Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
(Call of Crows #2)
Jace Berisha and Ski Eriksen

The Undoing (Call of Crows, #2)

Summary:
A risk worth taking…

No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.

But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.

Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!

Review:
I freakn loved this book!  Shelly Laurenston can do no wrong in my eyes! It’s smart, it’s funny and it’s action packed. What more could you want? Seriously? It has all the makings of a very entertaining read.  

I could totally relate to Jace especially to her aversion to small talk.  All her sisters think she is just shy, but really she’s just an introvert.  She’s the only berserker amongst her sisters and she gets completely out of control. It’s kind of funny that someone mostly calm gets so crazy when there are certain triggers. Ski is of the Owl clan, they are all level headed and anti-social. They can turn their heads almost 360 degrees. Kinda freaky. The owls need some stuff translated and Jace is the only one that can do it. Ski decides that he wants to date Jace but when she throws herself out of a moving car to avoid talking to him, it seems pretty grim, but he is persistent. 


This is a hysterical novel with a bunch of Vikings, even the ones that are not technically Vikings are Vikings. Who doesn’t love a Viking?! They are big and love to fight! Sign me up! There is also plenty of action as they battle the baddie that was released in the first novel.  You totally need to read this series, go on hurry up and go grab the first book. 

*Reiew copy was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Early Review: Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy

Blood Lust - Bas and Myst
(The Sentinels #3)

Blood Lust (The Sentinels #3)

Expected publication: May 31st 2016 

Summary:
From Goodreads.com
Blessed and cursed by their hidden abilities, the Sentinels have no choice but to live, and love, on the edge of humanity…

The Sentinel assassin, Bas, is facing the greatest challenge of his outcast existence. His young daughter, Molly, has been kidnapped. But her disappearance has brought the return of her mother, Myst, whom Bas has never forgotten--or forgiven.

Haunted by a vision that she's destined to create a weapon that will destroy thousands, Myst was never impulsive--until she met the irresistibly handsome Bas. But with the Brotherhood, the enemy of the high-bloods hunting for her, Myst had to stay on the run, to keep her child, and the world, safe. Now, with the most important thing in both their lives at stake, she and Bas must embark on a treacherous journey to save Molly, to confront the truth of Myst's fate--and to face their fierce desire for one another.

Review:
I got to say I wasn’t all that excited about this book, Bas wasn’t all that easy to really like in the last book. One thing I could say was that he is a fantastic father; he truly loves his little girl. She’s his whole world.  When her mother saunters back into the picture he’s not thrilled; he doesn’t want anything else that could potentially harm his little girl. Myst hasn’t physically been with her little girl since she dropped her off with Bas, but she has always “talked” to her through a telepathic link. Being away from Molly has been the hardest thing she’s had to do but fate has other plans.  Myst needs to stop a vision from coming to pass, a vision that could kill everyone in Valhalla.

We are taking on a whirlwind trip across countries racing against time and whomever wants to get their hands on Myst. Bas really redeems himself to me in this book, he ends up being compassionate well as compassionate as a man of his nature could be. He also puts his heart back on the line where Myst is concerned. Myst wasn’t counting on Bas and her feelings for him. She ran from im years ago but he was never far from her heart and now he wants a real chance, but she has fate hanging over her head.


I really ended up enjoying this book, much more than I thought I would. It was action packed and emotionally charged.  I can’t say that I’ve ever disliked an A. Ivy novel and I’m quite glad this was no exception.  Fans of A Ivy and paranormal in general I think will really enjoy this series. 

**Arc copy provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Fighting for Irish by Gina L. Maxwell

Fighting for Irish - Aiden "Irish" O'Brien and Kat MacGregor

(Fighting for Love #3)

Fighting for Irish by Gina L. Maxwell

Summary:
From goodreads.com
He'll fight for her life. She'll fight for his love.

Kat MacGregor has forty-eight hours to make good on the debt her ex-boyfriend owes a crime boss. Unfortunately, the measly tips she makes waitressing are barely enough for her to live on, much less cover the twenty-thousand needed to keep her breathing. With time running out, Kat 's forced to accept help from the only man who's ever made her feel fire rather than fear.

