I must say I have enjoyed the little novella and now this book set in Whiskey Creek. My only wish was that this wasn’t a trilogy but maybe we will get lucky and see a lot more of this fun little town.
We start this story in LA where Gail is desperately trying to save her business after she lets her opinion of a former client actually come to light. She says some pretty hurtful things about him and although they are completely true probably not the best thing to do when in the PR business for entertainers. She’s a bit uptight, driven and very loyal to her employees and friends. She can’t bear to lose their livelihoods and all the business she has poured her heart in to just because she voiced her honest opinion.
Simon… sigh… such a tortured misunderstood man. From the outside you just see an actor who is living the extreme party life… the epitome of the bad boy. After all he did cheat on his now ex-wife and then had a restraining order taken out on him by her after he fought her brother. This results in him losing contact with his son which is something that is killing him inside. He buries his pain under women and alcohol which loses him his PR manager, Gail, who gets fed up and drops him as a client. When drunk he directs his manager to get a bit of revenge on her not knowing the depths that this a@# will go to. Yes… Ian is an a#$. I can’t help but say that because he does some pretty despicable things in order to get Simon to keep making him money.
Anyway…. Gail goes to beg Simon to put a stop to the exodus she is experiencing so she can save her company and employees jobs. Unfortunately her assistant didn’t know she was going to do this and manufactures a scandal that not only is out and out false but jeopardizes Simon’s hopes of ever getting to see his son again. Needless to say he isn’t happy but Ian/Gail come up with a plan to not only save her business but reform Simon. He has to marry and not just marry but marry the right woman who can redeem him.
Guess who fits the bill…. LOL… This is a nice story in that both H/h find things out about themselves and the results are magical. Simon is just such a naughty, naughty boy but with an incredible wounded soul. He is just a big softy and when he truly finds what it means to love he does it hard and lasting.
The ending was slightly rushed but I loved seeing the changes the two leads brought to each other and look forward to seeing glimpses in the future.
Also…. can we just give Kyle a break in either one of these books or give him a novella? I’m hoping the person that this books hints at him divorcing is the witch he married in the prior novella…
Anyway… thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.
When Lightning Strikes – Brenda Novak – 4 stars
This is my first Victoria Dahl book and it won’t be my last. I have followed her on Twitter for a while and love watching her banter back and forth with fans, bloggers and fellow authors. She has a quick wit and no real filters which makes her very interesting.
This book was a surprise in that it was a lot darker than I expected but I loved seeing the bits of humor and the incredible sadness that our main characters experience. Both are damaged but this book shows their emergence in to healthy happy individuals.
Grace is an old soul in a younger body. She has been thru a lot in her years on this Earth and emerged a bit of a shell of a human. She is so bound and determined to not need anyone or anything that she has become brittle and in this book you see her realize this and acknowledge that maybe it isn’t what she really wants to be. She is hard… incredibly sarcastic… brash… and a bit of a bitch if you just take her at face value. She meets her neighbor and immediately feels something for him but tries to bury it as a I just need to scratch an itch nothing more.
Cole is a man who is out of sorts right now. He doesn’t want anything other than to be able to get back on a horse and complete his goal of purchasing a local ranch. He’s been thru a lot and wears his bitterness over things that happened when he was still young like a badge on his heart. He is fascinated by Grace and her edges but sees something underneath that is like a warm beacon to his heart. He gives her what she thinks she wants just so he can have a door in to her but knows he wants more than what she is willing and capable of at this time. As they get to know each other (as much as Grace will let him) they have to confront ghosts from both their pasts.
The ghosts in this case cause some angst and major blow-ups during this novel but I enjoyed the depth that Dahl was able to bring to both characters. Was the sex hot… oh yeah baby it was but… I loved the interaction between the pair and how much healing both of them manage to give one another without realizing how much it meant. Both have major things to work out and I don’t think it was glossed over as much as some authors would have chosen to. I appreciated the steamy scenes as even though the characters don’t acknowledge to one another how different this hook up is, you as the reader see that these two damaged souls complete each other and make each other better people.
