Monday, March 31, 2014

Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian #1) by Diana Rowland

Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian #1) by Diana Rowland
 
This is an adult paranormal fantasy novel (Rated NC-17)
 
♥♥♥♥
(Four Sexy Demon Hearts) 
 
 
Book Summary
 
Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control to a power that could kill....

Why me? Why now? That's what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who's already claimed the lives and souls of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he�s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac's small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head...
 
 
My Review
 
Let me be honest and say I had no idea this author was the same author as the White Trash Zombie series. I just didn’t put it together because I read so much. And her author name didn’t run through my mind. I say that, because I might not have given this series a chance if I’d known. There was a sale. I picked up the first book and here we are.
Now if you haven’t read my reviews on White Trash Zombie, you may wonder what’s wrong. It’s not that they aren’t well written. It’s more like the author has a nasty habit of what I’ll term men bashing. Which means most men in her books, which generally is a lot of side characters (not romantic), are usually assholes. And it gets annoying. And yes, it happens in this book too. No guy can catch a break.
But before you give up, I have already read the entire series (book currently available) and if you like UF or PNR, you will like this series.
Back to this review. This story is good. The mystery part is good. The author kept me second guessing. I’m pretty sure I know who the “chief” of police is. And because I have read them all, I was right.
Overall, good mystery, romance is limited, angst is good, and this makes a good UF. The characters are all well created and developed. Good overall writing. I think you’ll like this one.
Audio Review
Liv Anderson does an excellent job of narration and keeping the characters straight and distinguishable.
My book boyfriend Rhyzkahl


 

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Secrets Unveiled (Secrets #2) by Jill Patten

Secrets Unveiled  (Secrets #2) by Jill Patten
 
This is a New Adult contemporary romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥♥
(Five Fantastic Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
In the second and final installment, Jaxon and Courtney are forced into a world of more secrets. Some have been harbored from within, some are unknown, and some are just forming.

When the truth finally does come out, will their fragile love for one another be strong enough to hold, or will the weight of deceit break the string that tethers their hearts together?
 
 
My Review
 
This is not a pretty story of love. THIS IS REAL. I love that about this book. I’m not into all hearts and flowers kind of stories because they aren’t realistic. (I won't lie. I do love when a guy gives me hearts and flowers, lol)
We have a messed up situation between two people who truly care for each other. And that’s not a spoiler if you read the first book. The question is will this relationship will blossom or self destruct.
The characters are well developed in a way that they come to life off the page. There are times when they make mistakes and I want to yell at them to make different choices. But ultimately, I’m rooting for them to work.
The best thing about this story is all your questions will be answered and resolved. This is an emotional roller coaster. Get ready for the ride.
My book boyfriend Jaxon. (ignore that he's not bald, this is pre-shaved head Jaxon)

 
 
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ridge (Wild #2) by Adriane Leigh

Ridge (Wild #2) by Adriane Leigh
 
This is an adult contemporary/erotica novel (Rated NC-17)
 
♥♥♥♥1/2
(Four and a half Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Sometimes doing the wrong thing feels so right...

I'm a player. I'm an asshole. I'm someone you should stay away from.

I have demons.
I've made mistakes.
And the biggest can't be taken back.

I've gone to hell and back in twenty-nine years and I'm only now coming to terms with moving forward, righting my wrongs, and making amends. Except not everyone deserves forgiveness. Sometimes the damage done is beyond repair.
Everyday is exactly the same. I focus on the pain, in the quest to feel and forget, but I remember everything. When I close my eyes the darkness encroaches and some days it feels like the things that kill me are the things that make me feel alive.


Ridge, like Wild, is a standalone.
Reading Wild first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Ridge.

*This book includes situations that some may find uncomfortable.
 
 
 My Summary 

First let me say that although this is book 2 in a series, it can be read as a standalone with no problem.
I love stories told from the male POV. I’m not sure if it’s because we get so little of it in the overall romance market. But whatever it is, when it’s done well, I gobble it up. And that’s what we get here. There isn’t a POV jump between the girl and the guy. This is totally all one male POV.
And this male Ridge is a complicated guy with more than enough skeletons in his closet to make you think he needs therapy. And maybe he does, lol. But the story is realistic in isn’t telling. How does one go about fighting the demons of your past? This and many questions will be answered.
One more important thing, if you are curious about reading. This isn’t a story about a guy falling in love with one girl, although I will dare say, you will be happy with the ending. This is a story about struggling with life, vices and demons. It's darker, grittier, and all that more exciting.
Overall, I was captured by the ridges that make up Ridge, lol. He has many layers that I enjoyed peeling through.
My book boyfriend Ridge.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) by Lynsay Sands

A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) by Lynsay Sands
 
This is an adult paranormal romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥
(Three Blood Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert—he's the main course!

