Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Her Secret Agent by Paige Tyler

Title: Her Secret Agent
Author: Paige Tyler
My Rating: B


Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Series: X-Ops #.5
Main Characters: John and Cree
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy



Story Overview:
John Loughlin, the Director of the Department of Covert Ops, is in New York City on a recruiting mission. He’s been tracking and evaluating one shifter in particular for some time. Cree Forest is a clever fox shifter—and very foxy. Cree is a translator for the UN and John is keen to recruit her brilliant mind and persuasive skills to join the DCO.

But Cree isn’t what she seems. Just as John has been watching her, Cree has been spying on him. She is working with a rogue shifter and John is getting too close—professionally and personally! On opposite sides professionally, can they trust each other with their hearts?

My Review:
This is a super-quick little novella that gives a glimpse into John's world. John is the director of the DCO, a covert and very controversial black-op agency within the government where things are not exactly as they should be. This agency works within the paranormal world of shifters. 

Like I said, this is a novella and it just basically gives a teaser about the start of Cree and John's relationship. This reader definitely WANTS MORE because I loved the dynamic between the two. Cree is a fox shifter that John is trying to recruit, but there's so much more to this girl than he knows. I can't wait to read more of their story. 

This is a FREE novella, and as such is just an intro into Paige Tyler's incredibly sexy, creative, new world. There are excerpts from two of her other books that I've already read. The good news is that both these series are also EXCELLENT and the excerpts in the novella are huge (both go over at least 5 chapters) so you get a great taste as to whether you will enjoy those novels before you have to spend any money on them. Although, I'll give you a hint...if you like sexy alphas set within paranormal romantic suspense, you are going to want to read Paige Tyler's new series..both of them...the X-Ops that's introduced here and the SWAT series which begins in January!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Revenant by Larissa Ione


Title: Revenant
Author: Larissa Ione
My Rating: A


Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Lords of Deliverance #6; Demonica #11
Main Characters: Revenant and Blaspheme
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

HELL HATH NO FURY . . .

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her . .


My Review:
Revenant...wow and a deep sigh...I just loved this guy. This is absolutely why Larissa Ione is one of my favorite story-tellers, ever. Revenant should not be a guy that you fall for. He's worked at Satan's right hand for 5000 years and throughout the course of this book he's DEBATING whether to work for Heaven or Hell. Something that should be a no-brainer right? But as with all of Larissa's stories...it's just not that simple. 

Revenant is Reaver's twin although he had no idea about that or the fact that he's actually a full-blown angel until two weeks ago. Now he's trying to deal with the fact that he was the twin left to rot by Satan's side. For some reason, he didn't get the happy smiling welcome to Heaven. No, he was left in hell where he was tortured continuously, lied to, and had to watch his mother die. To say he has a bit of angst and anger because of all this is putting it mildly. His whole life he's thought he's supposed to be evil. That's quite a revelation for the guy and he's reeling a bit and naturally doesn't feel any love for those angels who left him to rot. I could understand why he's so torn. 

And on the other side of the story is Blaspheme who's dealing with her own identity crisis. She wears the guise of a False Angel, but that's not who she really is and if the truth comes out, a lot of people (the powerful kind) are going to want to kill her. But to maintain her disguise means she has to take the life of another...something as a doctor and just general good person that is not acceptable. Her mother is also dealing with the issues since she's been attacked and is wounded. 

The two together were interesting. Revenant is cocky and comes on super-strong, but Blaspheme is more than a match for him which I loved. There are so many little moments between the two of them that make it all work so well. Maybe because they are both having identity crisis' they can see how the other is struggling even though they may not know the reasons why. And let me just say...Revenant with the kittens...aww, I really love this guy. He definitely has shades of bad-boy softie like Wraith that I absolutely adore. 

This is a complex world and a complex book. I highly recommend that you read the whole series because you need that background to understand all the machinations going on politically. I've read them all and still get a little lost with who does what and why just because there is so much time between books. 

This one reads like the last in the series especially with the ending, but there's a tiny teaser to head for Larissa Ione's blog to find out what happens next. At the time of writing this review, that wall was still under construction, but I can guarantee you, I'm waiting with bated breath to find out where the series goes from here. It's such an amazing series. I've said it just about every review, and I'll say it again...Larissa Ione is the best story-weaver of our generation. If you haven't read this series, YOU NEED TO DO SO NOW!!! 

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

Bad Behavior by K.A. Mitchell


Title: Bad Behavior
Author: K.A. Mitchell
My Rating: B+


Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: Bad in Baltimore #5
Main Characters: David "Beach" and Tai
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: erotic


Story Overview:
In a life full of yes, no is the sexiest word he s ever heard.