The secondary characters were nice but this is truly a book about two damaged souls finding the love they never realized they needed in the last places they would have ever looked. They really do complete each other and I hope we get to see a bit more of them.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for letting me read this in exchange for my honest my review.
Close Enough to Touch – Victoria Dahl – 5 stars
Another rarity for me – f/f – but this has an interesting twist in that it is actually at its heart a sci-fi novel. I loved the idea of a world stuck on the latest greatest technology to the point of ignoring reality.
Allegra starts this quick read as a model at the top of her game. She’s in lust/love with another model she has known for years but isn’t certain if the feelings are returned. At a very public event she is felt up by one of the big-wigs of the company and snaps by punching the woman which of course results in her being fired. After she is fired a systemic push to discredit and ruin her is causing her no end of grief but then she tries out the latest virtual reality device and recieves a message noone else can seem to hear.
This voice leads her on a deadly path that takes her off-world to save the planet. She finds out that a being from another world is trying to stop the changes that result in the same checking out from the physical real-world that doomed his own planet. This isn’t exactly what you think going in but it does result in a decent read.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
I have to start this by saying I really wanted to like this but…
Callie our heroine is pregnant with her sister’s child. Her sister was married to a US Senator and worked with an aid agency when she was killed in what appeared to be an accident. She decides to do her own investigation and while at the US Embassy in Angola ends up being held hostage by rebels. She doesn’t know they are out to kill her under orders from an unknown individual. She is rescued and helped by our hero.
Cole is Special Forces and having ADD tends to act without thinking every singlepossibility thru. He is a very good guy and does think things thru but at times he just can’t control his actions. He tries to compensate by controlling a lot of things around him but can’t keep still all the time. He needs to be moving or doing something. He’s sexy, troubled and I liked him a lot.
What I didn’t like…. How can I say this nicely… I didn’t like how stupid Callie behaved in a lot of this novel. I mean she has so many TSTL moments in this you can’t help but go OH COME ON….
I liked the whole premise and most of the execution but she just started to work my nerves and I just couldn’t completely forgive that. She does a great job understanding Cole and putting him in his place when it comes to her profession but has no common sense in some of the dangerous situations they find themselves in.
I still gave this 3 stars due to the fact I still liked the story and I would try more from this author in the future.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.
This was a good start to what is planned to be a 5 book series. I like the idea of a hidden, nearly extinct race and everything that implies.
Devon has been held prisoner since she was a baby. She can’t remember anything other than being raised at a compound where no-one could touch her and she herself was allowed no privacy or freedoms. Sure she could walk around the compound but some areas were barred to her and she was never allowed to be by herself. She doesn’t know why this is and has been trying to get out from this imprisonment. She ends up getting helped by a group of men that end up being more that just herrescuers. They end up becoming a true family for her. She is strong, smart and an extremely caring person even with all that she has gone thru. She doesn’t feel worthy of anything though due to being kept hostage by people who didn’t care about her or even show her the least bit of human comfort.
Seth is an interesting hero in that he is strong but has this inner I’m worthless attitude that hs enabled him to keep his distance from anyone or anything. He wants to be alone (so he thinks) because of his past and you can’t help but want him to finally break down and need someone/let them in. He keeps this wall around himself that once you know why it is there you can’t help but feel for him. He has not had an easy life but under the mess he is an incredibly devoted, caring man. He has a wonderful heart and you love when the pair finally come together.
Devon and Seth are Vadim which means that they each have a unique gift that for the men is typically a physical ability (Seth is a sort of chameleon in that he can take on the identity/appearance of someone he has touched) and women seem to have a mental ability (Devon can compel anyone touching her to do what she wants them to do). They also have markings that appear around puberty that match the person they are truly meant to be with. In this case the pair have the same markings although her markings are more feminine and are designed to mesh with his when they are connected sexually.
I enjoyed watching the pair dance around each other but boy when they finally release the tension it was a smoking hot scene. You can tell that she gets the physical affection she desperately needed and the support to be who she is meant to be from him. He in return finds the heart he has always kept buried but also finds someone who truly accepts him.
Lovely story and I am looking forward to more in this series… Thanks toNetGalley.com and Carina Press for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
Rise of Hope – Kaily Hart – 3.5 Stars
This was a fun read that also has a few moments of utter heartbreak but I loved loved loved reading about it and have In Rides Trouble in queue. She cannot write them fast enough I think for me.
