Quirky book. Not quite sure I liked it all that much, but I didn't necessarily like it. I think the more I read, the less I liked...moreRating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Quirky book. Not quite sure I liked it all that much, but I didn't necessarily like it. I think the more I read, the less I liked it.
Series Note: I believe this book has character connections to previous books the author has written, but if you haven't read them, it doesn't make a difference in how this book comes out.
Summary: Norah MacArthur grew up with a father who was a con-artist and then later an inept bank robber - which ended up sending him to prison for 15 years. But no one has ever been able to figure out where he stashed the massive haul from the bank robbery. And now that he is about to be released form prison, treasure hunters - some bad, some good- are coming out of the wood work in hopes of finding the goods. Which puts Norah in everyone's sights.
The FBI believes Norah may be in danger - and they also hope she may help them retrieve the missing loot - so they send FBI agent Trip Jones to protect her and keep track of her. The two set off sparks from the start. But neither can really trust the others intentions. The situation has them glued together, though, and they'll have to learn to deal with each other.
Review: I can't quite think of much to say about this book. It didn't really evoke much, feelings wise, from me. It wasn't bad, it's wasn't that great. It was a pretty average read from every angle.
On the storyline front, the plot was semi-interesting...at times. It never quite sucked me and had me wanting to know what would happen next. It lacks that degree of intensity that I prefer in my romantic suspense stories. The book is more of a contemporary romance with suspense plot in it instead of a straight up romantic suspense. The story is just a lot of running around searching for treasure with some bad guy chases thrown in. There was something about the way the author wrote the suspense plot that made it seem almost comical and very blase. It made it hard to take what was going on seriously.
The romance was pretty much the same way. I liked the way it started off. Trip and Norah had a very snarky quirky start with a lot of banter that I liked. But somewhere along the way, I kinda lost interest in these two. I think it's because of all the trust issues going on. Everything is a con in this book. Someone's being conned but they know they are being connned so they are conning the person back but that person knows that so they are conning them even more. It started to make your head hurt trying to understand everyone's true intentions. And it made the connection between Norah and Trip seem rather superficial. I just wanted something a bit more serious and deeper between these two.
Overall, it wasn't a bad book. There was just something about it that didn't really work for me. If I remember right, I think I felt the same way about the other book from this author that I've read. Not sure. Would I recommend reading it? I think those of you who like lighter romantic suspense would probably enjoy it more than I did, but for those of you who are hardcore romantic suspense fans, you'll probably feel like I did...that this book just comes up short.(less)
I'm glad that I decided to read this series. I enjoyed the first book and also enjoyed this second book. It's a great mix of romance and suspense.
Seri...moreI'm glad that I decided to read this series. I enjoyed the first book and also enjoyed this second book. It's a great mix of romance and suspense.
Series Note: Second book in Reece's "Last Chance Rescue" series about an independent group that rescues victims in need of help without the constraints of the law. There's a chance you may be able to read this one without reading the first book, but I would recommend reading the book in order due to heavy character ties and a continuing storyline from the first book.
Summary: Ever since her relationship ended with Jordan Montgomery, Samara Lyons has been a bit adrift. She moved to Birmingham, Alabama in order to get a fresh start away from the babying of her family. What she hadn't counted on was Noah McCall, head of Last Chance Rescue (LCR) showing up and asking for her help on a mission. Since their first meeting, Samara has been at turns intrigued by and furious at Noah. And now he wants her help?
Noah is on a mission to catch the men responsible for kidnapping teen girls and selling them to perverts. And this mission is personal. His twin brother is one of the men involved in the human trafficking ring and he'll do anything possible to finally stop his evil twin. Even if that means asking Samara to help trap the kidnappers. But putting himself near Samara is a double edged sword. From the start he's been fascinated by her. He's always sworn, though, that's he'd never let himself get attached to a woman. Samara has her work cut out for her if she's going to change his mind.
Review: One of the things that intrigued me about this book was that it featured Noah McCall, head of LCR. Why? I've read a lot of series about secret organizations that have an enigmatic leader and those series always spend a lot of books building up the mystery about the leader before you finally get to read solely about them. This series was different. Noah gets featured in the 2nd book. I thought that was interesting.
Noah is definitely an intriguing characters. You get bits and pieces in the first book to whet your appetite. And then in this book you get the full story of who Noah is and how he came to be that way. It's a fascinating tale involving an evil twin brother, a terrible childhood and a guy turning his life around to make something good out of it. You can't help but like Noah, even though he does act like a bit of an ass sometimes.
Then there's Samara, who was Jordan's almost-fiance in book 1. You come into the book thinking she's a bit of a prim, society princess good girl, but once you get to know her in book 2, you find that she's much more than that. I liked that her depth of character, her inner strength and perseverance were a bit unexpected. I also enjoyed that she'd become friends with Eden (book 1, who ended up marrying Jordan). That's another interesting twist.
