Friday, April 29, 2016

The Winter Bear's Bride by Mina Carter



Goodreads Review





To stop a war, she must become his.

Analise, daughter of the Bear Elder, has status and luxury, though she’s a prisoner of her birth and despised by her father because she’s not the alpha son he needs. She keeps her head down and hoards lost knowledge that nearly destroyed the planet. She dreams of escape, but her father decides it's time for her to marry.

He's hated her and all she represents for years. But once he meets her...

Scar, rebel leader and were-polar bear, wants nothing more than to burn the clan system to the ground. It's cruel, unfair, and dedicated to keeping most of the populace in its place. To do so, he needs to take out the Bear Elder and his scheming daughter. As soon as he sees the delicate beauty of his enemy, though, all he can think of is making her his. And he's prepared to go to war to do so.

Not all battles need to be fought in the field. Some are of the heart and the mind and he intends to win hers, whatever it takes. Trouble is, what it takes might be all he has.
 


I wanted to read this book for the cover alone. I love it.
I really enjoyed this book not that that should really be a surprise. I tried one of Ms. Carter’s books a long time ago and it didn’t quite click but I clicked with this book. 3.5 Stars.
Analise is one of the Elders daughter she isn’t typical bear mate material but she still does have a spine of steel even if it is quiet and she hides it well. She is one of the few females that can bear an alpha cub and so her father is trying to marry her off to acquire an heir.
He is brutal towards her and the only happiness she ever had was of her childhood friend that was left to die on a cold winter’s night.
Analise gets introduced to her suitors of the other clans she isn’t impressed. That is until one of the outlaw leaders Scar drops by uninvited to the ball. He wants her and so a game of cat and mouse begins. Scar has secrets and I loved that bit of the story when it finally came out.
So there is the whole push and pull of the characters and they were good together. Analise’s behavior wasn’t the best and well Scar’s a dipshit Hero he does make amends but not enough in my opinion.  This is engaging and unique with a different take on shifters. The setting was slightly unclear for me as I wasn’t sure if this was somehow post-apocalyptic or not. When it finished I was astounded how much an easy read it was.
 


 
 
 

Rogue Agent by Kellie Wallace



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Time and space won’t stop Seth Langdon from eliminating his target…

In the year 2040, futuristic hit man Seth Langdon travels the world by rifts in time, carving a successful career in murdering corrupt men and women. He’s the top assassin working for the elite underground agency, Haroun.

If you’ve killed one scumbag, you’ve killed them all…

During a routine assignment in Oklahoma, Seth carries out a hit on an arms smuggler, David Bloom. But after the job is done, Seth can’t shake the feeling something is very wrong. He’s left haunted by the memory, but what made Bloom so different than Seth’s other targets?

Then his next assignment rolls in…

After a coveted promotion, Seth becomes an Expult agent—an assassin with the freedom and rights to eliminate specific targets. For his first official hit with the new job title, he’s ordered to kill animal activist Terra Bloom, daughter of David Bloom. Regardless of Seth’s guilt over killing her father, she’s just another target…or is she?

Seth’s moral compass spins out of control as inner struggles clash with his dedication to the job. When his decisions leads to tragic consequences, Seth and Terra embark on a journey, fleeing from the very organisation Seth dedicated his life to.

When a trained killer falls for his mark, he’ll use every resource to protect her—even if he’s deemed a Rogue Agent.
 

 
I always need diversity when it comes to reading. Reading the same genres and or tropes gets boring after a while.

Even if I don’t read something that is straight up my alley. I’m happy that I find books that are different and that I might enjoy. Sometimes it backfires other times it doesn’t.

I got lucky with this one. I don’t really know how to categorize some books and this one is quite hard t. It could be romantic suspense but then there are other elements that move it into the sci-fi category. I love dystopian but romantic suspense? Not so much. For those of you who do read my reviews and if there is one thing that is hit & miss for me then it is romantic/suspense, the other one is young adult. But I won’t even open that can of worms.

Now my review.

It is the year 2048.

