Monday, July 25, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - MAKING FACES by AMY HARMON - YA/NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Amy Harmon
Published By : Amy Harmon
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 405 Pages

RATING: 4.5 BAILEY & AMBROSE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast where we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.





BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


My Kindle is full to the brim with all the #oneclicking I do. I’ve had Amy Harmon books sitting there waiting patiently. When was I honestly going to get to all these books and read them? I read every night and keep on plowing my way through my purchases. I simply had to just tell myself, enough is enough and pick up Making Faces and I am so glad I did.

I knew it was going to be awesome. But, there are so many awesome books to read. I just had to make the decision to override all others lined up waiting patiently and dive in.

Making Faces is a story that can’t help make you feel and appreciate life and who you are, and what you have. We start off as babes that everybody cuddles and kisses and coos over and then we start to take shape and go through awkward stages in life. There are those of us who pop out of our teenage years like swans, and boys that become as beautiful as sunshine.

Fern felt she was an awkward, ugly duckling and Ambrose, the boy she had loved for so long was the handsome prince who couldn’t possibly return that love.

But, things can change and ugly ducklings can turn into beautiful swans and handsome princes don’t always stay that way.

This story has a little beauty and the beast, a lot of feels and a boy named Bailey who will steal your heart and the limelight for many reasons.


“I have no pride left, Ambrose!” Bailey said. “No pride. But it was my pride or my life. I had to choose. So do you. You can have your pride and sit here and make cupcakes and get old and fat and nobody will give a damn after a while. Or you can trade that pride in for a little humility and take your life back.”



“You can’t punch a man in a wheel-chair, Ambrose. And I’m kidding. I just wanted to see what you’d say. She wasn’t that bad. But she grew up thinking she was ugly. She doesn’t realize that she shed the ugly a long time ago. She’s beautiful now. And she’s just as pretty on the inside, which is a side benny of UGS. See, ugly girls actually have to work on their personalities and their brains because they can’t get by on their looks, not like you and me, you know, the beautiful people.” Bailey smiled impishly and waggled his eyebrows.



“Fern doesn’t have a clue how pretty she is. That makes her priceless. Make sure you snatch her up before she clues in to her good looks, Brosey.”



While Fern and Ambrose come of age, and become wiser to what they have in life, Bailey remains the wisest of the lot. He will grab your heart and not let go. I adored reading him. In many ways he did steal the show he was so real and so internally beautiful to read.

This book is a very clean read and it doesn’t deter from this love story in anyway.



“Yes.” His voice was raspy. “I think about your long red hair and your sweet mouth, and the way your little body feels when it’s pressed up against me, and I just want to put my hands on you. Everywhere. And forget that I am ugly and alone and confused as hell.”



I think I want to see this book made into a movie so I can hear and see these words being said on the big screen.



“Ambrose Young! I have waited my whole life for you to want me. If you don’t hold me tight I won’t believe you mean it, and that’s worse than never being held at all. You’d better make me believe you mean it, Ambrose, or you will most definitely break me.”



A beautifully told story that will resonate with you well after finishing it.


“I’ve felt like one of those snowflakes we used to make in school. The ones where you fold the paper a certain way and then keep cutting and cutting until the paper is shredded. That’s what I look like, a paper snowflake. And each hole has a name. And nobody, not you, not me, can fill the holes that someone else has left. All we can do is keep each other from falling in the holes and never coming out again.”



We can’t conquer our reading piles, but we can jump the queue for the special ones.

This book is a queue jumper.



“...and when you get tired of looking at me, I promise I’ll sing.”


Michelle

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - WARPED by EMMA JAMES - HELL'S BASTARD # 2 - ADULT SUSPENSE ROMANCE



Title: WARPED
Author: EMMA JAMES
Genre: Suspense Romance
Series: Hell’s Bastard # 2
Cover Design : Jemina Venter - Booknerdfangirl




BOOK BLURB

The Hunt Is On.

WHISPER

I was never meant to be free.

Evil has taken from me again.
I’ve lost the two people I’ve grown to love because another of Hell’s bastards has staked his claim on me and stolen me away.
What gives another human being the right to take another’s innocence and try to destroy their soul?


EDGE

We were never meant to meet.

Our lives collided and spun out in different directions.
Now it’s a race against time.
Time she doesn’t have.
This is on my head.
I f*cked up.

