Thursday, September 29, 2016

Treasured Find (Royal Pride #1) by Nancy Corrigan






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Sometimes the greatest finds are unexpected.

After five centuries, Rafe Alexander knows what to expect from life--boredom broken by the occasional call from Shifter Affairs. No matter how mundane the job, he always accepts their plea for help. He knows what it's like to lose loved ones to the shifter trafficking rings decimating their species.

But the task that takes him to West Virginia changes everything. A human is dead. A shifter child is missing. And the human female connected to both tragedies is hiding a secret.

He needs to discover the mystery surrounding her. But the felines he houses--lion, tiger and jaguar--want him to get close to her for another reason. Jasmine is special, both for how she affects him and for the treasure she's been guarding.

And as danger mounts, he's left balancing his desire for revenge and his need to protect. But the line between them isn't always black and white, especially where his family is concerned.








I have to say that I prefer this book or in this case the series compared to the other series that I have read by Ms. Corrigan.

This is an engaging series with a unique plot line. This is a slightly different paranormal world. One where there are Royals that have three different animal shifters in them. Then there are the single shifters and us humans. The Royals were blessed by the Goddess to house three spirit animals. But there is jealously among the single shifters as they want immortality.

 

Rafe Alexander, very charming, laid on a bit too thick at times is looking into a case about a unique young white lion named Megan. While Rafe talks to Josh, Megan's uncle he meets a woman who intrigues him. He is part of the Alexander Pride. Their species is nearly extinct that is why he has to go out and help the children that need him.

 

Jazz runs to Josh to tell him that Megan is special as Josh’s brother Tony died in a fire. Megan is just as special as her kids. Jazz runs into Rafe and there is an instant attraction. Jazz knows about the shifter world as she was held captive in a facility for shifters where she was tasked to look after Seth and Levi because the mother wasn't able to. The twins are part of the Alexander pride. And the missing connection was obvious.

 

This is a great plot and I loved all the characters in the book, some more than others. There is the main plot line and there are several subplots with secondary characters that will develop and get their own books.

 

I always love books involving kids and shifters. Well done Ms. Corrigan 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Harley by Michelle Jo Quinn









All of her life, Cadence "Cade" Williams has been lied to…
With her ailing father on his deathbed, a whispered secret sends Cadence’s life into a tailspin. Determined to either confirm or debunk her father’s claim, she sets out on a mission to grow close to the only man with evidence to set things straight. To do that, Cadence earns a position in an elite security firm owned by her father’s old army buddy, Noah “Mac” Mackinley.

Mac is the only man who could hold the evidence to support her father’s claims…
But first, she must prove herself worthy of Mac’s trust and get close enough to find the truth. Her first mission is to watch over an eight-year old girl, Harley Clark.

Harley is not an ordinary girl. She’s the daughter of a rock star…
Despite her fragile appearance, Harley has tenacity and brilliance like nothing Cade has ever seen. To everyone’s surprise—including her own—Cade forms an unlikely friendship with the beautiful wallflower.

Her first assignment just became more interesting…

When Harley’s rock star father, Jax Clark, enters the scene, Cade can’t deny the instant attraction for the self-proclaimed bad boy. Tattoos, piercing eyes, and a raspy voice that sends thousands of fans into a screaming frenzy, he’s more than just a heartthrob. Worse, Jax starts to pay her more attention than she expects.

She’s faced with a choice—get lured in by the celebrity world and lose any chance of finding out the truth, or stick to the plan and avoid Jax at all costs to earn Mac’s trust.




I am a sucker for a man with kids. And this was no different. This is a really sweet story and it was a pick me up that I needed. 4 ‘Sweet’ Stars.
Cadence ‘Cade’ Williams is on a mission. She moves from New Jersey to Vancouver to see if Mac from Mackinley Security is really her father but Mac doesn’t trust her but employs her anyway. Her first assignment is a high profile case. Cade becomes a bodyguard. Or babysitter depending on what way you view it.
Cade and Harley forge a strong connection and Harley feels as if she can finally confide in someone. Due to her mother being absolutely frigging nuts, Harley acts far older than her eight years. She has been the personal assistant to her mother until she moves in with her father.
Harley is far older for her age as I also think that it has to do with her heart condition and has a positive outlook on life.
Jax Clark Rockstar God doesn’t really know how to deal with his daughter. His ex is frigging nuts as I mentioned before. But with Cade around the build a bridge to cover the distance. Until Jax forces Cade to take a different type of action.
Although at times I felt as if Harley was the main character and that Cade and Jax were secondary characters. It flowed well. But I would have liked to have seen more.
There was so little interaction between Jax and Cade that it was somehow hard to believe that they would work. I wanted them to get to know one another more.
I will continue the series as I think that Ms. Quinn has potential but it could have been fleshed out slightly more.








