Whenever I get a new Marie Harte book, I get excited so it wasn’t surprising behavior to read this book as soon as it came into my hands. I
Whenever I get a new Marie Harte book, I get excited so it wasn’t surprising behavior to read this book as soon as it came into my hands. I’ve been waiting for Lou’s book and had high hopes for her his happily ever after. I’m happy to note that I absolutely loved this story and I think Joey is the perfect heroine for him.
As the fourth book in the Bad Boys Body Shop series, I have already fallen in love with a lot of the heroes in this series. However, there is still more room in my heart for Lou who seems to be the most charismatic out of all of them. I love his charm and his sex appeal. But what I loved the most is his healthy regard for women. I’m over rough, dominant and selfish heroes in Romance so Lou was a very refreshing character to read about.
Similarly, Joey is just as fun and uplifting. I immediately fell in love with her gentle character and I thought she was a perfect match for Lou. In addition to the romance, there’s some great chemistry between all the other characters as well. I believe that this is one of the things that Harte excels at. Her banter and flirting always brings a smile to my face whether it’s between the hero and heroine or with all the guys together.
I’m not entirely sure what will come from this series next but I do hope that Harte continues to write in this world. I absolutely love the blend of humor and heart, and I hope she continues to write more stories like these ones....more
Kresley Cole surprises and delights readers with the eighteenth installment to the Immortals After Dark series. Known for her spunky heroines and sexyKresley Cole surprises and delights readers with the eighteenth installment to the Immortals After Dark series. Known for her spunky heroines and sexy heroes, Cole delivers yet another exciting book for readers to enjoy. The main couple of this story is fairly new to readers so I worried how well we were be able to connect with him. However, Sian and Lila completely surprised me.
First off, I’ll talk about Lila because she was the one that stood out to me the most. As a princess, she has that slightly hoilier-than-you attitude, but that’s what makes her enjoyable. She is forced to go to hell and mingle with the Abyssian, her race’s biggest enemy. There, she encounters Sian, her ruthless mate who will do anything to claim her.
As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much because they are two new characters. However, Cole has a special way of introducing her characters where you can’t help but be intrigued by them. Bursting with personality, they really are interesting characters.
The world continues to grow and I love that Cole is still integrating her previous characters into the series. It makes the reading experience that much more fun for fans who have followed this series for years.
My only complaint is in terms of the writing style. In the last four or five years, Cole has employed a choppier writing style where she includes thoughts using em dashes. While this does a good job of injecting the narration with extra thoughts from the character, it does break up the pace a lot, creating a choppier read. I don’t mind it every now and then, but the overuse it in can really stall a story and I felt like that was the case here.
Nevertheless, WICKED ABYSS is definitely one of my top readers this year. Merging adventure and humor, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is not to be missed!
I always look forward to when Lara Adrian releases a new book and this novella set in the Midnight Breed world was a nice surprise. This i
I always look forward to when Lara Adrian releases a new book and this novella set in the Midnight Breed world was a nice surprise. This is 14.6 in the series and while you should be reading this series in order, I think MIDNIGHT UNBOUND can be read nicely as a standalone too.
One of my favorite things about this series are the heroes. Adrian always creates such stunningly gorgeous men and Scythe is no exception. If you remember a few years back when PNR was all the rage, this series was something special because it has a little bit of a Sci Fi aspect to it. Still now, this series continues to get better. I normally don’t like novellas as much in general. However, I find that Adrian delivers the same amount of intrigue and danger as one of her full-length novels. That’s quite a feat.
The heroine, Chiara Genova, is a very admirable character. As the mother of a young Breed son, she has unfortunately found that her and her son’s lives are in danger. They require Scythe’s protection while the rest of the Order deals with the rest. At first, Scythe is quite grumpy, but I think it’s actually because he already has feelings for Chiara since the first time they’ve met. Beneath that steely exterior is really a soft heart and I really loved getting to see that unfold with the story.
MIDNIGHT UNBOUND is everything I wish for in a novella. If you aren’t reading the Midnight Breed series, then you are seriously missing out on some awesome book boyfriends. Just keep in mind though, Scythe is already claimed by me!...more
I was totally unprepared for this book. I’ve been reading Shelly Laurenston for years and feel like I’ve come to expect what her books are going to beI was totally unprepared for this book. I’ve been reading Shelly Laurenston for years and feel like I’ve come to expect what her books are going to be like but I feel like Laurenston has taken her writing and has amped everything up a thousand degrees in this book. Most of the complex worldbuilding is in her Dragonkin series under her G.A. Aiken series so I was pleasantly surprised to see this method of storytelling in this series.
In addition to the better worldbuilding, Laurenston also has these two outrageous characters that completely took me by surprise. Now I’ve heard pretty much all of Laurenston’s books so I’m familiar with her crazy-ass characters but the heroine in particular is a definite woot. Erin is so funny that I really want to become her friend now. Not only is she crazy but she almost has this sadistic side to her as well. I think if you’re easily offended or rely on logic a lot then you probably won’t like this book but that’s also what I love about this series. Laurenston doesn’t play by the rules. In fact, there are no rules at all. These characters do what they want whenever they want and Erin is completely unapologetic about her actions. It was refreshing and I have to say, very entertaining.
I think the biggest complaint that this series has from its readers is that there isn’t actually much Romance. There’s the hero and heroine and they spend a lot of time bantering but some people have said that they want more concrete romance that builds like every other book. Yeah. I can see their point, but at the same time, I kind of like that this book is so different to other PNR out there. I LIKE the emphasis on the jokes and the humor because that is Shelly Laurenston! That’s what she’s known for. So if you’re expecting an emotional romance that will bring tears to your eyes, this series isn’t for you. But I have cried from laughing too much while reading these books and I think that’s just as good.
A definite favorite of mine this year, THE UNYIELDING doesn’t hold anything back and Shelly Laurenston has completely impressed me by this book. ...more
G IS FOR GUMSHOE is the seventh book in the Kinsey Millhone series and it’s possibly my favorite one yet. I’ve enjoyed all the books so far
G IS FOR GUMSHOE is the seventh book in the Kinsey Millhone series and it’s possibly my favorite one yet. I’ve enjoyed all the books so far in this series but there’s something about this book that just gripped me from the very first page.
First of all, Kinsey continues to elate me. I love that she isn’t too fussed about a lot of things. She’s a straight-laced girl who doesn’t moan over dumb things. Her practicality makes her very endearing to me and it makes for great pacing in the book because the narrative is never bogged down by any external distractions. It’s all about the case, but Grafton still makes it fun.
