Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - SLADE by VICTORIA ASHLEY - WALK OF SHAME # 1 - CONTEMPORARY EROTICA

By: Victoria Ashley
Published By: Victoria Ashley
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle, 176 Pages

RATING: 3.75 SLADE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

My name is Slade Merrick and I’m a fucking sex addict . 

I’ve been told it’s a problem. But I see it as a passion; something that I’m good at. And who the fuck stops something that they’re good at?

They want me to seek help; get my cock in check. Don't judge my lifestyle. You’re no better than me. Just admit it, you like to fuck too. Sex is what I do best; my own personal high, so I embrace it instead of being ashamed.

When I'm not fucking, I'm slinging drinks at Walk Of Shame or stripping my way into your bed; another thing I'm good at. Every woman’s darkest fantasy brought to life.

So, am I stopping? Fuck no. Sex is beautiful, raw and erotic and I get off knowing I can have it with anyone I want . . . with the exception of her.

Aspen.

She walks into the club swaying those hips, instantly drawing my cock to attention. She’s pure perfection. That is, until she opens that mouth, drawing me in and for the first time in forever I want something more than sex. I want her and she hates it.

Things get dirty. Dirty is what I like; it’s how I live. But . . . she’s playing a game she can never win.


BOOK REVIEW:

The covers for this series are really eye catching and they caught me, so I had to read. I’ve got the box set, but also along the way I had #oneclicked Slade and Hemy, individually, simply took me too long to crack them open.

Now, I know this first installment went off like a firecracker with ten thousand plus ratings on Goodreads, alone, but…

I’m gonna rate according to my level of rating for beautiful, cocky, Slade’s book.

I am giving 3.75 stars for depth of story and a few other reasons.

I would give 4.5 stars for the DIRTY! Giddy up!

As an overall this story is short, which is perfectly fine, I totally dig reading shorter books, probably more than bricks, but there isn’t a lot for me to hold onto in depth of characters etc in this installment.

If you want a dirty good time, with pretty good writing, (I didn’t let the dirty distract me from the actual writing) then Slade is your man.

I do love Aspen’s name, such a great name.

This is more a wham-bam read for me, but I did enjoy it. No matter what I think, it certainly has made a tidy profit.





Monday, July 17, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - IMMORTAL IN DEATH by J.D. ROBB - IN DEATH # 3 - PIATKUS - CRIME ROMANCE


By : J.D. Robb

Published By: Piatkus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 404 Pages

RATING: 5 ROARKE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

'She'd come to New York to be a cop, because she believed in order. Needed it to survive. She had taken control, had made herself into the person some anonymous social worker had named Eve Dallas.'


But in a few weeks she won't just be Eve Dallas, lieutenant, homicide. She'll be Roarke's wife. But Eve's wedding plans may have to be put on hold as her private and professional lives collide...

The victim in her latest murder investigation is one of the most sought-after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted - even another woman's man. And Eve's chief suspect is the other woman in this fatal love triangle - her best friend Mavis. Putting her job on the line to head the investigation, Eve discovers that the world of high fashion thrives on an all-consuming passion for youth and fame. One that leads from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs can fulfil any desire - for a price . . .


Eve Dallas
Image inspiration pinched off another review
Thought they had it pretty spot on.


BOOK REVIEW:

I’m trying not to worry already an In Death series formula is becoming quite evident, each book I crack open. Janet Evanovich has got that covered with Stephanie Plum.

46th book releasing in 2017, I could skip to book 45 and see how that formula is going, but where would the fun in that be?

Like Stephanie Plum series, I am addicted, regardless of the formula.

Steph P series has Ranger reeling me back in each time and Eve Dallas has Roarke.

Giddy up!

The baddie of the story is pretty evident early on into Immortal In Death, but that is okay. I was hovering on two theories from the get go, but felt theory one was a little too directed by the author. That is when I know to look the other way.

What I like is Nora aka J.D gives us a platter of sub characters to choose from who could be the bad guy.

Bravo!

Pet hate is an author writing in this genre who gives us only one possibility because they are too busy pushing on the reader the one they want us to assume is the killer. Ya gotta be cleverer than that and give the reader a ride. J.D. did serve up a nice platter of suspects.

Possible Spoiler Alert:

Throw your hand over the screen and block out the paragraph below. Don’t peek!You can peek if you already read book 3.



I kinda feel bad with who we discover is the baddie because there was so much potential there for a Joe/Steph/Ranger thing.



I did like the title had  ‘Immortal’ in it and how it is brought into this mystery.

Oh... Roarke, you are so yummy. The more I read in this series, the more I see why Eve attracts you like a bee to honey, when you could have any woman.