Beautiful Mistake (Royal Pride #2) by Nancy Corrigan




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A tortured man...A fearless woman...A mistake that'll change their lives forever.

Three centuries ago, Devin Moore sacrificed his sanity to save his sister. Every day since is spent in a constant battle of wills with the three crazed cats--lion, tiger and jaguar--he houses. Keeping his shattered mind together has taken its toll, destroying any hope of having a family, but he can't turn his back on innocents in need.

When information on his pride's missing child reaches him, he rushes to bring her home. But the rescue mission goes horribly wrong. Lena, the human female who turns herself into bait in order to protect the little girl, is wounded and struggling to survive.

In a desperate act, he saves Lena. But it doesn't erase his past mistakes. And for a broken man who's finally offered hope, there's only one thing left to do--prove his worth. The only problem? He'll never be whole. Or sane. But maybe...just maybe...even the damned can find peace.




I’m the odd man out on this one. I can see that why a lot of readers loved and enjoyed this book but for me it was just too frustrating. For me there was no chemistry whatsoever between the main characters.
The Alexander Pride is on the hunt for Megan’s twin sister Molly. Devin is looking for her as he understands kids what they have been through. They have a lead but they walk in to a trap. They follow a woman and catch with consequences.
I’m the last person to say that sex isn’t necessary in a book but these two just spent too much time fixated on one another and not on the overall plot.
I’m really bummed that I didn’t like this book and I’m really sorry Ms. Corrigan for the somewhat bad review.
Book received in exchange for a honest review.
 


 


Transfer (The Retrieval Duet #2) by Aly Martinez



Goodreads Review



One story. Two couples.

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke.

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.



4.5 11:11 Stars.
SPOILER FREE REVIEW.  Although I want to quote the shite out of this book. Talk about highlighting half of the book.
It’s been a while since I’ve finished this book and I decided it would be better to let it settle before I write my review and yet how can I put into words what this book is like without giving too much away?
I’ll keep it short for the moment and maybe I’ll post the longer review after the release of the books.
Aly Martinez and this duet set sprang up on my radar and I jumped all over these books. Because Aly Martinez, need I say more?
Two couples. One epic story. Really didn’t think that it could be pulled off but…….
This book picks up exactly where the first one finished. So you have to read the first book there is no way about it. But it is worth it. Trust me. Famous last words. Hahaha.
Clare is in an abusive relationship, the opposite of what Roman and Elisabeth have. God how their lives wound around one another even without them knowing they were getting closer it was only a matter of time. Clare has tried to leave, twice but she knows that she isn’t strong enough not even for her daughter Tessa. She is lonely, desperate and sees no way out. Her scars are just too much for her both inside and outside.
Her eyes shined bright with life, staring up at me as if she’d witnessed a miracle. I knew I had. I’d spent the last half hour with fire consuming my soul, fearing she was already gone. 
This is Clare and Heath’s story but we get to see Elisabeth and Roman. Their lives are forever entwined. They have so much to gain but also so much too loose.
She was free.
They were free.
We were free.
Clare is well there are no words to describe how strong she is. Domestic abuse is a long process to break up with.  She misses the life she used to have even living in a trailer. Walter Noir is still a thorn in everyone’s side and it looks like it isn’t going to change. But it is going to be tough.
Heath Light, what can I say about Heath that wouldn’t give it all away?
He is strong, overprotective and will do anything to protect those he loves. It doesn’t matter about the outcome of it all.
By the way really important, two alpha males in one book? Undeniable hot & sweet.
Roman & Elisabeth open up their home. Their lives become even more entwined then they did before. God I felt for all of them and I understood each and everyone’s feelings. Each dealing with it individually.
Clare has to deal with the reality of her situation. A range of emotions we see in all of them but the way they were described each feeling that the characters felt was always individual.
Ms. Martinez gives us once again a beautiful story about loss and love the right kind of love. I admit I liked the first one better although I’ve rated them both with 5 Stars just liked the first one a smidgen more.

Clare is left with nothing and doesn’t know in how to deal with that.  The ending was the icing on the cake.
Free of fear.
Free of pain.
Forever.



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Once a Gypsy: The Irish Traveller Series Book One (Irish Traveller #1) by Danica Winters



Goodreads Review




Even for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thing.