What happens when a Soulless Bastards MC enforcer is on the hunt for the f*ckers involved in taking the sweet and wild girl? 


No Mercy happens. 






BOOK LINKS:


WARPED
Amazon AUS : http://amzn.to/29GvSUx
Amazon CAD : http://amzn.to/29ZS66K



Please note: You must read Wrenched before Warped
 as this is an ongoing suspense series.


PRAISE FOR WARPED

6 STARS
INTENSE...DARK...UNPREDICTABLE...CONSUMING... IT IS UNDENIABLY WARPED !

I could not put this book down. The plot is extremely complex and the web became more tangled. New characters were introduced and it was impossible to determine where this story would go next. I was on the edge of my seat and biting my nails. The intensity level was through the roof. It added more kinks to the overall story and made it become more intensified. I can't wait to see what comes next. Warped was the perfect title and brilliant addition to the Hell's Bastard series by Emma James.
~Smut Book Junkies Book Reviews - Michel 


ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. A THRILLING, SUSPENSEFUL READ.

Oh Emma James, you tore apart my heart in WRENCHED and now you have blown apart my mind with WARPED. Never have I read a series that has had the ability to twist and turn my heart and mind in all directions...

~Reading Is Our Satisfaction - Maria Alexander



Warped. Man, what a crazy ride this book is. I enjoy all of the authors work, but Warped really blew me away. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was just wanting to get through it as quickly as possible because I need to see what happens, but also wanted to savor it and make it last longer. It was so good. Emma really created a wonderfully twisted world that I can't get enough of! I am eager for more.
~Jen In Bookland



Emma James you've just simply blown me away with another brilliant story. I was so excited to dive back into this crazy, dark world Emma has created and she didn't leave an ounce for disappointment in Warped. From start to finish I was on pins and needles, with on going twists and turns you're always left speechless and wanting more. I was utterly & completely hooked. Amazing character development (LOVE Edge!), emotions running high... my head is still reeling from it all.
~Sassy Book Lovers - Stacey






AUTHOR LINKS








Check out this excerpt. I just adore Miss Catherine and her ways. She has quite the fan club. I do love Edge and Miss Catherine's relationship. They are converting non dark romance readers around the world...one reader at a time. :) 



EXCERPT - EDGE POV - WARPED

Two bullets to maim.


Before they can even make a play for me, the muted sound of my gun goes off and I shoot the carrot top straight through his bare kneecap, blowing it out as blood spray paints the air, raining down. I’m instantly swinging my gun around toward the long-haired, dirty blond, ready to pump off another shot, but he’s already falling sideways, holding his hipbone, moaning, and cursing. Blood seeps out between his fingers as I note out of my peripheral vision Carrot Top has dropped like the wounded fucker he is, clutching at his knee from the agonizing pain.

What the fuck?

I hadn’t gotten my second shot off, and I was aiming for the blond fucker’s kneecap.

I risk a quick glance over my shoulder at Annie Oakley, who has her gun trained on the dirty blond, more than willing to invest another bullet in him from the look of sheer uncensored anger mixed with triumph on her face.

I gather she heard the gutter-assholes playing rock, paper, and scissors.

I kick the weapons out of their hands before they can rise above the pain and come to their senses. My trigger-happy finger is ready for any sudden movements from either of these boys. “Hands up, the both of you, and act like statues. Grab for a concealed weapon, and I’ll make the next bullet count.”

The fuckers probably still have more weapons on them and may just want to grow a hero complex and reach for them.

Thug 101: Always carry more than one weapon on your person.

Hunter 101: Always be prepared for the fucker to reach for it.

They’re your homegrown breed of redneck. They stink of cigarettes and moonshine, and they each have the makings of a genuine beer gut. They are clothed in open plaid shirts with cut-off sleeves and a wife beater underneath, and shorts that haven’t seen a washing machine in days. They have faces only a mother could love without fault. Their hair is long and scruffy, and their teeth… even a dentist would run from those fucked up chompers.

Miss Catherine drops the gun into her knitted jacket pocket and is now taking it upon herself to use Blondie’s head as a puck. She viciously hockey sticks one of my crutches into the side of his head, snapping it sideways, rendering him unconscious on an unladylike grunt.

I’m impressed. Eighty-plus years old and she didn’t hesitate to take him out.

