Monday, December 31, 2012

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lux #3

Third in the series. Please don't read if you haven't read the first two books.

Daemon and Katy are together. But they are still very affected by the death of their friend.

They are aware of an organization that is testing hybrids. They are also aware the onyx is extremely dangerous to them.

When Blake comes back insisting he has a way in into where Beth is captive, Dawson jumps at the idea.

We meet new characters and a new stone that can increase their powers.

The end of the book is heart-wrenching and I can't believe I need to wait that long for the next book.

Katy's and Daemon's romance is beautifully crafted. Daemon keeps on being sarcastic but also very sweet and romantic. He will do anything to keep "Kitten" safe.

Daemon smiled a little. Not a full breathtaking kind of smile, but it still reached down into me, wrapping around my heart. “I know you’re good inside. You’re warmth and light and everything I don’t deserve, but you—you believe that I deserve you. Knowing all that I have done in my past to other people and to you, you still believe I deserve you.”

4.5/5 Fangs - just because I hate cliffhangers.

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lux #2

Please read Obsidian before reading this review.

Katy now shares a connection with Daemon. She has become a hybrid. She also thinks that the connection with Daemon is affecting her feelings for her. She is trying to keep him at arm's length. It is pretty hard when she falling for Mr. Allien.

To makes things edgier the Department of Defense is in town and if they find out that Daemon is powerful and that Katy has powers now, they may take them both away.

They also have to think about a human/alien relationship won't be welcome in the Lux society. Also, there is a new boy in school. He immediately seeks Kathy and tells her that he can help her.

She begins training with a not so happy Daemon.

Daemon makes fun of Blake by changing his name constantly. And he is extremely jealous of his time with Katy.

Who is deceiving who?

This is a second great book in the series. Love the bad boy Daemon and his banter with Katy.

“I didn’t move that chair, Kitten.”
“I know.”
“I’m assuming you didn’t like where it was?”
“It was in your way,” I said. My hands were still curled around his arms.
“I can see that.” Daemon smoothed a fingertip over the curve of my bottom lip before taking my hand, pulling me up. Letting go, he watched me carefully and waited. Waited for…

What had happened slowly sank in beyond the fog in my brain. I’d just kissed him. Again. And right after he’d taken over my date with another guy—the guy I should be kissing. Or not. I didn’t know anything anymore.

“We can’t keep doing this.” My voice shook. “We—”

“We like each other,” he said, stepping forward, grasping the edges of the table on either side of me. “And before you say it, we were attracted to each other before I healed you. You can’t say that’s not true.”

He leaned in, his nose brushing my cheek. A shudder rolled through me. His lips pressed against the spot under my ear. “We need to stop fighting what we both want.”

4/5 Fangs

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lux #1

Katy Swartz has moved to West Virginia. Her mom has decided her memories of her dad who died three years ago is too painful. So leaving sunny Florida is the best choice.

When Kathy knocks on her next-door neighbor's door she can't close her mouth. The boy in front of her is gorgeous with beautiful green eyes. When he starts talking she wants him to close his mouth. Daemon Black comes out as an arrogant pretty boy.

This, in some ways, changed through the book.

It turns out Daemon and his twin sister Dee (who becomes Kathy's best friend) are aliens. They are Luxen. Some parts of the government knows about them and even provides funds to them. They can manage the light. Their enemies are the Arum and they can handle the shadows.

When Daemon saves her life, she becomes like a beacon to an Arum. In order to survive, she will need to stay close to Daemon.

I like Katy as a character. She is not defenseless. She can banter with Daemon till the next new year. I also like that she has a blog and reviews paranormal, UF books. I love it when Daemon calls her Kitten.

The plot was good and it kept my interest to the end.

When I started reading, I didn't know Daemon was an alien. So this is my first book about aliens. Happily surprised.

“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect.” His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”- Daemon

4/5 Fangs

Avoiding Responsibility (Avoiding #2) by K.A. Linde

I guess I'm a sucker for book punishment. I read this book minutes after I finished Avoiding Commitment.
The sequel started with Lexi in bed with Mystery Man, when she receives a call. Guess who? nope, not the bastard. This time it is Ramsey and he asks her to come to Jack's wedding. At first she says no. But she ends up back in Atlanta. A year has passed and she was with Ramsey but after she found out some lies about him, she left him.
Bekah is still evil and Jack keeps on messing with Lexi's head, confusing her more. It is painful to read how the relationship is so self destructing.
I love the ending of this book. It was very satisfying. The twist at the end was remarkable. Love Ramsey even more.
I just hope that the next one doesn't bring Jack again.

4/5 Fangs in punishment/deceit/closure/excitement.

Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde
Avoiding #1

Why did I read this book? It was torture. I don't know if I love it or hate it more. Not only did I read it, I finished it the same night, and what's worse, I started and finished book two at six am. Luckily it was Sunday.

Background: Alexis or Lexi has been in a relationship with Jack (bastard!) for six years. If you ask them- they were never together. After two years of not hearing from him, he calls her and asks her for help with his current girlfriend Bekah. Bekah wants to meet all his ex-girlfriends and try to understand his lack of commitment.

