Apr
22

Forged by Jacquelyn Frank (World of Nightwalkers #4)

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When Katrina Haynes discovers a large man lying wounded in the snow, she fears he is at death’s door. But as Kat tends to his injuries, she quickly realizes that they’re the least of her worries. With an irresistible Scottish brogue and a strange ability to harden his chiseled body like a statue, the stranger awakens a desire she is unable to resist—and a fascination about the intriguing world he exists in.

As a proud Gargoyle, Ahnvil must safeguard the Nightwalker to whom he’s sworn fealty. But as this bewitching woman nurses him back to health, arousing an almost uncontrollable hunger within him, he is possessed with the fierce impulse to protect her as well. And he will have to shield her—for by coming to his rescue, Kat has placed herself in the middle of a supernatural war . . . and exposed herself to dark, powerful magic. As human and Gargoyle forge an unbreakable bond, Kat will discover that despite his intimidating strength and size, one thing Ahnvil does not possess is a heart of stone.

My Review:

The first couple of chapters were great! It was enough to draw me in, but then… I was bores OUT OF MY MIND right up until the 50% mark, then shit started to finally happen!! Soooo, then I was back to really liking this book.

My problem with about 40% of this book was the “back and forth” of his bleeding, her patching him up, him telling her how lusty he was, and then her telling him to back off, showers, eating & keeping warm in a snow storm. I just couldn’t sit still. It took me DAYS to get through that, but then one night to finish the last 50%!!

Jacquelyn Frank is an amazing writer! She has fantasy filled with mythology & everything happens for a reason, falling into perfect place by the end.

I ended up really loving this book, but, sorry! It lost a star for the boring part. Maybe it was me feeling trapped in the cabin with nothing happening either…

My favorite part, where I perked up was when Ahnvil told the other gargoyle to get his hands off Kat… My attention was grabbed well before that, but I was stuck all night after that point!!

If you are a patient reader this is for you… Otherwise… read the beginning, skip 30% read from 40% on & it’s totally great!! LOL!!

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Apr
16

Secrets of Seduction by Nicole Jordan

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The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his true mate and destiny.

An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving—but that’s before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he’s ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will Hawk choose duty over love, or will he open his heart and let Skye’s healing light penetrate his darkness?

My review:

This was a good historical romance.

Skye, has had a crush on Hawk since she was little… Like 8, if I remember right. Since then, he was married, had a baby son & lost them in a fire.

Hawk went off as a “Guardian of the Sword” fighting & not caring if he lived or died. Upon his return, he decided he would start courting the niece of the leader of the guardians & marry her. Loveless or not. So he could eventually lead the group.

Then, along pops up Skye, seeking Hawk out at his half ruined house, under the pretense of hiring him to find her uncle’s lost love & seducing Hawk into marriage for herself thinking he is her true love (because of loving him when she was 8) and now her story of love follows the tale of Beauty & the Beast, like the rest of her families love lives following other fairy tales (A <i>”whateverrr”</i> moment for sure!)

It was a cute fast paced book & the characters were interesting. I became somewhat leery of Skye & her motives at some point. I’m not sure if they were really selfish or if she cared about her uncle beyond her motives of seduction. I mean really, an innocent trip for comfort after a bad dream, but voila, she has birth control? And 1980′s BC that was discontinued because of TSS? That was weird… So, it lost a star.

This book is good enough to recommend, and I will read more. So, when you read it, you’ll know the moment of the birth control when you read it… In the way of romance, it isn’t very graphic. And I would let my mom borrow my copy, if that tells you anything. So enjoy the beach read this spring & you won’t have to hide it from your fellow plane passengers. They won’t think you’re a total freak if they read it over your shoulder… unless you’re on the BC page!!

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Apr
12

The Perfect Hostage by Misty Evans (novella)

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Lucie Morgan has finally found a man who doesn’t care she’s the daughter of a famous billionaire. All she needs is one weekend to convince him the crush she’s had since he rescued her from a terrorist has grown into much more.

Sergeant John Quick has seen the worst in life, both personally and professionally. He long ago decided loving someone comes at too high a price. But when the woman of his dreams “kidnaps” him for a weekend affair with no strings attached, he can’t resist.

The smoking-hot weekend turns deadly when John and Lucie are trapped during a blizzard and discover they’re not alone. Someone from their past has come hunting for revenge. Now John must become the perfect hostage in order to save Lucie’s life.

My Review:

Some novellas are really good others leave me wondering if it was a spontaneous idea to write this book on a flight across the country or to Europe or was is something the publisher wanted and they only had a limited time to crank it out? Orrr… Is it a great fill in the blanks & extend the background story of characters or a huge epilogue. The latter two are the ones I love. This one fell in the prior categories.

