Oh my! Spirit of the Knight was a delightfully wonderful surprise. It had been ages since I read a ghostly romance. Add in Scottish knights? Oh yes, I was in!
The Gist: Mariah has been tasked with painting a castle for an art exhibit. When she arrives she finds it's inhabited...by a herd of 700+ year old ghostly Scottish knights. Including one that she's somehow been sketching since she was a child.
I loved Mariah and Cailen. They're both wonderful. She's incredibly talented and kind hearted. Dedicated and open minded. And Cailen. He's everything you could want in a hero. He's a good man. Honorable and charming.
Their romance was so sweet. They're fated. Pure and simple. These two were meant for each other. I loved seeing them get to know each other. Offer support in different ways. It's kept fairly PG with just some creative kissing (because ghost/human thing happening) but it was romantic and lovely. And how it worked out in the end...perfect.
There's some intrigue along the way, too. How 50 knights became trapped in a castle for centuries along with mysterious female ghosts they couldn't see. Was dark magic involved? It was curious and interesting and kept me guessing as to how things went down centuries ago and how things would work themselves out in the present day.
All in all, Spirit of the Knight was a lovely give-you-all-the-feels romance that warmed the heart. I'd love to see the other knights finding their romances, too.
**Thanks to Sophia Rose for the recommendation!...more
A wintery snowstorm and a hunt for a runaway teenage...bear. Bear Humbug brought a grumpy bear and an out-of-her-element human together. Yeah, she hasA wintery snowstorm and a hunt for a runaway teenage...bear. Bear Humbug brought a grumpy bear and an out-of-her-element human together. Yeah, she has no idea the sexy Sheriff or her teenage charge...are bears. Erms!
Declan and Maria were nice together. Braving the elements, determined to have everyone safe and home for the holidays. Declan's a good guy and Maria a determined sort. They had a nice little flame between them, too.
It was a fun bit of Christmas with a side of sexy bear.
~ All in all, I enjoyed all three novellas. They were slightly simplistic and there were some editing issues, though. If you read them all in one go there's a lot of repetition from one to the next since they all happen at the same time and scenes overlap. But for a steamy shot of Christmas fun...they're an entertaining trio.
Eh. A Bride or a Billionaire was okay. It was a quick read and entertaining enough though nothing all that special.
The Gist: Matteo finds himself suddenly in need of a wife. And the perfect 'fake wife' is right at his fingertips...a girl he's just rescued from an airport scuffle that left her injured. She's desperate for money so...why not? They'll spend a month married, both get what they want then go their separate ways...
So, yes. This one was fine. It's nothing new -- rich guy with inheritance on the line, poor girl in dire straits-- and wasn't all that memorable. Matteo and Riley were fine. She's a little defensive, he's a bit of an ass. But they seemed to like one another. I didn't hate em. There was some over the top drama that brought them closer together and that was about it.
Fine for a rainy afternoon but not one that inspired me to pick up any more from the series. ...more
Eh. If you've watched a Hallmark movie with a royal family you basically know the gist of Royal Date. Poor heroine on holiday catches a Prince's eye and then winds up hurt and taken under his wing for the holidays. He's smitten, she resists, the temptation of betraying him is presented, she breaks up with him yada yada.
The Characters & Such: Nico is a lovely hero-- upstanding, responsible, loving, kind. He's all things good and sexy and totally swoon-worthy. Kat was a struggle-- mercurial, immature and irrational. I wasn't a fan of how childish and ungrateful she could be. I did like the setting of the royal family's private quarters and seeing them during the holidays. The family moments and their professional commitments. Its a nice family and the holidays were lovely.
All in all, though, Royal Date was mostly a miss for me. There's nothing all that original or remarkable about it-- including the writing-- but it wasn't the worst I've read either. ...more
Jonquils for Jax left me smiling. These two were just so much fun!
The Gist: A chance encounter in the gardens surrounding her brothers wedding changes...everything for two lonely people hiding out from life.
Okay so Jax and Gard were amazing. These two. Yall. I just loved everything about them and their romance. They just have those personalities that you want to be around even if Gard was a spot grumpy now and again. They surprised each other, challenged each other, were good for each other.
They're both dealing with having to make some life altering choices and I loved that they were there for each other. He brought her security and she brought color back to his life. It wasn't always pretty and made me ache for both of them as he dealt with a work injury that cost him his sight and she dealt with sudden celebrity, harassment and an attack.
The only complaints...editing could use another go through. And this was the second time a heroine (in this series) has opted to get a hero's attention by slapping him. I just really don't care for that. Wouldn't be at all cool if the hero did it so really not okay that the heroine does.
All in all, though, I really did love Jonquils for Jax. Their romance was touching and watching them both take control of their lives again was inspiring. It's impossible not to fall for Jax and Gard or to cheer on their happily ever after....more
Well they fuck like pervy bunnies. And it was fabulous! lol
The Gist: Instalust and a one night stand with the rockstar of your fantasies? Sign her up!Well they fuck like pervy bunnies. And it was fabulous! lol
The Gist: Instalust and a one night stand with the rockstar of your fantasies? Sign her up! But one night definitely wont be enough to scratch that itch.