Lexi discusses this with her best friend Chyna. Who convinces her to go to get some closure.

We get flashbacks of their relationship. The people they hurt during the ride. The errors they both make.

Bekah is evil, but her brother Ramsey is the opposite. I really found myself wanting him to be her HEA. Take that Bekah!

4.5/5 Fangs angst and heartache

Dangerous Deception (The Bad Boy Billionaires #4) by Judy Angelo

Dani Swift has two jobs. Since her parents died, she has taken care of her brother who now is going to college. Her night job is a chauffer and when she is given Storm Hunter's gig, she is happy with the money but uncomfortable with Storm because she find him attractive.
When Storm discovers his chauffer is a young lady and not a man. He feels betrayed. Later on he thinks Dani may be his salvation. His family wants him to get married and Dani can be his fake fiancee for a while.
Dani agrees to the proposition but found herself more attracted to Storm.
This is a fun, fast little book. Predictable, but we love some predictable HEA, don't we?
3/5 Fangs

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

Megan Scott finds her self with a headache the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party. She also found herself married to Connor Reid.
When Connor convinces her to stay married to him. She decides to give him a chance. She has been hurt in the love department and is not ready for more punishment. Connor woos her and its the perfect husband.
But if she falls for him, can things be better?
Light read, fast paced. Not believable but sweet for the most part.
2.5/5 Fangs

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Camryn Bennett has had a couple of bad years. She is twenty, and her boyfriend died in a car wreck, her brother is in prison, her parents are divorced. So when she has a fight with her best friend after her boyfriend hits on her, she decides she needs some time alone.
She gets into a greyhound bus heading north. In the bus, she meets Andrew Parrish, who is going to visit his dying father. They begin a friendship of sorts. She meets the other brothers when they get to the hospital.
Then, they decide to take a car and go down to Texas. Cam starts falling for this guy and Andrew shows her spontaneity and opens her eyes to life. However, Andrew has a horrible secret he is keeping from her. And when she finds out it can hurt her deeply. He just can't stop falling in love with her either.
I enjoyed this book. Love Andrew from the get go. Love the HEA idea.

Spoiler Fangalert: Not to be a downer but how are they going to sustain themselves and the baby? At some point they need to keep a job long enough to get health insurance, right? Is getting pregnant so fast a good thing?

4/5 Fangs

The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders

Theresa de Lucci has been married for eighteen months. She is miserable and has decided to ask for a divorce. Her husband Alessandro de Lucci has been cold to her for all this time and she is done with him. She believes her love for him is gone.

Alessandro was blackmailed into the marriage by Theresa's dad. He believed she was on it too. When he finds out she is not, his perspective changes and he wants to try to save his marriage.

With the worse timing ever, Theresa discovers she is pregnant and only if the baby is a boy, Sandro can be released from this contract.

Half of the book is dedicated to Sandro trying to make amends and he does redeem himself. Little things he does like buying her prenatal vitamins when she forgets to do so. Asking her to give him some quality time together.

Sandro does so many things to make it up to her, that the reader ends up forgiving him.

4/5 Fangs

Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond

Stop the wedding! is a light fun read.
It is the story of Annabelle Coakley who is a lawyer. She is all business no time for fun or love. Her world changes when her mother tells her she is getting married again. Annabelle flies immediately to Georgia to stop the wedding.
Clay Castleberry is a business man, he can't believe his dad is getting married again (7th time). He also flies there to stop his father from making another mistake. He has dealt with his prior flings by paying them off.
When Clay meets Annabelle, he mistakes her for the bride to be and offers her money. Annabelle declines but she doesn't tell him who she is until both of their parents show up.
Many misunderstandings prevailed, causing multiple funny, embarrassing moments.
Of course Annabelle and Clay fall for each other. They just have to be able to verbalize it.
3/5 Fangs

Passion Unleashed (Demonica #3) by Larissa Ione

Book three is all about the Seminus Demon brother Wraith.
He was saved by his brothers after being tortured by his mother and vampires. He is part vampire, but he hates vampires.
He also doesn't sleep with humans. But when he is infected with a deadly virus and the only antidote is a charm and a human's virginity, his decision is easily made.
Serena Kelley is an archeologist, she works for the Aegis and is following a relic, she meets Josh, an Adonis kind of perfect. Josh is really Wraith, who starts developing feelings towards Serena.
Serena has had the charm since she was seven. She will die without it. She has childhood sickness that its at bay until she looses her virginity.
This is what Miss Ione does, who will sacrifice their life for the other one to survive. Tough choice. But to makes things more interesting a Fallen Angel has decided that Armageddon should happen in his hands and stealing Serena's charm is the beginning.
I like all the brothers but Wraith reminds me of Zhadist which is my favorite BDB brother. So he had me at tortured soul.
4/5 Fangs