Helena has always struggled to fit in with her Irish Traveller family. It’s not just her opposition to getting married or her determination to attend university; Helena also has one talent that sets her apart from the rest of her clan―the gift of the Forshaw, the ability to see the future.

Graham is the groundskeeper at a manor in Adare, Ireland. Though the estate appears idyllic, it holds dark secrets, and despite his own supernatural gifts, Graham can’t solve Adare Manor’s problems by himself. Desperate for help, Graham seeks out a last resort: Helena, whose skills are far greater than even she knows.

When he promises to teach her to control her powers, Helena resists, afraid both of the damage her abilities might do and her increasing attraction to the handsome groundskeeper. Her entire way of life is at risk: Any involvement, especially romantic, with non-Travellers like Graham is forbidden. But Helena’s future is anything but certain, and fate has other plans for her family, her powers, and her relationship with Graham.


Short & sweet.

Interesting premise with some good moments. We have a likeable heroine who is a traveller but wants more out of life then just marriage and being a baby factory. She wants to learn. While picking up her Da from prison she has two encounters that will change her life.

She is prophesied to have the foreshaw and Graham Kelly a country man or gorger how the travellers call them talks to her. Those two things change her life.

Graham Kelly needs the gypsies help more specifically Helena’s Da and Helena herself which is good cause her Mam is a right drunken cow.

They start working at Adare Manor and the strange things start to happen. There is a mystery to the place where the paranormal and the veil are at its thinnest.

Not only are there things to overcome in the manor but between Graham and Helena and they do not have it easy. Helena has to choose between the fam and the traditional ways or what her heart wants to do.

There are good moments in the book and it is a solid start to an interesting new series. So far this is my first book by this author and I’m not sure if I’d read anything else.

On a side note I’ve seen a documentary about travellers and it is an entire subculture until itself. They are such a tight knit community and they stick to very old ways.





Thursday, September 22, 2016

Black Sheep by Tabatha Vargo





Goodreads Review



Ever since the day I was dropped at her family’s door
HUNGRY, DIRTY, and TORN,
I’ve wanted her.
But to taint her perfect skin with my black touch would be a SIN.
So I made a pact with myself—
NEVER TOUCH NICOLE PALMER.
However, when she returns home from college, she’s different, and I’m not sure I can trust myself to keep my pact. I can’t submit to her TEMPTATION no matter how sweetly she begs because she’s the GOLDEN CHILD and I’m the BLACK SHEEP.
 



I am most certainly in the minority here. I can see why so many people liked this book there is angst, heart-breaking moments intermixed with anger, hurt and pain. What I missed? Some happy moments. I don’t expect rainbows and unicorns.  

I personally didn’t feel as if Nicole and Tyson had a connection really there was always this invisible wall between them and I just didn’t get it. I know it was due to Tyson and his issues but I didn’t see them gaining any ground.

There is a constant push and pull with the MC that it is at times it was painful to read. The Hero thinks that the heroine is light, and pure and innocent to his darkness, his contagiousness. It is clear that he has never overcome what has happened to him. I didn’t see any development in the book to him developing as a character.

Nicole has always loved Tyson. I admire the heroine’s tenaciousness towards the Hero but then again love is a fickle thing and well what people don’t do for love or in this case do. But at some point was it all really worth it? It was for Nicole. See? It’s me that is the problem here with the book.

Nicole and Tyson’s relationship is complicated. At the age of 12 Tyson is taken in by the Palmers and his life changes somewhat for the better especially when he sees an angel, Nicole Palmer. Over the years Tyson develops feelings but knows he can never act on them as the Palmers offered their home to him. He also doesn’t want to taint Nicole and their lives so he is always an outsider.

I did find it slow at times but then it would pick up again and when I finally thought that we were gaining ground we weren’t and went back to square one.  Which got tedious at best.

From what I read all in all the author is talented and she knows how to suck you into a story that leaves you helpless with your emotions but also angry of the unfairness of it all. For the fact that this is borderline YA on the cusp of NA there are some very violent themes that not everyone will be able to deal with.  





Two Graves: A Novella by Zoe Kalo


Goodreads Review




(TWO GRAVES is a short novella, about 70 pages. It is volume #1 in Zoe Kalo's psychological suspense "Retribution" series.)

A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls…

Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten.

For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge.



Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.


This is my second book by this author. The first book I read was YA not my thing to be honest. But I liked the plot and it is a promising series. But I also like diversity when it comes to reading.

So when this book was on offer for a read to review it sounded more up my alley.  The writing is unique, smooth but at the same time it was descriptive, too much.  Setting a scene is one thing but for me it took a lot away from the main story and as this is a novella it is a shame.