Here I was thinking the old lady didn’t know the ass from the business end of a gun. I arch an eyebrow at her at what she’s just done.

“What? You be sayin’ to point and shoot, so I be doin’ as you say. I be a fast learner, although I be aimin’ for his penis.” She sounds annoyed she missed. I suppose it’s one less fucker to worry about.

I’m not used to being ignored, and I need to articulate I’m not impressed with her random, Annie-Oakley, gun-toting ways, even though I am. I won’t admit I’m feeling a little proud of Padawan.

“I told you to fucking stay inside the hangar until I came for you.” I grind my words out in a low voice. I need to be in control for her safety. “I had it under control. This isn’t my first rodeo.” If only she knew how talented I was, she would be running in the other direction.

I’m beginning to expect the unexpected with this old lady. She’s much tougher than she looks. She’s a fighter. Something... someone in her past has made her this way. It’s all hidden away until called upon. She’s definitely seen darker days.

“I didn’t listen.” Miss Catherine has sass.

“Obviously,” I say dryly out the corner of my mouth.


WRENCHED - Hell's Bastard # 1
Available Now





Wrenched is currently ‪#‎free‬ ‪#‎kindleunlimited‬ until 8th August and then it will be available again on all platforms. So get in and nab it if you are on KU.





WRENCHED – Hell’s Bastard # 1


Book Links:

Amazon AUS : http://bit.ly/1Vd1oKP
Amazon CAD : http://amzn.to/1R287Gg





CONTORTED - Hell's Bastard # 3

COMING NOVEMBER 2016

Shit is gonna blow!

Other Books By Emma James


Men Of Ocean Beach
Adult Contemporary Romance 
Books 1-3 Available Now Free on Kindle Unlimited

Currently on Sale for non KU readers

A Little Faith



A Little Faith will revert back to all platforms for sale from July 28th


Hope Is Lost

Amazon AUS : http://bit.ly/1RAYAb6
Amazon CAD : http://amzn.to/1oAIByt



Joy Is Found

Amazon US :  http://amzn.to/1O8XlcB
Amazon UK :  http://amzn.to/1QeEaiP
Amazon AUS :  http://bit.ly/1obx3RG
Amazon CAD :  http://amzn.to/1O8Xrkt


Will To Protect - Coming 2017


AUTHOR BIO

Writing has been a part of Emma James' life for many years until she decided to take a leap into the self publishing world and see where that journey takes her.

Writing words on paper is as important as the air she breathes. There's nothing more satisfying to her than writing all day to bring to life amazing characters who will stay in your heart.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - FOR YOU by KRISTEN ASHLEY - THE 'BURG # 1 - ADULT SUSPENSE ROMANCE

By: Kristen Ashley
Published By: Kristen Ashley
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 583 Pages

RATING: 4.5 ALEC STARS!

Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.

Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


“Life lands blows you don’t expect,” she whispered against his cheek.  “They wind you and there’s some you never get your breath back.”

I totally hear ya!


Colt and his Feb are two people brought back together by death and mayhem.

Twenty years since their break up.

Two years since she’s been back in town.

February has come home to help Morrie her brother run J & J’s, their parent’s bar unfortunately there’s a murderer in town and bodies are piling up.

Colt and Sully are on the case and none of Feb’s family are taking these deaths lightly because they are beginning to look a lot like they are linked in some way to Feb.

Colt is an alpha male and he will protect those that need protecting. Feb needs protecting and she needs to let him do his job.

But what happens when that job bleeds over into something else?

We get a whole pile of sexy alpha and a woman who has lost too many good years without Colt.



“I hope you didn’t have anything in there that was precious.”

Colt looked at her and said, “The only things precious in life breathe.”


Feb and Colt have a lot of things to talk about, things that could have saved them years of heartache.

A Kristen Ashley book seems to come with a villain hell bent on getting the woman the hero wants and that is no different for Colt and Feb’s story.

Colt ain’t having none of that.



“Colt smiled. “Damn, baby, look at me. I’m a forty-four year old man who’s got a life of breakfast delights waiting for him.”

She smiled back. It wasn’t bright but it was something. “Don’t think you don’t have to earn them.”



I really enjoyed this suspense filled read and look forward to At Peace with Joe and Vi.



