Tuesday, December 20, 2016

#EarlyReview: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire: "Cat" Catalia Fisa and Griffin

(Kingmaker Chronicles #2)


Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Summary:

SHE'S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD...
"Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.

Review:

So I’ll start by prefacing that I LOVED the first book in the series, so I was nearly salivating to get my heads on the second installment. I'm not ashamed to admit that I begged Sourcebooks for a review copy of this book. I think I did a little dance when I got approved. : )

So, did this book live up to my high expectations? I’d say it did a pretty damn good job. The beginning threw for a loop for a minute, I even had to go back and re-read the last chapter of the first book to make sure I didn't miss anything but don't worry about that, I jumped the gun and all was explained shortly after. There were a couple of things that were built up in the first book that ended up being a bit anti-climatic when revealed in book two but I didn't even really mind too much.  

This book was so action packed you barely have time to come up for air between one battle scene and the next. I’m kind of left wondering if you compare how many time Kate from the Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels and Kit from this series on how many times they almost die… who would win? They are both fierce women and exceptional fighters and magic users but they can both be pretty reckless when it comes to protecting the ones they love. Poor Griffin is always watching the women he loves run into impossible situations but somehow they both always make it out of the situations.

In the previous book I had mentioned that the use of the Greek gods threw me off but I had read somewhere that the author is of Greek descent so now that I know why she chose to use these particular gods it makes more sense to me and it no longer bothered me. In this book we also see some budding romances and I truly hope Griffins sisters get what they want! They turn out to be pretty fierce little things and my money in on them!

If you are a fan of urban fantasy, even tho I think this book qualifies as high fantasy I really think UF readers will love this series. So I would highly suggest taking a chance.


**Thank you Sourcebooks for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#EarlyReview: Becoming a Legend by Sarah Robinson

Becoming a Legend: Kane Kavanagh and Nora Hannigan

(Kavanagh Legends #3)


Expected publication: December 13th 2016 by Loveswept

Summary:
From Goodreads.com

Kane Kavanagh has always had one goal: being the best mixed martial arts fighter alive. With the MMA National Championships in Las Vegas fast approaching, the man they call “Killer” has no intention of letting anyone or anything get in his way. Somehow, though, a feisty opponent has slipped beneath his guard—and stolen his heart. Fiery and passionate, Nora Hannigan is harder to pin down than any rival Kane has faced in the ring. And she isn’t afraid to tell Kane that she wants nothing to do with him.

With her best friend about to marry into the Kavanagh family, Nora has been resisting Kane’s shameless attempts at flirting for months. But after their undeniable chemistry finally takes over, leading to the hottest night of Nora’s life, she’s running scared. There’s a lot about her life Kane doesn’t know, and she won’t be responsible for ending his career. Now Kane’s out to prove that he’s ready for commitment by winning her heart—and he’s never lost a fight.

Review:
I was really looking forward to reading Becoming a Legend by Sarah Robinson. I had read the second book in the series and really loved it. While I did enjoy this book it didn't quite live up to the second book. Saving a Legend was deeply emotional with well developed characters that you couldn't help but love. Becoming a Legend features Kane and Nora who we were set up for in the second book. Kane threw Nora cheesy pick up lines and Nora deflected them and him like a pro. In the second book and the beginning of this book there was great sexual tension. Neither wanted a relationship but the sexual tension was getting to both of them so they agreed to a FWB type of situation but before either of them knew it more was developing.

The romance isn’t really where I had issues with this book. That was probably the best part of the book. Where I had issues was with Nora and Kane themselves. Kane, I liked more than Nora, but even he had his spoiled middle child syndrome going on. He’d whine about how his family basically left him out to dry and how he was all alone. Which made me want to smack him up on the side of the head, thankfully this came up very rarely and his eldest brother put his ass in check. Now Nora, here was my biggest issue. Her mommy issues were distracting to say the least. I just wanted to shake her and scream you’re a smart grown women and you’re letting your loser mom wreck your entire future. I bet if she had just gone to the cops from the get go all would have been good but nooooo she decided to take on her mom's problems to her own detriment. And it wasn’t all the plausible to begin with. So in the end Im not sure I ever truly warmed up to Nora. I wanted to but she just left me mehh.. Maybe if I hadn’t had high expectations I would have liked this one more but instead it was just good or ok instead of great. I am however confident that there will be lots of great reviews on this book and many, many people will end up loving it.


Thank you Loveswept for providing a review copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

#EarlyReview: Max by Sawyer Bennett

Max: Max Fournier and Julianne Bradley


(Cold Fury Hockey #6)




Expected publication: December 13th 2016


Summary:
From Goodreads.com
The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.


