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. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review: Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha

Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha: Mad, Jade, Dylan and Scarlet
(Beyond #7)

Beyond Ruin (Beyond, #7)

Summary:
Adrian Maddox fled his royal life—and tragic past—in Sector One, choosing instead to join up with the O’Kanes. For years, he’s lived by one rule: love fast, love hard, and always be willing to walk away. He’s managed to guard his heart, keep it whole and untouched—until now.

They couldn’t be more different—Dylan, the brilliant, burned-out doctor from Eden who drowns his pain with drugs and self-destruction. Scarlet, the sensuous, sexy rocker from Three, a woman unafraid to embrace the world. And Jade, the whore turned spy from Sector Two, who battled addiction and came out stronger than anyone he’s ever met.

Separately, they make Mad long to open his heart, to tumble head-first into a sea of possibilities and wild love. Together, they make him burn, inside and out, with lust and unbearable, unimaginable pleasure.

Then one fateful moment shakes their world to its foundations—and leaves the sectors on the verge of all-out war with Eden. It’s the biggest fight the O’Kanes have ever faced, and Mad and his lovers are at the dead center of it. They could end up with everything they never knew they wanted—or lose it all. Including their lives.

Review:
The last 40-30% moved the book along and had a lot going on which ended up saving it a bit for me but really it was the subplot between the sectors and Eden that was the most interesting part. For me the beginning the book seemed to drag, I knew we were building to something BIG but it seemed to take forever to get there. Once everything starting going down the story picked up for me. There is a shift in sector power and a war brewing. It's all very exciting and I can't wait to see where KR is taking us with us. I'm really looking forward to the next book and not just because its Hawks book... :)

I never ended up truly believing this foursome in particular Scarlett and Dylan. They maybe spent 1 page/ 1 conversation alone together yet somehow Im supposed to believe that these two loved each other? Yeah not buying it. Even Mad and Jade I had a hard time with as well because he keeps seeing her as a fragile butterfly and victim and doesn't really seem to get her until the very end. Mad and Scarlet I believed, Dylan and Jade that too I believed.. Scarlet and Jade had a pretty good thing going, tho they would have been fine together without Mad and Dylan. Mad and Dylan Im still not sure how I feel about them. It seems like they were initially brought together by a mutual desire for Jade?? In the beginning they seemed more hot for each other than by the end of the book. I think Kit Rocha may have bitten off a bit more than they could chew with this foursome. Even the sex scenes seemed off to me. Dylan as the Dom just didnt work, I just didnt feel it not like Cruz, Jasper or Dallas. He just didnt pull it off for me and Jade being ashamed that she wanted to be told what to do seemed overblown and somewhat vague I just didnt get what the big deal was about and why it was such a shame/secret. In fact Jade's whole need to be a secret to everyone except Dylan. I dont know it seemed to hinder the character development rather than help it. Dylan seemed to be the most underdeveloped character of the foursome. I still dont feel like I know much about him.


Overall, while the beginning dragged for me and I felt like there needed to be more character development to really make this foursome believable it was still an enjoyable book with lots going on in the sectors.  I am still a huge fan of this series even if this book wasn't my favorite. There were plenty of fans that gave this book 5 stars so there are plenty of people who LOVED it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

It's Time!!! Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha

Beyond Ruin (Beyond, #7)

Blurb for Beyond Ruin

The sectors will never be the same...

Adrian Maddox fled his royal life—and tragic past—in Sector One, choosing instead to join up with the O’Kanes. For years, he’s lived by one rule: love fast, love hard, and always be willing to walk away. He’s managed to guard his heart, keep it whole and untouched—until now.

They couldn’t be more different—Dylan, the brilliant, burned-out doctor from Eden who drowns his pain with drugs and self-destruction. Scarlet, the sensuous, sexy rocker from Three, a woman unafraid to embrace the world. And Jade, the whore turned spy from Sector Two, who battled addiction and came out stronger than anyone he’s ever met.

Separately, they make Mad long to open his heart, to tumble head-first into a sea of possibilities and wild love. Together, they make him burn, inside and out, with lust and unbearable, unimaginable pleasure.

Then one fateful moment shakes their world to its foundations—and leaves the sectors on the verge of all-out war with Eden. It’s the biggest fight the O’Kanes have ever faced, and Mad and his lovers are at the dead center of it. They could end up with everything they never knew they wanted—or lose it all. Including their lives.


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Blurb for Beyond Volume One

BEYOND SHAME (87,000 words, 354 pages)
Beyond Shame (Beyond, #1)

All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain. But ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms.

Those ruins house the corrupt and the criminal--men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. He'll defend the O'Kane gang with his life, but no fight prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, and so is their attraction. But if she wants to belong to Jas, she'll have to open herself to a world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.

