I’m pretty late in the game on this series and that’s really only because I didn’t even know it existed. I used to be a really big fan of Pamela Clare’s I-team series and since this is the spin-off, I knew that I had to give it a try. Now, I didn’t start with the first book of the series. Instead, I jumped straight into HARD JUSTICE, which is the third book in the Cobra Elite series.
I think if you haven’t read the I-team series then you can probably get by with enjoying this one, but I think the true fun comes from seeing the cameos from some of the beloved characters of the original series. I know for me, it was one of the things that I most looked forward to.
However, that’s not to say that the characters don’t hold their on in this series. I do like Clare’s brand of characters. They are very knowledgeable and intense, and they often get themselves into a mess of a situation. However, through determination and grit, they are always able to pull through. I do think some of the “magic” that was in the I-team is missing in this series, but the Cobra Elite are definitely special in their own way too. It’s obvious that comparisons will be made, but nothing will likely ever top the original I-team series for me.
Nevertheless, I am intrigued about this series and I look forward to catching up with the other books. It’s nice to see Clare back in action, dishing out intense love stories with plenty of thrilling action and suspense....more
I always look forward to Lara Adrian’s book and I have found that I really enjoy this series a lot. EDGE OF DARKNESS is book three in the
I always look forward to Lara Adrian’s book and I have found that I really enjoy this series a lot. EDGE OF DARKNESS is book three in the Hunter Legacy series. Normally, I would say it’s better to read this series in order, but actually I think that this book stands alone really well.
For me, I did feel like the beginning was kind of slow. It feel like Knox and Leni had to take it slow because they were strangers in the beginning whereas some of the past couples that Adrian has featured at least knew each other in some way. Therefore, I do think there was a longer distance to cross with this romance in the beginning. However, despite Knox’s Breed status and his alpha attitude, I found him to be really sweet, especially when it came to Leni. His protectiveness made him really attractive and I definitely can find myself getting behind all of Adrian’s heroes.
Leni is a strong figure herself. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the secondary storyline regarding the people she knew. It just wasn’t that captivating to me. However, I still managed to get through it because I liked Knox so much. In the end, the pacing did pick up a bit and I found myself breezing through the rest of the book.
So despite the slow start, I do think that this romance burns strongly. Adrian pays attention to the details, making this book really enjoyable because of the fuller storyline. I can’t wait to read the next book!...more
DARK ALPHA’S TEMPTATION is book nine in the Reapers series by Donna Grant. As a fan of this world, I do think it’s worth reading the books
DARK ALPHA’S TEMPTATION is book nine in the Reapers series by Donna Grant. As a fan of this world, I do think it’s worth reading the books in order. However, I do find that you can still enjoy the romances well on their own.
This particular features Kyra and Dubhan, which are two characters that I’ve really come to enjoy. I find that Grant’s characters tend to be very consistent so if you like one couple you’re bound to like the others as well. She just writes really admirable characters who are easy to like. Plus, I really like the mysterious backstory that Dubhan and some of the other Reapers have. Her heroes aren’t as alpha as some other PNR books out there, but they are definitely still interesting enough that you want to keep reading.
As always, Grant infuses this romance with several other plots that intertwined with the other books. So if you’re a fan of extensive worldbuilding then you’ll probably enjoy this book. I always find these books such a pleasure to read, so I would highly recommend them if you’re a fan of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. I look forward to reading more books from Grant....more
I was very excited to see that Jennifer Estep was going to write another book in the Mythos Academy series. I have read all the series that
I was very excited to see that Jennifer Estep was going to write another book in the Mythos Academy series. I have read all the series that Estep has written but I think that this one has to be my favorite. I know, it’s a bit of a shocker, isn’t it? But I just really enjoy the mix of paranormal creatures of this book as well as the humor.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the fact that the series has so many different characters. They’re essentially players and throughout the series and in this book, you get a lot of different fun personalities. In the past, I have felt like Estep’s characters can be a little cold. But with this bunch, I feel a wider range of emotions because of the character’s personalities. I just think that Rory and her friends really fun to read and their banter is what keeps the pages turning.