When he learns a friend's sister is in trouble, former Boston MMA fighter Aiden "Irish" O'Brien heads to Louisiana to offer himself up as collateral to keep her safe. But to satisfy the debt, he has to do the one thing he swore he’d never do again: fight. With more than just money on the line, will Irish have what it takes to not only reclaim the man he once was, but become the man he needs to be for the woman he can't live without?

Review:
A tale of redemption and love. Katy has had a rough childhood and made some bad decision mainly traveling with her ex-boyfriend, he puts her name and her life on the line and she has to make due on it. Aiden crossed a line several years ago and has vowed never to fight again. Now Katy’s life is on the line and he’ll have to do the one thing he swore he never would. He’ll have to face old fears and make a wrong right.


Even tho this book is fairly short, about 250 pages I think, it packs a whole lot in. I mean you really feel for these two characters and Maxwell has a way of pulling out a character in a very short span of time. I’ve read full length novels that didn’t have has much depth to them, but these two I felt were fully fleshed out as was the story line. You get a lot of story, with lots of action and emotion. I was pretty darned impressed with this one. It’s the third book in the series but I actually read it first, not sure why considering I had the first book. Maybe it was the cover, I mean look at it.. Hot! My only complaint about this book is I thought Aiden was actually going to be Irish with the accent and everything.. Sadly that wasn’t the case but if I remember correctly, he does have a Boston accent which is almost as good. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. This is a great series. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell

Seducing Cinderella: Reid Andrews and Lucie Miller

(Fighting for Love #1)

Seducing Cinderella (Fighting for Love, #1)

Summary:
From Goodreads.com
He'll teach her the art of seduction...for a price.

Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up.

Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance.

Soon Reid finds himself in the fight of his life...winning Lucie's heart before she gives it to someone else.

Review:
Lucie is Reid’s best friends little sister. He runs into her unexpectedly at her PT clinic when he is rehabbing before his next big fight. Lucie had just gotten the letdown of her life. She has been in love with a Dr at her hospital for what seems like forever, but he never notices her.  Reid needs Lucie to help him with his injury and she needs him to help her with her social situation. A win-win!


I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick fun read. Lucie and Reid were super cute together. Reid was funny, cocky and a true alpha male. I loved watching Lucie grow in her confidence as her and Reid worked together. She really started to grow into herself and it definitely showed by the end of the book. I think Reid surprised himself, he was such a good teacher he fell in love with his pupil.  If you are looking for a quick fun read with a sexy MMA star with a great love story read this book! You will not regret it. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review: No Remedy by Christine d'Abo

No Remedy - Mace Simms, Alec Roiten and Byron

(Bounty #2)

No Remedy (Bounty, #2)

Summary:
From Goodreads.com
For months, Mace Simms has been seeking an antidote for the poison killing her mentor. Her only hope is Alec Roiten, a brilliant scientist hiding on a backwater planet. Posing as a research assistant, Mace offers the elusive genius all the help she can, ignoring the explosive chemistry between them. Soon they’re close to a cure.

But then Alec’s former love Byron shows up, attempting to claim a bounty on Alec’s head, and all that careful research gets left behind when they’re forced to flee. And when Byron realizes the tip-off about Alec was a ruse by his rivals to lure him out into the open to kill him, the bounty hunt turns into a three-person scramble for survival.

Byron wants his old lover back, Alec is consumed by a haunting secret about the poison he’s desperate to defeat, and Mace is caught between them. But she’s beginning to think that’s exactly where she belongs as the three are drawn together in their race against death.

Review:

This book is steamy hot hot hot… It’s a M/F/M trio, and oooWeee they get creative.  When we start this story Mace and Alex are fighting their mutual attraction. They are working on a remedy for Faolans illness, they are getting close to a cure but Alex’s past has caught up with him in the form of bounty hunters. The first one that finds Alex is his old lover, Byron. Mace, Alex and Byron have to flee the planet together Mace and Alex need to continue to work on the cure. Alex has to make amends so he is working like the devil is on his tail.