BEYOND CONTROL (100,000 words, 398 pages)
Beyond Control (Beyond, #2)

Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude to become one of the most influential people in Sector Four, where the O'Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. There's nothing she wouldn't do for the gang--and for its leader. But she bows to no one, not even Dallas O'Kane.

Dallas fought to carve order out of the chaos of the sectors. Danger threatens his people, but his liquor business is flourishing, and new opportunities fuel his ambition. Lex could help him expand his empire--and no one says no to the king of Sector Four.

Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them both.

BEYOND PAIN (89,000 words, 350 pages)
Beyond Pain (Beyond, #3)

Live fast, die young--anything else is a fantasy for Six. She's endured the worst the sectors had to throw at her, but falling in with Dallas O'Kane's Sector Four gang lands her in a whole new world of danger. They're completely open about everything, including their sexuality--but she hasn't survived this long by making herself vulnerable. Especially not to men as dominant as Brendan Donnelly.

Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can't afford--until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn't enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes--voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won't share her.

In Bren's arms, Six is finally free to let go. But his obsession with the man who made him a monster could destroy the fragile connection they've forged, and cost him the one thing that makes him feel human--her love.


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Monday, December 28, 2015

Early Review: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

(Charley Davidson #9) – Charley Davidson AKA Janey Doerr


The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9)


Expected publication: January 12th 2016
Summary:
In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.


Review:
This book takes pace one month after EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK, Charley has literally exploded into the air and reformed in Sleepy Hallow New York outside of a diner.  When Charley awakens she has no memory of who she is and realizes quite quickly that she sees things that others can’t.  Charley takes on the name Janey Doerr for lack of another one. Of course the gang is not going to let Charley go it alone and they pretty much infiltrate the diner Charley starts working at. They don’t tell Charley who she is and they hope that she will come to it on her own but time is running out.


For me, I just didn’t enjoy this version of Charley as much as I enjoy the Charley that remembers who she is. Everything just seemed to be less. She wasn’t quite as snarky; although, most does remain intact. She is more timid and doesn’t embrace the departed like we are used to. That doesn’t mean that Charley doesn’t manage to find plently of trouble on her own anyway, because I don’t think losing her memory could ever change that. And throughout the book, it just seemed like not telling her was more of a hindrance then telling her. Charley was confused , lonely and didn’t understand what was going on around her. I think if they had at least told her she could have come to terms quicker or would at least be less confused and timid. Just my humble opinion. Don’t get me wrong, the book was still very entertaining and I enjoyed it very much, I was just expecting more. 

*Review copy provided for an honest review, no other compensation was given. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Reap by Tillie Cole

Reap by Tillie Cole

(Scarred Souls #2) - Talia Tolstaia and Zaal Kostava

Reap (Scarred Souls, #2)

Summary:

Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva's obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act, or live for himself; he's his master's perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six-foot-six, weighing two-hundred-and-fifty pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, who rules the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him.

Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life. She dreams of another life--away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon, her criminal family's underground death-match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family's captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers. But sacrifices must be made--blood for blood...life for life...souls for scarred souls...


Review:

Im DNFing this book at 62%. I don’t think I have ever DNFed a book this late in the game but I'm just totally over it, and it took me weeks to get this far. The best part of the entire book is when Zaal says "You are...for me?" but one line no matter how many times it is said does not make an entire book.  I have no emotional connection to either of the characters. I think I could have had one to Zaal but Thalia is blocking us from getting to know him. She's blocking him from getting to know him. She knows some details of his life before the mater but any time he asks about it she distracts him with a kiss which of course leads to sex. Thalia just seems to be a spoiled mafia princess without much substance. I gave up on this book when I read the following passage.. This passage basically summed up the entire book for me.

"She never talked about her life with me. She never told me anything. I realized that since she freed me from the basement we hadn't talked much at all. We had fucked. I'd held her in my arms, but not much else."

With that one passage I knew I was done. We are over 60% through the book and there is no substance, one dimensional characters, unbelievable insta-love, a lagging plot line and I can't even say the sex scenes were all that hot because they lacked an emotional connection between the two characters. And I swear to jeebuz if Thalia clenched her thighs one more time in this damn book I was going to shoot them so she could never clench them again! All in all, this book does not live up to its awesome cover. I’m seriously shocked by all of the 4 and 5 stars on this book but to each their own I guess. This isn't the first time I've wondered if I was reading the same book as everyone else and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones

Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones

(Charley Davidson #8.5) - Reyes Farrow


Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson #8.5)



Summary:
All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see...

Told from his point of view, BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him.