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly—once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into . . . if he can just get Lissianna to bite.
 
 
My Review

This book was entertaining at best. The writing felt amateurish at times. And the narration of the book didn’t help. But I’ll talk about that later.
This book starts off with a premise that should have been a winner. A vampire that faints at the sight of blood, I was intrigued. However, the execution of the story fell way short. And maybe this author has gotten better over the years. She does seem to have a following. And this book was written years ago, so I may give her the benefit of the doubt in the future.
However, this book did one of my no-nos that immediately marked the book down.
SPOILERS
Insta-love. Sorry, you don’t fall in love in a couple of days. Fall in lust, yes. Fall in infatuation, yes. Love, a big fat no. You don’t know that person. And sometimes I give leeway to shorten times when a couple is in extreme life or death situations where they are forced to spend long waking 24 hours of time together. And during this time they talk and share their history. But that’s not what happens here.
Yes, they were in a perceived life or death situation. But it didn’t last long enough to pass my exception rule.
Add to that, this guy, Greg, decides to give up his family forever for a woman he’s only known for a couple of days. It’s just not conceivable.  Or I should say, she didn’t sell it to me. I didn’t buy it one bit.
And for that reason, I could barely give it more than 3 hearts.
END OF SPOILERS
Audio Review
Victoria McGee did a passable job. There were awkward pauses that may have been the result of the editing of the audio book. And she didn’t deliver the funny punch lines like other seasoned narrators I’ve listed to.
Still, I didn’t find reading it a total waste of my time. Rather, I’ve read much better. Thus, I didn’t pick up the next book in the series. But I might one day.
My book boyfriend Gregory.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

The Curse -Touch of Eternity (The Curse #1) by Emily Bold

The Curse -Touch of Eternity  (The Curse #1) by Emily Bold
 
This is a young adult paranormal romance novel (Rated PG-13)
 
 ♥♥♥
(Three Immortal Hearts)
 
 
 
Book Summary
 
A centuries-old curse, a mysterious amulet, and a young love reignite a vendetta that had died down long ago…

When seventeen-year-old Samantha goes on a school-exchange trip to Scotland, she takes with her an old pendant that she found amongst her grandmother’s belongings. As soon as she arrives at her host family’s home, she is drawn into the country’s tales and myths. Then she meets the dangerously attractive Payton –a mysterious Highlander who soon conquers Sam’s heart. Caught up in her feelings, she doesn’t realize how much danger she’s in. Payton’s past holds a dark secret. A secret that has bound together both their families’ fates for hundreds of years and is now also endangering Sam’s life.
 
 
My Review
 
I got this book because it was on sale at audible and set in Scotland. Ultimately, I can’t say I hated this one. It wasn’t bad so much as it felt like a copycat or fan fiction of Twilight. And I’m not accusing the author of copying, but it was hard not to see the resemblance to that story. It was as if that plot were taking and adjusted changing character names, the setting, and the “paranormal entity” aspect.
On top of that, this book was originally written in German using Scottish dialect. I think certain things were lost in translation to English. The writing was subpar, but again, I’m blaming that on translation and not on the author.
Although the book was interesting and kept me for DNF (did no finish) it, I wasn’t good enough to have me continue on. I might listen to the next book if it goes on sale, but I’m not going to go out of my way to read it.
There are plot holes and unbelievable events like someone driving off in someone else’s car and no one mentioning it. Wouldn’t that person miss their car???
Anyway, it just wasn’t the best nor the worst book I’ve ever read. If you are a huge Twilight fan and you don’t mind déjà vu when you read, you may enjoy this one.
Audio Review
Justine Eyre is a good job. It’s hard to listen to heard read other stories outside the Guild Hunter series. I’m not a big fan of her narration.
My book boyfriend Payton.
 
