Steampunk is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. I’d had my eye on this book on Amazon for months (look aORIGINALLY POSTED TO DJ'S BOOK CORNER
Steampunk is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. I’d had my eye on this book on Amazon for months (look at that beautiful cover!), so when the author appeared on the Masquerade Crew site, I was like WHAAAA??? Let me get Nefertiti’s Heart! She gave it to me, and I tried to hold off, but like I said, I’ve been eyeballing this book for forever.
The beginning is intriguing and I immediately liked the main character, Cara. From the jump, we learn that she’s tough, snarky, and will put a bullet in you if she has to. Plain and simple. Oh, and Cara was a BOXER. How can you not like a heroine like that?
I’m not going to waste words rehashing the plot. Read the synopsis. That’s what it’s about. I will say there is a fantastic murder mystery at the center of it, however, the killer was kind of obvious to me. Didn’t stop the crimes from being shocking. Killer was cray-cray! But there’s your mystery/suspense, you sleuth-heads, and it was rather intriguing.
Enter Viscount Nathaniel Lyons and we’ve got our romance, lovebirds. It moved kind of fast, but I didn’t care. Hot, sexy crime lords have a way of convincing you to turn a blind eye to things that might otherwise drive you mad. I really enjoyed the way he and Cara were together. They were actually the “PERFECT” couple. Read the book and find out why.
My main complaint is there wasn’t enough steampunk elements to me. We had the robotic horses and carriages, and then there was the fashion and the artifacts (such as Nefertiti’s Heart). Oh! And the servers in the restaurants were cyborgs, I believe, among other places. Lyons owned an airship...okay, maybe I’m just being picky. But I DID expect more action and adventure. With Lyons basically existing as an air-PIRATE, I was sure there would be some amazing swash-buckling adventures. But alas, there were not. The entire story took place in London and was more focused on the murders and Cara’s romance with Lyons. Not really a bad thing, but I just had different expectations.
Overall, a fast read that I enjoyed. Cara was a great heroine to follow and I would not mind one bit if the author continues Cara’s story, though she may take the series other places. It would be a welcome treat either way....more
I had no idea what to expect from this book. I mean, the cover is hot and the synopsis sounded interesting enoughORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I had no idea what to expect from this book. I mean, the cover is hot and the synopsis sounded interesting enough, but how many times have I been fooled by those two things? Too many to count.
I'm happy to report this book delivered. I liked it from the start and refused to put it down. Took a couple of hours to read at most. So it's a very fast read if that's what you're looking for.
Taylor. I like her. Alder. I love him. Taylor's on the run from the law for murder, but we don't know yet what the circumstances were surrounding this. Not saying it's justified, just saying we don't know anything yet. Taylor tries to hide this from Alder when she involves him in her most recent escape plot. But he soon learns the truth and sticks by her side. I would say he's an idiot, but he's also a wolf shifter and his instincts were telling him to stay with her and protect her at all costs. Can't argue with that shifter instinct, now can we?
*Le swoon* I can't not love the over-protective alpha male and no one needs Alder more than Taylor. Of course she tried to pretend like she had it all under control and that she could take care of herself, but that facade was quickly done away with. Yet, I can totally respect Taylor for wanting to tough it out on her own and not make anyone an accomplice. She couldn't understand either why Alder would want to help her. That is, until she learns he's a shifter.
One thing that confuses me a bit is the entire shifter thing. The book alludes to the fact that humans are perfectly aware of the shifter community, but just keep their distance. However, that's not made clear to me. Taylor was totally chill about finding out Alder was a shifter so I'm thinking that shifters are known about, but still, I can't be sure.
Anyway...though the romance moved a little fast, I found it fun and appealing and didn't mind it so much. The one love scene that we get to experience was sexy, but not the hottest I've ever read. But for some reason, I expect future books to TAKE IT THERE. Alder's brother, Hale, has been set up to play a major part in the rest of Alder and Taylor's love story, so I'm excited to see where that goes.
Overall, a good read that I would recommend to fans of paranormal lovin'. I'm really interested in getting started on Honesty, the next book in the serial. I really want to know what happens. So yes, I have a new go-to author to add to the list. Go pick this one up now!...more
And by this I mean, I read this book in one night. Short, sweet and to the point, Found IORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I love one night stands.
