Saturday, November 22, 2014

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Title: Silver Borne
Author: Patricia Briggs
My Rating: A+

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercy Thompson #5
Main Characters: Mercy and Adam
Release Date: March 2010
Publisher: Ace books
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe. And now the leader of the werewolf pack, who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be.

OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday...

My Review:
This is a hard series to review the individual books just because the overall series is so incredible and it's hard to take the books as individuals. But there was one thing that set this book apart from the rest of the series for me...the men. Samuel and Adam...omg, I loved these two in this book. Patricia Briggs did an incredible job showing the emotional aspects to both these men's mentality. It's especially impressive just because the book is told entirely from Mercy's point of view. 

Both these men have incredibly low points in this book. Samuel has lost all hope  and Mercy is doing everything she can to make sure that he stays alive. And then Adam shows more emotion than I think I've ever seen from him...and I loved that. Mercy is also having to deal with more Pack politics as they are still dealing with the repercussions from having a coyote shifter thrown into the wolf pack dynamics. 

There is so much to love about this series, but once again Mercy proves why she is such an incredible heroine. At her core is the fact that she doesn't feel she deserves Adam...that part of her makes me ache for her because she is so freaking strong and the perfect match for him and doesn't see it. But she's also completely honest about the fact that she loves him...totally with all her heart and although he has moments of doubts about her love for him, too, and her desire to deal with all the pack issues that he knows she hates...she NEVER wavers though. She wants Adam and will do whatever she has to, to keep him with her and keep him safe. 

Once again, this was an incredible addition to the series. It's probably been my favorite so far, but I think I feel like that with every installment. But I love it when the men have vulnerabilities and give those little emotional glimpses so that put this one over the top for me in this book. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

I Belong to You by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: I Belong to You
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
My Rating: B-

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Inside Out #5
Main Characters: Crystal and Mark
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
The stunning conclusion to Mark and Crystal’s relationship in the passionate, all-consuming Inside Out series by New York Timesbestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.


Being that person, that man, is how I define myself, how I allow the rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is what I need. It is all I need. Or maybe I just need…her.

My Review:
This has been a series that I have adored every single minute spent reading it...until this book. *sigh* This book was such a disappointment to me, but the reason I was so disappointed was that for so much of the book, it felt like simply a re-hash of what we've read before. Easily the first 2/3's of the book is the push/pull relationship between Crystal and Mark...that has been their relationship from the very beginning. He wants complete control of her so he can get lost in her. She doesn't want to give it. Nothing new, except I felt like Crystal lost a bit of her spine in this one. 

Then it gets to the climax when things are finally supposed to be resolved with Rebecca's murder. The danger happens off the page so there's not even a ramp-up of the suspense. There are brand-new revelations by Mark as to why he's so messed up, but for me those just didn't jive with his issues. And the entire ending felt super-rushed, which was a shock after the extremely slow beginning/first half. And we learn NOTHING NEW about what really happened with Rebecca. Reading it, it just felt like the author had no real game plan on how to finish the series and that's a disappointment to me...because it's been amazing up until this book. 

And I want to know...does Dana live or die????

And it's not that this book is bad. I just don't see why I had to read it to get anything more from the story line of the series. And that makes me sad because I have a ton of books that are waiting for me to read them. I don't like feeling like I wasted my time on one. Can we have a re-do?

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Flirting on Ice by Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley

Title: Flirting on Ice
Author: Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Atlantic City Hustlers #1
Main Characters: Zac and Heather
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Entangled
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Mr. Perfect has found his kind of trouble...

Professional hockey player Zac Elliott is in top form. He's having the best season of his career, the local fans can't get enough of him, and he's in the middle of the most successful contract negotiations of his career. When the sexy little spark between Zac and the team owner's daughter blazes to life, no matter how forbidden, he can't resist.

Philanthropist Heather Ryan can't keep her hands off of Zac. If her father finds out, it could end Zac's career and ruin her reputation. What they share is deeply passionate and intensely private...until the press exposes their illicit relationship.