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1) by Larissa Ione

Tayla Mancuso is a demon hunter. Since her mother died when she was sixteen she has known about evil. She has been part of the Aegis, who sole purpose is too eliminate all demons since they are all evil. When she gets hurt, she ends up in a hospital, UGH. It is a hospital for demons and run by demons. She is shocked to learn that Eidolon, the doctor who saves her is a demon, graduated from Harvard and that he runs the hospital with his two brothers. She also learns that not all demons are evil. Some of this information may have been let out of the info given to her by The Aegis.
Can enemies become lovers?
Many twists happen and all are welcome. Tayla also meets her long lost sister who is part demon.
The world building is fascinating and the secondary characters are great. Can't wait for their stories.
This was a great beginning to the series.
4/5 Fangs

Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

Hunter Kennedy's life is a mess. He is a famous pop rock star. He has been in a six weeks mental facility after drinking, crashing his car, popping pills and cutting himself. It was a cry for help. His mother decides that fame is too much for him. She sends him to live with his great aunt in Monument, Colorado. He meets the Roth children, Charlie and Vere, who are to help him in the transition.

Vere has had a crush on Curtis for years. She has been teased non stop at school for it. When she meets Hunter, she has no idea who he is. But his brother does. When she is told that Hunter needs a disguise she decides to make him into a dork. Everyone believes Hunter is Dustin McHugh.

At the beginning Hunter is very upset about what his mom is forcing him to do. But after he is done with his new disguise and meets Vere, he is not sure this is not a good thing for him.

The more they get along and they open their hearts, the more Hunter falls for Vere. He knows he can stay forever, and he is trying to help Vere overcome her shyness and possible lossing her to Curtis. But, how long can he keep his feelings secret?
I recommend this book. It was fun reading the unmaking of Hunter. Vere was naive and sweet girl. The kiss was the best.
4/5 Fangs

A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison

A Taste of Magic
Magic #1
Tracy Madison

Elizabeth Stevens couldn't have a worse day. She is turning 35 and since her divorce, she had stopped living. To makes matters worse she is baking the cake for her ex-husband's wedding to the woman he left her for.

Her grandmother Verda decides to pass her the gift of magic on her birthday. It manifests through her baking (ex-husband will be the first to experience her magic- in a not so fun way).

After too many margaritas, she losses her keys to the apartment and ends up getting stuck in her window. Her new neighbor, Nate Sutherland, who is a cop, helps her get her back in. She immediately feels chemistry with him.

Once she realizes that her magic is real, she cast a few spells. But, there are repercussions to all of them.

This is a fun, light read.

3/5 Fangs

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

Allison Sekemoto is a survivor. She lives by finding food anyway she can. She is an unregistered. Humans have succumbed to a the Red Lung virus. The world is ruled by vampires and humans are marked as cattle who give their blood to the vampires. In exchange they are fed by them. Allie has never wanted to be part of the "cattle". She lives with other unregistered. Unfortunately, one night she is attacked by Rabids and when she is given a choice, she picks to become the thing she hates, a vampire.

Kanin is the master vampire who saves her. When they are separated, she comes into contact with a human group who is looking for the cure. Part of the group is Zeke Crosse, he is loyal, truthful and a leader. For Allie is hard to keep up pretending to be human.

I like the world building and that the vampires are not portrayed as soft beings. I wished there was more Kanin in this book and more Zeke/Allie interaction.

3/5 Fangs

Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally

Jordan woods is a senior. She is also the quarterback for her high school team. She has always been one of the boys.
When a new boy is transfered to her school and he turns out to play football, position as a quarterback, it makes her life confusing since she starts having girly feelings towards him.
Her brother also plays the sport and her dad is a NFL player. He supports his son but not his daughter. Or so it seems.
When Jordan starts dating Ty, her relationship with Sam Henry starts to break. Henry has been her best friend and until Ty appears in her life, she didn't know how important he is to her.
This book is about dreams and waking up to the real world. It was entertaining and I thought Jordan was written in a perfect way.
3/5 Fangs

Desire Unchained (Demonica #2) by Larissa Ione

We start book two with Shade (a Seminus Demon) and Runa in a Ghoul's dungeon. They have been trapped together. To Shade's horror someone he cares about has betrayed them and hates him and his brothers.

Runa is the girl whom he started having feelings for a year ago. He broke her heart when she found him in bed with two vampires. When she fled the apartment, she was then attacked by Luc and became a werewolf.

To make matters worse they are spelled to become life mates. This triggers the beginning of the curse or Maluncoeur. The "curse that promised if he fell in love, he'd slowly fade away until he became invisible to everyone. He'd live forever, wracked with stabbing hunger pangs, debilitating thirst, and unbearable sexual desire for all eternity."

There is the issue of Runa not being able to bond with someone who is not a werewolf too.

We catch up with the brothers, the Hospital UGH, and all the secondary characters.

The series gets better. The banter between brothers is fun to read. Reminds me of BDB at times.