As expected, this merry crew get into a lot of trouble but it was nice to see the teamwork as well as the twists and turns that Estep puts them through. I found this book very easy to read so I was able to finish it quickly. I am hoping that Estep incorporates a similar camaraderie with her future characters and series because they just feel more affable and approachable to me....more
Jennifer Estep is back with another Elemental Assassin book. I wasn’t sure where exactly this series was going because there are so many
Jennifer Estep is back with another Elemental Assassin book. I wasn’t sure where exactly this series was going because there are so many books already in the series. However Estep seems to have a new idea each time. Despite this book being book eighteen in the series, I do think that it offers something different for readers.
First off, I have to say how I liked how true Gin has continued to be throughout this entire series. While I love seeing character development, Gin has reached a point where I feel like she is steady. So any obstacle or new adventure that comes her way doesn’t seem so dire anymore.
However, that is not to say that this book is lacking in action and suspense. In fact, there are a lot of interesting scenes for readers to devour. I think this book flew by so fast because I’m so used to the writing style now so it’s been a great pleasure to see Gin and the gang back in action....more
I can’t believe that BREAK THE DAY is already the sixteenth book in the Midnight Breed series. Lara Adrian pens another fun and exciting
I can’t believe that BREAK THE DAY is already the sixteenth book in the Midnight Breed series. Lara Adrian pens another fun and exciting story for readers with Rafe and Devony.
Now with so many books already out in a series, often a series can get a little bit old or repetitive. However, I found that with this series, and this book in particular, Lara Adrian is capable of bringing forth stories that are fun and engaging without being too repetitive. Take Rafe’s situation for example. As a former Breed member, he will go through experiences that none of the other characters of this book go through. I really loved this twist and found it to bring so much excitement and intrigue to this series.
So while Adrian does keeps things fresh, there’s also another part of her writing that likes to stay true to the genre and the previous books in the series. For example, I found Devony’s character to be a nice reminder of why I love this genre. It’s been a while since I’ve read a Paranormal Romance, but Lara Adrian and the Midnight Breed series always makes me remember why I love it. Devony’s tough personality is so consistent with the heroines in this genre that it brought back good memories of this series. I think that this element, combined with the new twists in the series, makes the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian a must-read....more
We’re back in Bar Harbor with Bella Andre and the Maine Sullivans! THERE GOES MY HEART is Rory and Zara’s book. When Zara learns that her ex
We’re back in Bar Harbor with Bella Andre and the Maine Sullivans! THERE GOES MY HEART is Rory and Zara’s book. When Zara learns that her ex and her stepsister are getting married, she goes to find some comfont in drinks. That is where Rory finds her and tries to help her.
Instead of going to face her ex and stepsister alone, he volunteers to be her fake boyfriend in order to fool them. To be honest, I’m not usually a big fan of this kind of trope just because it often comes off as too cliché. But I did like the chemistry and romance between the two. They had really good banter so I definitely wished that the premise was a little more original. The whole proposition happens quite quickly, which makes the book go by pretty fast. I would’ve loved to see Andre slow things down a bit more so we could savor the romance a bit more.
Nevertheless, THERE GOES MY HEART is a quick, fun read. I like that Andre incorporates so much of what we love of the Sullivans. But I am also hoping to see some more new ideas in the future books so we have something to be excited about too....more
As I sit down at the computer to write this review, I really am not sure about my thoughts. While I do enjoy aspects of the book, I just don
As I sit down at the computer to write this review, I really am not sure about my thoughts. While I do enjoy aspects of the book, I just don’t know if it’s a good fit with my reading style.
Lorna Barrett’s writing style is unique because she has quite a large cast of characters and therefore, I think if you’re just trying to dip your toes into this series, it might be hard. Since I haven’t read too many of the other books in this series, I feel like that might be why I feel a little indifferent to it.