This had great potential, and when I read the synopsis, I had no idea it was a novella. I wish it was longer.

Lucie & her sister were once hostages & were rescued by a team of black-ops soldiers. Her sister has now married one. It opens up at a party, for the other couple. John was invited, but really isn’t sure why he’s coming. He ends up kissing Lucie, getting caught by her dad & John stays the weekend at this party cabin (huge house) with only Lucie… Then… Someone wants her trust fund & they have a battle in the house.

It was way to short to really develop anything firm. I wish this wasn’t my first book by Misty Evans. I cannot say that this is a true example of her writing & I hope to try again. I really hope this wasn’t a true representation of her books, because the plot just didn’t hold water, was too rushed & the wrap up was so simple & just there that the emotion that should have been there was not at all. all of her other books have received pretty good reviews, so I thought I’d try this one. It was like a slow leaking balloon. sorry.

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Apr
09

The Golden Locket by Primula Bond (Unbreakable #2)

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Temptation would test them…

The second novel in the Unbreakable Trilogy, The Golden Locket follows Gustav and Serena to New York.

Ensconced in their Manhattan penthouse, all seems blissfully happy for Gustav and Serena. Still in the first flush of love, they have every satisfaction they could need.

But as they enjoy their New York pleasure ground, ghosts start to emerge from Gustav’s past, and when his damaged younger brother, Pierre, comes back into his life, he brings with him a dangerous threat…

With temptation waiting at every turn, can Gustav and Serena survive all the excitement that the Big Apple holds?

The sexy sequel to Primula Bond’s Sunday Times Top 20 bestseller, The Silver Chain. Perfect for fans of erotic romance.

My Review:

Ok!! Seriously! This book was better than the first, which totally redeems this series, I think. AND although as very predictable as the other one, it played out well. I am a total fan of UK Authors!

Relocating to New York city, Serena gets a photography job via Gustav. This opens up a whole new world for this innocent country girl & turns her into more of a dominant vs submissive. It gets bad when she’s hired by Gustav’s brother since he wants to get back at Gustav. AND poor Polly! Obviously it isn’t going to work, with his determination to ruin his brother!

Pierre, Pierre, Pierre! You are an ass! Some people deserve to be shot & I hope he gets shot in the next book. He’s secretly vindictive by the way… I bet if you’ve already read it, you didn’t see that coming! *sarcasm*

Geez!! And then we have Margot… Gustav’s ex-wife is out there & she’s coming!! We have been warned, so I am guessing she’s a threat to Serena in the next book, like Pierre was to Gustav in this one.

I think it’s worth the read & NOW I cannot wait for the next one! After the first book, I kind of wanted to continue the series, but was not in a great rush. I felt like I could read more of her books, bt could give or take them. NOW, I changed my mind & I was entertained! I would definitely NOT share this with my mother, or some of my friends & to some I would even deny I read it! LOL! But, I belong to a group of secret readers who couldn’t resist the temptation & read this book.

I do have to say that I prejudged this series by the authors name! I thought, with a name like that, writing erotica, it had to be pretty cheesy… But it was kind of good! I am so glad this book made the continuing story better, and I cannot wait for the next!

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Apr
09

Grimm Consequences by Kate Serine (Transplanted Tales #1.5)

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You reap what you sow…

Saying Nate Grimm has a dark past is an understatement. Fortunately, no one’s bothered to look too closely at the Fairytale Management Authority’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. And that’s the way Nate wants to keep it. For after centuries of torment and loneliness, he’s finally found happiness with the hot and hard-charging love of his life, Tess “Red” Little.

Of course, his love for Tess is the reason there’s a posse of Reaper judges after him, led by a sadistic bastard acquainted with Nate from once upon a time. Now, Tess will pay the price for Nate’s transgressions unless Nate severs his ties to the transplanted Tales–and Tess–forever. His enemy has the advantage in speed, malice and brutality. But the Reapers have underestimated the depth of Nate’s love and devotion. And the fury of his wrath. . .

My Review:

Sooooo. This is the novella that accompanies the first book in this series about Red & Nate Grimm. Nate is a reaper & did not reap Red’s soul in the first book, so he is to be punished. This is a novella, so I will just say that I love Nate. He’s just a cool guy who will do anything for the love of his life. The only thing I didn’t catch was how Red started out with blue eyes & then they were brown?

Also, this is first person, but it works! Sometimes there is so much inner dialog that I cannot handle first person, but the writing style to me is like the narration in a “film noir”.

