Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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A contemporary romance which will make you fall in love all over again with reading.


SNIPPET REVIEW FROM: One Click Addict Support Group

Be prepared. The moment you hit the end of this book, you'll want book two. Go ahead and buy the whole damn series. It's like a bag of chips. You sit down, and swear you're just going to eat a few. By the time you look up, the entire bag is gone. I swore I would just read a few chapters, then when I emerged, I had devoured the entire book! Don't mind the splurge though, at least this series won't make you gain weight like that salty snack, even if it is just as crave-able.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW : SIZZLING SIXTEEN by JANET EVANOVICH - CONTEMPORARY CRIME - HEADLINE

By: Janet Evanovich
Published By: Headline
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from OP shop, 309 Pages

RATING: 4 STEPH & THE GANG STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Trenton, New Jersey. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a 'lucky' bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn't specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck...

Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, owes a gambling debt to mobster Bobby Sunflower. It's up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs. Saving the business means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a Turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr Jingles.

The job comes with perks in the guise of Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip's lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky - the only question is...with whom?



BOOK REVIEW:

Everything we’ve learned to expect from another Steph Plum installment happened within these pages.

Lula and her colorful tight clothing and eating habits.

Joe and his flirtation.



“They thought I was pretty?”

“Everyone thinks you’re pretty,” Morelli said.

“How about you?”

“Especially me,” he said.




Ranger and his flirtation, which got ohhh so close. #teamranger And the dealeo with car lending.



Ranger shut the Porsche down. “If you looked at me with half as much longing as you’re looking at that Mercedes, I’d take you upstairs and make you wish you never had to leave my bed.”

“Is the Mercedes for me?” I asked.

“Yes.”

“And the bed… I’d have to leave eventually, wouldn’t I?”

“Yes,” Ranger said.

“Why do you give me cars?”

“It’s fun,” Ranger said. “And it keeps you safe. Do you want to know why keeping you safe is important to me?”

“You love me?”

“Yes.”

A sigh inadvertently escaped. “We’re really screwed up aren’t we?”

“In a large way,” Ranger said.




Shenanigans with villains.

Shenanigans with inept bounty huntering.

What I got quite a giggle out of was Mooner and his Hobbits.

Bahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa…hahaha…aaahhhh…It really was funny.

However, the mental visual of Vinnie wearing Steph’s panties—was not. Ewwwww.



Another installment crushed, that's light on Ranger and Joe and heavy on silly shenanigans and a very OTT plot this time round.

More so than most times.

The last of my OP shop finds has now been devoured. Back to the library I go. #17 I have you in my sights…plus the library will be hollering it’s overdue shortly.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BOOK REVIEW : VENGEANCE IN DEATH by J.D. ROBB - IN DEATH # 6 - CRIME ROMANCE - BERKLEY BOOKS

By: J.D. Robb
Published By: Berkley Books
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 354 Pages

RATING: 5 ROARKE & EVE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

In a time when technology links the law and the lawless, predators and prey can be one and the same...

He is an expert with the latest technology ... a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit--always solved moments too late to save his victims' lives.

Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past--a secret shared by none other than Eve's new husband, Roarke.


BOOK REVIEW:

MY FAVE!

Just putting it out there straight away.

OMG! ROARKE!

I so loved him in this installment.

Eve! Apart from the frustration of watching her  go after the obviously wrong bad guy—like seriously wrong bad guy—she was brilliant in this installment. I know she has to work all angles and I know the author is bringing the angst and a level of tension and all that good stuff. I do get that... But I found myself rolling my eyes and wanting to get past the wild goose chase quickly, even though there is still benefit in it with the reactions from the other cast members.

We go back to Roarke’s roots in this story and I so loved the change of scenery and more background information on his past.

McNab is a fun new addition.



At the sharp rap on her doorjamb, she glanced up, frowned distractedly at the man grinning at her. Midtwenties, she judged, with a pretty-boy face and a love of fashion.

He barely topped five-eight even in the neon yellow air boots. He wore denim above them, pants that bagged and a jacket that showed frayed cuffs. His hair was a bright new minted gold that flowed into a waist-length ponytail. He had half a dozen small, glinting gold hoops in his left earlobe.




He’s a little cheeky, a little flirty with Peabody—not that she is having any of it.



Peabody dropped the plate in front of McNab. "Enjoy."

“I will. See you, She-Body.” He wiggled his eyebrows when she turned and glared at him. And let out a little sigh when she stalked out. “Sure is built,” he murmured, then pushed up his sleeves and got back to work.