Ali Morgan has suffered an incredible loss when she lost her only sibling, Griggs, who was her rock and her only true family. Sure she has both parents but.. they aren’t exactly the loving type. They are so wrapped up in one another they never truly were parents to her and her brother. She is the victim of a mugging and realizes someone is following her so she does the one thing she doesn’t really want to do. She goes to Chicago to get Nate to help her. She has always felt an attraction to Nate but disguises this as loathing rather than the lust/love she truly feels. They did have an incredibly hot moment shortly after the funeral (no sex but hot just the same) but it never went anywhere since Nate once again withdrew from her life. She shows up at the “motorcycle shop” her brother and Nate both work(ed) for and immediately knows it isn’t what it seems. I mean come on both men were Special Forces so what do you think they are now doing. She is bugged to high heaven and they all start to quickly realize there is more to the story than what they know. She is strong but knows she is in over her head but won’t let her fear override her need to figure out what exactly her brother was involved in and why it involves her.
The Black Knights are a group of fix-it men that take jobs from the government that cannot be done using traditional channels. They basically can get it and complete missions that while necessary violate many laws that just can’t be bent by traditional methods. They are an incredible bunch of people and rally around Ali in her time of need.. that is .. all but one person who keeps trying to maintain his distance from her and acts like he hates her.
Nate …. *sigh* … what a tortured wonderful soul you are. He is definitely ALPHA to the core but man oh man when this man talks… WOWZA… He doesn’t say much but damn when he lets loose and tells her why he has avoided her like the plague for years I was like DAYUM… Tell it like it is… He loves her, has always loved her and only her but Griggs warned him off. When he finally acknowledges his feelings and they have one night of amazing sex he closes up and cuts her off. He is cruel but is also holding on to a horrible secret which he is convinced will make it where she will not only run away from him but also hate him for the rest of her life. He doesn’t want this so does what he believes he has to do to protect her. You do get to see quite a bit of caveman attitude from him but as you get to know why he is behaving the way he does you can’t help but hurt for him. The secret is angst worthy and I can understand why he thinks it curses them ever finding happiness.
Overall a great introduction to the series and now off to read book 2 about Becky and Frank… I hope there is some good groveling by Frank in it cause damn he’s going to need all the help he can get… LOL
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Hell on Wheels – Julie Ann Walker – 4 Stars
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I have to agree with another reviewer that at first I did not like our heroine. Give her a chance she does grow on you as she becomes what others knew she could be.
Trinity comes from a powerful family of witches on her mom’s side and a puma shifter family on her dad’s. Unfortunately she didn’t inherit either side’s power and instead is a bit of a dud in spell-casting and her shifter form is that of a house-cat. She has dealt with this by being a bit of a whiny woe is me brat at the beginning of the story but when forced in to becoming the legendary Guardian of Bastet she unlocks the power that has always lain dormant within her. She gets pulled in to a battle with a demon and has to quickly embrace the magic within her by virtue of an amulet given to her by a vampire. When you first meet her she shuns any sort of true responsibility but prefers to live as much as possible like a normal human being. She works as a vet and when a young werewolf is brought in with life ending injuries she has to not only end the wolf’s suffering she unfortunately stumbles in to the over-all plot of a demon. The vampire gives her the amulet and tells Trinity she truly does have power she just needs to grow up and work for it. We go thru a lot of pain as the demon and his summoners are revealed, people die, people get slapped down as Trinity finally grows up, and get to meet who is most likely Trinity’s mate.
Gordon… sigh… How I wish we were able to see more of you… you are a wonderful Alpha who understands how to lead and how to follow when the situation calls for it. I wanted to see more of your sexiness but *sigh* maybe she’ll write more and we can see you and Trinity become a true couple with more smexy times.. LOL….
Overall don’t go in to this story thinking romance… go in to it to see a woman finally grow up and become what she was meant to be.. Kick ass… Tell off the overbearing witch of a Grandmother and in general enjoy the world Jacqueline has created.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
The Guardian of Bastet – Jacqueline M. Battisti – 4 stars
Let me start by saying I wanted to like this book… I really did but it was a bit of a letdown.
