Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Triumph (Bellator Saga #6) by Cecilia London



Goodreads Review




“All of your ideals, your hopes and dreams…they cease to matter if you abandon them in your darkest hour. We have to see this through to the end.”

Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of their situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.

No sacrifice is too great for love.
 



It All Ends Here. Their love however will never end. 

Let me list my feels to be honest I have so many mixed emotions. I felt distraught, angry, sad, tearful, and joyful and although frightening at times there was so much hope.  

“Take miracles when they came, because they’re few and far between.” 

Triumph is beautiful, raw, gritty, astonishing, poignant, hopeful and daunting. And of all things emotionally draining. It bled me dry I laughed, I cried, I felt bittersweet. I saw everything that I was meant to see and yet all of it cannot be put into words no matter how hard I try. 

My opinion on Caroline varied with each book. There were times where I hated her and I loved her all at the same time. Caroline here is not who she used to be and she still feels that her sanity might snap at any time. But she is a fighter. She is also still easily provoked and doesn’t have a real hold on her temper.
 

I will repeat myself for the sake of it hands down Monty is one of the best Heroes I have read. His brand of dominance, his complete control his kindness, his tenderness and devotions as well as his unconditional love for Caroline is undeniable. 

I will always love you Monty. You are my number one silver fox.  

The journey they have been on is hard to describe it is something that needs to be read, experienced. They were different when they met, they grew together as well as the love they had for one another. They were torn apart by extreme circumstances but each helped to put themselves back together again. Together they are sinfully, sexually decadent. More than they used to be, a deeper connection, more intense and knowing more of what they have and what they can lose.  

I highlighted so much of this book and have realized that I can't really use anything of it is an experience you have to go into blind. It is everything I imagined and more.  

Although I do have some slight negative points against the book. But the positive far outweigh the negative. But I have the need to mention them anyway. 

Personally I found the ending to be somewhat anticlimactic. I really had no idea what to expect it just all felt too smooth for me. But my questions in regards to the ending being too smooth are more about the execution of it. I would have liked to have seen what the Santos administration had done in more detail. I could raise and ethical and maybe even philosophical nature that doesn’t belong here. As it’s a review and not a debate.

I do find the author’s mind truly fascinating and wouldn’t mind picking it apart. Or having a debate with her. Ethical, philosophical or otherwise anything else. 

Ms. London is fearless in her writing and it all comes from the heart. Without a shadow of a doubt the determination and love involved in this journey is admirable. The idea to set up this plot now? Foresight might have been involved on her part.  

The intellectualism of the book raises it to an epic moral and ethical debate to show how some people are willing to go to the extremes to fight for what is right and what the world in the end can come to if we aren’t careful. If we don’t stand up for our beliefs and values. This series and more specifically this book has earned a part of my mind and heart. See now I have been a tad philosophical here. 

I didn’t want to voice this one but in for a penny in for a pound right? It was in some cases too patriotic where some things where I thought wow okay that is putting it on thick. 

Parting words: Be vigilant at all times.
 


 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome #3) by Rebecca Zanetti



Goodreads Review




Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly—and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them…

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.
 


18 seconds left.

Holy smokes this book this book is amazing and let me tell you how much I love this series I just can’t seem to get enough of Jax, Raze and Tace. This is a must read for all RZ fans and all of you know haven’t read her books. Once you read this series you will be just as addicted as I am. Guaranteed!!

Tace Justice is in the inner circle of Vanguard. He has well as everyone else has suffered loss. But he was yet to be infected after beating the bacteria that killed nearly half of the population Tace didn’t get enough vitamin B to fit it. He feels as if he is descending into madness. Although he has always liked Sami and from the first moment he met her he has been smitten. But the gold old Texas boy? Would have stayed away.

Sami Steel part of the inner circle of Vanguard has found a home and a family. She is one of the best kick ass heroines that I have seen in a long time. But from day one she has lied by saying she was with the LAPD that is until her lies are soon to surface. Jax and all the others knows that she isn’t being entirely honest but they are too sure yet. Sami has many a hidden talent. Sami keeps on challenging Tace but the good old Texas boy is gone.

Watch out Sami cause

“Gloves are off, baby. Get ready to have your ass kicked.”

Sami and Tace have instant chemistry and I loved them together. But once they are off the good times start to role in. As a favor to the mercs, Tace goes up because he is a medic, although they want distance Sami still goes along to help scout out the enemy or maybe friends, who knows? They don’t really know at that time either. They have always skated the edge of their attraction.