The case in this one is unique because it involves a missing person. Kinsey is asked to hunt down an elderly woman whom her daughter hasn’t heard from in a while. What she finds is a complex and loony woman who could either be deranged or just suffering from old age. Kinsey isn’t quite sure but things start to get even more deadly for her when she learns that someone put a hit on her. This is the part of the book that kills me. Not only was I terrified for Kinsey, but there’s a character named Dietz that I really liked in this book. There’s tension there and I was thrilled to see this play out in the story. I know Kinsey isn’t a woman who needs a man to survive, but she is still a woman. I like that Grafton gives readers enough to tantalize and tease but not give us the whole bone. It keeps things interesting....more
Kinsey Millhone has a cold case on her hands. Seventeen years ago, Jean Timberlake was found dead on a beach. Her boyfriend, Bailey Fowler,
Kinsey Millhone has a cold case on her hands. Seventeen years ago, Jean Timberlake was found dead on a beach. Her boyfriend, Bailey Fowler, went down for the crime. But he managed to escape. Now that he’s been caught again, Bailey’s father wants Kinsey to find Jean’s real killer. And in this small quaint town she’s in, Kinsey is quickly realizing that there’s a lot more secrets than people are first letting on.
Again, I enjoyed this book in audiobook because I find that there’s really no other way to enjoy this series now. The narrator does such an excellent job with Kinsey’s narration that she is really and truly Kinsey Millhone to me.
In terms of the books that I’ve read so far, this one probably isn’t my favorite but I do still think it’s a solid book. Grafton creates an interesting case but the only thing that kind of stopped me from fully falling in love with this book was Bailey’s character. I didn’t feel that connection, but I also think that was intentional because he’s essentially the bad guy.
What I did love is the psychology behind this book. Instead of just setting up a crime and then revealing it, Grafton really goes into the whys of criminology and as some of you may know, I studied both Psychology and Criminology in university so this is a great interest to me and that’s pretty much why I have fallen in love with this series. I just love the way Grafton goes behind the simple crime and explores the why.
She manages to come up with some really amazing scenarios that are not only interesting but also very unique. Sue Grafton truly is a magician of her trade....more
Much like J.D. Robb’s In Death books, I’ve come to see this series as a comfort read for me. Whenever I’m reading something rubbish or need
Much like J.D. Robb’s In Death books, I’ve come to see this series as a comfort read for me. Whenever I’m reading something rubbish or need a refresher, I always turn to Sue Grafton to get me out of my funk.
E IS FOR EVIDENCE has a little bit of a Christmas theme to it so it was nice to read around this time. I especially liked this one because it’s a little bit different to the other cases that Kinsey has had in the past. This one isn’t as fast-paced but it’s intriguing on a different level because it looks like something is trying to pull a fast one on Kinsey.
It’s not often someone tries to get the best of her so I found this book to be different from all the others. This book is also slightly slower in pace because it is the holidays and people are more concerned about taking part in festivities rather than crime, but everyone knows that crime doesn’t wait on no one.
Once again, I listened to this one on audiobook and I really like this narrator. She does the best voices and also manages to keep the pace moving well. I don’t think I will go back to ever simply reading the books because they are just so fun to listen to.
Next to Eve Dallas, Kinsey Millhone is the other mystery heroine that I absolutely love. She is my soul sister and I feel like I can relate to her on many different levels. I think I might actually end up like Kinsey when I grow up because so much of our personalities are the same. I just like how effective and productive she is. She’s definitely a girl I want to be my friend. So if you haven’t read this series yet, you just need to. I can’t wait to read more....more
With another book comes another theme and boy, does Cleo Coyle come up with something unique and creative every time. There’s no question t
With another book comes another theme and boy, does Cleo Coyle come up with something unique and creative every time. There’s no question that the Coffeehouse Mystery series is the series to beat when it comes to foodie mysteries. Cleo Coyle is always able to deliver a fast-paced story that takes you away and has your mind buzzing as you try to figure out the mystery before it’s revealed.
Each book in this series is highly engaging and I would recommend this to anyone who likes complex storylines and fun characters. There’s quite a lot going on in these books and that’s what I love about them.
For this particular book, we have a red, white and blue theme with the presence of the president’s daughter. I have never read a book like this already and when you throw in the jazz music and also the fact that it’s set in Washington as opposed to New York, it really brings new life to this series and since this is the 15th book in the series, sometimes a series needs that.
This book blew me away with its imagination and creativity. I think in terms of originality, this book is probably the standout star of the series. There are so many amazing secondary characters and I also liked the fact that there’s space for Mike to come in and be a part of everything. There’s no doubt that this series continues to get better with each book. I’m just surprised that Cleo Coyle is still able to come up with things that no one has ever done before!
In book seven of the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs, the setting is a haunted house so it was actually the perfect read for me
In book seven of the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs, the setting is a haunted house so it was actually the perfect read for me to read on Halloween weekend. I didn’t read the blurb before I picked up the book so I thought it was the perfect treat to enjoy and get into the festive spirit. Of course, you don’t only have to read this around Halloween but this one does have a more spooky vibe to it because it deals with a victim who had a penchant for the supernatural.
When Ava and Carmela are frightened when the victim’s body leaps out at them, effectively scaring them to death but what’s even more scarier is the fact that it looks like someone really wanted the victim to die. So now it’s up to Carmela to try and figure out what happened and find this mystery killer.
As you know, I’m a big fan of Laura Childs’ writing, especially with this series because it’s so fun and exciting but this one really stood out to be because all the moving parts of the story are well-developed and well-executed. In addition to the well thought out mystery plot, there’s also a lot going on in Carmela’s personal life. She’s in the midst of her divorce so her soon-to-be-ex Shamus is present in this one. I really like Shamus. I love seeing the exs waltz in and mess things up because I think it’s an interesting dynamic that I don’t get to read often as a Romance reader. Shamus is a ton of fun and I actually hope we see more of him in the next few books despite the fact that they are separating. I think Carmela is very chill with him, which is surprising given their past together.
Of course there is also Babcock, who is Carmela’s new beau in her life. This relationship is still blooming so I like watching it all unfold. As much as I enjoy Shamus, it’s clear that Carmela belongs to Edgar. I’m just hoping to see more of him as well.
With such a great supporting cast and an excellent mystery plot, TRAGIC MAGIC isn’t one that you want to miss!...more
HOLIDAY GRIND is the perfect concoction for those cozy mystery lovers you like a little bit of action but also want something to get you i
HOLIDAY GRIND is the perfect concoction for those cozy mystery lovers you like a little bit of action but also want something to get you into that holiday mood. As you may know, I’m a huge sucker for holiday themed novels and when I learned that Cleo Coyle had not one, but two in this series, I got really excited.