The Haroun group is there to cleanse society by ridding the world of the dregs of society or even if you have enough money to get rid of someone then they can do it. Seth Langdon is one of their best agents. For the past ten years he has killed about five thousand people. But one day after he talks to one of his kills something in him changes.

Terra Bloom’s father was murdered and she is out to find the murderer although they never really did get along well. The CEO Spencer Hack puts a hit out for Terra and it is up to Seth but plans change.

This is action packed and an exciting read that it is worth it and I would recommend it to you. Ms. Wallace has done a really good job. It is well written, engaging and sucks you into the book. She certainly kept me on my toes and I was finished with the book in no time.

Seth dude you were living in a fairytale when you thought that Trix was going to marry you, give you kids. She is a junkie and only wants her next fix. You should know better. I get that he felt something for Terra but Trix was still a lot in his mind maybe because he hadn’t had enough closure. I really didn’t see any chemistry between Trix and Seth. The chemistry with Terra was better.

Now this is just me but not once did Seth question why? Not once? Who, what, why and where? If someone tells you to jump off a cliff, do you? I bloody wouldn’t.





 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

This is Love, Baby (War & Peace #2) by K. Webster

 
 
 
 
Goodreads Review
 
 
 
 
 
 
My War was over and I had lost. My captor reminded me I was nothing more than his pawn.
His strategy never changed…it was always me.

But what he didn’t know was that LOVE always wins.

In my War, I’d found not only peace
but LOVE as well.

I’d been through a battlefield with my War and LOVE was what brought us to the other side.
Our LOVE was beautiful and pure. Undying.

My captor thinks he has won this war. That I will LOVE him.
What he doesn’t know is this time, I’m the one with a strategy. I’m always thinking several moves ahead of him, my War taught me that.

I will outsmart him and find peace again.
This is a war I will win.
My LOVE will conquer all.
 
 
 
There are probably, well actually most likely going to be spoilers. So read no further and this can’t be read as a standalone. Skedaddle and read the book one.
4.5 Sicktastic Stars.
This book was over far too quickly. I was so tempted to reading the end although I’d just began reading and I never do that as the suspense was killing me.
I was nervous when it came to reading the second part of this series. There were questions that I had. What if I don’t like it? What If the ending isn’t what I want? Well I did like it but the ending? Well I’ll get to that later.
I’m going to keep it vague & fingers crossed relatively short.
Baylee has been taken back. The devil slayed my heart when he killed my War. And now I’m back. With him. The monster who haunts my nightmares. And everything she experience is a nightmare.
I didn’t see coming was how unhinged Brandon was. Who is Brandon you ask? Yes I had that issue, he was Baylee’s boyfriend in book one, in either the first chapter or the prologue. He never gave up on her but out of the boy, a dragon is born. Where there isn’t just one monster but two.
The black knight and the black rook taking out all the pieces in my world, including their attempt at taking my king.
The hurt, the pain, the betrayal, the loss of it all was too much. But through the hurt, the pain, the betrayal they gained in the end something beautiful.
The black king and the white queen are the only ones left on the board that’s no longer devoid of color. It drips with the crimson blood of the defeated and we stand in victory. Together.
A plot with twists and turns that are unexpected to say the least. The plot brought out so many emotions in me. Not impressed Ms. Webster what kind of ending is that? Now, why would you do that? No seriously why?
I’m off to read something happy now. Or at least happier than this mind fuckery.
 

 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J.J. McAvoy




Goodreads Review



 
 
**A multicultural new adult romance from bestselling author, J.J. McAvoy**

Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.

Guinevere 'Gwen' Poe thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancée on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other...
 
 
 
My initial reaction after reading this book:

I will just state that up until the 80% mark it was top notch and then I got right pissed off. Me and the author are going to have words.

I've had all night to stew over this book and I'm still pissed right off. I will rant and there will be spoilers so you have been warned. Now I might have written my review but I'm still stumped on how many stars to give it.

The authors name rang a warning bell in the back of my head. The Muppet that I am I checked if I'd read another book. Guess what? Yes, 50 points for Huffelpuff. No you can't be Gryffindor cause I am.

Moving on swiftly now.

It was Sugar Baby Beautiful which drove me just as batty as this one did.

