Friday, March 30, 2018

Audio Book Review: Try (The Temptation Series 1) by Ella Frank

Release Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 13 hours 21 minutes
Narrator: Shannon Gunn
Genre: LGBT/Romance/Erotica
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Synopsis: 

Try - verb: To make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case...someone.
Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed - after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto - if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate's mind. He's starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell - a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn't do relationships. Tate doesn't do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and...tried?

Review:

Logan is a smooth talking attorney who always gets what he wants. He doesn't do relationships but he does do one night stands, lots of one night stands. Tate is the new bartender at the bar Logan frequents and when Logan first sees him he decides he needs to have him.  Tate says he's straight but has a strong reaction from the first time he sees Logan. Logan just has to get Tate to "try" with him.

This is a hot steamy m/m romance. The relationship between Tate and Logan is built up really well and I think Ella Frank has a good handle on her characters, their hangup, their struggles and the reasons behind them. Tate struggling with his sexuality is well done and totally believable.  This is a really great and smoking hot start to this 6 part romance.





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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Audio Book Review: Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles #3) by Kevin Hearne

Release Date: July 5, 2011
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 9 hours 40 minutes
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Genre: Fantasy/
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Synopsis: 

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

Review:

Its been some time since I read one of these books but I kept meaning to get back to this series.  I've never listened to any of them and its definitely a different experience. I wasn't as big a fan of this book as I was of the first two. I like the character of Atticus but there were several things he did in this book that I'm not sure I could really accept as something he would do and don't make him as likeable as he was before.  I understand his need to keep his word but with all the warnings people were giving him I don't think he would have continued in his quest knowing what could happen if he went through with his quest to kill Thor.

I felt that the plot was a little all over the place so it was hard to keep track of what was going on as well. There were some brilliant moments, like the lunch Atticus had with Jesus and of course any dialogue with Oberon, Atticus's dog. This series has been compared to Jim Butchers Dresden series and while I like both series I think the Dresden files are a bit better laid out. This series has its troubles and I'm hoping that Hearne will work them out in the rest of this series.

Luke Daniels did an admirable job narrating this book, and his voice for Oberon is perfect and often had me laughing out loud which drew strange expressions from people nearby.

I'm hoping that the next book redeems itself.



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Monday, March 26, 2018

ARC Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Release Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Doubleday
Format: ebook
Pages: 368 pages
Genre:  Thriller/Suspense
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Review: 

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police - she's a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home - Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it's too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Review:


I love Chris Bohjalian books but I had a hard time getting into this one.  It might have nothing to do with the book and everything to do with the main character.  Cassandra Bowden is an alcoholic who gets drunk and is reckless with her behavior. She drinks too much blacks out, sleeps around and generally behaves in a reckless way at every turn. When she wake up next to her latest conquest in Dubai she finds that while she was passed out someone had come in and practically severed his head from his body.  Not knowing what may have happened or her role in it Cassandra leaves the scene without calling he police and gets on her flight back to the USA.

Alcohol ruins lives and it ruins more than one in this book. As Cassandra tries to figure out what to do, fends off the press and has to deal with the FBI. She also feels that she is being followed and can't figure out who it could be.

Bohjalian is a master story teller of books that always touch on controversy.  This one just didn't hit the mark for me. While Cassandra's drunken black outs and outrageous behavior are definitely not glorified I didn't feel the severity and weight of them on her or the people around her with the exception of this new murder.




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Friday, March 23, 2018

ARC Book Review: Phoenix Fire (book 1) by SD Grimm

Release Date: March 5, 2018
Publisher: Createspace
Format: ebook
Pages: 390 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
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Synopsis:

After spending her life in foster care, Ava has finally found home. But all it takes is a chance encounter with hot nerd Wyatt Wilcox for it to unravel.
Now, things are starting to change. First, the flashes of memories slowly creeping in. Memories of other lives, lives that Wyatt is somehow in. Then, the healing. Any cut? Gone.

But when Cade and Nick show up, claiming to be her brothers, things get even weirder. They tell her she’s a Phoenix, sent to protect the world from monsters—monsters she never knew existed. It’s a little hard to accept. Especially when they tell her she has to end the life of a Phoenix turned rogue, or Cade will die.