4/5 Fangs

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones

Charley is recovering from the attack she suffered in the last book. She is having big time issues with agoraphobia. She has been buying multiple unnecessary things through the shopping channel and the boxes are covering the chair where she was tortured. She calls this area of her apartment Area 51. It has been two months since she has worked.
When a new client comes knocking she can't say no and when everyone thinks the young woman is lying, the more Charlie believes her.
She also breaks the two month no contact with Reyes Farrow, the son of Satan. She goes out and looks for him. She discovers he is performing cage fighting but it seems like he also may be fighting real demons too.
We get a glimpse of Donovan a couple of times that makes you want more interaction between him and Charley (sorry Reyes for cheating on you). Donovan is so well written. A biker with a great heart. (I may have a weakness for them- SOA Jax, Tack Motorcycle Man).
Book four has a nice flow, some action, a great scene between Reyes and Charley. Donovan is a plus. Her guardian is cute.
4/5 Fangs

Simply Irresistible (Chinooks Hockey Team #1) by Rachel Gibson

Georgeanne Howard is running away from her own wedding. She knows it wrong to marry an older man for his money and security. She gets in the car of hockey player John Kowalsky. He takes her to his place. He is rude to her when he discovers she was going to marry his boss. But he sleeps with her anyway. The next morning he drops her at the airport without remorse, breaking her heart.
Years later, Gerogeanne has a catering service and by accident meets again with John. He recognizes her immediately and when she leaves something behind, he returns it to her the next morning. He gets the shock of his life when he discovers he has a child.
Can they form a happy family together? Can they forget each other's mistreatments?
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I just didn't like the characters. John was rude multiple times and Georgeanne rumblings were a turn off.
2/5 Fangs

Iced (Dani O'Malley-Fever #6) by Karen Marie Moning

This is part 6 of the Fever Series. Recommend reading them in order.

Dani O'Malley is a fourteen year old girl who is leaving in Dublin after the Wall fell. The Fae are everywhere and she is trying to kill them all. Her Sword of Light and Mack's weapon are the only two tools that can do it.  She has many powers, super hearing, super speed and likes to think of herself as a super hero.
Ryodan is interested in Dani. He forces her to start working for him. She agrees because a friend's life is in danger.
Dani has many hiding places and she has some in common with Dancer.
Dancer is human, super smart, handsome geek a few years older than Dani. He has secrets we don't know about.
And to close the future romance circle we have Christian MacKeltar who is becoming an Unseelie Prince and seems to be obsessed with Dani.
In the middle of all this testosterone, something very dangerous is killing humans and Fae. People and places are being frozen and dying. There is a race to stop this before the world gets destroyed.
I gotta be honest here. I didn't like Dani in earlier books. With trepidation I started Iced and discover that I really liked the book. Ryodan is a super alpha male. KMM writes Dani in a way that you forget she is only 14. Can't wait for her to get older and see who she picks. Christian is a danger that you like to have around and Dancer he is the human boy holding secrets we need to know.
Why do I have to wait longer for the second book.

Spoiler Fangalert: I love that Ryodan bit her and now he can tell where she is at. Love the JZB cameo and can't wait for Mac's confrontation.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Eternal Vows (The Ruby Ring #1) by Chrissy Peebles

Sarah Larker has been investigating Bigfoot for a while. She knows the siting of this tall creatures has to do with her sister's disappearance ten years ago. It doesn't matter that her ex-boyfriend Frank has made fun of her in public. When she follows a creature to a cave, Frank goes in with her. They get transported by a portal to another world.
Sarah is mistaken for Princess Gloria and taken prisioner by King Victor. He forces her to marry him and she agrees to it because the ring that he gives her is a portal to her world.
She escapes Victor and tries to find her sister and avoid getting killed in the process. She discovers she is linked to Victor and that she is attracted to him as well.
Victor is strong and powerful character. I wish there was more interaction between them. That will probably be my one complaint. I think Sarah left too soon. I will read the second book.
3/5 Fangs

Craving Perfect by Liz Fichera

Grace Mills is working at her parents store. Her parents were both killed in an accident. She shares the family business with her sister. She likes scones too much, which is the reason she goes to the gym. She is trying to loose ten pounds and depending of how much she exercises she can eat a scone afterwards. She also attends the gym to get a glimpse of hot Max Kramer.
By way of a magical treadmill she is transported to another dimension where she is thin, famous and her fiancee is Max. On her real life there is someone who is interested in her, Carlos Flores the gym janitor and also a law student.
Soon she must choose one of the two worlds.
2/5 Fangs

Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones

Lorelei McAlister is a high school student. She has two very good friends. They particularly have been nice to her this week. It it the anniversary of her parents disappearance  Lorelei can see visions. She sees a vision she can't understand when she touches a boy. She later sees the same boy at school.
She also notices another high school classmate following her around. His name is Cameron Lusk and he used to be close to her. Now, he is a loner. The two boys seem to hate each other and Lorelei seems to be in the middle.
Soon she discovers what both men are. Her life is all upside down.
I decided to read this YA book because of Miss Jones. I love her adult series. I like that there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE in this book. It made it easy to enjoy. There is a subplot with her secondary characters that keep you interested as well.
3/5 Fangs