VILLAIN…OMG!! FINALLY one I couldn’t work out in advance.

YAY!!

So good this book.

Roarke and Eve are bloody brilliant together in this book.

The emotion.

The sex.

The tense situations.

The connection.



He wondered if she knew how staggering she was, standing there amid the glitter in her scarred jacket and smeared denim, her short, untidy hair haloing a pale face, accenting dark, tired eyes, her long, rangy body held straight through what he knew was an act of sheer will.



This one scene… God Roarke! We saw so much in him from that one scene. I can’t spoil but I can give a little quote.



“Darling,” he said mildly, “you’re not looking your best.”



Summerset and Eve have their moments.



“Roarke residence,” Summerset said in smooth tones, then his face went stony. “Lieutenant.”

“Put him on,” she demanded.

“Roarke is engaged on another call at the moment.”

“Put him on, you skinny, frog-faced son of a bitch. Now.”



A thoroughly amazing installment that has me reaching for Holiday In Death…but I really need to read some other authors before I read more from this series. I shall have to force myself to stay away from this cast of characters until December…which is in two days.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW : CEREMONY IN DEATH by J.D. ROBB - IN DEATH # 5 - PIATKUS - CRIME ROMANCE

By: J.D. Robb
Published By: Piatkus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 393 Pages

RATING: 4.5 ROARKE, JAMIE & EVE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Even in an age of cutting-edge technology, old beliefs die hard...

Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics before personal loyalties. But when a dead body is placed outside her home, Eve takes the warning personally. With her husband, Roarke, watching her every move, Eve is drawn into the most dangerous case of her career. Every step she takes makes her question her own beliefs of right and wrong - and brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil...


BOOK REVIEW:


Totally dug this installment.

Okay, so we have this lovable couple who grow more and more on me every book. I see why a man like Roarke made quick work of marrying Eve.

He's obviously bedded many a woman in the past as they do keep popping up. #Ifeelsorryforeveattheconstantreminder

Although the villain was easy to pick, there was a slight twist, which I enjoyed. There were pages spent trying to convince Eve to believe that it was another. They really were kind of  wasted pages because the reader can quite blatantly see the transparency there... but that is okay. What isn’t okay is a woman like Eve who is so thorough going down that track when we know it ain’t so. But these things happen in plot, but shouldn't in Eve's case as she is too intelligent to do that. She is too methodical with her process and always has Roarke's special devices to run her thoughts through. 


Roarke and Eve are just so delicious together, they truly are. He's just something special with her and their bedroom antics get a little saucier each book.

Peabody is a brilliant sidekick to Eve and I hope she continues to step into the limelight. Roarke was surprisingly surprised by her in this installment. #teampeabody

Mavis is adorable and quirky and in my head I can’t help hearing a young Melanie Griffith’s voice.

Enter Jamie, a new addition for me to enjoy. He outsmarts Roarke and that is intriguing. I hope he stays for a long time in this series. It will open up so much more storyline I think. 

The formula appears set in stone for this series…hopefully not for 46 books, but time will tell. I ain’t peeking. 

Another wonderful ride alongside Eve and Peabody, and of course Roarke. The man who is so super busy professionally—but always has time for his Eve and assisting in solving the case—while he takes on dominating the world with his business ventures and property purchases and also bedroom lurving.

#teamroarke

I do really enjoy this series. I only have another 41 books to go. I need to step my game up because the math is showing many years to get to book 46 releasing in 2018, but more will still no doubt be releasing after it. One a month isn’t gonna cut it. I need to aim for two minimum.

#challengeaccepted

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - SHATTERED by CYNTHIA EDEN - LOST # 3 - AVON BOOKS - SUSPENSE ROMANCE


By: Cynthia Eden

Published By: Avon Books

Released: Available Now

Details: Paperback from library, 361 Pages 


RATING: 5 JAX STARS!! 

Blurb: Goodreads

In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent is forced to face her past as she uncovers secrets about the man who may be the key to her future.


Criminal psychologist Dr. Sarah Jacobs is all too familiar with the kind of bad boys who belong behind bars. But the dark, dangerous man she meets in the New Orleans underworld is a new kind of ruthless, and all too irresistible.

Jax Fontaine doesn't claim to be a good guy, but he's loyal to his own code and brutally honest about what he wants. He and Sarah may be worlds apart, but when they're skin to skin, nothing matters but the heat between them.