The funny thing is, I don’t have this issue with other Cozy Mystery series that I jump into. Even without having read any of the prior books, I don’t have an issue with falling in line and enjoying the book. Since each book has a conclusion, I didn’t think it would be a problem. But even after reading a few books from this series, that real connection is missing for me.
I think I may have to come back to this series after having read a few of the earlier titles. But if you’re a fan of Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lover’s Mystery series, I think you’ll probably enjoy this one too. They definitely have a similar feel to them....more
Kate Carlisle’s books are quickly becoming a favorite amongst Cozy Mysteries so I was very excited to read SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH. This is
Kate Carlisle’s books are quickly becoming a favorite amongst Cozy Mysteries so I was very excited to read SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH. This is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series and although I honestly don’t have much interest in this topic, I do really like Shannon a lot and that is the main reason why I like this series.
When Shannon’s friend Raphael Nash asks her to help with a massive project, which will benefit humanitarians, she knows that she’s in for a lot of work. However, she doesn’t count on a rival to try and sabotage the billionaire’s plans. When the rival ends up dead, she must now try to get to the bottom of this mystery and clear Raphael’s name before the trouble really starts.
Although I wasn’t fully committed to the premise of this book as much as I have been with the other books in this series, I found myself still enjoying this book. Like I mentioned before, I really think this is due to Shannon’s character. Not only if she fun and charming, but she’s also quite logical and when it comes to this genre where these amateur sleuths can get themselves into a various of silly situations, I think this is important. So although a lot of things happens, it’s never too over-the-top and I totally appreciate this. It makes me enjoy the series a lot more....more
With book two in the Triggerman Inc. series, Marie Harte delivers yet another intense and entertainment story for Deacon and Solene.
I would highly recommend read this series in order because of its connections with the first book. The ongoing thread of the baby starts with the first book and I imagine it will continue on throughout all of them. It’s a cute touch, but because this is a Romantic Suspense novel, it does seem a bit off-beat, which I think was the intention of the author.
That being said, this book isn’t going to be your typical suspense novel that you’re using to. It’s quite a bit lighter in tone, mainly because of the banter that the guys have. But it does contain that intensity which I think is important for all suspense novels.
I think it will be interesting to see how the next book will turn out because Harte has set up that book well and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen next....more
So I know what you’re thinking… what are you doing reading this series again, Annie? The answer is…well, perhaps I enjoy this series more
So I know what you’re thinking… what are you doing reading this series again, Annie? The answer is…well, perhaps I enjoy this series more than I thought. Although my previous reviews of these books tend to be a little wishy-washy, I always find myself picking up these books whenever a new one is released. I think some of the charm that lies within it is that it really is a slow-paced series, which is great, especially when you’re life is as busy as mine. It’s a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the quiet time that I so rarely get.
Although the majority of the books tend to have a slow pace, I found that THREAD ON ARRIVAL does have more suspense to it. I think that is because the murder is a stabbing. It felt more purposeful and direct rather than poisoning or the victim falling to his death or something like that. With the stronger intention, it create more intrigue.
BUT if you’re a big fan of the slow and steadiness of this series, fear not. It’s still very much there, but perhaps the author is trying to add something a little different to her books. It’s a fun book and I think if you’re a Cozy fan, this one will be enjoyable to read. ...more
I was in a pretty big reading slump before reading this book and I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that it would be Marie
I was in a pretty big reading slump before reading this book and I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that it would be Marie Harte who would finally get me out of it.
CONTRACT SIGNED was one of those books that I expected to enjoy, but I never expected to be submerged into the book like I was. As a fan of this author’s other works, I found that Harte managed to capture the right balance between action, humor, and heart very well.
I really like the concept of this series. It has a touch of Romantic Suspense and Mystery in it, but still keeps that Contemporary Romance tone that makes it easier for the larger audience to read. I liked the hero and heroine. They’re so different from each other, but Harte played with their personalities very well. I liked Noel’s icy attitude but it added some more intrigue to the guys. I am looking forward to reading about Hammer and Deacon’s story next!
