Garrett by Sawyer Bennett a Cold Fury Hockey Novel

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.  Sawyer Bennett brings back the Cold Fury boys in this second installment. While the book is a bit formulaic, it is an enjoyable read. You don’t need to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this book. Bennett does a great job of filling in the blanks a first time reader may face, without becoming repetitive.

Garrett is a player that leaves a string of women in his wake. Hockey is the number one priority in his life and he makes no apologies for that fact. That is until Olivia enters his life. With a little bit of lust at first sight, Olivia quickly becomes a major part of Garrett’s life.

Olivia is somewhat of a free spirit. She is very self-assured and strong. She is instantly taken with Garrett but she has a secret and isn’t sure Garrett is something she should take on at this point in her life.

I enjoyed how we see Garrett lose his man-whore ways and become a committed partner. His character becomes more dimensional and evolves throughout the book. I wish I could say the same for Olivia. She began kind of flat and that’s how she ended. Don’t get me wrong, she was a great character. She was independent and went after what she wanted. But maybe that’s the way she needed to be in order to illuminate Garrett’s complete turn around.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. It flowed nicely and you get both characters’ POV. While the book is the second in a series, it is a stand-alone story that wraps up nicely in the end. If you enjoyed her first book then I recommend you check out Garrett. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose

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“Just happy to be here and hope I can help the ball club.”

——-Bull Durham

Imagine the movie Major League mixed with the sexiness of Bull Durham, but in print, and you have the latest installment by Katie Rose.  Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose is the second book in the Boys of Summer Series.  While this is the second book, you need not fear.  You do not need to read the first book in order to follow the happenings these hot baseball players.

Jake Baldwin is a major player in more way than one.  He’s the heart of the team and has a different woman in his bed every night.  But Jake and his fellow teammates have been very, very bad little boys. Drunken brawls, womanizing, and bad press has caused management to hire some outside help to clean up the boys’ image. Enter Nikki Case.

Nikki is a PR guru and determined to whip these boys into shape.  However, the new team is not so accepting of her new rules.  In addition to blatant disregard of her rules and numerous practical jokes, the boys make playboy Jake Baldwin a bet. He has to get Nikki Case to fall in love with him or forfeit his coveted jersey number.

I won’t elaborate any further, I’m sure you can guess what happens next. While the story is a bit predictable I did enjoy the book.  The baseball setting was nice.  Something about pretty boys in tight stretchy pants makes me a happy girl.  Also, it gave you a chance to see the depth of one of the main characters.  I found Rose’s writing style flowed nicely and was easy to read.  If you are looking for a fun read with sports kicker then I definitely recommend Too Hot to Handle.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and will check out the next book in the series.  

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To Enternity by Daisy Banks

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To Eternity is the second book in the Timeless Series.  I did not read the first book in the series and I did feel as though I had missed out.  I was able to follow the book and piece together the important parts, but it’s sort of like eating pizza without cheese.  Yeah, you’re full and you can say that you had pizza for dinner but it just isn’t as satisfying.  To Eternity starts out right in the middle of things so there is no recapping or catching up.  Now normally I love this in a series.  I hate reading pages upon pages of summary.  I love for the second book in a series to hit the ground running, which is exactly what Bank did in To Eternity.  So I greatly advise that before giving this book a try you take a step back and read the first book, Timeless.  It will be worth it.

Now, what I did learn is that Magnus is a brooding werewolf with a deep love and affection for his would-be mate, Sian.  Imagine Heathcliff strolling the moors with an impressive set of fangs.  Sian has a major case of the I love yous and wishes to join Magnus by getting a set of fangs for herself and immortality to boot.

The book was well written.  It had some dark overtones and the writing and setting reflected that perfectly.  I really enjoyed the style of writing and it was nice to get a new twist, so to speak, on the whole werewolf genre.   Magnus wasn’t too pushy for me.  He was a nice mix of brooding, mysterious, alpha.  I didn’t connect as well as I could have with Sian.  It may be due to the fact that I did not read the first book.  Sian comes across as strong and determined.

