternate world where the Victorian age never ended...
The Year is 2012—and Queen Victoria still rules with an immortal fist.
She's the undead matriarch of a Britain, where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground, and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where technology lives side by side with magic, where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath) and Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day.
Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it's her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But things get complicated when her sister goes missing. Xandra will not only realise she's the prize in a dangerous power struggle—but she'll also uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire itself.
I really enjoyed this. Xandy can be on the bigoted side. She was also quite willfully blind. I tried not to hold it against her because really, who is going to just take someone else's word as to what the truth of their world really is? There was a lot for Xandy to deal with in only a few days and every time she turned around, it was like someone was there to slap her in the face with some truth. I never faulted her for her bouts of anger. I'd have been pissed at the world, too. And I probably would have savaged Ophelia at that moment as well. She'd been a regular bitch nearly the entire time after Xandy found out the truth about her. I'm glad she didn't die, but I didn't feel sorry for her.
I was glad that Xandy at least had Vex (his name is Vexation MacLaughlin! How awesome is that?!) in her corner. And the goblins. I wondered why they were so nice to her. That sure got explained quite shockingly. I was glad she had them because everyone else she either couldn't confide in or couldn't trust as they'd already lied to her. I felt awful for her when she could no longer ignore the truth about someone so important to her. But her got what he deserved in the end. What an asshole....more
Mace Llewellyn. Brendon Shaw. Two tall, gorgeous, sexy alpha heroes who are 100% male―with a little something extra. Lion-shifters, to be exaSynopsis:
Mace Llewellyn. Brendon Shaw. Two tall, gorgeous, sexy alpha heroes who are 100% male―with a little something extra. Lion-shifters, to be exact, who can unleash every woman's animal side and still look good―make that spectacular―in a suit... and even better out of it...
NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot knows she's changed a lot since she palled around with her childhood buddy, Mace. But it's fair to say that Mace has changed even more. It isn't just those too-sexy gold eyes, or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal body. It's something in the way he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle...
Meanwhile, for Tennessean Ronnie Lee Reed, New York City is the place where any girl―even one who runs with a Pack―can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion shifter men like Brendon Shaw. But she needn't worry, because now that Brendon's set his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go...
I really enjoyed this, which was a surprise for me. Shifter series don't tend to be my favorites, but I have a few that I follow and really like and I think that this just might be another one. I love the Alphaness of the males. They are constantly giving out orders and it can be fun watching the females figure out how to deal with being in a relationship with one.
That was definitely no exception here, especially with both heroes being lion shifters. Boy did Mace and Brendan love giving orders. And Dez and Ronnie love following them. At least in the bedroom they did. The women aren't pushovers, they can take care of themselves, but it was nice seeing them get won over by the males bit by bit. Although, it really was frustrating they kept trying so damned hard to resist. I wanted to smack both of them upside their heads on more than one occasion. Both Dez and Ronnie have their reasons for not wanting to get involved seriously with someone, but damn, the commitment phobia started to get a little old after a while.
All in all, this was a nice, humorous light read. Even the serious parts don't stay serious for very long. The characters are likable, funny and the banter is excellent. The sex scenes are pretty damn good, too....more
On the surface, the kingdom of Minra appears idyllic, steeped in peace and prosperity. This peace comes at a price. The villages of the kingdSynopsis:
On the surface, the kingdom of Minra appears idyllic, steeped in peace and prosperity. This peace comes at a price. The villages of the kingdom offer up Initiates—individuals who vie for the chance to be selected as the King’s Companion—to preserve the kingdom. Initiate and Companion are the most honored and coveted roles in all the land, for Companions nourish Minra’s monarch with their life force until they die, allowing their wise king to survive for generations.
Under Ritual Trainers bound in service to the king, Initiates are selected and brought to the palace to fulfill their duty. All Initiates greet this opportunity with happiness and reverence.
Almost all. One Initiate forsakes time-honored traditions in favor of self-preservation.
Is this forfeiture of life a worthy trade—or even necessary—for the good of the kingdom? In the battle for superiority, can love survive and overthrow generations of sacrifice and tradition?
I was already interested in reading this book when an excerpt of it was posted for it in the Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick group a little while back. So now that it's up as an author lef read along for the group, it gave me a chance to read it.
I knew from the start that I was going to like Ashland. That girl has a mouth on her. The best part is that she uses it to say what she thinks and how she really feels about something. She really challenged Cirian and got him to stop being so stiff. It's an amazing thing to be able to pull the kind of passion out of a person that she pulled out of him.
I really liked Cirian, too. He was willing to do anything to be with Ashland when he thought the worst was going to happen. I was proud of him.
The ending really surprised me. I was sure that whatever would happen would lead to a second book, but it didn't. Things work out in a way that I just didn't expect. It's a sweet, yet bittersweet happy ending. I'm glad for them, though.
This is a nice, short read. I really enjoyed it....more
He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal woSynopsis:
He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal worlds.
Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was over fifty years ago when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Now he’s a Centurion, an angel who assists other murdered souls through their journey to the afterlife. But while Shaw might be an angel … he’s no saint. Haunted by the mysterious events surrounding his own death, he seizes a chance to wreak some vengeance when he witnesses a deadly attack on journalist Katherine “Kit” Craig.
Joining forces, the unlikely avengers take to the streets, hunting a killer whose trail of bodies stretches across Las Vegas and into an immortal netherworld. It is a dangerous trek that lead them into the darkest corners of Sin City and into the heart of an evil conspiracy extending beyond the lights of the Strip that could destory them both.
But destruction isn’t the only threat Griffin faces. The closer he gets to Kit, the more he finds himself bewitched by her mortal charms. Can he resist falling under her spell? And does he want to?
I am pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I read Vicki Petterson's The Scent of Shadows last year and really didn't care for it very much. It was because of that, that I did not buy this book when it was release last year. And then I saw that it was free on Amazon a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. Mostly, because when I saw the cover last year, I initially really, really wanted to check it out. Since it was free, I broker down and got it and now I'm so glad that I did.
I really fell in love with Grif. He just seems so gritty and real. Nevermind that he's an angel and angels are my favorite paranormals, he was more human than anything. I can't put my finger on just what it is that got me when it came to Grif, it was the total package. Surly and stubborn and moody, but fiercely protective and strong, Grif is just wonderful.
Kit is amazing, too. She's fun and smart and funny with an inner strength that a lot of people just don't possess. She's also determined to know the truth, even though she refused to believe Griffin's. By the time she acknowledged it as such, there was no way to see it for anything other than what it was. I was proud of her for sticking to her guns about finding her friend's killer even while I wanted to shake her for not truly considering the danger to herself even after Grif saved her that first time. Still, she did what was right and despite how things turned out, together with Grif and the unexpected help of two young girls, she put some bad people away for a long time.
The case Grif and Kit end up working on was a doozy. I was not expecting things to be so horrific, but when Bridget told her story to Grif, I wanted to cry. And at the end when Charlotte was in that cage, my heart started pounding. I ended up liking Bridget and Charlotte a lot, too. They were so brave, especially Charlotte. What a wonderful girl. Those men ended up getting what they deserved. It just sucks that Kit's friend had to die in order to set it all off.
But in the end, Grif is able to save Kit and unintentionally show one the Pures what it truly means to live....more
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing ScSynopsis:
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners -- and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage -- in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
This book is too freaking cute. I didn't realize that it is a YA prequel to Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series until I saw it on her website. I'm going to have to finally check out that series after all. I've been curious about it for a while now. Back to this book.
This was fun and I liked Sophronia from the start. Feisty little thing. Too feisty in her mother's opinion. As such, Sophronia gets herself sent off to Finishing School. To Sophronia, this is even worse than being sent off to become a vampire's drone. Still, she's sent off without any fanfare and on the way to the school, she and the people she's traveling with get attacked by flywaymen who are apparently looking for some kind of prototype. Sophronia, is of course, curious as to what this is. Especially given the behavior of their supposed headmistress who actually turns out to be another student.
From here, things just get stranger and stranger. Sophronia meets her first werewolf, her first vampire and the real headmistress who apparently has quite the ample bosom. She also befriends the niece of one of the professors and the "sooties" who are the men that work in the boiler room. She goes on multiple excursions around the school-which is actually a floating airdinghy and quite different from any finishing school that you would expect. Especially since the headmistress doesn't seem to know wtf really goes on at the school. These girls are learning to finish in more than just one way.
Sophronia and her friend Dimity decide that they will find the prototype that the flywaymen want so badly and that the school needs for a communication device. They don't care for Monique who lied about their initial encounter with the flywaymen and who just seems to be a regular witch besides. Lots of adventures occur in trying to determine where Monique hid the prototype and Sophronia realizes that there's only one place that she could have hid it. A whole lot of wackiness ensues in procuring, but what fun that was. A cheese pie was involved.
I loved seeing Sophronia becoming just a bit more ladylike despite herself and for a 14 y/o girl, she is pretty quick witted. Damned sneaky, too. I just fell in love with her and the friends she made. Especially Soap and Vieve. I kind of hope something develops between Sophronia and Soap. They've both got little crushes on each other. But then there's that Piston boy who seems to be quite pretty. I have a feeling that we haven't seen the last of him, despite not knowing what his name is. I look forward to seeing Professor Braithwope, too. Him and all of those "Whot"s. Too funny. And there's still one thing about Monique that we don't know. And why was Captain Niall not where he was supposed to be that day of the play? I wonder if we'll find those things out in the second book, which I will definitely be reading....more
Dr. Trisha Norbit is flat on her back in a hospital bed, pinned under a really big New Species male. Though drugged out of his mind, he promiSynopsis:
Dr. Trisha Norbit is flat on her back in a hospital bed, pinned under a really big New Species male. Though drugged out of his mind, he promises her ecstasy and is determined to deliver but hospital staff intervenes. 215 is a man she will never forget. But, when she meets him again at Homeland…he doesn’t even remember her!