With Wyatt’s increasingly suspicious behavior, Ava’s determined to figure out what he’s hiding. Unless she can discover Wyatt’s secret in time and complete her Phoenix training, she’ll lose the life, love, and family she never thought she could have

Review:

This is an interesting start to a new series.  Phoenix are people who when they die come back, they have powers and can heal people and in turn make them Phoenix.  There are only certain phoenix who have the power to take the lives of other Phoenix thus rendering them truly dead. The catch to all this is that when Phoenix return they have no memory of their past lives until a certain point.

Ava is a Phoenix, she has spent her life floating from one foster home to the next but may have finally found a home when 2 boys show up in her life that she "remembers".  Cade and Nick are her brothers, Cade, her twin.  If there is anything that I can complain about in this book is the reaction of Ava to having actual blood family.  A child who has been through the system after finding their biological family would not even consider being adopted by a family she barely knew. Funny I could believe in Phoenix, magic, werewolves, etc but I couldn't wrap my brain around Ava and her her new found family. There wasn't even talk of her coming to live with them. It just seemed odd.

Other than that I found this book to be entertaining and fast paced.  Its an interesting premise, not one I've read before so I like the fresh take on the supernatural. The story is told from multiple viewpoints and is a little confusing in the beginning but you know something is going on just not what.  I expect that the story and writing will only get better with time.




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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Audio Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 11 hours 40 minutes
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Genre: Fiction
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Synopsis: 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Review:

This was an amazing book. Thomas is able to handle a tragic situation with delicacy. This isn't just about the shooting of an unarmed black teen, its also about fitting in, wanting to uplift the neighborhood you come from but also knowing when its time to leave.  The struggle of being an inner city kid going to a suburban school, the difference in culture between white suburban teens and black inner city teens.  Its about stereotypes, and the way in which the news often puts victims on violence on trial instead of their attacker. Thomas brings you into the story and guides you through the ups and downs, the decisions we make consciously or unconsciously about how we behave in certain situations.

I'm not even sure how else to review this book except to say that everyone should read it and it should be on a required reading list for every school. It should be used as a tool to discuss race and equality, to examine our own bias. This is not a cop bashing, white hating book.  There is bias on both sides of the color line, but it brings it to the surface puts a face to it in a way that is non threatening. I loved it.





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Monday, March 19, 2018

Audio Book Review: Salvaged by Jay Crownover

Release Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 10 hours 46 minutes
Narrator: Burke Stevens, Carmen Vine
Genre: Fiction / Romance
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Synopsis: 

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée, who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He's tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment, with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He's set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he's ever seen hook him right away. Wheeler can see Poppy's pain, and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can't remember a time when she didn't see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt by the men who swore to protect her, Poppy's determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm's length. Wheeler's sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn't captivate her, but every time she's with him, she can't help being pulled closer to him. Though she's terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out - and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she's convinced he's the only man with the tools to fix it.

Review:

Poppy is the broken battered sister of Salem Cruz (Rowdy: A Marked Men Book). She is slowly piecing her life back together and finds that sad broken hearted Wheeler speaks to her and she is starting to feel herself wake up and trust him. Wheeler understands broken lonely and abused, abandoned when he was 4 he has had to fend for himself and has a strong idea of how women should be treated.                            

Despite being abandoned at a young age Wheeler has found his calling in putting old forgotten things back together.  He is a car genius and runs his own business with a little help from silent partner Rome Archer. Ever since Wheeler set eyes on Poppy Cruz he has been fascinated by her.  Despite being dumped by his finance and then finding out she is pregnant Wheeler still finds the time to Woo Poppy, allowing her to take the lead and take things as fast or slow as she needs.

This is a beautifully done story of finding love after abuse and rejection. Its one of my favorites of the series. There is still hot toe curling sex and a little bit of intrigue thrown in for good measure.








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Friday, March 16, 2018

Audio Book Review: Riveted (A saints of Denver Novel) by Jay Crownover

Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes
Narrator: Sean Bassett, Stephanie Wyles
Genre: Fiction / Romance
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Synopsis: 

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you. 

Review:


Dixie has known Church was the man for her from the moment she first set eyes on him but Church doesn't believe in happily ever after.  Trying to convince him otherwise Dixie agrees to go with him to Mississippi to visit his family.