This book is book eight in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Although it’s a book that is well into the series, you can definitely read these as standalone since each new book features a different crime. In this particular book, Clare Cosi is expecting a traveling Santa to arrive at her coffeehouse to bring some Christmas cheer to her employees and loyal customers but when he doesn’t show she grows concerned. She goes out to find him and discovers him dead in an alley. That’s when the investigating occurs and in this one, Clare gets herself into a few messes that I found hilarious.
I freaking love Clare. She’s a good mix of curious without being dumb about it. I can understand her drive, especially with this one since the victim is a good friend of hers. If you’re a Romance addict like me, then you’ll be happy to note there are some good scenes with Clare’s hot boyfriend, Mike Quinn and her ex-husband, Matt. Man, let me tell you, I love these guys. Mike is a little more quiet, a little more serious while Matt is more of your typical ladies’ man. I love both and am extremely jealous that Clare has both men in her life in some capacity. In Romance, you’ll never see an ex so frequently in a series except when they appear as the villain so I LOVED that we get to explore this dynamic in this series. If you can’t tell already, I’m hooked and I’m looking forward to reading more from Cleo Coyle....more
This was the first book I tried in audiobook for this series and I have to start off by saying that it’s amazing in audio. Since this seri
This was the first book I tried in audiobook for this series and I have to start off by saying that it’s amazing in audio. Since this series is set in New York, the characters have that distinct accent but the Cosi clan are also Italian, etc so there’s quite a lot of really distinct accents in this book and the narrator absolutely kills them all. Upbeat and fast-paced, this audio kicked ass.
Out of all the books that I’ve read so far in this series, ROAST MORTEM has to be my favorite. This one features firefighters so as you can expect it gets hot quickly. Some of these guys are really fun, while others are a little more rough around the edges. But I loved them all because they are the most interesting bunch of characters that we’ve encountered in the series so far. Part of this is due to Michael Quinn’s appearance. Michael is cousin to Mike Quinn, Clare’s boyfriend and he also has an interest in Clare so having to work with him in this investigation is definitely unsettling for her as he is a man who isn’t shy about his advances.
Mike and Clare’s relationship hits a small rough patch in this one and I was slightly annoyed that Mike kept Clare in the dark for so much in this book regarding his past with Michael but in the end, I totally understand why. It’s clear that Mike is the one that belongs with Clare and I loved how the authors also managed to incorporate Madame, Clare’s mother-in-law in this book as well. Her presence certainly spices things up!...more
First off, I want to begin by saying that if you haven’t read the THIRDS series and you’re a M/M fan, then you’re really missing out on so
First off, I want to begin by saying that if you haven’t read the THIRDS series and you’re a M/M fan, then you’re really missing out on some amazing characters and stories. This particular book is a little bit different to what you’ll normally see because it isn’t really an anthology or a collection of stories. Here readers give the author some story prompts about the series or character and Charlie Cochet writes short bits and pieces about the boys. I would call this a slice of life type thing because they’re not well-bodied stories or anything like that, just glimpses into their lives. Most are funny, some are touching, all of them are worth the read.
However, if you haven’t read the full length books yet, then don’t read this book. You’ll find yourself extremely lost because a lot of this tidbits are out of context. I would highly suggest reading them after you’ve read all the books because this is a great treat for fans.
Obviously my favorite ones in this book are the ones involving all the characters. I especially love the ones that have Ash and Dex together because they are just so entertaining to read about. But Cochet also writes about Seb so that will be nice for readers who are waiting for the next book in the series. I love these little stories and I hope Charlie Cochet continues to write them!...more
P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. I know she wrote this book because
P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. I know she wrote this book because of the success of the first book in the series and I’m glad she did because I couldn’t stop thinking about these characters after I finished the first book. The first book ends a little open-ended so I knew that there had to be much more to Lara Jean and Peter. While overall I enjoyed this story, there is quite a difference between this book and the first.
Lara Jean’s innocence is put to the test with this book. P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU has a lot more scandal and drama to it. While the first book was sweet and charming, this one has some nasty scenes in it that will make you feel for these characters. Jealously and seduction come into play here, making for a very juicy read. However, I still preferred the first book to this one, just because I think the events were a little more organic and true to Lara Jean’s character. With this book, she is placed out of her comfort zone, resulting in a lot of cringe-worthy scenes.
I want to say this here because when the third book comes out, I want to make it known that I’m still Team Peter. He’s not perfect as much as he thinks he is but there’s something I find endearing about his character. It’s the little things that I love about him the most, the small remarks he makes about Lara Jean’s hair or the fact that remembers some offhand comment she made a long time ago. It shows he cares and I think it’s really sweet.
The new guy in this story is very much the perfect man for Lara Jean. If he was introduced earlier in the series, there’s a great possibility that I would choose him instead. But after everything that has happened with her and Peter, I don’t think I can see Lara Jean with anyone else. Everything begins and ends with Peter Kavinsky.
For this entire series, I listened to the audiobook and I think it’s worthy mentioning that I love the narrator for it. I think she does a great job of doing the guy’s voices but also capturing that whining that teens are good at. You can really believe that it’s Lara Jean you’re listening to. Plus, when she reads the love letters she puts a lot of heartfelt emotion in it that I love.
I hate having to wait for the next book in the series. But until that releases, I’ll definitely be reading the other Jenny Han series. I’m hoping it’s just as fun and endearing as this one....more
Man, I’ve been totally loving this series! ZERO TO SIXTY is the third book in the Body Shop Bad Boys series by Marie Harte. It features a b
Man, I’ve been totally loving this series! ZERO TO SIXTY is the third book in the Body Shop Bad Boys series by Marie Harte. It features a bad boy in Sam Hamilton and a nice girl in Ivy Stephens. Now this book feels slightly different to the other books in the series because it has a softer touch to it. Ivy is a more of a reserved character and I think that affects the book a lot. She is also a sucker for a cute puppy and this puppy is what essentially brings them together.
As more and more of his buddies are finding love, Sam feels a little bit left out. He’s spending a lot more time with other people and that includes Ivy. Their romance is a slow burn, but it does heat up pretty quickly as you can expect since the heroes in this series are all smoking hot.
If you’re not reading this series or Marie Harte in general, what’s wrong with you!? Harte to me is one of those authors who I think pulls off realistic relationships but still manages to make them fun and sexy. I was smiling all throughout reading this novel and I’m sure you will too! I don’t want to say this book is my favorite in the series because I really do enjoy them all but this is my favorite so far. It mixes sweet and sexy in a delicious way. I’m already dying for the next one!