Byron begins to feel useless as he has nothing to do while they work.  As he watches them work his past feels grow for Alex and he feels himself and starts to become attracted to Mace.  As they work Byron discovers that maybe he does have a use, Alex and Mace are overworked they need him to lose themselves and he’s just the man to do it.

Mace was always attracted to Alex but she knows that Alex and Byron have a past and she can tell that they have unresolved feelings for each other. She is honored that for this brief time she gets to belong to these two men but she knows it’s not permanent.

Alex is tormented by his past. He never meant for any of it to happen and now he is doing all he can to make amends but he knows it’ll never be enough. He’s come to care for Mace and it’s the least he can do to work with her to find a cure for her mentor. As he continues to work his unresolved feelings for Byron continue to grow as do his feeling for Mace. He’s not sure how he can do this without either of them.


Together these three come together to form a perfect trifecta. I really enjoyed their journey separately as well as together.  As mentioned this book is smokin hot, these three have some serious chemistry together. I quite enjoyed reading this book; I don’t think I liked it as much as the first. The first just had a bit more humor involved mostly due to Faolon’s devil may care attitude. Don’t worry we do get more of him in this book, I promise! This was a very solid and quick read and I much recommend it. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

No Quarter by Christine d'Abo

No Quarter - Gar Stitt and Captain Faolan Wolf
(Bounty #1)

No Quarter (Bounty, #1)

Summary:
When bounty hunter Gar Stitt is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, after all, and Captain Faolan Wolf isn’t hard to find. He’s the most notorious pirate in the galaxy, and when he shows up planetside to take his pleasures, he’s far from subtle.

Faolan never expected a hot but tightly wound hunter to walk into his private party and try to apprehend him single-handedly. And when an unexpected betrayal forces them to work together, Faolan’s even more surprised to find himself drawn to Gar personally—especially since neither of them do personal.

Gar had intended to put Faolan in prison. Instead he finds his solitary existence shaken by his desire for the pirate. And when the bounty hunter becomes the hunted, he must put his faith in Faolan and his pirate crew, or run the risk of ending up dead.

Review:
I haven’t read a M/M book and a while and picked this one up as a rec from Sarah from www.feelingfictional.com . We both enjoy Christine D’Abo as a general rule and this one did not disappoint. I enjoyed it much more than I was expecting. Faolan was quite funny and loved messing up Gar’s perfectly ordered routine. Gar likes structure and Faolan is getting into his life and messing everything up. It’s taking Gar well out of his comfort zone but he can’t seem to stay away from Faolan. 

The sexual tension between these two is actually quite heated. In the beginning Gar is drugged by a sexual stimulant and of course Faolan is happy to offer up his services. They have approximately 3 days to enjoy each other’s company before they reach Faolan’s ship and they plan to make the most of it. When Gar is betrayed they team up and we embark on a crazy erotic trip across space.


It’s a fairly short read but a very enjoyable one. Faolan and Gar have sizzling chemistry and endearing feelings towards one another. But their relationship has a time limit as all is not what it seems with Faolan. Find out what he is hiding and read this book! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed by Anna Campbell

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed: Jonas Merrick and Sidonie Forsythe

(Sons of Sin #1)

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin, #1)

Summary :
From Goodreads.com
Will a week of seduction...

Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic—even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

...Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?


Review:
Ok, I guess I never reviewed this book. Since I just did a re-read I guess I'll do it now, 4 years late but never late than never right?

So I remember really loving this book the first time I read it, and while I still enjoyed it, my love for it has diminished somewhat. I think mostly from one scene in particular that just had me scratching my head and thinking what an idiot... That scene aside, I really liked Jonas and Sidonie. Sidonie stood up to Jonas at every turn and he is a strong with a domineering personality. She was fiesty and loyal, she tried to do what she thought best for everyone but usually someone always gets hurt in these scenerios. 

Jonas for the first chapter or so is supposed to be our villain. He attempted to lure is enemies wife to his home for a weeks seduction. What he got was her sister and he quickly learns that is so much better. He makes a deal with Sidonie.. a week...he has a week to seduce her and she has a week to resist her charms. During the course of the week we find out that Jonas is so much more than what he shows to the world. He's vulnerable and as scarred on the inside as he is on the outside. Only Sidonie seems to break down the walls he's erected.

