Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Will (Magdalene #1) by Kristen Ashley (*)

The Will (Magdalene, #1)Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.

While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.

But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.

Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.


I love K.A. books for the most part, but I could not even get halfway through this one. I HATED the Heroine - she was such a total bitch that I just felt like slapping her. And wow she did nothing but work, sleep, bitch and complain. No FUN at all. She seems to have lived 45 years in a bubble. I also do not understand her instant antagonism for him. He did nothing to her and said nothing to her to cause her to stand him up and berate him. 

The Hero was so so but her hero's are starting to get a bit boring. They are exactly the same type every time. I love the alpha male, but each of her Hero's talk the same exact way, make up some stupid nickname for the woman (I mean Slick? come on what woman wants to be called Slick?), they move the same, and to be honest I am getting tired of the "chin lift" every time they come and go. Don't they ever just say hi or shake hands? And they seem to be perfect sex partners. They ALWAYS take care of the woman first and foremost (great fantasy but realistically that just does not happen each and every time). 

Anyway I could not get into this one and I was so looking forward to getting lost in a K.A. book. Guess I will have to go back and read a Rock Chick those were worth reading!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lev (Shot Callers #1) by Belle Aurora (***)

Lev (Shot Callers, #1)From the moment Lev Leokov spots the young woman hiding behind her hair in the middle of the gentleman's club, he can't take his eyes off of her.
For the very first time in his life, he is affected. Having been told his entire life that he can't process or understand emotion, he considers it a big deal.

When Mina Harris gets caught red-handed with a wallet that isn't hers, she falls apart. She's tired, lonely and hasn't eaten in days.

Lev offers her an ultimatum... A nice warm bed, a hot meal and a job, or the cops.

Mina takes her chances with Lev. 
After all, a person with nothing has nothing left to lose.


I liked this book overall. I did have a few problems with it...mainly that the heroine was so naive..she lived on the streets for 7 years supposedly and I don't know how anyone living on the streets that long could be that inexperienced and naive. I liked the story line overall and the writing was great. I just had a hard time suspending my belief that she could be that good and naive and selfless after living so long on the streets. It was a bit fairy tail like in that regard. I loved Lev. He was a great character...they never really explained what was wrong with him, but it seems to me as if it described Asperger's syndrome (a form of autism). He was easy to like and it was interesting to see him develop over the book.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dominic: A Saint Brothers Novel Book 1 by Kristan Belle (*)

Dominic: A Saint Brothers Novel Book 1Just when things are going good, life has a way of turning everything upside down and biting you on the ass. 

Fallon had grown up surrounded by wealth and extravagance, but she had always needed something more, something real. Pursuing her dream job meant little time for a social life, but when a friend found herself in trouble, Fallon didn't hesitate to step in and help. Little did she know she was going to get more than she bargained for, in more ways than one... 

Dominic had been burned in the past. When he saw Fallon, he knew he wanted her. He wanted her for a single mind-blowing night and then he'd move on like he always did. There was too much going on in his life for anything more. Owning a down and dirty bar like Sinners gave him more than enough to worry about. However, she wasn't going to be that easy to forget. Would Dominic give it a chance? 


Not a great book. The editing was horrible....dropped words, wrong words used....inconsistencies (like he goes out regularly on friday nights, but it mentions he goes out regularly on saturday night later in the book) little things like that drove me crazy. 

The other thing that I hated was that they did not even meet during the first half of the book. Once they did it was two sex scenes and about three other scenes total before the end. They did not know each other, never had a conversation lasting more than a minute or two and how can you be in love with someone after that short a time? It was ridiculous. The epilogue was not really an epilogue in my opinion. He supposedly met her parents during this "epilogue" but no real interaction occurred. It was all in their real verbal conversations. Just bad all around. Not a lot of dialogue throughout the book..more them thinking (in their head) than actual interaction with any of the characters. Just not a great book. I will not be reading the rest of the series. 

Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills (**)

Dirty EnglishA scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposedto avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more. 

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice* 


So so book. It was a quick read but I did not really get into the characters. The hero was an underground fighter who really did not seem to be that tough. She was wishy washy at best and her issues seemed too easy for her to put aside. I just did not really like the characters. There was no real relationship other than sex that I could see. They never had any real conversations or meaningful dialogue. It was surface stuff only. Even her coming to terms with her feelings about the past seemed surface and not really realistic.  

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Méridien (TSS #3) by S.H. Jucha (****)

Méridien (TSS #3)The Méridiens are fleeing to their far colonies—and they have reason to run. Over the course of decades, they have lost hundreds of ships, billions of people, and seven Confederation colonies to an alien enemy: an advancing swarm of silver ships transported in the bowels of a gigantic, spherical vessel.

Alex Racine, who once enjoyed the solitary life of an explorer-tug Captain, is now an Admiral and responsible for the lives of a quarter million Librans. Further complicating his life, Alex’s Librans have made it clear they don’t want to settle on his home world. They want a new home, and he must secure them one.

The silver ships await Alex’s makeshift flotilla at Libre, the last colony they consumed. Thus far, Alex’s people have succeeded in skirmishes against the enemy’s fighters. Now, though, they’re preparing to attack the entire alien fleet and halt the devastation of the colonies.

To the surprise and chagrin of his officers and crew alike, Alex concocts a new plan, because he believes humanity faces not one but two alien species, and one may be enslaved to the other. If so, Alex believes slaves should be liberated, not obliterated.

To test Alex’s theory, his people must capture a wholly intact silver ship—a feat never before accomplished. The crew remains doubtful, but their Admiral is determined to communicate with the aliens before he’s forced to destroy them, and his wish is their command.

REVIEW: ****

I love this series! The author was kind enough to send me this third book prior to publication so I could read and review it. 

I must say its a wonderful story, full of great characters with great personalities. I love an epic story with believable, well rounded characters and a flowing story line. I do think the resolution with the mother ship was a bit too easy and quick for the build up, but it did not detract from the story. Its basically a story about overcoming great odds, the struggle to find your own place in a society that doesn't really want you anymore and how the different characters grow and develop over time. Its a classic type of story line that had meaning when I was young and still has meaning today. I think any teen would be comfortable reading this as well as any adult. I know I certainly enjoyed it. I look forward to the next books in this ongoing series. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Devoted in Death (In Death #41) by J.D. Robb

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41)Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutality in the newest crime thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .

REVIEW: ****

I love this series and luckily for me she is a prolific writer putting out approx. 2 books a year in this series alone. Usually by the time an author writes 30 books or more in a series I have long given up on it. They usually get  boring and repetitive over time, but not with this series. The characters continue to develop and change over the course of the books. New characters are added, some old characters return or get a mention or two but they don't keep doing the same thing, saying the same things which is nice. It keeps these books interesting and keeps me wanting more of them. I love the dynamic between Eve and Roarke and how they have changed and grown together over time. The mystery part of these books are usually interesting and fresh, not just the same old, same old.