Jun 30, 2017

BookReview: Dark Alpha's Lover

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you…

I answer to no one but Death. I am impenetrable, impervious, immortal. I exist to do Death’s bidding and no one–not Reaper nor human nor Fae–can stand in my way. Except for the bewitching half-Fae, Catriona. She swears the magic in her family passed her by, but I know better. This woman is strong. This woman is powerful. And when her abilities surge forth, no one will be able to stop the Dark Fae from coming for her. Except for me. I want to keep her close. I want to keep her safe. I want lose myself to her, again and again…

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I keep dipping my toes into this world as the books come up for review and have been very pleased.  This is the first one that I have read in the Reaper series and I loved the fact that while it stands on its own very nicely, I also got a chance to check in on the Dragon Kings.

DARK ALPHA'S LOVER focuses on Fintan and Cat while advancing the overall story arc.  I was introduced to the other Reapers also and now I need to pick up the books that came before as I was entranced by Ms. Grant's world and her characters.

I do recommend this book and this author to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances with hot men and strong women.  There are some sex scenes as well as violence but nothing too graphic.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jun 29, 2017

Book Review: Not A Sound

When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters--her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?

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I enjoy the romantic suspense genre and I do have to admit that Ms. Gudenkauf quickly became a must read author.  It's well worth checking out her lineup for books.   She always adds that little extra touch that makes her books special.
 I have imagined losing various senses before but I never realized just how much the loss of one's hearing would really effect a person.  Thanks to WITHOUT A SOUND, I now have a glimmer of the sense of isolation and helplessness that it can cause on a good day.  Amelia being deaf really adds a sense of terror and that little extra to the story.

I really enjoyed WITHOUT A SOUND.  It started out with a bang and the tension never ebbed from there.  The characters were well drawn out, the dialogue flowed even when there was a language barrier and the villain was truly immoral.  And of course, there was Stitch who was a major part of the story and I can't resist a dog.  

I do think that my readers who enjoy romantic suspense will really enjoy this book.  There is some violence which might bother some readers but no graphic sex scenes.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jun 26, 2017

Book Review: Girl Last Seen

Two missing girls. Thirteen years apart.
Olivia Shaw has been missing since last Tuesday. She was last seen outside the entrance of her elementary school in Hunts Point wearing a white spring jacket, blue jeans, and pink boots.

I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can't bring myself to move. Olivia Shaw could be my mirror image, rewound to thirteen years ago.

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I've spent a long time peering into the faces of girls on missing posters, wondering which one replaced me in that basement. But they were never quite the right age, the right look, the right circumstances. Until Olivia Shaw, missing for one week tomorrow.

Whoever stole me was never found. But since I was taken, there hasn't been another girl.

And now there is.

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There are times when you want to escape reality where all the rough edges are smoothed and there are other times when you want those edges.  GIRL LAST SEEN is a mystery where all the rough edges were left in place.  

Set in Seattle where gray skies and drizzle are the norm, this gritty mystery will keep you entranced.  The main character is an addict who had been kidnapped and held by a pedophile when she was just a child.  Lainey managed to escape but now she feels responsible for Olivia who had just been kidnapped.  

I really enjoyed this book.  It's gritty and does a wonderful job of showing the life of an addict without the rose colored glasses that we so often reach for.   While I have never been an addict, I have had friends and family members who have struggled with that disease and I appreciated being able to see through their eyes for a bit.

I really think that my readers who enjoy gritty mysteries will enjoy GIRL LAST SEEN.  I probably wouldn't recommend it for younger readers because there are scenes of drug use, violence as well as using sex to pay for drugs.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jun 21, 2017

Book Review: Playing with Trouble

Recently divorced, Laura Baughman is taking her life back. After a decade away, she’s returning to Yachats, Oregon—the small town she couldn’t wait to leave after graduation—to take over her late mother’s beloved flower shop. Yet once she arrives, Laura discovers the store has been neglected and her father has partnered in construction with Jake Lock. The once-scrawny high school band geek is now successful—and irresistibly sexy—and set to inherit her family’s business. That is, unless Laura can prove in the next thirty days that she has what it takes to run the company.

Despite the heat between Jake and Laura, romance is out of the question. After her last disastrous relationship, Laura has sworn off men—especially one bent on crushing her dreams. That’s just fine with Jake, who thinks the gorgeous blonde is a pain in the neck…though admittedly one he’d like to put his lips all over.

