Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker

Wild Ride Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As someone who has read a number (but not all) of the previous books in this series I was happy to finally read Ozzie's story! He has been an amazing character in past novels, has a great sense of humor and made an impact on most of the other couples during their novels. It was fun to finally read a novel in this series in which the female character was NOT in some crazy situation that needed the involvement and therefore exposure of the Black Knights secret business.

It was also really fun that Samantha is a reporter on top of that. Yes, she is involved in something crazy, but it's nothing the police can't handle. So an official Black Knights mission it is NOT. The previous friendship between Ozzie and Samantha was pretty fabulous build up to their romance and I really enjoyed each of their back stories. The reasons behind Ozzie's good mood and joking is heart-wrenching.

I received this novel as an ARC and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not a series that must be read in order, other characters pop up again but not in any way that takes away from the plot.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: A Very Jaguar Christmas by Terry Spear

A Very Jaguar Christmas A Very Jaguar Christmas by Terry Spear
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was not familiar with this series, world or author that much when I received an ARC of this novel, but I really loved the world that Terry Spear's has built. Our characters have a very well established society for Jaguar shifters that has proved successful over the years. Demetria and Everett both have roles within various departments of their society and have been circling each other for many years. Now, when a wolf shifter cub is dumped on them, who knew that wolf shifters even existed? They must work together to try to figure out where the cubs parents are and how to get him back to them.

This unexpected situation throws them together during the holidays and now they must deal with their issues. Conveniently, they're also building contacts to be used for a new division that deals with other organizations and unexpected shifter communities. This cute cub will force more cooperation then anyone ever expected!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Review: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles)

Heart on Fire Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this novel as an ARC. I could not wait to finish this third book in the Kingmaker Chronicles! I have been stalking the authors website with news of its release. Cat and Griffin closed Breath of Fire with a second kingdom conquered and almost died doing it. Now, it's on to figure out how to accomplish the next. They control former Sinta and Tarva, with Cat now the crowned Queen Catalia Thalyria. The confrontation with her mother, Alpha Fisa, is the daunting task on the horizon, but Griffin believes in her and their ultimate goal. That is until someone unexpected decides to throw a wrench in their plans.

Cat must overcome an unexpected, new hurdle that will impact the morale of everyone they know. Since she's terrified of her mother, whom she has to defeat in order to accomplish the goal that the very gods have given her, this is just another impossible task set on her shoulders. With Griffins drive wavering, godly interference and powerful elemental abilities all around what could go wrong?

I love mythology and any books with the various gods and goddesses are fun reads for me. This series, mostly has just mentioned the gods with a bit of cursory powers saving the day. This one has multiple of them in all their glory. I loved their interactions with our characters and the hints of the various worlds they have created and visit (one most likely being Earth). Their detailed plan for Cat is amazing and intricate. Cat and Griffin had a wonderful closing to their trilogy even though there was a bit of jumping to the next significant thing, which isn't uncommon in novels today.

I can tell that there will be more novels in this world revolving around Griffin's family and Alpha (Beta) Team. I can't wait for them and I hope we get hints of what Cat and Griffin (and baby Eleni) are up to in future novels! This novel is not available for purchase until January 2018!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

Secrets in Death Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eve Dallas has always been an amazing observational. She can look at a room once and describe, in detail, what most of the people look like, are wearing and more. But when Larinda Mars is murdered in the very bar she is having after work drinks at, she has no recollection of the suspect. And although Eve really dislikes the murder victim, she must stand for her non-the-less. And isn't just even worse that is happened with her right there?

Since this is book #45 in this series some of the guesswork about who the killer is has become typical for readers, but following the investigation to the evidence needed is still fun. And being able to get to spend time with Eve and Roarke at their super awesome house is great too! Their personal lives, relationship and friends are still some of the best parts of this series and this one doesn't leave you hanging.

I am beginning to wonder if less and less time is passing between each novel though. I wonder if the author has a reason for doing this? Early books would have weeks or months passing between novels and now it's just a handful of days. And since the books come out a year apart it is a bit difficult to remember the small details of the previous novel that are mentioned.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Review: Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan

Dark Legacy Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dragomir is an ancient Carpathian that is doing his duty to protect the Carpathian people but also avoiding everyone since he's ready to end his battle with the darkness. Emeline Sanchez has survived the most atrocious things at the hands of vampires, Vadim Malinov in particular, but now she must face more as the child in her womb, Vadim's child, is in danger.

These two characters are magnificent together and apart. Their journey to each other is unique in many ways but also a little bit typical of books in the Dark Carpathian series since this is the 27th book. You can tell that Ms. Feehan is doing her best to make things new and interesting for readers without being repetitive. Emeline represents a new way to fight off the vampire threat while also presenting a way to introduce new avenues to pursue.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review: Daughter of the Everstar by Laura Jo Phillips

Daughter of the Everstar Daughter of the Everstar by Laura Jo Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, did I love this book! As a huge fan of Laura Jo Phillips and all of her other novels/series, of course, I was going to read this one. And she definitely meets the expectations of greatness with this novel. Now, I have no idea if this is going to be a part of a series or not, but it definitely has the potential for it and I do hope it does.

Toni makes a wish in a wishing well and is given the choice to have it fulfilled in another realm that needs her help. With three promises in her cap: anyone who tries to rape her will die, no lasting harm can come to her and she cannot die; Toni has one year to find what she's looking for and decide if she wants to stay in this new realm.

Ronan is a place of former magic, where the people have had to relearn how to do everything after their magic was shattered. But not to worry, they have plenty of time to do it since they have a cure for aging. The bigger problem they face is that there haven't been any children born in over three hundred years, then the Bright Queen, a powerful magical creature that favors their world, announces that she will be bringing a Bright Lady to Ronan. This Bright Lady will have a choice to wed one of the head of the Houses of Ronan and be able to produce children.

Not everyone is happy with this announcement, and Toni must navigate through treachery, desire for both of the brothers that lead Wolf House and the plots and schemes of their crazy female relatives. This is a menage story with twists, turns and wonderful characters!

I was up until 2:30 in the morning reading this on a work night and have no idea what I accomplished at work the next day since I still hadn't finished and it was all I could think about. Excellent!!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Review: Pretty Kitten by May Sage

Pretty Kitten Pretty Kitten by May Sage
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two in the Age of Night series was a fun addition to this new read I've recently discovered. Following shortly after book 1 (Kitty Cat) finishes, Duante has been fighting his attraction to Clari since they met because she is human and not an acceptable mate. But when his new-born nephew turns out to be a "turner," a rare type of shifter that can convert humans with just a bite, which is forbidden and death-sentence worthy also, Clari is bitten by the little cub and must deal with the possibility of shifting.

And, oh, when it gets out that baby Zachary is a turner, all other shifters ban together to attack and kill both Zachary and Clari. Weird hits the fan in this novel when metaphysical beings come out of hiding to help protect this small clan and prevent this little infant/cub from being destroyed.

A fun, easy read that follow these fun characters and bizarre clan. Looking forward to future novels.

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