Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fierce Obsessions (The Phoenix Pack #6) by Suzanne Wright

Goodreads Review

When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.

Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.

As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.

“You really should learn to control your anger better. Eighty-Eight percent of men with bad tempers end up with high blood pressure and die an early death.” “They do not.” “They could do.”

I originally gave it 4 stars but what the heck I've bumped it up to 5 stars.

Ms. Wright is the dog's bollocks. It’s a compliment believe me. She is my one click. My go to author. My if the world is a being a fickle bugger she will get me out of my funk author. For me she is one of the best paranormal romance authors out there. With Fierce Obsessions, she absolutely got it right.

I worship the ground you walk on. This author thinks out of the box when it comes to shifters. Wolves, wolves are everywhere but other shifters be it Marquay or in this case Ravens? Bloody brilliant I tell you.

As a reader, I dread when an author sticks to the mold that they use. SW has taken on board not what not to do and has developed and expanded on the world that she has created and made a world different from other shifter romances. Fingers crossed for The Movement as a series.

If you hadn’t guessed then I’m a total fan girl. So, sue me!

I want to go into the plot of the story but I won’t what I can say is that it is gripping, in depth and unique naturally I loved every moment of it.

Riley Porter is one of the best heroines that I have read in the series. She is a rock especially for the kids. She is ruthless, fierce, vengeful and so very over protective but has always tried to keep her distance from the pack.

Times run out sweetheart.

Tao Lukas, head enforcer has wanted Riley from the start although he has acted like he didn't. Tao is so fucking sweet and yet a total badass he will protect all of his pack. Tao doesn’t like humans he doesn’t get them and he can be really mean.

Together the chemistry is fierce. It is true opposites do attract. They have a fantastic rapport going on. I could go on and on about it but basically just read it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Real Deal (Single Dads Club #1) by Piper Rayne

Goodreads Review

Red Flags…

Too loud.
Too clingy.
Too much make-up.

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit.

Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags…

She’s too young.
She’s my client’s daughter.
She’s my five-year old’s camp counselor.

Even after repeating this mantra to myself every morning on the way to Lily’s summer camp, guess what happens the moment I see Cat? Yeah, that mantra turns into ride me, doggie style and reverse cowgirl.

Every. Damn. Time.

The fact that she doesn’t remember me from six years before grates on me until I don’t have it in me to leave her alone any longer. I have to have her. But our lives are opposites in every way. In no way compatible.

When we’re together all the complications fade away and I have to keep reminding myself, even if I can have her— I can’t keep her.

Goodness gracious me! Does liking the cover help me in any way for what I’m going to write now will most likely not make me popular.

Well I finished the book and I really do not know what to say. Not what I expected to be honest. I struggled with the beginning and the middle immensely and found it to be tedious and tiresome. On top of that my believability muscle wasn’t really working when it came to the story. Or maybe I also just don’t have humor.

It felt week and flat and at times I wanted to DNF. It picked up at the end of the book. Maybe because it was the end. The couple just seemed to plod along the whole time really with nothing happening.

I love this trope but I expected more with Marcus and the whole disaster of that he turned her down at the age of 18 and then suddenly he has the hots for her. This takes place six years later.

I liked Cat and that she stood by what she wanted and that she deserved the real deal which means that Marcus needed to get unstuck. He sure did have his head stuck in the sand and if he gotten his finger out of his arse sooner than it would have been better at least IMO.

I would have liked to have seen the outcome of Cat’s family a big deal was made about it and then nothing.

The one person I despised in the book is Dane. God help me I wanted to punch him every single time he opened his mouth to give advice.

I haven’t read any of their other books and for the moment it’s a maybe I also requested book 2 and for the moment I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.

Feel Me (O'Brien Family #4) by Cecy Robson

Goodreads Review

Declan O’Brien was always driven to take his place among Philly’s elite, working hard for everything he’s earned, including the title of Assistant District Attorney. He’s won seemingly impossible cases, so he’s furious when he’s assigned to lead the one unit he doesn’t want.

Melissa Fenske was born hearing impaired to a neglectful mother, finding solace when she was adopted by a young attorney, now Declan’s boss. As the current Director of Victim Services, Melissa’s livid when Declan is placed in the main unit she oversees. She can’t forget their disastrous first encounter. Or shake how he makes her feel.

Declan considers the assignment another step toward his political aspirations, despite that he can’t get Melissa out of his mind. Melissa sees Declan as egotistical and self-serving, kicking herself for how fast she’s falling for him. Someone as hot, smooth, and perfect as Declan isn’t supposed to want her.

In another situation with any other woman, Declan wouldn’t hesitate to take Melissa to bed. But she is the boss’s daughter, and for once, Declan finds himself wanting more than just a one night stand.

Neither counted on each other. Both just met their match.  

4 Shepherd Dog Stars.

Office romances don't always work for me. Feel Me did. I am a happy bunny.

Declan O'Brien appointed A.D.A is smooth, women love him and he loves women. But there is one woman who doesn't fall for his charms. The less she falls the more he wants her.