I completely breezed through this book because of its well-written action scenes and great banter. I think this is going to be a well-loved series for Marie Harte because it’s something different than the typical suspense novels out there....more
Chloe Neill returns with the fourth book in the Devil’s Isle series. I’ve been kind of going back and forth with this series. I really liked
Chloe Neill returns with the fourth book in the Devil’s Isle series. I’ve been kind of going back and forth with this series. I really liked it at first, but then found some slow spots in some of the more recent installments in the series. For me, THE BEYOND was a bit of the same. I liked a lot of it, but also felt like many parts dragged, especially in the beginning. Instead of setting a fast pace, this book lingers a bit, but that could be the intention of the author so that there can be an interesting journey for the reader.
However, I felt like I was always waiting for things to happen with this book. It took me a while to read as a result and while I didn’t necessarily struggle through it, it did make me put it down a few times to try something else.
That being said, I liked the book, but perhaps this installment wasn’t my favorite of the series. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to seeing what is in store next....more
I was very excited about this new series from Toni Blake. I’m a big fan of her Destiny series and when she said that this series would have
I was very excited about this new series from Toni Blake. I’m a big fan of her Destiny series and when she said that this series would have a similar feel, I couldn’t wait to get started! I will say that I definitely got some of the same feels. Set in a small town, there’s a much sweeter and slower pace to these books that I absolutely adore. But for me, the biggest similarity was the conflict. ONE RECKLESS SUMMER had one of the most interesting conflicts I’ve ever read and this book has something quite similar to it.
I will give a warning to readers though. The heroine, Meg, is in a one-sided relationship with a local guy named Zach. Although they’ve had this thing going on between them, Zach has never really fully committed to her, leaving her wondering if she’s even in a proper relationship at all.
This is where Seth comes in and he basically sweeps her off her feet. Their chemistry is instant and fiery, making her relationship with Zach seem like nothing in comparison. I know a lot of people will see this as cheating, which is why I wanted to give a warning because I know for a lot of people it’s a hard limit in the romance books they read. I’m in the same boat, but actually Blake made this conflict work for the book. This book is really about choosing your own happiness and following your heart and I think she handles it well. But I know that from the blurb, it kind of gives off a different vibe. In the end, I enjoyed it and it’s quite obvious who the heroine will end up with.
I know that I will be looking forward to the other books in the series. There really is no one who writes Contemporary Romances like Toni Blake. She simply writes some of my favorites....more
I was in a pretty big reading slump before starting this book and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself coming out of that slump after
I was in a pretty big reading slump before starting this book and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself coming out of that slump after reading this book. Although I enjoyed the first book in the series, I expressed by slight disappointment because I felt like the book was more of a Contemporary Romance rather than a true Women’s Fiction novel. However, I definitely feel like Lori Foster has stepped up to that and created a story that is more fitting to the genre.
In this book, we have two characters, Joy and Maris who find something that they never expected to. Both are at different points in their lives, but are feeling as if something isn’t right. As they encourage each other to step out of their comfort zones, they both discover something about themselves.
I really enjoyed this friendship and this was the kind of thing that I was looking for in this novel. While the romance is also a major part of the book, I really prefer there to be a focus on something else other than the romance when you are writing a Women’s Fiction novel. This distinction is really what makes it different from Contemporary Romance, which I felt the first book focused on the most. So I’m curious to see if Foster will continue this style and if so, I will definitely be looking forward to reading it....more
Bella Andre has begun a new series of Sullivans for you to enjoy. This time we are in Maine and I have to say that I really enjoy how all
Bella Andre has begun a new series of Sullivans for you to enjoy. This time we are in Maine and I have to say that I really enjoy how all the books blend in together but still manage to be enjoyed on their own as well.
