Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Hitchhiker by Charlie Lee


Goodreads Review




"You can run, but can you hide?"

Life was perfect.
I was on top of the world winning one case after the other leaving no survivors in the wake of my devastation. They may see a pair of long legs in Louboutin heels, but remember my name when I'm finished with them.

Caitlin Winslow, the best, cut-throat defense lawyer in California.
I never play to lose.
It's not in my DNA.
The actions of ethics don't exist in my domain.

Satan, my father, who shaped my life turns up dead. Kill shot to the back of the head in his sleep. The people who murdered him aren't stopping with his death. They're after me.

I ran in the dark of night. Karma that evil bitch meets me step by step and forced me to stick out my thumb on the side of the lonely highway. I'm now the HITCHHIKER begging for redemption.

Oh, how life has a funny way of smacking you in the face.

Katch Sterling storms into my life, and now I'm in his car.
Broody.
Dark.
All-man
My complete opposite.
Who would've thought my world would come full circle on that lonely highway with a hired killer...
  



I tried I really did. I loved the beginning and then somewhere along the way it just went wrong. The plot is good with murder, mayhem, betrayal, lies and secrets coming to light.

I put it on hold @ 44% and after messaging with Eve I decided to pick it up again. Well people I hit the 75 % mark and I just can't do it. For me it was like watching a bad B movie. I don't mind the Heroes being d$cks but he took it to a whole another level. He claims the heroine takes her back to his place and after making his claim decides it would be a good idea to get a blowjob from his housekeeper and the heroine walks in. Yeah I know there are no promises but still. After silence between them he goes out to finish a job and hooks up with two women somewhat descriptive. I didn't feel a connection between the main characters at all. It just felt like they were f. buddies nothing more and after a couple of weeks of bitching at one another she confesses her dying love to him.

It seems to be that I am the only one who feels like this so it is obviously me and not the book. Read it, don't read it but don't let my review sway you not to read it.





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Brave Line by Kate Stewart



Goodreads Review




She is a five foot seven long list of things he can’t have.

He is a determined cop, desperate to keep his heart sealed behind his badge.

Michelle is a survivor. With a fresh perspective on life, she trades her tragic past in California for the coastal waters of Charleston. Fueled by a new career as a dispatcher, she’s determined not to let her scars weigh her down. She apologizes for nothing, especially her insatiable need for a certain police officer.

Rowdy is a newly minted sergeant dedicated to his job, but the life of a Charleston police officer has never been more dangerous. With his need to take order of a city spiraling out of control, the last thing he wants is an entanglement with a mouthy dispatcher. But, there’s just one problem. He can’t get enough of her.

As the heat rises between the unlikely pair, so does the tension.

Three months of summer was all it took to shake their foundations, rattle their walls, and bring them crashing down.

It was lust.

It was love.

It was real.

And it would have been perfect . . . if it wasn't already over.




“I’m not breathing for ghosts anymore. I’m breathing for you.”

First of all how gorgeous is the cover? It so pwetty. I love it.

There love has been a long time coming…Two years in the making

Rowdy is the Brave Line but over the years things have been changing. Rowdy is an asshole, arrogant and intense and with a dangerous edge that makes him far too attractive and yet Michelle still wants him something fierce. He gives the excuse that he doesn’t shit where he eats but we all know the real reason. Kurt.

Michelle is the life line for the Brave Line the voice in your ear where you know that someone cares. She’s not defined by her past. She has one hell of a potty mouth and a heart of gold. Even after her situation back in LA she is one of the strongest heroine’s and when I found out why she does what she does? I got it. Every night was worth it. All for a better outcome.

Their pasts are heart-breaking but also life changing. They deal with it differently.

Michelle takes life by the balls. She lives out loud and she loves loud as well. It might seem without a care in the world but that's not true.

Rowdy is the opposite he let his past change him. Once as teenager and then with his best friend Kurt. His world is darkening, bitterness is creeping in and it is hard to fight. Even close calls aren’t keeping him sane. But with Michelle things start to change although he doesn’t want them to he is comfortable and scared shitless but fighting it isn’t cutting it anymore either.

