Thursday, October 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - WHISKEY SOUR by J.A. KONRATH - JACK DANIELS MYSTERY - CONTEMPORARY CRIME

By: J.A. Konrath
Published By: J.A. Konrath
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle Purchase, 217 Pages

RATING: 5 JACK STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself 'The Gingerbread Man' is dumping mutilated bodies in her district. Between avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Jack and her binge-eating partner, Herb, must catch the maniac before he kills again....and Jack is next on his murder list. Whiskey Sour is full of laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense, and it introduces a fun, fully drawn heroine in the grand tradition of Kinsey Millhone, Stephanie Plum, and Kay Scarpetta.



BOOK REVIEW:

OOOooOOh I did love this book.



“You’re the total of all the choices you’ve made in your life, Jack. 


This is what you have because this is what you chose.” 


It took me a little bit in my head to remember Jack Daniels is a female, but once I squared that off, I was buzzing along and so enjoying this book.

I love Stephanie Plum series and have cracked off 14 books, but she is a kinda silly character, which I do enjoy, but Jacqueline aka Jack Daniels (very clever) is a smart Lieutenant. This is very refreshing.

She is forty-six. Her partner, Herb, loves to eat and he is fun.

I loved the whole set up of this first book and the introductions.

J.A. Konrath writes dark and very detailed and it can be gross, but at the same time…I likey! I do love dark reads—but there is also humor and wit.

A great blend. 

Now the villain—The Gingerbread Man—is an extremely dark and violent soul. He is chilling in his plotting and execution. He is what nightmares are made of. I really felt like I was in his very psychotic head. A murderer you wouldn't want targeting you.

Some of the violence is pretty...erm...violent and ewwww, but it does serve the purpose of the reality of this farked up individual.

Now let me get to Harry.

I am not sure what to make of this lad at the moment, but I looked forward to his scenes. It is early days. He is self-centered, a total piggy in his home…OMG!! GAHHH! GROSS!!! EEEPPP!! He really does think of himself…yet… I find myself strangely attracted to him in an unusual way.

Bahahaha.

I don’t think I want to.

If you are a lover of contemporary crime, the likes of Stephanie Plum, Eve Dallas and so many more, the list is long, and you haven’t cracked onto this series…then crack away.

I’m a little intrigued about Harry.

But I don’t know if I want to be.

He needs to clean his home up!

But then there is also Phineas Troutt and I feel he will make me cry one day, so I don’t want to get too attached to him, yet he has the alpha in him—or at least the ability to step up to the plate.




At the other table was a bald guy in jeans and a white T-shirt. He was a few years my junior and looked vaguely familiar.

I picked up a cue from a nearby rack and walked over.

He was hunched over the table, his stick gliding on the solid bridge of his thumb and forefinger, eyeing the cue ball with intense concentration.

“This may sound like a come-on, but haven’t I seen you somewhere before?”




I do highly recommend.

I’ll be reading more in the series as soon as I can.

Go forth and read Whiskey Sour… I feel confident you will like.


Friday, September 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - POWER PLAY by TIFFANY SNOW - RISKY BUSINESS # 1 - PIATKUS - CONTEMPORARY CRIME ROMANCE

By: Tiffany Snow
Published By: Piatkus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 336 Pages

RATING: 4.25 PARKER AND RYKER STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

THIS KIND OF BUSINESS CAN ONLY BE PERSONAL

Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .

Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.

Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .



BOOK REVIEW:

This first installment in Risky Business series had me whiplashed with how similar the recipe is for Kathleen Turner series.

Very similar, but I jumped feet first into the pages and devoured the book (while in hospital and couldn’t sleep) and I read it into the wee hours, while my roomie was softly snoring and making weird noises.

Okay, so now we have ex Marines, Parker and Ryker.

God damn these triangles are amazing.

I REALLY DON’T LIKE LOVE TRIANGLES.

But I like these ones.

This first installment had it all.

Parker is simply amazing.

In walks cocky Ryker and he is different and amazing.

We get some back story.

Sage I really liked in this installment. She has her heart all crushing and hurting for Parker and he is the powerful investment guy who is mixing it up with the Russians. She is a hard worker and a team player in the office.