The sub characters really do steal the show sometimes when Eve is getting rather clinical in her investigations.

Leonardo is a wonderful addition who is a great quirky character.



‘Leonardo, he’s this massive, and oddly attractive… I don’t know. Event. Heavy on the Native American blood, at a guess. He has the bone structure and coloring of an NA, biceps like astro torpedoes, and a voice that has a hint of magnolia.


(Say what? Magnolia? *scratches head*)



If only Pandora hadn’t been killed off, what a PITA addition she would have been to the series, but entertaining.



“You two-timing, back-stabbing, mother-fucking son of a bitch.” She made her leap, rather like a gorgeous mortar locked on target, and with a speed and grace brought on by pure fear.



Mavis and Leonardo are gonna make a wonderful story addition because they are such colorful characters.

Peabody! I just love her name, it is kinda manly, but who cares. I look forward to more of Eve and Peabody teaming up.

We learn things in this installment. Lots of things.

We get more of Eve and her past. Summerset learns things giving him a whole new perspective on Eve. It’s these parts of a long standing series that help me to stay on track and keep coming back for more, because although they are possibly part of the recipe (release an emotional tit-bit each book), they don’t read like the recipe.

Another addictive installment. I’m ready for Rapture In Death.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - GLORY IN DEATH by J.D. ROBB - IN DEATH # 2 - CRIME ROMANCE - PIATKUS

By: J.D. Robb
Published By: Piatkus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 390 Pages

RATING: 5 INTELLIGENT STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

It is 2058, New York City. In a world where technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there's only one place to hide a crime of passion-in the heart.

Even in the mid-twenty-first century, during a time when genetic testing usually weeds out any violent hereditary traits before they can take over, murder still happens. The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second is murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provide Eve with a long list of suspects -- including her own lover, Roarke.



BOOK REVIEW:

Book two is done and dusted, and just quietly, so is book three.

Mystery, murder and suspense and a nice helping of Roarke and his Eve—is what keeps me coming back for more.

I do dare a reader to not fall head-over-heels for a man like Roarke.

What is very brilliant about his character, as I am discovering is: he knows Eve better than she knows herself at times, he’s lived on the tough side, he’s intelligent, he’s street-smart, he has high-tech shit to help Eve with her investigations, he has a grumpy butler, he’s generous with his emotions and he’s a very patient man.

Diamond necklace, anyone?

Eve Dallas is always on a case, but she finds time for the billionaire who weaves his way into her investigations, either as a suspect or having contacts.

Prominent women are being murdered. Eve is on the case and with Feeney occasionally along for the ride. 

The villain had me flip flopping as to who it was. I thought I had the bad guy and then I was off the trail, but then on it again, but then off it again. I do like a book in this genre that makes the reader work hard theorizing.

Well, I like to theorize.


We get more of other sub characters. Summerset is always a joy to read. Who needs a mother in law when they can have Summerset giving them the stink eye? The man does not like Eve…but keep reading the series, they learn more about each other.

Mavis, Eve’s BF, the nightclub singer, shows up more and she’s really growing on me. Eve needs somebody like Mavis in her life, even if she is kinda the total opposite of her. In Eve’s case—can only be a good thing. Eve can be a little too serious sometimes.

Peabody makes her entrance.


Another really good book in the In Death series. Only 42 more to go, because #46 isn’t released yet, and I’m about to start # 4.

Addicted. Much.



Friday, July 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN by JANET EVANOVICH - STEPHANIE PLUM # 13 - HEADLINE - CONTEMPORARY CRIME

By: Janet Evanovich
Published By: Headline
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from OP shop haul, 310 Pages

RATING: 5 #teamranger STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!

MISTAKE #1

Dickie Orr. Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either one of them again.

MISTAKE #2

Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (a.k.a. Ranger). Ranger needs her to meet with Dickie and find out if he's doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, he's also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger's favors always come with a price...

MISTAKE #3

Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office. Now Dickie has disappeared and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie Plum stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, NJ is also keeping Stephanie on her toes-and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum, where the ultimate prize might be her life.

With Janet Evanovich's flair for hilarious situations, breathtaking action, and unforgettable characters, LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN shows why no one can beat Evanovich for blockbuster entertainment.



BOOK REVIEW:

My addiction to this series stays strong.

My addiction to #teamranger is as strong as The Force.

Everything is the normal recipe: different day, different villain/s, different outfits, shit happens to Steph’s car and there isn’t much movement between the Joe/Steph/Ranger thing.



Fifteen minutes later, I looked in my rearview mirror and saw Ranger pull in behind me. He got out of his car and into mine. Ranger didn’t smile a lot, but clearly he was amused.

