Slave (Book 1) and Need (Book 2) – Sherri Hayes – 5 stars

July 22, 2012 Uncategorized 0

I recently  finished reading two books by Sherri Hayes – Slave and Need.  I have to say these were fascinatingly dark and tortured but with a ray of hope as the pair come to terms with each other and realize what they mean to each other.

These books ARE NOT for anyone that cannot handle brutality towards women and the reprecussions of abuse.  Please note that the hero in this series IS NOT the person who did this to her nor does he ever treat her badly.  He is there to help repair this horrificly broken woman and in turn she becomes his world in more ways than he ever imagined.

Stephan becomes aware of Brianna (Anna) thru a friend who advises there is a slave that he knows is not a slave of her free will and needs to be rescued.  Once he meets her and sees what his friend has said is true he purchases her from her slave master even though it is intrinsically against everything he beleives.  He will work to heal her spirit and give her back a free life.  He has to do things that he isn’t happy with but knows to get her back he has to become her Master at all times not just when playing.  He is incredibly patient with her and does nothing but attempt to win her trust.  He accomplishes this by slowly making her voice her opinions and by showing her that he won’t hurt her or lord her mistakes over her.  He gets her a car, works on getting her back in to school, gives her space to be herself and in general shows her that he wants her to come to him at any time she needs to plus that he will not ever ask her to do antyhing she is not capable of even if he wants it.

Brianna (Anna) has endured the most horrific treatment at the hands of her father and the man he sold her to.  She has been tortured, raped, and broken.  She is only 18 and this abuse started when she was 17…  She has never been made love to but instead was shown that sex was just pain and degradation  At the beginning of Slave you see a shell of a woman who won’t speak unless forced to, panics at the thought of thinking for herself and is constantly afraid of what will be expected of her or making a mistake.  She gradually starts to change and open up under the patient guidance of Stephan and is beginning to trust him.

I loved the way this worked as you watch an amazing man work his magic over a broken shell of a woman.  He was so patient even though his body wanted her, his heart cried out for her and his mind was so consumed with her.  He worked very patiently to bring her back and pushed when it was needed.  The only times you see him lose his temper are when she doesn’t communicate and even then he holds it in check so she won’t completely pull away.  I loved the pairing and am looking forward to more of this story.  I want to see what she becomes and how much more healing can be accomplished.

Thank you so much for allowing me to read this via NetGalley.  Keep me posted as more becomes available. 

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Where the Heart Lies – Michelle Garren Flye – 4 stars

July 20, 2012 Uncategorized 0

This was a really sweet, sad story with a great ending.


 Alicia is a recently widowed woman who has moved her kids and self to her husband’s hometown to run the bookstore his parents own.  She is trying to hang on to her memories of him and do right by them.  There is a bit of sorrow to her that seems to lighten up when Liam is around.  


 Liam was her husband’s best friend in his younger days and has a lot of guilt over an incident that happened when they were both teenagers.  He also holds close to a major secret that her husband didn’t know about and it plays a part in some rough waters at the near end.  He is a very good man but the entire town seems to be warning Alicia to stay away from this supposed bad boy.


You as a reader will feel for her in her attempts to remain true to a man who is no longer there but plays a massive part in her heart and mind.  She is trying to reconcile the want she feels for Liam with the belief that it isn’t right for her to move on or want someone after such a short time.  Compound that with people telling her to stay away and that Liam is not the one for her or gossiping about things that haven’t even happened and you have a bit of angst.


I loved the story and would love a chance to get to see them again…  maybe a short story about what happens a year or so down the road would be wonderful.


If you want a sweet story with just a little heat this is a good fit.  It will make you sad but will also make you smile at the heart behind it.


Special thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 


Where the Heart Lies – Michelle Garren Flye – 4 stars

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A Scandalous Affair – Karen Erickson – 3 stars

July 19, 2012 Uncategorized 0

A very quick read but enjoyable just the same.  I wish that this had a chance to be fleshed out in to a longer novel but enjoyable just the same.
 Daphne was entertaining and not a tradtional heroine for the period.  Of course this probably has a lot to do with being a widow which makes it where she isn’t as naive as others of her time.  She knows what she wants and goes after it once she sees it.
Hartwell was sweet in his misconceptions of self and the one time you get to see his more blatant sexual self it was hot. I enjoyed his attempts to keep up with her and break out of the shell he put himself in as a result of his upbringing and the misconceptions of the ton.  Daphne got lucky that noone else truly saw him.
 I would like to have seen a longer treatment just so we could have had more of the two of them together but if you just want a quick read this is a nice one to pick up.
Special thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this one in exchange for my honest review. 


