Where There’s a Will – Karen Kelley – 3 stars

August 30, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Where There's A Will

Cute premise but at times you will want to hurt the heroine.

Haley is the perpetual wall-flower who has been basically bullied her entire life.  She’s not too tall and is very curvy but not fat.  Unfortunately she believes herself to be frumpy, ugly, fat, oh heck she just believes anything negative she can about herself. She is sooooo meek and suppressed that even the few times she has had sex it was in the dark with little to no playing.  She gets embarrassed by anything and everything even saying curse words or hmmm  cock.  LOL  This will get on your nerves as the story progresses but this is a good story even with that annoyance.She has a great friend who supports her but in her own way has held Haley back from becoming who she is meant to be.  She gets stood up, again, and in a moment of desperation prays for something she never though she could get…  a dating miracle.

Ryder…  sigh…  I want a Guardian Angel like him.. although I should say nephilim.  He answers her prayer and starts working on building her confidence and giving her the most amazing makeover in both looks but also personality.  He shouldn’t get involved with her but he just can’t seem to resist her pleas and her looks.  He gets in a lot of trouble as he becomes more and more involved with her until the showdown near the end of the book.  He’s sexy..  naughty..  sweet…  Alpha…  and oh dear god if I could have him I’d jump at the chance.  I mean come on wouldn’t you love your own naughty sex god…  LOL

Anyway…  read this for the chance to see some hot times but it is also nice to see a good girl with naughty thoughts get the man of her dreams.  I wish we could see more of this pair and maybe in a future book we will.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Sourcebooks Casablanca for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 

Where There’s a Will – Karen Kelley – 3 stars


A Season for Sin – Vicky Dreiling – 3 stars

August 30, 2012 Uncategorized 0

A Season for Sin

I’m going to start this off by saying this is not a review for the entire story as it is just a teaser of what the book will be like.  This being said I did enjoy it and look forward to the full novel.

 Laura is a widow attempting to raise her stepson who is now 17 and hanging out with the wrong crowd.  She is trying her best to cope but soon is forced to make a deal with the “devil”.  She seems to be a good person and is immediately stunned by our hero’s looks and presence.

Bell…  Earl of Bellingham…  so sexy but so rigid…  He has recently ended his relationship with the latest mistress and needs to find someone to take her place.  He never wants to get married and is extremely strict with his life.  I mean the man gets bent out of shape when his chef tries to get him to try something new for breakfast.  This is a man who can’t bend but loves challengers.  He’s a bit out of sorts though as his friends are all wedding around him and settling in to married loving bliss.  He never wants to get married or have kids although we don’t get to see the full reason why in this teaser.


Faces of Evil Series by Debra Webb – 4 Stars

August 28, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Recently I have been reading a new series by Debra Webb.  There are 5 books planned for this series and I have so far been lucky enough to read 3 of them.  The series centers around a couple who were together towards the end of high-school and then college but split due to mitigating factors.  Their dynamic is wonderful and my hope is they end the series firmly as a couple with the past far behind them.

Book 1 – Obsession – 4 stars:

Obsession (Faces of Evil, #1)

We start this series off with a bang, Jess has been called to Birmingham by her former lover who is now the Chief of Police to investigate the disappearance of multiple young women.  These women are not the type to have just run away but instead are women who care deeply about their families.  She is still smarting from the disaster she has left with the FBI which is about to get her fired from the Bureau.  You see she got a little too involved in a case with a serial killer and went outside the lines to gather evidence which is now going to set the man free.  Unfortunately this makes others think she has gone off the deep end since not only did that happen but she is also smarting from the breakup of her marriage.  She is a smart woman who’s only crime I think is wanting to do her job to the point that she won’t always look before she leaps.

Jess is a brilliant profiler who can see things noone else notices.  She immediately takes over the investigation and pushes the task force to look outside the box.  She is also still in love with Dan which you see in this book but the tension between them is palpable in this book.  They split in college when Dan wanted to go back home to Birmingham and she wanted to go to the FBI like she thought they both planned.  They ran in to one another 10 years ago and had a memorable night together.  The chemistry between them is not gone and will  not leave them alone. They are a great match for one another but things just keep getting in their way during this book.  She pushes the team in this book to the point where they aren’t sure if she is truly sane or not but the results she gets give everyone a happy ending.

Dan is conflicted…  He wants this case solved because his ex-stepdaughter is one of the missing.  He sucks it up and calls Jess because he knows she will be able to solve this case.  He still harbors feelings for her even though it has been 10 years since that memorable night and 20 since they were a couple.  You feel for him since as the series progresses you understand more of what drove them apart originally and truly like him and them as a couple.

This story was a lot of fun and ends on a bang that sets up the next book perfectly.  So go grab it and the others….