David Beauchamp might as well be in jail. After one too many misunderstandings with the law, he s chained to the city by the GPS and alcohol sensor strapped to his ankle. Awaiting trial, cut off from usual forms of entertainment, he goes looking for a nameless sexual encounter and winds up with almost more than he can handle.

Reality comes crashing back the next day with a summons for another random drug test, and the man behind the badge turns out to be the very man who took him for one hell of a ride.

Probation Officer Tai Fonoti is used to handling other people s problems, but he s horrified when one of the clients his boss dumps on him is the sweet piece of ass he screwed the night before. It makes getting a urine sample a pretty loaded situation.

That single encounter left Beach craving Tai s unique brand of control and discipline. But while Tai relishes laying down the law in the bedroom, the letter of the law stands between them and kinkily ever after.


Warning: This book is kinky. I mean kinky. With lots of sex. It describes a fully consensual, intense D/s relationship which changes a character s life. It includes impact play and bondage along the way to a very happily ever after.


My Review:
Beach is a tough character to understand and like. At first glance, he's a shallow, rich, party-boy who thinks of no one but himself. There were times when I was reading him and felt so awful for him, but then he'd do or think something totally wrong and I'd begin to question him again and if I was wrong to like him. That conundrum made it a bit difficult to settle into the rhythm of this story. Ultimately, you get to know who Beach really is, but it's not an easy road to get there. Unfortunately Beach is one of those guys. He's rich and no one has ever expected him to do anything more...and they've all been pretty vocal about that...even his best friend. It's hard to live with those low expectations and it did ultimately break my heart for him. 

Tai, on the other hand, expects so much better from him and I loved Tai for that. He doesn't let Beach slack and when he does, Tai totally calls him on it. For that reason, I liked this book. Tai makes David (Beach) a better person and for the first time in his life...he really wants to be a better person. Unfortunately, David has really rotten luck too. Part of that is because he doesn't want to let anyone down so he doesn't ask for help...ever...even when he really does need it. The other side though is that no one takes him seriously. 

It's a different book with an interesting dynamic, but as a whole, it really, really worked for me. This is the first I've read in this series and did buy book #4 after reading this one. (note...I received an ARC of this book way early so am writing this review in September although it won't post until December.)

I liked the set-up of this one. I found it very believable in how Tai and Beach met. I could totally see that happening. I couldn't stand Beach's friend, Gavin, and his boyfriend in how they treated Beach. I have a feeling I would feel differently after I read their book, but I have to admit I like that I read this book first because Beach didn't need any more strikes against him going into this one and I have a feeling that in their book he's even more unlikable. 

The book is well written and entertaining. There is a level of BDSM in it, but I enjoyed that aspect and how Tai both worked through his issues as a Dom for David and how David would come to realizations about the lifestyle. David is a sub, so this isn't an easy adjustment for him to accept, but I thought the author handled that aspect of the story brilliantly. I loved when all the previous couples from the series would get together and definitely plan on picking up all their stories eventually. 

I recommend this one.

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

Top Off Tuesday: The Male Model Chronicles Series by Christi Snow

Today, we have something a little bit different for the Top Off Tuesday meme. Amanda and Felicia let me do a little takeover to reveal the three new covers for my upcoming Male Model Chronicles series. 

We each have a different cover on our blog and I hope you'll go check out all three of them.

Felicia at the Geeky Blogger Book Blog is featuring book #1, Justin.
Amanda at On a Book Bender is featuring book #2, Lance.
And I have book #3, Joshua.



Joshua by Christi Snow
coming Fall, 2015

The Model: Joshua Scott Brown
The Photographer: Kruse Images & Photography
The Cover Designer: JSB Graphic Designs

Joshua…

December is the time for romance, twinkling lights, and roaring fires in the fireplace. It’s also time for the annual Holiday Fantasy Lingerie show. This year, the show has a masculine twist with the introduction of male models who were once soldiers. 

Joshua Scott Brown has made quite a name for himself as a male fitness model since he got out of the Air Force. But nothing prepares him for the media circus that occurs after he catches one of the female lingerie models during the live show, preventing her from a ten foot fall. Now the lingerie company wants to turn that media coverage into holiday profit by pairing him up romantically with the model. Unfortunately, he only has eyes for Autumn Layne, the publicist who keeps pushing him into another woman’s arms.

The third in a new series of novellas inspired by Shauna Kruse’s photography and her beautiful male models. 