“I don’t know how you did it,” Ranger said. “In a matter of days, you’ve managed to turn a perfectly good piece-of-shit car into something so fucked up it’s a work of art.”



And Ranger gets dressed in black. He was going for the corporate look.


Ranger ended his call and joined me at the table. He was in corporate attire. Black dress slacks, black shirt, black-on-black striped tie, black gun and holster. He draped a black cashmere sports coat on an empty dining-room chair, then poured a coffee while standing, and sat across from me.


(I bet the coffee was black too) 

What I find as my observation now on this trio, is they should just  have a threesome and get it over and done with, and all will be right in my world. Well… my Stephanie Plum world.

Not sure what Ranger and Joe would think about that, I’m sure Steph would probably be up for it…I mean who wouldn’t? 

#teamrangerladyboner
It is becoming an odd sort of working relationship that Ranger and Joe have, where Steph is concerned. I can almost see it as a throw-your-keys-in-the-middle-and-make-sure-you-bring-her-home-safe, kinda deal.

Whatever it is—I think I got a good 13 more books of it.

I think this one got five stars instead of four-and-a-half because of the squirrel and beaver bombs.

Oh…yeah!

Shenanigans abound.


BOOK REVIEW - MAID FOR LOVE by MARIE FORCE - GANSETT ISLAND # 1 - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Marie Force
Published By: Marie Force
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle FREE

RATING: 4.25 MAC STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.



BOOK REVIEW:

The Gansett Island series first came to my attention last year when a review for the Men Of Ocean Beach series – Joy Is Found, by Emma James stated:

This type of storyline with all the different characters interacting through each book reminds me of Anne Mercier's Rockstar series and Marie Force's Gansett Island and Green Mountain series', which isn't a bad thing because those series are up there in my all time faves.

 (excerpt from review of Joy Is Found , Men Of Ocean Beach # 3 by Dawn - Goodreads)

Needless to say I had to find the first book in Gansett Island and read it. Men Of Ocean Beach series is one of my fave. *wink*



Checking my Kindle I realized I had purchased this book in 2012, so away I went.

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Maid for Love has over 2200 ratings on Amazon.



This was a sweet read with some heat in the romance to keep the readers warm. I am really looking forward to reading more in this series.

I could visually see Gansett Island as I was reading and I liked it a whole lot. I also liked the bunch of hunks who work there or are part of the McCarthy family.

This was a great pool side read where nothing is too deep, but the hunky lads will keep you coming back for more.

Huzzah!!


BOOK REVIEW - NAKED IN DEATH by J.D. ROBB - IN DEATH # 1 - CRIME ROMANCE - PIATKUS

By: J.D. Robb
Published By: Piatkus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 375 Pages

RATING: 5 ROARKE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Named by the social worker who rescued her as a child, Eve Dallas is now a New York City cop who lives for the job.

While recovering from her latest case, Eve is sent to investigate the brutal execution of Sharon DeGlass. A high-class escort and senator's granddaughter, Sharon has been shot three times with an illegal gun and left naked and posed on her own bed.

All the evidence points Eve towards Irish billionaire, Roarke. With an instant sexual attraction between them, Eve and Roarke must work together to find a sadistic killer - but can Eve really trust a man whose past is as damaged as her own?




BOOK REVIEW:

I stumbled across this series—seriously I had no clue it was out there—when I was checking out series' similar to Stephanie Plum on google.

The Eve Dallas series, In Death, popped up so I took a squiz at it.

Sure I am starting from book #1 and book # 46 is soon to be released.

GAHHHH!!

Like Steph Plum series by Janet Evanovich, this series first started back in mid ‘90s.

I didn’t realize when I began reading that this series starts in 2058—w
ell, okay. 

When I thought I was gonna get a whole pile of futuristic gadgets and jargon—there wasn’t a great deal. I liked what I read and it really didn’t date that much to the present. In a way it kinda swallowed some of the ‘futuristic’ up by starting this series in 2017... but that is okay. Only some of it, there was still that Sci-fi side of going ‘off-planet’.

There's a nice dose of violence and gore to set the mood for the series and a smart Lieutenant.

I like Eve Dallas.


He’d seen a tall, willowy brunette with short, tumbled hair, eyes the color of honeycombs and a mouth made for sex.


I love Roarke. I want his house.


His image stared back at her from the screen. He was almost ridiculously handsome: the narrow, aesthetic face; the slash of cheekbones; and sculpted mouth. Yes, his hair was black, but the computer didn’t say it was thick and full and swept back from a strong forehead to fall inches above broad shoulders. His eyes were blue, but the word was much too simple for the intensity of color or the power in them.