Now the fans have viciously turned against Heather, Zac's game is faltering, and even his team has deserted him. The only way out of the penalty box is for Zac to play hockey like life—and love—depends on it..

My Review:
While I absolutely enjoyed every bit of what was in this novel, there simply wasn't enough of it. And I realize this is a novella, but it just didn't quite meet my expectations. Mainly because the two main characters barrel through the stages of their relationship like they're traveling at light speed. I honestly got a little bit of whip lash at how fast they moved...and committed. And that made me sad because overall, the book is good. The relationship just moves too quickly to be believed. And honestly, that could have been fixed with just the addition of a few sentences sprinkled throughout the story to give more depth to what happened off the page and before the story began. 

But what is here is pretty good...and I'll admit, I am a sucker for the hockey trope. I liked both Zac and Heather, although I thought their willingness to throw everything away besides each other was a little over the top after what was basically 2 chance encounters and 1 meaningful one. I like that Zac is the captain for the team and a prized commodity for them. But the team's owner, Heather's dad, did not place her value below his which I think is sometimes an issue in these sports themed books. I liked that about it. I did think that her parents underestimated Zac's ability to commit and that honest-to-god they should have trusted their daughter more. I mean really!

It's a quick read, not without it's flaws, but I still enjoyed it and look forward to more from this series. Maybe the next one will be just a little bit longer with a bit more depth to the relationship.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Undefeated by Melissa Cutler

Title: Undefeated 
Author: Melissa Cutler
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Bomb Squad #2
Main Characters: Marlena and Liam
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: InterMix
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. The team’s battling a losing streak, but the season’s biggest game changer is one player’s second chance with the one who got away…

Yoga instructor Marlena Brodie is always up for a challenge, and her new job of snapping Bomb Squad out of their rut is definitely that, even though it means being in close contact with Liam McAllister, her high school crush gone bad. She can feel the damage pouring off of him—but also a wild and sexy strength that calls to her.

The Army turned Liam McAllister into a man, but as a combat medic, he saw far too much to ever be whole again. He’s not interested in the civilian world beyond his job as a carpenter, but he never stopped wondering what might have been with Marlena—and it isn’t long before she’s crashed through his carefully constructed walls. He longs for a new beginning with her, but to be the man she deserves, he’ll have to step out of his defensive zone and score the most important play of his life…

Books in the Bomb Squad hockey series:
Risky Business (Bomb Squad #1)- August 2014
Undefeated (Bomb Squad #2) - November 2014
Game Changer (Bomb Squad #3) - April 2015

My Review:
Wow...I love wounded heroes and I love sports themed novels. Melissa Cutler has done an amazing job combining two of my favorites into an incredible series. The Bomb Squad is a hockey team made up of wounded vets, but not all wounds are visible.

Liam is one of those vets with hidden wounds. He was a medic who served in Afghanistan for three tours and now suffers horrible PTSD. He's haunted by not only the soldiers he didn't save, but also by the woman and children civilians that died on his watch. Liam is a mess of triggers and issues and is well aware of that so he avoids people, even his twin sister. 

Marlena understand PTSD as she has her own version of it. She was attacked and hospitalized at the age of ten. She's adopted a wholesome, somewhat new age lifestyle, to deal with that lack of control. She also owns and teaches yoga at her studio. 

This couple is explosive together. They are both very self-aware. They have to be with their issues and Melissa Cutler did an exceptional job of explaining these through the initial scenes between the two where everything went wrong because of their triggers. This is an emotional book, but it is so well-done. Liam can be a jerk, but he has such amazing reasons for that. Marlena sees it even though her friends, including his twin sister, don't understand. I loved how she stood by him because she knew the man he truly was, despite the evidence to the contrary. 

There are also a lot of family issues in this book. Liam and heart hurt that he wouldn't just talk to her so she could understand. If there was one issue I had with this book, I wish things could have been better resolved between the two of them....maybe that will come in a later book. But then there's also Marlena's entire family dynamic which just hurt to watch. Her brother is mentally ill and no one is willing to face up to the detriment of Marlena. I loved how Liam fought to put his issues aside when it came to helping her and putting her needs first...the sign of a true hero. 