Michelle


Thursday, July 7, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - FATAL AFFAIR by MARIE FORCE - FATAL # 1 - CARINA PRESS - ADULT SUSPENSE ROMANCE

By: Marie Force
Published By: Carina Press
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 294 Pages

RATING: 4.5 NICK AND FREDDIE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads


Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career--and her confidence--after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O'Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O'Connor's friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can't afford--especially when the bodies keep piling up.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


This was a great start to this series. Straight off I know Sergeant Sam Holland is one tough, intelligent woman and I liked her.

Nick Cappuano is the sexy man behind Senator John O’Connor. I can’t help giggling at the Senator’s name because it sounds so action/blockbuster movie, like Bruce Willis', John McClane in Die Hard.

Unfortunately for John O’Connor...things didn’t go well.

Sam and Nick have a past. A one night stand you can read about in One Night With You. Fast forward six years and Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs to get her profile back on track, due to reasons, and she is handed the Senator’s case.

Enter Nick Cappuano...again. He is John's best friend and pretty much family member to the O'Connor's. I liked how much was revealed to us about Nick in this first installment. Sometimes, to me, Sam felt like a much stronger person compared to Nick. This may have come across this way to me due to what has gone on in Nick's life. I really am looking forward to knowing him more in future installments.

The sub characters were a really great asset to this story, even the ones thrown onto the usual suspects list. 

Who makes it out alive?

Freddie Cruz, Sam’s partner and gorgeous sidekick is a character I simply love. I want much more Freddie in future books. 

Sam and Freddie get down to working the case, while Nick tries to win back Sam along the way. 

I really like Skip Holland, Sam’s father. Marie gave him a great role in this book, she gave him his dignity.

I was totally bamboozled for two thirds of the book as to the, who-dunn-it. As the reader we are thrown so many decoys. When Sam kept telling the reader a direction her thoughts were going in ... that is when I knew it wasn’t the direction. It was process of elimination that filled a great portion of the story line and some awesome smexy times filled others. But, I did enjoy the variety of usual suspects because so many authors don't give you a line up. My brain was working overtime trying to work it out, but then it became all too clear. 

Annnd, that is okay. I enjoyed watching Sam and Freddie work the room.

Visually I saw this book play out clearly and at times with gory colour. Crime and vengeance are never pretty.

I look forward to reading Fatal Justice up next and seeing what Sam and Nick get up to.



Michelle

Monday, July 4, 2016

4TH JULY BOOK SALE - ONE DAY ONLY - .99c ALL EMMA JAMES BOOKS



Have you met the gorgeous Men Of Ocean Beach yet?

https://www.goodreads.com/series/137304-men-of-ocean-beach 

A LITTLE FAITH



Retro Cooper. This sexy straight talker knows how to rock a vintage tee. He has no idea the woman who stole his heart in college has been waiting in the wings for him all these years.

Birdie Evans. Gorgeous, interior designer and best friend to Holland Baxter. Birdie lives every day watching the man she loves from afar, waiting for him to see her and remember what they had.

Six years ago fate played a dirty hand, leaving tragedy in its wake, their love for each other crippled by lost memories.

But, this story isn’t just about Birdie and Retro.

Beautiful photographer Faith Reed has lost too much. Punished herself for too long. Now it’s time to pull on her big girl panties and head to Ocean Beach with her brother, Chance, one last time.

Throw five sexy tattooed men into the mix. A brotherhood stronger than blood. A real family who watches out for each other, bound together by grief and love. They have all waited patiently for this moment, their secrets now ready to be shared with Faith.

Life is about to get a whole lot more emotional and funnier in OB . 

Harley Madden. Security empire owner and the self appointed protector in this group of men wants the crew’s secrets revealed on his terms. Naturally things don’t go according to plan with Keanu Lee putting his hand up first.

While Retro is making up for lost time, Faith has decided she needs to stay in OB because she can’t leave until the most broken man, the one who hasn’t uttered a word in six years, speaks to her.

This one man who carries the biggest burden. 

They say love can heal, but sometimes all you need is a little faith.








Or 

Do you fancy a bit of dark romance?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25307218-wrenched


WRENCHED


AN EYE FOR AN EYE

Dallas ‘Edge’ Masson lives by this rule. He is a killer.

No longer a military soldier who served his country and saw unspeakable things, he now claims the title of the Soulless Bastards MC enforcer. He has his own way of serving the club, his own little bag of tricks to enforce justice which is an art form to him, dolled out creatively and without conscience.