Molly and Fox were so fun. They're opposites in so many ways. She's shy and inexperienced. Doesn't want to draw attention to herself. He's a rock god and craves the spotlight. Has had way more than his share of experience. But they also have inner bits that understand each other. Deep hurts and broken bits that they try their best to keep hidden. Both are resilient, passionate, are full of inner strength and care tremendously for those that are important to them. It was easy to love them both.
And holy cow the heat. Yeah these two have a major case of instalust happening. But then something more. They were sweet, fiery, adventurous. They made me smile and tear up and fan myself, too. Because, yeah, they're good together.
I loved the band, too. The guys are all interesting and tempting. I can't wait to see their stories unfold. Her girlfriends, too. It's a nice family they've formed around them.
All in all, I loved it. It was just what I needed tonight. All that heat and passion and sweetness to boot. ...more
Awwww Barrett. Brilliant business man. Romantic blunder. lol
The Gist: When it comes to business Barrett's a bit too cut and dry and, maybe, a little bit of a shark when it comes to closing a deal. What he needs is a woman to help soften his edges when he's working those deals. So he asks the family gardener's daughter--who he's been secretly in love with for 24 years to play the part of his fake fiance. Just for a little while. Since she's a struggling college student she's all over that!
Barrett and Emily were wonderful. They're just adorably sweet. They've known each other since the day she was born and he was 8 years old and he's been smitten with her every second since then. Barrett's a bit awkward with romance and personal relationships. And rather buttoned up and "stuffy". She's a bit more free spirited and easy going. Both level headed and hiding their real feelings for the other because the other couldn't possibly love them too. lol
Their romance was fun since they were faking it for his work but not really faking it. They had lovely chemistry and some funny moments as they resisted each other and crossing any lines. But, goodness, when they do finally...yowza!
I enjoyed their time together as they both opened up and found what they'd been wanting for so many years. And I enjoyed his work, too, as he tried to close a deal with her by his side and learned that business maybe isn't the be all and end all.
And man they hit all my character buttons. Things went south for a bit but she...didn't flip out. She laid things out for him and waited for a response instead of flying off the handle and acting irrational. I love that. And man when he has a grovel it'll have a girl tearing up. I do so love a magnificent grovel.
All in all, Breaking Up with Barrett was a sweet read. These two left me smiling and happy for them. Such a good feeling. ...more
It's always nice spending time with the sexy semi-cowboys* of Cooper Ridge.
The Gist: Joshua's dad decided to take matters into his own hands and placed a "wife wanted" ad in the paper searching for the perfect lady for his son. And the son, well he found out and placed his own ad looking the most unsuitable lady to teach his daddy a lesson. The bedraggled waif of a woman and her baby who showed up on his doorstep...yup...they'll do nicely! They just need to make it convincing and keep it from backfiring on them... as these things do. lol
Joshua and Danielle were quite the pair. She's a prickly mess with baggage to spare. He's a growly ass with a set of his own. They are such an unlikely pair but from that they grew into exactly what the other needed. He needed someone to mend his heart and help him care for something other than himself again. To soften his rough cold edges. She needed someone to help her see how wonderful and special she was. To give her confidence and security.
They had some nice sparks and some sweet moments. Some funny set downs and quips as they tried to prove they were a real couple and then settled into each other.
While I enjoyed this one it wasn't up to what I expect from Yates. There's the sweet and the sexy, of course. The broken, damaged characters healing and finding love. It made me smile and happy for them. But it needed more fleshing out. More scenes of them actually getting to know each other. More scenes with his family since that was what sparked the whole thing and they were basically absent from the book. There were a lot of missed opportunities. I felt for them and enjoyed my time with them but never got hit in the gut with their story or romance.
Still Claim Me, Cowboy was a fun read and a nice couple hours spent.
*note-- also, he's not a cowboy. He's like the anti-cowboy. He has a couple horses but dude is in architecture and not into ranching or cowboying at all. #NotHisThing...more
I can't get enough of Cornwall's deliciously clever fairy tales with their Highland twist! And, yall, Enchanted by the Highlander left me enchanted as promised and completely smitten.
The Gist: Gillian is an agreeable lass so when her father promises her hand in marriage to his elderly friend...she goes along with things. There's a snag, though. Her heart belongs to another. The very man tasked with making sure she arrives at her arranged wedding safely. And who is entirely improper for her since he's *gasp* a sassenach! Oh, yall. There's gonna be some dramas. I loved Gillian and John. Completely. They're both far from how the world views them. Gillian isn't meek or quiet like her family believes. She's thoughtful and has a fire burning inside her that craves an adventure. And John. He's an outsider living in Scotland after his family disowned him but he's far from the scandalous rogue everyone believes. He's a good heart and a fighter who protects and provides for others even if they don't entirely trust him and his English blood. That whole pesky sassenach bit, ya know?
