Friday, December 30, 2011

Blood Sense by Connie Suttle

Book Three in the Series.

Lissa is alive. She is recuperating from trying to meet the sun. She was punished by the Council and the men who are supposed to love her, let her down.

After a few weeks, Wlodek (head of the Vampire Council) agrees to loan Lissa to the Government, under Tony's supervision. She becomes a bodyguard for several personalities including the President.

Several attempts on their lives are stopped by Lissa's astute decisions.

Back in Europe someone is kidnapping and murdering kids. Lissa gets involved from afar and is able to find the connection that could stop the killer.

Again, Lissa is betrayed in the worst way by someone she trusted and could have loved.

I liked the series but after book 3, I had to take a break. Why? Because I hate to see how people she trusts keep on hurting her. She is developing powers no one else has and she is still treated like a kid. Her relationship with Gavin doesn't completely convince me, and I wish Merrill would show more interest towards her affections. Saying that I will still read the next book in the series.

3/5 Fangs

Blood Passage by Connie Suttle (Blood Destiny, #2)

Book two in the series

Lissa Haddon is now recognized by the Council. She has been assigned a Sire (Merrill), and has moved into his home. He is teaching her how to follow vampire protocol and the laws she needs to avoid breaking.

She is also forced to attend a gala and meet male vampires. Since she is one of the few female vampires she will need to accept an engagement. She decides to take Gavin's offer (lesser of evils or maybe not). 

She feels trapped, so when an offer from the Grand Master Weldon Harper comes in, she jumps to accept the position of bodyguard during his travels through USA territory.

Of course, there is trouble and betrayals and the end of the book is hard to read (and a cliffhanger- which I don't enjoy), but I thought it was well written. The action scenes can almost be visualized.

Romance wise, there are more guys in the mix. We have Tony, William, Merrill, and Gavin (which at times I want to stake).

4/5 Fangs

Blood Wager by Connie Suttle (Blood Destiny, #1)

Lissa Haddon is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

She is in a bar trying to get drunk after her husband dies. Unfortunately for her, two vampires are there and decide to turn her lifespan into a wager. Females usually don't survive the turn. She is left in a basement to die. Surprisingly, she survives.

She doesn't act as a regular new vampire. She is able to feed without killing her victims. Out of instinct she starts running for her life and ends up working as a bodyguard for William Winkler, who is producing a device that some people don't want to be made public (including vampires).

When the council learns that a Rogue has been made, they send an assassin (Gavin) to track her and dispose of her. Gavin Montegue notices that despite not having had help from her maker, Lissa is able to control her urges without difficulty.

There is a lot of action in this book, and some characters are very interesting. Lissa does get betrayed, and this is something that happens frequently in the series. But, she has power of forgiveness, without being ridiculous.

3.5/5 Fangs

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson

Louisa Marie Honeycutt (Lou) decides to run out of her own wedding. Her father has thought about merging his business (Honeycutt Foods) with another big company, and Lou is the perfect convey. They will marry her to the heir of the Reedwater's Snack Company.

After leaving him at the altar, she runs away in their limo. While driving around she sees a banner, advertising a company (named Double Dare) that makes your crazy adventures come true. She wants to disappear for a while and this is the best way to do it.

Sam Rawlins is proud of his company Double Dare and he likes the excitement of the adventures he supplies. When Lou finds herself in his office, he can't resist planning her adventure. Soon he breaks some of his own rules regarding customers.

I wish I liked this book, but unfortunately, the romance was not believable to me. I also think that the ending needed some work.

Cliffhanger: No

2/5 Fangs

Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

Can you keep a secret? Maybe the cover should say- Can you keep all my secrets??

Emma Corrigan can stretch the truth sometimes. She has been in a relationship with Connor for years now, but she is not happy. Her cousin has been mean to her growing up but her parents don't know. She has lied about her weight and many more things.

She is trying to climb up the ladder at work but things are not working in her favor. When her boss tells her to attend a presentation for a customer, she is ecstatic. However, things don't go well at the meeting and on her flight back, the plane has some turbulence. She turns to the guy next to her and decides to tell him everything about herself, and I mean everything. After she survives the flight she moves on, not thinking about the stranger anymore. To her surprise, the stranger is the owner of the company she has been working for. And he knows everything about her, all the lies...

This is my first book by Kinsella and I thought it was a funny book. Love Jack. I didn't care for her parents though. They were not treating her right.

3/5 Fangs

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk (I Heart #1)

What does a girl do when she finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her? Move to NYC and start over?

Angela Clark is a British writer who thinks her life is perfect, that is until her best friend's wedding. Here she finds Mark (boyfriend) having sex with another girl in their car. The worst part is that her BFF, has known for a while, too. She ruins the wedding and packs her bags and takes the first flight to New York City.

She stays at a hotel, where she meets Jenny Lopez, who is a smart and sassy girl. Later they become good friends and roommates.