Sex and justice are the two things Edge understands and thrives on. He is a voyeur. Sex is hard and rough, just like his life started out, before he found the family who took him under their caring wing, who have now forgotten he exists. 

If you are on his radar, be prepared to pay the ferryman, but sometimes things aren’t clear cut. Sometimes there is a grey area, but when you are trained only to see black or white, shoot first ask questions later, that’s when things get royally fucked up.

BROKEN

Whisper has lived a controlled life under the evil hand of William Dupre’ and her mistress. Opportunity knocks and she escapes into a world she was forbidden to enter.

Fate finally chose to be kind to Whisper. Trust and respect are two things Whisper did not understand. How could she?

Miss Catherine is smart and wise. She feels things in dem bones of hers.

Boxer the gentleman has his secrets, he has his contacts, and together they become Whisper’s guardian angels. 

Whisper lost her existence, her identity to William Dupre’, Hell’s bastard.

Miss Catherine and Boxer gave her dignity back to her. Trust and respect is a two way street.

Then...

SHIT. JUST. GOT. REAL

All Emma James' Books Are On Sale 

Ends Midnight 4th July EST

http://amzn.to/29fP0dN 


WARPED
Hell's Bastard # 2



Coming 18th July 2016

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25307256-warped 

WHISPER

I was never meant to be free.
Evil has taken from me again.
I’ve lost the two people I’ve grown to love because another of Hell’s bastards has staked his claim on me and stolen me away.
What gives another human being the right to take another’s innocence and try to destroy their soul?

EDGE

We were never meant to meet.
Our lives collided and spun out in different directions.
Now it’s a race against time.
Time she doesn’t have.
This is on my head.
I f*cked up.

What happens when a Soulless Bastards MC enforcer is on the hunt for the f*ckers involved in taking the sweet n' wild girl? 

No Mercy happens.


Friday, July 1, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - YOU WERE MINE by ABBI GLINES - ROSEMARY BEACH # 9 - SIMON & SCHUSTER - ATRIA BOOKS - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Abbi Glines
Published By: Atria, Simon & Schuster
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 239 Pages

RATING: 4.25 TRIPP STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

From #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry.

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from...

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she'd had one too many drinks--again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever...



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


I so enjoyed reading Tripp’s story. He is such a great guy. I liked the introduction we got to his character in Woods and Della’s story.

I think I was a little disappointed in Wood’s attitude on the island when it came to Charity and Tripp. It kind of felt forced angst. I couldn’t see Woods allowing anybody to pressure him like he did Tripp. I kinda got my grrr on with that.

I’m so happy Tripp got his Bethy, it was inevitable.

Grant and his bubba were gorgeous to read. Oh to be a fly on the wall when his babe was older. J

Abbi Glines books are always quick reads for me. When I am feeling like a pool side type read I pick one up.

The story telling recipe doesn’t offer a lot of surprises outside of her formula and that is okay as she sells so well. Her reading audience is enormous. Readers of all ages are invested.

I am addicted.

Next up is Kiro and Emily’s novella.



Michelle

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - ONE NIGHT WITH YOU by MARIE FORCE - FATAL SERIES # 0.5 - SUSPENSE ROMANCE - NOVELLA

By: Marie Force
Published By : HTJB Inc
Released : Available Now
Details : Kindle purchase, 64 pages

RATING : 4.5 STARS

Blurb : Goodreads

Since the debut of Fatal Affair in 2010, Fatal Series readers have been wondering about that “memorable” one-night stand between Sam Holland and Nick Cappuano that took place six years before Fatal Affair opens. Well, wonder no more!

One Night With You tells the story of Sam and Nick’s fateful first meeting in which all the chemistry and heat we have come to expect from them is on full display from the first moments they meet.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I am reading this series in the reading order stated, hence why I started with the prequel even though it was written after Fatal Affair.

This was my first meet and greet with Nick and Sam.

I really enjoyed this prequel into their lives which has the reader throwing Nick onto the book boyfriend list.

There are certainly sexy times in this novella, but I would have loved a bit more of a solid meet and greet for the basis for this long series. What I mean is I have started Fatal Affair and am over half way and the gorgeous Nick and the intelligent detective who I now know more about... it felt a bit quick. 

It was hawt. No doubt about it.

Not complaining about the sexy times, but knowing he was without her for six years due to reasons, this meet and greet was a hook up, but he really didn’t look at another chick for six years based on it or really pursued her. 