And by this I mean, I read this book in one night. Short, sweet and to the point, Found In Us was a well-needed delight for me!
I thought Jessica and Parker were darling together. I adored Jessica's "love-life" personality and how she tried to find the good in everything that happened in life. This trait was also her downfall, especially in earlier years, but it the thing that Parker loved about her the most. Parker was the opposite of Jessica, and found it hard to trust people so he buried himself in his work and damned the world. Jessica helped him realize how was wasting his life being miserable and he helped her to realize that she was worth loving. I really appreciated how simple and powerful the message here is: Love and Trust are EVERYTHING.
I also really liked the surrounding drama with Jessica and Parker's families. It added depth to the story and made our MCs that much more interesting. I'm intrigued to learn more about Jessica's family though it seems we know quite a bit about Parker's now. Maybe I need to read the first book in the series, hmmm?
The sex scenes were hot, hot, hot and the romance was totally believable. I really liked how Jessica and Parker already knew each other so we were able to jump right into their love story without all the meet and greet stuff. There was passion and humor and all the good things that make a romance book memorable. So no complaints there.
The writing was great as well so that's a major plus. I loved the way the story flowed from one scene to another and there was even a little action! Just love it when that happens. I'm a big fan of alternating points of view, so to read this story from Jessica AND Parker's POV was even better!
So do I recommend Found in Us? Oh, most definitely. If you're looking for a quick read with a great love story, I would suggest this book!
P.S. Layla Hagen is a SUPER NICE author!! #JustSaying ...more
I love graphic novels so I was excited to get this one in the mail. I've heard great things about Stereotypical FORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I love graphic novels so I was excited to get this one in the mail. I've heard great things about Stereotypical Freaks so I was pretty confidant about its sequel.
Let's start with the graphics, which were amazing. The attention to detail, the drawing style, the color palette. All awesome. All the right facial expressions were captured at the right times, helping you to really feel what was going on. A++
The plot was pretty cool too. University hockey player meets his idol and finds out that Jeremiah isn't all that he thought he was. I was a little weary of this going in, but when I realized where it was headed I really liked it. This is a classic case of never judging a book by its cover...or by how many points they score. However, there was one curveball that I wasn't sure about, but in the end, everyone got what they deserved, whether good or bad.
Other lessons to be learned are: secrets can be dangerous, true friendship is almost impossible to find, and there's nothing more rewarding than helping those in need. At least, this is what I pulled from this graphic novel. This is a story about morality, honesty (to others and oneself), and loyalty. This GN introduces all these elements without being preachy and that's what makes it special.
Do I recommend? Yes, even if you just want to check out the graphics. It has a good story and every now and then, a good laugh or two. It was worth every moment I spent reading it!...more
Any book that has mythology is going to snag my attention. This was no exception and I'm happy to say it wasn't aORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
Any book that has mythology is going to snag my attention. This was no exception and I'm happy to say it wasn't a bad choice I made. Glad to have read it as it had an interesting premise that could really go somewhere in later books.
As for the first book, the first half dragged on pretty slow with no action or anything paranormal in the least. That was a bit disappointing for me as I was expecting an action packed book. What we get is sort of a teenage love triangle as a new guy, Liam, comes to town and changes the feelings Callie has been building for her bff Justin, whom I loved from the jump. Callie spends a lot of time just trying to figure Liam out and how to tell Justin she just wants to be friends. I also loved the scenes with Allison who is just too much fun. I always like when the best friends are entertaining and fun. It allows the MC to be more serious and handle arising issues.
When we do finally get a glimpse into what's going on and why Liam and his brother Oliver have come to town, a pretty cool concept emerges–VIKINGS. That's all I'm going to say. Now I like this idea and hope the author takes it FAR in future books. I hope she goes overboard with it because it needs that to really make it special. This is mythology, this is fantasy. It needs the extreme, always.