This is book #2 in this series and I highly recommend it...if you like military heroes, if you like sports books, or if you like angst. These are definitely good ones!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

David's Selfie by Daisy Harris

Title: David's Selfie
Author: Daisy Harris
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Nice Guys #2
Main Characters: David and Craig
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Sometimes a guy’s best angle is below the belt.
When David, a single father, vows to get laid just once before the year ends, he doesn’t figure on losing his cell phone—and with it one very revealing picture. Lucky for him, his phone is found by a disarmingly handsome man who might be perfect for the kind of casual Christmas fling David is after.
Go-go dancer Craig never would have guessed that the guy with the cute cock shot would turn out to be a doctor. Or that he’d find himself lying about his night job and worrying David will find out the truth. To complicate matters, each of their hook-ups requires days of planning. Yet before he knows it, Craig has a new boyfriend, and possibly a whole new family.
David’s ready to dive head-first into something new, but if Craig’s going to commit, he’ll need to come clean about his job, his past, and—most of all—the naughty picture that drew him to David in the first place.
Warning: Contains a male exotic dancer and extremely intimate photography. May contain traces of Zumba, bad roommates, and sad childhoods. Call your doctor if after six hours you still can’t get the grin off your face.

My Review:
I liked this one. It was pretty short, but it was fun and entertaining and I really, really enjoyed the story line set-up on it. 

David is bi-sexual. A year ago his wife died leaving him as a single parent to his three year old daughter. The two of them were together for a long time and he loved her. As a result, he hasn't had sex in a long time and although it's been years since he's been with a man, he needs a hook-up that doesn't remind him in any way of his wife. So via some online interactions he has a hook-up planned at a dance club, but when he gets a look at the leather daddy, he quickly changes his mind and in his rush to get out, drops his phone in the bathroom where go-go dancer Craig finds it. 

Craig goes through the phone simply trying to find out who the owner is. He finds a very intriguing cock shot, but then everything else is photos of a precious little 3 year old girl. Craig is intrigued by both. I really liked Craig. He's looking for someone real to date and although he's gorgeous and fit, those are certainly not things that draw him to other guys. David is a dad and works long hours as a doctor...he has the physique that fits that lifestyle. But having been judged by his body alone way too much, Craig sees past all that. But that's also the issue...Craig has been judged by his go-go dancer profession way too much so he doesn't tell David about that. He just tells David about his studying for his Master's and his Zumba teaching/gym dreams...which are all true. They just don't tell everything about how Craig supports himself. 

Craig is one of those characters that you can't help but fall in love with. He's had a hard life. In foster care at the age of five and although he stayed with the same foster family for years, they kicked him out when he told them he was gay. As a result, he spent several years on the street, barely scraping by. He panics when he thinks about being in that position again and he has several people in his life (i.e. his jerk of a roommate) who take advantage of him because of that vulnerability. And he's such a nice hurts to watch him be taken advantage of especially knowing that if David knew, he'd take care of him. 

Like I said, I liked everything about this one. It was a great read and made me feel happier for having read it. If the story line appeals to you, I think you should grab it. I think you'll fall in love with David and Craig, too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Top Off Tuesday: Unchained by Caris Roane

This is a series I have enjoyed. 
As much for the covers as for the stories. 
But really, it's a fun one. 
And this is the next one to come out next week.
He is very yummy!

Unchained by Caris Roane
releasing Nov 25, 2014

Story Overview:

Stalked by a vampire. Stolen in the night. Seduced by a lover. Anthropology student Shayna Prentiss wakes up to find herself trapped in a world she never knew existed—with a man she cannot escape…nor resist.


Drawn to her beauty. Driven by lust. Doomed by his destiny. The vampire Marius knows he must bond with this captivating mortal with hidden powers…or both their races will be destroyed forever.


Bound by a blood chain that seals their fates together, Marius and Shayna must stand and fight the ultimate enemy—a madman hell-bent on destruction who will test every ounce of their strength, their power, and their passion. When the final weapon is unleashed, will their love remain unbroken? Or will darkness shatter their chains…for eternity?

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