Saturday, December 31, 2016

Review: Power Game by Christine Feehan

Power Game Power Game by Christine Feehan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Power Game is a magnificent addition to the Ghostwalker series by Christine Feehan! This is my favorite series that Christine Feehan writes, although I do read all of them! I love the idea behind the Ghostwalkers. A crazy, rich, megalomaniac that is super patriotic and with endless resources and no morals. I strongly suspect there are a lot more people in the world like this then is widely known so I find this series really fun to read. I'm also not strong in my knowledge of science but a lot of the details in this are so wonderful and seem plausible to some extent.

Even with all that, I was a little worried when starting this book because I was not as big of fan of the last book, Spider Game, as I have been of the rest of the series. Although, that is to be expected. Not every book in romance series are super wonderful to everyone who reads them. But this one reminded be a lot of the first few books in the series, where Ms. Feehan is giving us the third story from the fourth military group experimented on. She didn't try to add a whole bunch of new craziness and FINALLY started to conclude some things that had been dragging on throughout this series. It had a few 'took you long enough' moments, things readers (me at least) have been wondering why characters haven't dealt with before considering they have been known problems since like book four!

I loved Bellisia's character. Her abilities were super cool and the origin of her genetic mix was awesome! I wasn't a big fan of the snake or spider genetic mix, let me tell you! Ugh. I won't give away what it is exactly but I really liked it! It was also great to get to know Ezekiel, get some insight into his brothers through him and also be introduced to a few more members of their team. I know it's prep for future books, but since it's prep of existing characters and not another previously unknown experimented on team, it works. You will stay up late reading this one, so don't start it on a work night unless you can work on only a few hours of sleep!

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Review: Bean's Heart

Bean's Heart Bean's Heart by Laura Jo Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Laura Jo Phillips is an exceedingly excellent author of menage stories. She uses the 1000 Worlds 'world' that she's built into making the necessity of a 3M, 1F relationship a biological necessity that really works! I've read to novels since the beginning of the Soul-Linked Saga and this latest book of the Hearts of ICARAUS series, which is a spin-off/continuation of the Soul-Linked Saga, was a wonderful read!

The Hearts of ICARUS follows the children of the characters within the Soul-Linked series and this particular story is a part of almost a mini-trilogy within this series. This mini-series started with Vari's Choice, in which you learn that triplet sisters have had their very existence messed with since they were in the womb. We learn in Ria's Visions, which follows the middle triplet, that Vari is not the only sister that's been messed with. In Bean's Heart we see the conclusion of this mini-trilogy within this series.

Bean's story was an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. Chaos, the entity/thing that's been messing with the sisters, has been trying to kill Bean since she was seven and is seriously messing up her interactions with her destined mates. It was such a unique situation, we hadn't seen anything previously like it from Laura Jo Phillips. To have one of the brothers so adamantly against the relationship is so against my expectations of the series, but worked really well. I was thoroughly satisfied with the relationship interactions, the sister bond and the final defeat of one of the enemies we've been seeing since Rayne's Return!

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Review: Alien Nation

Alien Nation Alien Nation by Gini Koch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Always a page turning read from Gini Koch. I really love the Kitty Katt series. Kitty is a wonderful, well-rounded character with a wicked sense of humor that surrounds herself with some really great people. This novel continues the series really well and I think shows a wonderful possible future of what it would take for the world to come together and unite. Considering humanities history of war, it could only take alien invasion and the imminent threat of death to bring everyone to some form of understanding and cooperation. Kitty's speech to the religious and world leaders was very blunt and very realistic and true to today's problems.

Kitty's band of characters continues to grow as she finds more people that are absorbing into her world. She does this really well, whether they're other humans that she saves, bad guys that she reforms, or aliens that she either saves and/or befriends. It was also great to see a conclusion to one of the villain themes that has been plaguing the books for quite some time. It was starting to get a little old considering all of the new problems that Earth and Kitty keep getting into, and the final confrontation met all expectations.

You do start to wonder though, why the people around Kitty aren't all around more paranoid when they go into combat situations. You would think they'd be really tired of getting captured and rescued by Kitty and would therefore act differently, buy alas, no. I did enjoy that the characters are actually aware of this phenomenon and know it's a topic of discussion when going into battle! That when they get captured, Kitty has a beginning plan to get them out of it from the get go. Or at least a theory of a plan: Go with the Crazy!

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review: Masquerade Menage

Masquerade Menage Masquerade Menage by Trinity Blacio
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoy reading books by Trinity Blacio but I have to say that the longer she's been writing the worse her editing and grammar becomes. I don't know if it's because she's producing so many titles so close together or what but the first books of hers that I read were the first three books of the Running in Fear series. THEY WERE PHENOMENAL!!! Emotional, character rich, plot strong and all around good. But everything that I've read after those first three get worse and worse in the details and grammar.

Ms. Blacio does an excellent job of building her worlds and her characters. Every book of hers is a menage story with relationships that are believable. But every book in the past two or three years the details make less and less sense until you get to the love scenes. Then they are back to being detailed. It's like she's rushing through everything else to get to the sex. So characters to from being throw stuff mad to all out weeping at the drop of a hat. There's no emotional build up and growth it's just a hormonal jump from one thing to the next. There's also weird illogical timing throughout. Characters are in the middle of a conversion that would only take about 20 minutes but the passage of time around them is hours. A character leaves the room and by the time one still inside the room walks to the window, the person who just left has had time to go to their room, change they clothes and make it outside to the swimming pool. Weird. And this doesn't even cover all of the grammatical errors.

After all this though, I do keep coming back to read her books. She builds great worlds and has strong female characters that are independent but still love their men. I also enjoy the kinky sex too! I do seriously recommend Running in Fear: Escaped, Abandoned, and Coming Home though. I don't remember nearly as many problems in those three books and they are really good!

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Review: Mischief and the Masters

Mischief and the Masters Mischief and the Masters by Cherise Sinclair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVE reading Cherise Sinclair's novels!!! She is such an amazing author! I'm a big fan of BDSM novels and she, in my opinion, is one of the greatest! Every novel of Ms. Sinclair's that I've ever read has been amazing and this one is just as good. The love the Masters of the Shadowlands series. All of the Masters from the club are unique and interesting and all of the subs are just as mischievous and submissively sweet.

Having read the past books in this series, I've previously read about the mischievous Uzuri and the pranks she's played on various characters throughout the series. So it was really fun to finally see that she has her own novel. It was unexpected to see that she had two Doms and not one, but after much reflection I could see the foreshadowing of this in the last book. Her back story was heart warming and interesting and played well with the personalities of cousins Max and Alaister. They familial relationship and history leading them into this type of relationship was believable and fun to read. All in all, a page turner that kept me up reading late into the wee hours of the morning!

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