Sage isn’t as good a female lead as Kathleen, but I still liked her and the little bits with Megan, the chick from another part of the company.

There was so much sexual tension in this book between Parker and Sage that the pages were sizzling. He really is written very well.

Ryker has a massive chip on his shoulder with Parker and he wants to show Parker up as the bad guy.

Russian villains and action take over the story with Sage’s life on the line and I totally dug this book.

I launched myself into Playing Dirty straight away.


BOOK REVIEW - TURN TO ME by TIFFANY SNOW - KATHLEEN TURNER # 2 - MONTLAKE ROMANCE - CONTEMPORARY CRIME ROMANCE

By: Tiffany Snow
Published By: Montlake Romance
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 444 Pages

RATING: 4.5 KADE & BLANE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

When Kathleen Turner, office runner for the prestigious Indianapolis law firm of Kirk & Trent, started dating the boss she knew the risks. Senior Partner Blane Kirk is known for being a notorious player - the Baskin Robbins of dating with a different flavor every month. Kathleen is the happiest she’s been in a long time, especially as Christmas approaches, but she’s always known there was a termination date on her relationship with Blane.

She just didn’t expect that termination to be her funeral.

A festive afternoon of Christmas tree shopping turns life-threatening when Kathleen and Blane become targets for an unknown gunman. They make it home alive, but Kathleen realizes her boyfriend has been keeping secrets. The deadly kind.

Blane’s current case is drawing heated debate and stirring the pot of public fury. Kathleen is horrified by the threats – and worse – being directed at him. A former Navy SEAL stands accused of the wrongful death of an American citizen during a military operation overseas. The case has far-reaching political and military implications. Someone with a lot of money, and even more clout, wants Blane to lose.

As dead bodies of people connected to the defense start piling up, it becomes painfully obvious that disappearing witnesses and altered testimony are no longer enough for whoever is intent on guaranteeing the SEAL gets convicted. Kathleen and Kade, Blane’s brother and ex-FBI-agent-turned-assassin-for-hire, are on the trail of the killer.

Unfortunately for Kathleen, he’s already moved for the end-game – by painting a target on her...and pulling the trigger.



BOOK REVIEW:

I went into this installment almost #teamKade from the start. I really did.

Blane and Kathleen are making me want to be #teamBlane, but Tiffany keeps shoving Kade in the way and he just seems to be more on her level.

Blane says a few things that got up my team nose and I am wondering how deliberate they were by Tiffany.

Kade…oh mYy!



Kade got up and walked toward me, stopping when he was a few feet away. He reminded me of a cat, the way his body moved—fluid and silent. In contrast my body felt like a violin string pulled too tight.



“Don’t try to rescue me, Kathleen,” he said flatly, a bitter smile curving his lips. “I’m beyond saving.” His face and voice were both as cold and remote as the arctic.



I know I am swinging on the #teamKade line at the moment. I simply can’t see past them being so much more compatible.

But then…Blane.

SMH

I think it is starting to distress me. LOL

I do really like Kathleen’s character, she is bumbling and she can show a lot of intelligence—sometimes—and these two men simply make this series.

The action and villains can be a little predictable, but I am a fan of Stephanie Plum and that series is much, much, more silly and without a lot of growth, but the lads, Ranger and Joe keep me coming back for more.

There is growth in this series and also lots of emotion with Kade and Blane. I like that a lot.

I did take a break from reading #2.5, Kade’s Turn, only because I was getting a bit exhausted with my emotions with these two lads.

I do love them both.

I feel like Tiffany is setting the reader up for THE MAN in Kathleen’s life, already, with certain things she is throwing at us, but I will wait and see, even though I think I got the spoiler when I hit book two in Risky Business. (dang it!)

So I stopped reading after this book and went onto Power Play (Risky Business # 1) and then Playing Dirty (Risky Business # 2).

I am swinging back around to Kade’s Turn (Kathleen Turner #2.5) now.

I am preparing myself for all the Kade pov.

Squeee!