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase
 
This is an adult contemporary romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥♥
(Five Fantastic Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
 
 
My Review
 
Let me just say that I began this book not wanting to like it. I’d been burn one to many times by recommendations. Specifically Wallbanger and Seduction & Snacks. So despite everyone telling me this one was far better, I was reluctant to read. I kept skipping over it not wanting to be disappointed. However, I got to a point where I needed a book to read and I wasn’t sure what to read. Having this rec, I decided to give it a try.
I must say that I was more than surprised when this rec paid off. I can’t say that this book had me laughing all the way through. But I can say that there were funny parts that had me laughing out loud. It wasn’t forced humor like Seduction and Snacks. It wasn’t cheeky humor like Wallbanger. The humor was natural to the story and a part of the character’s personality rather than the author’s touches.
It was very well written from beginning to end, very refreshing. I loved the way the author decided to tell story. It was told from a realistic guy’s POV as if he was personally telling the reader the story.
I would totally recommend this book. Remember; don’t read because you want to laugh all the way through. Read because it’s a well written romance that will warm your heart and give you laughs along the way.

Audio Review
Sebastian York does an amazing job with narration. He knows how to deliver a line. He also did the girl parts without sounding stupid.
My book boyfriend is Drew.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Curse of Shadows and Light (Demonblood #3) by Penelope King

Curse of Shadows and Light (Demonblood #3) by Penelope King
 
This is a young adult paranormal romance (Rated R)
 
 ♥♥♥♥1/2
(Four and a half Hellhound Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Book #3 in the Demonblood Series.

"For one to live, the other must die."

Devastated. Exiled. Hunted.

Lucky and Liora's life has never been easy. But up until now at least they had a home...at least they had him.

But all that is gone and it's time to start over in a new place. A place with new friends, and new enemies, and new dangers. Only now, it's coming from both sides. Angels and demons want them dead. Because only Lucky and Liora hold the key that can tip the balance of power, and undo everything...

Unless one of them makes the ultimate sacrifice.

The question is, who?


Read the first book, "A Demon Made Me Do It" (it's free!!). Then read the second, "Fire with Fire". Then read this one because A LOT OF CRAZY $*%T GOES DOWN!!!
 

My review


I’ve read a lot of series enders this year. Some were good, others not so much. This is one that I did enjoy. I couldn’t say I was thrilled with how things ended in the previous book.
My heart was always torn because I loved Kieron, I just loved Bones more. I always seem to fall for the “home” court guy. The one that’s been there and has always loved. I’m finally figuring that out. Still, Kieron was a great character.
So in this installment, I felt my heart struggle to give into my “heart” for Kieron. Of course this author throws a monkey wrench in the story. But I knew what that wrench was from the first moment it was introduced. So I wasn’t surprised at how things ended. Then again, I also was surprised at my reaction over Kieron through all of this. I don’t want to give spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that.
This book was fast pace and kept my attention the entire time. It was hard to put down and I did very much enjoy.
Overall, I’m pleased to have read this series and will recommend. It’s a good one and well worth your time if you like young adult paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy.
My book boyfriend is Bones.

 
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Poughkeeps​ie Enhanced App Tour ~ FLASH MOB & GIVEAWAY


TODAY is Debra Anastasia Birthday!
Let's Celebrate!!!
 
 
 
Ten Rapid Fire This or That Questions 
asked to Debra


1.      Sweet or Salty ~ Sweet
2.      Paperback or eBook ~ Paperback

3.      Beach or Ski Resort ~ Beach
4.      Tattoos or Piercings ~ Tattoos

5.      Rock Star or Motorcycle Club ~ Rock Star

6.      Chocolate or Vanilla ~ Chocolate

7.      Dinner at home or at a restaurant ~ Dinner at Home!

8.      Playboy or Nerdy Guy ~ Nerdy Guy
9.      Cake or Ice Cream ~ Ice Cream
10.  Text or Call ~ Call

 
 