Jake has a proposal to mix business with pleasure. But when a deal goes south, Laura is ready to pack up and skip town all over again. Does he have what it takes to convince her to stay?

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I do have a tendency to avoid books with a lot of explicit sex because all too often I have found that as more sex that is added plot is removed.  I am so happy to say that this wasn't the case with PLAYING WITH TROUBLE.  It has a solid story line that will keep the reader interested along with some sex scenes which really heat up the pages.

I really enjoyed the characters especially some of the secondary ones such as Roberta, Laura's father's girlfriend.  She's a down to earth, big hearted woman with good advice who just happens to run a lingerie shop and a dirty book club.  I would also like to see a book about Hannah who is Laura's best friend.

All in all, I would give this book a thumbs up because it has a solid plot line, good pacing, great characters and witty dialogue.  I think that any of my readers who enjoy contemporary romance with some heat would enjoy this book.  There are some graphic scenes though so perhaps not appropriate for the younger generation.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jun 20, 2017

Book Review: Take Me Back

Hallie Cavanaugh’s late father just left her millions of reasons to stay away from Jim Lawson, deputy sheriff of Paradise, Idaho, and the man who broke her heart fourteen years ago. Hallie has worked hard for independence, but she can’t dismiss a massive inheritance, even if she has to follow her father’s manipulative terms to get it. How hard can it be to spend six months back in Paradise—and not sleep with her old flame?

Former Army Ranger Jim just wants to do his job, raise his daughter…and resist the gorgeous, redheaded reminder of his bad-boy past. Their one unforgettably hot night together had major consequences, and now there’s a fortune and a family legacy at stake. But when Hallie is threatened amid a storm of uncovered secrets and conflicted loyalties, protecting her becomes more than a duty: it’s a deeply personal fight Jim’s heart won’t let him lose.

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I really liked the characters in this book.  They are all so realistic with their faults and strengths that they almost jump right off the pages.  Hallie is a really good person which is a testament to her strength of will since her mother was absent even when she was right there and her father was a real piece of work.  Jim has grown into a wonderful man who is open to learn from his experiences.

The unfortunate part is that someone is determined to see that Hallie doesn't meet the requirements of her father's will and won't stop at anything to ensure her failure.  It made for a great story to see how Hallie, Jim and their friends work together to ensure her safety and to ensure that she is able to inherit the money her father left to her.

I really enjoyed this book.  The villain in this story really worked behind the scenes up until the very end which made for a surprising finish.  I think that my readers who enjoy a contemporary romance with a bit of danger tossed in would really like this book.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jun 13, 2017

Book Review: The Fallen Kingdom

The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer's story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.

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While I really enjoyed the first two books, THE FALLEN KINGDOM swept me away.  I became so invested in the world and in the characters that when a death occurred, I was in tears.  Now I don't know about you but very few books cause me to cry.  

This entire book was very emotional.  You have fantastic characters that are all too easy to relate too in a great setting.  There is the love between Aileana (Kam) and Kiaran, the friendships between Kam, Derrick, Charlotte and Aithinne,  Sorcha's hatred and jealousy.  Oh and let's not forget the dialogue.  It will have you laughing at times and ready to sniffle at others.

This is seriously a wonderful book and I recommend that anyone who enjoys fantasy rush out and get this series!  It goes among the top three or four that I have ever read.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jun 9, 2017

Book Review: A Deeper Grave

When the hunter becomes the hunted…

Serial-killer hunter Nick Shade built his legendary career chasing monsters—sadistic criminals with a gruesome thirst for death. When he rescued Montgomery detective Bobbie Gentry from horrific captivity and helped her reclaim her life, he didn't intend to be a hero. Or a target. But now a copycat murderer haunts him, and reuniting with Bobbie is his best chance at neutralizing the threat.

Bobbie can't forget the nightmares of her trauma—or the man who saved her. Working with Nick to outmaneuver the person behind a deadly vendetta feeds her hope that there's more to her world than ghosts and destruction. Maybe joining Nick's search for a killer is about gratitude. Maybe it's nothing more than cold revenge. But the only way they can protect themselves is to trust each other.

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I do have to say that I have found a new favorite author.  Ms. Webb does an excellent job of drawing the reader right into the story to the point that you can almost smell the blood.  