Book 2 – Impulse – 4 stars:

Impulse (Faces of Evil, #2)

Impulse starts with the realization that Jess’ past has come back to haunt her.  Spears (The Player) has been released and Lori Wells (detective from case in Obsession) has been abducted.  Jess knows this has something to do with Spears even though others don’t completely believe her.  The FBI has basically called her out on her bizarre behavior and is implying that she may be making things up.  Not to say that Lori isn’t abducted but they do not believe that it is the Player but is instead a copy-cat.  Tension is high in this book and many others are hurt as the action ramps up.  We lose a couple of side-characters but if they had listened to Jess maybe they would have survived.  There also isn’t a 100% resolution to the Spears case but Jess gets her good name back.

In this book the focus is on getting the case that ruined Jess’ career solved plus we get a bit of release of the sexual tension that exists between Dan and Jess.  You get to see that she never truly got over him and he never got over her.  This is a couple that is meant to be and I find myself cheering for them to get thru all the obstacles and find the love they deserve.

I loved the side characters in both Obsession and Impulse which add a depth to the story you wouldn’t have otherwise.  Chet Harper and Lori Wells are a wonderful couple and I was extremely happy with the fact Lori decided to face her fears and open her heart to Chet.  Watching them in the series is just as much fun as seeing Dan and Jess come together.

This book ends with Jess being named Deputy Chief of a new division which means Dan will be her boss.  We have some ground rules set at the end of this which I had to laugh at since you know they won’t be able to follow them.

Book 3 – Power – 4 stars:

Power (Faces of Evil, #3)

Jess is trying to get her feet under her again and start to lead her new division at Birmingham PD.  Chet Harper gets a call out to investigate the death of a ballet instructor which at first glance appears to be a horrible accident but things just don’t add up to Jess.  The case is pulled from her team and assigned to another division by Dan which pisses Jess off.  He gives her another case of a missing teen who got written off by others at BPD.  While she is pissed about losing the other case she puts her mind to investigating this disappearance.

The teen’s disappearance quickly escalates as the girl he was trying to help happens to be deeply involved in MS13 (an extremely dangerous gang) and Jess crosses all sorts of lines to get to the bottom of this.  She ends up getting targeted by the gang which ends this story in a huge bang.

Jess also stays involved in the other case even though she isn’t supposed to and of course figures it out even though there is pressure to close the case and write it up as accidental.  Also the victim’s ex confesses to killing her so why not let it go.  The twists in both cases make this an interesting read even without the Dan/Jess story.

We get to see more of the tension between Dan and Jess as they try to not only figure out their professional relationship but deal with the fact that neither wants to admit their true feelings for one another.  Dan makes  some major first moves in this as he finally admits why they split 20 years ago and then in an aside to his ex admits that he wants Jess.  Jess ends up calling her ex for information on MS13 and we get to see him make an appearance at the end of this book which sets up some interesting conflicts for this next book.  Jess doesn’t know that Dan has confessed to his ex what he wants so she is still trying to act like his closeness with her doesn’t bug her even though it makes her jealous.   They really do love each other and each of these books reinforce the fact that they need to figure this out for themselves.

Overall this has been a great series to read and I am waiting for the final 2 books in the series.

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Grand Central Publishing for letting me read these in exchange for my honest review.


The Siren – Tiffany Reisz – 5 Stars – Contest!!

August 27, 2012 Uncategorized 9

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)
I have to start by saying “Why did I fucking wait so long to read this?????”
I also have to warn that this book is not for the fainthearted.  I know I cannot do it complete justice in my review but hey I’m going to try anyway.
The Siren deserves so much more than just 5 stars as it is an incredibly deep read with a whole lot of mindfuckery going on.  Yes I said it…  it is a MINDFUCK kind of book.  Sure there is sex…  sure there is BDSM but at the heart of this book are the mindgames that are used by Nora and Søren.  

I first got a glimpse of Nora in Seven Day Loan which shows her younger and still with Søren.  She’s interesting in that glimpse but the completely grown up version is so much more enjoyable.  You see at this time she has left Søren to become a Dominatrix by trade but a writer by preference.  She writes erotic novels that have resulted in her becoming famous but she isn’t satisfied.  She really wants to be a true writer and not just this hack.  She wants legitimacy and recognition plus the paycheck that goes along with working for a larger more storied publishing house.  She’s still a submissive but only with Søren otherwise she has all the power.  Sex is not something she balks at but it isn’t what she does with any of her male clients only her female ones.  