I enjoyed reading this book and I can definitely say I will be giving the first book a try.

I give this book three solid I like it stars.

Happy Reading!!

 

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Dark Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow

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Dark Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow is the first book of the Watcher Series.  The story comes to an ending per say, there are no cliffhangers, but things are left open for the next installment.

In a modern world where witches are hunted, the watchers are their guardians.  Theo is a rare witch called a Lightbringer.  Unfortunately for Theo, her ability brings unwanted attention from mean ugly things that are meant to hunt her down.  Enter Dante.  Dante’s sole purpose in life is to watch over witches.  He is supposed to protect them from the aforementioned mean ugly things.  Dante is a tortured sole whose suffering will not be eased until he finds the one special witch that is meant to be his and his alone.  In other words, he hurts until he finds The One.  You know, the yin to his yang, the peanut butter to his jelly, the cheese to his crackers.  As it just so happens, Theo is the one for Dante.  The story involves them dancing around each other while trying to find a way to fight the evil forces that be.

The world Saintcrow has created is somewhat original.  Consisting of witches, demons, and crusaders a group of women and their watchers have to stave off the evil that is after them.  The plot isn’t bad, it is a pretty simple and straightforward one of good vs. evil.  Saintcrow’s writing is smooth, and is easily read.  It is just the characters and the action of the story that I had some problems with. I hate to criticize any writer’s body of work.  But I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review so honest I must be.  That being said, I will be as respectful as I possibly can.

The characters seemed a little flat to me.  They didn’t seem very deep and didn’t evolve very much, if it all, throughout the story.  They very much are at the end who they were in the beginning.  In a novel such as this, I would have liked to see a little development.  Also, the action seemed a little stagnant.  Nothing every really seemed to happen.  Sure you had a few fights between Dante and the creepy crawlies, but I felt like the characters were going around in circles most of the time.

The choice of dialogue was somewhat nice.  It was clean and lacked some of the more unfavorable descriptive terms often found in romance novels.  Just to be clear there are no naughty scenes in this book.  It is PG rated. For example, words like slurp, juices, etc. were not to be found. However, the dialogue was a bit repetitive.  Everyone just kept saying the same things over and over.  Nothing ever seemed to get accomplished really, just voicing the same thoughts again and again.

Overall, the book wasn’t bad (trust me I’ve read worse), just a little boring to me.  The events and dialogue of the story just didn’t hold my attention.

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Wild Nights by Tina Wainscott

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Wild Nights by Tina Wainscott is the third book in the Justice Alliance Series.  I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.

I haven’t read the other two books in the Justice Alliance Series but I was able to follow the book just fine.  The book focuses on Saxby Cole, an ex Navy SEAL who is assigned to go undercover at a sex resort.  Someone is drugging women and selling them to willing buyers so they can be date raped with no memory of the night’s events.  His assignment is to ferret out culprit and shut down the operation.  Saxby is someone who does not make commitments to women.  The typical love ’em and leave ’em bad boy.

Now enter Jennessy Shaw, recently jilted girlfriend who is determined to have a good time.    Jennessy travels to the resort to let her freak flag fly so to speak and prove to herself that she can let loose.  Saxby and Jennessy are hit instantly by insta-lust but Saxby cannot cave to his desire to rip her clothes off while he is on assignment.  So you have the back and forth of my job….but she is so pretty…..must focus on my job……but she is so hot.   I think you can guess which one wins out.

I wouldn’t exactly call this book innovative or groundbreaking, but it has a good story line and likable characters.  Saxby has issues with monogamy due to his horn dog father.  He feels like it is in his genes to be unfaithful so he never commits to a woman.  However, he is very loyal to his friends and cannot tolerate women being abused.  He is wonderfully alpha without being disrespectful or coming across as an asshole.   Jennessy is sensible and strong.  Not once did I have the overwhelming desire to want to shake her, pull my hair in frustration, scream at or throw my Nook. She knows when to listen and follow directions and she is very smart about her actions.