Bound to Love by Sally Clements

Jake Forrester meets an interesting woman on the lift. Few minutes later he is kidnapped. When he wakes up he is in a deserted island. To his surprise he is not alone in the island. The gorgeous woman is there with him.
As a security expert he knows his disappearance means leverage on his mother. A heist has been planned and it involves the British Museum, his mother and some Egyptian jewelry.
Tempest MacKenzie is a goldsmith and after leaving the British Museum she gets tangled up with Jake's abduction.
She has always let her intuition guide her and this may be hard to understand for someone in control of his life like Jake.
The book was fast paced, easy reading on an afternoon.
2.5/5 Fangs

The Morning After by Sally Clements

Cara Byrne has had a bad week. She is force to wear a Winnie the Pooh custom for an event. She discovers her almost fiancee is cheating on her. She looses her job and everyone thinks she is dating her best friend, Hollywood actor Ethan Quinn. The worst part is that she just discovered that she actually is attracted to Ethan.
So when he offers her to spent sometime with him in his States home, she can't turn him down.
Ethan has always loved Cara. She is his best friend and confident. But helping her out of the Winnie the Pooh custom has shown him, she is a woman with many curves and he knows he is in trouble. The last thing he needs is to complicate their friendship so he is perplexed when he hears himself inviting her to his home.
Things get only more complicated.

I thought the characters were well developed. I liked that they were good friends for a while. They seem real.
3.5/5 Fangs

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden is a wizard, and he is for hire. He is even in the yellow pages under "Wizard". He helps the cops with supernatural cases. But working for the police doesn't pay for all his bills. He is in need of new business.
He is tall, wears a long black duster, open doors for ladies, he is honest and has a knack for getting into trouble.
The latest police case involves a mage killing a couple which goes against wizard laws in this world. Both victims are known employees of very important/dangerous people.
His PI case has to do with a missing husband. Harry has to solve both cases without getting himself killed.
I liked the world building, love Harry's personality. The skull made me laugh and the love interest is there too. I like the idea that vampires look different without their glamour. Knowing Harry is tempted to the dark, makes thing interesting for futures books. Will read the rest of the series.
3/5 Fangs

Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker
Black Knights Inc. #1

Ali Morgan is dealing with the death of her brother. Her brother was part of an undercover elite group called the Black Knights. On the outside, they seem to be a custom bike company. The truth is that they do jobs for the government under the radar.

Ali has her suspicions, especially since her bother's best friend Nate "Ghost" Weller is also a member. She has always had a thing for him but he seems to hate her.

When Ali's life is in danger, she seeks his help. Nate has had his eyes on Ali since the first time he met her, but Ali's brother told him not to even think about it.

Now, they are forced to be work together and find out who is after her and why. Can Ali convince him she is the woman for him? Can they overcome the odds?

I like the first book. I'll probably read the rest of the series since book two has a very interesting couple.

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones

Charley Davison is trying to stay awake. Every time she doesn't, she interacts with Reyes. "Big Bad" is not happy with her since she bound him to his human body.
At the same time, she is trying to solve a case. The case involves a doctor who may have killed his wife. He has a history of being possessive and vengeful. When she goes to Rocket for help, he can't find her name on the wall. This is were we meet a new male character Donovan. He is a biker guy and he likes dogs. At some point her hires Charley too.
We learned more about Reyes and his human life, we get a glimpse of his friendships and relationship with his sister.
To makes matter worse it seems like Earl Walker may be alive and this could mean Reyes would get his freedom unless Walker kills everyone who may know the truth first.
I feel bad for Charley, she doesn't seem to have very good luck and getting hurt all the time is not fun to read. I don't know how I feel about Reyes or Garrett. I mean I love Big Bad and I want him to end with Charlie but Garrett is an interesting guy too. So is Donovan.
3/5 Fangs

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

Taylor Donovan is a successful lawyer. She is in California temporarily for a case involving sexual harassment. While there, she is told that a certain famous movie star will need her help with a script from his new movie project. She is upset about having to babysit the actor. But, when the actor stands her up twice she is furious.

When they meet Jason Andrews has never been turned down or denied of anything. He is arrogant and famous and thinks women are all interchangeable.

Jason is excited about meeting his match. He just needs to make Taylor understand this and trust him. On the other hand, she just came out of a serious relationship and the guy cheated on her. Being mistrustful is the best defense for her.

I read this book last and I do have to say I did not like it as much as the other ones. Maybe because I thought Jason was too arrogant. It was still an easy read, with funny lines and interesting secondary characters. I think this was Mrs James first book too.

3/5 Fangs

About That Night by Julie James
FBI / US Attorney #3

Rylann Pierce has relocated to Chicago. She moved from California when her ex-boyfriend moved to Italy. She has a new job under U.S Attorney Cameron Lynde (from book 1).

Nine years ago Rylann met Kyle Rhodes (Jordan's twin book 2) in a bar and he walked her home. They set a date for the next day, which Kyle never showed up because his mother was killed in an accident.