I didn’t always like our male lead in this book but he grew on me and in the end I was rooting for me. He did try to make up in the grovel department but not enough for me to be honest.

Melissa Fenske doesn't like Declan she thinks that he is unsuitable for the job and maybe in the beginning he is.

Melissa is a fantastic female lead I love books where either one of the main characters has a disability.  Melissa is hearing impaired add a tough start to life and as a character I admire her.

Declan wants it all. D.A for Homicide not SACU. Mayor and even Senator. There is a spanner in his works. He wants Melissa but he is a slight commitment-phobe. And eventually he screws it up.

Feel Me left me raw, emotionally drained and a mess yet despite all that, the sap in me always loves to see that love really can conquer all.

Our MC as a couple complement one another. Ms. Robson has a unique writing style that pulls you into the loud, boisterous in your business Catholic family. I personally love every single moment of their antics. In saying that though Wren is MY favorite O'Brien. Major girl crush going on here.

Although we get an Epilogue the ending and our couple making up felt somewhat abrupt.

On a side matter note the author did a fantastic job of being tasteful and respectful and what the survivors of such hideous crimes go through.

When I read Wren’s book 3 I said I’d backtrack and read 1 & 2 but I never did. I have now bought book 1 to read.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Making It Right (Most Likely To #3) by Catherine Bybee

Goodreads Review

In the final book in bestselling author Catherine Bybee’s Most Likely To trilogy, River Bend’s rebel follows in her father’s footsteps to become sheriff. But it might be time to forge her own path…
Some kids inherit a family business; Jo Ward inherited a badge. Once voted Most Likely to End Up in Jail, the town wild child has become sheriff—hell-bent on uncovering the truth about her father’s mysterious death. Life is quiet in rustic River Bend, but Jo longs for something beyond her small hometown and the painful memories it holds. All that keeps her sane is the support of her best friends, Melanie and Zoe.
But when Jo signs up for an expert law enforcement training seminar, she meets Gill Clausen, whose haunting eyes and dangerously sexy vibe just may challenge her single-minded focus. Commitment-phobic Jo can’t deny her attraction to the arrogant federal agent, and when odd things start happening around River Bend and danger surrounds her, she realizes she’ll need his help to discover who’s out to remove her from River Bend…permanently.
As Jo and Gill work together, it’s clear they make a great team. But can Jo loosen her grip on the past enough to let love in and reach for the future?

3.5 big and mmmm Stars.

Making It Right got off to a rocky start. Our heroine JoAnne Ward came off too reserved. Throughout the other books I just wasn’t interested in her as a character but gave her a chance in this book. The beginning as mentioned was tough going for me but once the ball started to get rolling it improved a lot.
Jo rebel child has been trying to redeem herself for the past ten years. So after her father’s accidental murder. Yeah that didn’t happen. She went to the Academy and became Sheriff and since that day she has been leading a half-life. Trying to catch her father’s murderer she isn’t getting any further.
Jo goes to DC to improve her skills with the FBI to help her in her endeavour. When not in River Bend Jo likes to live a little. In this case it came in the form of.
God Lord, God broke the mold with this one. His goatee was trimmed, immaculately so. His lips were full, his jaw tight … and his eyes. Dark, almost haunting. Dangerous. He did a once-over, and when his eyes met hers, he lifted his lips in a half smile.
And lovelies – I was a goner.
Fake names and a good time Anne creeps out of the hotel room to bump into him at the FBI. What are the odds right? Well ask Shauna about that one.
Agent Gil Clausen is smitten, gosh he is one of the best Heroes this year. IMO. He is protective, persistant and he knows what he wants and he wants JoAnne but with a murder on the loose and a couple of close calls they are up against a lot not to mention small town living lives Jo wanting a different life.
My one thing which irked me is I guessed some of the twists which is why I docked a star but also in saying that I enjoy the authors writing style and hope to read more of her works in the future. Ms. Bybee how about a book about Zane? Ta very much.
My friend Janie mentioned the acknowledgements at the end of the book and boy am I a bleeding heart. Ms. Bybee is really invested which as an author you should be. But for her it was personal. And my parting words?
Lead your life for yourself. Lead your life for the right reasons. Lead the life that you want.
Peace out Peeps!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Satisfaction (Lawless #2) by Lexi Blake

Goodreads Review

The sizzling second novel in a sexy new contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.Brandon Lawless is a man on a mission: obtain the information that will clear his father’s name. He’s willing to do whatever it takes—even seduce his enemy’s personal assistant, the beautiful and innocent Carly Hendricks. But with her beguiling smile and captivating intelligence, Brandon soon realizes he doesn’t want to deceive Carly, he wants to win her over—both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Then a twisted crime leaves Carly vulnerable and Brandon finds himself reeling. The stakes of his mission are now life or death—Carly’s life. And Brandon realizes he’s lost his heart to an amazing woman and his plan must succeed, because the stakes are no longer just revenge, but a once in a lifetime love.