I adored them as a couple. That they saw through the outer wrappings and into the heart of each other. Saw all of the things others glanced over and missed. That they saw apparent weaknesses as strengths and character.
With danger and adventure hounding their every step across the country it was an exciting whirlwind of events that kept me on my toes and hoping these two could find their way despite everything thrown in their path.
All in all, another enchanting romance from Cornwall! Whenever I spend time in the world Cornwall's created I'm left delighted, satisfied and craving the next adventure she'll take me on. ...more
Resist Elizabeth Hoyt? Surely not! When I saw Once Upon a Maiden Lane? I was all ohmigosh! I neeeeeeded it!
And, oh, it made me smile. And tear up a little, too.
The Gist: Mistaken identity! Well, not really. But kinda. But not. lol Henry is browsing a bookstore and spots his fiance except...it's not her. *confusion!* The plain but intriguing maid he's spotted, though, might hold the answers to a decades old mystery surrounding a stolen little girl. She might also be his real fiance. Oh dear.
I loved Mary. She's solid and a little lost now that her life has been turned upside down and she's gone from maid to Lady. But she has such a heart. Innocent and witty. Fierce in her own ways. I felt so much for her for all she'd been through. And Henry. I adored him, too. I liked how he watched out for Mary when he could and all his handsome sexy bits. I enjoyed watching them get to know one another and how they tried to make the best of an uncomfortable situation.
It's a really quick novella of Mary learning how to be a Lady with the help of her new found family and her sexy new fiance. Goodness but a girl's life can change! There's a little danger and mystery and a bit of heat and steam. Some sweet romance and a heart warming happily ever after.
All in all, a sweet novella that touched the heart and gave me a little more of the Maiden Lane series I so crave. It was a nice, light, heartwarming novella and a wonderful addition to a much loved series....more
Christmas and cowboys? Well, maybe not an actual cowboy but a sexy country singer giving back? Um, yeah, yeah that'll work real nice, too.
Cowboy, It's Cold Outside left me smiling.
The Gist: Cash is a big country star and he's in Twilight for a friend's benefit concert. Should be a simple gig. Sing a little. Do a little good. Christmas it up a bit. Keep his mitts off one of Santa's Helpers. Yeah, that last one. Blunder. The spunky small town girl with a big heart totally knocks his world sideways.
Cash is a captivating hero. You can't help but like him. And feel for him. He's wandered his whole life and really has no one to call his own. It made me ache for him. And Paige has had some hard knocks in life but keeps going. She's a fighter through and through.
And they wee so fun together. His free spirit and playfulness. Her solid roots and realness. It was the perfect balance and brought out the best in each of them. It was fun watching them hang out and hard not to smile over them. And I worried over them, too, as they dealt with all the things life had handed them over the years.
I loved the Christmas in a small town setting, too. The cheer and comfort. It was just good for the heart.
There were two struggles, though. There was an...abundance of words. So many words. Some parts too flowery and others that could have been easily edited down and not lost any of the feels. And a personal pet peeve of mine when a heroine messes up but then the hero apologizes. I really needed a bit more from the heroine there at the end.
Overall, though, Christmas fun was had and I enjoyed spending time with Paige and Cash. They really were a cute couple. ...more
A grumbly growly Christmas averse earl arriving at his estate--one he thought was empty--to find... a Christmas party in full swing! And an oh-so aggravating housekeeper--his childhood friend-- leading the festivities.
It's really more than a drunken Christmasly disinclined earl can handle once his flask runs dry. lol
The Gist? Two things at the bottom of Ethan's "Ever Want to Deal With" list are 1] Christmas and 2] his family home. Bless it all. He just can't. He wants to close things up and get back to London. But Thea? Oh she has different plans in mind. Namely using the two weeks until Twelfth Night to convince Ethan that he loves his family home and, well, her too. *nods*
Yall. These two! Oh they battle! Ethan and Thea...are stubborn and would drive a person mad. But I enjoyed them. That they had a childhood together, knew each other better than anyone else despite years apart, their wit and feistiness when it came one another. That the rules of him being an earl and her being a housekeeper, well, didn't quite apply to their interactions. It was just a hoot watching them spar. And when they finally decided to pounce each other... woo!
There was a lot of fun and silly but, yall, I totally wanted to swoop them both up. Ethan had his reasons-- dude, I totally say that about all of Bradley's characters, but, really, he did-- for not wanting to be at his family home and they were heartbreaking. And Thea had her reasons for needing to stay there and her's touched my heart, too. Yall. Seriously.
Twelfth Night with the Earl was a a charming Christmas read that had me tearing up in parts and laughing out loud in others. And the ending. I loved the ending. It may have been my favorite part because really...aw! and not something you see often in romance. Especially a historical one. Which made me love it even more.
SideNote: Oddly disappointed. I didn't have the urge to stab anyone. #AnnaBradleyUpYourGame lol
Ride It Out was all kinds of yummy-- strong heroine, gentle hero, a bit of mystery and suspense, some up front and honest loving. It was exactly what I expect from McKenna and so very good, yall.