Together the two have good chemistry. Both are attracted to each other but are fighting it and then a mission forces them into close quarters where they can no longer fight it. Noah brings out the tough girl in Samara and Samara digs out the heart that Noah swore he didn't have. It's a nice mix and I enjoyed reading about them falling in love with each other.
There's also a great suspense element to the story. Noah and Samara are trying to squash a human trafficking ring that is luring teenage girls over the internet. But for Noah it's personal because his evil twin brother is involved. So Noah must deal with that and also with the unexpected danger to Samara. It's a tense, dark, twisted storyline that had me hooked in most of the time. It's not a pretty story and not something everyone would be okay reading. It deals with dark themes...human trafficking, kidnapping teenage girls for sale to perverts, abuse, torture, threatened rape...so yeah, definitely dark themes that will no work for everyone.
But it was an engaging plot. You're always left wondering what will happen next and how it will all play out. The division between the suspense and romance is pretty equal in this one. Neither felt underdeveloped or over focused on.
It was just an all around solid romantic suspense book. So far this is turning out to be a great series. I look forward to reading the next book.(less)
I think this book is perhaps my favorite of the series so far. It's a tough call. All three books I've read so far have been solid 4-star reads, but t...moreI think this book is perhaps my favorite of the series so far. It's a tough call. All three books I've read so far have been solid 4-star reads, but this one was maybe a smidge better than the previous two.
Series Note: Third book in Reece's “Last Chance Rescue” series about an independent agency that focuses on rescuing victims, even if their means are outside the law. You may or may not be able to read this book without reading the other two first, but I think there'd be more of an impact if you read the series. There is a definite connection in the series among the characters and events.
Summary: Years ago, Ethan and Shea had a serious relationship. Shea wanted permanence, but Ethan, due to events in his past, didn't think he deserved to be happy forever. So he pushed Shea into the arms of his best friend, Cole. Shea and Cole married, but then Cole is killed in a mission that went bad. Ethan's blames himself for Cole's death and his reckless actions lead to him being fired from Last Chance Rescue (LCR).
Unbeknownst to Ethan and the other operatives at LCR, Shea has decided to exact vengeance on the man responsible for Cole's death. Only her plans don't go so well and she is captured, drugged, and brainwashed by the evil man. Ethan is called in to rescue Shea and help nurse her back to health. The close quarters lead to renewed feelings. But Ethan is holding back information from Shea, despite knowing it could blow up in his face. Then Shea's tormentor resurfaces, putting all their lives in danger and springing a surprise on them that no one expected.
Review: For me, there's little more enjoyable (book wise) than reading a good romantic suspense series. And this one qualifies as such. A solid, engaging romantic suspense element. Excellent characters, great romance. Lots of angst. And a happy ending to top it off. It's got everything I love in romantic suspense.
The suspense plot of this book is enough to give you the creeps. Shea is attempting to get revenge on the man that killed her husband and in the process is kidnapped by evil Donald Rosemount – a creepy guy who has delusions of grandeur to overcompensate for all that he lacks elsewhere. Once she's captured, she's tortured then given a heavy duty combo of drugs that turns her into a mindless drone, living only to do her Masters bidding. It's so disturbing and creepy. She's got no control of herself, all her memories are washed away. It just makes you shudder it's so terrible. Then's she rescued and has to go through withdrawal and trying to get back to who she really is, all the while only slowly regaining bits and pieces of her memory with help from Ethan, the man who broke her heart.
There are a lot of scenes in the book focusing on the bad guy and his other special pet, who he calls “creature” and “animal.” That guy is a total sleazoid. But even though I was totally creeped out by the plot, it also had me thoroughly engaged, wanting to know what would happen next, how Shea would recover, how it would all play out. Reece had me hooked into the story from the start.
I have to insert some comments here on the similarities to another book/series. There is a bit of a resemblance to Lora Leigh's “Black Ops” series, especially the book “Wildcard” with regard to characters being drugged, losing all sense of identity and all that. It was a pretty noticeable similarity for me. Only I thought this one was written better...more well-rounded, less issues that LL's books are known for. And since the books are published within a year or so of each other, you can't really make anything from the similarities.
On the romance front...good stuff. A bit heartbreaking because there's more than a little angst. Sometimes I just wanted to smack Ethan upside the head because he was so stubborn in his refusal to give him and Shea a chance for forever. But overall I liked Ethan. And Shea was a great character. That girl's got guts to have survived what she did. I enjoyed reading about them and their romance.
There's also a big surprise in the book. Though I must admit I was kind of expecting. I wondered if it would happen after something in the previous book and then this one, if you're thinking along the right lines, leads you further in that direction. So it wasn't a total surprise. But I loved that Reece did it. Should lead to an interesting future book.
