Saturday, March 25, 2017

Forever Dublin by Brittney Sahin



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I once lived in two different worlds—billionaire businessman by day, fighter by night. When the suit came off, the gloves came on.

It’s been five years since I last stepped into the Octagon, since my life spun out of control. I haven’t even so much as gone near a fighting ring. I promised my family I’d never raise my fists again.

But when my best mate, Les, lands himself in trouble with a notorious Dublin crime lord, I must break my promises. I have to do the one thing I vowed never to do: fight. I have to fight to save him and everyone in his life . . . including Anna Drake, the innocent and gorgeous woman Les tricked into rooming with him.

Anna Drake is off limits. She’s innocent and sweet—everything that I’m not. She’s also interning at my company—a lawsuit waiting to happen.

I have to save her, to pull her and Les out of the mess that he’s made. But the more time we spend together, the more I’m falling for her. And the more I fight, the more I crave it. I don’t deserve Anna . . . and yet, without her, I’m not sure if I can save myself.


When a book takes place in Ireland with a hot Irishman? Count me in.

Adam former underground fighter now turned business man has to go back to the cage to save his best mate and the girl he is falling for. He barely survived the first time to get out of Donovan’s clutches but now there is a lot more at stake. Money won’t make this go away. He is partly doing it for the right reasons but he is also being selfish he misses it. The adrenaline, the fighting he is a man on the edge who walks a fine line.

Anna has gotten an internship in Ireland she is escaping an abusive relationship. Dublin is her fresh start for the next 3 months. Her roommate Leslie, sorry to say this love but Leslie is a male name in Ireland so he was screwing with you there. I admire her courage to live her life, we see her confidence coming back.

Adam and Anna meet in Leslie’s flat and it is awkward. But it can’t get any more awkward right? Wrong. She is interning at the company he owns. Coincidence? I think not.  With their daily interaction and Anna now being in Donovan’s sights to get what he wants. Adam.

They start off as friends although they soon realise that it won’t work and they quickly go to become lovers. They are good together, I loved Adam. He has everything in a Hero. His one flaw he is a martyr. I’m not good enough for you, yaddy-yaddy-ya. Oh please she’s not a Miss Goody-Two-Shoes.

Nice add with the youth group that is actually my favourite part all the interaction with the kids and seeing what they are doing for them. With all the positive aspects in the book I got to say I just wasn’t connecting with the characters.

There is everything I like in a book, the writing style is solid. There is humour, chemistry and a great balance between the romance, suspense and the getting to know you part of the book. But I just couldn’t connect. This is me.

This is on me and not the author but I really do not like it when the Hero/heroine work in an office environment. Now this is just my personal opinion but Adam said Anna’s name in nearly every single sentence and at some point it just got to be too much.





Monday, March 13, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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


4 begrudgingly yet deserving stars from me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I do understand her

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

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

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

Or

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

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

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

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

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

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





Saturday, March 11, 2017

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




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

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

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



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




Friday, March 10, 2017

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



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

HE’S NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING…

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

EXCEPT LOSING HER AGAIN.

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



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

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

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

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

Now this is where I got confused…

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

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

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

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

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

Luke & Anneliese? Can’t frigging wait.





Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley



Goodreads Review




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

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

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



Spoiler-ish

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

But getting back to my review.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

For His Eyes Only (Masters and Mercenaries #13) by Lexi Blake



Goodreads Review




A night he can’t forget

Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world.

A spark she can’t put out

It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.

A flame that threatens to consume them both

Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.


Going to be honest here. Mentally I had to prepare myself with the dead girlfriend trope/triangle because you know that is never going to work. IMO. Now in saying that after about a two week mental preparation going on it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. Quite the opposite really.

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Des, the despicable woman apparently beautiful on the outside but a sick and cruel individual on the inside. Des manipulated both of them to do what she wanted and needed. She used every weapon she had to her advantage. She dangled a carrot in front of Nick he choose vengeance and not a life, a good life that he could have had.

