Monday, July 17, 2017

Blackthorne's Bride

Book Review of Blackthorne's Bride (Mail-Order Brides Series)



Title: Blackthorne's Bride

Series: Mail-Order Brides Series


Author: Joan Johnston


Date Published: July 25th 2017


Date Read:  July 14, 2017 


The Blurb:

Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.


Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.
 


My Review



4.5 Reunited Stars




I was so excited to get Josie's story from Netgalley. Having read all the other books in this series and seeing the Wentworth family slowly get their HEA I couldn't wait to see how Josie's story played out. I wasn't disappointed. Blackthorne's Bride was my favorite book in the series. I'm sad that this will be the last of the series. I want to know what happens to the children. The children would make a great spin off series, and let us catch up with the parents...Hint! Hint!


Josie was great. She was brave, smart, and caring. Marcus was kind, protective, and sexy. He had some abandonment issues and just wanted to be loved. Josie and Marcus were great together. They had a strong connection. I loved getting to catch up with Miranda, Hannah, and Hetty. I also really liked Marcus's sister Lark. On the other hand I couldn't stand Marcus's first wife, and I thought his best friend was a crappy friend. This book was lower on the action, and angst, and more about the romance and a sweet family reuniting after years of being separated. I loved everything about this book. The only reason it's not a full 5 stars is because I felt the ending was rushed and I would have liked a little more of an epilogue.





Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tempting Fate

Book Review of Tempting Fate (Colorado High Country Series)


Title: Tempting Fate

Series: Colorado High Country Series


Author: Pamela Clare


Date Published: June 29th 2017


Date Read:  July 10, 2017 


The Blurb:

A woman with no roots…


Naomi fled the cult-like nightmare of her childhood and learned to rely on one person—herself. Her resourcefulness keeps her alive during a catastrophe in the mountains, but it’s no help at all when it comes to Chaska Belcourt, the sexy EMT who saves her life. Raised to feel shame about her body and sex, she is putty in Chaska’s hands as he strips away her armor, exposing the vulnerable woman beneath, awakening desires in her that she’d been taught to ignore.

A kiss that changes everything…

Chaska Belcourt grew up on the reservation, the son of a hereditary Sun Dance chief. He left all of that behind for a new life in Colorado as an engineer with an aerospace firm and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He doesn’t share his sister’s belief that fate led him to find Naomi. But from the first moment their lips touch, he can’t get enough of her. 

A love that transforms…

As the passion between them turns into something more, Chaska is forced to admit that his sister is right. There’s no other way to explain the depth of his feelings for Naomi—or the fact that he and his people might hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of her past. But she will have to learn to trust again before the two of them can find the answers she needs—and claim this once-in-a-lifetime love.


My Review




4.5 Finding her way home Stars



*May Have Mild Spoilers*

Tempting Fate, the 4th book in the Colorado High Country Series, was great. I have been wanting Chaska's book since book 1. If you go back to my reviews of the other 3 books in this series you will see I was like I can't wait for Chaska's book in each one lol. To say I was excited to see Tempting Fate on Netgalley would be an understatement. I was over the moon. And that cover.... OMFG that cover is drool worthy. That cover deserves a standing ovation!



Chaska was everything I wanted and more. He was sexy, smart, and brave. He helped others, was respectful, and was just all around panty melting yummy. He has a calmness to him that was very peaceful, but he could be fun too. I loved how much family and helping others meant to him. Chaska was just an all around great guy. I fell in love with Chaska in book 1 and my love for him grew with every book. Naomi was a fighter. She had a hard life and no one to support her but she fought to make a living for herself. I thought it was so cool that Naomi made jewelry. Naomi had some major insecurities about her self worth, her sexuality, and her talent. Naomi was sweet, talented and honest. She had a love and respect for wild life. From start to finish I felt Naomi really grew in this book. 


Chaska and Naomi were very sweet together. They had a lot in common and got along well. I loved that Chaska showed Naomi that it was okay to enjoy sex. That sex with someone that respects and cares for you can be a beautiful thing. I loved the build up of their relationship. I had a good laugh at the jalapeno incident. Chaska was so sweet and supportive of Naomi. Chaska wasn't the only one that was supportive of Naomi, the whole town came together to support her. I loved the friendship between Naomi and Winona. I would love for Winona to get a book.....hint....hint! I loved the Lakota aspect of this book. Being part Cherokee I love reading about the Native American heritage in any book. Especially when it's shown in a well researched and respectful way. I also loved getting to see the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue gang and the past couples again. The HEA was awesome and very sweet. I would like to know if Naomi and her mom are going to have a relationship in the future though. Tempting Fate was a sweet, easygoing and entertaining read. I enjoyed every minute of it and I can't wait for the next book!