Zach….  sigh…  such an interesting specimen.  He starts this book by being incredibly judgmental and condescending but as he gets drawn more and more to Nora he opens up and man oh man can he be sexy. There is a mental game at play between Nora and he thru the book that while heartbreaking is such a wonderful thing to read.  He is still deeply in love with his wife and you can’t help but hope that he gets all the happiness he deserves.  Part of me wanted him to end up with Nora but the bigger part of me wanted the happy ending for he and Grace especially when you learn more about the pair.  When he finally breaks down the wall you see what he can be and what Nora always knew even though it broke her heart a bit.

Wesley …  this was probably the most heartbreaking relationship to see in this entire book other than just Nora herself.  He’s such a sweet young man and you want him to get what he wants but know it isn’t meant to be.  He’s just too innocent for the world Nora inhabits and needs to find someone that is truly a match for him.  He deserves better than he got in this book but I honestly loved watching how it played out.  I’m glad to see that we will not lose him completely but it was hard to read the ending of this phase of his relationship with Nora.

Kingsley – I just want to say I am hoping to see more of him in the future.  The glimpses you get have me interested but in this case he is more of a friend and boss to Nora.  

Ok…  and now to the hardest man to speak of…

Søren…. what can I say…  he’s just this presence that fills up the book even though he makes very few appearances.  He’s a priest…  Dom (although this doesn’t really do him justice)… Sadist…  and just in general an incredible master of how to mindfuck you.  He loves Nora…  he really does but may not be what she really needs even though she is drawn to him like no other.  He still owns her lock, stock and barrel even though she is “free” of him.  She loves him…  I think fears him…  and hates him…  scary thing to see but he does let her go and live a life apart from him even though he doesn’t want to.  I loved his true anniversary gift to her but watching how he manipulates those around him was a bit scary.  I would not want to cross him nor would I want to become something he was fascinated with he’s just too scary for me.  Not that it doesn’t seem to make me want more of him anyway..  LOL

Ok…  I’m babbling now but go out and grab this one cause damn…  sure there is sex but ya know that isn’t why I loved it..  I loved the way I was so drawn in to the characters that I cried like a baby during some sections of this book…  it was a mentally exhausting read but I loved every second of it.

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for giving me this in exchange for an honest review..  I also went and picked it up since I loved it so much.

Go read this yesterday…  LOL

Just to encourage more people to grab this…  I am going to give away a Kindle version of this book to a lucky commentor.  Please leave your comment and email address you would want the book sent to by September 3rd at 11:59 pm CT.  


Born to Bite – Hannah Howell/Diana Crosby/Erica Ridley – 3 Stars

August 27, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Born to Bite

You know how at times when you get a book of short stories/novellas you only love one…  like a second one and really dislike a third?  Or you love one and dislike the other 2?  This thankfully wasn’t one of those times.  While I didn’t love love love any of them they were all nice quick reads and are worth the time you’ll need to read them.

Dark Secret – Hannah Howell:
Murdina is desperately trying to find the only family she has left and is trying to hide her psychic power lest she be condemned as a witch like her other family members.  She meets a mysterious man and is compelled to help him keep his secrets from other members of the household she is employed by.  This results in her running away with him to his homeland and discovering the love of her life plus a sense of home and belonging she didn’t have anywhere else.  This was a nice quick read and I would like to maybe read more set in this world.

Never Been Bitten – Erica Ridley:
This was sort of fun…  Vampire sent to bring back a rogue vampiress whounknowingly has a daughter.  It was fun seeing the daughter come in to her birthright and meet the man who would give up his position to be with her.  You see she isn’t supposed to exist and the culture in place at home would demand her death rather than letting her live in peace.  He is sufficiently hot and watching the dance between the pair was entertaining.  Oh and add the whole appearances in front of the ton and you have a recipe for a bit of humor because heaven forbid you have anything other than perfect manners or want to be more than just a flighty female.  🙂

Highland Vampire – Diana Cosby: 
Interesting premise in this one…  Fey and Vampire do not mix but in this one you have a Fey and Vampire who are drawn together despite it being a huge no-no.  Aedan was hugely protective and loved watching him decide he would take whatever punishment his need to save Rowan would bring down on him but she is his dammit.  Nice sexy read without being too little story too much sex.  

Overall I enjoyed the 3 stories and will keep an eye out for more from the authors.

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Kensington for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review. 

Born to Bite – Hannah Howell/Diana Crosby/Erica Ridley – 3 Stars


When Lightning Strikes – Brenda Novak – 4 stars

August 26, 2012 Uncategorized 0

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


Close Enough to Touch – Victoria Dahl – 5 stars

August 26, 2012 Uncategorized 0

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


Cyber Sparks – Robert Appleton – 3 stars

August 26, 2012 Uncategorized 0

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. 


In His Sights – Tina Beckett – 3 stars

August 25, 2012 Uncategorized 0

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. 


Rise of Hope – Kaily Hart – 3.5 Stars

August 23, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Rise of Hope

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