Nine years later Kyle is known as the Twitter Terrorist for shutting down twitter after his ex-girlfriend broke up with him in a tweet and then posted a video of her with another guy. There may have been some alcohol involved in his decision. He was sent to prison but thanks to his sister helping the FBI on a case, he was released earlier.

Now, the FBI/U.S. Attorney's office needs his help. He may have heard some communication between a prison guard and an inmate, The inmate lost his life by a white supremacist inmate. His death may have been ordered by the prison guard.

Kyle is trying to pick up the pieces of his life and start a new company. When Rylann asks for his help he can't deny her. He remembers her and wants more of her.

Kyle is referred to as "Sawyer" from Lost- so you have to love him just for that.

Has great hair, which he gets teased for.

The secondary characters a great here too.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A Lot like Love by Julie James

A Lot like Love
FBI/US Attorney #2
Julie James 

Nick McCall has been in multiple undercover assignments. But, when he is finally ready to go on vacation for his mother's birthday, he is sent into another case. This particular case involves multibillionaire heir Jordan Rhodes, who owns her own wine store and has been invited to a party by a restauranteur owner. The FBI wants to plant microphones in his office and the party will be the perfect cover. In exchange, the FBI has offered to get her brother out of prison sooner. Her brother is in prison for turning off Twitter for two days.

When Nick and Jordan are forced to become a couple, the fantasy starts to become real.

Another great book. A lot of action and the interaction between the main characters is great. Love their banter. And I want her dress.

4/5 Fangs

Something About You (FBI / US Attorney #1) by Julie James

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde is trying to catch up on some sleep in a hotel room. Through the walls she can hear a couple having sex. Later on, she is awakened by noise in the next room. She goes to the peep hole but the only thing she sees is a man with a hoodie leaving through the stairs exit. She calls the hotel line to complain. Security comes up and finds the body of a female. She soon finds out a politician had been next door and she has become the star witness for his defense. The FBI makes their appearance, and no other than Jack Pallas shows up.
Jack and Cameron have a history. Three years ago, he told the world that she "had her head up her ass" after she was told not to prosecute a certain mafia criminal. Jack had been captured and tortured when his undercover operation was discovered by this same criminal.
Because of his actions, he is transfered to a different state. Now, just recently relocated to Chicago, the last thing he wanted was to see Cameron again.
As fate will have it, now they have to be together and he is in charge of her protection. Sparks are flying between them.
Great book, with great characters.
4/5 Fangs

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Payton Kendall is a lawyer for the Chicago firm Ripley & Davis. She is a workaholic. For eight years she has been trying to be the best at the firm. During this time, she also had a continuos competition with J.D. Jameson. J.D. is an attractive rich attorney.

As fate will have it, they are forced to work together bringing a new account into the firm. They also are told that only one of them will become partner. At the beginning this is devastating news to both of them because they have worked extremely hard to achieve partnership position. Later, this makes for very funny reading as we see both characters trying to get the upper hand. The gloves are off and all is permitted during war ...or is it

Enjoyed it tremendously!
This is my first Julie James book, but it won't be my last. She is added to my contemporary writers as a must read.

4/5 Fangs

Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock #5) by Faith Hunter

Jane, our little Vampire Hunter is still working for Leo. She is now sent to two different states to retrieve blood samples from sick vampires.
A new master is getting vampires under his wing, if they don't plegde to him, they get infected with a disease that can kill them.
During these two trips, Jane is attacked. Again, Beast comes to the rescue.
As Leo's Enforcer she is to have a blood Bond with Leo. She is trying to avoid this.
Jane decides to hire two guys to form her own team. The older brother, Eli is a fighter and he shows some interest in Jane. The younger brother is a geek tech guy.
At the end Jane may need to confront the New Master, but can she survive this fight?
As much as I like this series, I was disappointed with Jane's unresolved love life- I mean how many guys have showed interest in her. Rick (who could infect her), Bruiser (who is under Leo's dominance) Leo (who is a bastard in this book) and now Eli. I may wait until the series is done to read the rest otherwise I may throw my Kindle to the wall the next time Jane doesn't know who she wants.
Beast on the other hand is darn smart. Jane should listen to Beast for a change.

Spoiler Fangalert: Leo forcing the bond on her is callous and worse is that he uses poor Bruiser to hurt Jane. One sentence Bruiser is awesome the next Bruiser is forcing her to do something she doesn't want. I think Jane needs to pack her bags and leave forever. No money is worth it. Saying that I still like Bruiser better than Rick.
3/5 Fangs

Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock #4) by Faith Hunter

4th book

This installment begins with Jane going to Asheville, NC as a bodyguard. She is taking care of the security between the meetings involving Gregoire, sent by the MOC from New Orleans (Leo Pellissier) and the master vampire who wants his own clan to claim a territory.
Also, Evil Evie is making deals and using her powers for no good. This puts a strain in Jane's friendship with Molly.
Also, she is dealing with Rick's betrayal and at the same time trying to help him shift. He may die if she doesn't find a way to help him.
Worse of all there are rogue werewolves on a killing spree. They are trying to get Jane's attention. So in her spare time, Jane is helping the police find the rogues. Her life is in danger multiple times but thanks to Beast she always has an ace up her sleeve.
Let's just say that I found this book lacking something...hmmm...oh I know- BRUISER. Why can't we get more Bruiser. I know Jane is probably going to end up with Rick, but I want Jane to explore her relationship with Bruiser further. As secondary characters,  the twins did a great job.
3.5/5 Fangs

Pink Satin by Jennifer Greene

Greer Lothrop is a young psychologist who works for a lingerie company as an analyst. She has all the right curves, unfortunately that has made her life difficult.
Early in life she decided to start playing motherly towards men to distract them from her looks. This has worked for many years.

Recently, she started having prank calls and she could only hear the other person breath on the line. The phone calls are getting to her. Tying to run away from her apartment, she finds herself at the stairs. This is how she meets her new neighbor Ryan McCullough. They strike a conversation. Greer tells him about the Breather. He goes back into the apartment with her and leaves when he is sure she is doing better.

Ryan is very competent and decides that his new neighbor needs protection. They seek each others company after that day. Greer doesn't know what to do with Ryan. He doesn't fall for her mother hen act.

This is a cute little book. I just thought that a psychologist wouldn't have so many insecurities about her own body.
2.5/5 Fangs

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Heaven and Hell (Heaven and Hell #1) by Kristen Ashley

Kia Clementine is taking a long needed vacation in Europe. She recently became widowed. She is not sad her husband is dead. She married young and was abused by her husband for years. She never let her family interfere  He always told her she was worthless and he can hurt her family too. 
She is shocked when she goes for breakfast and Sampson Cooper is sitting next to her. He is a very famous ex-football star and also was is some type of covert operation. They sit together and spend time together. This blooms into another date.
But not everything is easy when Sam learns that Kia's ex has
placed a hit on Kia's life. That is why we see a couple of cameos of Lee Nightingale, sigh!
This couple has some issues to deal with. Both of them have been hurt. They both learned to open up to each other. 
4/5 Fangs

Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) by Kristen Ashley

Chase Keaton feels dirty. Because of his father's mistake, he had to become a dirty cop for a while and married a woman he didn't love. The town of Carnal believes him a hero but he knows better. On hi free time, he thinks about the woman he married and who was murdered under his watch. The least he can do is find the culprit. He doesn't know that Faith is doing the same with her internet friends.
Faith Goodknight is the beautiful, shy librarian. She has been in love with Chase since she can't remember  At the beginning, he is rude to her, despite him having a thing for her for years too. But, when an abused kid shows up at the library, Faith needs the cops help and Chase is the one that takes it upon himself to help her.
There are so many good parts, but what I love the most is how geeky Faith is. She loves Scify, She mentions, Buffy, Angel, Star wars and Firefly references.

Spoiler Fangalert: our little miss Ally Nightingale shows up in this book. Righteous!!

4/5 Fangs

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3) by Kristen Ashley

This is my favorite Colorado Book (Tate is my second).
Ty Walker spent five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit  The woman he was with on that night, lied, negating him an alibi. He only has revenge in his plans. To his surprise, when he gets out there is this beautiful, leggy woman waiting for him. He needs to marry her for convenience.
Alexa Anne (Lexy) Berry has had bad Luck all her life, when she is forced to pick up someone being release from prison, she is completely shocked to see this hot giant coming out. He exudes danger. When he proposes a marriage that can release her from prior entanglement, she jumps to it. They get to Vegas and marry.
When they move back to Carnal, she uncovers the truth and tries to help Ty forget about revenge and his demons. He does not react well to it. 
Even if they are able to make this marriage work, can they live happily in a place where dirty cops and government exists?
Love Ty. Even though  the writing is completely crude at times, it really created live characters to the reader. Is amazing what KA can do!
5/5 Fangs.

Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain #2) by Kristen Ashley

Lauren Grahame left her old life. She quit her job and moved to a place where no one knows her and a town where nothing is special, Carnal.  Moving away is her only choice to find herself again after her ex husband cheated on her with her best friend for five years. She thought her life was going to be special but learned that there is no such thing. She is also a little overweight but has started swimming too.  She applies for a job as a waitress in a local biker bar. At first, one of the owners doesn't want to hire her because she looks too classy. 
Once she meets the other boss, she is fuming after some nasty comments Tate says. She is ready to avoid him, hate him, kill him with indifference.
Tatum Jackson is part owner of the bar and bounty hunter. When a serial killer is loose in his town, he decides to take the case. The last thing he needs is a distraction. Just before he meets Lauren he has stopped a relationship with his ex girlfriend. He does says some nasty comments that Lauren overheard, but apologizes to her. He knows he wants her for himself. Lauren finds herself in between biker boys at some point just because she doesn't understand biker lingo. Tate knows he has to keep his town and Lauren safe.
Love this book, a pleasure to read. Hate Tate at first, love him to pieces by the end. Some parts are LOL pages.