Sunday, July 9, 2017

Resilient

Book Review of Resilient (True Brothers MC Series)



Title: Resilient


Series: True Brothers MC Series


Author: Gillian Archer


Date Published: July 11th 2017


Date Read:  July 8, 2017 


The Blurb:

With her lowlife father in prison for manslaughter, Nicole Walker keeps her distance from the biker scene—until she meets the stud running security at her best friend’s wedding. “Tank” is big, mean, and trouble from every direction. Yet Nicole can’t take her eyes off his chiseled body, or deny the pure electricity she feels when he returns her gaze. Guys like Tank are supposed to be a one-way ride to heartbreak. So why, after a scorching night in his bed, does Nicole only want more?

 
From his tour in the Marines to his sister’s disastrous marriage, Tank has seen the worst that life has to offer. Ever since his father’s death, Tank’s been fiercely protective of his family—and the True Brothers have always had his back. But nothing could prepare him for a woman like Nicole, who’s determined to break down the walls around his heart. When violence strikes, placing Nicole in harm’s way, Tank digs deep to find the courage to keep her safe—and the strength to love without limits.


My Review




4 One and Done Stars




I enjoyed Resilient a little more than I enjoyed the last book. I really loved Tank. He was so yummy and totally bad ass. I liked Nicole but she got on my nerves at times. I understood were she was coming from and why she didn't like bikers but she was too judgy at times. I did really like Tank and Nicole together. I felt that Tank handled Nicole well. He was good to her and treated her well but didn't take her crap. I really didn't like the way Jessica acted to Nicole. I felt she was kinda over the top but being a bride I got she was being the stereotypical bridezilla so I overlooked it. I really loved Brittany and Stitch. They made the book for me so, Gillian Archer ripped my heart out when she did something I never seen coming.  I still feel like I'm kinda in shock over Britt and Stitch. Overall I really enjoyed Tank and Nicole's book. I am looking forward to more books by Gillian Archer. 




Friday, July 7, 2017

Seduced by the Tide

Book Review of Seduced By The Tide (Dragon Soul Series)


Title: Seduced By The Tide


Series: Dragon Soul Series


Author: Sean Michael 


Date Published: June 26th 2017


Date Read:  July 7, 2017 


The Blurb:

Meet the Beteferoce brothers. Five dragon shifters, each with a strong elemental power. And each with a fierce desire to find his soul mate… 


Deke has yet to meet a man who gives him a rush. Coast Guard rescue has kept the dragon shifter busy, but there's no harder work than finding a mate. Then comes Bryan. Bearded and inked, the personal trainer turned mechanic smells of grease, sweat and red meat. How irresistibly human can you get? And when it comes to hot, slamming sex, they're the perfect fit. Now all Deke has to do is to tell Bryan what he really is, and what he has planned for them. 

Bryan has never met anyone like Deke, a consuming lover with a body so arousing it damn near hurts. And he knows how to use every inch of it. Yet he can't shake the feeling that Deke is hiding something. Just not this—the stud he's falling for is a centuries-old dragon who has marked him as a mate. 

Bryan has to admit that something inside him is changing. For the first time ever, he's satisfied, body and soul. If Deke really is telling the truth, this could be his destiny—if he's ready to face it. 

Book two in the Dragon Soul series 


My Review




2 Didn't work for me stars



*Spoilers*

Seduced by the tide is the first book I have read by Sean Michael and it really didn't work for me. I was in the mood for some fated mate, M/M shifter love, but there was no meat to this story. It was all sex. Now don't get me wrong I enjoy smut as much as the next woman but the key to good smut is length. We readers all know smut is low on plot and character development, but hot on smexy time, so 100 pages or less works best for me otherwise it gets repetitive and I get bored. That is what happened in this book. It was too long to be smut but it didn't have enough plot, character, and relationship development. It was just sex, sex, bj, handy, bj, sex, steak, cupcake, sex, bj, kinky sex, bacon, handy, sex, and more sex. That is the whole book right there! Had this book been only 50 or so pages I would have rated it higher, but I got bored with this book. The sex got tedious and I found myself skimming the sex which was 90% percent of the book. The other thing that didn't work for me was the things Deke would call Bryan. Baby boy, Pretty baby, Sexy baby boy, Sweet baby and 100 other forms of baby this or that. Normally the pet name baby doesn't bother me but the baby boy just bugged me. And if it wasn't baby it was honey. There were so many sugary pet names that it got kinda cheesy. This book just didn't work for me. Sometimes authors and readers just don't rub together well and that is the case with this book. The writing style was fine and all I just didn't click with this book. 