I had two small quibbles with the story. One was a plot aspect that felt rather disjointed. There's an attempted kidnapping of two young men that's made to seem like it's supposed to be significant in some way. The attempt is foiled then its like its forgotten about until like chapters later when it gets a small reference. It just came off really weird. Initially it seems like its supposed to be more important and then its treated like a sidenote. It just didn't work right. Then there's the romantic conflict between Shea and Ethan. So predictable. You could see what was going to happen between them a mile away But honestly, I'm not sure what other way the author could have gone. So yeah...
Great series so far, though. I can't wait to start on the second trilogy (after I read two other books first). I'm looking forward to reading more about these characters and LCR.(less)
This book was pretty much what I expected from Brant's Mindhunters series. No surprises, really...good or bad.
Series Note: Sixth and last (?) book in B...moreThis book was pretty much what I expected from Brant's Mindhunters series. No surprises, really...good or bad.
Series Note: Sixth and last (?) book in Brant's "Mindhunters" series about an independent forensics lap run by ex FBI agent Adam Raiker. I would strongly recommend reading the previous books in this series, or at least the 2 books before this one as there is an overall story arc for the 2nd trilogy in the series.
Summary: For the past year, someone has wanted Adam Raiker, head of Raiker forensics, dead. And they've nearly succeeded. But Adam is still alive and kicking. When a good friend and supreme court judge is murdered in what appears to be a serial killing, Adam manages to get named as a special consultant to help with the investigation. This teams him up with old flame and FBI special agent, Jaid Marlowe.
As the investigation continues, it becomes apparent that the tie between all the murders may be Adam himself. All points seem to lead back to him. As he tries to unravel the connections, he's beginning to realize that pushing Jaid away 8 years ago may not have been the right thing to do because he still can't resist her. But before the two can solve their personal problems, they must find out who wants Adam to suffer before it's too late.
Review: This has been such a weird series for me. I've wanted badly to really like it, but mostly I've found it to be just average. Mostly from a romance standpoint. Having read the 5 previous books in this series, I had a pretty good idea of what this book would give me, and I was pretty much dead on.
From a suspense standpoint, the book is pretty good. It lacks some of the dire intensity and darkness that some of the great romantic suspense authors have. I didn't feel that immediacy that would make me want to keep reading and reading to figure out what was going on. It's more of a procedural type story. Very focused on the mundanes of interviewing people, reading profiles, tracking down people of interest and researching. Which can get rather tedious. Not quite enough action.
But that part of the book is well done, logical and readable. It just lacks in intensity. It was an interesting plot, though. Adam Raiker has been a rather intriguing character since the beginning of the series and when the 2nd trilogy started, you get hooked into a trilogy-wide story arc about someone out to get Adam. So it's great to finally see where all that headed. Though I must admit, the suspect I pegged way back in book 4 of the series was the right guess.
I was a little disappointed in part of the plot resolution. I wanted more out of the confrontation between Adam and the antagonist. It was kinda anti-climatic. I wanted more verbal sparring, more raging from the bad guy. Something about the resolution just fell flat.
Where this books (and actually the series) really came up lacking for me was in the issue of series cohesion and the romance angle. One of the things I love about series is the connectivity of it all. The multi-book characters, getting to read about the over a time-frame, that sense of attachment to them. And being able to focus on a group - either as a investigation firm, a bunch of friends, whatever. But with this series, the base connection was just missing. Raiker Forensics (aka the Mindhunters) which this series is based on, felt more like the sidenote. It was just an identifying characteristic and not a well-developed focus. The main characters just happened to be Raiker's agents but I never felt that link. It was all very separated.
Then there's the romance issue. This book wasn't as bad as some of the others, but I still felt it was lacking. Jaid and Adam have a history and still obviously have chemistry. But as the book moves along, you never feel they resolve their issues. They just sort of fall back into a relationship but I never felt like they'd resolved their past. It was disappointing. And I wanting and ending that felt more HEA. Poor Adam has been through so much, I wanted a fluffy scene at the end with him and Jaid being together and happy, not some short little scene where Adam asks Jaid to forgive him for dumping him before and wanting another chance. It felt very unsatisfying.
It wasn't a bad book over all though. I think some readers not quite a picky as me might enjoy it more. If I hadn't wanted to know so much the resolution of Adam's story I probably wouldn't have read it. If there are more books in the series, I'm not sure I will read them. Brant's form of romantic suspense in this series just doesn't really do it for me. (less)
I've definitely read better books by Cheyenne McCray, but this book wasn't terribly, just rather average.
Series Note: No series connection...moreRating: 2.5/5
I've definitely read better books by Cheyenne McCray, but this book wasn't terribly, just rather average.
Series Note: No series connections, that I know of, but the way some characters are written leads me to believe the author had planned to write books for them but wasn't given the opportunity.
