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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

(Charley Davidson #8) - Charley Davidson, Reyes Farrow and Gang

Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)


Summary:
With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….


Review:
Here we are eight months later; Reyes, Charlie and Osh have taken up residence of a convent. They are on the run from 12 hellhounds sent from Hell; rumor has it they can’t step onto consecrated ground.  We open with Cookies wedding to Bob, aw! And the whole gang is there.  Agent Carter, comes to Charlie with a missing kids case and she decides to take on the case despite being convent bound she’s going to need help from her whole gang for this one including Amber and Quinten. With little Beep on the way the danger is escalating. Reyes isn’t sleeping and is making reckless decisions. The departed are converging on the lawn in masses.  


This installment follows in true Charley Davidson fashion we get to enjoy everything that has made up this series so far. Charley’s trademark sense of humor has not dimmed in the slightest due to her impending motherhood or her time in a holy place. In typical fashion she has multiple cases going on at one time but with everything else it may be too much for her. She has a missing person’s case, a dead tax accountant, a dead nun, her father’s murder and the arrival of Reye’s birth parents. See, a lot going on. Add to that the fact the Lucifer wants her and Beep dead and the hellhounds, all while nine months preggers she might have bitten off more than she can chew.  The book is action packed with lots of humor and no time to get bored. Yet another great book in this widely entertaining series. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Sweep in Peace: Dina Demille

(Innkeeper Chronicles #2)

Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2)



Summary:

Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn...and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper…

Review:
I’m a total Ilona Andrews fan girl, this is no secret. Whenever a new book comes out its on my auto-buy list. I haven’t read a single book by Ilona Andrews that I haven’t enjoyed.  This particular series is made available online in pieces on Ilona Andrews website. This in itself is super awesome and lets you know they care about their fans. That being said, I did start out reading this tale online as the pieces came out but stopped about halfway through so that when it was all done I could read it in one piece.. I was a day late and missed it being online for free so alas I had to wait until they prettied it up and released it as one piece. Was it worth the wait and the cost?! Absolutely!

So we are back with Dina, maybe 6 months ish after the last book. Sean had left the planet to see the universe and repay a debt. Arland aka Rapunzel (Seans nickname for him) left to join his House and now it’s just Dina and Caldenia in the house and no guests. When the Arbiter approaches Dina, she knows what she is about to undertake is very risky and dangerous but she needs this, not just for herself and the quest for her parents but for the inn itself.

The story is laced with typical Andrews’s humor/sarcasm. The description of Grumpy Cat about had me rolling.  Dina is participating an a peace talk among three factions that desperately want peace but their prides won’t permit it, on top of that there is a thief she must find and a temperamental chief in residence.   The pace of the book is steady and intriguing, there isn’t time to get bored not with all the preparations to be made and the three factions out to kill each other.  The end of the story when Dina has to interfere to get everyone on the same page is so deeply emotional and heartbreaking. George is a conniving asshole but he gets the job done. Caldenia has her typical wise insights and wisecracks and we get a new cat! (With no name) My only issue with this book is we didn’t get enough time with Sean, but im sure he’ll be featured in the next book whenever that one starts. I assume early next year. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Early Review: Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
Rune the Baneblood and Josephine Doe

(Immortals After Dark #16)


Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16)



Summary:
A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Review:

It is no secret I am a Kresley Cole fan girl, but even a fan girl can admit when an author misses. Thankfully that has not occurred here and I continue in my deep abiding Kresley Cole worship!  We are now 16 books deep into the Immortals After Dark series, based on trends of other series past it should have gotten a bit stale by now, but Cole keeps pumping out hit! If anything the series keeps getting better! She continually surprises us and keeps the series fresh by not taking us where you think she is leading us. You think she is setting you up for one thing and bam, it’s you with something completely different. Like… two completely new characters we have never heard of!  Who does that, who introduces two brand new characters so late in a series when readers already have their favorites and have already been set up for a completely different set of lovers? (Think back to Munro and his gypsy that we were set up for 2 books ago) But here we are, and count on Kresley Cole to make it work.  Now I know I saw some outraged fans, thinking there are so many other characters that deserve to have their happily ever after, but keep your faith fans! Has Kresley Cole ever let you down? I know she hasn’t for me.