“You’re wondering what it would be like. You and me- just once.” “Not even close.” His grin was full-on this time. “Liar”

But they just can’t where their feelings are going and sometimes survival just isn’t enough you have to have something worth fighting for.

Love and obsession are just different sides to the same coin. – Tace –

I always thought love would be sweetness and daisies… not the abyss and raw need. -Sami-

And with everything that is going on they decide to give it a try.

“It’s you and me, Sami. No matter what.”

Meanwhile Tace keeps on having episodes of numbness, tingling, dizziness and blacking out and it is getting worse. Until it is nearly too late but just in time Sami caves and tells the truth that there were some patients that have rejected the vitamin B concoction. They know where the bunker is and they are about to get their answers But to therer is more than one bunker.

While Sami spent time there it went from a computer center to an experimentation hellhole. There is an enzyme that can save Tace. Sami saves the day with her hacking skills.

My heart was beating a mile a minute there. So damn good but crazy. They attack the president for explosives. They’re fighting on all fronts and it’s getting tough.

 

I love the authors writing style. There is a great balance between the smexy, scorching moments, the story and continuing world building and whereas I love it all so much. There were some scenes were I really had to swallow that where really emotionally which I didn’t want to happen.

I have so many unanswered questions. There are so many possibilities that can come now.

Will Damon & April get a book? Will Moe & Grey get a book? What about the Pure Church? Just some of many. So many questions left unanswered with so many more books to come. I’m fishing here, so please answer me. The wait is killing me.
 


 

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Delivery Girl (Minnesota Ice, #1) by Lily Kate



Goodreads Review


Good things come in extra-large, smoking hot packages.

Things like pizza.

The very pizzas that I deliver for my dad’s restaurant, Peretti’s Pizza. It’s a temporary job, something to pay the bills until I graduate from school, but it does the trick. In fact, it's working quite well until Ryan Pierce of the LA Lightning decides to order a pizza from me, and life as I know it turns upside down.

You see, Ryan Pierce doesn’t just open his front door. He opens it buck naked. And suddenly, I’m not the one boasting the biggest, hottest package in the room. However, it’s what happens next that makes my stomach flip upside down whenever my phone beeps. Ryan starts to call, and then text, and then fifteen pizza deliveries and one hot-as-sin kiss later, we’re friends.

So when he asks me to be his fake girlfriend at his brother’s wedding, I’m happy to help. But the longer we pretend, the more I worry that this is one package I might not be able to handle.




Dear. Author,

Please be aware that I’m in the minority here. You can write and you can write well. You have done something utterly unique with your style. It’s funny. This is a major case of it is ME and not YOU.

Best wishes

Kate



To my review

Andi is working as the delivery girl for her father’s pizza parlour once she has finished her accounting degree. Andie doesn’t want to be an accountant though. She wants something different. What she really wants is to be a comedienne. Whenever she can she goes to gigs to practice her material and she is good. And with a little help she is going places.

Ryan plays for the Minnesota hockey team but wants to transfer out to LA so is trying to get in with a new agent to get him started in LA. But after ordering a smiley pizza he is smitten with the delivery girl. He can’t help but not fall for the delivery girl.

I liked the MC individually. Put them together and I was kind of indifferent. I just didn’t feel a connection. Ryan tried too hard and invested too much in the beginning of the relationship and Andi didn’t do enough in my opinion.

And dude I don’t know you just didn’t ask her out instead of ordering all that pizza but then I guess it wouldn’t have had the fun factor which helped the book along I mean how else are they meant to see each other again?

This is just me and I have a strong dislike for MC who talk crap about only being friends and yet they have feelings for one another. Being so indecisive drives me bonkers. It was a push and pull that ruined the book for me.

It’s funny in all the right places yet I was still missing something. I think a proper connection between the two characters and maybe I’m just too old for the NA genre? Because it had a very strong NA feel to it.

I found it extremely tough to review this book. I’ve come to realize that I’m not the romantic comedy kind of gal. There is the rare occasion that it does occur as Alanis Morissette out it when there are ten thousand spoons but all you need is a knife.







Dirty Deeds (Likely Story #1) by A.J. Nuest


Goodreads Review
 
 
An Eye for an Eye
As owner of Dirty Deeds, a tech-savvy company specializing in the age-old art of revenge, Eden Smith knows first-hand that secrecy is critical. But when a dead body washes up on the shores of Lake Michigan clutching her business card, Eden’s well-constructed world begins to fall apart. Apparently, she’s not the only one with a passion for payback, and staying alive to outsmart a killer has become her most important job of all.

