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I was lucky enough to be given review copies of both Black Gold and Silver Mine by Vivian Arend. I have loved her wolfies in the past and enjoyed the start of this new series.
Black Gold – 4 Stars:
We start the series by meeting Evan (Takhini Alpha) and Shaun..
Evan plays a part in both books released so far and let me tell you he is far from being a traditional Alpha. You’ll love his sense of humor and the fact that he really wants what is best for the pack not just power… Helps that he is sexy but ya know…
Shaun is a bit of a lone wolf but he actually isn’t the shifter he tries to portray. He runs from any sort of commitment but he is there when people need him even if they don’t think they do. He really does try to help but if you asked him he would deny it until he was blue in the face. I liked seeing the give and take between him and Evan especially when he gets drunk on Evan’s “special” hooch. LOL… this leads to a major OOPS that dear gawd made me laugh but at the same time you really feel for him. He’s smart, sexy, devious when he needs to be, Alpha but doesn’t want to be the main man, and very protective of his mate when he finally understands that she’s his… aka sober… I loved watching his progression in this book and loved the little glimpses we got of him in Silver Mine.
Gemmita…. poor sweet, coddled Gemmita…. She meets her mate just as she is trying to come out from under the thumb of her well meaning Alpha father. She’s not used to being so open with her wolf nor is she used to being accepted as someone who can truly stand on her own feet. I felt for her as she not only tried to gain her independence but also had to learn that being independent didn’t mean shutting out her mate’s help. These two took a bit to soften to one another but let me tell you when they come together… watch out.. they are hot HOT HOT.
Anyway go check this one out so you can get addicted to the Wolfies… then head on to Silver Mine.
Silver Mine – 3.5 Stars:
This was a nice quick read with a bit of mystery and main characters who were quickly interested in one another but not 100% sure of each other.
Kylie has had a lot of pain to deal with in her life due to her own psychic abilities and her mother committing suicide. She’s since learned to use her abilities to assist police in solving cases which gives her the sense of at least helping others. She’s brought back to town to get to the bottom of a missing woman who disappeared not long before her own mother committed suicide. She’s determined to not only find out what happened to the young woman but also get to teh bottom of what might have happened to her mom.
Matt is hired by the father of the missing woman and didn’t know that Kylie was also working the case and hired by the mother. He saves her from falling off the same landing that her mom committed suicide from. He remembers her from school but they never really spent any time together then. You see he was a bit of a bad boy back then or at least assumed to be one and she never truly made his radar.
We get to see the two of them work together to get the cases solved and also get to see the two of them realize how much they mean to each other. There is a bit of tension between the two as neither completely reveals everything to the other until forced to. I liked the mystery and enjoyed watching the two of them get to know each other plus have some nice moments of heat. They really do make a good pair and I was happy to read this.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Intuition – Carol Ericson – 3 stars
What would you do if everything you thought you knew about yourself was thrown in to question?
That is the fundamental question of this book for both main characters… I am not going to give much away as I think you should read this to see the answers but the main pair are definitely made for each other even if she tries to fight it from day one.
Tara is a PE teacher and a devoted daughter. She is the kind of person you would love to have as a friend because you know she will be true although I feel for her due to how tightly her mom holds on to her. She allows this and feels guilty that she doesn’t do more but I felt that she needed to separate herself more from her mom. I felt for her when she gets some information that would throw anyone for a loop and has her doubting even her own memories.
Jack is doing a favor for his sister on the way to an appointment that could change his life forever. He meets Tara and finds her to be beautiful but writes it off since he is only passing thru. After his meeting he decides on a whim to rent a place on the shore for the summer. He sees an ad for volunteers at a day camp for kids with special needs (Down Syndrome) and decides that it will not only give him something to do but also put him in contact with Tara. I found myself really liking Jack especially when he works so hard to help Tara’s foster brother, Danny. He’s a good guy and it was nice to see the two of them come together.
There is a lot of angst in this book but it was still interesting to watch two people come to terms with the major changes in their lives but also find love with each other.
Nice read that I thank NetGalley.com and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
I wanted to like this one but… just couldn’t really love it.
When we first meet Tempest (Zora) we find a woman drawn to a man who isn’t afraid to get down and busy with someone she has only physically known for maybe 30 minutes. I mean it was fast fast fast…. She’s an actress who is back in her hometown to see a young fan who happens to be related by marriage to our hero. She’s got baggage but is a nice person.
