Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Marked by Lauren Dane, Vivian Arend, Kit Rocha

Marked: Anthology

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS.

Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch - the man she loved three years before. While she's not sure she's cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.

Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his.

Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up--and wearing O'Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O'Kane woman always gets what she wants.

All that remains:
Ok, so I admit I wasn’t even going to read this book, I’ve tried reading a couple books by Lauren Dane and I’ve never been able to get through them for whatever reason. I ended p being pleasantly surprised by this book. So from what I understand this is the first in a new dystopian like series by Dane. I have to admit I found it intriguing, basically something happened (I ca’t remember what the end of the world as we know it event is oops) and now a lot of people live in caravans and live in kind of commune like villiages. People come and go, some stay, they trade services to a large degree, life is simple but good. The women to male ratio is seriously skewed so there are way more men than women it is common to find same sex couples or triads (two men and a female). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a short novella to introduce your new world to readers as it is a bit more difficult to get a good grasp with the world building which I did find to some degree here. I have the basics, enough to understand but the world is not fully developed to me, I don’t feel like I have a firm grasp on it, but I am curious enough to read the next book in this series. Which I just read is going to be split up into parts… Have I mentioned how much I hate one book split into parts? ERG!! So anyway back to this book.
I really liked Summer, she is sassy and knows what she wants. She can hold her own against two fairly dominate men and has no issues letting them know if they have done something to displease her. She owns her sexuality and tried to live life to its fullest. Whats not to like about her?! Hatch is a larger life then personality. He is charismatic, a roamer and used to getting his own way. Hatch and Charlie have a good relationship going but Summer was his first love and has never quite gotten over her. When Summer first sees Hatch for the first time in four years, she is not happy with him. Hatch is ecstatic to see Summer again and even more happy that Charlie seems as attracted to Summer as he is. Hatch hurt Summer when he left and now he has some groveling to do. I like that Summer and Hatch butt heads to some degree, it keeps things interesting and I guess gives Charlie a job, as their third. I liked that Hatch to his responsibility to fix things with Summer seriously and didn’t just rely on his charm. This novella is short so the gravelling is speed up some but we get the point. I did have an issue with the Charlie part to this relationship. Charlie just seems like an afterthought in this story he’s there, his role is to be the mediator between Hatch and Summer but he has very little character development. We don’t really know anything about him. This book is clearly the Summer and Hatch show with Charlie thrown in for good measure; which is a shame because what I knew of Charlie I liked. This story could have easily been told without Charlie in it at all and we wouldn’t have missed his presence. Overall, it was a pretty good book, it was probably the least strong of the three novellas in this book but it held its own.

Rocky Ride:
So this book is the first in a spin-off of the Six Pack Ranch series; which I have not read. I guess we have met Anna in previous books as well as Mitch. If you haven’t read those books, no worries, you won’t be lost. At least I wasn’t. So this book starts full steam ahead, and it is steamy! Mitch and Anna have off the charts sexual chemistry; however, Mitch wants more and Anna is a bit of a runner. I love how Mitch kind of tricked Anna into actually dating him, he’s a sneaky one. Mitch is all tatted and pierced up, a mechanic at the family garage with a bad yet undeserved reputation. Anna is a ball busting cop in a small town. Dating Mitch is a risk to her career but a risk she decides is worth it. Vivan Arend takes us on a sensual ride as Mitch and Anna explore her sexuality, there isn’t much Mitch isn’t willing to make happen for Anna which is hot in its own right. Anna and Mitch hit a bump in the road when they are caught in a compromising position by one of her co-workers and their relationship may never recover. From beginning to end this story is very hot and highly entertaining. It was my second favorite of this

Beyond Temptation:
This book is why I picked up Marked! I have been waiting for Beyond Temptation by Kit Rocha since I finished Beyond Pain. I have been devouring this series as soon as the books are available. I love the O’Kanes and Sector Four. This book was probably the most developed of the three and my favorite. Although, to be honest it may have been the most developed because I have been reading the series since the beginning, but to me this world is rich and the characters memorable. Emma is cute, sassy and as an O’Kane a tough one. She can handle herself and she is all grown up. Noah is a loner, broody and likes his women dirty. He’s always noticed Emma, but as his best friends little sister he always considered her off limits. He’s done everything he could to make sure she has been taken care of, at least financially. With a price on his head, Noah wasn’t able to physically be in her life, he was not willing to risk her life. When he finds out she hasn’t been up in the mountains with her lover like he was told but safe and as protected as she could be as an O’Kane he can’t resist seeking her out. Emma is all grown up now, and has turned out to be a beautiful, sexual woman, one he can no longer resist; but he carries a deep secret one that can destroy everything, something he will do just about anything to keep Emma from finding out. Secrets have a way of being found out and this one could rock everything Emma thought she knew.

I loved this book from beginning to end. Emma is hard not to like, like all of the other O’Kane women. As Ace’s apprentice she is a gifted artist and can lay ink and Ace promises will someday be as good as he is. I love women tattoo artists in books, maybe because it’s such a male dominated profession and Emma is confident in her chosen profession. I ended up liking Noah more than I thought I would. He’s all broody and for a computer nerd he’s pretty sexy. Who knew he’d be such a dominate?! I didn’t see that one coming. Noah is basically a super hacker and is especially good at spying on the other sectors and Eden. There isn’t much he can’t find out and everyone knows it. But he’s been in hiding for years, but now because of Emma he’s out in the open and ready to take his revenge! Only Emma could have brought him out of hiding and his first time seeing her in years is electric. Emma and Noah have some serious pent up sexual tension that they have to work out and out and out, in a bed, on the floor, against a wall or on a tattoo chair, it doesn’t much matter in true O’Kane fashion. Like the rest of the books in this series the sexual heat in this book is very much present; but, I’m thinking this book is the most tame of the Beyond Series so far. Although, “tame” for this series is still hotter than most. LOL I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now I’m impatiently awaiting Beyond Jealously!

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