And when a deranged killer targets Sarah, Jax will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.



BOOK REVIEW:

Giddy up! I totally dug this instalment.

Jax Fontaine.

Man, he gives me a lady boner. He is such a great character. He has depth and intrigue. He’s a little wild and scary. He is ultimately good, but he does cross the line when he needs to.

Jax is the best male lead in this series for me to date and Sarah is the best female lead. We see below the layers of both these characters. Sarah is no damsel-in-distress, she is a leading lady who is intelligent and has a past.

We are told Jax is the leader of a motorcycle gang, but I see no references to that within this series so far, other than being told. If we weren’t told that, I would simply think he is a guy who lives on the dark side, owns many properties in New Orleans and has scraped himself off the bottom of the bucket. He has clawed his way through life and become somebody who fights the system his way. In Twisted you see a seedier side to Jax. He has attitude. He still does in Shattered, but he plays a part, because the police only seem to want to know that side of him—to only believe in that side of him.

Now let’s talk villains. Cynthia got it right, for me anyway, in this book. She hides it well, doesn’t over enthusiastically try to push us towards other characters. This is the way I like it. Let me theorize without trying to force me to think who the killer or mastermind is.

Love the twist at the end.

Da…da...da…daaaaaa!

I’m hoping Wade’s book up next will have some Jax in it and will be just as good. Wade is always popping up in this series, but I don’t really know him other than he does jump on assumptions a little, but he's always ready to dig in and help the team.

Worth reading this series in order, or else you will miss out on Jax’s entrance in Twisted and not get the Emma connection with Jax.

I have Torn in my hands ready to go.


BOOK REVIEW - TWISTED by CYNTHIA EDEN - LOST # 2 - AVON BOOKS - SUSPENSE ROMANCE

By: Cynthia Eden
Published By: Avon Books
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 361 Pages

RATING: 4.25 DEAN STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

In the second seductive LOST novel from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, an obsessed Last Option Search Team agent goes looking for trouble—and finds her in the Big Easy.
Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That's before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control.

With her past, Emma Castille doesn't claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don't. Like the fear in a runaway's eyes—or the pain in an ex-FBI agent's heart. Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion . . . not someone else's orders.

Then a madman breaks into Emma's home and leaves a twisted message: You're next. Now Dean refuses to let her out of his sight until he pries every last secret from her full, sexy lips. And suddenly Emma's aching to give him everything he wants.




BOOK REVIEW:

Another instalment in the LOST series ( Last Option Search Team ) and I really enjoyed it. Even though the books are well over 300 pages long, they are the small books that are almost pocket books. This makes them a lot quicker reads than you would think looking at the page numbers.

Again with this series, I did find it a little too easy to work out who the villain was, mainly because if you pay attention, the author likes to make you think a certain way, that immediately has me going in the other direction. I am happy to say, book 3, Shattered, was not a predictable villain. It was virtually impossible to pick and I feel the author has learned how to now trick the reader. This is a good thing, because this is suspense romance genre, so we want to find it hard to pick the baddies.

Dean and Emma are great characters—but Jax Fontaine stole the show for me. When he was in the limelight…man, I loved reading him.

Cynthia has a wonderful talent for painting such visual scenes with her words and she doesn’t hold back on the stabby stabby.

Very pleased to see this series gets better and better.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - HAUNTED ON BOURBON STREET by DEANNA CHASE - JADE CALHOUN # 1 - PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Deanna Chase
Published By: Bayou Moon Publishing
Released: Available Now CURRENTLY FREE
Details: Kindle purchase, 262 Pages

RATING: 4.25 JADE & KANE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower!

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.

Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it's up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she'll need Kane's help to do it—and he's betrayed her with a secret of his own. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?




BOOK REVIEW:

This is my first foray into Deanna Chase’s written work. This book is lighter on plot and may appear at times a little rushed in areas that could have been fleshed out more, but I did still enjoy this first book and the characters, very much.

Jade is a very likable character and so is Kane the sexy strip club owner. There is a great line-up of sub characters to fill the storyline and an interesting ghost situation.

What I really liked was reading about Jade’s other job as a glass bead making teacher. It was nice to see a really different job for a female lead as opposed to the bartender job that a lot of female leads seem to get given.

Throw in a villain and some violence and you have yourself a paranormal mystery/romance.

I am looking forward to continuing this series.

Book 1 is currently free on Amazon HERE.