A Scandalous Affair – Karen Erickson – 3 stars

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Monster in my Closet – R.L. Naquin – 4 stars

July 19, 2012 Uncategorized 1

Monster in My Closet




I have to say this was a pleasant surprise.  I am hoping that we will get to see more of Zoey, Riley and Maurice as I would like to watch the romance play out for Zoey and Riley plus the antics of Maurice.
 Zoey wakes up to a noise and proceeds to run in to her closet monster from when she was little.  His name is Maurice and he quickly apologizes for the misunderstanding from her youth and opens her eyes to the world of the Hidden.  You see brownies, sea monsters and other things you were told when you were little do exist.  Unfortunately her abilities as an empath have brought her to the attention of an incubus who starts killing people she has a link to.  She just can’t seem to catch a break with all of this information coming to her in quick succession but manages to not only make the best of it but also snags the attentions of Riley…  

Riley…  sigh…  Where can I get my own Reaper??  He’s just a sigh-worthy love interest and saves Zoey from the incubus while still trying to woo her.  I loved the fact that you get the build-up in this book and the only reward was a kiss on the cheek…  Of course this is a good idea because now I want more…  I want to see how the empath and the reaper manage to make it work and if Maurice will ever get comfortable with having a reaper around.

A cast of supporting characters really gets you rolling in this quick read and will make you grin.  I know I had a silly grin on my face at this wonderful story.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 


Monster in my Closet – R.L. Naquin – 4 stars

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Rogue’s Pawn – Jeffe Kennedy – 4 Stars

July 18, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Rogue's Pawn


This admittedly was a hard review to write due to the abrupt ending.  If I had not heard that this is only book 1 then my rating might have gone down to a 3 due to the ending.

Good news is this is book 1 so my hope is that the rushed ending will be fleshed out more in book 2 and  we will get to have the details plus resolution you crave at the end of this work.
 Gwynn (Jennifer) is a strong heroine in that while she does have some moments of self-pity they do not overwhelm her and rule her life in this new strangely compelling world of magic.  She decides on a whim to finally leave the man she is set to marry but does not love and is drawn to Devil’s Tower where she unknowingly opens a bridge to a world of magic and fae.  Once there she discovers that she has magical powers and has to quickly learn how to play by rules that are not explained to her or die.  She ends up being a pawn of stronger fae including the enigmatic Rogue…  She is tortured and manipulated by all that she comes in contact with but underneath the panic and mistreatment a kernel of self remains that sustains her thru the torment.  She also is drawn to Rogue even though he let her be taken by those who tortured her.

Rogue…  sigh…  you really tore me up with sitting back and doing nothing while Gwynn was put thru the wringer by her torturers and then did some master manipulation of your own on her.  This would be unforgivable to some but as I see more and more of the world in which you move I can on some levels understand and not condemn you for it but I can see where some others might not be so forgiving.  You allowed your other half to be tortured, beaten, sexually abused and tormented until most would have completely broken without truly revealing what she means to you.  This could have lost you everything but thankfully she redeemed you in her actions at the end.  I still find you incredibly magnetic and beleive you were trying in small measures to help her within the constraints of your world.  

This is a strangely compelling story and world with a lot of intrigue.  Pay close attention as Gywnn has to in order not to miss the nuances of the world and characters we are shown.
 I personally am looking forward to the next glimpses at Rogue and Gwynn.

Thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review.  


Rogue’s Pawn – Jeffe Kennedy – 4 Stars

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Eliza’s Awakening – Zaide Bishop

July 18, 2012 Uncategorized 0

This was a hard one to rate/review…  I gave it a 2 because the author shows some promise but I have to agree with another reviewer that found the actual scene with her loss of virginity discomforting to say the least.  I believe if we had been able to see a bigger picture then this might not have been so shocking and stark but in this short format it just left a huge feeling of discomfort.

I would like to see a longer treatment done by this author as I think some of her imagery and thought process is intriguing to me but this was not a great read.

If you just want a quick, explicit read this would be it for you but if you want a complete story and have an issue with scenes that do have a feel of rape to them then please pass this.

Special thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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The Ravenous Dead – Natasha Hoar – 3 stars

July 16, 2012 Uncategorized 0

I’m going to have to go back and read the first book.  I enjoyed it but I did feel a little lost with the world.  Hopefully reading the first one will pull it in to perspective.

Even with this minor issue I found I enjoyed the book.

Rachel is a rescue medium and a very capable woman.  She kicks ass and has a heart.  She is working on training Kit, a half-human/half rodach (wraith) and making sure he is capable of living in his new reality.  The first book in this series is supposed to show how they met one another and my guess is helps you understand more of this world.

There are a few murders in the beginning of this book and Rachel is called in because it appears they have a reaper on the loose.  She meets a mysterious man named Luke and then heads on to banish the reaper once his identity is revealed.