Summary: Lyra Collins escaped from a twisted cult several years ago and has been on the run since. The leader of the cult believes Lyra is to be his wife and they will produce a new Messiah. Lyra wants no part of it all and is determined to stay hidden. Unfortunately, local P.I. Dare Lancaster leads the cult right to her front door.
When Dare realizes what he has unwittingly done, he'll do anything to keep Lyra safe. Soon, the two are running for their lives and the more they get to know each other, the more the attraction grows. But the cult leader will stop at nothing to get to Lyra and it will be up to Dare to keep her safe.
Review: I love romantic suspense books and whenever I read one I always hope it'll be great, but this one fell a bit short of the mark. I've read quite a few books by Cheyenne McCray so I had high hopes this would be good. It wasn't her best work, though. Not terrible, just not that great either.
Everything about the book is fairly average. The characters, the romance, the writing...they didn't suck but they didn't really stand out in any way. Something about the way the romance developed over the course of the two running for their lives felt off. I can't really say why just that it didn't particularly come across the right way. I didn't mind the characters but they seemed a bit underdeveloped to me. And honestly, the most interesting character in the book was Dare's partner, Nick. I was really hoping there was a book for him but I haven't found one.
By far, the thing that dragged this book down the most, though, was that the story lacked originality. It's a type of story that's been done before, many times, in romance. The entire time I was reading it I kept feeling like I'd read the story before. Not this exact book, but one very very similar. It really took my interest away from reading the story because nothing came off as new and made me want to keep reading. There just wasn't anything to make this book stand out from other books dealing with cults in the romance genre. A book has to bring something new to the table, or be really good in some other way, to keep me reading.
So while this book wasn't awful it could have been a lot better, too. It's not a book I'd say you need to run right out and buy, but I wouldn't tell you not to read it either, if you came across is somewhere.(less)
Great book! I was hooked from very early and just wanted to keep reading and reading to see how it would all turn out!
Series Note: Second book in LMR's...moreGreat book! I was hooked from very early and just wanted to keep reading and reading to see how it would all turn out!
Series Note: Second book in LMR's "Protector's" series. It's not really necessary to read them in order, but I would recommend it since they are a very closely connected group of characters.
Summary: Harry Bolt is just getting back to his life after a nearly life-ending injury while in the military. He's finally feeling like a real man again, and he credits part of his recovery to the beautiful music made by a mysterious singer known only as Eve. So imagine Harry's surprise when Eve shows up at the security agency he's a partner in needing his help.
Eve aka Ellen Palmer aka Irene Ball, has been on the run from her nefarious boss after she learned some of his secrets. The man wants Ellen dead and for a while she'd avoided him, but when he tracks her down, she runs to a man a friend recommended her to.
Right from the start, Harry and Ellen set off sparks in each other. But Ellen has no idea where her life is going. As much as she may want Harry, the rest of her life may be spent in hiding. If Harry has anything to say about it though, Ellen will be his.
Review: My favorite part of this book, I think is the set up between the characters. Harry is down and out, not sure if he wants to live after a devastating injury and then he finds solace in Eve's beautiful music. Through unfortunate coincidence, Eve/Ellen ends up coming to him for help. And sparks fly. Yes, it could be said that it's a cliched set up, but I thought it was done in a very romantic, sweet way that just really worked for the story.
The characters were great, too. I enjoyed Harry. Poor guy has had a brutal life and it's great to read about him finding his perfect match. I just enjoyed reading about him. And Ellen is pretty cool too. Such a bunch of opposites in her...an intelligent accountant, and a sultry singer all in one. I liked her...except for that ridiculously stupid TSTL moment near the end. I could have done without that bit of idiocy.
Plot wise, it was an interesting and engaging story. Maybe not anything stunningly original, but it was another aspect that just worked for the book. There's just the right amount of tension and mystery to make you want to read more to find out how it will all play out. There are some aspects of the book that are just downright gruesome and creepy. Kinda Karen Rose-esque. And I loved that all this came in an erotic romance book. I enjoy erotic romance, but I love when they have a suspense plot thrown in that fits with the story. And that happened here. It all made for a very well, rounded, enjoyable read.
And there were two rather surprising aspects that only bumped up my enjoyment. One was the possible reference to a character in Shannon McKenna's long-running McCloud's & Friends series. As soon as I read the scene about the ring, I immediately thought of Tam and wondered if perhaps LMR was really referencing a character from another author's series. I'd be curious to find out.
The ending also blew me away a bit. I so did not see that coming! Rather shocking turn of events and I'm dying to know what will happen in the next book! And bumped I'll have to wait so long!