I should also listen to my gut.  I do not sync with novellas. This story could have been fleshed out more there is a lot of potential here. This is a story about revenge there are time jumps between the past & the present which kept on pulling me out of the story as I wanted to what was happening in each time line. I was also under the impression that there would be some romance in it. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stitched Up Heart (Combat Hearts #1) by Tarina Deaton



Goodreads Review




As an Air Force medic, Bree Marks saw the worst the War on Terror had to dish out. Now a physical therapist, she uses her experience to help other veterans heal from their physical wounds; while she battles her own emotional damage.

Blaming himself for his best friend’s suicide, former Army Ranger Jase Larken, retreated from life. To honor his best friend’s memory and assuage his guilt, he started an outdoor adventure company to help veterans with PTSD.

Bree had better things to do than catch her cheating fiancé in bed with another woman. Jase is something better - for a night at least. For the first time in years, Jase wanted more. When he finds her again, he doesn’t give her another chance to run.

Jase’s possessiveness grates on Bree’s independent nature. She’s dealt with her fair share of alpha-male, door kickers and doesn’t need one telling her what to do now. But as a new danger emerges, Bree and Jase must face their pasts, before someone's obsession with Bree destroys any chance they have of a future.


5 Why can’t we hogtie Bree? Stars.  
I’m blown away by this book, by this author and by the characters, not just the main characters but all the characters. I really do not know where to start. But I can say that this book is epic. Yes. EPIC. Guess what? It is the author's debut, crazy right? There aren't enough stars to give this book. Okay so fangirled enough. Now my review.  
Bree Marks is a secret bad arse. We first meet her when she comes home and her reaction is hilarious I was cheering her on. 
She leaned a shoulder against the doorjamb and crossed her arms, drawing on the stillness. “Hey, Chad, sweetie. Are you busy?” 
“Bree! Shit! What are you doing home? You’re early. This isn’t what it looks like.” “One, I live here, seeing as how it’s my house and all. And two, you’re really going to go with ‘this isn’t what it looks like’? Did you slip and fall and this lovely woman was nice enough to catch you with her vagina?” 
I nearly peed my pants at that moment but it kept on getting better and better. 
Bree Marks is a fantastic heroine. She is strong, sassy, intelligent and hard working. To me she is real. This is refreshing as most heroines can come across fake. She is successful and rich but doesn’t live beyond her means. As a physical therapist she now helps those who come back from war. She was special ops and is a total kick arse lady. I want to be her when I grow up. She is scary yet sweet. On a side note how awesome is her gun safe? Bloody awesome. 
Jase ‘the walking orgasm’ Larken is everything you want in a Hero. Strong, bossy, caveman but adorable all at the same time. He is currently trying to get his company off the ground V.E.T Adventures. To off a safe haven for those who have problems adjusting after their service is finished. It is a personal matter for him to see this flourish. But it isn’t about easing is conscience no matter his regrets. 
After a cheating ex not that she was really bothered about it, Denise her best friend does what any best friend would do. Get drunk, makes an offhand remark. Let the chase begin. 
After a night of passion and things not wanting to be awkward Bree does a runner, Jase is NOT happy. But he wants what he tasted although he isn’t sure.  
“Shit, I don’t know what the hell it was. It was just…different. The way she handled herself last night. You know how we can be, especially when we’re drinking. Loud and obnoxious.” “You mean drunken jackasses.” 
But there is a high level of suspense for me anyway. I was constantly trying to guess who dunnit and well doubts were sowed to whether or not I got it right. As an alpha male what is the most logical thing to do? Yes get her to move in with you.  
This book shows deep rooted pain, guilt but there are tender moments it is all so well balanced even the banter and sex scenes hot by the way. I want give the down and dirty but here is some sweet.  
Until the night you walked into The Deck. You laughed, and it fixed something. Like sewing a wound back together.  *Sigh, major sigh* 
Here is some banter with more sweet.
Bree snorted and blew out a snot bubble. Denise threw her head back and laughed while Bree glared at her. “Get me a tissue, you cow.”  
“I love you. Snot bubbles and all.”
“You can’t leave me, Bree. For any reason. You hold my heart together.” Tears welled up again. She blew another snot bubble. 
There is a serious side to this book one where it hits me straight to the heart. The author knows what she is talking about you can tell there is no false BS going on here. Quite the opposite. Nothing is ever gender specific and Ms. Deaton shows that here.  
For me there is always that one book that stays with you. Last year it was Athica Lane by Brynne Asher. This year Stitched up Heart shot straight to the top of the list. 
I can’t wait to read more by this author. A must read if I do say so myself.