“Because you’re calm water and I’m thirsty as hell.”

I felt a kinship with both Michelle and Rowdy and for different reasons as well. They are so loveable with all their flaws with the fight that they have in them for one another even if it is nearly too late. Emotional, heartbreaking a blend of everything you want in a book. The ups and downs the good and the bad times. The brutal honesty with no deception or lies.

You filthy, filthy downright dirty boy but there are also sweet moments. Rowdy was being sweet not with words but more with his actions. But it was to be just one night….

Rowdy was a sexual deviant hidden behind his blues the way I hid behind my headset. We were a sexual match. And it would have been perfect…if it wasn’t already over.

I fanned myself during the steamy, filthy

“Yes, when we leave here I’m going to spread you over the hood of my car and lick your pussy for so long you’re going to cry. And then I’m going to fuck your mouth with my cock.”

What they came to mean to one another and that they were in it for the long haul and that Michelle couldn’t have said it better.

The beautiful man who was my heart’s keeper.


Now not all was rosy for me in this book because at times it was somewhat long winded with too much inner monologue…

I highlighted half of the book as with all books that I read by Ms. Stewart and yet again realize there is a lot that I can’t use because you know SPOILERS.

I was chomping at the bit for this book there was just something about these two characters where they deserved a book.

My mistake while starting this book was that it would be like Anything but Minor & Major Play. It took me a while to get into Rowdy and Michelle's story but once I did get into the swing of things I couldn’t get enough.

Ms. Stewart gives us a realistic view to how life on the brave line can be. The characters are down to earth and flawed. There is no o/w drama. No cheating, no boning of others. They bone a lot and are absolutely filthy with one another.

Top notch with the dedication and that it is also based on true story. I have so many feels when it comes to this wonderful, delightful, touching and spellbinding read.

I was a bit disappointed when I started to read but in soon morphed into a love for the characters.
Last but not least some wise parting words from the book.

It wasn’t about the one thing that every person on the planet had a right to do: love and be loved.

Thank you for this fantastic read Ms. Stewart and keep on doing your thing.





Seat 2A by Dela


Goodreads Review



When Jessie Evans, a Georgia Southern University cheerleader, leaves for her best friend’s wedding the last thing she expects is for the seat next to her to be taken. After all, she’d only canceled Seat 2A hours prior after catching her boyfriend cheating.

Kendal Vargas, son of a Spanish emigrant fashion guru, is on his way to Whistler for a “mancation”. Running to buy a neck pillow before his flight, Kendal bumps into Jessie Evans. Kendal is in a hurry. Kendal does not stop to help her. Kendal forgot his neck pillow and the plane is about to leave and hey—who could travel without a neck pillow?

Charmed by Jessie’s beauty, and watching her board his very plane, Kendal takes a whim and changes his seat to one he hopes would be next to her. Jessie ignores Kendal’s attempt to be chatty but when their connecting flight gets canceled overnight, the pair has a chance to make a real connection.

Seven years later, Jessie bumps into Kendal in the produce aisle of a Portland grocery store. No neck pillow is involved, except there is a beautiful little girl who looks just like him. Fate has given them another shot but will Kendal’s whims keep them apart?



Major Spoilers & a Major Rant.

The book takes place over a seven-year time span which is okay no problems there on my part. The blurb though in my opinion is misleading it implies and this is what I understood that they spent the night together I thought I must have missed their one night of passion but I kept reading and still nothing happened.

Maybe she is the Mary and the Holy Spirit visited her but alas that also was not the case. The result was a little girl that looked exactly like the hero turns out though that the little girl is his niece. WTF? I was expecting a surprise pregnancy. I was not a happy bunny.

Strike One!
 

I liked how they first met at the airport and how they got to know one another. They both travel to Whistler, Jessie for a wedding and Kendal for a mancation. Before they swap numbers, Kendal has to leave as his father was in accident. She finds out that he is famous on national TV and is to chicken shit to go after him.
He tries to find her but she gave him a fake name and the wedding was also booked under a false name. Huh what are the odds right?
 But at least he tried. So, his years of taking over the emporium and having to be in a committed relationship otherwise he loses his inheritance. But he was up for call girls and booze each night that is until fate intervenes and they meet again. Jessie is in a relationship. Kendal pursues her they kiss so she's cheated physical and emotionally on her boyfriend. Kendal pulls the brakes and says it isn't right.
 