Thursday, July 6, 2017

Just the Thing

Book Review of Just The Thing (The Donnigans Series)



Title: Just The Thing


Series: The Donnigans Series


Author: Marie Harte 


Date Published: July 4th 2017


Date Read:  July 5, 2017 


The Blurb:

A FLING MIGHT BE JUST THE THING...

Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life―along with a gorgeous leggy woman who won't give him the time of day.

Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn't until she signs up for a self-defense class with its distractingly hot instructor that she begins to come out of her shell again. With the memory of her sister telling her to live a little, Zoe decides a fling with buns-of-steel Gavin Donnigan might be just the thing.

Soon they're sparring both in and out of the gym. And for the first time in a long time, each is looking forward to tomorrow.


My Review



4.5 Sexy Charming Gavin Stars




Let me start this review by saying that cover is so much yummy eye candy! Thumbs up to whoever picked this cover it's the best lol! Just sayin'! I loved Gavin back when I read his big brother, Landon's book, A Sure Thing. Gavin was just so goofy and playful that I was drawn to him. So when I seen his book on Netgalley I was so excited for him to get his HEA. Gavin was everything I had hoped for. I smiled a lot while reading this book. Gavin was so funny, charming, and omg sexy. I just loved him to pieces. The things that would come out of Gavin's mouth lol he was just so goofy! Zoe was sassy, bossy, and so serious. It was fun watching her loosen up with Gavin and get playful. I loved that Zoe was so open and outspoken. I thought Zoe and Gavin made a cute couple. They had such great chemistry together in and out of the bedroom. This book touches on some serious issues like loss, PTSD, and survivor guilt. Reading about the pain Gavin, and at times Zoe, was dealing with really pulled on my heartstrings but, for the most part this book just really made me smile and laugh. I enjoyed getting to see the whole Donnigan family again. They are just so loving, supportive, and fun. Ava and Landon are still happy and cute and I loved getting to check in on them. I can't wait for Gavin's sister Hope to get a book! I am seeing a tattooed yummy in her future! 




Monday, July 3, 2017

Wicked Kiss

Book Review of Wicked Kiss (Realm Enforcers Series)



Title: Wicked Kiss


Series: Realm Enforcers Series


Author: Rebecca Zanetti 


Date Published: July 4th 2017


Date Read:  July 2, 2017 


The Blurb:

Working as an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a witch enforcer, she’s not going to put her life in his hands based on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t going to make it far . . .


Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is—to save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next . . 


My Review




4.5 Burning for you Stars



May have Mild spoilers 

"You'd do well not to cross me." "Cross you?" Her eyebrows rose, laughter in her eyes. "How old-fashioned. Cross you." She chuckled, the sound low and throaty. Oh, the hellion was asking for it. "Victoria." He allowed his voice to deepen to a threat most animals instinctively would catch. "I already spanked you once. Do you want another for good measure?" -Adam and Tori 

Wicked Kiss, the 4th book in the Realm Enforcers series by Rebecca Zanetti, was awesome. I love me some Rebecca Zanetti. She is one of my top 5 favorite authors and she never fails to deliver amazing action packed reads with sexy heroes, and sassy heroines. I have been looking forward to Adam's book since Wicked Burn. Adam and Tori had major sparks in the last book and I knew they would be smoking hot together!

"You challenge me again, and I'll meet it. I won't stop until you're begging."-Adam



"You still haven't told me why you left the cabin when I specifically told you to stay there." Her chin dropped, and her eyebrows lifted, giving her the most smart-ass expression he'd ever seen. "I guess the simplest answer is that I don't fucking take orders from you."-Adam and Tori

Adam was all cold logic and strategy so it was fun to see him burn hot for Tori. Adam was all about smarts, calm, control, and following the rules. Things were black and white for him no gray areas until Tori. She made him feel alive. I loved how he would go from calm Mr. cold logic to total badass if someone dared to hurt his Tori! Tori was very cute. She was sassy and wild but she had some daddy issues. I loved that Tori wasn't super tough but she was brave. I also loved her strange enhancement. In this world enhanced human women can be mates to vampires, demons, witches, etc. Most enhancements in this series and the Dark Protector series have been things like empath, telekinesis, Second sight, or other psychic abilities, but Tori's ability was unique and I liked that it was different. 