3.5 ‘Didn’t see that coming’ Stars.
I adore Lexi Blake and the wonderful worlds and stories that she can create. With each new book, series and characters I get sucked in each and every time I read one of her books and I love them. To date she is one of my favorite authors and all I can say is keep them coming.
The Lawless siblings are initiating the next step in their revenge plan. They have Patricia Cain from Cain Corps in their sight and have come up with a plan. Ask her assistant for help. Instead of deceiving our heroine, Bran is a lost puppy and as honest as they come.
“Hey, my name is Brandon Lawless.” She looked around like she was trying to figure out who was watching her. “Um, you have the wrong girl.” He smiled at her. “Nope, I’ve got the right girl. Carly, your boss murdered my parents twenty years ago. What do you say you help me bring her to justice?” “Are you insane?” Yeah get that reaction a lot.
Carly Fisher was in a hard place thanks to her ex-husband she is now in a rock and a hard place. With the mob on her heels it isn’t looking good and then her supposed date with Drew turns into giving her hope that her life can be different. Operation take down the evil mare is on.
Now, I personally thought that they are perfect for one another and for all Bran’s faults he is perfect.
There is a certain amount of push and pull in the book from the Hero and I get it although it got tiresome at some point. It is still enjoyable. As to o/w drama I think the evil cougar bitch trying to hit on Bran doesn’t count otherwise I can’t see what o/w drama there is to be honest.
If I haven’t mentioned it before then I will again I love Bran and he is a puppy I want to adopt. Got to say I had difficulties with Drew in book one but I warmed up to him in this book and now I can’t wait to read his story.
Ian Taggart says he doesn’t give relationship advice. I love when he turns up in books and his sarcasm is the best.
A must read but then I am biased cause it’s Lexi Blake.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh

Goodreads Review

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

I loved every hour, minute, second, millisecond, every letter, word, sentence and paragraph in this book. This says it all really.

10++++ Be sneaky like a cat Stars.

Book 16 in the Psy/Changeling series and book 1 in the Trinity you’d think it couldn’t get any better? Well you are wrong.

I really do not know how Ms. Singh does but she is a genius. If I had to name a favourite series in the paranormal romance genre then this would be one of them the other one? The Guild Hunter Series. If you haven’t read the series then it is a must for 2017.

I had high hopes for this book and I my anticipation for it was high and I can say that I wasn’t disappointed. Psy/Changeling are my favourite types of couples. Basically I love shifters.

Valentin alpha of the StoneWater Bear Clan is persistent in courting his ice queen Silver Merchant. Ten months he has been courting her and it takes a poisoning to get Silver into clan territory.  This is one of the best clans there is because Bears.  Boisterous, love to party and well Bears. Especially the barnacle.

Several bears- in bear form- stand up on their back paws to dance. At least two were holding beer bottles in their paws. One had tinsel wrapped around his neck and was, for some unknown reason, wearing sunglasses.

Valentin is one of my favourite Heroes of this series.

Silver fucking Merchant protégé to the Merchant house. Director to the EmNet. She is one of the very few that needs silence as a pure telepath she also has a gift that is a curse. She is pure ice, ruthless and a true equal. And yet I still thought that she is a fantastic heroine. 

Silver and Valentin together. Epic. True mates and bloody awesome.

The Psy need the humans now more than ever. The plot is outstanding as per usual and although navigating new territory it doesn’t get boring. I was highly entertained the whole time throughout the book.  I was trying really hard not to let those tears out and the hubby caught me.

What I would love to see? BlackEdge (Wolves) & StoneWater (Bears) would be very cool Ms. Singh just saying. 

For the moment and the next one

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle. When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty. But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them. 

We’ll treat her like a queen. F$ck like porn stars. And love her like she was our wife.

I always wanted to read a ménage with MMF altogether. This pushed me out of my comfort zone to begin with but I then began to love it. This is an unconventional love between three people. Monopoly has never been so hot.

Dean and Jack you can’t help but become a voyeur. And also want to participate. They are hot and sweet together and downright filthy. Add Paige in and well. Keep your fan ready.  

I thought that there wouldn’t be enough substance but I’m glad to have been proven wrong.

Paige wants to start over so she moves out to Hamlet Island to open up the bed & breakfast The Nutmeg Inn. Lonely after finding out that her husband cheated on her with Barbie she is starved for affection.

Jack and Dean are in a relationship they had a third but indifferences arose and she left. Jack and Dean are helping Paige get the bed and breakfast hence the handy men.  They want Paige and they are doing anything they can. Paige catches them in several acts and her fantasies start to run wild. But how will it work? They are a couple they love one another. But with the rumour mill of the island her livelihood is on the line.

The topic comes up that Jack can keep Stephanie and Dean Paige. Okay I guess they have to talk about it but for me it is a no brainer to be honest. They beg her to fight for them and then they tell her to take a break. Good on you Paige for putting a stop to it completely. The ending was somewhat anti-climactic. IMO.

There is o/w drama as an ex comes back and there is a surprise. That spoilt it for me. A lot.

I would have liked to have seen an epilogue to see how it continued a HFN just wasn’t enough for me. My first book by this author and although she has written an engaging, delectable read with fantastic characters with a balance of ménage that works between all three I’d need to think real hard about reading another book by this author.