So why is this book so great, you ask? Why do these newbies deserve their happily ever after? Well as we all know Cole has been leading us into the Ascension and into possible Apocalypse and the Møriør is leading us there… Or are they?  Rune is a member of the Møriør but he’s not particularly evil. Maybe misunderstood and a total manwhore which after his stint as an actual whore is not all that surprising.  He’s 7000 years old which I think is one of the oldest main characters we have encountered thus far, but like the other immortals he’s kept up with the times.  He’s been dispatched by the Møriør leader to assassinate our beloved Nix and he’s trolling Nola to find her.  

Josephine is a young’n in her early 20’s, but her earliest memory is when she is eight and she doesn’t remember anything before then. She wakes up in the ghetto with her infant brother and knows she is now responsible for him. Jo is incredibly snarky with an ego a mile wide and has an obsession with being a superhero and at the tender age of I think 11 she takes on a local gang only to be shot in the face. She wakes up in the morgue with bullets in her face and her little brother in the care of a librarian. She believes herself a ghost who can incorporate and for the next decade or so has no idea what the heck she is. But she keeps her superhero obsession and is the protector of prostitutes and she ghosts into shells (living bodies) to feel a connection with people. Now she is in Nola and when she meets Rune she meets another freak like herself and she needs to know more. Instinct kicks in and she is compelled to snack on Rune’s tasty blood and he becomes hooked!  He’s a Banesblood and his blood is poison to every being except another Banesblood (Think Natalya Reigns roommate on the island of hell) so when Jo drinks and doesn’t die he knows he’s got to keep her around. From here we go on a rollercoaster ride of action, orgasm denial, a battle of wills, combat situations, lots of nymphs, and chasing down Nix. It’s a fantastic ride to be on! Oh and speaking of Nix, we get to see some of her other awesome powers besides her foresight and man does she kick some ass! Who knew she had it in her. Get ready for one of the best books in the series! Now go forth and pre-order if you are reading this before its out.  

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review: Pretty When You Cry by Skye Warren

Pretty When You Cry: Ivan and Candace 

(Stripped #3)


Pretty When You Cry (Stripped, #3)



Pretty When You Cry on Amazon

Summary:
A new dark romance novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderlust and Prisoner…

I came from a place of dirt floors and holy scriptures. They told me the world outside was full of sin, and the first night I escape, I find out it’s true. Ivan saves me, but he does more than that. He takes me. He makes me his own girl.

My conditioning runs too deep. Ivan sees what I am.

That’s the thing about showing a mouse to a cat. He wants to play. And it’s terrifying, even for me. Because the only thing darker than my past is his.


Review:
This was a mixed bag for me...
It is a dark erotic novel which I knew going in so that wasn't really an issue for me. The issues I had were Ivan was pretty underdeveloped as a character by the end of the book we knew very little about him. His back story constituted about a page out of the entire book. I wanted to know more about his childhood, how he took himself from the streets to being one of the most powerful men in the city. These are the things the reader is interested in, this is what makes us bond with the character. I can't say I bonded much with Ivan.

But that wasn't even my biggest issue with the book.. My biggest issue was the sexy times. Ivan has a Daddy complex, he wants to be called Daddy and he wants to treat Candace like a daughter which just creeps me the hell out. I had a father whom I called daddy pretty much all of my childhood so to even think about Daddy in any sort of intimate situation makes me want to gag a little or a lot. I get Ivan’s desire to take care of Candace, the reward and punishment and even the innocence (This isn't my first rodeo after all) but just the incorporation of Daddy into the mix... I just mentally go there.


So other than skipping over a lot of the sexy times, I actually liked the story. Candace's had a difficult past and now under Ivan's protection she is doing better but her past won’t stay in the past. Now she is being threatened and there is no way Ivan is going to let that continue. So we are taken down Candy's journey how she got to where she is today, how she has changed, how she hasn't, how she discovers she needs to change. It’s a good emotional journey that I enjoyed being taken down.