The Gist: Miah's dad was killed months earlier and every since one of the new deputies in town--who totally caught his eye-- has been checking up on him and his mama. And resisting naked shenanigans? Getting dang near impossible. As is digging into his father's unsolved case before it goes entirely cold.
Sooo Miah and Nicki. Oh, yall, I liked them. Individually they're both pretty awesome. He's a rancher and a full out romantic at heart. All he wants is to find his mate and start a family with her but so far it's eluded him. I loved him having that squishy romantic side to go with his bad ass alpha cowboy side. Noms!
And Nicki's a new arrival to small town Nevada. She's a cop, a single mama, and her and her family are the only black people in their tiny new town. She was a great heroine and doing her best to give her family a fresh start.
Now the romance. The chemistry's there-- whoboy was it!-- but their romance was slower burning. I loved watching them start things- sometimes a little awkwardly-- and heat em up right good, too. They didn't play games and were refreshingly upfront and honest about what they wanted, needed, thought. I really loved that. A couple little bedroom quirks on his part were interesting and unique, too.
The suspense kept me guessing, too, as Miah and his buddies started poking around his father's cold case and bringing info to the surface bit by bit.
All in all, another excellent read from McKenna. The heat, the romance, the characters, the mystery-- it all had me completely engrossed and begging for a little more reading time. Nicely done! ...more
So dang pretty! And a fun read, too. From Duke Till Dawn was...intriguing.
The Gist: A couple years back Cassandra, well, she swindled our dear proper Duke then dashed away in the middle of the night with him none the wiser. He's never forgotten the sexy widow and when he stumbles on her in a random gaming hell he's thinking luck is on his side again! Until he realizes he'd been a mark all those years ago. Talk about an ego blow! Damn if he doesn't want in her swindling naughty girl historical panties, though. And she might just want that, too!
These two were night and day. Cassandra was all about the con and really rather brazen and Alex was all about honor, doing what was right and keeping his name pristine. So seeing them deal with each other was pretty dang fun.
There was a bit of excitement as the two teamed up to track down her swindler and get her out of danger with London's criminal underground. Woo some of it made me so mad! They made a pretty good team, though, and had some yummy chemistry. Even when angry. Maybe especially then. Noms! The two were fiery for sure.
I'm so not a fan of the swindler trope especially when it's used against a future mate so I was really nervous about this one. I was torn just like Alex in dealing with Cassandra. Anger, sympathy, intrigue. She'd done so many wrongs but her life had also been full of desperation and hurts that made it understandable in some ways. It did help that she ended up a mark by another swindler and really felt what she'd done to him. I appreciated that and seeing her fight her way out of a jam.
Overall. From Duke Till Dawn was a fun little adventure. I'm glad I checked it out and am curious to see what will happen next with the series....more
I'm a tart when it comes to highlanders so I was all over that fierce broody hero on the cover of The Highland Duke.
Basically, the duke got himself shot in the leg and left behind during a battle against the queen. Thankfully a poor healer found him before the enemy and is trying to patch him back together. But it was a close call and they now find themselves being chased across the highlands and their lives on the line. Ee!
I loved Akira's passion for healing and that she was caring and always tried to do the right things. And Geordie's got the broody fierce thing happening for him. I liked that he stood up for what he believed in even if it was risky going against the crown. The two were interesting together and opposite in near every way since he's a duke and she's a gypsie healer with next to nothing.
There was a lot of chasing as they cross the highlands. Stopping at friendly keeps and dodging the unfriendlies. Falling a bit in love and and a lot in lust and resisting because she's a good lass! lol I liked meeting some of the people along the way and spending time with these two even though they could both be a little frustrating.
There were a couple things that didn't work for me. It felt a bit modern and more English than Scottish somehow. But I can deal with that usually so not huge thing for me. My big issue was the sex scenes. They might have resulted in a FB rand or two...
"If you've been locked in a filthy (1700s) prison dungeon for days on end, then locked in a pillory, then been broken free by a herd of gypsies (and your hero) and find yourself currently fleeing on horseback from 50 armed men set on killing you....
DO NOT STOP TO HAVE A QUICK FUCK ON THE MOSSY HIGHLAND HILLS!! Just. Don't. #AnnasRules #WontMornYourStupidAssIfItGetsKilled
But, overall, even with the little quibbles I did have fun with this one and plan on checking out book two....more
I love road trips. I love cheeky characters. And a little, erm, friendly competition. And, yall, this was so cute! The Perils of Paulie was lighthearted, silly-sweet fun.
The quick of it is that Paulie and Dixon have both found themselves on reality tv show that's reenacting a historical 1908 round the world car race. Complete with antique cars, old fashioned clothes, cut throat competition, and maybe...a little romance. It's an adventure of a lifetime and might just land them more than they bargained for...true love.
These two really were so freaking cute. They're awkward and have a little fire in them. The proper Brit and the American heiress having her first real adventure. They had a fun dynamic between them and some nice little sexy moments. They both kept travel journals during the trip and that's actually how their story was told with them recounting race happenings, their naughty encounters, and such as they sit down and write things out. It was a little different but fun getting both their takes on things. The two were determined to win and really just so stinking cute together.