BOOK REVIEW - BLANE'S TURN by TIFFANY SNOW - KATHLEEN TURNER # 1.5 - MONTLAKE ROMANCE - CONTEMPORARY CRIME ROMANCE

By: Tiffany Snow
Published By: Montlake Romance
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 321 Pages

RATING: 4.5 KADE AND BLANE STARS!

Goodreads: Blurb

Blane Kirk is a Navy SEAL-turned-attorney with old money and an even older pedigree. High powered and aggressive, he plays the field, changing women as often as he changes his ties—but he’s had no complaints so far. He has only two rules: don’t date employees, and don’t get emotionally involved. These are rules he can easily live by…until his runner, an employee in his law firm named Kathleen Turner, does an unexpected face-plant into his lap.

Kathleen’s too young and innocent for Blane, and much too vulnerable. After her friend is murdered, Blane knows she could be next—and he knows that keeping her alive means keeping her close to him. Kathleen’s like no woman he’s ever met, and protecting her could be the one thing to change his life forever. He may be able to keep her safe from the killer…but can he keep her safe from himself?

Blane’s Turn is a companion novel to No Turning Back, Book One in The Kathleen Turner Series.



BOOK REVIEW:

So you might think you are gonna read the same story but flipped from Blane’s pov, but you do get so much more.

I adored reading the bits with Kade in the flashbacks from Blane and I liked how Tiffany gave the reader more than just a flipped version of No Turning Back.

I personally thought this was a must read and not to be skipped in the series.

I really enjoyed knowing more about Blane and Kade.

#team?? 

They are both so yummy.

*face plant*


BOOK REVIEW: NO TURNING BACK by TIFFANY SNOW - KATHLEEN TURNER # 1 - MONTLAKE ROMANCE - CONTEMPORARY CRIME ROMANCE

By: Tiffany Snow
Published By: Montlake Romance
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 440 Pages

RATING: 4.5 BLANE & KADE STARS!! GIDDY UP!

Blurb: Goodreads

Being a bartender by night and law firm runner by day helps make ends meet for Kathleen Turner. Mostly. Being 23 and single in Indianapolis wasn’t exactly a thrilling adventure, but then again, that’s not what Kathleen wanted. At least, not until she met Blane Kirk.

Navy SEAL turned high-profile attorney, Blane is everything a woman could want. The only problem? He’s her boss.

Blane is known for playing the field and the last thing Kathleen needs or wants is to get involved with him. But when her friend is murdered and it seems Kathleen will be next, she may not have a choice.

Now Blane is the only thing standing between her and people who want her dead, including assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon. Beautiful but deadly, he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way, even the woman who makes him question everything he’s become.

The deeper she sinks into the web of lies and murder, the more Kathleen realizes she can trust no one if she’s going to survive. No one is innocent. Not even Blane.


BOOK REVIEW:

I’m a little late to the whole Kathleen—and her men, Blane and Kade—triangle, but damn once I started I have not come up for air… literally for 5 books!!

Now granted I read the first three books in the Kathleen Turner series and then rather excitedly jumped to the Risky Business series with Sage and her men—Parker and Ryker. ( I don't recommend doing this as I got a spoiler crossover. Poo me!) 

Is it just me or is there a very, very, very similar theme in both series and also the names!!! Ryker and Parker. Blane and Kade. The dudes are almost, rhyming.

Anyhoo, I must stay focused on No Turning Back. Well… if I am not addicted! And do my teams keep flipping sides!

OMG one minute I am #teamBlane… the next #teamKade.

@()#*)@(*)@(#*)@(*@)(#*)_)(!!!

We got Blane, the hot-shot lawyer who is partner in Gage, Kirk & Trent, sitting up in his office and Kathleen has come on as the office runner. Literally she runs about town dropping files off and such. And she also works at The Drop, which is a cool sounding bar. She's got bills to pay, dudes! 

Anyhoo, shizzle my giggles, there is this attraction ( that word is meant to come out sounding like a purrrrr) and then Kathleen starts getting herself—mostly accidentally—involved in stuff she shouldn’t and more attraction (on a purrrr) and THEN KADE shows up.