Nick is a bit of a wanker, then a martyr and then a frigging pansy. I mean he is Russian, he is meant to be the Butcher. You need to let it out.

When it came to a lot of things he is torn on what to do. He didn’t love Des it was more loyalty than anything else. Which made it hard for all involved. But Des’s deceitfulness runs deeper than anyone expected.

Hayley was young and naïve she is now in trouble and her magnanimous dead cousin Des has sent her to Nick for help. It’s tough going for these two. They had a connection at the beginning of the book but the connection when they met again wasn’t that effortless. Actually they had to work quite hard at it and once it was on somewhat solid ground Nick comes a long and screws it all up.

Lies are uncovered and secrets are revealed and it all comes to an end. I got to say that the ending was slightly somewhat anti-climactic. Don’t get me wrong we still have murder, mayhem and suspense galore but I felt as if something was missing.

Where does Ms. Blake always let the females assume the worse when they hear BDSM it annoys me.
I adore Ms. Blake’s writing style and here it is no different. I was tempted to count how many times Des was mentioned or Desiree but in the grand scheme of things mainly regarding the plot, Des is a key figure. I really didn’t want her to be but hey Ms. Blake has her reasons.

If I really think about it I can’t justify the 4 stars so I’m just not going to think about it. I enjoyed seeing the London offices and the lost boys and other players in the book. Thank god for the Taggarts in the book and the London operatives. Compared to other books this book is quite demure in the hotness and sexual chemistry as well as the BDSM factor in the book. Maybe that was what was missing as well.

I don’t like the CIA constantly butting in I find them annoying. I found Ten annoying but in the end he did kind of grow on me the same goes for Ezra Fein. Yes he mostly certainly does need a book cause he needs to know what it is like to fall for a woman.

I really do not want to think about what would have happened to Hayley and Nick if Des hadn’t snuffed it. Nick would probably be The Siberian Husky and Hayley? Well who bloody knows. Would they have found back to one another? A question that will never be answered.

Now a book I can’t wait for his Brody and Stephanie. And dude you better not be such a wuss it would be a crying shame you know. Let the Aussie not disappoint me.






Future Threat (Future Shock #2) by Elizabeth Briggs



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Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information--but not everyone made it back to the present alive. Now Elena's dealing with her survivor's guilt and trying to make her relationship with Adam work. All she knows for sure is that she's done with time travel and Aether Corporation.

But Aether's not done with her--or Adam, or fellow survivor Chris. The travelers on Aether's latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. They arrive in a future that's amazingly advanced, thanks to Aether Corporation's reverse-engineered technology. The mission has deadly consequences, though, and they return to the future to try to alter the course of events.

But the future is different yet again. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost--or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything--including their relationship--to save their friends.

The second book in the New York Times bestselling Future Shock trilogy.


What. A. Ride.

The only thing that matters is now.

This is a fast paced, action packed book with twists and turns to the plot that you never see a coming. Well unless you are me. Called it but hey I still love every moment of this book well nearly every moment. As my main problem with everything that is going on in the book is Elena.

Elena as a female lead is strong. She has a strong sense of honor and morals otherwise she wouldn’t have done everything that she did in the book. I personally think that it could have been done without all the self-flagellating she was doing. After a while it got tiresome. Oh, and why she kept on pushing Adam away. Adam has the patience of a frigging saint.

The newly introduced characters make up for Elena’s martyrdom without a doubt and fingers crossed we get to see them in the next book. Which is 2018.

The story has you on the edge of your seat it is so gripping that you don’t want to put it down. That is saying something on my part because it is YA. YA and I have a somewhat difficult relationship. But due to the time travel element and that there is a dystopian feel with a dash of science fiction added that makes it even more engaging and enticing then it did to begin with.

It was also so refreshing to read a book that was without very little sex. It happens at the end and the Hero Adam is a virgin. Sometime I just need a book without intense sex, you know?

The author did an excellent job in creating alternative futures every single time by showing that even the smallest changes can have a strong impact on everything. This series leaves me wanting more. The last book is released in 2018. I’m sure I mentioned that but I don’t mind mentioning it again. A reread will be in order.