TIED UP IN KNOTS is the third book in the Marshals series and it’s probably the most unique one yet. Again, we’re plunged straight into th
TIED UP IN KNOTS is the third book in the Marshals series and it’s probably the most unique one yet. Again, we’re plunged straight into the action with Ian and Miro, one of my favorite M/M couples. But what’s cool about this book is that if you’re a fan of Rhys Ford’s Sinners series, you can recognize a couple of characters in this book. How fun is it that St. John and Morgan are in this book as well? Don’t worry if you haven’t read Ford or anything, you’ll still be able to enjoy this book, but it’s just nice for fans who read both authors to see the cross-over in this book. If I didn’t love Mary Calmes already, I’d love her even more for adding this special touch to her books. It’s very hard to integrate well-loved characters from another author into their own series, but I think Calmes does it well without overshadowing her own characters and also doing the cameo characters justice.
In addition to that, I think the action and suspense in this series gets amped up in this book. Right from the first page, Miro is thrown into some serious business and from there, it only seems to heat up as people are pointing fingers at Sam when some evidence is tampered with. Miro blows a gasket when the words “dirty” gets thrown around because he just won’t let anyone badmouth his boss.
As much as I love Miro in this book, the change in Ian Doyle is great. We’re seeing a much softer side of this tough guy and I loved all the little, sweet moments that was interspersed in the writing. The actual writing of this book also felt a little bit different too. There’s less banter and hanging around with the guys and more action and suspense. I think Calmes was really trying to make this book bigger and better and I think she definitely achieved it. I know there’s another book still to come, but I’m already hoping she continues with more books in this series. I just love the combination of Calmes’ writing style with her version of action and suspense. It’s unbeatable in my opinion....more
I went through the THIRDS series in a frantic fury and then, when it was all done, I found myself lost. That’s the only bad thing about be
I went through the THIRDS series in a frantic fury and then, when it was all done, I found myself lost. That’s the only bad thing about becoming obsessed with a series and binge reading them. When the end comes, you don’t really know what to do with yourself. Thankfully, there are at least two more books —one for Seb and Hudson and one last one for Dex and Sloane —before Cochet dives into the THIRDS universe novels, but she has treated readers with these Beyond the Books type reads.
These aren’t novellas or full-length stories by any means, but they are little snippets or what I like to call ‘Slices of Life’ stories that give you brief glimpse of a specific time in a character’s life that we don’t see in the regular books. A lot of these ones are usually written in the past, where the guys are considerably younger. My favorite thing about this book is the fact that we get more of Tony Maddock. Maddock is such a great guy and it’s even more evident in the pages of this book. We see a lot of him with baby Cael and Dex and stuff like this just warms my heart because in the regular books, we only see him as the tough sergeant and occasionally, that protective fatherly side of him emerges. Here, however, we see it in all its glory and I love that Cochet can write smokin’ hot M/M sex scenes, but she can go the other side as well and write sweet, touching fatherly moments with his kids as well.
So I think if you’re a rabid fan of this series like I am, this series one worth checking out. It’s not that long, but maybe, just maybe, it will tide you over until the next release....more
I was a little intimidated about starting this book because I read a review that said it was full of angst. While I’m okay with angst for
I was a little intimidated about starting this book because I read a review that said it was full of angst. While I’m okay with angst for the most part, I worried for Dex and Sloane. I don’t like seeing them unhappy.
However I found that the angst claim isn’t entirely true. Yes, there’s angst but it happens in the last quarter of the book only. I went through the entire book expecting heartbreak but there’s actually a lot of hilarious bits and action than angst.
But when the angst does come, it’s laid on thick! You can definitely feel it and it makes you cheer for these boys even more.
That being said, I love everyone in this series! Each character is so individual yet compliment each other greatly. I even love Isaac Pierce! Cochet reveals some tantalizing bits of information about the other THIRDS members which I already knew but was will floored by, just because it gets me excited about the future books in the series. This is definitely one where you’ll want to have all the books before starting because I swear you won’t be able to stop. I’m already diving into the next one!...more
There isn’t much more to say that hasn’t been said before about this book. All the hype surrounding it is true. This is an amazing book an
There isn’t much more to say that hasn’t been said before about this book. All the hype surrounding it is true. This is an amazing book and these characters are just larger than life.
I listened to this book in audio and I have to say, it was an excellent choice to do so. The narrator does a fantastic job of doing everyone’s voices so that they are distinctive and unique. I really want to say that I love Ash’s accent most but honestly everyone sounds amazing. I especially like the added special effects. It definitely makes for a fun listen.
Things go from really bad to excellent for Dex in this book. It’s a little slow in the beginning as we get to know Dex as police before he is transferred to the THIRDS. Dex is honestly the best thing about this series. Without him I just don’t think it would be that addicting. There’s just a charming quality to him that I love and can’t get enough of.
While technically the book does end on a cliffhanger, it’s a good one. It’s done in such a way that you immediately want more and for the first time in a long time, I’m binge reading a series again.
If you haven’t read this and you’re a fan of Cut & Run, Adrien English and A Matter of Time, you need to read this. Dex and Sloane will be your new favourite couple. I guarantee it!...more
In the eagerly awaited eighth book in the Chicago Stars series, Susan Elizabeth Phillips excites readers all over again with Piper and Graham. Much liIn the eagerly awaited eighth book in the Chicago Stars series, Susan Elizabeth Phillips excites readers all over again with Piper and Graham. Much like the other SEP heroes, Piper Dove is a quirky character who likes to get herself into silly situations. As a detective hired to follow Cooper Graham around, she’s pretty good at keeping up her disguises until Graham actually catches her.
Although he’s suspicious at first, Graham can’t deny that Piper has some skills. Instead of suing her, he hires her to scope out his business and weed out the bad eggs that might be taking advantage of him. From there, concern morphs into attraction and this unlikely pairing soon becomes a red hot firecracker waiting to explode.
If you haven’t read a SEP novel, you are missing out on some hilarious and one-of-a kind heroines. Bursting with personality, these books never have a dull moment in them. If it’s not the humorous dialogue that you keep you grinning from ear to ear, then the heroes of these novels will definitely get you smiling. They’re real alpha men but with that sexy cowboy charm that makes them all nearly irresistible.
I’m so glad SEP decided to return and write more books in this series. It’s definitely one of my favorite Contemporary Romances. While you can still enjoy this book as a standalone, I would suggest reading all the books in the series. I have no doubt you’ll fall in love with these characters like I have. ...more
A SURE THING is definitely one of my most anticipated books of the year. After reading and devouring The McCauley Brothers, I was hoping t
A SURE THING is definitely one of my most anticipated books of the year. After reading and devouring The McCauley Brothers, I was hoping that Marie Harte would return to this world and write more books in the series. You don’t have to have read the McCauley Brothers series in order to enjoy this series, but I would recommend it because they are just awesome. The Donnigans are cousins to the McCauleys and in this book, we get the entire crew here in their full glory. As you can expect, they’re a rowdy bunch so the book veers towards the lighter side of Contemporary Romance. There is plenty of jokes and roughhousing in this book between the siblings and I’m already telling you now that I’ve claimed all the guys in this series already. Sorry, but I’m not sharing.