Filled with steamy scenes and a creepy mystery Crownover hits another home run with this one. There was a lot of back story here and it really helped understand Church and his fear of intimacy. Dixie is just as charming and quirky as she is in all of these Marked books. Glad to finally see her shine.






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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Book Review: Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 369 pages
Genre:  Fiction
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Synopsis:

I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn's house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.

While Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.

Review:

I got this book through in a page habit crate.  It is not something that I would have picked up on my own but the premise sounded good.  It could have been great but the writing style was a little lean for my liking, things too simplistic.  This whole story takes place over the course of a couple days and it just falls a bit short.  I liked the character of Nora's mother Elizabeth the best she seemed the most fleshed out and even that wasn't so great. She looks back on mistakes she may have made and what she can do differently now.  She learns and evolves where I think the other characters just sort of stay the same, even Tiffany, Nora's friend who is running from her past mistakes.

I liked the premise of this story and really wish the characters were a better written.  Some of the revelations are huge with huge consequences for the family but it doesn't seem to ruffle anyone they just keep on going. It just seemed a little too contrived for me but overall it was an okay read.  Not too deep might make a good beach read.







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Monday, March 12, 2018

Audio Book Review: Charged (A saints of Denver Novel) by Jay Crownover

Release Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes
Narrator: Monica Palms, Michael Reeve, Adam Lazarre-White
Genre: Fiction / Romance
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Synopsis: 

Avett Walker's and Quaid Jackson's worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high-powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun...with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he's determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side by side, they'll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other - because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

Review:

Quaid came from nothing and made his mark as a fabulous attorney.  He went through a rough divorce to his high school sweetheart who he gave the world to.  He thinks he wants a woman that fits in his new polished and prestigious world but then he meets Avett. Avett is the pink haired trouble maker daughter of ex bar owner Bright Walker. She finds herself in hot water when her ex boyfriend tried to rob the bar that her father sold to Rome Archer (Rome: A Marked Man Novel). Now its up to Quaid to get this little spit fire off.

Avett is always drawn to danger but knows she needs to turn her life around.  Then she meets her attorney.  The polished and beautiful Quaid.  There is definitely chemistry brewing between them but can she break through his polish and find the true Quaid?

Not my favorite of these books but has some great intrigue and danger thrown into the mix. I always love that the characters from the Marked Men series spring up in these books a bit too.






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Friday, March 9, 2018

Audio Book Review: Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman

Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 13 hours 1 minutes
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Genre: YA/Dystopian
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Synopsis: 

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times best seller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe — it does not like what it sees.

A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent.

As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the "new order". But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

Will the Thunderhead intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Review:

Whoa, I'm not sure what to say or even where to start a review with this one.  The Thunderhead is basically the cloud that is now attached to an AI that basically controls the entire world. He goes about his tasks blissfully and without little judgement. He is not supposed to be involved in Scythe business but finds loopholes in his programming that allows him to help Scythe Anastasia (Citra) since his algorithms have told him she is important to the future.  With the help of another human the Thunderhead attempts to right some of the wrongs and set things on a correct path but when things spiral out of control the Thunderheads response is jaw dropping.  I have no words - didn't see the end coming and really hope Neal Shusterman has another book for this series in the works. 

The characters were well developed, the technology and the world is utterly believable and the almost de-evolution of man is ingenious. 





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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ARC Book Review: Lake Silence (World of the Others Book 6) by Anne Bishop

Release Date: March 3, 2018
Publisher: ACE
Format: ebook
Pages: 414 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
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Synopsis:


Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others--vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget....

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns such as Vicki's don't have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what is out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe--one of the shape-shifting Others--discovers a murdered man, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, ancient forces are roused by the disturbance in their domain. They have rules that must not be broken--and all the destructive powers of nature at their command.

Review:

I haven't read any of the other books in the World of the Others, but I want to now! This is a great world filled with vampires, shape shifters and elementals, humans are the minority and if they go against the Others they usually wind up dead.