By the end of the book we leave off with a warm fuzzy feeling and I quite enjoyed the tumultuous ride to get there. If you like beauty and the beast like stories I think you'll really enjoy this one. :)  


*ARC from NetGalley

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Review: The Valentine's Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich

The Valentine's Arrangement: Ronnie Clark and Kale Emerson

(Hard Feelings #1)

The Valentine's Arrangement (Hard Feelings, #1)

Summary:
From Goodreads.com
Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not anymore. Love leads to heartbreak, and she’s vowed never to let herself get hurt again.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his soldiers to finish leading their mission. He’s dedicated to his men and to his country, and he’s not interested in getting wrapped up in a distracting relationship…but casual sex, that’s a different story. From the moment he sees Ronnie, he wants her. And he agrees to her terms—no romance, no fluff—just passion.

But as their sexual chemistry ignites, the lines of their arrangement get blurry, and Ronnie starts to push Kale away. And when Kale realizes he’s found his match in this razor-tongued, gorgeous woman who is hell bent against love, winning her heart could be the toughest battle he has ever fought.


Review:
I really quite enjoyed this book! It was hot and sexy from beginning to end. Ronnie’s snarky bad attitude made for a fun, interesting heroine. I don’t typically like heroines that don’t have a little bite to them, so Ronnie was right up my alley. I also like that she was the one that was the tattoo artist. I’ve read a few books where one of the main characters is a tattoo artist, but usually it’s the male so I like the role reversal. Ronnie was a tough, thick skinned chica, with a bad attitude and no room for love in her life. Her ex-fiancĂ© had done a real number on her and she certainly wasn’t ready to trust her hear to another, especially another military man. To her they are a heart ache waiting to happen. When Kale walks through the door in her tattoo shop she throws the bad attitude to its full extent because she had never been so intensely attracted to another man before and it scared the shit out of her.

Kale takes one look at Ronnie and knows he wants her even with all the bad attitude she throws his way. He knows she wants him just as badly as he wants her, so he’ll gladly take the bad attitude if it gets her where he wants her. I just adored Kale, due he took everything Ronnie threw at him and just kept smiling with cute dimples (I’m a sucker for dimples!) all the way to the bedroom. Kale only does one type of relationship, the type the ends when he leaves and no one has any hard feelings, so he isn’t sure why he’s so bummed when Ronnie offers him just that. His life is the military and that’s how he likes it, he lives and breathes the military lifestyle. His men are the most important to him and no woman has ever threatened that before, until Ronnie. Kale is the type of man, which every woman wishes she could find: loyal, committed, funny, steadfast and an all-around good guy. So why is Ronnie still pushing him away?

I really liked how Kelsie Leverich approaches the military life style at least how it is for the woman left behind. I felt it was a pretty accurate to how it really is. I have a couple of friends that are military wives so I know how it is for them as the one that is left behind and has to keep on trucking as their men are risking their lives every day. The news becomes a nightmare every time there is a bombing in the area that her man is fighting in. They go into birth on their own, raise kids on their own as the man she loves comes in and out of her life. Ms. Leverich does not shy away from this and addresses these issues in her book. Ronnie is reluctant to enter into this type of lifestyle again and hell there is no way I can blame it. I’m not sure I could ever do it, so for me it is a special tough sort of woman that can. I can see how some who read this book may see Ronnie as a total bitch for not immediately taking on Kale, because, let’s face it, he is a catch, but I am not one of them. I have seen what this kind of life is like and it’s not for everyone, if anything I admire Ronnie for not jumping right into it.

Overall, this was a great read, it was quick, fast paced and sexy as all get out. Ronnie and Kale made the characters come to life and I was not a bit disappointed with this title. I would definitely recommend it to readers and am looking forward to any future titles from this author.


Reviewed originally on Let’s Get Romantical

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: Better with You by Lexxie Couper

Better with YouCharlie Baynard and Dani De Vries

(Outback Skies #4)

Better with You

Summary:
From Goodreads.com
"There's nothing hotter than a killer love story."