Between working two jobs and raising her sister’s kids, Julianne Bradley doesn’t have time for sports—or men. All she knows about Max is that he’s the sexiest customer to ever grace her gas-station counter. And he sees past her tired eyes and makes Jules yearn for things she can’t have: a glamorous fling, a passionate lover, and the time to enjoy both. Max makes her feel like Cinderella, even though Jules has enough baggage to crush a glass slipper. Luckily, he’s no prince—only a fierce competitor determined to win her heart.


Review:
Max is the sixth book in the Cold Fury Hockey series by Sawyer Bennett. I started reading these books around 4 or 5 months ago and have been hooked. I do love a good hockey sports romance book and this is a pretty decent series in this sub-genre. This installment while not my favorite was pretty solid. I enjoyed it and it was pretty heartwarming. Not a whole lot of conflict except schedules and a bit of fear on Jules end. It was pretty refreshing that the male was the one that was looking for a relationship and had no fear of commitment. Jules sister's kids were pretty cute. I'm not usually a fan of kids in a book but they didn’t overpower the story line so in this case it was fine. We got to revisit a bunch of the previous couples in the series. It’s always nice to catch up with past characters. One complaint I think I have with this book, was there wasn’t much hockey in it. It was mostly just mentioned in passing like after a game. But other than that, it was a good book.


ARC was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

*This review can also be seen on Brazen Babe Reviews

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#EarlyReview: Hooked by Brenda Rothert

Hooked: Jake Birch and Miranda


Expected publication: December 6th 2016

Summary:
From the author of the On the Line and Fire on Ice hockey romance series comes a sultry novel featuring a brooding NHL player who’s hell on skates—and the no-nonsense woman who forces him to clean up his act.
Miranda: Even though I’m broke, putting myself through college, and working two jobs, I’m trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile, Jake Birch, hockey’s hottest bad boy, lives in a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago—and still complains about every little thing in his penthouse. But after I tell him off, instead of getting me fired, Jake requests me as his personal housekeeper. Then he starts flirting with me. Only I’m not flirting back . . . at least, I’m trying not to. Did I mention that he’s hockey’s hottest bad boy?
Jake: I’ve met the best woman at the worst possible time. Miranda is the fire to my ice—a sexy, charmingly candid spark who breaks down my walls and reminds me what it’s like to feel again. But I’m being forced to date my team owner’s daughter to keep my job, so I can’t be caught with Miranda. Still, we’re getting closer—until Miranda finds out about my “girlfriend.” And that’s not the only secret I’ve been keeping. But Miranda’s the one I want . . . even if she doesn’t believe me.

Review:
So I’m not going to lie I read this book maybe a month ago and after I read it, I immediately went and looked for other Brenda Rothert books and ended up reading like three more so they are kind of mixed up in my head at the moment. Lol  But that alone should tell you I really enjoyed this book.

I had no idea what to expect from this book since this was a new to me author, but the cover was hot and I love hockey books as a general rule so I thought I’d give it a try. I am super glad I did. I was very pleasantly surprised. I liked both Miranda doesn’t have time for a sexy playboy hockey player. She’s got school and two jobs and is still barely keeping her head above the water.  Jake has never met a woman he wanted to see more than once but there was something about Miranda that just keeps him coming back for more. She doesn’t take his shit and calls him on his BS.  She’s no nonsense and makes him work for it. But what I think made me fall for him is when he studies with her. He knows he wouldn’t be able to spend time with her otherwise and he wants to see her so much that he goes to her place and helps her study for her exam and even stays at her crappy apartment with her when he’s paying for and staying at a five star hotel.

This ended up being a sexy, heartwarming tale, that I truly enjoyed. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys sports romance or really contemporary romance in general.

**Much thanks to Loveswept for providing a review copy through NetGalley. No other compensation was provided.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review: True by Erin McCarthy

True: Tyler Mann and Rory Macintosh

(True Believers #1)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com
When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…

Review:

So this book has apparently been sitting on my review TBR shelf for over three years. Oops.. So anyway, thanks NetGalley for reminding me that I had this book. I took a second look at the blurb and I was intrigued enough to give it a whirl and I’m pretty glad I did.

Tyler is a “bad boy” with a heart of gold, although, he’s not much of a bad boy he just looks like one. My favorite kind of “bad boy”.  He’s had a rough upbringing and his younger brothers have it even worse. He does his best but it’s not always enough. Rory is super smart and a bit socially awkward. Usually I don’t like the whole innocent virgin thing but it’s totally buyable in this case. Rory is only 20 and just hasn’t had the opportunity to lose it mostly because she keeps most people at an arm's length.