Monday, March 6, 2017

Game Changer: Seattle Steelheads Football (Game On in Seattle #7) by Jami Davenport



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When horse racing and football collide, Hunter McCoy, star tight end of the Seattle Steelheads and neophyte horse owner, finds himself in a battle of wills with a sexy horsewoman and a stubborn, opinionated race horse.

Kate Vanderhof-Carrigan's family has raised champion Thoroughbreds on their Kentucky bluegrass farm for over a century. Lately the farm has fallen on hard times, but Kate is determined to return Oak Brook to its former glory. First, she must satisfy an odd clause in her grandfather's will. She's been given five years to produce a winner of horse racing's biggest prize of all, the Derby, or lose the farm to her siblings and their development plans. Time has run out, and Hunter's talented horse stands between Kate and her last shot at the Derby. Only Kate never counted on her heart entering the race.

Hunter is juggling his responsibilities to his two-dozen investors, his blind sister, his football career, and his commitment to his tribe. The last thing he needs is an unwanted attraction to a spoiled rich girl who doesn't fit into his carefully crafted plans. Not only are they rivals on the race track, but she doesn't understand or appreciate his dedication to his Native American heritage. Yet despite the odds, all bets are off when Hunter and Kate find themselves in a relationship they can't resist.

With the stakes much higher than the Derby purse, can these two longshots win the biggest race of their lifetime or will their hearts finish out of the money?




Game Changer is an American Football sports romance.

Let's discuss the first part of the book.

Two love stories in one. My own personal hell while I was reading. At least the author managed to get strong emotions out of me

Lilli & Hunter are brother and sister. Hunter meets Kate and is instantly attracted to her. Kate is also instantly attracted to Hunter. Surprise, surprise.

It is tough going at the beginning. Kate is a spoilt rich brat. Who has a lot to prove but goes about it the wrong way. Her motto? Everyone has a price. Kate needs a winning horse. She wants Hunter's horse Sid. For all of Hunter's serenity and being one with nature and his tribe and doing good in the world he is a judgmental git. There is just too much push and pull. IMO.

They are rivals. Both stubborn and competitive strong willed. To begin they don't like one another but they have electric chemistry.

Our second couple are Cam & Lilli

Cam wants to get it on with Kate and ignores Lilli somewhat to begin with. Lilli doesn’t seem to be too upset about it although there was a point where Cam was callous because he was a coward to admit to his feelings.

Throughout the book, it becomes clear who will be with whom. Two completely different character couples in the book and it works well.

Cam & Lilli were a different story though although Cam is a bit of an idiot. He slowly starts to develop feelings for Lilli. It is implied that he is a player but there are no scenes of this. Lilli has a disability but it has never gotten in her way but a lot of people consider it to be a burden more than anything else and in past relationships she has been burnt.

Cam & Lilli are more of a sweet couple than Kate and Hunter as they are quite volatile together.

I don't want to count how many times I wanted to stop reading or throw my kindle across the room. Let alone wanting to deck Hunter & Kate nearly every single time they were together.

I always find it difficult to have two couples in a book. But the author wrote four very individual characters all from different backgrounds. See glimpses of Native American tribes gave the book more depth. Hunter has preconceived notions. He is blocking himself for being happy.

A major pet peeve of mine. I don't like reading book X of a series if I have started the series. Yeah, I should have done my research. Although this can be read as a standalone. So, fear not for all of you that don't consider it to be a pet peeve of yours. However, with all the things that annoyed me I did thoroughly enjoy the author's writing style and the direction she took with each individual character.


The second half of the book made up for the first part of the book. The first part was a definite 2 * read and the second half is a 4*. The scenes between Hunter and Kate are really hot and gave me some good old tingles.

The story flows well the characters undergo a development to the beginning of the book and they grew on me. I'm happy to say that all in all I enjoyed this book. But generally, this series isn't for me. Each to their own.