Shaman has issues of his own but when this gorgeous woman wants to bed him he doesn’t complain. He’s got physical and mental scars from his time in the military but his inability to see why she might be attracted to him got a bit bold.
Anyway… she becomes pregnant and they get married in order to provide the kids his name (yeah that’s needed) but then he finds himself wanting it to be real and she finds herself wanting it to be real but they just don’t talk to each other. We have a bit of drama with her “family” but otherwise this is just a story of two people who hop in to bed together then end up realizing they want it to be more than just sex.
I wouldn’t say run out and get this but it wasn’t a horrible read. I found I liked Shaman a lot even though he tends to react first then think it thru later.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
The Cowboy Solider’s Sons – Tina Leonard – 2 stars
Meagan is just trying to get her dream off the ground and give the viewing audience a chance to see dancers at work. She used to dance until an injury pulled her from it but has made the best of things to become a producer who has sold the network on a dance competition show. She’s driven to make it succeed even with what appears to be a curse operating on set. We first meet her when she is forced out of the house they are staying in by a fire alarm complete with sprinklers. While trying to turn them off she runs in to Sam in the basement and all sorts of sparks fly.
Sam is the studio security head. He’s a great guy who just wants things to succeed and finds himself drawn to Meagan even though all they do is fight. He’s got items in his past that drive him but once he decides she is what he wants he does what he can to help her trust him.
There is a lot of drama around the show but all in all it was a nice story with two people finally finding the one that completes them without taking them over. I am going to have to pick up the others in this series as they come out.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin Blaze for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Watch Me – Lisa Renee Jones – 3 stars
I enjoyed this book enough to know I can’t wait until she gives us more… 🙂
Rebecca is having the day from hell on what should have been the happiest of her life. I mean she’s dumped at the altar… lives thru an earthquake… and is now being told she’s an Amazon??? How much more messed up can this day get? Well we find out because she gets attacked by revenants (zombies) and taken away to Avalon. In the midst of all this she meets Sparks and her “sister” Amazon. She is one of the chosen Amazons who happens to wield the powers of Earth. She isn’t a fighter when this begins but is more the mothering type but once she figures out who she really is and accepts her powers she becomes the warrior she was always meant to be even if she didn’t know it. She’s conflicted most of this book by her feelings and doesn’t really want all the power she can wield. I have to say this is what I liked about her. She can be annoying due to her self-doubts but she isn’t willing to take the easy way out when she is offered it. She loves and loves deeply plus has a deep need to protect and nurture.
Altair.. sigh.. sexy to the extreme this Alpha male will have your heart as quickly as he has hers. He’s longing for a wife and family but his duty is important to him so stays on while his replacement is trained. He finds Rebecca enthralling but realizes very quickly that he needs to push her to keep her safe and not get others killed. He is willing to take a stand even if it gets him in trouble with the Goddesses. I loved how as hard as he tries to keep away from her that when he tears the walls down to have her he stays true to his character and loves her with all his being. He knows that as an Amazon she can’t have kids but he discovers he wants her more than he wants what he thought his dream was.
There is a lot of action in this and people get killed that you care about but the story is compelling and the hits keep coming. I loved watching two people find each other plus loved seeing how the ending played out. I am looking forward to more set in this world…
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
The Reluctant Amazon – Sandy James – 3.5 Stars
Please note that all of the stories have been released previously but I had not read them in their original form.
This book gives you stories surrounding 3 siblings finding the loves of their lives. I say this because all of them find happiness even if they didn’t really know they were searching for it.
Double Shot –
Sadie is all work and very little play. She has a great friend, Paul, and a new business with her siblings. Sure, she’s always lusted after Paul but hey he doesn’t feel the same way and why risk this all important friendship for something that might not work.
Paul has wanted Sadie from almost day one but thinks she has never looked at him as anything more than a friend but he intends to make his feelings known to her and boy oh boy does he do so…
Josh… Paul’s friend and the owner of Maverick’s, a private sex club. Dear gawd is he sexy and he is invested in Paul as both a friend but has some feelings for him sexually.
All I can say is Sadie is a lucky, lucky woman cause man oh man do the men show her a hot time but more than that Josh forces Paul and Sadie to own up to how deeply they really feel about one another. I liked that he pushed the issue and that she felt comfortable enough for Josh to also show Paul how he felt about him. Sadie and Paul are great together and I would love to see Josh get his own HEA.
A Shot in the Dark –
Paige is a submissive who didn’t understand the difference between a healthy D/s relationship and the hell she was in. She has been suppressing her needs since leaving her ex but recently has been craving the release she experienced at the hands of a Dom. She meets Carter at her shop and while they have instant chemistry she is wary of being near another Dom.