Strike Two!

On top of that for added drama they all run in the same circles. Kendal’s sisters husband is friends with Colby, Colby is Jessie’s boyfriend/ex-boyfriend. So, Gizelle decides that it would be a great idea to go away for the weekend. She invites the triangle situation and two random girls. Well not really that random they met at yoga. But really?

Bianca one of the randoms hits on Kendal he says no but she wouldn't mind if Jessie joined them. To entice him more to get him into bed. He also puts a stop to that. Where the hell did that come from and is it necessary? How does it add to the story? Quite simple really it doesn't.

Strike Three! 
 

You'd think I'd tap out, right? Nope I don't care how naff this book is I was determined to finish it. I couldn't handle another DNF or another disappointing read. Okay so I still got the disappointing read but hey.

But the drama continues Colby the ex and Kendal fight over Jessie. Well actually over a jar of pickles and they die but the fight morphs into Jessie being the toy that they both want. which is like being in Kindergarten. This is where I realized that I fall in the four moods above and that I am too old for this shite.


You think I’ve finished, ah NO Kendal has commitment issues so obviously, he fucks up but realizes that he has fucked up and makes amends. The fuck up is that Jessie proposes and he goes apeshit. I have somewhat memory loss when it comes to that part of the book. They do get a HEA/HFN.





Monday, March 13, 2017

End of Eden (Se7en Sinners #2) by S.L. Jennings


Goodreads Review



I thought I knew what Hell was like.
I thought I had been living it all these years on Earth—abandoned, forgotten, and left with a dangerous secret that not only made me the Se7en’s #1 target but also turned me into a deadly weapon, a threat to every human in my path.
I was wrong.

In order to survive Lucifer’s plans for me, and his unquenchable thirst for more power, I have to surrender my humanity. I have to lose a part of myself in order to find my way back to him.
Back to the demon who saved me, only to break me.
Back to Legion.

But even supreme evil has its limits, and the real foes never show their devastatingly beautiful faces.
Forget fire and brimstone. They aren’t shit compared to what’s coming.

Centuries-old bonds will be broken. Unlikely alliances will be forged. And innocent blood will be spilled. Blood that will stain my hands for the rest of my mortal days.

I thought I knew what Hell was like.
I was wrong.
Hell is coming.
Hell is just the beginning.


4 begrudgingly yet deserving stars from me.

And lead us not into temptation. "But deliver us from evil.”

In this case it is very fitting… otherwise there is nothing wrong with temptation.

End of Eden is the second series in the book of the Se7en Sinners series and it picks off exactly where the first one finished. I was offered an ARC and jumped at the chance to read it.

Eden sacrificed herself to save her sister and willingly took Lucifer’s hand. She is taken to Hell and let me just say her time in Hell was full of depravity, sin and I can stomach a lot but holy shite Ms. Jennings there were times where I felt really uncomfortable. She does have someone on her side. Who helps her sidestep as much difficulty with Lucifer that at least is possible.

What seems like weeks for Eden staying in Hell has actually only been a several hours. In the meantime Legion makes deal with King Dorian to get Eden out of Hell. Best way is to go back to Hell. The Dark Prince Niko steps in at the right time or actually they are let go by Lucifer. The question is why though?

Once Eden escaped well let go from Hell up until that point I really did like her. She is a strong heroine with a misguided heart of gold. I liked her until she got a stupid notion in her head where I wanted to smack her so hard. It balanced out again after a while and she seemed to have gained her intelligence back but then, then she went back to idiotic. She made my head hurt. As a contradiction

I do understand her

I’m constantly surround by alarmingly stunning creatures steeped in myth and fantasy. The Se7en. Warlocks. Even Lucifer in all his glorious horror. So much terrifying beauty lies within this ugly black smudge of iniquity. As if I needed yet another reason to remember what I am- pathetically, tragically human.