YOUR LOVE IS MINE is all about Cassie Sullivan and Flynn Stewart. Cassie is one of seven siblings in Bar Harbor, Maine so I’m sure as the series goes on that we will see much more of the others in the series. But let’s get back to Cassie… I really enjoyed her character. She was refreshingly sweet and I loved how chatty she got whenever she was nervous. It was very endearing and I feel like one of the big reasons why I keep returning to these books is because the heroines are often very sweet and charming. Cassie definitely fits that mold.
Then there’s Flynn who is an award-winning screenwriter. He’s the big shot of the book and gets lots of media attention because of his work and dating life. However, once in Bar Harbor, we see a much more down-to-earth side to him that I much preferred. I thought that his backstory and how Ruby came into his life was a little too much at some points, but I’m glad that the author didn’t make it such a huge part of this book. Otherwise, I think it would have taken away from the small-town romance feel that a series set in Bar Harbor should have.
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed YOUR LOVE IS MINE and I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series!...more
THE ROSE is book two in the Red series. Previously, I had no idea that Tiffany Reisz had intentions to create a series with this book, so I
THE ROSE is book two in the Red series. Previously, I had no idea that Tiffany Reisz had intentions to create a series with this book, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were more books set in this world.
The thing about THE RED is that I felt it had a VERY different feel to this book. I almost had to do a double take to make sure that these two were from the same series because although there are obvious similarities, the tone of each story feels very different.
THE RED seemed more erotic right from the get go and I was very excited about this because I truly believe that Reisz excels the best when she writes BDSM. However, THE ROSE has a more refined feel to it. It doesn’t go straight into the sex scenes and spends a lot of time smoozing with all the different characters.
It looks like Reisz intends to write more in this series so I’m looking forward to that. It just took me a minute to find my footing with this book because of the change in tone, so keep that in mind especially if you’re going in blindly to read this book....more
As a long-time follower of this series, I feel like there is something comforting about reading this series. I enjoy the world and
As a long-time follower of this series, I feel like there is something comforting about reading this series. I enjoy the world and mythology, as well as the Scottish brogue that many of the heroes have. However, as of late, I have been beginning to wonder if it’s starting to lose its luster.
IGNITE is book fifteen in the Dark Kings series, so there have been a lot of stories and HEAs already. This book is dedicated to V and Claire and although I liked them, they haven’t truly shone to me. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve become accustomed to Grant’s writing so much that I’m getting immune to her tricks or if the stories themselves are becoming too repetitive and similar.
I was hoping for something a bit more with this book, but never really got it. The characters were enjoyable enough, and I always like seeing all the familiar cameos from the other characters in the series. But when that happens with every book, it starts to feel like a common occurrence and as a result, doesn’t feel so special anymore.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s still a strong romance and plot, but too much of the same pattern has been happening in this series and because it’s book fifteen, I’m wondering if we will get a change sometime soon.
Nevertheless, IGNITE is a pleasant read that I think loyal fans will enjoy. I hope that with the next book in the series, Grant can step out of the box a little bit and give readers something new....more
Shelly Laurenston returns with a new installment in the Honey Badgers Chronicles. Whenever one of these books come out, I’m always very
Shelly Laurenston returns with a new installment in the Honey Badgers Chronicles. Whenever one of these books come out, I’m always very eager to read them because I know that they will be a breath of fresh air from the normal books that I read. Although still technically a Paranormal Romance, it’s clear that Laurenston has her own distinct way of doing things.
What was interesting about this book was that she used a lot of different POVs to tell her story and while you may think this is a typical and perhaps normal thing for authors to do, what’s unique about this book is that she tells the story through the eyes of a lot of secondary characters or perhaps characters that you wouldn’t normally expect to hear from.
This was something kind of unique to me because it offers the book something entirely different than what’s out there and also showcases the ruthless aspect of these honey badgers. If you think they are over the top now, wait ‘til you see them through the eyes of a “normal” person. Shelly really made her character look like freaks.
There’s a ton of action and mature content in this book, which makes me wonder if Laurenston reads many other books in her genre because I honestly couldn’t see any similarities. She really makes this book wholly her own and it’s more special because of it.