As for the Norse mythology, I was pretty let down here. There really wasn't any, and the first god we meet is not even Norse. It's a Greek god. I'll let you figure out how all of that works. Also, when Callie finds out what Liam is all about, she accepts it much too easily for me. She doesn't really question the validity of it, she just questions to understand it better. There's kind of a reason for that, but I guess I wanted her to question the truth of it a bit more. She's mortal and Liam...well...is not. I'd be questioning things for months, lol.
Overall, not a bad read. The action does pick up, but it just takes a while. If you're looking for a book filled to the brim with mythology, this isn't it. However, there are things to love such as the characters and the great writing. The author has talent and is really good at creating scenes that you can picture quite easily. Those are important strengths for a book like this. I just hope future books pick up on the action and mythology a bit and really blow our minds!...more
Okay, this Slater Brother novel was quite a bit more fun than the first one in my opinion. Maybe it's because I lORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
Okay, this Slater Brother novel was quite a bit more fun than the first one in my opinion. Maybe it's because I like the older characters better than the younger ones. And then it was the sexy Slater brothers and a crazy hilarious situation that they all let themselves get swept up in.
You can always expect good times when the plot of a book centers around someone pretending to be someone else's significant other. I mean, there's bound to be non stop entertainment and this book was no exception. Keela was a little saner than Bronaugh but not by much, lol. She was a bit of a pushover, but when she had to be tough, she was and that was what made her okay with me. Alec was just a riot and I simply cannot get enough of his insane candidness. The Slater brothers have it by the truckloads! On top of that, Alec used to be a bi-sexual escort! Talk about WOAH! This adds a whole other layer of complicated to this already unstable situation. Hilarious!
Like I said, I liked the plot but it was a bit outlandish. The fun was in Keela fighting her attraction to Alec and Alec basically telling her that she was gonna beg for it before everything was said and done. Well then! Excuse me, Alec! Then about 3/4 in, the plot twist enters reminding me that there was a darker side to Alec Slater. I honestly did not like what he ended up having to do to thwart a threat against his family, and I can't even say I understand because he did it for Keela. I don't really think he did. But in the end, he is able to redeem himself we get our HEA (maybe a little too happy) and all is well.
There was a good deal of action in this book and honestly, action/suspense makes the best Romances. Turmoil and danger...how the couple comes out of it is what truly defines them and that's what happened in this book. It was a good read and I really got into it, laughing out loud more than I expected to.
I am excited to read the next Slater brothers book which is about Kane. He is a very mysterious Slater with a lot of past pain to be revealed and the scars to prove it. Literally. Can't wait to find out! So if you haven't started in on this series yet, I definitely recommend it. You won't be disappointed! ...more
WARNING: If you don't like a leading male that is a possessive pr**k, DomORIGINALLY POSTED TO DJ'S BOOK CORNER
L.A. Casey first gives you this warning:
WARNING: If you don't like a leading male that is a possessive pr**k, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like a leading female that is a stubborn bi**h, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like over the top drama and characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOT for you. Most of all, if you don't like characters who CURSE A LOT and say EXACTLY what they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOT for you.
Boy, she didn't lie.
Dominic was everything Casey said it was. In fact, she may have gone overboard with this one. I only say that because this is supposedly a YA novel (MC is 17, so not NA), yet there was so much cursing and physical violence that I almost forgot what genre it was categorized as. But whatever, I still enjoyed it.
I have this love/hate relationship with Bronaugh. I love her "take no shit" attitude, but DAMN, her hot-headed, jump to conclusion ass got on my freaking nerves sometimes. I get that she has trust issues and shit, but it just wore my nerves down to threads. Halfway in, I wanted to strangle her and then hug her because she was clearly troubled and in pain.
Dominic was exactly what I expected: Hard shell, gooey center. He was CRAZY possessive but I cannot find any reason to dislike that. He was a typical American dude and he was more turned on by Bronaugh everyday because she made him work for her. And I mean WORK. He had to kick some major ass to get her to like him and even then.......But at the end of the day, I believed in their love story and that's what matters most. What they have is real and forever.
