Tuesday, December 31, 2013

(65) The Awakening: Book 1 of the Sisters of Spirits Trilogy

Title: The Awakening: Book One of the Sisters of Spirits Trilogy by Yvonne Heidt
Publisher: Bold Stroke Books
264 pages
Genre: LGBT Romance, supernatural

Synopsis: Sunny Skye, a psychic medium, is the head investigator and founder of Sisters of Spirits, a paranormal society dedicated to helping others understand what they can’t see. She is excellent at finding ghosts but finds it difficult to cope in the real world. When she meets Jordan, she is instantly attracted and completely unnerved by the personal demons she carries around with her.

Street tough Jordan Lawson molded herself into what she thinks an excellent cop should be. She trusts only two things: facts and herself. She believes only in the evil that mankind commits and she certainly doesn’t believe in ghosts, even when confronted by one.

When spiritualism and jaded skepticism collide, who backs down first?

Review: I was a little skeptical of this book when I first started reading it, I found it difficult to identify with Jordan who just seemed a bit over the top angry.  But as the story unfolded I started to like her and Sunny is just, well, Sunny.  Her character is as infectious as her name.  By the end I fell in love with the story and with the characters.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series and learning more about Sunny's Sisters of Spirit.

(64) Memory in Death

Title: Memory in Death by JD Robb
Publisher: Berkley
384 page
Genre: romance

Synopsis: Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl—and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.

Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve’s fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.

Review: If you've read any of the other books in this series then you know the horror that Eve came from but we don't know what happened after she escaped it. Trudy shows up pretending to be Eve's loving foster mother but Eve knows different, she tortured Eve as a young girl and many others, now she is here trying to make some quick cash.  When she turns up dead the woman Eve wanted nothing to do with suddenly becomes her responsibility.  Who killed her and why, the suspect list is long and no one would blame anyone for killing this horrible woman but its Eve's job to find the killer.  This is one of the better books in this series.  I like getting glimpses into Eve and Roarke's past.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

(63) All in with the Duke

Title: All In with the Duke (Gambling on Love) by Ava March
Publisher: Carina Press
210 pages
Genre: LGBT Romance

Synopsis: London, 1822
Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before. Tristan Walsh has grown tired of being used for men's pleasure. But his latest client is different: commanding yet generous, Max makes him feel cared for as well as wanted. Yet Tristan knows he'll never have the choice to leave the brothel and submit only to Max. So when Max invites him to be his guest at his country estate, Tristan eagerly agrees to his terms—days to do as he pleases while Max tends to the dukedom, and nights spent together in wicked play. But when the "business arrangement" begins to deepen into something more, Tristan must face the fact that he has no true place in Max's life—or in Max's guarded heart…

Review: Ava March shows us that love is love, it doesn't matter the gender makeup of the pair.  All in with the Duke gives us a muscular imposing gorgeous imposing man and a more effeminate male in looks alone.  Tristan is anything but a pushover and Duke or not Max has finally found someone who isn't scared of him.  Wildly sexy with a small bit of light bondage thrown in.  Definitely a fun read.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

(62) Into the Fire

Title: Into The Fire (The Ending Series) (Volume 2) by Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue
Publisher: L2 Books
360 pages
Genre: end of world, Post-apocalyptic,

Synopsis: The much anticipated sequel to the emotionally charged post-apocalyptic tale, After The Ending. The Virus changed them, but that was only the beginning… …death…mutation…insanity…corruption…terror… …all that remains is hope. In the wake of destruction left behind by the Virus, it took Dani and Zoe months to find each other. But their reunion was short-lived. Dani has been taken, and though little distance separates them, they might as well be worlds apart. From the moment she hears Dani’s scream, Zoe’s only goal is to save her best friend. She and her companions scramble to come up with a rescue plan, but when a ghost from Jake’s past reappears, lines are blurred, decisions become harder, and secrets are revealed…and some secrets are best left buried. To keep heartache and fear from consuming her, Zoe must cling to her determination. She WILL see Dani again. Dani awakens inside the final hold-out of civilization: the Colony. Remnants of the former world surround her—electricity, safety, social order—but all is not what it seems. As she faces her most manipulative adversary yet, she loses sight of who she is and who she can trust. Friends become enemies, enemies become allies, and allies will betray her. Dani will have to decide what she’s willing to do and whose lives she’s willing to risk if she is to have any chance of breaking free.

Review: I found this book to be very reminiscent of the Cronin's The Twelve.  It seems that people with mind control powers always seem to want to take over the world and those people in the medical research field often do things that they later regret after they realize what a horrible weapon they can be.  Maybe people should think about these things BEFORE they do them? Just an observation.

Into the Fire finds us in the Colony and finally discovering how the world ended as we know it ended. Of course the supposed safe haven of the new world is anything but and now Dani has to find her way out and hopes to save her old friends and some new ones in the process.

Once again the story flip flops between Dani and Zoe only this time it is easier to follow.  I'm not sure I like this book as much as the first but it certainly had its moments and it definitely held my interest.  I guess this one just felt a little more formula than the first but still a good read and had some aha moments that really tied some things together for me.  Definitely enjoyable and the characters continue to make me want to read more.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

(61) Origin in Death

Title: Origin In Death by JD Robb
Publisher: Berkley
384 pages
Genre: Romance

Synopsis: Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Wilfred B. Icove has been found dead in his office – efficiently murdered by one stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Eve Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security discs show a woman calmly entering and leaving the building – the doctor’s final appointment. Known as “Dr Perfect”, Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son knows what it is. With her husband Roarke working behind the scenes, Dallas follows her instincts into the Icoves’ pasts. And what she discovers are men driven to create perfection – playing fast and loose with the laws of nature...

Review: Doctors who play God are a fascination, a fear and disturbing reality in this world.  This book definitely had a creep factor that made me angry and glued to the page.  I was a little confused in the end on whether or not some of the craziness escaped but I guess if it did I will find out in another book.  These books are just a guilty pleasure and Eve, Roarke and all the others are like old friends.  I love this series and this is one of the better ones.
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