And then the race. Complete with bad guys, mishaps, broken down cars, Darth Vader pushing a dog in a stroller and all sorts of round-the-world shenanigans. I grew up driving Studebakers cross country so I could totally relate to that aspect and found it pretty spot on. Love my old cars but they are...finicky. lol I had a great time watching them speed across landscapes and different countries.
All in all... Romance, adventure, outrageous, cheeky fun. The Perils of Paulie was a hoot. ...more
Goodness. Anna Harrington knows how to write a sassy romance that simply charms. Wonderful heroines. Lickable heroes. And romance that'll make a girl swoon. If The Duke Demands? Total reader-girl catnip.
Sooo. Miranda has decided she needs to snag her a Carlisle brother and right quick. The best way to do that? Sneak into his room late at night and seduce that bad boy. Only problem...she kinda sneaks into the wrong brothers room and finds herself face-to-face, and, erm, other-bits-to-other-bits with his older brother who just so happens to be the oh so proper duke who's sponsoring her upcoming Season. *deep sigh with a side of facepalm* Yeah.
I really adored Miranda. She's lively, spirited, full of heart and love and just a wonderful woman who was easy to love. And goodness Sebastian. He was a handful. A new duke who's a bit stodgy and way too set on being proper. He could be so charming and so frustrating. I loved when he let his guard down and wanted to just throttle him now and again, too. But, yall, I'd totally lick him. *nods slowly*
Their romance was so blasted fun and their differences entertaining as all get out. I loved seeing her enthusiasm and lust for life rub off on him. There were laughs and swoons and some night heat, though, there was a wandering hymen that didn't know quite where it should be.
All in all, a delightful start to the series. I had a great time with these two while they tried to figure each other out and realize that all their excuses for why they were wrong for each other was why they were so perfectly right for one another. And now I'm ready to see all of the Carlisle brothers meet their matches. It's sure to be a good time.
The Quick Of It: A Christmas gathering. A heated kiss. A hero set on expose the atrocities of mill owners. An American heroine who owns a mill. Realizing you just kissed the enemy? #Priceless
The Yay: Jeffries is always entertaining. I adore her romances and characters. Stephen and Amanda were quite the thing. Poor bloke. He just never had a chance against the pistol that was Amanda. She was a fierce chickie and not about to take any of his crap over the mills. Had him all turned upside down and churned up over all his warring desires. I had fun watching their sharp tongues and seeing the resolve weaken. They may have seem at odds over the mills but really they're both great people who want to make the world a safer place for workers though they definitely went about it different ways. Whew! There's a little heat and a little danger that brings them together. The only thing that didn't quite work for me was the sex scene. It was just bit oddly placed and had me giving them the wonky eye because really yall? lol But other than that it was a fun little jaunt and tasty holiday treat....more
Ooo alpha werewolf with a soft spot for animals? Yes, please! Wolf Unleashed was an action packed adventure with a nice side of romance, one seriously lickable hero, and a whole crew backing him up.
I'm going to talk about the suspense side first. This one will not be for everyone. It's a hard topic of dog fighting and has some very ugly moments. The heroine is a vet and often deals with the aftermath and trying to help the dogs found which could be heartbreaking. That said, there's a lot of action in this one coming from a couple fronts. The dog fighting and trying to figure out how to stop them, a drug case the SWAT guys are working, girls disappearing from one of the local colleges. While it didn't all seem connected it was interesting seeing things piece together and everyone doing their jobs. Danger, action, yeah, it kept things moving at a nice pace and had my palms sweating a couple times.
Now, the romance. Alex and Lacey. What I loved about them was how much they both cared for animals. If they could help one in need they would. And that made me love both of them. Alex has a good bit of sexy alpha in him. He's dependable and so the type of man you want in your corner. And Lacey has a lot of heart but is seriously gun shy and in need of a soft touch. I did have a couple heroine issues--she had a couple seriously TSTL moments and handled Alex's secret really badly but she did at least realize her mistakes eventually and knew she'd been wrong. For some I think she'll be too much. For me I was able to deal since I was enjoying the rest of the book so much. They were good together and had some nice chemistry, a little heat and passion. Yeah, they were working for me. I love seeing people with good hearts that may be damaged just a little bit find the person to help them heal and feel complete.
All in all, a solid addition to the SWAT series. I really can't get enough of these guys and all their sexy, cheeky swagger. ...more
Action packed, scorching hot, and cute canines to boot! I'm loving this series from DD Ayres.
So, Carly's life? It's just gone up in flames. Literally. Her store catches on fire and there's one man to blame...the one she rescued from the store next door. The one everyone thinks is behind that very fire. After meeting him, though, something's not adding up and she's quickly pulled into his life and search for the person trying to frame him for arson.
Carly's fiery, sassy, a vegetarian* (woohoo!) and goes after what she wants. She's also a new business owner and trying to help others get ahead in life. And the hero? Noah's all sexy alpha male with a canine partner-- who was so freaking cute! He's a single daddy, good at his job, and just all around yummy.