This first book is Landon’s book and the ex-Marine gets paired up with a pretty psychologist named Ava. I LOVED Landon and Ava. They are so fun to read about and their back and forth just makes this book fly by. Expect a whole lot of flirting and dirty talk in this book because both of these characters are very vocal. The sex is hot hot HOT so if you liked the sex scenes in The McCauley Brothers series, you’ll likely find yourself drooling with this one also.
I’m hoping Marie gives everyone in this series a book because I’m already hooked. Her characters are just so fun to read about so you’ll definitely be falling in love soon. The Donnigans is certainly the best new fictional family around!
There’s one last thing I have to mention…The cover models for this book are pretty much exactly what I envisioned for Landon and Ava so I have to give a hand to the art department on that one for choosing such perfect models for the cover. It’s a small thing, but I do believe it’s an incredible asset in getting people to read these books.
This entire series has been a great adventure. I was a little hesitant in reading this last book because YA trilogies tend to worry me. I
This entire series has been a great adventure. I was a little hesitant in reading this last book because YA trilogies tend to worry me. I get scared that the ending will suck and that everyone dies. It’s happened before so that was part of the reason why I waited so long to read all the books at once.
I am glad to say that the ending isn’t bad in this one. There’s good resolution, but I do think there will be a couple small things that can put readers off. Luckily for me, I found it still enjoyable.
I think the biggest thing to address in this book is the fact that there’s a new character that is thrown into the mix. Eliza surprised me. I didn’t realize that so much of this book was going to be told from her POV. So I can totally understand when others say that they thought her character was thrown in almost as an afterthought to tie up loose ends because she wasn’t in any of the other books before. However, despite all that, I do think she offers greater insight into this world that wouldn’t have been possible if told from Karou or Zuzanna’s POV for example. So I don’t see her as a total waste of space. I guess I just wished that Taylor had put something of Eliza in the previous book, a hint or something, that would foreshadow her presence in this one. But she does have some good scenes in this book and I ended up really liking her.
The second biggest thing is probably the romance. Now I know so many people are wondering how Karou and Akiva are ever going to get together after everything they’ve been through, but I will say that Taylor does it in a very smart fashion. It didn’t really bother me that there were so many obstacles standing in their way. I almost expected that. I think if they got their HEA so easily within this book, it would almost be a letdown. Taylor draws it out, yes, but she finishes it out well too.
If you haven’t read this series, I would highly suggest trying it out. There is no other series I can compare this too and that goes to show just how unique this series is. These books feel big and they tackle some crazy intense mythology but I don’t think there’s anything that can outshine Taylor’s writing. Her voice is amazing and these books are beautifully written. I look forward to reading what Taylor has in store next....more
In book twenty-eight of the In Death series, things take a dark turn when a cop killer is on the loose. Amarylis Coltraine is the latest v
In book twenty-eight of the In Death series, things take a dark turn when a cop killer is on the loose. Amarylis Coltraine is the latest victim to be attacked. As a newly transferred police officer who has come to New York, she is highly trained and should be able to defend herself but she dies just steps from her own apartment, sparking a whole slew of questions from Eve Dallas. Worse of all, Amarylis was involved with the chief Medical Examiner Morris and now Eve is tasked with telling her friend of his girlfriend’s death.
Once again, Eve is determined to find out who the killer is and stop him or her before another cop ends up dead. When she and Roarke dig deeper into the case, they discover something shocking that may connect this case with something from the past. Now they must work quickly to find this killer before he comes for Eve.
This one is more of an emotional journey for the characters because it hits a little too close for comfort. When one of their own goes down, it rattles Eve a little bit and that’s not really something we see from a pro like Eve. Emotions are at an all-time high and it was a nice opportunity to see what their characters are really made of when something they care about is taken away from them. I think readers may be pretty surprised with who the murderer actually is in this one.
In addition to the great mystery, Robb always explores more of Eve’s personal life. She has come so far already and with her friendships with other people, we are seeing a whole different side to the tough cop act we are used to. Louise and Charles show advancements in their relationship and it’s a hilarious scene when you have Eve present at a wedding shower/bachelor party. As emotional and heartbreaking some of the scenes were in this story, these fun scenes really created a wonderful balance to even it out.
I love the way that Robb was able to connect this story with JUDGMENT IN DEATH. But don’t worry if you haven’t read that particular book because Robb provides plenty of details to fill you in. It’s great for a refresher as well for you loyal fans.
To cap off this review, I just wanted to share this little quote. I think it aptly sums up the dynamic of Eve and Roarke’s relationship so well.
Eve: “I have to go shopping!”
Roarke: “Excuse me, I think I must have had a small stroke. What did you say?”...more
DON’T TEMPT ME is one of the more special books I’ve read from Lori Foster. It’s a Contemporary Romance set in a small town and the story features twoDON’T TEMPT ME is one of the more special books I’ve read from Lori Foster. It’s a Contemporary Romance set in a small town and the story features two couples in a single book. While I’ve read many Foster books before, DON’T TEMPT ME was one of that hooked me from the very first page. I immediately fell in love with Honor Brown and Lexie Perkins. As best friends, they certainly get along, but they also couldn’t be more different to one another. While Honor is a little more reserved and independent, Lexie is seen as more of the party girl.
When Honor moves into a new home, she soon finds out that her neighbors are all hotties. However, there is one hottie in particular who has snagged her attention. Jason Guthrie is quite the alpha male. In fact, all the men in his family are. While he’s staying with his brother and teenage son next door, he can’t help but try to offer some assistance to his new, cute neighbor.
Honor and Jason’s romance blooms at a wonderful rate. I hesitate to call it a slow burn because it does heat up pretty quickly, but in comparison to Sullivan and Lexie, it’s a little more sweet.
Lexie is a little more out there and when she first sets eyes on Martial Arts teacher, Sullivan Dean, she immediately hones into him. This is why I said that Honor and Jason are a little more subtle, but Lexie probably doesn’t have a subtle bone in her body. Their romance is swift and scorching and it was a nice way to balance out the two stories.
DON’T TEMPT ME is sweet, sexy and funny. It has all the things I look for in my Contemporary Romance reads so I have no doubt that this book will appear in my favorites of the year.
With every J.R. Ward book I read, I usually have some high expectations. But actually with this one, I went in without really making observations befoWith every J.R. Ward book I read, I usually have some high expectations. But actually with this one, I went in without really making observations beforehand and still, Ward managed to impress me.