The MC have experienced an event that no one should have. It was like a living nightmare you wanted to look away but you just couldn't.

Now small world, the main MC got off to a rocky started. Well actually they despised one another, no surprise there but they kept on bumping into one another. The h even ended moving in next door to him. He is Dr. Asshole and she is a Con Artist.

You all know the spiel they get to know one another. Enemies to friends to lovers. I was thinking they are so great together but like the other book I read the author creates a perfect h. I need flaws.

The H is average but he is flawed so that was a positive aspect to it. I thought this would be a happy go lucky read and it was to a certain extent but
Her writing is flawless and extremely engaging as I couldn't stop reading even when a spanner was thrown in the works.

Yes I know that life isn't a movie/book with the ultimate happy ending but fuck a duck

Here comes the spoiler so don't continue you have been warned.

The ex is fucking preggers and a piece of work so the H dodged a bullet there.

I read so that I can switch off and sometimes I need the fairytale.

Then the h decides to be effing martyr, oh come on really?

Now after I have ranted about this book I can say that it is still bloody brilliant.
A talented author can make you like a book even if you aren't that keen on the ending.

I was even thinking I can finally find some cool images to highlight the brilliance of this book. If I ever want to read books that drive me bonkers then I will come back to this author.

The rant is over.

Nuff said.

Peace out peeps.

But bugger me what am I a glutton for punishment? Looks that way.





 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

HardBall by C.D. Reiss

 
 
 
 
Goodreads Review





Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.
 


I signed up for the Alphabet Game Heroines names. The aim is to read 26 books from A-Z with female names, easy right? No actually it’s not. I have had a dozen “S, M & I” That is why I went with Hardball. I had it on my TBR shelf and then I found out that the heroine’s name starts with V. Home run! Only 16 more letters to go.
There are going to be some spoilers further along in my review so don’t continue reading if you don’t want to know.
3 “Love is an ever-fixed mark.’” “Be my ever-fixed mark. Be my north star.”
Vivian is a librarian for an elementary school on a school trip to the Dodger’s stadium. She needs to get a baseball signed by all twenty five ball players for her dad. Her last up is the Diamond King, Dashiell Beaumont Wallace, I feel as if a III is missing here or some kind of title.
Vivian is my kind of girl.
“I wasn’t the demonstrative type. I didn’t say I love you all the time, and I wasn’t girlish or giggly. I hated shopping in pairs and preferred staying home with a good romance novel than a girls’ night out. But I figured sometimes you have to meet someone halfway.”

She loves books, is kind hearted but she lives life risk-averse. But has taken to heart what her Mum once told her.
“Don’t be fooled by the handsome ones or, God forbid, the rich ones,” she’d say. “Look for a beautiful heart.”

Dash is one of the best baseball players out there. He has rules that he needs to stick to and at the moment he is shit out of luck. It all started with an Avocado tree and moved on to a Princess Pin. If he doesn’t stick to his routines he is impulsive. His rules include several strange things but I guess it also has a lot to do with baseball.
He can’t get Vivian out of his head but he only does expiration dates. Vivian doesn’t and she stands her ground. Dash decides that he can be friends but it ends up to be more. But he is leaving for spring training soon.
I liked Dash up until this Point:
“There are women I see,” I said. “It doesn’t mean anything. Not like you do. But it’s a ritual, and I can’t stop because of you.”

Sheesh Dash you really know how to make a woman feel special. But stop ladies you think that this is bad it carries on later in the book and this is where Dash nearly broke me or should Ms. Reiss as she wrote the book.
“Thank you for all the good years. We had some great times.”
Dash cut it effing fine even for me. And I’m not bothered by a lot of things. But deep down I let out a huge sigh and me inner self was whooping.  He grovelled, he did screw some things up along the way but so did Vivian.
They did have banter and good moments with one another where you could really feel the connection between them.
 
“Were you this irritating when we met?” “I was charming. Very charming.” “Where did Mr. Charming go?” “That guy didn’t have staying power. “But Mr. Irritating? He’ll stick around?” “Unfortunately. Go up to the top please.”