I know this story takes place in Ireland, but as I continue in this series I'm seeing a trend that eludes to the notion that all Irish females are fucking crazy. The females in this series surely are. They yell almost every sentence and curse like it's nobody's business. And they are VIOLENT. They will punch the shit out of anybody for the slightest offense and that's okay because they are Irish??? I know several ladies in real life who are Irish and they don't act like this. I was a bit turned off by the fact that this book and the ones that follow made them out to be psychos and that had a lot to do with why I couldn't give this book five stars.
Another thing that made me roll my eyes was that everyone's freaking parents are dead. It's just too damn convenient and I hate when authors use this played out machination to rid themselves of a plot point. Not saying that's what Casey was doing, but I guess I'm just being a harsh asshole because I'm sick of reading about dead parents (both of them) in books. One parent is not too bad, but in this case both sets of parents are dead. The story of how the Slater parents came to be deceased is an interesting one though, so that's good. It has a lot to do with why the Slater brothers are in Ireland and do what they do for a "living".
I know it sounds like I didn't like this book but I really did. I don't give four stars to books I don't like. It might have been a bit grating on my nerves, but it was entertaining and often hilarious. Seriously. The other Slater brothers were sexy and fun to read about, and I loved how they were not in any way turned off when the Irish ladies conducted themselves like brutes. They need women who can handle their candid nature and the way they have no problem checking out each other's women and commenting on it. So funny. Though Dominic was the younger brother, he often threatened his older brothers whenever they had something cheeky to say about Bronaugh. It was great.
I definitely recommend this book to those who heed Casey's warning and know that she ain't lying. If you can handle it, I think you'll fall for Dominic and really lose yourself in the world Casey created. I know I did and was super psyched to read Alec! Go out and pick this one up if you dare! ...more
I've never read a book that took place in New Zealand, so this book was refreshing. I had some problems with allORIGINALLY POSTED ON DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I've never read a book that took place in New Zealand, so this book was refreshing. I had some problems with all the Kiwi lingo, but otherwise it was an easy read. I read the entire book in one sitting and was satisfied when it was over.
I loved the romance, the setting and the characters, even if the plot was lacking just a bit. The entire story was about Hemi getting back in good with Reka after thoroughly fucking it up a year before. And though sweet, it became a bit boring after a while because we already knew how it was going to end. There were no curveballs to throw the reader off and that slowed down the pace of the book as well. But as I said, I loved the setting of the book and liked the focus on rugby. I don't know much about the sport but the author made it sound pretty exciting.
I thought Reka was a very realistic woman, in any culture. Watch out for the woman with a shattered heart! She wouldn't take any little weak ass apology from Hemi and really made him work for her. I liked that and wished I ran into more female characters like her. Hemi was such a man. Always thinking with his dick, and in the end, it gets him nowhere. He had to put in some serious man hours to get back in Reka's good graces, and it was fun to watch. The only thing I didn't like about Reka was that she jumped to too many conclusions and was so quick to pass judgement without hearing the full story. You'll see what I mean if you read it. But otherwise, I liked her a lot.
The heat factor was kind of tame in this book because it focused more on the rekindling of Hemi and Reka's relationship rather than the sex. That was okay with me though because I thought the romance was sweet and I was happy to watch it light up and explode.
Would I recommend? Sure thing. A good novella to introduce a series. I would definitely read more from this author! ...more
I'm a big fan of MC romances, even though the market is kind of flooded with them right now. I liked Kings of AspORIGINALLY POSTED ON DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I'm a big fan of MC romances, even though the market is kind of flooded with them right now. I liked Kings of Asphalt, but it wasn't my absolute favorite book in the world. As wonderful as this menage concept is to me, I wasn't completely convinced that this one in particular would work out very well.
Zoe comes from one world; Jax and Hunter from another. I mean, complete opposites here. She's the goody-girl; they're criminals. She's had one lame ass sexual experience; they tag team bitches every night. Don't get me wrong, I totally believe in the "opposites attract" theory, and I LOVED that Zoe was plus-size and it drove Jax and Hunter wild. I guess for me it was the speed in which Zoe entered their lives and turned them completely around. A couple of weeks is a bit fast for me, but whatever!