BLOOD VOW is Elise and Axe’s book. Axe is the kinkier one of the new recruits and for a moment, I worried that he was going to be Vishious 2.0 but actually he’s not anything like V at all and the BDSM aspect that I thought that might be present isn’t there at all.
I wasn’t sure I was going to like Axe as much as I did. However, after reading the book, I was fully sold on him. He has so many romantic lines in this book that it was impossible for me not to be swept away by him. And considering his earlier demeanor, that was not something I expected from him.
Elise is part of the Glymera crowd so she’s rich whereas Axe is basically dirt poor at this point. Ward explores a lot of the class dynamic in this story, which I really enjoyed reading about because it makes these vampires more human in my eyes. The issues they need to overcome are human issues, real issues that make them very relatable.
A lot of people have said that they didn’t think that their romance stood up against all the stuff that was happening with Rhage, Mary and Bitty. I think it does. Rhage’s storyline isn’t a romance. It continues where THE BEAST left off, so not only is it important for you to read THE BEAST, but you need to read BLOOD KISS as well. I personally think Elise and Axe’s romance was perfect. It’s very reminiscent of the earlier BDB books, which I think is what Ward was going for.
I was extremely happy with the Rhage, Mary and Bitty storyline because although it’s not a romantic one, it is still very emotional. Naturally, I think BDB fans will favor this storyline over Elise and Axe because we know Rhage and Mary so well already and the emotional attachment is there. But that aside, I do think Ward created a good balance between the two. Half the book is Axe and Elise and the other half is Rhage, Mary and Bitty. I don’t think it gets better than that.
There’s nothing I would change about this book. Ward’s execution is flawless and once again, she proves why she is the queen when it comes to Paranormal Romance. ...more
WARNING: This review is packed full of spoilers. If you haven’t read THE CHOSEN and don’t want to be spoiled, skip it and come back to thi
WARNING: This review is packed full of spoilers. If you haven’t read THE CHOSEN and don’t want to be spoiled, skip it and come back to this later. You’ve been warned. If you’ve read it… we can’t wait to chat with you in the comments about how YOU feel.
What were your thoughts before reading THE CHOSEN?
Francesca: I was beyond excited because … it’s J.R. Ward. I wanted to see Xcor and Layla get their HEA but I was also looking forward to what would happen with the Band of Bastards and who else would be getting a side storyline hoping to see a glimpse of who the next book will be about.
Annie: I wasn’t really sure what my thoughts were because I try not to expect anything when it comes to a J.R. Ward book. She usually impresses me so I don’t worry too much. However, I was looking forward to see how she was going to redeem Xcor and how he and Layla would find happiness in the situation they were in.
Angela: I didn’t like Layla from the last few books, so I really wasn’t excited to read her story. However, like Annie said, Ward usually impresses so I wasn’t worried about it.
Suzanne: You know the Descartes quote ‘I think therefore I am’, well for me in the case of the The Chosen it’s: J.R. Ward is bringing out a book therefore I am so excited that much spontaneous singing and dancing ensues.
What did you think about Xcor and Layla’s romance? Did it live up to your expectations?
Francesca: Honestly, no. Although I found them to be sweet together, it was all a bit anticlimactic. Their romance was already developed before this book and there was nothing new to add to the tension in their relationship in this book. That is other than the fact that Xcor is a traitor and they have to figure out how they will be together in the end. But as a couple, and the whole love thing, that was already sort of set up. I don’t think they carried this book enough as the main romance. Xcor and Layla as characters were interesting and thank God for me liking them because that’s one thing that did keep me enjoying the story.
Annie: Yes and no. I was happy with the ending and am very pleased with how they were able to come together. But these two are definitely not my favorite couple in the series. I feel like so much of Layla’s story was written in other books in the series that she didn’t have the heavy impact I was expecting. I liked how she stood up for Xcor and how she showed a little bit of her backbone. But at the same time, I did feel like she should’ve also taken more responsibility for her children.
I think Xcor’s story was a little stronger. I didn’t expect him to be able to get away or expect the level of torture he endured growing up. I liked reading his backstory and felt that it definitely added another layer to his character. But I still don’t see him as a “hero”. I think out of the whole book only a handful of moments made me fall in love with him.
Angela: I have my reservations about their romance. It had its moments of good and bad I suppose, but overall it was okay. Like I said, I didn’t like Layla to start, but Xcor did manage to win my heart. His story was heartfelt; from his tortured past and his changed present. Yeah, I believed his changed heart.
Suzanne: I think Layla and Xcor’s romance had such a fantastic build up, which was part of the reason I was so excited. I have liked and sympathised with both characters since they were introduced into the series, so seeing them paired together was great news. However, in this particular book all the chemistry and tension that Ward had so expertly put together seemed to fall flat. I was glad that they got together, but rather than being a big expression of passion and emotion as I expected it was all very…nice. And nice is not something I ever expect to see from Ward it’s too flat and pedestrian, rather than an explosion of fireworks, it was like a balloon a few days after a party, slowly deflating and a little sad.
What are your thoughts on Qhuinn and Tohr’s actions in this book?
Francesca: I got a bit ragey and angry (or a lot, realistically). Starting off with Qhuinn because he was totally over the top. I was ok with him acting out a bit when he found out what Layla had been doing, but he took things way too far. Honestly, I found it out of character and just made me want to slap him. There was no need for him to act like a total idiot and I couldn’t grasp why Ward took it there. Tohr, I have two issues. Same as with Qhuinn, he acted way out of character by blowing out of proportion that hate towards Xcor but he was also acting like a total douche to Layla at one point and I just can’t see him treating a female like that. I was very disappointed in both of their behavior and I really don’t think Ward did the right thing with all that unnecessary drama. Now the second thing that pissed me off about Tohr is the whole Wellsie issue. I’m sick and tired of it. If he wasn’t going to be ok moving on with his life then he should’ve maybe stayed unmated and alone. It really bugs me that No One gets put in the second best place EVERY TIME with him. How can she feel like she’s loved when there’s always a shadow that pops up? I’m kind of over seeing that aspect.
Annie: I felt that these two were acting a little OTT, Qhuinn especially. While I can understand and believe that he would be upset with Layla and worry about his kids, there are some things that he does and says that are completely out of character. It almost felt like Ward amplified their reactions to create conflict in the story because Layla and Xcor’s story wouldn’t stand alone enough.
With Tohr, I didn’t expect him to get so upset. We all love Wellsie and miss her dearly, but it does feel like we are going over the same conflicts that were explored in other books already. All progress he made with Autumn seems to be pushed to the side and although I believe that he will always have a place for Wellsie in him, I wished he focused on Autumn more.