The chemistry between them was incredible. There was just something between them that set all their little lusty bits to blazing. lol It's pretty much an insta-love/lust/like but it somehow managed to not feel that way. Pretty impressive, I think.
Explosive Forces landed a bit more on the suspense side of things and was lighter on the romance but oh I enjoyed it and watching these to try to figure out who was being framing him for arson and attempted suicide. I do wish there'd been just a bit more of the two together romance-wise as well as him with his son (I love those single daddies) but it was a good time none the less and definitely had me invested. I read this sucker in less than 24 hours and lately it's been taking me 4-5 days for similar length books. So... Ayres definitely had me hooked and loving it.
**one note to authors writing vegetarians... McDonald's french fries aren't vegetarian friendly. Total sadness but, yeah, they're coated in meat broth. *sigh*...more
I'm really enjoying this series. It took me a while to finish The Princess and the Peer but that was on life not the book and it was easy to jump back into the story even after days/weeks of not listening.
The Story: A princess on the lam. Eee!
Yes, Emma needed some time away from her life before being married off to an older King and she runs to town and to her former teacher who happens to be away. Oh no! A little trouble and she lands in the hands of one sexy male who has no idea who she is and is totally taken by her. I really enjoyed these two together. Nice sexy bits, nice time together exploring, some frustrations when she takes off because things just couldn't be. I liked the hero's calm demeanor and how he handled things. Some nice moments with future characters made for a nice read.
The Narration: Again it too me a little time to get used to the narration from Justine Eyre but once I did I was hooked. It was nicely paced and the characters easy to tell apart which I appreciate. The female narrations were spot on. The male narration, though, took some adjusting. I didn't hate it, though. As with the last I listened to from Eyre I really didn't love whispered or hushed voices. Something about it just doesn't quite work for me. But the rest of the time it was fine....more
The Riders! Ahhh! The Riders! I love them and was so dang excited to see this series. Dangerously Charming was everything I hoped it would be. Adventure, healing, romance. *sigh* Yes, it was good.
The quick of it is that Day and the other Riders have been through hell. Tortured, broken, their immortality lost. And Day? He feels he's to blame for everything that's happened to him and his brothers and vows to never help a damsel in distress again since that's what caused their troubles. That is until a feisty and determined human shows up on his steps during a snow storm and pulls him into a multi-world road trip with a mission of breaking a fae curse. He simply can't turn her away. Who saves who? Totally up for debate.
Seriously these Riders. I've been smitten. And them broken? Smitten plus that girlie need to take care of them. Ah! Day is the reluctant hero trough and through. He's gruff and growly and just broken but couldn't stop being himself and helping those in need. I just adore him and his sexy lost self. And Jenna was the determined heroine. Fierce and ready to do whatever it took to break this curse and save her child from it. They were great together, as well. Nice chemistry, a little heat, got each other's broken bits and started to heal. It was just nice watching them work together.
The adventure was pretty exciting. Not only were they battling the faery that was out to get her child but also the baby's bio-dad who was a real piece of work. Chasing clues to a riddle that had to be broken in order to keep the faery from claiming her child, running into Otherworld dangers and marvels, finding the other Riders and dealing with the Queen. It was nicely done and kept things moving at a very fast clip as they traversed two worlds on one crazy road trip.
All in all, I'm a happy reader girl. Blake created such a fascinating and wonderful world with the Baba Yagas and the Riders. Quirky, unique, exhilarating... I can't wait to dive into the next one. Dangerously Charming hit the spot! ...more
If you love shifters and haven't tried out Jennifer Ashley's Shifters Unbound series you're so in for a treat! Guardian's Mate? Total paranormal goodness complete with a sexy polar bear shifter. Noms!
The quick of it is that Rae has been chosen Guardian by the goddess. Only problem? She's practically still a cub and, well, female and there's never been a female Guardian before. And that has people nervous. Ergs! Training in her home town just isn't safe which lands her in the care of a polar bear. A polar bear who is just about as pleased about the arrangement as she is. Which is to say...not at all. lol
I loved Zander and Rae down to their paws! Both are rather isolated due to being "goddess touched" and without family (though she has an adopted one) and I loved seeing them start to put together their own little ragtag clan of sorts and heal that loneliness in each other. They're good people who will do anything for someone in need even when it hurts them in return and were just impossible not to adore and root for.
Heat-wise? Ergs. Their romance was a bit slower going but it was so damn fun watching them growl and nip and tease and finally figure out they were perfect for each other. They had that perfect combo of teasing fun, driving each other crazy and trying to resist which kept things entertaining. There's some stellar tension that just smoldered but it takes them a long while to seal the deal. It totally worked for me though.
Now. All the stuff that kept the nookie from commencing. There was a LOT happening in this one. It was non stop adventure and action as they dodged shifter bounty hunters and new enemies. Not to mention the Alaskan elements, fae magic and being goddess touched which is just a bitch all it's own. They had one seriously wild ride that brought about some interesting revelations and fascinating developments for the future of the shifters. It definitely kept me turning the pages to see what insanity would hit them next.