But it STILL doesn’t make it any better. There were eye rolling moments of epic proportion
IMO. Eden has to come clean about something.

“The logical thing would have been to come clean” – Yeah Eden you think? Well done there love.

Or

Legion states that “Ariel is nothing it is you have to believe me, confesses his undying love well along those lines at least. Eden well I guess I should believe him then…God woman did you leave your brain cells in Hell? Cause something has gone wrong.

She decides to move back in with her sister. Hello? You are a wanted woman really what the hell are you thinking? And then she goes on a date with some unknown guy? Careless Eden. Really careless. It didn’t make any sense to me why the author would add it to the plot until it finally did make sense.

Legion regrets his actions in the previous book and he is all in when it comes to Eden even to the point where he has imprinted on her. A human with a fallen angel turned demon.

In time there is more to the adversaries of the Alliance where one of them becomes an ally instead of a foe. Eden gets to meet the missing Daddy dearest after so long. But there is something bigger out there. The Seraph. And they want something back.

I have mixed emotions on this one. I love the author’s writing style and the language and profanity that is used. It gave the characters added depth. All in all it was like a rollercoaster ride. There is an open end where I assume that there will be a book three to the series. I would love to see Niko have a book and Christian from the Alliance.

All in all though Ms. Jennings has created a unique world where you root for all characters involved. It is a rollercoaster of a ride. It is a darker kind of paranormal romance there is nothing sweet about this. I am really intrigued to read the third book.





Saturday, March 11, 2017

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks




Goodreads Review



Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father's life.

Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage...until he discovers she's vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?



Ever had the problem of what to write when it comes to a book you don’t really know how to rate? Yep this is one of THOSE books.
The author has created a great fantasy world full of unique creatures and The Embraced born on a night with twin moons rife with power and supernatural powers. The girls are left at the steps of the Isle of the Moon. Here we meet Luciana left on the steps at birth now 19 it turns out that she isn’t an orphan to save her father she goes to the mainland to pose as her twin sister. Twins are forbidden in the kingdoms.
Luciana & Leo are perfect for one another especially when it comes to their supernatural abilities. To tales some time for them to get together as there is some mistrust and not everything makes sense when it comes to Luciana. The beginning was good and I enjoyed it all although the lack of interaction between the main characters was missing. Everything was good until that one twist was just too much and ruined it for me.
My verdict?
I liked it there were times where I wanted to give it five stars and then it went down to two stars. In the end I’ve decided to go with three stars instead. I can also see the appeal why the book is liked by so many but it didn’t work for me. I wish it did. I don’t pick up fantasy books very often or at least not anymore but I saw this and just couldn’t help myself.
Although I have added the second book to my TBR shelf I still need to think about it.




Friday, March 10, 2017

Live Wire (Nashville's Finest #1) by Caisey Quinn



Goodreads Review




Caisey Quinn—author of the Neon Dreams romances—delivers the debut novel in an explosive new romantic suspense series...

HE’S NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING…

Explosive ordinance disposal specialist Chase Fisk never breaks a sweat defusing even the most complicated of explosives. So when a homicidal maniac threatens to set off military-grade IEDs during Nashville’s largest music festival, Chase is the man to take him down. But with the reappearance of a woman he thought was long dead, everything he thought he knew is blown away.

EXCEPT LOSING HER AGAIN.

FBI operative Vivien Montgomery is an enigma to everyone around her. So when a deadly threat lands her in Nashville and paired up with the only man she’s ever loved, she isn’t looking forward to an emotional reunion. She’s only here to get the job done and get out. But when the madman behind the chaos targets her for death, the one man she left behind might be the only person she can count on to save her life...
 



Mistakes, simple, impulsive, random mistakes- one infinitesimal misstep could destroy every-fucking-thing in the blink of an eye. But what if everything wasn’t what it seemed and you get a second chance?

Chase Fisk is one of Nashville’s Finest. He is a fine specimen although he is alive and if things had gone differently then he might not have been. He works and that is all he has done for the past four years. After the death of the love of his life Vivien Brooks.

Vivien Brooks now Montgomery had some family ties to some very dangerous people. In order to protect her love, she had to let him go and make him believe that she was dead. Four years later the time has come….