Millie left Montana rather abruptly 10 years ago due to some issues with her father and the love of her life abruptly dumping her when she started asking him about marriage, kids and a future. She is back in town to take care of her dying father and has not had the easiest of lives since then. You see… she is a mom to a 9 year old boy… and the dad is…. wait for it… her ex. Oh and he doesn’t know. Now now… normally I don’t like the whole secret kid thing either but the reasons for not telling her ex are understandable when you put in context that both of them were raised in households where they weren’t really loved or wanted. He made his feelings clear on the subject of kids so she did what she felt was best for the child.
Hunter… I liked him a lot even when he was being an idiot. He claims to not believein love but he has always loved Millie he was just too stubborn and stupid to admit it. He ran from commitment and love which ended up costing him 10 years with the woman who is his soul-mate. He tries to put his feelings on hold but slowly starts to realize what he had and what he wanted. He does have a major issue when he finally finds out about his son which I can completely understand but then when he thinks about it… He realizes why she did it and that she never truly meant to hurt him.
My major gripe with the book was this whole story went incredibly slow as the two of them spend time around one another and start to realize nothing ever went away but then once he knows the secret we went from I hate her… to I love her… to Marry Me in about 30 seconds.. (Slight exaggeration) but then we abruptly get an epilogue. I would have liked to see more of them finding their footing and truly building the relationship after the big reveal but that wasn’t meant to be.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin Love Inspired for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
This was a bit of a *meh* read due to the length of the story I think. It was a good premise but I found myself wishing for a bit more and I think if it had a bit of a longer treatment this would have been a great read.
Rowan lives in an ultra-protected village where she can use her telekinetic/psychic powers without fear of persecution or death. She is forced to flee the village to the outside world due to an evil man wanting her for his wife. He has confided in her his plans and she seems to be the only person capable of seeing thru his facade. She runs in to the hero in this story as she flees and decides that one way to make herself worthless to the plans her betrothed has for her is to lose her virginity.
Grant is this “lucky” man. He is a prince of the kingdom that would kill her people if they knew of the village’s existence. He ends up trapped with her in a cave and they have moments of “No, I shouldn’t” to “Dear god I want” until they finally do the deed. Shortly after this she discovers who he actually is and starts to use her magic to escape the cave. When she is discovered he goes a bit off the deep end and harms her. They then figure out who the evil man is and both go to rid the world of him.
I’m not going to go much more in to this as then what’s the point of reading it but suffice it to say in very short succession they are exchanging ILY and will end up living their own HEA.
I wish this had been a longer treatment cause he really needed to do more groveling in my opinion but hey it is what it is… Nice quick read but unfortunately could only give it 2 stars. I will keep an eye out for more by this author though cause I think she has promise.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
This was actually a fun read although I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it had been longer. I would have liked a bit more time to see the main pair together and make the relationship a bit more believable.
TJ is a former superhero that now stays undercover but still works on behalf of the superheroes union. She has a lot on her plate with her day job and as the mother of twins. She is undercover and well hidden due to her now ex-husband being under lock and key for turning to the evil side. He unfortunately has escaped and in order for her to work on getting him back in prison so her kids will be safe she has to hire a babysitter.
Annmarie is the non-superpowered kid of superhero parents who takes the job sitting TJ’s kids. She isn’t too fond of the whole superhero lifestyle since she basically was left to raise herself and not be seen or heard. She doesn’t have a lot of nice thoughts but finds out really quickly that TJ is not like her parents but really loves her kids and wants them to have the most normal life possible. She ends up moving in with TJ to help keep the kids safe and to provide assistance as needed to the woman she not only respects from a parenting standpoint but is also highly attracted to.
The relationship between the two women heats up very quickly due to the danger they are both in and progresses to love a little fast for my taste. I enjoyed the glimpses of how superheroes are treated in this world and will look out for more in this series just due to the novelty of an organized union for both superheroes and meta-humans. It was fun and quick with some fairly stereotypical good/bad guy types but thecampiness is balanced by a good core conflict.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for letting me read this book in exchange for my honest review.