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Sinner’s Steel by Sarah Castille

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review and I am not disappointed. I love the newest installment in the Sinners Tribe series. O.K. so I may be a little biased here because there isn’t a book by Sarah Castille that I haven’t liked. Whatever she puts on paper I instantly adore. This book is no exception.

Zane is VP in the Sinner’s Tribe MC. He’s good at his job and has no regrets, except one….Evie. She is the proverbial “one that got away”. Having grown up with Evie, Zane has loved her for most of his life. She has always been in the back of his mind, never forgotten. Circumstances beyond his control forced Zane to leave Evie many years ago. But fate brings them together once more.

Evie has built a life for herself and her son. She has a successful business and his dating a local biker. That is until Zane walks back in her life. While they both care for each other, is there too much water under the bridge to begin again?

I really enjoyed this book. While this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read any of the previous books and I was able to follow and keep up with things happening. I highly recommend this book

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Full Contact by Sarah Castille

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OH Sarah Castille you have done it again. I can’t help but love everything I have read by this woman. I can say now and truly I am Sarah Castille’s bitch. I will line up to buy whatever she puts to paper and shamelessly beg for an ARC. Which I did. I am little biased since I am such a fan but I will endeavour to give you a honest review.

This newest installment in the Redemption series focuses on Sia, a talented artist and Ray, the P.I. we saw in the previous book. This is the third book in this series and I will say you need to read the other books first. Yes, you may be able to follow it but you will miss some of the significance of these characters. So suck it up buttercup and buy the other books. You will not be disappointed.
I love the way Sarah Castille writes. Her books have a very good flow and move along quickly. The only thing that bothered me was Ray’s patois. He began his sentences in a almost philosophical manner. “A man needs to….” “When a man finds…” All the ” a man” crap got annoying. Speak English!!  Also, his vernacular didn’t quite match who he is.  He’s not some bumpkin.  He is a somewhat educated and well-traveled man. The stunted speech seemed to me as a way to make him seem more basic.  Which didn’t work for me.  He is somewhat complex and not that simple at all.

These characters have a dark past. Sia has suffered a traumatic event and has since given up a part of who she was once. Ray is equally tortured and has a secret that serves as a big turning point in the book. I found myself liking the characters very much. They were well-written and they developed and evolved nicely. While this book is the third in a series it is a stand alone story and you do get your HEA.

Overall, I gave the book four solid stars and would highly recommend this book and author to anyone.

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Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review. A new series by Jacquelyn Frank, Cursed by Fire, is the first in the Immortal Brothers series.

I both enjoyed and hated this book. The book starts a little slow. But once it took off I found myself enjoying it. Not sure exactly why, but I did nonetheless.

First let us start with the story/plot. A group of brothers decided they would like to become immortal. O.K. Why not? So off they go in search of an immortal fountain of youth, so to speak. At last they succeed and drink freely from the immortality stream. Well, this angers the Gods and each brother is cursed. Dethan is cursed to burn for eternity. He is chained in hell and burned daily by hellfire, only to be allowed to heal just in time to start the process all over again. You know…burn, rinse, repeat. Well as Gods are known to do, they begin to quibble and war amongst themselves. Dethan is tasked with conquering cities in the name of a particular deity in order to give her more power. This is where he meets Selinda. Selinda the grandina a.k.a. Selinda the doormat.

Selinda is promised in marriage to a cruel man. Her father doesn’t listen to her pleas and doesn’t believe the truth about her bethrothed. I love using that word. There are just not enough opportunities to use the word bethrothed. Anyway…..Dethan and Selinda strike a bargin. Dethan gets rid of the big meanie and Selinda will marry him and give him her territory.

I think the part that bothered me is Selinda. She is just so weak. She is relying on everyone else to fix her problems. While I do not advocate violence, I’m sure a well placed blunt object would have cured all that ailed her. But no. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if she had a bit of a spine.

One thing I did enjoy was the writing style. Each pov melded easily into the next one. I really like how seamless the transition was between Dethan and Selinda’s pov. Her writing style and word usage was very nice and quite enjoyable.

Overall, I’m giving the book three stars. I didn’t hate it, but it will not be one of my favorites. I may try the next book in the series just because I enjoyed her writing style and the different story line. I just hope the next heroine has a backbone.

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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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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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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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