"Ah, Victoria, you sweet woman. I just wanted to play a little. Make you needy. Now you're going to beg, and it's going to be the way I want. Not the measly little 'please' you gave me the other night." He scraped the late-evening shadow on his jaw down her sensitive neck. "By the end of the night, I'll fucking own you."-Adam



“You want me?” “Aye,” he said, his eyes burning. “Then take me.”-Tori and Adam

Wild Tori and reserved Adam together were like fire and ice. Tori really got under Adam's skin. She made him feel so much. She got him to be playful, and she just really brought his character to life. Adam and Tori really complemented each other. Just like Tori got Adam to loosen up a little and live, Adam tamed Tori. He believed in her and supported her. He helped her calm her powers and he loved her for who she was. I loved getting to see the Dunne gang again, including Bren and Jase. Dage (The king from DP) was in this book and I loved every moment with the King! I would have loved more of the Dark Protector gang because I love and miss them so damn much, but I also love getting to know the witches of the Realm better too. The plot in this book was fast pace and full of action. The smexy time was yummy. Rebecca Zanetti also gave us readers more yummy Bear who is having some health issues and I can't wait for his book!!

"Yes. Dead wrong. I'm the best thing that ever happened to you. I make you laugh. I make you see life in other terms than your rigid plans. And you like my music." She wound down, her heart hurting. "You always hold back, because you don't realize I can handle all of you. I want all of you."-Tori




Monday, June 26, 2017

Journey to the Unknown

Book Review of Journey To The Unknown (Meet The Shepards Series)


Title: Journey To The Unknown


Series: Meet The Shepards Series


Author: Jacqueline Francis


Date Published: May 29th 2017


Date Read:  June 20, 2017 


The Blurb:

Dan: Hi there, folks, and thank you for joining us this morning. I’m your host, Dan. (Points thumb to the left) This is Bob.


Bob: (waves at the camera) Hi!

Dan: So, Bob, why don’t you tell our viewers at home what to expect.

Bob: Well, Dan, on the one side we have Jasmintha.

Dan: Ain’t she a doll, Bob?

Bob: She really is. A special kind of something. Jasmintha has led a very sheltered life, sweet and innocent with no real life experience. Wanting to break out of the bubble she was raised in, she decides to drive cross-country to meet her estranged mother who abandoned her at birth.

Dan: Abandonment issues! How cliché.

Bob: Stop being a cynical jerk, Dan. Like I was saying…as Fate would have it, she soon meets our boy, Kevin.

Dan: Now, Kevin is on an unsteady path of self-destruction, speeding along on a bullet-train with a one-way ticket to Shitsville. He lost his best friend quite tragically and he’s also trekking across the States to fulfill a pact they’d once made. Kevin was a dick before, but hurt, depression and an aching sense of loss has only made him worse.

Bob: He’s not that bad.

Dan: Ah, Bob (gives a wry smile). I love how you always try to see the good in others, but let’s not kid ourselves. Kevin’s an asshole! 

Bob: (ignores Dan) So here we have these two incompatible strangers traveling long distance together. Tensions are high and fights are plenty. But you know what? Maybe all our boy needs is this girl with a heart so big to help him heal his heart so shattered.

Dan: (shakes head with disappointment) Your corniness never ceases to amaze me.

Bob: Will these two be able to find some common understanding? Can they make peace with their broken pasts? Will love blossom on this heartfelt journey of self-discovery?

Dan: You make me sick, Bob. Physically sick to my stomach. Who’s writing this shit on your teleprompter? My money’s on Kevin to fuck up, but that’s just cynical me.

Bob: Two lonely hearts. Two annoying commentators. One amazing road trip!

Dan: Yeah, I’m done with this (stands up). But before I go, I’m just gonna slap on a warning for our viewers at home. For those of you who can only handle cussing and assholes in moderation, we suggest you skip this one, because it contains a ridiculous amount of both. For the rest of you (winks at the camera), join us for the ride.