There were a lot of fun new characters as well that had me totally falling for them. Even Jake the Snake who was, indeed, a snake. <---impressive feat, that.
All in all, Ashley continues to knock out one fabulous read after another. Action packed and full of complex characters that are simply bad ass and rocking some awesome. Guardian's Mate delivered!
Happy sigh? Yes, yes. *happy sigh*. Once again Bennett delivered a delightfully enchanting romance that left me smiling and totally enamored with the characters she brought to life.
I Dared the Duke. A grumpy scarred duke versus his doting granny and her fiery young companion. Basically Alex has some sort of danger tailing after him and has decided his granny isn't safe in Town and needs to retire to the country for a spell while he figures things out. Of course he doesn't want her to worry so he tries to get her companion on board with the the granny-relocation plan. Yeah. Tries being the key word. Historical homeboy has no chance against these two lively women who have plans of their own. lol
I really enjoyed Alex and Beth. I always love a grumpy/growly hero and Alex could give good grumble. He could also be sweet and a little naughty and, okay, sometimes exasperating. And Beth was lovely. She keeps her chin up, has a heart of gold, is a little daring now and again, and, okay, sometimes she was exasperating, too. lol They were fun together. Had sizzling chemistry and spirited banter. Watching their battle of wills was truly entertaining.
A spot of mystery tossed in as Alex tracks down leads and tries to find the culprit behind dangerous attacks, a spot of heat thrown in as Alex and Beth spend more and more time together and decide they just can't resist the allure of one another, a little awwww inspiring sweetness as Alex dotes on his grandmother. All in all, I Dared the Duke was a wonderful mix of all the things that make historical romance such a delightfully dreamy adventure....more
It's been ages since I've read one from Neill but I was quickly reminded of why I used to enjoy her books-- great characters, tension, and excitement wrapped up in a paranormal package. Oh yes. The Sight was a good reminder and an entertaining read.
The quick of it is that there are humans, there are paranormals and there are humans that hate both the paranormals and humans they interact with and are trying to wipe them out of existence. It's a dangerous world and Claire, Liam and their rag tag group are smack in the middle of it and the threat of danger that's rising. They've got to track down the radicals or it may cost them everything.
I liked Claire. She's a fighter who doesn't give up and gets her hands dirty when need be. She's also learning to deal with her magic and the fear of keeping it hidden. I really liked her and Liam who is rather sexy and a spot stubborn. Their romance is slow going and hesitant but they finally get there. Kinda sorta. And just a little sheet time.
Now the action. It really drove things and was fairly interesting. Since I didn't read book one I don't know how it all went down but basically a war with paranormals happened years earlier and since then they've been held on Devil's Isle and are under guard by humans. It's not been fabulous but it seems to have been stable until some loony tunes and his followers decide they've been called to eliminate all paranormals/magic and the humans that interact with them. Sneak attacks, hunting the enemy, forming alliances, survival. It kept my interest.
My little quibbles. There were bits that reminded me of Ilona Andrews series with power going out and it knocking out even the cars. And I did find the ending fairly anticlimactic but the time spent getting there was entertaining.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Sight. I liked the drama and the turmoil that held the city in it's grip, the relationships both of friendship, family and romantic varieties. It kept me riveted and reading all night (Baby G and I fell asleep around 6am lol). I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen next with this group. There is a somewhat cliffhanger which is typical of urban fantasy. The storyarc for this book was complete but the lives of the main characters carries on into their next adventure.
**This worked fine as a standalone if you haven't read book one. I wasn't lost or confused. Neill did a good job of explaining the world for any new arrivals....more
Dark, sexy, and thrilling! Duke of Pleasure was everything I've come to know and love about Hoyt's romances. Passion, danger, and characters that'll leave you addicted.
So, basically, Hugh has made some enemies while trying to take down a secret society. Which kinda led to an ambush in a dark alley and kinda being saved by a mysterious masked...woman. Who vanishes just as quickly as she appears. Yeah, that'll catch a man's attention for sure. Her joining in on the hunt for the villains? Yeah...he's hooked.
Hugh and Alf. Oh my. I adored them. A duke with connections to the King and a former street urchin hiding a secret identity...or two. They were an absolute trip! And each others perfect match. They're both so...unconventional. She's basically a vigilante who protects the innocent people in the slums...he's a titled gentleman that truly cares for the people around him and putting everything he is into eliminating a horrible group of men. He's also a single daddy and yall know I'm a sucker for them. Mmhm. I really loved seeing them slowly become a family. His little boys. Gah they got my heart.
There's a little heat but things lean to the side of suspense and danger. And that did keep one on her toes. I loved watching them work as a team to piece things together. And that he loved how capable she was and really saw her as his equal. Well paced and with a thrilling spot of danger it was quite the adventure.