Review:


Yes! I glimpse into Reyes mind! This novella is told from Reyes point of view covering from Charley’s birth up until Charley goes to visit him when he is in the hospital in a coma in the first book.  It takes us through his tragic childhood, the things he had to do to survive. His relationship with his sister and Armador. His time in prison and how he watched over Charley growing up. He thought Charley a dream, a figment of his imagination up until he finally saw her in person the first time. Reyes childhood was heartbreaking but his inner strength is beyond amazing. The telling of this book is a lot darker and has a more serious tone then any of the books from Charleys POV.  Im so glad we got this brief glance from Reyes POV and hope we get another one! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Winter Secrets Blog Tour


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About the Book
Winter Solstice Run #3 (Black Hills Wolves #33)
Decadent Publishing
Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 11/20/2015
Length: 23K/78pgs

Patience is a virtue…a lesson Stephen Dorsett has learned over the years, wooing his mate. He loves the prickly woman with all his heart, but he’s keeping a secret from her—one that will soon change the entire dynamic of their relationship.

Kate Matthews has a secret of her own, but she’s reluctant to share her surprise with Stephen. With her mate spending too many long hours and late nights at work recently, Kate begins to second-guess Stephen’s commitment to her.

One simple misunderstanding, fueled by insecurities and doubts, is all it takes to throw Kate and Stephen off course. Will they allow their secrets to pull them apart, or make their love stronger?

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Excerpt

Kate Matthews gaped at the small, plastic stick she clutched with a death grip. The frantic drum of her heart beat against her ribcage while her stomach churned in discord. A swift influx of panic, elation, disbelief, and fear bombarded her all at once, dragging the air from her lungs in a noisy whoosh.

Pregnant.

“Oh, shit.”

Reeling from the revelation, she stumbled backward to drop onto the toilet lid before her weak knees buckled. Unfortunately, she miscalculated the distance and fell in between the sink and toilet with a surprised squeal, landing in a squished heap and banging her head on the wall in the process. Temporarily rendered stupid, she simply sat there, wedged in the tiny space, gawking at the little strip of plastic glaring the truth at her.

“You all right in there?” her mate, Stephen, called from the other side of the door. No doubt he’d scented her distress.

Alarm whipped through her bloodstream, and the pregnancy test flew from Kate’s trembling hand to clatter on the floor in front of her. When he twisted the doorknob, she bolted from the floor and snatched the small stick from the bathroom tiles.

“I’m fine,” she exclaimed. “There was a spider.”

He twisted the knob again, and she sent up a quick prayer of thanks she’d had the foresight to turn the latch.

“Why’d you lock the door?” A mix of irritation and concern tinged his deep voice.
Frantic, she stashed the plastic strip in a box of tampons in the cabinet under the sink, certain he’d never look there, and then darted for the entrance. Once she fumbled with the lock, she tugged the door open and came face to chest with Stephen.

“I must’ve locked it by accident when I came in.” The excuse sounded weak to her own ears. Surely, he would think the same. They never locked the bathroom door, if she could get him to close the damn thing at all.

A frown creased his golden features. He watched her through narrowed blue eyes—attempting to decipher the obvious lie and cow her with his probing stare at the same time.

Drop it. Drop it. Please, for the love of God, drop it.


About the Author

Melissa Limoges lives along the Gulf Coast with her OCD cat, Mr. Tibbs. Tax assessor by day, romance writer by night, she enjoys anything coffee related, traveling, and reading happily ever afters.



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Review: Winter Secrets: Winter Solstice Run #3 by M. Limoges

Winter Secrets: Winter Solstice Run #3: Stephen Dorsett and Kate Matthews

(Black Hills Wolves #33)


Winter Secrets: Winter Solstice Run #3 (Black Hills Wolves Book 33)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com
Patience is a virtue…a lesson Stephen Dorsett has learned over the years, wooing his mate. He loves the prickly woman with all his heart, but he’s keeping a secret from her—one that will soon change the entire dynamic of their relationship.

Kate Matthews has a secret of her own, but she’s reluctant to share her surprise with Stephen. With her mate spending too many long hours and late nights at work recently, Kate begins to second-guess Stephen’s commitment to her.

One simple misunderstanding, fueled by insecurities and doubts, is all it takes to throw Kate and Stephen off course. Will they allow their secrets to pull them apart, or make their love stronger?


Review:
It was good, I have obviously missed earlier books in the series but that didn't really hinder anything. This was a quick glimpse into an already mated couple’s life after mating showing that not everything is rainbows and kittens. The Kate was kind of a shrew in the beginning but she eventually calmed her ass down. Stephan was cool from beginning to end, he knew what he brought to the table and he just needed his mate to get her head out of her a$$ and know what she brought to the table and appreciate all that he's done for her. It was a really quick read with some good moments. I liked it.

*review copy provided for an honest review.