So I’m still not sure how I feel about Tyler was her best friend and roommate's booty call at the beginning of this book. Not so much into the trading men thing but McCarthy managed to pull it off without much yuck factor. Pushing that aside, Tyler is pretty devoted to Rory from the get go. He doesn’t rush things and it all happens pretty organically. Overall, I liked the story. It wasn’t the best New Adult I’ve ever read but it was a pretty quick read. I finished it in one sitting and I'm intrigued enough to continue the series. I want to see what happens with everyone else.


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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Hero in the Highlands: Major Gabriel Forrester and Fiona Blackstock

(No Ordinary Hero #1)



Summary:

WILD AT HEART

Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

Review:
Im not sure how I feel about this book. It was ok edging towards good towards the end but I never feel in love with either of the characters.

Im still left wondering what exactly happened to the brother?? I wanted to know more here, get a solid conclusion. In sure Fiona would want to know as well as it was left for her she still doesn't know what happened to her brother.

I wanted more back story on the hero. Why did he go into the military? More on his childhood. How could he be related to a duke and not know it.. Thats the kind of thing that families pay attention to esp back then.

What is camp de aide going to do. It sounded like he was going to stay on, maybe, but as what? These are the things I wanted to know but there is no conclusion. Subplot lines just left open.

She was pretty shrewish in the beginning. At first I was like nice a sassy heroine with a backbone and then she was just a shrew arguing to argue. It wasn't until maybe 60% or so that she started calming down and her real personality came out. still with a sharp tongue and a back bone but if she was standing up for something it meant something.

I did start to like the story more towards the end but the beginning and early middle of the book were just ok and I was having a hard time really getting into the characters and story.

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


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Early Review: Beautiful Crazy by Kasey Lane

Beautiful Crazy: Kevan Landry and Mason Dillon


(Rock 'n' Ink #1)




Summary:


She's a rocker with attitude and ink...
He's a sexy suit who gets what he wants


Kevan Landry is trying to keep her life on track and her brother in rehab. If her fledgling marketing firm can sign the hot new band, Manix Curse, it will make a world of difference. Mason Dillon heads the most successful music PR firm in Portland. He's desperate to breathe new life into the company by signing Manix Curse.


The last thing either one needs is a one-night stand with a smoldering stranger...


The stakes are high when a battle for the band-in the bedroom and the boardroom-becomes a battle of the heart. But if these two can set aside their differences, they may find they're the right mix of sexy savvy to conquer both their worlds.


Review:


Beautiful Crazy is by a newbie author Kasey Lane. The cover grabbed my attention first and I was snagged with the description. A sexy rocker chick and a hottie guy in a suit.. Yeah, Im going to give this one a whirl. Kevan’s fledgling business needs to sign this band. Mason needs to bring in new talent into the company he works for to keep his job as CEO. The band needs someone to take them to the next level. When Mason and Kevan meet they are just two people in a bar with a strong attraction to each other and a night of passion. Too bad the one night stand follows them into a boardroom the next day when they are both pitching the same band. Kevan is seething and cant believe she’s been played like that. Mason can’t think about anything but getting Kevan back in bed.  The beginning of this book, I wasn’t so sure of. It seemed like the characters were repeating themselves often and I wasn’t sure I liked either one of them all that much. But little by little I grew to like them more when they went on tour and started opening up to each more. By opening up to each other they opened up to us as the readers. By the end I was committed to the story and to Mason and Kevan as a couple. I ended up really enjoying the story despite the semi-shaky beginning. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series and hope it’s either Kevan’s brother or one of the bandmates.

Copy was provided for an honest review thru NetGalley. No other compensation was provided.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Early review: Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Heart: Raphael and Elena


(Guild Hunter #9)




Expected publication: November 1st 2016


Summary:
From Goodreads.com


One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.


Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…


Nothing will ever be the same again.


Review:
Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh is the ninth book in the Guild Hunters Series and we return to Elena and Raphael two years after the end of the last book. Some might be unhappy to return to this powerful couple but I for one have no issues revisiting Elena and Rafael as the seven all revolve around these two and come on, does Singh put out a bad Guild Hunter book regardless of the featured couple?? Nope, she sure does not.  In this book we dont see as much as the Seven as I’d like but we do get glimpses of them as well as a bit of Elena’s Guard. Aodhan does play a bigger part of this book since he goes with Elena and Rafael to Morocco.  I know a bunch of people want an Aodhan and Illium pairing but I'm pretty sure I remember reading that they are NOT going to end up together, but I can see why fans would want this to come to pass.