Great book, though. I liked the first book enough, but wasn't dying to read this one. I definitely exceeded my expectations and I can't wait for the 3rd installment of the series.(less)
It's kinda hard for me to give an unbiased review of this book, but it actually wasn't that bad. If I wasn't so down on Brockmann and the way this ser...moreIt's kinda hard for me to give an unbiased review of this book, but it actually wasn't that bad. If I wasn't so down on Brockmann and the way this series has gone the last few books I think I might have liked it better.
Series Note: Sixteenth book in the Troubleshooters series. And yeah, jumping in on this book would probably be a bad idea because there is a massive amount of backstory going on.
Summary: Ever since his wife left him, Izzy Zanella has been trying to figure out what happened and how to get over her. Now that he's on medical leave from his SEAL team, he's decided it's time to track Eden down and put there marriage to rest, once and for all. But once he's around Eden again, passion arises. And Eden needs his help to try to gain custody of her younger brother from her abusive, addict parents.
In order to make sure she gets custody of Ben, Eden enlists the help of her estranged older brother, Dan Gillman, one of Izzy's SEAL teammates. Dan, recovering from a serious injury, and his girlfriend, Jenni, come to Vegas to help. But things go AWOL when Ben catches the attention of some seriously bad guys. Izzy, Eden, Dan and Jenni will have a lot on their hands as they try to keep Ben safe and work out the kinks in their relationships.
Review: What to say....what to say...what to say...
Yeah. I almost didn't read this book period. As it was, I let it gather dust on my shelf for nearly a year. This series used to be one of my absolute favorites. I eagerly anticipated each new release. Two of the books and two of the couples are some of my all-time favs. But my enjoyment of this series has plummeted to rock bottom. I won't get into why...it's just beating a dead horse...but suffice it to say, I had little desire to read this book. The only reason I did was to wrap up the Izzy/Eden storyline. And I wouldn't have read this one if the reviews hadn't assured me Izzy and Eden ended up together.
So what did I think of the actual book? Well, it was okay. Nowhere near as good as the old school books in this series. Other than the main characters being part of the continuing cast, this didn't entirely feel like a Troubleshooters book. It felt kinda segregated from the tone of the other books. But I did like the suspense plot. It's dark and deals with some unpleasant themes (human trafficking, child abuse, rape, etc) but it was interesting, intense at times and well done. It was definitely something that kept me reading and wanting to know what would happen next.
I did enjoy Izzy and Eden, for the most part. Izzy is such a goofball character. Sometimes he comes off as rather immature but it's not too annoying. And I actually rather like Eden. I know not everyone did...I think I was one of the few who liked her in the book where she and Izzy got married. I just think she's a really strong character to have been able to get where she was after the way she grew up.
I was a little disappointed in the relationship between Izzy and Eden. Things between them are rather antagonistic and they have absolutely no ability to communicate with each other. For a large chunk of the book the two act a certain way and say certain things because that's what they think the other wants. It was irritating. I was disappointed also with how their relationship went at the end. They are at serious odds and then in the blink of an eye, when their lives are in danger, suddenly their spouting their love for each other and there's never a scene where you feel like the reconcile their differences and misunderstandings. I just didn't feel like they'd done anything to put their relationship right. I wanted more.
Then there's Jen and Dan. Ugh. Dan is such a total asshat. I haven't like that guy at all in any of the previous books he was in. And I couldn't stand him in the last book where he hooked up with Jen. He was a total and utter douchebag. I don't understand at all why Jen stayed with him after the way he treated her and the reasons he hooked up with her. So yeah...I had little invested in reading this part of the story. And they take up a good chunk of the book. Maybe toward the end Dan gets a little better but I never truly liked the guy and I think Jen should have tossed him off a cliff and found someone better.
There were good parts of the book, though. I liked Ben and the parts involving him. How everyone pulled together to protect Ben. Then there's Neesha...such a sad story there, but also a bit uplifting because of how things end up. And as always, the book is well-written. Brockmann knows how to tell a story, even if I don't agree with the story that she is telling.
So what's the bottomline? I haven't a clue. My opinion is jaded because of what's gone on with this series lately. I liked parts of the books, others I was indifferent to, and some parts I didn't like. So I guess that makes it a fairly average book.
WARNING, this book contains: dark themes involving child sexual slavery, human trafficking, rape, etc(less)
I love the way Maya Banks can tell an erotic romance story.
Series Note: No series connections that I know of.
Summary: In "Stay With Me" Catherine, Logan...moreI love the way Maya Banks can tell an erotic romance story.
Series Note: No series connections that I know of.
Summary: In "Stay With Me" Catherine, Logan, and Rhys are living in a committed menage relationship and have been for many years. But things are not well in the relationship because Logan and Rhys have let work take over their lives, to the point of completely neglecting their wife. Catherine is hoping a special dinner with a big announcement followed by a 2 week vacation will help put things back on track. But once again business intrudes and Cat begins to wonder if it's time to walk away from the two men she loves.