Maybe J.D aka Nora Roberts didn’t see 46 books and counting in the works when she wrote this one, but I thought the insta-love on Roarke’s part was a bit fast. In hindsight that could have been spread out a bit.


“And by the way, I don’t think I’m in love with you anymore. I know I am.”

(I did hear the record player screech to a halt there. LOL)

I am reading this series from the library because it is gonna cost a lot to purchase the Kindle or paperbacks. The Kindle books are priced between $9.00US and $13.00US and sometimes more than the paperback.

That’s what libraries are for.

I have finished Glory In Death # 2 and there is a definite formula I can see this early into the series forming, just like Stephanie Plum. I am at book 13 in that series.

I would not say the two series are similar—contrary to google telling me—but I am enjoying both. Eve Dallas is certainly a lot smarter than Stephanie Plum. Bahaha.

Stephanie Plum has more the silly, outrageous repetitive shenanigans going on where Eve Dallas is more serious.

There’s a lot to be said for the wide audience gained for both series over all these years and still counting.

Get your library card ready—ya know, if you don’t have deep pockets.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

PREORDER ENTWINED by EMMA JAMES - HELL'S BASTARD # 4 - ADULT SUSPENSE ROMANCE


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Whisper is finally safe—or is she?

Boxer is about to learn being a father figure comes with a whole lot of complicated.

Edge has saved his sweet and wild girl—but where do they go from here on out?

The hunter may well have become the hunted.

More twists and turns than a pretzel and an epic love waiting to be revealed—as long as they can stay alive long enough!



Saturday, June 17, 2017

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Friday, June 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - FORGOTTEN SINS by REBECCA ZANETTI - SIN BROTHERS # 1 - FOREVER - ADULT SUSPENSE ROMANCE


By: Rebecca Zanetti

Published By: Forever

Released: Available Now

Details: Paperback from library, 364 Pages

RATING: 4.5 SHANE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

His Secrets Can Destroy Her


From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him

Shane can't remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside—or who he even is—but he knows something isn't right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret?



BOOK REVIEW:

This is my first Rebecca Zanetti read and I really liked it.

Shane is dead sexy, a total hot tamale. I kept finding myself ogling the guy on the cover who I think is a very good representation of his character, while reading.

Yummo!

The first half of this book was a definite five star read for me. Shane was so sexy and mysterious—but then I think things became a little obvious and I thought maybe Josie lost some of her shine—in my eyes.

The three week let’s-get-married part of the story was simply told. There is no build up. There was no real reason for me to believe Josie and Shane’s love was so strong, because I hadn’t been told anything. That was a little different as you don't have a real basis for their relationship, you kinda come in two years later, with snippets. 

There were more reasons explained why they shouldn’t stay together, than why they should. It was a little different this aspect of the story.

It is a wonderful first installment and I absolutely LOVE Malloy. He’s written very well. 

The villain side of the story was great. You kinda want to throat punch the...

I won’t talk about the other characters, but to say, I am looking forward to their books.

I did enjoy all the action, and there is plenty.

I will be continuing this series and am eager to find out about…

Sshhh… I can’t say. 


Saturday, June 10, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - INTO THE FIRE by JEANIENE FROST - NIGHT PRINCE # 4 - ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE - AVON BOOKS


By: Jeaniene Frost
Published By: Avon
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 340 Pages

RATING: 5 VLAD STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s….


In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.



BOOK REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this final installment in the Night Prince spinoff series.

Don’t fear! Ian shall be back in his own series in 2018.

Ian is a wonderfully cheeky character who is teamed up with Vlad and Leila, in their fight to break her free of the violent spell cast on her. And Mencheres... is always a delight to read about.

No sighting of Cat or Bones, but that is okay. 

What I love about any of the books in the Night Huntress World; is how Jeaniene writes. A lot of readers won’t take the time to really notice the detail in her writing, because flipping the pages rapidly comes first. I love the facial movements and all those little things that may not truly get noticed when reading. A lot of work goes into keeping all that...different.

Anyhoo, another wonderful installment—although not as sexy as some of the books in the past—but definitely fast paced and action filled.

I think this was a perfect finale for Leila and Vlad and a nice lead in for Ian and...

Well, I can’t say who, you gotta read this book to find out. ;)

If you haven't started Night Huntress series with Cat and Bones...dayum! Where you been at?

You don't have to read that series first to enjoy Night Prince series, but you really gotta love Cat and Bones. He would be one of my fave PNR characters.

Humma...humma!

Vlad is pretty awesome too.