Angela: I could not get over how these two were acting. They acted hateful and disrespectful towards Layla and to other women in the house. I understand they both have their reasons but I thought it was still uncalled for. I was in awe of how they disrespected a Chosen and Wrath’s Shellan, Elizabeth. Seriously, from the previous books, they would not dare treat any of the women in that house that way. Tohr also treated his mate like his second choice. Left to the side until he’s done with his issues. I get his issues by the way; I loved Wels and would take her over Autumn any day. Nevertheless, I felt like she was just second choice. The worst part is that Tohr and Quinn were disrespectful to Wrath to the point of deliberately disobeying his orders. Honestly, I did not recognize these brothers. Everything they did was so out of character.
Suzanne: So, this is where all the explosion of passion came in. And it was ridiculous andstupid and idiotic and childish and dumb and lots of other very unflattering things. Tohr’s little meltdown I can live with and didn’t give much thought. But Qhuinn. At first I was a little thunderstruck. Who was this character that Ward had written into her book and when were we getting Qhuinn back? He has an extremely violent and unreasonable reaction to Layla and Xcor’s relationship. One that doesn’t make sense and frankly one that completely disgusted me. He accused Layla of treason and then commits treason himself, truely his actions boggled my mind. And then the end! I don’t want to give spoilers but it left me wondering what the hell was the point?
What did you think about V and Jane?
Francesca: This is probably what pissed me off the most about this book. First of all, just pick another Brother for once. I’m tired of always reading about V and his problems. I want to see more of Phury, Z, Rehv, John Matthew, not to mention that I want to read about Muhrder. But no, we have to keep listening to V’s “poor me” storylines. He got his book. Then he had a big storyline in his sister’s book. I’m done! I’ve had enough V. That being said, the actual problems in this book made me think less of him. He’s complaining that his mate isn’t spending as much time with him (and I’m being nice about how to word this because in private I would be saying something else about his complaints) and instead of communicating with her, or better yet, figuring out with the King how they can get more medical staff to help her out so she doesn’t have the weight of the whole Brotherhood and trainees on her shoulders, he chooses to go mope around with his woe is me routine and then thinks about cheating on his Shellan. This goes against everything I believe the Brothers and matings to stand for. I’m not sure how I even feel about the fact that he may go a bit farther than thinking but not fully cross a cheating line. I may still not be ok with that. And Ward can usually do anything she wants and I can understand it. Cheating (and thinking about cheating in my book is the same) is crossing a line that I may not recover from. Honestly, this made me lose respect and love in this series and I’m honestly not so excited about the next book as I would normally be because I don’t want to see what she’ll do with this issue. If it’s not handled in a way I’m satisfied with, I would drop the series. It’s that big of an issue.
Annie: I really hope V doesn’t get more page time. His storyline is too redundant and I hate to see the same things over and over again. Although I do believe that V and Jane still have their issues that they need to weed through, he’s had so much page time already that I really want someone new to focus on. What happened to Murhder? I would LOVE an update on Phury and Cormia as well. I don’t mind revisiting the original Brothers again, but I wish there was more of an even coverage that doesn’t focus on the same Brothers again and again. I felt like the decision to do this just made several steps backwards in terms of character development. Are we really going to do this all over again?
Angela: OMGsh, V was also annoying me. I did not get why he was so emotional. I couldn’t understand his issues. I’m not sure if he’s bored with his life and he needs extra attention from Jane or he’s just not happy with what he has. I really hope his issue doesn’t go further than it has in this book. It just doesn’t describe what a Brother’s true mating is about. Here’s the thing, the brothers are not just any other males. They are top of the crop in every way. Fierce, sexy, loving, romantic, yes, they may have their eff’d up issues but still they when it comes to their females; they are supposed to be loyal in every way. And all those traits are to be expected to be remain true. But if he screws around…mentally or physically, I don’t think I can forgive that.
Suzanne: V. At this point I am so freaking sick of V and all his bullshit. Qhuinn’s dumb-as-fuck actions I can forgive, but V? V got me so angry in this book! Jane deserves better, I know she isn’t Ward’s most popular character, but frankly I pity her being stuck with someone like V whose emotions swing more than a middle age couple on a swingers retreat. He is supposed to be a bonded male and yet his every action in this book goes against everything Ward has been telling us since Dark Lover. And it made me so angry, if he’s got an issue why doesn’t he just talk to his mate about it? But no, he just decides to sulk and brood in the dark like every vampire stereotype known to man. Frankly I think he needs to change his name to Edward.
What about Trez and Therese?
Francesca: Two words… TOO SOON.
Annie: I like Trez and I like Therese. And I think it’s really cute how they met, but yeah, TOO SOON. I think readers could get behind it much easier if it happened a lot later. At this point, it just felt like Ward killed Selena off just to bring her back. I don’t appreciate being played like that.
Angela: Oh, as much as I would like for it to be true, I do agree with Fran. It is too soon. If Ward didn’t’ do it for Tohr and Wels, then what should this be an exception? I am like Therese though. j/s.
Suzanne: Hmmm, mixed feelings. I’m happy, ‘cos damn I want Trez to be happy and I liked Tres (ha Trez and Tres) but I don’t know. It feels like a cop out. I was devastated after The Shadows, I genuinely felt like I was mourning, the whole storyline really got to me and I thought it was a brave thing to do. Then, seeing his grieve in this book I felt it all over again. Then Tres pops up, and I am happy because YES HEA! I don’t know, I will see how it all unfolds.
Who’s book are you most excited to read next?
Francesca: Honestly, like I said before, I’m not as excited about the next one. I’m interested in reading about Assail but I can’t get so excited about a book for a character that wasn’t even in this book!
Annie: I want a freaking Lassiter book, dammit! How much longer do I have to wait? And is Ward planning on writing about all the Band of Bastards? Does that mean I have to wait even longer for a Lassiter book?
Angela: No one in particular. I do want more of the brothers and this world in general. I want to know what’s going to happen with the Bastards, Lassiter, and when is Lash and Devina coming into the picture? Most of all, what in the world is happening with Throe.
Suzanne: Hmmm, who do I want next? I am interested in Qhuinn’s brother and what’s happening with him. And, as Ward seems to like rehashing original couples, I want to see Phury and Cormia! Of all the ones she has done, they are the ones who needs a book.
What are your final thoughts on THE CHOSEN?