One of my favourite characters in the book is actually Vivian’s Dad. He is awesome, each and every girl should have a Dad like that in her Corner.
“But don’t be a fucking putz anymore.” “I won’t. I don’t know what a putz is, but I’m sure I can stop being it.” “It’s a man who takes women for granted is what.” “I won’t. Not Vivian ever again.” “Goo. Now stop making eyes at her and ask her if she needs anything.” He winked.  
This is my first book by C.D. Reiss and she is very talented from her writing style to keeping me captivated with the characters that I read the book in a very short amount of time. Now for me personally she is a maybe author and at some point I’m sure I’ll come back to her books.

Thinking more about it Hardball is actually perfect, the writing you name it and I really do not know why I can give it only 3 stars instead of the deserved 5 but one of life’s mysteries I guess. Ms. Reiss described Dash’s issues without having pity on him but still showing compassion.
There was great character development with the MC and each as an individual.  
 
I would certainly recommend it to peeps.


 

 
 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Doing It Over (Most Likely To #1) by Catherine Bybee



Goodreads review




Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.
 
Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?
 
 
 
Every time I read to review, or get an ARC I always wonder about my rating. Am I give it X amount of stars because it was given to me? Am I being more generous? What will happen if I give less than 3 stars? To answer the questions, no I think I am a fair reviewer, I use images to portrait how I feel, sometimes I think I’m being too generous but I also feel as if I’m being honest. I do post books with less than 3 stars and so far, knock on wood, no one has complained. Yet. I’ve probably jinxed it now.

3-3.5 Sir Knight Stars.

So what’s in your yearbook? What were/are you most likely to be/do?

I wanted to rule the world but like Brain I failed every. Single. Time. But I will succeed just need some pals to help.

The heroine in this book, Melanie is most likely to succeed, her other two best friends, JoAnne was most likely to go to prison and well Zoe was most likely never to leave River Bend. But Jo’s and Zoe’s stories shall be told another day or in this case in 2017. They made a promise that they would come back to their ten year reunion.

Ten years later.

Melanie Bartlett has a seven year old daughter, Hope & a car that died just before arriving in River Bend. She meets a stranger who wants to help her but thinks he is an escapee from Sing Sing or Jack the Ripper. Melanie has had it tough with what we read. She is strong, brave and made a stupid mistake when she was younger. She wants to change her life around.

Wyatt Gibson helps, sorry tries to help the damsels in distress but is having problems. Wyatt is the perfect book boyfriend out there.

What I liked about this book:

- I want to be Ms. Gina when I grow up!
- Hope the snarky and daughter older than she is for her years.
- The characters especially Wyatt & Luke.
- The plot with Nathan was good.

What I didn’t like

- One of the villains in the book having a certain preference, I personally think that was too much overkill. PM me if you want details.
- Zoe but I’m sure she’ll grow on me.
- I felt as if the plot with Nathan came out of nowhere but that could just be me.

I’ve read books by Ms. Bybee before and I loved the time travel series. I also read a contemporary romance but that was a bit meh, now Doing it Over seems to be romance with some suspense and I remember that in her other books there wasn’t so much angst as there was in this one.

I will read the next in the series as I think Ms. Bybee is very talented but I’ll stick to this series only.
 


 
 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Blood Surfer(Thunder City #1) by Debra Jess



Goodreads Review
 
 
 
Their destiny is written in blood.

Welcome to Star Haven, where the police arrest and imprison alternative humans, if not execute them outright. When outlaw Hannah Quinn saves Officer Scott Grey’s life by bloodsurfing through his broken body, he winds up on the wrong side of the kill line.

Hannah blew any chance she had of escaping Star Haven when she chose to save Scott’s life. Scott has a reputation for killing Alts instead of arresting them. Now that she’s triggered his dormant Alt ability, he’s forced to go on the run with her until she can break his despised Alt power.

Suspicion dies hard after a lifetime of conditioning. Despite the threat to their lives, Hannah finds herself falling for the one man she can’t trust — and Scott falls for the woman who destroyed his life.

With love and mistrust at war in a city where betrayal can earn your freedom, will Hannah and Scott’s tenuous bond be enough to save them?
 