It was the menage scenario that held this book together for me. I think two men should be able to have a relationship like this with a woman without their egos and shit getting in the way. It was never even a question in Jax and Hunter's minds if they would share Zoe. It was known from jump street that they would, and they had no issues with it. I loved that! Sorry...I'm a freak...but this is a dream come true to me! Sex Scene Steam Factor? Pretty damn steamy! Jax and Hunter were all sexy and alpha bad ass, and that just added to the steamy factor.
Another great concept was Zoe being a reporter and investigating The Kings (Jax and Hunter's MC). It was how she got involved with them. That was a good way to put her in their path, and regardless of how fast it happened, it would have definitely happened anyway. I wish we got to see the ends and outs of the MC a bit more, but when I think about it, it wasn't really needed.
I can recommend this book for menage and MC-book lovers and those who enjoy quick reads rather than longer ones. I would read more by this author as I liked her writing style and I'm interested to know what kind of spicy plots and characters inhabit her other books! ...more
I didn't even realize this wasn't my first Sarah Castille book until I was halfway through Yield to Me. So I guesORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I didn't even realize this wasn't my first Sarah Castille book until I was halfway through Yield to Me. So I guess that means I'm a fan of her work. However, though I liked this book, I actually prefer the Legal Heat series to this. But it could be because this was a novella and Legal Heat are full-length. *shrugs*
The good stuff: I enjoyed the writing and the plot. A female MMA fighter falls for a former MMA fighter now turned coach. HER coach. Great plot. Read so many books about damsels in distress that this was a nice diversion from that. Marcy was no damsel in distress, though she did need some help with her fighting technique and that's what Jax was there for. I liked to see the struggle of keeping it professional between them when they were clearly attracted to one another. That's always fun. The romance scenes were pretty good too and there was an element of BDSM as well. Again, always fun. I also liked the scenes when Marcy competed even when she lost. They were very well written and added some action to the book.
The "OK" stuff: It's the problem with most novellas. Little to no character development. Though I was fond of Marcy and Jax, they weren't developed enough. We didn't know their situation before this book (not really) nor what might transpire between them in the future. It was only right now. Their history of relationship and family problems are mentioned but never fully explored. I think if I knew more about their pasts I would have liked them even more, and with that, would have like the story a bit more and rated it higher.
Can't really say anything BAD about the book. It didn't have "bad" points, just okay ones. It's worth a read if you're into MMA fighters (yeah, who isn't?) and Romance. It's short so it won't take you a very long time to read and isn't that cover kind of hot?...more
I've never read anything like this EVER. I was absolutely ensnaredORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
Dark. Dark. DARK. That one word sums it all up.
I've never read anything like this EVER. I was absolutely ensnared by the premise and when I started reading, I couldn't stop. What an amazing and wonderful idea for erotica. This is NOT a Romance. Do not let yourself be fooled into that. There is no love connection in this book!
Nila is a firecat in a ballgown but she has nothing on Jethro who is so utterly cold and detached it's not even funny. Yet there is a vulnerability within each of them that pops up every now and then and reminds us that these are two human beings entangled in a very inhumane situation. And that's what it is, inhumane. Nila's life has to be forfeited to pay for some shady ass debt from centuries before (same as her mother who is mentioned quite a bit in this book). As stupid as that sounds, the Hawks are dead ass serious about it. And if you think that this means Nila is going to be some slave for the next fifty years or some shit, you've got it all wrong. She won't make it to fifty. That's all I'm gonna say about that.
As usual, Winters didn't skimp on the details. She described every situation the way it happened, leaving nothing for you to figure out. Love when authors do that. I loved that Nila was a fashion designer and had a twin brother that was a model. Their relationship was darling, except we don't get to experience for long since Nila is taken away in the first couple of chapters. There's something about Jethro that makes me feel his heart isn't completely black, but his family? Nah. There's no hope there. NONE. Especially that little brother of his. That's one evil SOB and I hope he's dead when this is all over.
What do I think is gonna happen next? One, I don't think Nila's mother paid her debt to its fullest extent (*hint*). Two, Jethro is going to be Nila's greatest torture...and her savior. Three, Jethro may be dead by the end of this series. But that's only if he falls in love with Nila.