*face plant*

This is where my teams get fuzzy. I got no clue still after 3 books, one being the #1.5 ( I had to hear it from Blane’s head), which simply stuffed my teams up even more.

Truly!

In a nutshell: two ridiculously yummy men, one girl, and the villains and a lot of team swapping on my behalf.

*throws hands in air ready for book #1.5 aptly titled Blane’s Turn*

There is the sexual tension that ripples across the pages…or if you are reading on a device, your device will quiver.

Both lads are written very well.

I simply couldn’t come up for a breath.

There were some awesome quotes, but again, I couldn’t stop to mark them.

Bugger me! I was addicted!!!

There are some twists you won’t see coming and some that are pretty laid out and predictable, but eh, I was in it for the lads.

Truly!

Hot damn!

I won’t go into much more other than to say, normally I am really not a fan of triangles. 

I REALLY AM NOT.

But damn if I wasn’t sucked into this series like a straw in a Coke. (did that make sense?)


BOOK REVIEW: BEAR TO THE BONE by TERRY BOLRYDER - BEAR CLAW SECURITY # 1 - PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Terry Bolryder
Published By: Terry Bolryder
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle Box Set purchased, 306 Pages

RATING: 3.25 CAGE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Cage McCann and Carrie Miller go way back. As kids, they meant everything to each other. But Cage left town years ago to escape his future as leader of the local motorcycle gang, the Aces, and though he promised to come back, Carrie has given up on seeing him again. Until he shows up at her bar and pulls her into a sensuous, soul-shaking kiss and back into his life, which is currently full of danger and secrets beyond what Carrie can imagine.

Cage has never forgotten Carrie. After serving in the special forces and then starting up a private security company, he has just been waiting for the right time to go back, claim her as his…and tell her that the man she has always loved can actually shift into a bear. But when Carrie is in danger from the very biker gang he tried to escape, Cage drops everything to protect her. The only problem? In order to make sure she is never in danger again, he has to go undercover as an Ace.

Making Carrie fall in love with him while wearing Ace leather isn’t going to be easy, but if Cage blows his cover, he risks losing his chance to rid the town of the Aces once and for all. Now Cage will just have to prove that the Aces may be bad to the bone, but Cage is bear to the bone, and no one messes with what a bear holds dear.


BOOK REVIEW:

This is my first Terry Bolryder read.  I really love shifter stories, and this one was a little light on depth of lead characters and plot for me, but I did enjoy it enough to keep reading.

Cage McCann and Carrie Miller first met when he was a bear and she found him caught in a trap when she was eleven-years-old.

I liked the introduction and the innocence of both characters.

Fast forward seventeen years and throw in a sprinkle of back story and we are caught up. I would have really loved Cage to have had a stronger reason for coming back to the town of Winter Falls. I say this only because when you feel you have found your mate—waaaay early and then you leave—eh…that doesn’t really hold onto me for a true mate in the world of shifters. I can understand if he was in prison and no way to get back to her…but…

Even though there are 300 plus pages to this story, and I do classify it as an okay read, I felt the pages could have been used better to give me some depth. The reasons for things in this first instalment are just on the surface, rather than giving me—more.

This is of course my personal opinion, as I have read a lot of shifter stories, and I can see there are a lot of five star satisfied readers for this one, and that is marvelous.

I didn’t mind they were both virgins at twenty eight…ish, but again, a guy like Cage being a virgin…eh. I did scratch my head at the plausibility of it. Nothing wrong with a hunky, spunky guy being a virgin, but…something wasn’t right with it in this story. Maybe also the lack of emotion surrounding the cherry popping as well.

If he had been in jail, it adds more strength to the why of him leaving, entering the military and then going to New York and starting up a security business with his other hunky spunky friends. Aannnd then decide to come back to Winter Falls to do some unfinished business and claim the chick behind the bar, who didn’t happen to date a soul while he was gone.

I am just having a little trouble with the plot strength in this story.

But that is on me as so many readers loved it and that is cool!