 
GUEST POST by Debra Anastasia

When I was thinking about the Enhanced app for Poughkeepsie, I wanted more than just extra scenes, videos, pictures, and sound which sounds like crazy talk. But of course that's what I known for, so I decided we needed to do more, give more. That sounds dirtier than I intended, but I wanted to think outside of the box. With Omnific Publishing there really isn't a box, so I was able to include a recipe for frittatas, a knitting pattern design by Shannon Lumetta, and so many other small details.  I felt there were important things for me to show the reader like how to knit a basic stitch --something that was so important to Mouse. I also show readers how to make a paper rose, which is something Blake that's for Livia in the nightclub scene that touches her heart. I wanted it to be an interactive sort of experience for the reader who is revisiting Poughkeepsie or trying it for the first time. My developer also helped me work games into the product so that you could find out which Poughkeepsie man would be your ideal match or which Poughkeepsie girl you're most like. Interacting with readers is one of my favorite things to do. I can't imagine doing the author thing without having Twitter, Facebook, and email as a way to reach out and to be contacted by the readers. The Enhanced app is sort of the next generation of reading where you get to combine all different forms of media into a book. Books for me were always a special experience. Buying a hardcopy and savoring it opening it deciding when it was time to read it was a huge part of the fun as a reader. Putting this virtual frame around the book felt natural and exciting. I always look at books as an entire journey and to be able to increase that experience for the readers was so tempting. And now having created this app, I have to say I'm extremely satisfied with what it presents as an experience.

A huge thanks to My Book Boyfriend for having me today!
 



Welcome to the Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition App Tour!

Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia has been a cult hit bestseller since 2011. A homeless guy counting the smiles of a kind train commuter spiraled into a novel that was nominated by the Rockstars of Romance as one of the most romantic stories ever and won 2nd place!   It was a story that deserved getting a jumbo-sized enhancement. Extra scenes out the ying yang was, of course, a huge part of the fun. Getting to spend some of those previously undiscovered first moments with Blake and Livia or the moment he proposed was worth exploring. In Debra’s wildest dreams she imagined Poughkeepsie with its own soundtrack, anchored by her favorite musicians. When blockbuster talent Ron Pope signed on with fourteen songs and then Rustic Overtones agreed as well, she knew things were going to get crazy cool.

After almost two full years of development, the Enhanced Poughkeepsie is ready.  Debra lost count of the hours spent, as did the developer poured into this. It was beast, and more amazing than she could have ever imagined. This app became the most exceptional reading experience Debra could devise for her readers.

Enhanced Poughkeepsie for iPad

Check out what’s in store for you:



My Review of the

Poughkeeps​ie Enhanced App


One of my favorite books of all time was turned into a unique experience unlike any other out on the market today. Take your favorite books and all of the things you love to learn more about them, like playlist, the setting, character insights, author notes, etc. Now you have that all in one place for the story, Poughkeepsie. You can experience all of that while you are reading the book for the very first time or for the 100th because you love it just that much.

I have this experience in the form of an app on my ipad. Poughkeepsie comes to life in more ways than one. At the beginning of each chapter, we are given a song that inspires the book in the form of a heading or an actual song that we can play with a tap of our finger inside the app will reading the chapter.

We are also given visuals of the places and people that inspired the story throughout the chapters. And what else.? So much more. There are videos of our favorite characters brought to life.

There are even polls and fun quizzes. I found out I’m more like Livia and in another poll I found out Blake was my true match. And if you read my review of the book, you would know Blake was my book boyfriend for that one. Although all the guys in the book (and no there aren’t love triangles, you’ll just have to read to understand) were pretty awesome.

There are interviews and extra scenes. There is just so much, it well worth the price of admission. If you love Poughkeepsie or if you’ve never read it, I would got for the app. You can’t go wrong because you will absolutely fall in love with this story for the first time or all over again.

My Review of Poughkeepsie
http://mybookboyfriend.blogspot.com/2012/05/poughkeepsie-by-debra-anastasia.html

My Review of Return of Poughkeepsie
http://mybookboyfriend.blogspot.com/2013/12/blog-tour-return-to-poughkeepsie.html
 

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
 
This is a young adult paranormal romance novel (Rated PG-13)
 
 ♥♥♥
(Three Everneath Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself... which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.
 