Saxby and Jennessy are true partners in this book.  They rely on each other and use each other’s best skills in order to solve the case.  There is no I am strong man.  You weak woman.  You listen to strong man.    The major conflict is Saxby’s resistance to accept his feelings for Jennessy.  He constantly fights against the little love bug that is burrowing into his cold heart.

If you are looking for a fun read that has some action and a few naughty scenes then I recommend checking out Wild Nights. You won’t be disappointed.  I give this book three solid I like it stars.

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Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

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A new series by Demonica author, Larissa Ione, is a great read that is more than just your usual flat romance/erotica novel.  I am a huge fan of her Demonica series, so when I seen she had a new novel out I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!   I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.  Well, I can say I wasn’t disappointed in the least and I can’t wait to get the next novel in this series.

This is the first novel in the MoonBound Clan Vampires Series.  Yes I said vampires.  Now, don’t groan.  I know some of you are thinking oh yeah, just what I was waiting for yet another vampire novel.  Now I will agree, this particular genre has been a bit overdone especially since the Twilight/True Blood phenom.  But Ione has added an original twist to her vampire lore.  Ione has intertwined vampire lore and the Native American heritage in a way that is unique and very engaging.

In Bound by Night, there are no sparkly vampires or vampire night clubs.  Instead vampires are hunted and enslaved; seen as nothing more than animals fit only to serve humans.  Vampires are the new slave trade, and Nicole Martin’s family has made a fortune selling and exploiting vampires.  That is until a slave rebellion changed Nicole’s life forever.

Riker is a turned vampire.  Ex-military and commanding member of the MoonBound Clan, he hates humans.  His mate was taken and turned into a slave by the Martin family and he blames them for her death.  So when the opportunity arises to kidnap one of the last surviving Martins, who happens to be head of a vampire research company, he jumps at the chance.

The novel’s characters are strong and engaging.  Each one has allowed their own prejudices to be the driving force behind their own lives.  But events force them to face their own preconceived notions throughout the course of the story.  One thing I enjoyed about this novel is that is Ione used paranormal romance to highlight greater societal issues.  The characters in this book are reluctant to believe the other isn’t a horrible monster.  They are happy living in their own bubble of hatred and it isn’t until they are forced to burst that bubble, to ensure their own survival, that they truly begin to challenge their own views.

The writing was well done.  The story moved at a pleasant pace, I never felt things were bogged down or moved too quickly.  The lemony scenes are tastefully done.  There is no slurping or squishy noises, honestly why do writers put those things in books?  This isn’t a smut for the sake of smut kind of book, which have their place don’t get me wrong.  The sex between the characters is important and serves as a turning point.

I will go ahead and tell you, there is no cliffhanger but events are set in motion for the next book.  The next book is due out soon so you won’t have long to wait for the next installment.  So happy reading!!

 

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Alex a Cold Fury Hockey Novel

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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Alex Crossman is hockey’s hottest bad boy. He’s rude, aloof, and utterly dismissive. Often voted hockey’s MVP (Most Valuable Prick), his bosses are tired of his attitude and antics. In an effort to improve his image, he is ordered to help set up a drug program that targets teens or forget his career.

Sutton Price is a counselor/social worker that gives her all to help those in need. Her main goal is to help those struggling with drug addiction. So, needless to say, she is thrilled when she is told she will be working with a star athlete to set up her cherished program. What she didn’t count on was the attraction.

I really liked the way this book was written. Yes there was instant lust, but the more mushy parts took some time. Both Alex and Sutton had less than happy childhoods. But that is where the similarities end. Sutton has found a way to make her childhood give her strength and purpose. Whereas Alex, poor pitiful Alex, is burdened with anger and apathy.

The story is somewhat predictable but still enjoyable. Alex is definitely someone you want to take for a ride on the Zamboni machine. Sutton is strong and forgiving. Sometimes a little too forgiving, need to make him grovel a little girl!

I recommend this if you are looking for a easy romance. The story line reads smoothly and I really enjoyed the characters, plot, and setting.