Francesca: I could probably summarize this book in one sentence. What the fuck was that? While THE CHOSEN still has some of the things we come to expect from Ward, this was the worst book in the series. It’s not cohesive, didn’t flow, didn’t hold my interest (it took me 4 days to read it!!!) and honestly it pissed me off. At times I wondered if this was written by the same author because it didn’t have the signature “Ward feel” for me. No spark and no magic. And by the time we get to the end after there’s been crap thrown around all over the place in the story, everything is easily, quickly and neatly tied with a bow like nothing happened and everyone is one big happy family (all living under one roof). Just NO! There shouldn’t have been any Qhuinn/Xcor male bonding (to that extreme) in the end. Layla forgave him WAY too quickly. Why does everyone have to be related? And why does everyone have to live at the BDB Mansion?
Annie: This one wasn’t one of my favorites. There was too much OTT reactions and not enough development for the next book in the series. I wasn’t too keen on the first half of the book but I did enjoy the second half a lot more. Still, it’s not enough to make me give it more than 3 stars.
Angela: I think this is my least fave of the series. I felt like everyone was out of characters and found myself saying, “who are you?” to a couple of the characters. I found myself complaining to book buddies about scenes and characters instead of my usual swooning or texting my excitement. Rated this one at a 3.
Suzanne: Disappointing. Everyone was acting very strangely and very out of character, I almost felt like I was reading the wrong author, this did not read like a J.R. Ward book. She normally has the power to move me, not the power to provoke me into flinging my kindle across the room....more
Can you say ADDICTED?! This is the second book of Melissa Foster’s that I’ve tried and I am literally angry at myself for not reading her
Can you say ADDICTED?! This is the second book of Melissa Foster’s that I’ve tried and I am literally angry at myself for not reading her sooner! If you love your small-town romances sweet, sexy AND funny, then you’ve got to try out at least one of Melissa Foster’s books. She has so many series that are connected and this knowledge makes me a very happy reader because I’ll have more stories to devour!
SEASIDE DREAMS is the first book in the Seaside Summers series. This series is about four friends who are adorably cute but they each have their own set of problems. They have come together to spend some time in their Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts so you can definitely expect that beachy, small-town feel that I adore.
Bella Abbascia is a woman who has sworn off men and is in the process of getting her life together. But after one of her pranks goes wrong, she gets into some trouble with sexy police officer Caden Grant. Like Bella, he doesn’t have time to date. Too much of his time is devoted to working and raising his teenage son alone. But romance seems to bloom between them anyway and even though they try to take things slow, Foster heats things up quite quickly. In just two books, I’ve become such a big fan of Foster’s romances because she is able to blend the sexy and the sweet perfectly. She makes everything so ENJOYABLE that I’m can’t help falling in love right along with the characters. In just half a book, Melissa Foster can create a strong romance and it’s really quite impressive.
In addition to the romance, I really loved the friendship Bella had with her girlfriends. Those girls are a hoot and it’s nice to be able to see authors taking their time and showing different relationships in their books as well. I will definitely be checking out the other books in the series. I can’t wait to see what Foster has in store for them.
The only negative I can think of is the fact that the books can run a little long and the only reason I am mentioning this is because I think Foster does such a great job with the romance that at 50%, I was already head over heels in love with the characters. I would’ve been okay with the book if it had ended there. So with that being said, it can be a little shorter. But when I adore a cast so much, I don’t really mind spending a little more time with them.
Fans of Bella Andre and Jill Shalvis will absolutely fall in love with Melissa Foster’s writing. If you haven’t tried her out yet, then you definitely need to grab at least one of the free books she currently has on offer!...more
I don’t know how I’m going to be able to write thing review without gushing or jumping with excitement. As you probably know, Marie Harte
I don’t know how I’m going to be able to write thing review without gushing or jumping with excitement. As you probably know, Marie Harte has been an author whose work I’ve been loving recently. ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE is the second book of the Bad Boys Body Shop series and it’s probably one of my top books by her. Not only if the hero of the book, Foley Sanders, an absolute dream but this book is funny, charming, witty and downright hotter than hell too! It literally has all the things I love in a Contemporary Romance all wrapped up in one delicious package.
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE is definitely more sexier than the first book of the series. I’m a huge fan of how Harte writes her sex scenes because not only are they borderline Erotic Romance, but they also have a lot of emotions as well. The heroine, Cynthia Nichols, is a curvy girl who is quite sensitive about her weight and looks because of other people’s constant negativity. Her body image and how she feels about herself is one of the conflicts that arise in this book and I loved how Harte was able to address this. Not only does Cyn take action, but she also brings on a sense of empowerment that I loved seeing in her character as well. So the sex definitely feels like so much more than a few intense scenes between the hero and heroine because of her insecurities.
As expected, you’ll see a lot more of the other guys at the garage, including Del and small bits of the McCauleys. However, we get a lot more of Foley’s brotherly relationship with Sam. Sam is such an important part of Foley’s life that it would be impossible to tell Foley’s story without having Sam play a major part in it. I suspect it will be the same when it comes to Sam’s story because these two are two peas in a pod. One can’t exist without the other. I’m told that Sam’s story might actually be the author’s favorite so I’m even more excited about it now.
If you’ve read the McCauley Brothers series and read this book, you may catch the glimpse that Harte puts in about the Donnigans. They are the McCauleys’ cousins and I can already tell these guys are going to be an interesting bunch. The only disappointing thing about it so far it that it sounds like it’s only going to be three books in the series. I’m hoping there’s more around the corner!
I’ll stop this review here before I go on and on about how excited I am about this series. But just do yourself a favor and pick up one of these books. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed. Marie Harte has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I think more readers need to discover her work....more
In this new Midnight Breed novella, Lara Adrian thrills and excites with Savage and Arabella. It’s not a surprise that Adrian hits this ou
In this new Midnight Breed novella, Lara Adrian thrills and excites with Savage and Arabella. It’s not a surprise that Adrian hits this out right out of the park. MIDNIGHT UNTAMED maybe be shorter than the other Midnight Breed books, but it is still packed with plenty of action and romance.
I’m a big fan of the way Adrian writes her books. There’s no stalling, no waiting time before the story takes off. Savage and Arabella’s story instantly gripped me and I took a particular liking to Savage’s character. I mean, can you say HOT!? Even his name is enough to intrigue me. When Savage is on a job and he recognizes a familiar face, he doesn’t blow it up like he is meant to. Instead, he tries to save Arabella from the bad people that have her.
Because she has a special ability, people are hoping to extort that and that makes her powerful. But now, she has become a slave, a piece of property that many want. Savage and Arabella have a past, which is what I think helps this book create a fuller story. If they had just met, I don’t think it would’ve have the same impact. The reason why Arabella is in the hands of the bad guy in the first place is a little cliché and not that unique, but it’s easy to overlook because of Adrian’s expert writing style. There’s no question that this book is well-written. Every words is necessary as is every scene. I can’t think of another author who writes as consistently well as Lara Adrian....more