A Game for a Game
Hardened homicide detective Kelly Riordan is convinced Eden Smith is hiding more than she’s willing to admit. Years on the force have taught him that nothing is what it seems, and that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to investigating the alluring owner of a revenge-for-hire business. But revealing her past could put everything Eden has worked for in jeopardy. And trusting a man like Riordan goes against the very instincts that have kept her alive this long.
  
 
 
 
First impressions:
Dirty Deeds is unique, original and different to what I usually encounter in romantic suspense.  
An absence of sound filled his ears. A vacuum of silence as if the entire city collectively held its breath.  
With an unusual start to the book is you don't really know what's going on. Now I like to know what is going on so at the beginning it was tough going for me but the more I read the more the story unfolded and the more you got sucked into Eden and Kelly's story.  
Kelly Riordan is a hard ass Chicago homicide detective. He has a soft and gooey centre and a body you want to lick from head to toe. He is the somewhat tarnished knight in shining armour.  
His next case is going to give him a rollercoaster of a ride. All romantic suspense books need a dead body to get things going Kelly is called to a Lake Michigan for that exact reason. A white business card is a lead but isn't getting him any closer to solving the case. He tries to put pressure on a witness to finding the body but doesn’t get anywhere with it.  
Who is Eden Smith? Eden isn't too sure about who she is. For 11 years she has been running Dirty Deeds with Tanner and Mocha. I would love to see more of Mocha. For Dirty Deeds to get involved to help you with some revenge you need a password INR will get you the help you need.  
Eden has been informed that the Detective is looking for her. She decides on a meet and greet. Her past comes back to haunt her. Her mentor dead she has only one person she can turn to Detective Kelly Riordan.  
Eden is devious, bloodthirsty and I love her sense of justice and intelligence. She tries to come off as a complete hard asss but it just doesn’t work. She can read people like no other and her disguises? She reminded me a bit of Sydney Bristow from Alias. 
At the question of who could be out to get her? Well that gives Kelly 800 suspects to look into. 
Eden and Kelly butt heads to begin with but that soon changes. The lines begin to blur for Kelly and for Eden. No one has really ever been there for her until Kelly and that is what gets to her the most. He sees her.  
I enjoyed the author's writing style and she delivered a suspenseful read there were times throughout the book where it dragged. But I am a picky lass. You should go into this book blind to enjoy everything that it has to offer.
 


 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Where I Belong (Titan World) by Claudia Connor




Goodreads Review


An unexpected meeting at the beach and a young nephew who won't take no for an answer, has Mia Winters' brother, Owen, falling hard and fast.

Charlotte feels something too, but violently losing her mother at a young age has her afraid to take a chance.

With only five days, Owen will have to work fast if he has any hope of winning Charlotte's heart.


3 My brown eyed girl. Stars
Charlotte is in Florida on holiday she was meant to meet her Dad but he had other plans. Living in New York and living on the world of finance and numbers. Charlotte without even knowing it has kept a very secluded life. Due to the tragic death of her mother it is no wonder. Moving around a lot as a child at least twelve countries has never made her fit in anyway. She has been holding on to her father for too long.
She is shy and insular. She loves lists, she dislikes boredom and she doesn’t do relaxation aka holiday at all well.
But with the help of Kyle…
“This is my Charlotte,” Kyle shouted. “That’s my uncle.” “Your Charlotte, huh?” he asked Kyle though he was looking at her.
Owen is on holiday with his whole family and yes that includes Colby & Mia Winters. Colby and Owen are cousins which makes for fun times. Owen tries to break up the beginning of a beautiful friendship but falls for the shy beauty himself. He lives in South Carolina so how will that work?
But family can’t help be family and then they get involved. No matter how much you don’t want them to Owen.
“I don’t want to be anyone’s project.” His father chuckled. “And you think you get any say? Especially in this family.”
So with the attraction beneath the surface and Owen’s patience a wonderful summer romance begins. It is the beginning moments of heart flutters and butterflies. Words of promise of something more.
“You take my breath away.” And she was taking his heart right along with it. And for a man who’d never been in danger of losing it, that took his breath away, too.
Of getting to know one another of exploring everything you want to explore of that special someone. He sure does know how to make you feel special.
Drawing her up, he brushed a slow, soft kiss over her lips. The kind of kiss that touched the soul.
But what happens when the time spent on holiday is over and real life beckons?
After the magic is over and they go back to their respective lives they speak on the phone any time that they can. Owen goes to see Charlotte in New York until a moment of the past leads to Charlotte getting a scare and sets everything she has with Owen in jeopardy. But what are fathers for.
“Falling in love, giving your heart to someone, someone you might lose is risky business.”
I’ve got to say that so far this is my least favourite in the Titan World series and also my least favourite when it comes to the lovely Ms. Connor but even putting all of this aside it is still a sweet, sexy, heart-warming read.
On a side note my most favourite bit out of the book.
“SEALs use any equipment needed to train and get the job done.” “And I have a pink princess Navy SEAL bike with training wheels,” Clara added with all her father’s confidence and her mother’s sass.