"Outback Skies," Book 4

Charlie Baynard is an average Outback cop. Protecting the people in his small town and flying through the Outback skies in his police chopper suits him just fine. But there’s a side to him that no one knows about. Like the fact he used to be one of the Australian government s best assets, and his name isn’t really Charlie.

A dangerous past conditioned Charlie to be afraid of nothing and no one. Except for the woman who knows "exactly" who he really is. His wife. And if the reports that she’s headed for Wallaby Ridge are true, he’s got two choices arrest her or kill her. Before she kills him.

Dani De Vries never questioned orders and was paid to do things that put her on a lot of most-wanted lists. Then Charlie entered her life and things shifted. Now Dani is on the run, hunted by dangerous people. But not as dangerous as the man she never meant to fall in love with her husband.

If only she can find him in time. And convince him not to put a bullet between her eyes.

"Warning: The hero and heroine in this romance are dangerous. And violent. And don’t pull any punches, in or out of bed. And they spend a lot of time in bed having a lot of sex. A "lot" of sex.""

Review:

Better with You by Lexxie Couper is the fourth book in the Outback Skies Series. I have read most of the books in this series and have really enjoyed them. They are usually really quick reads but pack quite the punch. In this case it is not my favorite of the series, my favorite was probably the last one but I really did enjoy this one.

There was an exciting mix of sexual tension, violence and sex. Dani and Charlie have a history part good, part bad and when Dani shows up again Charlie knows it can’t be good. And he is right, with Dani’s presence in the outback trouble soon follows but is it of Dani’s making or is it Charlies past catching up with him? Lucky for us we get to find out!

I’ve liked Charlie from previous books and that continues into this book. He’s a protector at heart no matter what he is doing. The outback might not be the most exciting place but he’s had plenty of excitement in his lifetime and the quiet is exactly what he needs. Dani has to prove to Charlie as well as the reader that she is genuine in her interest towards Charlie and not out to kill him. We have a short time to discover her true intentions. Duntaduhh….


**Review copy provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation provided.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Early Review: Saved By The SEAL by Diana Gardin

Saved By The SEALGrisham Abbot and Greta Owen

(Battle Scars #2)

Saved By The SEAL (Battle Scars #2)

Summary:
From Goodreads.com
He saved her life. She showed him how to live it . . .

When he sees a woman drowning, Grisham Abbot immediately leaps into action. The Navy SEAL forgets his training, his past, and the explosion that forever scarred his body and his mind. He can only remember what he was born to do. But saving Greta Owen is a complication Grisham is definitely not ready for. She’s stunning and gorgeous—like sunlight after months of darkness. Yep, Grisham is so, so screwed.

Greta knows that the smart thing to do would be to run from Grisham. He’s a wounded warrior, and his head is a big-time mess. The problem is that Greta wants to make him her mess. One kiss and she’s completely in over her head. And if this SEAL risked himself to save her, then she must find a way to bring him back to life . . .

Review:
Saved By The SEAL by Diana Gardin is the second in the Battle Scars series. I am new to this series, I did not read the first book in the series but that did not detract from the book at all. Sure it would have been nice to have been more familiar with some of the previous stories that were discussed but really this one stands on its own.

I admit it probably took me half way thru the book to really get into it. The dialogue between the characters was kind of cheesy and I wondered a few times if men really talked like because thankfully I haven’t heard it.  The cheesy dialogue seemed to get more realistic as the book went on, so that was good. And then I started to get more into the characters themselves and the story. Greta is a cutie who loves her family but is a bit damaged by her father always choosing his job over his family. Grisham is a SEAL who also came from the crappy father home but has made his own way in the military as a SEAL.  Grisham is a natural protector and cares for the people he loves, and now Greta is one of those people despite his initial resistance. Grisham lost part of his leg as active duty and is now facing a decision on what to do next and Greta is there by his side as he goes through several life changes.


I ended up enjoying the book; it was a pretty quick easy read. Somewhat predictable but that happens. I think I’ll probably the next book in the series because I want to see what happens with Mea and I think his name was Drake. Im pretty sure that will be the next couple.  

**ARC copy was provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.