Vicki is an emotionally abused fragile woman who receives a property called the Jumble as part of her divorce settlement.  What she doesn't know is that the Jumble is a settlement for the Others to learn and interact with humans.  Her ex husband thinks he pulled a fast one by giving up the Jumble but his new wife believes it could make them a fortune since it is one of the only properties on the Finger Lakes. However what the ex husband doesn't count on is that the terms of the land agreement are very specific and if you break those agreements you will be dealing with more than the police.

This book is filled with interesting characters and a great fast paced writing style.  Vicki's world is turned upside down when she moves to Sproing, where she finds herself surrounded by strong men who appreciate her exactly as she is and are willing to protect her not tear her down.

I really enjoyed this book and want to go find some of the other books set in this world.  This does seem to be a stand alone book just set in the world of the others not a part of the others series.




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Monday, March 5, 2018

ARC Book Review: Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (The Embraced 3 ) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Release Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: St Martins Paperback
Format: ebook
Pages: 448 pages
Genre:  Romance/fantasy
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Synopsis:

TRUTH―OR DARE?

Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it―a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic―one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?

Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before. But how can he trust a sworn enemy. . .and how can he live without her,

Review:

This is the 3rd book in this romantic series. I didn't read the first 2 but I didn't feel it was completely necessary to understand what was happening.  I loved the different characters and the whole world that Sparks created.

Gwen and her niece get kidnapped to appease a Queen whose mind is slowly deteriorating.  Captured by a dragon she learns she can hear the dragons speaking. When she gets to this new land and meets the mad Queen she discovers that the Queen is being poisoned and that is what is taking her mind. Silas begs her to help the Queen and his country who have been plagued by infertility. Reluctantly she agrees.

Filled with intrigue and dragons this is a fun book with more courtship and romance than sex.




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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Audio Book Review: Built: A Saints of Denver Novel by Jay Crownover

Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes
Narrator: Nicki D. Noir & Jay Crow
Genre: Fiction / Romance
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Synopsis: 

Sometimes a real hero lets you save yourself . . .

Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation while Zeb spends his working with his hands. But none of that has stopped Zeb from wanting the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her—even if the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest.

Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior. When he shows up at Sayer’s door needing her professional help, she’s both disappointed and relieved that she won’t get the chance to find out just how good he could be.
But as they team up to right a wrong and save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide cannot be ignored.

Review:

Hot sexy Zeb Fuller who helped the tattoo boys from the Marked set up their new shop in Denver is back trying to woo Rowdy's sister Sayer. Of course what is is a romance novel without a hiccup in the action...this time its the revelation that Zeb fathered a child right after he got out of jail and never knew about it.  Now the mother is dead and the child is stuck in the system so Zeb with the help of family attorney Sayer are out to make sure that this little boy gets placed with his dad despite his criminal past.

Raunchy, hot sex, and an adorable little boy that you just want to get to know this is a great sexy romance with another hulking tattooed giant that Jay Crownover is known for. Hang on to your hats ladies this one is a scorcher.





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Friday, March 2, 2018

Audio Book Review: Scythe (book 1) by Neal Shusterman

Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Genre: YA/Dystopian
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Synopsis: 

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

Review:

The world has changed.  Death and disease don't exist anymore so in order to maintain balance and enough resources on the earth Scythes have now taken on the role of death dealers.  No longer considered murder they "glean" random people in order to maintain the population.  Scythes are supposed to do their job with honor but a handful of scythes want a new order to take over, those who enjoy their job and take pleasure in "gleaning". 

I am fascinated by this new world where people only become "deadish" unless killed by a Scythe.  They just go to a regeneration center and are back to their lives in a few days.  Bored some even resort to finding new and horrific ways to "splat" or become "deadish". Its an interesting world filled with problems that no one ever would have thought living forever gave. There is not really any religion anymore because with no death there is no use of a God to fear and the only true way to die is either at the hands of a Scythe or to be burned beyond what their implanted nanites can fix.

This new order of Scythes are vindictive, and more in line with sociopaths of today.  Since there is no crime and no jails people in this world have no idea what that means and since they have immunity to do their jobs they get away with their evil deeds. Pitted against each other by a ruthless new world Scythe Citra & Rowan fight a single position of Scythe, but the loser will be gleaned.

This is a character driven book with characters that you really get to know and either cheer for or hope they meet a nasty demise.  Its an interesting new world and I'm anxious to read the sequel. 






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