Publisher: Covet

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Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! – Candace Havens – 4 stars

July 30, 2013 Entangled Publishing, Read in 2013, Sent 0

Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! – Candace Havens – 4 starsLions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! Published by Covet, Entangled Publishing on July 22, 2013
Pages: 164
Format: eBook
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

A Montana town where no one is who they seem....  Everything about runaway heiress Ainsley McLeon screamed trouble—from her luscious midnight locks to her Louboutin-clad toes.  Yet sexy, stoic bar owner Luc couldn’t deny the instant connection he felt to the tempting stranger…or the long-dead feelings she evoked.  She could work in his pub until her truck was fixed but after that she had to leave town for good.  Ainsley traveled with her own emotional baggage and there was no way she'd fall for the bear-tempered Luc...no matter how many passionate nights she spent in his bed or how safe she felt in his muscular arms. Can these two opposites find love in the middle of a blizzard, or will Luc's darker side and Ainsley's past catch up with them?

My Thoughts:

Other than a I’m on birth control so we don’t have to use a condom even though we really don’t know one another moment I really enjoyed this title.  The whole don’t use a condom thing for a first time new hook-up is a pet peeve thing of mine but hey we all have our moments.

Ainsley is in trouble.  She’s fled California with just what she’s wearing and her purse but nothing more.  She’s driving on a backroad in Montana when she almost runs over a tiger??  really a tiger???  in Montana??  She’s understandably thinking that she must be hallucinating due to stress and the fact that she’s freezing in this piece of junk truck with no heat she bought with cash but she didn’t really just see a tiger in the snowstorm did she?  She ends up telling jokes to it as it stares at her through the window of her truck until a deputy shows up to help her get out of the now totaled vehicle.  When she ends up in a bar begging for work she knows she’s hit rock bottom but where else can she go since she doesn’t know if it was her uncle or brother that tried to have her killed?  She was a lot tougher than people made her out to be and I found her to be a perfect foil for our hero.  I liked how she wanted to earn her own way and not rely completely on others but also liked that she really did work to understand what was going on around her even while her life was falling apart.  She takes finding out about the existence of shifters in a rational way, if locking yourself in a closet with a tray of brownies could be considered rational.  I wasn’t quite as fond of her treatment of Luc at the end but I did understand it even though it sort of was over the top.

Luc knows from the moment he sees her that she’s going to be nothing but trouble.  He’s determined to send her on her way but as he learns more about what is driving her he just can’t do it.  He’s also instantly attracted to her which also makes him really want to run the other way as he can’t take letting someone get close to him again after losing his entire family in a dam break.  He’s a goner though and we all know it which makes this a fun story.  I felt for him when he gets news that rocks him down to his core and understood why he behaved like a complete and utter jerk to her.  I didn’t like it but I really did understand it.  I loved how he goes out of his way to try to help everyone in town as they have become his new family even if he doesn’t completely want to admit it.  He’s gruff but so sweet and gentle with Ainsley as she heals and seeing him be so afraid of hurting her was heartwarming.  I also admit he pulled my heartstrings when he struggles to help his old friend, Ian, come back from shapeshifter hell.

This was a fun title with a bit of angst with both the main players and a secondary character that I want to see more of.  I want to see Ian get his HEA and find what he needs to make him whole again.  I have to say thanks to Entangled Publishing – Covet – for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

four-stars

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Luck of the Dragon – Susannah Scott – 2.5 stars

July 20, 2013 Entangled Publishing, Read in 2013, Sent 0

Luck of the Dragon – Susannah Scott – 2.5 starsLuck of the Dragon Published by Covet, Entangled Publishing on June 24, 2013
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
Source: the publisher
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two-half-stars

   Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology--and a problem. Her
twin brother's gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is
blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although
Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family's grifter past, to
save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts
into Alec's Gerald's casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways
to the test again.
Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel
casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las
Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to rob his gem exhibit turns
out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form
forever. With enemies in every corner, and the all-important mating
ceremony looming, Alec and Lucy must learn to trust each other, before time
runs out for Alec and the rest of the dragons.

My Thoughts:

I’m going to have to admit that I struggled with rating this book for one major reason:

I’m a huge, huge, huge dragon fan.  You tell me something has a dragon in it and man oh man do you have someone that wants it.  This makes me very susceptible to reading titles that I would normally run away from or not finish.

 

This being said we are going to do this review a bit differently from my normal reviews as I can’t do my normal paragraph about each main character to sum up how this ended up with a 2.5 rating.

 

My likes (what will get me to try the next book if there is one):

  • The world – I loved the idea of dragons hiding in plain sight in Las Vegas.  This fascinated me and I can’t help but want to see another story about them.
  • The fact there is dragons…  did ya not see my initial comment???  LOL I know I’m easy but as some saw when they met me at RT you say dragons and I PERK!
  • The hero – While he had his issues I liked how much he wanted his people to be safe and have a place to live where they could be themselves.  He also handled finding out his mate was human in a very good way even though he tended to ignore the issues between them unless they were forced on him.
  • The implications of mating vs no mating – I found it interesting that if a male dragon does not find his mate by a certain age he loses his form.  I mean it does cause him a lot of pressure but I liked that the author made it where the females do not have that same sense of pressure.  If they don’t find their mates or find that the mate is lacking in some form they don’t have to complete the bond.  Does it suck for the men?  Yes in a way but no as well…  it can force them to actually listen to their female to make them happy which in my opinion could help everyone in the long run.

My dislikes (which is why this got a low grade):

  • Joey – The heroine’s brother is just such a lowlife you just can’t help but want to smack her for wasting so much damn time on him.  He’s childish, spoiled and inconsiderate of anyone around him.  His head is so far up his own ass for 99% of the book that you just don’t get why she tolerates his stupidity and obvious attitude that she doesn’t matter.  I must admit I wasn’t happy with something that happens right at the end with him but if he isn’t the hero in the next book and we get to see him maybe start to grow up in the next title I might be able to handle seeing his book.
  • The heroine – Dear Lord I don’t even freakin know where to go with her.  She does stuff in this book that pissed me off to no end in hopes that she might finally save her brother from being a moron.  She’s got this amazing connection with our hero and yet every chance she has to tell him what is going on she doesn’t even though she knows that what she’s doing is harmful for him.  When she’s confronted with exactly what he is does she then tell him her own secret…  of course not…  What does this wonderfully supposedly smart individual do?  She plots to steal from him in order to save her idiot of a brother who has already proven she doesn’t freaking matter to him!  I mean she calls him desperately needing help and what does this ass do?  He keeps pushing her to get him in good with a mobster by stealing from the man who has done nothing but help her.  I swear I just wanted to scream at her to open her freaking eyes already.

Ok so now that you have found out my dirty little secret weakness… I wanted to love this title but the heroine and her idiotic brother just really worked my last nerve and I just couldn’t recover completely.  While I think I will check out the next one in the series, if there is one, I probably won’t be in a huge hurry to do so but hope that the side characters we met in Alec’s retinue will get their HEAs and they will find a partner that is worthy of them rather than one who has so many TSTL moments you just want to scream.
Thanks to Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this as I did enjoy the world the author built but wished both parts of the main pair were worthy of each other.

two-half-stars

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