5/5 Fangs

“I don’t know!” I hissed back. “Tate went out of town and he took me for a ride on his bike and he kissed me before he left. But he didn’t tell me he was going. He just said he wanted me on the back of his bike when he got back. But then he was gone. For a month. He didn’t call. Nothing. He just vanished. Then I got my car from Wood and he said he’d seen me on Tate’s bike and he didn’t want to tell me what he had to tell me because he wanted me to be on the back of his bike but then he told me Tate was with Neeta, Wood’s sister, and she’s married.

“The back of his bike?” she asked, looking confused.

I shook my head. “I don’t know, I don’t get it. I think it’s biker slang for they want a date or something.”

“What did Tate say about what Wood said?”
This was the tricky part therefore I mumbled, “Um…”
“What?” she asked.
“I didn’t ask him,” I admitted. “When he got back…” I moved even closer, “Carrie, when he got back I think he came straight to me, straight to the bar, he grabbed my hand and pulled me into the hall and kissed me and told me he didn’t find Tonia’s killer but it was good to be home then I threw the whole Neeta thing in his face, he got pissed, said some nasty stuff and stormed off.”

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) by Kristen Ashley

First in the Colorado Series

Nina Sheridan is taking a holliday. She has decided that she needs time to think if she wants to spend the rest of her life with her clueless fiancee. She thinks a trip to the States will clarify everything for her.
When she gets to the house she has rented, to her surprise there is a hot guy there, who is the owner of the home and tells her she can't stay there. (Max calls her Duchess which later on becomes a term of endearment). Things get worse for her, she has a cold, her car breaks down and she can't get out of it because of the snowstorm.
When she wakes up the next day, she is his bed.
Holden Maxwell has had plenty of sorrow in his life. But, when Nina shows up, it is the first time in a long time that he feels something. He nurses her back to health and forces her to stay with him in his home.  Typical Alpha maneuver.
They get to know each other and he shows her around the town of Gnaw Bone, but of course there is always a couple of other story lines happening which being a KA book leads to kidnapping, confrontations, murder, etc.
This is a good book and a great beginning for this series.
4/5 Fangs

My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park by Cindy Jones

Lily Berry  is escaping to a Jane Austen revival. She has had multiple losses. Her mother passed away, her father is in a relationship way too soon, her boyfriend dumped her while her mother was ill and told her she was needy. She looses her job because she is reading instead of working. 
When she gets to England she has no job at the beginning and uses one of the rooms that was assigned to another girl. When Bets her roommate finally shows up, she is not considerate of Lily's personal belongings. 
Lily is able to find things to do around the Manor, even create a tea party with entertainment for the Jainetes. 
Her love life is tangled between different men.

I have got to say this is my first Jane Austen world kind of book. Loving Jane Austen's books I thought this would be great, was greatly disappointed. I don't believe there was great character growth and the protagonist was not very likable. 
1/5 Fangs

Resurrected Book 1 The Vampire Legacy by Morgan Rice

Resurrected is the first book in the Vampire Legacy.

We meet a happy family. Mom is Caitlin, Dad is Caleb (nice name) and perfect daughter is Scarlet.
Everything is happy in this perfect family. They are all excited about Scarlet's sixteenth birthday. Caitlin has bought her daughter's favorite cake and will give her her grandmother's necklace as a gift. Scarlet surprises them by bringing Blake, her friend to their home. Everyone accepts this including her dad after a few comments. This will be their last normal day.
When Caitlin remembers her old books given to her by her grandmother, during her sleepless night, she decides to read them. In them, she discovers she used to be a vampire and now Scarlet is becoming one too. Too late, Scarlet has started her change, she is sent home sick from school and then escapes. When she finally reappears the next day, everyone has been looking for her. Scarlet hates the attention and wants to go to school. She is worried about Blake and the mean girls group.
We also meet Sage, an immortalist who has been selected to deal with the last known vampire, Scarlet.
The end of the book is a little bit abrupt. I haven't read the Vampire journals which comes first. Maybe if I did I will have enjoyed this book more.
2/5 Fangs

Wrong Bed, Right Guy (Come Undone, #1) by Katee Robert

Elle Walser is tired of her mother setting her up with guys that she doesn't like. She has decided to take her future into her own hands. For this purpose she bought some lingerie and plans to seduce her boss. She works in an art gallery and likes to paint on her own time too. She admires her boss and he is one of the Good Guys.
Unfortunately, things go terrible wrong with her plan. She ends up in bed with his brother instead. 
Gabe Schultz has decided crash at his brother's art gallery, he doesn't like to be alone. He is the owner of multiple bars in different states. He is very pleasantly surprised when a beautiful woman tries to seduce him. 
When Elle realizes her mistake she runs away. The next day she has to deal with Gabe. Gabe shows his interest in her, she tries to avoid him at all cost. Some very funny situations occur.
Short, light hearted book. It was in the top of the amazon best sellers. Decided to give it a go. Not disappointed.
3/5 Fangs