This was yet again another great addition to this original series of transplanted fairytale characters!

I cannot wait for more!!

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Apr
06

Sheikh’s Scandal by Lucy Monroe

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When the Sheikh comes to town…

Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!

Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful sheikh’s desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh!

Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!

My review:

hmmm.

I kept looking to see if this really was Lucy Monroe who wrote this book. I usually really like her, but this one just didn’t rate very well as far as she goes.

The head chamber maid of the Chatsfield Hotel, with some 1/2 cultural knowledge of this prince who she is in charge of his well being, is also the illegitimate daughter of the Hotel’s owner who will not admit who she is. She is also an innocent virgin. God help us!

The prince is a Arab something or other from an imaginary country, who was dumped for another man. Although he is playing the innocent game keeping away from his fiance… he ends up really liking this chamber maid.

It is a fast read & the plot has been done a time or two, maybe in a different time or country… I trudged through it & it took a little longer for me, and I don’t get it. I really really liked her “Children of the Moon’ series. These others just seem cranked out without much thought. Sorry.

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Apr
04

Dangerously Hot by Lynn Raye Harris (#4 Hostile Operations Team)

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Former Army linguist Lucky San Ramos escaped with her life, but the scars an evil terrorist leader left on her skin are a constant reminder of her captivity. Now her tormentor is back—and so is the sexy Special Operations soldier she once loved.

HOT operator Kevin “Big Mac” MacDonald rescued Lucky the last time. And then he walked away when he couldn’t be what she needed. When Lucky married his teammate, Kev knew it was for the best. But now Marco is dead and Lucky is no longer safe.

When Kev and Lucky team up to capture a terrorist, they’ll have to pretend to be man and wife on an explosive military mission to a war-torn nation. With time running out and the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Kev and Lucky play a perilous game of cat and mouse with a madman during the day.

But at night, they battle the secrets of the past and the sizzling attraction that threatens to endanger the mission. Lucky shouldn’t want the man who abandoned her once before. But the passion between them is sinfully, sensuously, dangerously hot… and proving impossible to resist.

My Review:

This is the story of “Lucky” who was tortured by a terrorist while she was in the Military. She was rescued and married one of the “HOT” guys, Marco, and was discharged from the Military. Now the HOT group needs her to identify the torturer, so they reenlist her to pose as Kev’s (Marco’s best friend) wife teaching at a school, trying to catch this terrorist before he takes over a uranium mine in that country.

Kev always wanted Lucky, but didn’t think he could be what she needed. He pushed his friend into the relationship & they were married. Because all of what Lucky went through being tortured, her marriage had problems & they were headed for divorce. After her husband was killed on a mission, she became a recluse. Kev felt guilty over Marco’s death & guilty for wanting Lucky…

It was a good story. Full of action, but even with the story of torture, it was totally down played. I felt like the author was afraid of getting to graphic & violent & had a moral delimma at the end, that I totally disagreed with. Kill the SOB!!
Seriously… So, that was my only problem.

I do prefer books with a little more graphic detail bringing the realistic feelings out in a book & I think this was softened out too much.

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Apr
02

The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone

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He can’t wait to leave
Mac Draper finally has everything he’s always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He’s this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good.

She’s finally found a place to stay
For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven—a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing family. It’s as close to happy as she’s ever been. Until an unforgettable night with tall, dark and tortured Mac Draper gives her a glimpse of what true happiness feels like.

Lily can’t help but melt a little under the sizzling heat of Mac’s touch. But Mac’s scars run deep, and Lily’s afraid she may be falling for the one man who can never return her feelings…

My Review:

Mac is a product of a highly dysfunctional family. Hid dad was a wife beater & his mom took it. She still clung to his dad & made excuses for him, even while he was in jail. Mac, not wanting to follow in his footsteps has never had a “real” girlfriend. He went away and became a rich businessman…

Lily is from a dysfunctional family too. her family is just too wacked. She has a crazy bitch sister & hides from the rest of her family in Crystal Lake to get away from their shadow… She still suffers from the loss of her brother, whom she was very close. She avoids Mac, who she had a one night stand without knowing he was connected to her friends, but he decides he’s going to chase her…

I could go on and on with the synopsis, but… it’s the whole book. Both Lily and Mac are trying to deal with their personal issues while also having a relationship. Near the end, it’s pretty easy for Mac to walk away when he gets blindsided & pissed, but obviously it will all work out.