My Review

There is just so much to say about this one. I was disappointed. This book felt like it was written by someone else. The plot was just ridiculous. So much could have been done in this series finale that wasn’t. So much time was spent running around accomplishing nothing.
And then one of my biggest pet peeves with this story is how at times thing happen far too conveniently to be plausible. I’ll give an example. (Mind you this didn’t happen but just an idea of the kinds of things that did happen). Things went like this. Someone got hurt at school. The teacher in the class walks up and says have no fear, I’m a doctor too. I can help. (This didn’t actually happen). I mean I was like REALLY, when I read stuff like that. Why didn’t the teacher call a real doctor? Why did they all of a sudden have to BE a doctor?
However, I will defend this book somewhat. I read some of the reviews. Some people were disappointed how things turned out with Cole. I’m going to say “INGNITE ME”. I bet these same people didn’t have a problem with how the author of that book changed Warner into something he wasn’t. At least in this story what happens to Cole makes sense. His character doesn’t lie lie lie, come up with convenient excuses for his behavior.
And then TEAM Cole readers say he was the most interesting character. I won’t spoil who Nikki chose. I will just say that serial killers are interesting, that doesn’t make them boyfriend material. Cole was manipulative. He basically tried to fundamentally change who Nikki was to force her to be with him. That doesn’t spell love. That spells creepy and stalker. Really, if a guy goes to your school and convinces the school office to drop you out of an art class you love and put you in a music class he’s in, would you be enthralled and want to date that guy. Or for you adult YA readers, if this guy gets you fired at a job you love and hired at his place of business, are you going to tell your friends he’s a match made in heaven. Cole might have made the story interesting (just like Warner). It didn’t mean he was boyfriend material.
You know what spells love. When a guy would die for you. Not when he tries to change you but when he would give up his life for you to be safe. TEAM JACK. This guy may not have been the most exciting guy in the book, but he traded himself for her to be safe in the last book. And don’t get made because he got upset because she had to feed on another guy. Half of the readers here would be pissed if another person had eyes on their crush even if that crush wasn’t theirs. Give the guy a break. He never stopped it from happening. He just reacted.
Overall though, this book had far too much of nothing happening that felt like filler. I did like that we learned more about each of them. Still it was boring in the telling.
Audio Review
Amy Rubinate did a good job narration. The characters were distinctive that I didn’t get confused.
My book boyfriend Jack.

 
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Sun Damage (Sunshine #3) by Nikki Rae ~ Blog Tour ~ GIVEAWAY

 
 
Sun Damage (Sunshine #3) by Nikki Rae
 
This is a YA/NA paranormal romance novel (Rated R)
 
 Book Summary
 
Life wasn't what Sophie was expecting, so why should death be any different?
She’s come back from swimming between the two, and every problem she left is still there. And then some.
There’s the human world, where she has a brother on the verge of ruins, band mates all set to go on tour, and people she thought she wouldn't be seeing for a long time showing up.
Then there’s her new world, where she’s seeing and hearing things that should not be heard or seen. Where Myles knows more about her than she could have ever guessed. She still doesn't know exactly why Michael is tormenting her, but somehow, everything is connected.
The monsters are closing in on all sides and the question is, will Sophie be able to defeat them before it all ends?
 




My Review

♥♥♥♥1/2
(Four and a half Myles Hearts)


I really love this series. It’s one of my favorites and probably will always be. It kind of reminds me of the Shiver series. There is such an intense love connection with a well-developed storyline. There is also a very emotional part of the story that transcends through the words and actions of the characters. Not every book can draw out the emotional response for me. This book had a few tears pours out of my eyes at times.

What impressed me most about this book in the series is we have a girl who finds out that she’s been lied to in the prior book so if your reading this isn’t a spoiler. And this girl reacts the way most normal girls would react when they find out that truth.
I also like that the Myles in this story doesn’t come off as creepy and stalkerish. He isn’t over protective because he’s an alpha male. He’s protective because there is a real threat.
So why not five hearts. Well, selfishly although I understand it, I’m not the biggest fan of the ending. Don’t let that fool you. I’m not saying it isn’t a good or happy ending. I’m just saying for me it wasn’t the perfect ending. It also doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right ending for the story. It just wasn’t my choice.
Other than that, I have no complaints.
My book boyfriend Myles.

 
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs
 
This is an adult urban fantasy novel (Rated R)

♥♥♥♥♥
(Five Coyote Hearts)


Book Summary

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.