All in all, Duke of Pleasure was simply captivating. Dark, edgy, suspenseful and topped off with a romance that left me sighing. Hoyt kept me eagerly flipping pages and easily falling for two charmingly unique characters and the people who love them....more
Cooooooooooper!!! Wolftastic! Tyler rocks the shifter world with her team of sexy alpha werewolves. To Love a Wolf will get your pulse pounding for all kinds of delicious reasons. Action packed and sexy as all get out.
The quick of it is that Cooper? Well he doesn't do anything the normal way. Including meeting The One. Yep. He meets his future lady love...in the middle of a bank robbery. lol And their whirl wind romance only gets more and more exciting from there. Bombings, protective siblings and scorch the sheets chemistry...yeah, things are getting interesting.
I loved these two! I've been smitten with Cooper from the very start. Charming, sexy and just lust-able. The man has moves inside and outside of the bedroom and holy heck is he intense! Loved it! And Everly was just lovely. She's artistic, kind, and goes after what she wants. They were SO fun together. Things move crazy fast but it somehow suited them. From the very start their relationship was just...intense. The attraction, the chemistry, the bond that formed between them. Some silly and some very serious moments really made these two and their connection feel honest and real.
Now the heat. Yeah, these two do not lack in that department. They're electric and once they finally do hit the sheets... you better hold on because they don't hold back and it's spectacular!
There was a bit of suspense and action in regards to Cooper's job and trying to track down a bomber and that kept things moving along too.
All in all? Another superb romance from Tyler. Soul satisfying romance and curl your toes sexy...To Love A Wolf is a must read romance. ...more
The Gist: Mason... needs to find a reclusive healer in order to save a shifter gone feral. And he's gonna have to trust a psychic to make that happen. Lord help him as he faces off against her and her crazy man eating --literally-- house
It's a quickie but was good. I liked both Mason (youngest of his wolf brothers) and Jasmine (a human psychic). They're good people who try to do what's right. I enjoyed watching them meet and team up as they went on the hunt. They're both resilient and determined. And cute together. A bit of steam and adventure made for a good time....more
There is a Dragon-Cat, people. A Dragon-Cat. OMG. Seriously. This series. I'm freaking loving it down to it's toes!
Damn. That was good! A Russian fairytale witch, a former firefighter turned fire spotter, a runaway teen and a dragon disguised as a cat battling nature and an evil magic trying to destroy the forest and those dear to Bella. Action, romance, humor. Loved it. Seriously.
So the quick of it is that Bella is a Baba Yaga. They're witches that watch over the elements and can be called to help with there's trouble. This time it's unnatural forest fires that are plaguing the area. And it's up to Bella and her dragon-cat, Koshka, to figure out who is behind the fires and if there are magical elements involved. And, while they're at it, figure out what happened to a group of immortal men who help the Baba Yagas and have mysteriously disappeared. Are the two things connected? Something is definitely afoot!
Alright, flat out. I loved all of the characters. Blake does an amazing job bringing together an ensemble cast that'll give you all the feels. Sexy heroes, fierce heroines, delightful animals. I loved them all. Bella with her fiery spirit, her worries about controlling her powers, and the life that just radiated from her. Sam with his need to protect and his inner battles with PTSD and the scars on his skin from the fire that ended his career. Jazz, the runaway teen, who was full of hurt and in desperate need of people to watch over her. And the dragon-cat who watched over them all with the attitude only a dragon-cat could posses. They were each amazing on their own but together there was a special dynamic that was just magic. It was one of those times where you just look at a group and go...yes! these people were meant for one another. On the romance front it's fairly light but I loved the two and the way they were drawn to one another.
The suspense was very well done. You know who is behind the malicious fires and the disappearance of the Riders but you don't know how they'll be stopped. Or if they even can be stopped. I thought so many bad things about the bad guy in this one. Whew, boy! I wanted them to get it hard. I did want just a bit more with the big tado at the end but overall it kept me on edge and my palms sweating as Bella and her group worked to figure out what was going on in the area.
All in all, The Baba Yaga series is freaking badass and one you can't miss. Wickedly Powerful? Phenomenal addition to the series. I would say read this one in order if possible. They each have complete stories and romances but I think it would be more enjoyable if you get to know them all as the series unfolds. :)
~~~~ Notes: 1/29--Damn. That was good! Russian fairytale witches, a scared former firefighter, a runaway teen and a dragon disguised as a cat battling nature and an evil magic trying to destroy the forest and those dear to Bella. Action, romance, humor. Loved it. Full review to come.
1/28-- OMG THERE'S A DRAGON-CAT!!!!!
1/1 Oh I really love this series. I'm excited to see what will come about with this Baba Yaga.
The Gist: Finding out you have a 4 year old and you're now the only parent? Well, that's life changing and Spike's gonna have to learn to juggle parenthood and being the town's Tracker.
Hard Mated was fun. I enjoyed Spike and Myka (his baby mama's best friend) and seeing them for an aliance and tackle raising a little boy. They're both easy to like and made a good team. His little cub was precocious and adorable. I do love those cubs. There was a little shifter drama added to the mix to keep things exciting....more