And in "Songbird" Emily once pledged her love to the three Donovan brothers Sean, Greer and Taggert, but Greer and Taggert shot her down. Sean whisks her away form a terrible home life, marries her and helps her start her career as a singer. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Emily a widow and Greer and Taggert realize it's time to step up and face their feelings for Emily. But they will first have to help her grieve for the brother they all lost.
Review: Some erotic romance authors give you a hot story but little else. Maya Banks isn't one of those. In more of her erotic romance stories she gives you not just some hot sex, but also a lot of emotion. It makes the books so much more interesting to read and keeps them from being repetitive sex fests.
I really enjoyed both these stories. They were heartwrenching. Especially "Songbird." That story had me teary-eyed more than a few times. It just broke you heart what Emily was going through. And "Stay With Me," though it wasn't nearly at gutwrenching, still broke your heart just a bit because you have three people who love each other so much but were having a difficult time trying to fix the problems in their lives. Maya Banks just did a really great job putting emotion into these stories.
Both stories managed to frustrate me a bit at times...I thought Rhys and Logan were dickheads more than a couple times in their story. And Cat was a bit of a pushover. I wanted her to stand up for herself more. And in "Songbird" I got slightly annoyed that Greet and Taggert seemed to think sex would fix everything instead of getting Emily the therapy she so obviously needed. But hey, we can't all be perfect, right?
And of course, there's some really hot sex. Nothing too over the top so anyone with a low kink tolerance shouldn't have any problems...though if you don't like menage stories then steer clear.
The only real criticism I had for these two novellas was that I thought the character development could have been a bit better. More so with "Stay With Me" where I felt like I didn't know the characters quite as well as I could, mostly from the perspective of their pasts and families. I just wanted to know a little bit more of who these people were so I could understand them better.
Otherwise, I enjoyed both stories a lot. Very hot, very emotional and just all around satisfying reads for me.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex, explicit language, anal sex, committed menage relationships of the m/f/m sort, slight bondage, and lots and lots of emotional angst.(less)
This book was just what I needed after reading a very dark book I didn't enjoy very much.
Series Note: This book contains 3 novellas that have a connect...moreThis book was just what I needed after reading a very dark book I didn't enjoy very much.
Series Note: This book contains 3 novellas that have a connected set of characters but are not connected to any other books, as far as I know. They were originally published by Ellora's Cave epublisher.
Summary: Each of the three novella's in this book deal with female characters who are competent, in control women in their daily lives, but who long to submit to a man in the bedroom.
In Sweet Surrender, Sheila has wanted her boss Adam for as long as she's been working for him, but he's never returned her interest. Until he leaves his CEO position. Then all bets are off and Adam finally shows how much he wants her.
In Wicked Surrender, Sheila's good friend Andi is a corporate Vice President by day, but at night, she longs to submit to a man. So she goes for a weekend to a BDSM resort where she finds one of her fellow VP's, Derrick, waiting to be her Master...and maybe more.
And in Forbidden Surrender, Teri is a no-nonsense corporate lawyer whose entire focus is on her job. But one night she decides to let loose and find a real man's man to satisfy her needs. She never counted on meeting Josh, a master Dom who will show her things about herself she never could have imagined.
Review: I don't have a whole lot to say about this book either way. It was a hot, fun, sexy book to read. Which was just what I was looking for after finishing Beverly Barton's Dead By Nightfall, a super dark romantic suspense.
This book is kinda like a light version of the BDSM-themed books in Maya Banks's "Sweet" series. They are similar types of relationships but in this book everything is a bit lighter, a bit more superficial. Not that that's a bad thing. These are just novella's, after all.
And novella's are what they are. There's not a lot of time and space on character development and you don't really get to know the various characters all that well. But I wasn't bothered too much by that. You have to accept and expect certain things in novellas.
The stories are definitely hot. And definitely not something that will appeal to everyone. They are purely BDSM erotic romances. And the whole Master/slave thing will not appeal to everyone. I don't mind it. The stories are chock full of sex that leave you squirming in your seat. Lots and lots of sex. That's really the primary focus of the stories. I didn't mind ;)
I enjoyed all three novellas, some more than others. I wouldn't have minded some more character development, or some more time easing into things but whatever. They were fun reads and suited their purpose for me.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex, explicit language, oral sex, anal sex, BDSM...bondage, D/s relationship, spanking/flogging/whipping, collar/leash, m/f/m, f/f/f, sex involving twin females (though they don't interact with each other really), rough sex, semi-public sex, exhibitionism, voyeurism...you get the drift.(less)
A short, but very sweet moderately erotic romance. I enjoyed it.
Series Note: First book in Dane's "Chase Brothers" series about 4 hot brothers finding...moreA short, but very sweet moderately erotic romance. I enjoyed it.