BOOK REVIEW - WITHOUT MERIT by COLLEEN HOOVER - ATRIA BOOKS

By: Colleen Hoover
Published By: Atria Books
Released: Available Now
Details: Netgalley for honest review

Blurb:Goodreads

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.



BOOK REVIEW:

Gahhh! I have sat on my thoughts for weeks on this book.

Firstly: I am one hundred percent a Colleen Hoover fan.

Hell. Yeah!

Love her as a writer and as a person. She’s a good woman.

This review will be uber short, because it is probably a case of it’s me and not you when it comes to this book.

Gahhh! I had trouble. I felt depressed reading it. I just felt the things I didn’t want to feel and that was kinda sad for me, but that is okay. Readers are gonna either dig this book…or maybe feel like me. Each to their own. 

I totally understand what Colleen was writing and I get that she was writing something different. I do get all that.

But...

I always write a review that is from my heart and this book was maybe not the book for me. And that is okay. Maybe it was because of what happened in my life in early 2016. That could be more the reason...maybe.


BOOK REVIEW - TRICKERY by JAYMIN EVE & JANE WASHINGTON - CURSE OF THE GODS # 1 - YA FANTASY

By: Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Published By: Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 298 Pages

RATING: 5 LIGHT ON FANTASY, AWESOME ON WIT AND HOT SOLS STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them... Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.

Either way, she is in trouble. 


BOOK REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this first installment in the Curse of the Gods series. Willa is quite the clumsy character and the five sols (brothers) are great characters.

The thing with Willa, don’t confuse being overly clumsy with being dumb, because she is far from dumb. Enormously clumsy—yes. Dumb—no.

Trickery is very entertaining and light fantasy. This I enjoyed.

The more you read, the more you learn about Willa and the more you will learn about the five brothers who are all stars in their own right even when there are twins and triplets making up this group of sols.



The last one. He looked just like Coen, the pain-gifted sol who had tried to kill me. They both appeared slightly older than the other three: Yael, the persuasion-gifted one; Siret, the trickery-gifted one; and Aros, the one who apparently had some kind of seduction gift.



A great chemistry grows between Willa and her sols, which has you giggling as you read.



“What are you doing in the male dorm?”

“Exploring my sexuality.” I leaned against the cart, propping my elbow, wiping my expression into something neutral. “How am I doing?”

“I can see your nipples. Your shirt’s wet.”




Emmy is the best friend/sidekick, even though Willa herself seems a bit of a sidekick to the sols, sometimes.



“I’m sick of them. I never want to see them again. Except Aros; he smells nice. And Rome, because he’s so strong. I’m pretty sure not even Rau can get past him. I don’t need the others. Except Siret. I’m pretty sure he hates me, but he’s really good at catching me like just before I face-plant into something. But the others, I don’t need them. Not at all.” I paused, my brow furrowing, my mouth pursing, and then I quickly blurted, “Except Coen and Yael. Coen is really good at making decisions, and if I leave out Yael he’ll probably hunt me the hell down and haunt me—”

That’s all of them,” Emmy interrupted smoothly. She didn’t sound panicked anymore. Now she sounded like she was trying not to laugh.




A lot of wit is spread throughout this book, making it a very enjoyable read.



“How the hell have you stayed alive this long?” he asked. 

I shrugged, trying to catch my breath. “No idea, it’s been a rough road.”



I am looking forward to Persuasion # 2, which is released. The cover art is so beautiful.




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - BROKEN by CYNTHIA EDEN - LOST # 1 - AVON BOOKS - SUSPENSE ROMANCE

By: Cynthia Eden
Published By: Avon Books
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library , 348 Pages

RATING: 4.25 GABE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.

Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.




BOOK REVIEW:
This is my first Cynthia Eden read and I really enjoyed this suspense romance.

The characters are likable and we are introduced to intelligent men and women who work for Gabe under the title Last Option Search Team aka LOST.

I like this whole concept with Gabe putting a team together who work to find the people who have been lost to the system.

Eve walks into Gabe’s office and he takes her case and he also takes a lot more than that. *waggles eyebrows*

Enter Wade, Sarah, Victoria and Dean and you have a great line-up of characters.

The who-dunnit was kinda easy to spot fairly early into the plot. You have a fairly large suspicion, but that is okay. The villain was very creepy. I really liked all the descriptive. Visually I could see the picture painted very clearly in my mind while reading and the plot is very gritty. 

I am ├╝ber ready for Twisted # 2.