Thursday, January 19, 2017

It Started With a Kiss (Sequoia Lake #1) by Marina Adair



Goodreads Review
 
 
With a kidney transplant behind her, Avery Adams is determined to channel her inner adventurer and explore everything life has to offer. Only problem is, the closest she’s ever come to a real-life adventure was sixth-grade science camp. So to seize the summer in her rustic Sierra Nevada town, she takes a job as a guide at the local adventure lodge. But Avery doesn’t realize her biggest challenge will register at six-plus feet of rugged good looks and alpha-male charm.

As a member of the Sequoia Elite Mountain Rescue team, Tyson Donovan has made a life out of cheating death and rescuing weekend warriors from the treacherous terrain. “The world is my home” is more than just a motto; it’s what scares off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. When his dad’s health lands the family’s adventure lodge in serious danger of going up in flames, he moves home—and quickly remembers why he left. Until he meets Avery, the irresistible new guide who makes him want to stay.

Tyson gives the inexperienced Avery a lesson in romance that her books could never teach her. And with her undeniable spirit for life, Avery shows Tyson the healing power of love. But with one misstep, everything comes crashing down, and they’ll both have to take the biggest leap of all—into the kind of adventure that lasts a lifetime.
 
 
 
Just about 3 Stars
There is just something missing in this book. I wish I could say exactly what is missing that I can’t help.
Avery Adams wants to live out loud after a kidney transplant she has a memory journal to grant wishes that others who were in her position never will have the chance to do.
Climb Sierra Point just like her mother did. What she lacks in experience she makes up in with courage, stubbornness and a zest for life.
While coming back from a client and Avery being stuck in the harness she sees that her only option is to borrow a screwdriver to get out of the harness. The screwdriver falls down the drain. What’s a girl to do? Well for starters writing on the windshield of the truck with lipstick that the screwdriver is gone but can only get to I owe you a SCREW... and the lipstick runs out.
Ty Donovan doesn’t want to be back home, too many painful memories have kept him away but now it is time to face them especially when the family lodge is about to lose one of their biggest clients. But is day got better when he sees a blonde angel sitting on his truck thinking she’s offering a screw…
Avery and Ty’s encounter is hilarious and at the same time she manages to fulfill one of the memory journal wishes. For Bella kiss a stranger.
The chemistry is scorching between them but Ty doesn’t want to stay and well Avery doesn’t want to leave. Ty has to sort out what is going on with his family. His father his showing signs of dementia and it’s getting harder to make decisions. Avery is with him every step of the way.
I was missing some angst in this book. The author writes a sweet story that is equally heartbreaking at times and heartwarming at others. It is just so slow in some places that there were times that I just wanted to put it down and come back to it. This is the book for you if you like sweet, cute romance. I personally wish that I could have liked it more.
 


 
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Staying For Good (Most Likely To #2) by Catherine Bybee



Goodreads Review
 
 
 
Zoe Brown may have been voted Most Likely to Never Leave River Bend, but the paper-thin walls and suffocating air of her family’s double-wide trailer were not what she wanted for her life. Other than BFFs Melanie and Jo, the only thing that kept Zoe sane during high school was her boyfriend, Luke.

She didn’t just leave, she escaped—turning her back on the shame of her black-sheep siblings and imprisoned dad. Now a celebrity chef in Dallas, she can afford all the things she never could have growing up. But when she returns to rustic, ruggedly beautiful River Bend, Zoe has to face all that she abandoned—including Luke.

While Luke was a refuge for Zoe in the past, he knows they inhabit totally different worlds now. Anchored by his parents and his job as a mechanic in his father’s shop, Luke never felt the urge to leave River Bend—until Zoe’s return.

But when the two rekindle their old flame, Zoe is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: remain in River Bend and confront her past before it destroys her, or say good-bye to everyone she’s ever loved…again, this time for good.
 