Do I recommend? HELL YES! This is just an incredible start to what is sure to be an amazing series. But it is DARK and spotlights the sexual abuse of a woman who doesn't consent to any of it. If you can't stomach that, don't read this book. I for one, can't wait for the next installment!
I am really starting to love these dark romances. The darker the better, and Mr. X. is THAT book for me. It was SORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I am really starting to love these dark romances. The darker the better, and Mr. X. is THAT book for me. It was SO good! I tore through it in like two days. It was exciting and sexy and downright scary. I loved it!
The best part of this entire book was X (DUH!) and how he became the cold-blooded killer he is presently. Well...he was already a killer, but now he is beyond that. I can't even explain it because he is so COLD and fucking deadly, there are no words besides the ones I just used and they don't do it justice. But I loved the flashbacks the most. Wild fed them to us with a spoon made for a baby which drove me crazy, in a good way. Some readers might find X too violent and ruthless to be a love interest, but I strongly disagree. There is someone in the world for everyone, I believe, even killers.
Jay was this drug-addicted stripper/hooker who had suppressed all the memories of her past. So when X literally kicks down the door to her life, she has no idea who he is. Albeit, he is absolutely nothing like he was when she knew him before, but she does know him and X is just waiting for her to remember. I jumped back and forth between feeling sorry for Jay and hating her stupid ass. But most of the time, I felt bad for her and how hopeless she was. A drug-addicted stripper/hooker? You've hit rock bottom, honey. Can it get any worse? She didn't think so until X came along, and it got a WHOLE lot worse.
There was lots of action in this book (who doesn't love a good shoot-out?). One thing that pissed me off about Jay was that when the bullets started flying, she always wanted to run away from the one person not shooting at her. She eventually got over it and realized X was on her side, but damn it was a long time coming. And the sex scenes between her and X? YEEEESSSSSSS. Hardcore and hot, just as expected of this dark romance.
The ending was satisfying and I was pretty much pissed that it was over. I wanted more. Why can't this be a series? *Le Sigh* The world is so evil sometimes.
If you are someone who loves dark romances and doesn't cringe at the mention of a gun, then this book is for you. Warning, it is VIOLENT, but I enjoyed every moment of it. Go out and get this one! ...more
I didn't know what to expect from this book, but was not too surprised to find that it had a similar plot to man ORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I didn't know what to expect from this book, but was not too surprised to find that it had a similar plot to many other books I'd read. This, however, did not stop me from enjoying the book. I really did. Though not a perfect read, I thought it had a lot of good things going for it.
I liked the characters, for one. All of them. Slade, Aston, and oh, I just adored Cale. He comes off as way more righteous than I think we will find out he really is. Slade had the usual backstory–dark past that he doesn't want to talk about or even begin to heal from so he drowns himself in booze and women. Aston is the lost young woman in a broken relationship trying to find herself without getting swept up into a new romance. So like I said, nothing new here. But something still drew me to Slade and Aston and I just liked their chemistry. It snapped, crackled and popped louder than any bowl of rice krispies.
I am a HUGE fan of erotica. This was a strong point for me. If there's going to be sex, I'd rather it be dirty. Slade did not disappoint. The "romance" was dirty and raw and all the things that make you tingle. Sure, the "love" was a little fast (okay...a lotta fast) but I still liked Slade and Aston together. I just wish the two could have had a little more time together before declaring their love for each other. They both had such heavy emotional baggage that I thought it was all taken a little lightly and not given enough attention since the book was moving so fast.
In real life, I do not find male strippers sexy. Like, not at all. But in this book, I thought Slade was doing the damn thing. Maybe it was the way Ashley wrote his dance scenes that made them seem more alluring than I would probably find them in real life. I wanted to be there, slipping twenties into Slade's boxer briefs with the rest of them. So good job there.
Ashley's writing was good overall. Like I said, more time could have been spent dealing with their issues, but I can understand that this would have dragged the story down to deeper level than I think Ashley wanted to go. I can so feel her there. To be so dirty and erotic in one scene, and then turn around and be all serious in the next would be kind of weird. So it's all good.
Do I recommend? I gave it 4 stars, so YES! I think Ashley has written a great start to the series and I'm very interested in reading the next book about Hemy. Damn, damn, damn.