I’m looking forward to learning more about the 3 of them and wondering if the relationship between Kit and Rachel will become something more than mentor/student.

Solid quick read and worth a try.  I think you might want to read the first one then this…

Special thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 

The Ravenous Dead – Natasha Hoar – 3 stars

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The Officer Says "I Do" – Jeanette Murray – 3 stars

July 15, 2012 Uncategorized 0

I have to say this was a cute quick read.

Skye is a restaurant manager out for the evening with her friends.  She was raised in a commune and is a vegetarian.  She believes in Fate and also in being in the moment.

Tim is a Marine….  born…  bred…  raised a Marine.  He is out on a last pre-deployment leave with his buddies in Vegas.  After being on great behavior the entire trip he finally lets his guard down and starts playing blackjack with a great winning streak.  He is also drinking heavily although he doesn’t show it to those who do not know it well.  While drunk and in a moment of pure craziness, he meets and then makes out with Skye.  In the middle of this heavy kissing session behind a potted plant he asks her to marry him and she not only accepts…  they go do the whole quickie Vegas wedding.

The morning after leads to him leaving her without saying goodbye and heading back to base.  She tracks him down and the fun ensues.

I loved this book and am looking forward to the additional stories along with more glimpses of Skye and Tim.  They really do seem to be a good match in that she brings him out of his shell and he brings a needed grounding to her personality and life.

You will find yourself frustrated at times because like most conflicts…  they could be resolved if the two would just talk to one another but in this case I think it was easier to understand because they truly did not know one another.

Thanks to netgalley.com and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing this to me in exchange for my honest review.

The Officer Says “I Do” – Jeanette Murray – 3 stars

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Island of Secrets – Janni Nell – 3 stars

July 14, 2012 Uncategorized 0

This was my first foray in to this series and while cute was nothing truly noteworthy.  I enjoyed it enough where if I have a window of time for a quick read I would go back and read the others but not enough for me to go running out and filling the back-list.

Allegra struck me as someone who wants to do stuff on her own but is too reliant on the fact that she has her very own Guardian Angel.  She does things that bite her in the a@# but then seems to get upset if he doesn’t get there in time to rescue her.  I mean come on…  use your head and think things thru so maybe just maybe you won’t end up in a situation he has to rescue from.  Her childish ways weren’t enough to completely turn me off the book but I just hope that in future stories she grows up a bit and stands more on her own two feet.  I also enjoyed the sexual tension you see in this and hope that for both their sakes it gets resolved soon.

Casper…  sigh….  where can I get my own Casper??  He was extremely patient with her and you can see that the fact he can’t do anything sexual with her is getting a bit harder to resist but he’s a good man and keeps that to himself.  Sexy and patient is a powerful aphrodisiac to most women so he’d be able to get anyone he wanted to if he was able to.

Overall the story was good but Allegra’s TSTL moments wore on me although she does have brains you wonder why she acts first then whines cause she gets stuck…  LOL

Anyway…  thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.

Island of Secrets – Janni Nell – 3 stars

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Sharing Hailey – Samantha Ann King – 4 stars

July 9, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Where oh where do I start on this one..

Dear gawd hot and sexy – Check
Alpha males who like to take charge – CHeck
Males who have manners and treat their woman like a queen – Check

I loved this book.  It was more than just sex and more than just the classic friends to lovers story.

Hailey is a smart woman who has just ended a relationship that wasn’t going anywhere and as you get in to the story you see how truly abusive it was.  She doesn’t see it that way until late in the story and that portion is heartbreaking but very well done.  It isn’t glossed over and the author does a great job showing the denials and pains that victims go thru as they come out from  under the spell.  She has been friends with Mark and Tony for years and has lusted after them all that time as well.  She loves both of them and can’t bear to lose them as her friends.  She is going away with her brother and brother’s pregnant wife to Hawaii for the typical family vacation.  The 2 men will also be there as they are truly a part of the family.

Mark and Tony….  yummy yummy yummy ….. Those two are the epitome of Southern gentlemen with wonderful naughty sides.  They both want her and originally had thought she would have to choose one or the other of them but then as they thought about it realized they would be willing to share her if it meant everyone would be happy.  This relationship moves extremely quickly once the feelings are out in the open between them but they are hiding it from her brother since he would not be happy at all.  When he finds out there is a huge moment of tension but that doesn’t last.

The relationship is hot, sexy and yet sweet so it was a great read.  I especially liked towards the end where some acknowledgement as to the speed of the relationship occurs and you get to see this is one that will stand the test of time as the 3 are truly supportive of what each individual needs and are willing to give the space that is needed to fulfill all of them not just one vs the other vs the other.

Go out and grab this…  You won’t be sorry….

Special thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for giving me a copy to read in exchange for my honest review…

Sharing Hailey – Samantha Ann King – 4 Stars

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