Friday, September 1, 2017

GIVEAWAY - 2 DAY WEEKEND TICKET - RIVETING READS AUSTRALIA - BOOK SIGNING EVENT



The organizers at Riveting Reads Australia , book signing event
are kindly donating a 2 day weekend pass to this event.

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Please go to the pinned post on Emma James' FB page to enter.

Read carefully the posting first.

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1 X 2 DAY WEEKEND Riveting Reads event ticket
1 X SIGNED - A LITTLE FAITH PAPERBACK by Emma James
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

***NEW RELEASE*** ENTWINED by EMMA JAMES - HELL'S BASTARD # 4 - DARK SUSPENSE



ENTWINED 
Author: Emma James
Cover Designer: Soxational Cover Art

New Release





EDGE

 Not once in all the thoughts going through my mind did I guess what Doc’s secret was. 
Not f*cking once. 


WHISPER

 I need to cocoon myself from my reality. Whisper is broken. 
My name is Sara. 


SARA 

Edge hurt me. 
He helped me. 
He saved me.
 I’m very confused.


 FILIP 

They think they are free to walk away. 
Their own naïveté will be their downfall.






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Wrenched review extract from Lustful Literature by Josie

Ms. James pieces together a very complexed, dark and gritty story where nothing was left out. I was completely consumed from the very first page to the very ending. Her writing left me at the edge of my seat, cringing, crying and fist-pumping at every page. The character development was amazing and on point. Each character had a major role in this story and I enjoyed getting to know every twisted moment. This is a dark story but one that is well worth every ounce of emotion I experienced. The details and the timing of events in this story fit perfectly and left no question as to why and where things came into play. I really can’t wait for the next part of this series to come out because this book was just so good.



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Monday, August 28, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT by KATEE ROBERT - THE O'MALLEYS # 1 - PIATKUS - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Katee Robert
Published By: Piatkus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 315 Pages

RATING: 4.25 TEAGUE & JAMES STARS

Blurb: Goodreads

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert begins a smoking hot new series about the O'Malley family-wealthy, powerful, dangerous and seething with scandal.

Teague O'Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family's name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a "business" alliance, Teague's ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her.

Everyone knows the O'Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn't aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret-and what Teague doesn't know could get him killed.




BOOK REVIEW:

Three Boston mob families make their debut in The O’Malleys, The Marriage Contract.

Teague O’Malley is gorgeous and hits it off pretty quickly with Callista Sheridan, another mob daughter. He loves his siblings and wants to bring peace among the other Boston mob families.

Things are pretty sticky from the very start with something that goes down, and secrets must be kept. But secrets have a way of leading you down a path that has only one way out. Callista discovers this—the hard way.

Oh, my! I am a little giddy up with James Halloran (the other mob family). At first I was, meh, but then… *waggles eyebrows*

This is quite a light mob story. I have read some dark ones, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to James’ book.

*waggles eyebrows*

He made quite the impression on me.

A great start to this series and I will be continuing it.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

RACING THE SUN BY KARINA HALLE - ATRIA - SIMON & SCHUSTER - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Karina Halle
Published By: Simon & Schuster, Atria
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 321 Pages

RATING: 4.25 DERIO STARS!

Goodreads: Blurb

It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.


BOOK REVIEW:

This is my first Karina Halle read. I have quite a lot on my Kindle, but haven’t cracked them open yet.

I really enjoyed Racing the Sun as my first KH read. I felt like I was in Capri and walking around the streets.

Desiderio Larosa or Derio shortened, which is less of a mouthful, is a captivating character in the early stages of the book. He has lost so much and he drinks, and broods, he locks himself away and behaves in all those ways that make us want to know more and get below the surface.

Amber and Derio… My-oh-my do they have some toe curling sexual encounters in the most beautiful scenic places.

I absolutely loved Derio’s character…da …da…da…daaaaaa—until…

It was like a whiplash to my heart. Interesting change in direction KH went with his character. It felt kinda odd.

It didn’t stop me enjoying the story. It just felt a bit sudden and not in line with his previous behaviour, considering Amber’s situation and job title and his relationship to the children. I get what she was doing, but at the same time…

A wonderful start to my KH reading journey. I am looking forward to cracking open some more of her works.