What was your most likely to when you were in school?

Zoe Brown’s was most likely to never leave River Bend. But after a bottle of tequila and a nightmare as a teenager she gets out of River Bend. Leaving everything behind. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Eleven years later.

Zoe, Mel and Jo are still as thick as thieves. They have always stuck together and after Mel’s ordeal it is no different. These are the two Zoe shared a bottle of tequila with after graduation.

Zoe Brown chef extraordinaire has cooked her way up to the top. Coming from a trailer park home and always wanting to do better she has managed most of her dreams. She is successful, has a lot going for her but there with all that there is just something missing.

Zoe has had an awful childhood and her father being locked away was a heaven sent. But it still did change anything and she never wanted to go back but her feelings for Luke and the connection that she has with River Bend is growing once again.

After her ten year reunion and seeing her childhood sweetheart she is even more restless.

Luke Miller has had everything in River Bend that he has needed. He’s happy and content always has been. He even understood why Zoe left. But he also feels as if something is missing.

After ten years at their high school reunion they realise that they are both still in limbo.  They can’t move forward and yet neither one expected to go back and revisit the past.

Until Wyatt gives Luke a nudge well actually a plane ticket to Texas to go get his girl back as a last ditch effort.

Luke and Zoe are great together. Luke is a rock for Zoe and I liked that Zoe came to realise that you can have so much money and always look for the next big thing because at one time it could all be gone. But in time she comes to realise what is really important and does the right thing.

This is a story of sacrificing something that is already beautiful and going after what you want. That nothing is set in stone and that things people can change but that some things still stay the same. But we all make choices.

I found reading the scenes of how Zoe’s father and I’m using that term very loosely here and what did/does to his own kids/wife sickening.

This book was a lot better IMO then the first one. It was good to begin with but Zoe said or did something I can’t remember what and I thought Oh, Oh this isn’t going to be good but after that time seemed to fly while reading it. And that ending? Well I didn’t see that coming. Saddening, heart breaking yet freeing all at the same time and all the siblings deserved it.

Last but not least I love the hippy Ms. Gina and I’m hoping that Zane will get a book. Just saying Ms. Bybee, he’d make a fantastic Hero.
 


 

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Devil's Daughter (Hidden Sins #1) by Katee Robert





Goodreads Review


Growing up in a small town isn’t easy, especially when you’re the daughter of a local cult leader. Ten years ago, Eden Collins left Clear Springs, Montana, and never once looked back. But when the bodies of murdered young women surface, their corpses violated and marked with tattoos worn by her mother’s followers, Eden, now an FBI agent, can’t turn a blind eye. To catch the killer, she’s going to have to return to the fold.

Sheriff Zach Owens isn’t comfortable putting Eden in danger, even if she is an elite agent. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to be so attracted to her. As calm and cool as she appears, he knows this can’t be a happy homecoming. Zach wants to protect her—from her mother, the cult, and the evil that lurks behind its locked gates. But Eden is his only key to the tight-lipped group, and she may just be closer to the killer than either one of them suspects…

 
 

No one beats Persephone indefinitely. Not Demeter, not mankind, and sure as hell not Hades.
That my friends was a goose bump moment.
Eden Collins swore that she would never go back to Clear Springs and the cult Elysia where she grew up with her mother being the cult leader. She against her will has been lured back to a murder where the victim looks similar to her in so many ways. Now a strong, sassy and independent woman she has been working for the FBI specifically the BAU.
Zach Owens former Marine now Sheriff in Clear Springs moved to the small town to get away from the nightmares and enjoy the peace. That is until his deputy finds a dead girl with ritualistic markings on her body.
Against Eden’s better judgement she gets unofficially involved with the investigation and the more they try and find out about it all the more questions arise. It is a game of cat and mouse with the killer being at least two steps ahead of them.
At the beginning they reluctantly work together, Zach can’t quite trust her yet what with the coincidence of a body turning up and then Eden coming into town.
Martha and her inner circle are well indoctrination, religious zealots the whole shebang. There are ties to the cult but Martha is blocking them at every turn.
The author did a fantastic job of spinning a gripping tale of taking a Greek myth the story of Demeter & Persephone and making it the focal point of the cult. Of the fanatical religious zealot with added mystery, suspenseful and had me on pins & needles with horrifying moments that made me want to stop reading.
But I did continue reading and there were times where it was tough going. But in the end? Certainly worth it.
I will read the second when it comes out. Please hurry up.