Series Note: First book in Dane's "Chase Brothers" series about 4 hot brothers finding love in the small town of Petal, Georgia.
Summary: Maggie Wright had a terribly childhood, with a mother who treated her like dirt and an older sister who was cherished. Because of that, Maggie has deep insecurities. But things are about to change. After a contemptuous run in with local hottie Shane Chase at a bar leads to a couple dates, Maggie is soaring high, then crashes down when Shane leaves her hanging.
Then Shane's equally hot brother Kyle shows interest in her. Maggie is shocked that not one, but two, of the Chase brothers have pursued her. She's wary of being burned again, but Kyle is persistent and eventually she gives in. And finds love in an unlikely place. But Maggie's life is in danger because of a sick stalker and Kyle could lose the woman he loves before they even have a chance to build a future.
Review: I actually read this book in ebook format years ago, when these "naughty" romances were just starting to take off. I never got around to adding it to GR, or to reading the other books in the series. But I wanted to read them and decided to reread this first book. Which was a good idea since I didn't really remember a lot of what happened.
This is a nice, sweet story though. The kind that gives you little sighs of happiness because of the sweetness. Is it the most original story out there? Not really. Four hot brothers, a mousy heroine with self esteem issues who gets a minor makeover and then dates two of the hotties, toss in a stalker and yeah, things are a bit predictable. Ask me if I care? (Cuz I didn't).
I just enjoyed the whole vibe of the story. It's just a simple, sweet romance and sometimes those are so nice to read. I really liked Maggie. She's terribly insecure because of the way her mother and sister treated her all her life. Is it cheesy that she got a minor makeover? I didn't think so. I mean, she's a girl whose learned to hide herself because of years of emotional and verbal abuse and her friends finally get her to open up and see how beautiful she is without hiding behind big bulky clothes and her hair in a bun. I thought it was fitting, not cliched.
Then there's Kyle. What a sweetheart. He was so sweet to Maggie. I loved reading these two together. It's what romance should be about. And his family was great (despite Shane's dickheadedness). I enjoyed reading about Maggie finally finding a place to fit in and be loved.
There's some nice steaminess too. Nothing too terribly out there, just some explicit language about sex but no kink factor. So if you just want some hot sex without the kink, this should work for you.
I will say, though, that writing isn't exactly the best. It's a bit choppy and lacking the smooth readability I like in books. This is one of Dane's earlier stories and I definitely think it shows. I've read a handful of her books (love her Brown Siblings series) and her writing has definitely grown since she wrote this book. So if you read this book and find the writing a little subpar and debate whether to read Dane again, just keep in mind that her writing does get a lot better.
Can't wait to read about the next Chase Brother falling in love!
WARNING, this book contains: some explicit language and sex, but all fairly basic, no kink. Oh, and some violence and an attempted rape.(less)
Like the first book in the series, this one is sweet and heartwarming. I enjoyed it just as much as the first book.
Series Note: Second book in Dane's "...moreLike the first book in the series, this one is sweet and heartwarming. I enjoyed it just as much as the first book.
Series Note: Second book in Dane's "Chase Brothers" series about 4 sexy brothers in small-town Petal, Georgia who find love.
Summary: After barely surviving an abusive marriage, Carly changes her name to Cassie Gambol and moves to Georgia to start her life over and to hide from her ex. All she wants is to find some peace and stability. But from the moment she arrives in town, things don't go as planned. She is rear ended by an eccentric older woman and in turn meets the woman's sheriff son.
Shane Chase is exactly the kind of man Cassie wants to stay away from. Big, dominant, arrogant. But as Shane works to win her over, she begins to realize that he is nothing at all like her abusive ex. Slowly, she allows Shane into her life and finds love where she least expected it. But with the specter of her ex still hanging over her head, Cassie and Shane's future is far from a sure thing.
Review: It seems a little weird to say a book about an abused heroine is heartwarming, but this one is. I guess because the book isn't exactly about the abuse she suffered, and being almost murdered, but about how she moves on with her life, picks up the pieces and finds herself again, and in the process meets a wonderful man. That's heartwarming.
Cassie is such a strong character. To have gone through what she did and to try to put her life back together again. You couldn't help but like her. I thought Dane did a great job with her character, showing how she grew and changed and managed to put what happened behind her as best she could. There were times I thought maybe Cassie was a bit to sensitive, jumping at Chase for things that we might see as silly, but at the same time, unless we've been in Cassie's situation (which thankfully I haven't) we don't know how we'd react to something so seemingly simple.
I was a bit surprised that Shane was the second brother feature in this series. After the way he was introduced in the first book (in a not altogether good light) I thought Dane would leave him for last, develop the love-shy mystique some more. But I liked what she did with Shane. He turned out to be a good guy.