The nosy new doctor wants to know all about the breeding habits between humans and Species. Slade proposes a hands-on education but she's not interested in a one-night stand. He can’t offer more because he's haunted by the memory of a woman he once tried to claim. He’s shocked when he realizes they are one and the same. He’s blown it—she'll never give him a chance now.
But, when her life is in danger, he's the only one who can save her. As they flee through the wilderness, their desire ignites and cannot be denied. Hot sex, on the run, has consequences that are even more dangerous and will change their lives forever.
Reader Advisory: There is a scene of attempted rape.
From the way book 1 ended with Slade musing about Trisha, I knew we would be getting their story in this book. I was glad that we got to see the flashback to the moment where they first met. We'd known in book 1 that they had met before, but Trisha believed Slade didn't remember her. It turns out that he really hadn't remembered her until she got in his face about it. It wasn't so much that he'd forgotten her as that he didn't recognize her because she'd changed her hair color. Apparently, he'd been being rude to her because he thought he was attracted to a different woman when he really wanted a different one entirely. Once he realized they were the same person, he feels like shit. As such, they end up avoiding being alone with each other as much as possible. Right up until they have no choice in the matter.
On the way to view a new New Species facility, Trisha, Slade and their human driver are attacked by New Species haters and the driver ends up getting killed. Trisha is nearly raped and Slade goes on killing spree. Sometime in between all of this mayhem, Trisha and Slade sleep together for the first time. And then a little later, a second time. We then discover something no one ever thought possible had happened.
When they make it back to Homeland, it's made known that Trisha was the true target of the attack. Someone spilled her travel route. The New Species Officers decide it's best if none of their men hook up with Trisha as it would put her in ever more danger. So Slade makes a one-sided decision to leave when he's offered the position of overseeing the construction and security for the new facility in North Carolina and breaks Trisha's heart in the process. His intentions were good, but he messed up big. A few weeks later, Trisha drops a big ol' bomb on Justice and ends up getting sent to the Reservation herself. Slade isn't too happy about that until he learns the news. He manages to get Trisha to forgive him, but she still isn't safe. They have to make sure this secret is kept under wraps to the extreme. That means no human contact whatsoever. Only New Species can be around her. It seems that even the Reservation isn't the safest place to be as they get attacked there as well. Apparently, yet another group has popped up to make the lives of New Species hell. Luckily, no one learned that Trisha was there.
I thought the book was pretty good. The sex scenes were hot and the beginning was action packed. I was not expecting for things to go that way. I certainly wasn't expecting that bomb, either. I hope that Fury and Ellie will get their shot, too.
My major gripes are (view spoiler)[that we still don't know how it is that Slade got Trisha pregnant. Fury and Ellie have had way more sex than those two have and yet there's no pregnancy there. So what gives? Is Slade the only one that can have children? Also, why did the book end without us getting to see Slade and Trisha with the baby? I'm sure we will get to see this from someone else's POV later down the line, but I wanted to see it from THEIR POV. After all, it is their baby! And then! We never find out who the traitor was that betrayed them and gave away Trisha's travel route. After it was discovered she was pregnant, she just gets whisked away so that the human's don't discover the truth. I sure hope Justice is still looking into things on this front or someone has seriously dropped the ball. (hide spoiler)]
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Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all butSynopsis:
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
This was quite an emotional book. Kacey really went through a lot and I felt terrible for her. Although, there were some times when she realized just how selfish she was behaving the way that she had been over the past few years.
I do like that she was so determined to take care of her sister and that she dropped everything at the first sign of trouble for that awful uncle of theirs. I like that she could handle herself in most situations. The girl was fucked up, though. And like Trent told her, she did need help. She needed a lot of help. I'm just not so sure that I like the way that help played out at the end. This is fiction, but that was just so hard to believe. I'm guessing that the only reason forgiveness was able to be given is because of the emotions she already had tied up in the offender.
Still... I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this. I may need to contemplate it to figure out if this relationship is okay to me. Up until the point of that revelation and the things that came before it, I loved to relationship. I didn't like that he kept trying to fix her and make her talk about her past when he wouldn't do the same. And when it was discovered as to why he wouldn't and what he'd been doing, it just threw me all off kilter.
I really, really don't know how to feel about it.
I loved Storm, Mia, Livie, Nate, Cain and even Tanner and Ben, though. These people really came through for Kacey. She didn't want to let them in, but she did and it turned out to be really good for her that she did. Those friendships probably also helped with her ability to heal.
Despite my issues with the therapy sessions, I think this is a pretty good read. I really wanted to know how things would play out and ended up reading straight through. I could have done without that insta-attraction and the falling so hard, so fast, but at least the relationship didn't move as fast as the feelings did. ...more