Carter is a firefighter and Dom who is intrigued by Paige but senses there is more to the story than what little she gives to him. He wants her for more than just a temporary fling but isn’t sure he can bring her back to herself. He pushes the boundaries with her but in a great way. If I were a sub I would want a Dom like this that truly cares for my well-being but knows where the true boundaries are and will push the limits.
This story was hot in more ways than one and I loved to see both find more than they ever expected in each other.
Pulled Long –
This story has been building since the beginning where Ian (the lone brother) meets a man they call Blue Eyes. You get to see the flirting and the intense connection the two men have before you even get to know his name. You also get to see the betrayal Ian feels when he finds out that Blue Eyes is in the process of finalizing a divorce.
Jeff and Ian have a very intense attraction but due to issues in Ian’s past he is afraid to play the game with another straight man wanting to play gay for a thrill. I loved watching Ian break down under Jeff’s care and hearing what Ian has kept to himself and from his family for all these years was heartbreaking… He’s a great guy who deserves happiness even if he doesn’t believe he is worth it. I enjoyed seeing him finally reach out and grab the happiness he deserved even though it was hard sometimes things are worth fighting for.
All 3 stories are quick reads and all have some definite heat but I liked the interactions between the family and how each of the men brought key pieces in to the family.. 🙂
Special thanks to Carina Press and NetGalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Long Shots (1-3) – Christine D’Abo – 4 Stars
This was a cute quick read with a little bit of heat but mainly some fun repartee between the characters.
Our heroine, Gina, is stuck in a dead-end job with no real idea of what the future will hold for her. She’s not happy being a little cog in the machine but hey.. a job is a job…. I felt bad for her at the start of this cause I know how that feels. She’s smart but tied down in a lot of respects with her family and what they expect from her. She isn’t quite sure what the company does she just knows it has to be something big since there is a lot of secrecy and security. She’s sarcastic and witty plus very attracted to our hero from the moment they meet.
Burke.. our hero… is instantly attracted to Gina and his boss is not 100% happy about it. You see Burke is a henchman to a “bad”guy. He is a sexy man and also very sarcastic with his boss and our heroine. He’s on the “wrong” side according to the press and the superheroes but once you get to see more of the superhero and villain you wonder who really is the “bad” guy.
Our villain is not really a bad guy he just doesn’t always think things thru before he acts much to Burke’s chagrin. I loved laughing at his mistakes but also enjoyed what he actually was trying to do.
Burke and Gina have chemistry and work well together. I was very happy to see the pair work thru the battle with the superhero and loved that Gina actually saves the day.
Thanks to Carina Press and NetGalley.com for a chance to read this cute story in exchange for my honest review.
How to Date a Henchman – Mari Fee – 3.5 Stars
Take one virginal yet spunky heroine and one verra verra sexy protective Highland Laird and you get this book.
Rosalia is running away from an abusive family and the arranged marriage they expect her to accept. The man she is supposed to marry is one despicable scum… and I am editing.. he basically tells her it will be an open marriage as long as she gives him a heir and that it won’t be so bad bedding her even if she is a bit larger than he would like. She decides to chop her hair and run away but succumbs to pain sooner than she would have liked. She gets lucky in that a man who caught her eye last time her family was at King James’ court happens upon her with his men. She doesn’t want to need anyone to get her to her dad’s family in the Highlands but the man won’t take no for an answer and proceeds to protect her all the way back to his home. I have to say I liked her a lot and was proud of her spunk, wit and strength of will.
Ciaran.. he’s a verra verra sexy piece on man-meat in a kilt. He is a lusty man but so honorable that as much as he wants his lass he cannot keep her due to a vow he made to his father. He spends time with Rosalia where they get to truly know one another while the chemistry between them burns brighter and brighter. He does some traditional stupid male stuff but he really wants to do right by everyone even at thesacrifice of giving her up. There is a lot of bickering between him and his siblings but you see the true love that is behind all the fighting.
I only had one true complaint with this and that was the usage of the Gaelic language which at times did not have translation. I did figure it out since the same phrases were used repeatedly but… it would have been nice to have a glossary.
Other than that if you want a book with a fair amount of heat but no sex… a bit of fighting… some death… and a bit of outside tension…. this is a nice read for all the above.
Special thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. I will have to pick up more by this author.
Temptation in a Kilt – Victoria Roberts – 3 Stars