This was an ok book. It wasn’t good or bad for me. I was entertained, but not really my kind of book with not much happening besides the romance & having to deal with crazy, stupid, complacent family members. It can be realistic…

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Mar
28

For Your Sake by Elayne DiSano

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Hidden at the northern-most point of the Mountain State of West Virginia was the quiet town of Tippitt, home to less than twenty thousand residents as well as the Mountain Skulls Motorcycle Club. Under a veil of good standing and legitimate business, the 1% outlaws maintain a tight watch on their surroundings while conducting affairs which bring in the ‘real’ money.

Ben Lawson isn’t just the club’s enforcer, but the one called upon when debts got settled. Big, strong and fiercely loyal, his unassuming calm belies a man willing to get his hands dirty for a club who’d been his only family. But when the deaths of two brothers hits too close to home, it cracks that detatched exterior, sending him on collision course which literally lands him in the path Eva Sinclair.

Beautiful and independent, Eva has wrapped her life around her business and new home in an effort to bury memories best left behind. Anyone she ever cared for has either died or left, causing her to emotionally push away anyone who gets too close. But when near-fatal circumstances puts her on Ben’s radar, she finds herself being shadowed by a man as dangerous as his club’s whispered reputation. Before she knows it, Eva finds herself breaking her own protective rules, allowing the imposing biker into her life where his outlaw lifestyle challenges her civilian one. Their attraction is instant and explosive – and one neither one can afford……nor resist.

But when the club finds a connection between Eva and a current threat, it jeopardizes the fragile trust between her and a man who holds no forgiveness for betrayal– and may wind up his target because of it.

My review:

This book is as good as all the people are saying… I am in awe that this is the first book by this author.

Normal girl meets bad ass biker. He’s a killer. It gets pretty cold blooded & dark, but it totally works, where you’re actually on their side & understand why they do what they did… which I find kind of strange. I mean, this is the first MC book that I have read where the bad guys are REALLY bad & not just looking bad to the outside world. These guys kill people, run drugs & have a chop shop.

Now I’m shaking my head, because I really want to hear Taz’s story, even though he seems like the crazy evil one.

I guess the point is that everyone deserves love & an HEA? Curiosity was killing me, so I bought it & read it. It’s long, but worth it. I do wish they built more on the mafia aspect… AND some things didn’t have much building, but it just happened. BUT… still a great book!! I hope there is more soon!

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Mar
22

Playing to Win by Shelley Munro

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Professional rugby player, Lane Gerrard is used to women throwing themselves at him, but a scurrilous tabloid article naming him as father of a child sends his temper soaring. The woman he confronts doesn’t fit the blackmailer profile. Kate Alexander is attractive with an enchanting innocence, enticing. A total stranger. Her feistiness draws his unwilling admiration, but the child…he is the image of Lane.

Kate can’t deny her son’s similarity to the sexy man at her door but no way will she hand him over without a fight. Kate doesn’t possess money but she can shower her son with love. With public speculation rife, Kate reluctantly works with Lane to discover the truth. They grow closer as distrust slowly turns to mutual fascination, but the tabloid articles bring out a stalker. Mild pranks escalate into danger, and suddenly Lane realizes Kate is a woman he could love. With Kate and her son, he could have a family. Now, with his heart on the line, this is one game he’s playing to win…

My Review:

Well, the premise of this story was so good! I t didn’t catch me in the synopsis, but started to during the first few pages!

This is a re-released book that starts out with Kate, who works from home. She answers the door to Lane who accuses her of being a gold digging girls who has made false claims of him fathering her son. It’s all over the news rags & she has no idea. This actually caught my attention & I thought it would be a great story after all.

Pshht! Holy cow! DUDE!! A boy gets kidnapped! You get a call from kidnappers & you sit at home alone? Your friends aren’t all out there looking! Your friend says “Call if you need me!” WTF!! Seriously!! Are you kidding!! Hell! You meet your neighbors! You search! Police go looking! Put it on TV! Not wait a couple days calling the police with them saying “oh, sorry. No news yet.” WHAT!! ESPECIALLY after you have vandals, people planting stolen gnomes in your yard & shipping you a live rat!! WOW!! Totally off the wall weird reaction to a situation!!

Anyway, Lane cannot remember sleeping with the mother of this child, so he jointly goes on a quest to determine if he’s really the boys father! Then the letter. How could a guy/girl relationship be so backwards he can’t remember? WEIRD!! But he does later… After he gets clubbed “OHHH YAAAA!!” HAHAHA!

Obviously there is a HEA after a VERY short time span. Which ended well, but getting there, I had to reread moments to see if I read that right… Oh well.

All in all, I was momentarily entertained & I hope she gets it right next time. She’ll get one more shot from me, because this book had potential. Hopefully the reactions will be congruent to the events in the next book!

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