To face her past. The one thing that really did bug me and that is why I docked a star is. Would she have gone back on her own at some point? Or would they have never reunited?

Now this is where I got confused…

We first get introduced to Chase and then to Vivien where I thought sweet baby Jesus what if it is a new love interest with the same name as the deceased love of his life? Admittedly I didn’t read the blurb of the book, I wanted to go in blind but it turned out that soon enough I was thinking rubbish and it was taking a path where I though okay I got this and I can live with it.

Chase and Vivien are great together. Be it out of the bedroom or in it. Chase doesn’t react that well to Vivien turning up to a case that Chase is working on. The reunion doesn’t go as planned. Understandable. Chase is a bit of an idiot but he soon gets over it.

They butt heads at work as they are both stubborn. Chase only wants to protect Vi. Vi just wants to be able to do her job.

Such a delightful read. Such a gem, a quick read with extremely loveable and relatable characters. Fun with a side of sexy and let’s face it hot scenes as well. I truly enjoy Ms. Quinn’s writing style and the setup of Nashville’s Finest. A must read so go out and grab a copy.

After the slow-paced read this was a fast-paced action packed read which flows well with amazing characters and story. There was not one point in the book where I was bored or interested in the characters. Live Wire sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until the last page.

Luke & Anneliese? Can’t frigging wait.





Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley



Goodreads Review




From the author of Before I Go comes an unconventional love story perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.One time a boy kissed me and I almost died...

And so begins the story of Jubilee Jenkins, a young woman with a rare and debilitating medical condition: she’s allergic to other humans. After a humiliating near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has become a recluse, living the past nine years in the confines of the small town New Jersey house her unaffectionate mother left to her when she ran off with a Long Island businessman. But now, her mother is dead, and without her financial support, Jubilee is forced to leave home and face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.

One of those people is Eric Keegan, a man who just moved into town for work. With a daughter from his failed marriage who is no longer speaking to him, and a brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off-course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Then, one day, he meets a mysterious woman named Jubilee, with a unique condition...
Close Enough to Touch is an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart.
 



Spoiler-ish

Close Enough to Touch was a Netgalley recommendation. It was a time where I seemed to have nothing to read and it was compared to Colleen Hoover. I’ve never read any books by Colleen Hoover although one of my GR friend tries very hard to get me to read one of her books but alas I just don’t seem to be interested.

But getting back to my review.

Close Enough to Touch is a slow-paced book with moments that do make you smile that there are also times that the book never seemed to end. It was at these times that I felt like throwing in the towel.

The beginning of this book is fantastic. There is the right amount of humor, sarcasm and empathy towards the characters. They don’t come across as fake and they are real people, down to earth with day to day feelings.

Jubilee has a severe condition that has had a great impact on her life. She has been a recluse for the past nine years after a near fatal kiss. All because of a bet. The time has come where she has had to come out of hiding as she has been leeching off her mother and she has now passed.

Jubilee is an odd sort and as a female lead somewhat unusual after being a hermit she has still managed to keep her humor and I do find her really quite endearing. You can’t fault her for her fear of the world but you can for the fact that she is so unwilling to change anything however daunting it might be.

Eric is having his own difficulties he has moved to Jersey for his job. His fourteen-year-old daughter isn’t talking to him. His ex-wife is behaving like an ex-wife. He can’t find the coffee mugs and he goes after unobtainable women.

Several incidents lead to Eric & Jubilee to meeting in the library they have a kinship with one another and an attraction. They have a rocky start to their relationship although it is all quite trying between the two. They don’t really work it out and here comes a spoiler

Don’t get me started on the ending of the book. It is rushed and well suddenly she is there with Michael who loves her she “cares” about him and then after years Eric turns up and they have a passionate kiss and everything is cut off abruptly. Ah excuse me? But what kind of ending is that? Naff I tell you. Naff.

All in all, if you are looking for something unique, out of the norm with an emotional setting and great realistic characters then this is the book for you. It is a book that I normally wouldn’t have read. Oh and btw this book cannot get any sager than it already is.