So anyway, the three of them head to Morocco to deal with the douches that are the Luminata. Ok to be fair not all of them are douchebags but there are more than a few that are. Near to the Luminata compound is a human settlement and when Elena arrives, the whispers start, people look at her as if in recognition. So a good part chunk of this book is the mystery that is Elena’s past. It’s quite intriguing. I had a lot of fun trying to guess the outcome but ended up being mostly wrong, but isn’t that the fun of it?


Overall, it was fun to look into Elena mysterious family tree. I also loved the glimpses into Aodhan past and present. Little by little Aodhan is overcoming his past and becoming someone with one does not mess with. I’m looking forward to more in the Guild Hunter world and I don't see an end anytime soon.


ARC was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

*You can also see this review on Brazen Babe Reviews

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: Tank by M. Malone

Tank: Tank Marshall and Emma Shaw

(Blue-Collar Billionaires #1)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com

Money changes everything...

Years ago, Tank Marshall swore off fighting. He exercises iron control to keep his anger in check. But his mother was just diagnosed with cancer and the deadbeat dad he hasn’t seen in years is back offering an inheritance and a chance at redemption.

There’s only one person that keeps him anchored in the midst of the chaos. One person untouched by violence and money and lies. Emma Shaw.

But the one thing that Tank hasn’t learned yet is that when billions are at stake, there’s no such thing as innocent. Money. Changes. Everything.

Review:
I received Tan by M. Malone for free through author Kit Rocha. They were gracious enough to provide some of their readers with a few freebies and this was one of them. I picked this one up to read on a whim, I think it was the title of the book more than anything. I didn't even know what it was about.  It didn't take me long to really start enjoying this book.  Tank has a burning hatred for the man that sired him but circumstances what they are (his mom is sick) he needs the money that his father is offering him. All he has to do is show up once a week so the old man can see him. Before he agrees to anything he decides that it is in his best interest to see a lawyer and keep seeing the same lawyer each week because of the girl that works the front desk.. Emma. He has a raging crush on her and asks her out every week and every week she says no.

Emma hasn’t had it too well as of late, her parents were murdered and all she wants to do is return to university so she can earn her degree. She works two jobs just to try to make that happen. One respectable and one not so respectable. Its a chance meeting at the second job that really has her giving Tank a second look. After he protects her and her friend and after a talk with his dad she decides to give Tank a chance and she never looks back. They basically become inseparable from there but their lives are complicated and Emma has a secret hanging over her head.

The book was entertaining and fast paced. I really enjoyed the characters and the story, though the characters are really what pull this book through. Emma is a warm soul and wants the best for everyone. Tank has some issues mostly with anger and he doesn’t have the healthiest way of dealing with it, but Emma helps. I really liked them together, I felt like they really complimented each other. I felt like there were some holes in the story especially when it came to the death of Emma’s parents. I feel like it was glossed over especially when it came to Emma’s role. I also would have liked to have heard more about Tank’s time in the military but it was barely mentioned. Overall, if you are looking for a quick entertaining read this is a good one. I may read the rest of the series and I may not. It’s still up in air, although, I did like all of Tanks brothers. There are five of them in all.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: Red and Her Wolf by Marie Hall

Red and Her Wolf: Ewan and Violet

(Kingdom #3)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com

Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child’s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed--you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.

She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who’d seek to harm her.

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He’s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he’ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened…

Review:
Red and Her Wolf b Marie Hall is the third book in the Kingdom Series. This is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.  Big Bad has gotten a bad rap… Yes, so he killed grandma but it’s not what you think! I promise. The fairy tales got it all wrong. Ewan has been kept from his mate for 500 years and he can no longer be kept from her. Red or should be call her by her real name Violet has been ignorant of her past for 500 years but she has a destiny to fulfill and now is the time. Danika finally gives Ewan his mates location and he’s off in a shot and just in time. She took on a wolf from the dark and was grievously injured. Violet has hated the wolf that is embracing her for as long as she can remember but she is finding that her memories are not all that they are supposed to be and little by little she realizes that this wolf is someone she can trust when she can’t trust anyone else.

Wolf and Red are on the run, they are running towards Violets destiny but in order for her to do so she has to do two things.. 1. Stay alive and 2. Come into her powers. They have several tasks they have to complete to help Violet come into her powers before the final confrontation. I quite enjoyed the journey while these two learn to trust each other and Violet learns what she can do.. But I’ve got to say, the final battle was a bit anti-climatic. I felt like more power and magic would be thrown around but it all ended pretty quickly. The ending was pretty emotionally charged at least for Danika and had me a bit sad but Violet and Ewan’s happily ever after make up for that. This is the third and final book in the free ebook deal on Amazon but there are still two more books in the Big Bad.