The Male Model Chronicles.

(Disclaimer: While the names (the male models and Shauna only) used in the stories signify real people, the stories are completely fictional. They in no way reflect true events, incidences, or beliefs by these people in real life. Besides the names, everything else is from the author’s imagination and should be taken as such.)


The Series Order (although every installment is a complete stand-alone work):
  •       Justin (Justin James Cadwell)- releasing Jan 21, 2015
  •       Lance (Lance Jones)- coming Spring/Summer, 2015
  •      Joshua (Joshua Scott Brown)- coming Fall, 2015
There's a bit more information and a fun excerpt from the first book, Justin, on my author website...www.Christi-Snow.com

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While my cover doesn't "quite" fit the ToT meme...because Joshua has his shirt on. I'm taking a bit of leeway with my post. 

Joshua Scott Brown is not only my cover model of this third book, but he's also the cover designer for the entire series. As such I thought it would be okay to share an extra little eye-candy photo for you. Because let's face it, he's gorgeous with his shirt on, but with it off...Well, you can be the judge. Just don't short out your computer drooling. ;) He's as beautiful as he is talented and creative...and a really nice guy, too!!
(and yes, I totally stole this photo off Joshua's Facebook page...photo credit is HIS!)




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It's so fun to see so many people get excited about this meme.
(But honestly, we're looking at gorgeous men and talking about books...how can that be a bad thing?)
If you want to play along, we have a plethora of Top Off Tuesday buttons for you to choose from:
created by Deb at HEA Romances with Kick
Grab the button and post it to your blog post.

Then find you a gorgeous cover featuring a gorgeous male specimen and head on over to The Geeky Book Blogger and post your link. We can't wait to see what good books you've found!




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Monday, December 15, 2014

Finish What We Started by Amylynn Bright

Title: Finish What We Started
Author: Amylynn Bright
My Rating: A


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Lee and Candace
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Carina
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy


Story Overview:
Five years ago, Lee Bennett's whirlwind romance with Candace Claesson ended as abruptly as it had begun, and just when he needed her the most. Since then, Lee's built a successful construction company and a satisfying, if solitary, life. When he's hired to build Candace's new veterinary clinic, Lee finds her as irresistible as ever—but he's never forgiven her and he's sure as hell not letting her break his heart again.

For years, Candace has wrestled with regret and guilt over leaving Lee. At the time, nothing was going to stop her from achieving her dreams of studying in Scotland and becoming a vet—not even young love. They'd been inseparable for six months, but anything that intense couldn't last. Or so she thought.

Reunited in their hometown, neither Lee nor Candace can resist picking up where they left off. But with so much from the past standing between them, how they can rebuild what they started so long ago?

80,000 words


My Review:
This is the second book that I've read by Amylynn Bright and I'm so happy to be able to report that the first book wasn't a fluke. This book was just as fun and heartfelt and sweet as the first, but it has a very different story line than her first book had. 

This is a book about second chances. Five years ago, in a set of impossible circumstances, Lee and Candace broke up when she moved to Ireland. Emotions were running high in the high-stress situation and they both did and said things that they regretted. But neither of them ever reached out to the other to make amends and reconnect although they'd both been desperately in love. Now Candace is back and Lee is contracted to build her branch veterinary office and they have to deal with one another and those unresolved feelings once again.

I do like books where a couple gets a second chance and this is a really good one and up until the very end, I didn't think it would be satisfactorily resolved because they never dealt with what happened before. They were both so incredibly hurt, they can't even discuss it. But without dealing with what drove them apart, they can't truly trust one another again. It's a hard book in that aspect, but Amylynn Bright did an incredible job writing it. Because even though the subject matter and situation is tough and emotional, she set the book...and usually Lee...in the middle of animal capers of the vet clinic that kept the book light and entertaining. 

I really enjoyed every second of reading the book and didn't want to put it down. It's definitely engaging and the characters were incredible and realistically flawed. The situation basis was perfect for the story and so much about it broke my heart. I loved how Lee built his house to bury his pain and the masterpiece it became because of it. I loved the animal aspect of the story and laughed at every even more unlikely pet he brought into the clinic. I loved the side-characters of both families and friends because they perfectly helped further the story perfectly. 

Overall, it was just a perfect book. I highly recommend it and am pretty sure that Amylynn Bright just made it onto my auto-buy-author list. She's definitely a name to watch in the contemporary romance genre! Now to convince Carina to bring this one out in print too so I can add it beside Cooking Up Love on my keeper shelf. 

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