My Review

Oh my, I waited on bated breath for this book. I thought with so much anticipation, it would be let down. I wasn’t. Now no book is perfect. But this was so close to it, I over looked a minor nit or two.
Let me tell you. I’ve been annoyed by several authors and what they’ve done to some of my favorite male characters. I was dismayed when I knew Adam’s ex wife was going to show up in this installment. I don’t want to give anything away, but overall I was pleased with how it was handled. Did I cringe at times? Yes. But it was believable. And that was the most important thing. The other side is how the pack works. And because of that, Mercy and Adam had to behave and react in a certain way in order for them to be respected. That’s all I’m going to say on the subject.
I really loved that we got more Coyote, added to that we met Gary. And where he’s concerned, I only hope we get more of him in the future.
And Samuel. I have a soft spot for him. I’m so glad we get to see him a bit in this book. I miss him dearly.
The plot and action kept moving. We got some “steamy” although, if you read this author, it’s vanilla and watered down, but the point is we see that connection between Mercy and Adam.
There are other characters we learn more about. And revelations that give us an idea where the next book is headed. Stephan??? (<- since I listed, not sure if this is how she spells it)
Anyway, overall, I was pleased and sad it was over so soon. The book came out Tuesday. I finished it the very same day. Now I have to wait another year for the next installment. However, I know it will be worth it.
Audio Review
Lorelei King rocks. I thought it might bother me a bit because she narrates a couple of other popular series that I’ve read recently, but it didn’t. I love Lorelei. She knows how to deliver a line.
My book boyfriend Adam.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Crush (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams

Crush (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams
 
This is an New Adult contemporary romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥
(Four Crushing Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
 Football glory. A giant diamond. A wandering eye.

Jude and Lucy are happily engaged . . . but that doesn't mean life's a bed of roses.

Once again, Jude and Lucy are torn apart by football training and a summer job that creates new tensions. This time Jude's the one with trust issues. Will Lucy's life-changing news bring them back together or end their relationship for good? Can love triumph forever?



My Review

It’s been almost a year and a half since I read the first two books in the series. And honestly, I think that helped in my appreciation of this book. I remember snatches of the stories but I wasn’t close enough to be annoyed that this couple is still struggling through relationship issues. But then again, isn’t that true in life. Couples don’t ride off in the sunset.
However, even with the delicious drama that unfolded and the few times I wanted to slap Lucy for her decisions, it was a wild ride I enjoyed.
HOWEVER… SPOILERS
Here are some of the questions that made me say hmmm… while I was reading.
1.       How did Jude get his truck to San Fran if he flew there?
 
2.       How did they up and get married in NY without a marriage license?

3.       How did he take his kid out onto the middle of a field during the football game? It would never happen.
I was also disappointed that Lucy gave up her dreams after getting pregnant. She didn’t have to.
END OF SPOILERS
Still, I enjoyed this one. More than Raw btw. Just saying, lol.

Audio Review
Cassandra Campbell did a good job of narration.
 
My book boyfriend Jude.

 
 
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock #6) by Faith Hunter

Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock #6) by Faith Hunter
 
This is an adult urban fantasy novel (Rated R)
 
 ♥♥♥
(Three Disappointed Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line...

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.
 
 
My Review 

This series has taken a turn for the worst. This installment wasn’t as compelling as previous installment to make up for the lack of romance or rather how the author is bumbling through the romance. Here at the beginning I thought the author had done a good job of having a balance of romance and kick ass events. That’s no longer so. I cringe every time the romance happens.
SPOILER
So at the end, Jane goes out of the way to talk to Molly’s husband, but she avoids Bruiser and Ricky-bo. Come on. I wish she’d stop having feelings for both. I’m annoyed to no end.
END OF SPOILER
I was also surprised at the number of plot holes for a book that’s traditionally published. At this point I begin to wonder if I can continue with the series.
SPOILERS
And I will say since I most likely won’t be doing a blog post about the next book, I did begin to read it. I had to DNF it. It got to a point that was unnecessary and annoying. I felt like she had to make Rick a bad guy. Why the hell did she make Jane pick him in the first place? I wasn’t on TEAM Rick to begin with. Now that she made me like him, she makes him out to be a bastard. Just like in Kim Harrison’s book, I stopped just shy of that point. I didn’t want those memories.
END OF SPOILERS
Overall, this series is a big disappointment. Thank god Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series installment comes out today (day of blog post). I need a good series to read.
Audio Review
Khristine Hvam continues to do an excellent job with the narration.
Again, none of the love interests are worth my time. I won’t forgive Bruiser and based on the next book I won’t forgive Rick. And she better not even try to get Leo and Jane together. I’ll have to write a fan fiction where Jean Claude and Anita come and beat the hell out of Jane and Leo.
My book boyfriend is Eli.

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