And of course the Chase family is fun to read about. We should all be lucky to have family's that great! I really enjoy reading about the camaraderie between the 4 brothers. They've got a great relationship and it's fun to read.
Then there's the suspense aspect which predictably is about Cassie's ex finding her and resolving that storyline once and for all. Nothing terribly original and all that but Dane did a good job with it and I'm glad Cassie finally got peace.
Like the first book, the writing in this one isn't super great. It's still obvious that this is one of Dane's earlier books because her writing has gotten much smoother since. It's not terribly but just a bit choppy at times. And there are a few editing issues. They didn't bother me too much.
I enjoying this series, though. Very sweet and romantic. And hey, what's not to like about 4 hot brothers finding love?
WARNING, this book contains: some explicit language and sex, no kink, and some violence. (less)
This was a random buy for me at B&N one day and when I saw that a bunch of my GR friends had read and liked it, I figured it was a good pick up. A...moreThis was a random buy for me at B&N one day and when I saw that a bunch of my GR friends had read and liked it, I figured it was a good pick up. And even though I hadn't read it yet, I picked up other books in the series. As for this book, it turned out okay, but not as good as I was hoping it would be.
Series Note: First book in Black's "Wicked Lovers" erotic romance series.
Summary: Late night sex talk show host Morgan O'Malley is at her wits end with a show to produce and a stalker on her tail. She retreats to help from her half-brother while she plans a meeting with a sexual Dominant for her show. But when she meets with Jack Cole - aka Master J - things go from bad to worse as her stalker starts shooting at her. Jack's quick thinking (and experience in the military and security business) help save Morgan's life.
What Morgan doesn't know is that Jack has an alternative motive for seeking Morgan out and being around her. He's got revenge in mind. But as he races to get Morgan out of the line of fire, taking her to his secluded cabin in the bayou, revenge slides away. Morgan intrigues him. He senses her natural submissive nature that she fights and tries to hide. Before long, his revenge falls completely by the wayside. Unfortunately, when Morgan finds out what he did, she may never forgive him...if she lives long enough because her stalker isn't about to leave her alone.
Review: This book started out with a lot of potential for me. It looked like it would fall into that erotic romantic suspense category that I love. You've got a woman with a stalker, a security/bodyguard guy, and a sexual/BDSM element that seemed like could be put together into a rather interesting book.
Unfortunately for me, the book never really hit its stride. Initially, it was all pretty interesting, but once the H/H meet and you move into the romance/erotic part of the story everything kind of stalls.
For one thing, you've got a sexual dominant hero and a heroine who denies and fights her underlying submissive nature. Jack really wants to unleash Morgan's submissiveness and Morgan fights it endlessly because of a bad experience with her ex telling her she was deviant for wanting the thing she did. Once this part of the story kicks in - Jack trying to get Morgan to give in - its like you get stuck reading the same thing over and over and over. Jack wanting Morgan, wanting to get her to accept her submissiveness, and also feeling guilty for his revenge plot. And Morgan just constantly thinking about how wrong it was to want the things she secretly wanted. I got so tired of reading about Morgan's internal conflict. Page after page after page. I just wanted her to give in already and for the story to move on.
Which is another issue. The story doesn't move very much. It's a very slow progressing book. You get like halfway through and realize only like 2 days have passed and hardly anything has happened. And that's because all you're reading about is the Dom/sub battle between Jack and Morgan which takes up endless space.
Maybe for any other book that would be a big deal. There are plenty of BDSM erotic romances that focus on the internal conflict of the characters over what they really want. But this book was supposed to have a suspense element over Morgan's stalker - how it was, why they wanted her, and how it would all work out. Yet the whole things seems very inconsequential. Jack is supposedly a security guy who wants to help Morgan, but he foists all the work off on his partner and everything happens in the background. You only hear the results of what Jack's partner, Deke, does. For something that is such a serious issue, it feels like a sidenote. I wanted it to be a more active part of the story.
As for the sexual aspect of the story...BDSM stories don't work for everyone. I don't mind them as long as they are mild-to-moderate bedroom BDSM and not the super hardcore pain stuff or the 24/7 type. This book fell into the category I don't mind. It was a fairly interesting aspect of the story - reading about Jack getting Morgan to accept her true nature (even if it did drag on) and there are some super hot scenes. I didn't really have any issues with the actual erotic part of the story. But it's really not for prudish sort.
Overall, the book mostly fell flat for me. I was hoping for much more from it and it just didn't deliver. But I still plan to read the other books in the series...A) because I already have them ;) and B) because I want to know what happens with the supporting characters.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, oral sex, anal sex, M/F/M threesome DP scene, mild-to-moderate BDSM...which includes Dominance/submission, restraints, spanking, toys, clamps, blindfolds, light punishment...nothing super hardcore, but enough to bother some readers.(less)