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A French Mystery Worth Trying

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.  The Stone Boy by Sophie Loubiere is definitely worth giving a try.  A best seller in France, the book weaves a delicate tale.  Madame Preau is a former headmistress.  She is also a wife, mother, and grandmother.  After moving back into her former home after being away a while, she finds things much changed.  Its what she finds upon her return that sets things into motion.   

The characters are very well developed.  Each character has their own story line that is subtly interwoven into the main plot.  However, the story focuses on Madame Preau.  You don’t know if you pity her or hate her.  

One thing that I both loved and hated was the manner in which the story was written.  The chapters are very short and wrote in a somewhat disconnected manner.  The effect is that the story does not read very smoothly.  But after reading this novel, I see why it had to be written in exactly this way.  The start and stop feeling while reading only adds to the suspense and the general feeling of unease.  The reader is left just a little off kilter while trying to make sense of the events happening.  

While I recommend giving this book a try, I must warn you, it is not a hit you over the head and take you for a ride type of book.  It is a tap you on the shoulder, introduce itself, ask you out for a cup of coffee and walk you back home at night.  It doesn’t leave you breathless or angry, but it does leave your mind wandering around in a loop.  So all in all I give this book 3 stars.  

Happy Reading!!  

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Cover Him With Darkness

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I received this ARC for an honest review.  Milja is the daughter of a priest that has been charged with keeping the family secret. Deep in the mountains of Europe beneath a church, deep within a tomb lies an angel. Milja was introduced to this mysterious angel when she was just a young girl. But she cannot fight the attraction she feels for this tortured being. Milja is conflicted between her family obligation and what she feels is right.

This isn’t your flowers and rainbows romance. Azazel is an angel who has been bound since before Moses parted the Red Sea and well he’s pissed. Azazel isn’t the type you immediately cheer for. He’s difficult, unapologetic, and doesn’t really care for the opinions of others. He’s a walk to the beat of a different drum type of guy. But for all his faults he can be loyal and is a BAMF.  But you kinda have to cut the guy some slack, he was shackled in a dingy since the creation…..of the freakin world.  Just think of all the reality t.v. he’s missed!

I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to give anything away. I will say the book gives you an ending, but it is left open for future installments.  The writing is well done and the plot moves along nicely.  I recommend giving it a try.

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No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones Goes All the Way!

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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I had fallen in love with the first two books of the Inside Out series.

If I Were You (Inside Out, #1)                                                 Being Me (Inside Out, #2)

Chris was deliciously tortured and Sarah was learning to stand strong and find her own way. Then the third book arrived.

Revealing Us (Inside Out, #3)

I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t love it as much as the first two. Now Lisa Renee Jones has released her fourth installment in the series. I have to say I like this book much better than her last.

First of all, the story progresses nicely. While the previous book focused mainly on Chris and his demons, this newest installment gets back to the core of Chris and Sarah. They are finally trying to learn how to face their problems together and stop running.

Having arrived back from Paris, Chris and Sarah have to deal with the psycho Ava and the aftermath of her admission of murder and the attempt on Sarah’s life. Chris is still somewhat moody and controlling, but would we really want him any other way? Sarah, well Sarah has learned to pick her battles well. Finally! I really liked the progression of their relationship and how we, as the reader, can see the depth of character growth. We also finally get some Mark action. But it is less sexy alpha and more tortured shell of a man. Sarah always the super sleuth, is not happy to let the police take care of the investigation into both her missing friend and the psycho Ava. So her and Chris are constantly hypothesizing and trying to determine the truth.

This doesn’t end in a cliffhanger per say, but the story is definitely not finished. You will have to read the previous two in order to understand this newest installment.  Now that being said, Lisa Renee Jones has produced a ton of other, what I like to call, supplemental books that go along with this series.  I have read none of those.  Jones has wrote each of the main four books in a way that frugal readers such as yours truly can read, enjoy, and understand without having to go broke buying the others.

Overall I gave this book four stars. There were a few things I didn’t see coming and the plot moved along nicely. I definitely recommend.

Happy reading!!!

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