Angela needs to move on, needs to start dating again. She meets two guys within days from getting to NYC and likes them both.

She also finds a new job, as a blogger.

I root for Alex as the HEA.

Book 1 is amusing and I liked Jenny. There is not a cliffhanger per se, but you know there is more story to be told.

3/5 Fangs

Bridesmaid Lotto by Rachel Astor
(McMaster the Disaster, #1)

With a cute cover like that, I couldn't wait to click buy on my kindle.

The premise of the book is about a wedding, a rich socialite, Emma VanHorn is getting married and instead of choosing a family member for her court, she has decided to get extra money by offering a raffle to be a bridesmaid. She will pick only three. At 10 dollars a ticket you could be part of the wedding of the year!

Josephine McMaster is not interested in joining this crazy lotto. However, her mom has other ideas. Without her knowledge, an application has been sent and surprise, surprise she is one of the three girls chosen for the wedding.

Josie is beautiful but throughout her whole life, she has been a klutz. To keep things real, she starts writing a diary about her former and current years, with all the embarrassing moments of her life.

She also doesn't know how to deal with all the paparazzi, and with one of the groomsman, Jake Hall, who is not only handsome and nice but also a very famous actor.

Can their relationship work?

It is an easy read, with funny moments. You feel embarrassed when Josie is embarrassed too. I have book 2 and it has more Jake in it.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

What is not to like?

I have become an adept reader of anything Mrs. Higgins writes about. I love her characters, and I love that there is always a dog involved.

This contemporary romance begins with Posey Osterhagen, she comes from an adopted family. Her parents are German and owned a restaurant in town. As a teenager, she used to work there, in the company of bad boy Liam Murphy. She had a huge crush on him, but he hurt her feelings. He was in love with the popular smart (and nice) girl. He married her and left town.

Now, Posey is all grown up and owns her own company, she is in control of her life until Mr. Bad (now a widower) moves back in town with his daughter.

To Liam's surprise he starts having feelings for Posey, their chemistry is undeniable.

Can a past misunderstanding be resolved?

I'm so happy with Mrs. Higgins's writing, I will buy any book that she writes.  Her secondary characters are always memorable.

4/5 Fangs

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) Jennifer Estep

Second book in the series.

Gwen Frost is a gypsy. She has the power to know what emotions and thoughts a person has left in an inanimate object. It is worse if she touches the actual person. Images are more vivid. She tries to avoid touching a person if she can. However, she may enjoy the touch of Spartan boy Logan Quinn, whom she is attracted to. 

She is dealing with the death of her mother, the new school, her love life, and the people who are trying to bring Loki back and are after her to kill her.

Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite writers, she never disappoints me. I love her world building, her heroines and how fast paced her books are. The secondary characters in the book are also good. We have Vic, the talking sword, Spartan boys, her BFF Daphne, and many more.

I will buy the next book in a heart beat. (I already preordered the next Spider book).

4/5 Fangs

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left
Charley Davidson #2
Darynda Jones

Second book in the Series.

This installment starts with Cookie asking Charley for help. Her girlfriend Mimi is in trouble and has disappeared. Mimi's classmates are slowly dying, and it seems there is a high school secret that could get Mimi killed.

In regards to Reyes, now we know more of what/who he is. In order to protect Charley from the demons, he is being tortured somewhere. He won't tell her where.

His incorporeal being appears many times through the book, only to prevent her from finding his human body.

This book is full of emotion, action, humor. Can't wait for book 3.

4/5 Fangs

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Existence by Abbi Glines

The book called my name. Those blue eyes (sigh!). Yes I knew it was going to be YA, but I was glad I read it.

Pagan is in high school and she is special. She has been able to see souls her whole life. At the beginning of her school year she sees this guy looking at her intensely. She knows he is a Soul, but something makes her feel nervous around him. 

She is a good student and volunteers as a tutor. She becomes a tutor to Leif who is very popular and handsome. She soon realizes he is sweet and starts having feelings for him at the same time this Soul keeps on appearing to her and talking to her. No other soul has done that before. Later on he become a real student and goes by the name of Dank, who is also a famous player in a band.

Not to give things away but I went for bad boy Dank all the way. I'm happy I did.

Fast and easy read.

3.5/5 Fangs

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Let's just say that it was refreshing to read First Grave on the Right. The humor in this novel makes you smile. Even the cover is cool.

The heroine in this book is Charley Davidson, she can see ghosts but also is the Grim Reaper. She helps souls cross over through her. Her other career is as a PI, she used to help her dad (ex police officer) solve crimes, now she helps her uncle Bob.

In the romance department, she has been dreaming about a dark entity, and he later becomes real. That is how Reyes shows up. There is another guy, Garrett, who is completely human.

This book is about Uncle Bob and Charley solving the murder of three lawyers. You won't be disappointed reading books by Darynda Jones. I grabbed the second book and finished it in an afternoon.

4/5 Fangs