My Review




5 Emotional Stars



May have mild spoilers 


“You’re really good looking, by the way.” The comment was unexpected and strange and took him completely by surprise. His head snapped up to look at her. “What?” “You…you’re super cute, not in a normal cute kind of way. More like in a Larry the Lumberjack kinda way, like lure your victims into the woods so you can hack up their bodies into tiny pieces kinda way.” He cleared his throat awkwardly. “I’m struggling to see how that can be appealing.” She smiled, not in the least bit perturbed. “Well, Larry has to lure his victims into the woods somehow. That’s the appeal you have.” -Jazz and Kevin

That was an emotional ride. It took me a whole day to get my thoughts together before I could even write my review. Now I started my Shepard journey back with book 1 Wanting to Remember, Trying to Forget with Max and Danny. Now that book was good but both Danny and Max annoyed me at times, because they caused such unnecessary drama. Then I read book 2 Childish Games with Jordan and Tyler, and I fell madly in love with them as a couple. Now in both those books we readers meet Max and Jordan's family including their little brother Kevin. So I had already let Kevin into my heart after reading in the last two books about his heartbreak and guilt over losing his friend Perry. So when Jacqueline Francis asked me if I wanted a copy of Journey to the Unknown (Kevin and Jazz's book) I was like "YES PLEASE!" I so needed to know what happened with Kevin. I needed him to get his HEA. But boy it was a bumpy, crazy, road to happiness for Kevin and Jazz.

“Give us a helicopter dick!” Jasmin didn’t know what that was, but it became apparent a few seconds later. “How is he doing that?” She was equally flabbergasted and awe-struck. “My fragile, young mind will never be the same again.” -Sandy and Jazz



“I saw a cock today…like an actual live shlong.” “Yeah?” She couldn’t see him, but she knew he was smiling. She could hear it in his voice. He always sounded lighter when smiled. “Was it everything you’d hoped it would be?” “It was HUGE! And he was just swinging it around in front of my face.”-Jazz and Kevin

I was warned that Kevin would be hard to love in this book. So I knew with a warning like that and the fact that he is hurting over Perry that it would get ugly. I even worried I would hate him if he went too far. I worried for nothing. Don't get me wrong he was a total asshole at times. He would lash out and say some of the most hurtful shit and made me want to beat the crap out of him, but I still loved him through it all. Maybe it was because of the first 2 books but I could not only sympathize with Kevin, I could feel his pain as if it was my own. It just felt so real. I teared up twice in this book and I'm not a huge crier. When Kevin let his walls down with Jazz he was amazing. I could see why she fell in love with him. Jasmintha(Jazz) was amazing. She made this book for me. She was so unique, quirky, and funny. She made me laugh so many times. Jazz is a stand out heroine. I may have a girl crush! She was just so upbeat, smart and playful I couldn't help but love her. Words just can never convey her awesomeness!

“I want to see everything!” she shouted. “Like in Debbie does Dallas, but this will be Jasmintha does Vegas.” He stopped walking. “Jazz, have you…have you ever watched Debbie does Dallas?” “No, but I’ve heard the title a lot.” A sullen look came over his face. “Um…It’s…it’s not…” His tone was somber, like he was about to deliver the news that she had a life-threatening disease. “She…Debbie…” She didn’t know Debbie, but she felt like she should be worried. He took a deep breath, almost as if the reveal would be heart-wrenching. “Debbie didn’t go sightseeing, Jazz.” “Then what was she doing in Dallas?” He shook his head sympathetically. “She…she did a lot. She did a lot of things in Dallas, but…sightseeing wasn’t one of them.”-Jazz and Kevin



“I have something for you.” Shifting his hips forward a bit, he reached into the pocket of his jeans. He took out what he needed, then grabbed her hand and placed the contents of his pocket into her small palm. “There.” She looked confused, glancing between him and her empty hand. “Uh…what’s this?” “It’s all the fucks I give.” “Ewww!” She immediately flung her hand, tossing his fucks over her shoulder. “That’s gross!” She rubbed her hand down his arm, smearing the remaining residue over his sweater. “You can’t go around putting shit like that in peoples’ hands, Kevin. It’s unsanitary.” -Kevin and Jazz

Kevin and Jazz had some major sexual tension. Kevin did a lot of push/pull but the tension was strong. I loved them together. I loved the way she would overlook his grumpy ass and he overlooked her quirkiness. When they finally did get together it was hot. They had such a cuteness to their relationship when Kevin let her in. There was plenty of good times with Kevin and Jazz to balance out the sadness and angry lashing out that Kevin did. I loved getting caught up with the past couples too. Max and Danny had some sweet moments in this book and I feel like their story finally is finished. Also I loved, looooved getting more Tyler and Jordan. They are my favorite and it made me want to go back and reread their book. I just loved this book from beginning to end it was one hell of a ride with tears and laughter and I can't wait to read more books by Jacqueline Francis. 

“Oh, not you di’n’t. I know you did not just waste Skittles like that. That shit’ll get you killed, Son. This conversation is getting dangerous, so let’s just agree to disagree before I go all Brown on your ass.” “Chris?” “Bobby, motherfucker.” -Jazz and Kevin