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

Review: Alien Huntress Series Books 1-3 by Gena Showalter (Re-Post)

Book 1

Awaken Me Darkly: Mia Snow and Kyrin en Arr





Summary:


Mia Snow is an A.I.R (Alien Investigation and Removal) agent, one of the best there is. After the brutal death of her brother ay aliens hands and the obvious disapproval of her father, Mia all of her anger and aggression into being the best agent and team leader that she can be. Mia is stronger and faster than most of her counter parts but she never looked to deep into that and figured it was because of all of her hard work and dedication to the job. Mia’s new case is one of her more difficult murder cases to solve and keeps bringing her to Kyrin en Arr an, enigmatic, powerful, attractive, sensual Arcadian. All evidence seems to point to Kyrin and his Sisters direction but after several heart pounding encounters Mia is not so convenience and decides to work with Kyrin to fund the killer. To solve this case Mia is going to have to digger deeper into herself than she has ever dared to before. Will what she finds within destroy everything she has worked so hard for?


Review:


This book is a good start to the series, Mia is everything you would expect from a huntress: strong, stubborn, fiery, loyal and determined. Kyrin as with most of the males so far that I have read in the series seems to be underdeveloped. You don’t really know much about him so I didn’t really get to attached to him. The book itself is pretty short and a quick read, tho I was left wanting more of something…


It is a solid read but not extraordinary.



Book 2:


Enslave Me Sweetly: Eden Black and Lucius Adaire




Eden is an alien, a Raka, distinguished by her golden hair and skin that was raised by the human Michael Black after her parents are killed. Michael happens to run a government contracted assassin outfit. Eden is one of his assassins, after years of being a pampered princess she decided to win her father approval by training to be one of his assassins. After she takes a job and it is botched her father decides to give her one more chance to fix her “failure” but she has to work with Lucius, one of Michaels top assassins. Instantly they are attracted but repelled and antagonistic with each other, neither wants to work with the other but the boss insisted and each has their own reasons for seeing this job completed. After deliberating they decide that sending Eden in as bait would be the best course of action since she is a highly desirable alien on the black market….


Review:


The story is interesting with Eden an alien helping to bring other aliens down. Here again we see the “wanting their parents approval” theme which is central to the main character that is in the first three books so far (I’ve only gotten that far in the series LOL). Lucius as a character is underdeveloped and you are given a really quick glimpse into his past only for it to never be brought up again. The novel concluded with several unanswered questions.


It was decent but ultimately it was forgettable and left several unanswered questions.



Book 3:


Red Handed: Phoenix Germaine and Ryan Stone







Phoenix is a high school student and a “flyer” which means she is a drug addict. Unsure what to do with her unruly and out of control daughter Phoenix’s mother sends her to rehab. When she gets back Phoenix she is determined to never use again, she will not disappoint her mother again. When she is out one night soon after her return from rehab, she sees the delectable Ryan Stone, he tries to warn her about something and get her to go home but of course stubborn as always she doesn’t listen and they are overcome by aliens. Not sure what to do Phoenix jumps into the fight with Ryan and his sister, when she is almost overcome by an alien she is left unconscious and weak. When she is returned to her mother, her mother wrongly believes that Phoenix is using again. Fed up at this point her mom calls a “boot camp” to send Phoenix to, only it’s not a boot camp but a training institute for the A.I.R. Once in the program Phoenix decides this is what she wants, she will not use again, make a difference in the world and make her mom proud also it doesn’t hurt that Ryan is an instructor there. As an instructor Ryan is OFF LIMITS to Phoenix but he shares the attraction and they find it’s hard to keep their hands to themselves. Is Phoenix willing to risk her new found live purpose to be with Ryan?


Again we see the wanting to make a parent proud theme in this book, in the end Phoenix does get her approval from her mother. This novel is really kind of better as a young adult novel and maybe it was meant to be, I am not sure on that. There were several characters that were intriguing and would like to see again. It has the happy ending but very little action, it can bore in some places.