This story is gritty with a kick ass heroine, Bobby Gentry, who doesn't know how to quit once she is on the trail.  She is assisted by the mysterious Nick Shade who goal in life was to hunt serial killers.  That was until he meet Bobby who has managed to work her way under his skin so now he has another goal which is to try to keep her safe.

A DEEPER GRAVE is the second book in this series and I do have to say that they just keep getting better and better.  I would recommend this book and this series to any of my readers who enjoy gritty thrillers with a touch of romance.  I do want to give my readers a heads up that this book does portray graphic violence  so be forewarned.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jun 7, 2017

Book Review: Restrained Under His Duty

An uninhibited politician’s daughter falls for her loyal bodyguard behind closed doors in this scandalous novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and Tied to His Betrayal.

As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.

Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her heart.

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RESTRAINED UNDER HIS DUTY is actually the third book in this series but you won't feel lost if you haven't had the chance to read the first two.  Now if you have been following the series however you are in for a treat as you will get the opportunity to check in with the rest of the Dominant Council.

I very enjoyed reading this book as the plot flowed nicely and I have already really like Ryder.  There are also some really hot sex scenes involving bondage.  I didn't really care for Hadley though.  I found that a lot of the issues could be laid directly in her lap for not thinking things through.  Even so, this was a fun book to read.

I think that my readers that enjoy really steamy books with a good plot will enjoy this book.  I do want to put out a gentle warning however that this book does have very explicit sex scenes.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jun 5, 2017

Ramblings and Updates

I really haven't forgotten everyone that reads my blog.  I just been horrible about keeping people up to date about the happenings in my world.  So this might be a longer post.

  • As everyone knows, my beloved Boo was having liver issues.  We thought that we had won that battle as she was back up to weight and had gotten her snarkiness back.  I should have knocked on wood because Boo refused her meds on Friday May 26th and she died laying by side on Saturday May 27th.  She will be forever missed and I plan on having some of her ashes made into a bead.
  • On the brighter side of things, we are getting new carpet installed on July 3rd. This is long overdue as the existing carpet has grease stains from before we bought the house.  And then it went through issues with Kharma forgetting to go out to do his business. 
  • Conal, my stepson, loves to paint so we are getting the place painted before the new carpet arrives.

  • We have a new puppy!  One of my favorite breeds and one that I have always wanted is an  Akita.  She looks like she is going to be Saje's dog which is good since he is the one spending the most time with her.  

  • She is a moose weighing in at 35 pounds and just over 3 months.  And she is a rather smart puppy which is making her a handful to teach manners too.  She doesn't give me much time to miss Boo.

  • We have our garden started.  This house is situated in such a fashion that I won't ever be able to have a traditional garden because of the fact I don't get enough sun anywhere but on my front porch.
Jun 2, 2017

Book Review: Wildfire

Her power-hungry husband takes pleasure in her pain, but she’s done playing the victim.

Three years ago, ex-operative Sophie Jordan made the mistake of falling in love—and marrying—her target. Now she’s paying for it tenfold. Her husband might be one of the sexiest men alive, but he’s also a psychopath. She’s been a virtual prisoner, and the time has come for retribution—and escape.

Undercover agent Malcolm Gunnison has his orders: get intel from Sophie’s arms-dealer husband, then kill him. He plans to get rid of her, too, if she gets in his way, but he’s unprepared when she gets under his skin instead. Whose side is she on? And what is she hiding behind those mesmerizing eyes?

Sophie vowed to never fall for another man again, but this sexy undercover agent is different. With danger mounting, can Malcolm and Sophie trust each other—and their growing passion—enough to get out of this operation alive?

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I really enjoyed checking back in on the folks from the Organization.  I am still in lust with Reme.  Somehow I managed to miss the second book but each book is complete in itself so I wasn't lost or felt like I was missing something vital.  

Sophie is one of the strongest people that I have ever seen.  I know that I would have gone insane dealing with her husband but she just spends her time preparing to escape from him.  Mal is burnt out and not too sure just what he thinks about Sophie.  She could be either a help or a hindrance to his mission.   

I do think that my readers who enjoy romantic suspense will enjoy  WILDFIRE.  The plot is fast paced, the characters are interesting and the tension is thick enough to cut with a knife. You can read this book as a stand alone but I would recommend picking up the entire series.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.