 
 
I know what I read and got to say it is pretty cool but I still don’t know what to write for this review.
I don’t think the author will like me when I write this but picture Marvel meets The Incredibles it’s just that they are hotter and way cooler. This is a feel good book and I think if you like Marvel and the like then it is definitely worth a read.
But there were instances where I thought, woman where do you get your ideas from?
Original plot and well written. You can tell that a lot of work has been invested in to the book and the characters. I enjoyed every moment of this book it just sucked me right in. I was even sneaky and read at work again. I know, I know, shame on me. But you know what? Don’t care.
Quick background information, there are Alts (alternative humans) that have special powers, telepathy, telekinetic, flying, extreme strength etc. There are Norms, no powers just normal human beings. Then there are the Neuts, the neutrals between the two others. Safe Haven is an Alt free zone due to a law being implemented. Thunder City is where all Alts escaped to due to the ban.
Main Plot
Hannah Quinn is on the run from her mother, the mayor Miranda Dane. While hiding out at the top of the hospital she saves Scott Grey’s life. Scott Grey is an alt killer and a cop for Safe Haven but he has secrets a lot of them. Instead of handing Hannah over to her mother, Scott helps her escape to Thunder City. Hannah and Scott are good together. The chemistry is good and although there were doubts on both sides it was balance out well with their other feelings for one another.
Through Hannah, Scott comes to think about some of the choices he made with his family and his life. Hannah also fixed something she shouldn’t have.
The ending was pretty spectacular, with a rumble and a roar, and a ghost and a hack, man. You’ll get it if you read the book.
I really hope that this isn’t a cliffhanger but I’m assuming it is as it seems they only got a HFN. I would like to see more on Alek, Nik & Evan will they get their own books? Hmm, I hope so.



 

The Peppercorn Project by Nicki Edwards




Goodreads Review



One heartbroken woman. One bitter cop. One community to save them.

After the tragic death of her husband, single mum Isabelle Cassidy is bereft and broke. When she hears about The Peppercorn Project – a scheme that offers affordable rent in the tiny but vibrant town of Stony Creek – Issie sees it as her family's best chance at a fresh start.

Newly single police officer Matt Robertson moved to Stony Creek to lick his wounds after a bitter divorce. Wanting only peace and quiet, Matt is against the Project, seeing it as a threat to the peace he's found in the country town – until he meets Issie. Despite himself, Matt is drawn to the widow and feels inexplicably protective of her fragile family.

Just when Issie begins to imagine a future with Matt, an accident proves how far she has to go before she can move beyond her grief. But the citizens of Stony Creek won't rest until they see these two broken souls find a new beginning, together.

Can Issie move beyond the pain of her past and entrust Matt with her family, and her heart?

A gorgeous rural romance for fans of Fiona McArthur, Rachael Johns and Fiona McCallum.


4 “Peppercorn” Stars.

Unexpected but true I really enjoyed this book. After reading a series that has a faster pace and needing a break I decided to go for something slower and this really worked for me.

This takes place in Australia which I love, change of scenery when it comes to only reading books based in America. I liked the different use of the language and the areas that there are and how different it is.

Now I know this trope is unpopular with the dead spouse so it won’t be for everyone and at times I had some difficulty with it.

Isabelle Cassidy needs a fresh start after the death of her husband. She is broke, grieving and her parents aren’t really helpful. She became pregnant after school with her eldest son Fletcher and then with her six year old daughter Mietta.

The Peppercorn Project is to help families in need. There are four houses in Stony Creek but twenty applicants so the competition is stiff. I felt for Isabelle and I liked her. At times it was painful to see her work through her grief. But there were also times were I found it hard.

The Cassidy family gets one of the houses. They have their ups and downs but they get there in the end.

Matt Robertson is a cynic and after a messy divorce he just wants to lick his wounds that is until he sees a tired Isabelle with her two children and something comes to life in him.

I enjoyed how their relationship progressed and Matt is a real sweetheart, a cuddly bear. They only took their relationship to the intimate level really at the end of the book but I have to be honest I don’t care.

I also love it when there are kids in the book and old people.

If you’re looking for something sweet and warm then this is a read for you.