I get this is a novella. I get it is one night.

For me personally I would have liked more vavoom injected into this novella for the grounds of what happened in Fatal Affair. Possibly more of the Peter angle popping up to validate certain things. If you’ve read Fatal Affair you know what I am talking about. 

I wanted to be more invested in the validation of the six year gap when I read Fatal Affair. 

But, I still really enjoyed it. I just wouldn’t raise the bar to five stars for this reasoning. 

I’m now going to get back to Fatal Affair because for the life of me, Marie has me totally stuck on the who-dunn-it. J

This I totally love. She is giving us so many possibilities and this is brilliant. Too many who-dunn-it stories are predictable because you only get one or two suspects. Marie is giving us a boat load and that is very exciting for my mind to churn over as I read.

Michelle




Monday, June 27, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - ROCK CHICK REVOLUTION by KRISTEN ASHLEY - ROCK CHICK # 8 - ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Kristen Ashley
Published By: Kristen Ashley
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 530 Pages

RATING: 4.5 REVOLUTION STARS

Ally Nightingale has secrets. Secrets she doesn't even share with the Rock Chicks. But two men know what she's up to. One has her back. The other has her heart, but he doesn't know it.

As Ally rewinds the last year of her life, she knows two things. One, she’s never going to get what every Rock Chick should have—her own Hot Bunch guy. And two, she’s a Nightingale through and through. She just isn’t sure what to do about that.

But as her secrets are revealed, the men in her life react. Darius Tucker, a lifelong friend, as usual takes her back. Ren Zano, the man she loves, isn’t quite so sure. The Rock Chicks, Hot Bunch and the entire gang at Fortnum’s weigh in, and a Rock Chick Revolution starts brewing.

It’s up to Ally to control it and prove what she knows down to her bones.

She’s a Rock Chick, she deserves her hot guy and she’s going to keep the one she wants…

Because she’s a Nightingale.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Every Rock Chick book has been such a wonderful experience for me. They are the books you pick up when life is tackling you sideways. You can’t help but fall in love with all the Rock Chicks and their Alpha, neck grabbing, maximum contact men.

You will laugh out loud at Tex.

I really am gonna miss his character because he brought that booming, cranky, coffee making personality fully into the limelight when it was shone on him and then some. He was up for grenade throwing, gun totting and fist pounding in only the way Tex could.



“Can I get a coffee?” A man standing behind Mr. Kumar asked.

“Are you blind?” Tex asked back.

“Sorry?” the man queried.

Tex threw out a beefy mitt. “Don’t you see we’re havin’ a meetin’?”

The man looked back at Tex.” I thought you made coffee.”

“We do. We also fight crime. Don’t you read the papers?” Tex asked, and I heard Jet giggle.

I was right with her.

“Um...yes, but I didn’t know you did it when you were making coffee,” the man replied.

“Crime don’t happen when you want it to, “Tex returned. “You gotta be prepared. You gotta plan. And that’s why we’re havin’ a meetin’. Now shut it and wait until we’re done.”



He didn’t like boring.



“You were the shit,” Tex boomed, flicking the latch on the coffee grinder to fill the portafilter and doing it so hard the entire grinder shook. “It was fuckin’ frustratin’. Whole thing took, like, two seconds, and I only got one punch in on the motherfucker. Then he was down. Splat!



Rock Chicks aren’t boring.

Let me chat about Ren.



I watched his shadowy head shake before he stated, “Baby, you’re gorgeous. The way you wear a dress is goddamned foreplay. The way you give me everything and nothing, making you a challenge only a real man would accept, is all kinds of hot.



“My people are Italian, loud and fuckin’ crazy,” Ren whispered to me. “And still, your people beat mine by a mile.”



Ren is all things Hot Bunch worthy. He worketh his sexy-man thing. He neck grabs, kisses, maximum-sleep-contacts like the best of them.

Ally was maybe not my fave Rock Chick, but that is okay. I think I am totally blinded by the men, anyway.  

I really enjoyed this whole series and feel kinda sad it is done and dusted for me now, but I know there is more to come in its own way and I am back on that KA reading order next week with For You, The Burg # 1. (I gotta say the cover art is a little erm, eye catching and a little freaky.) J



Rock on!

Michelle

Thursday, June 23, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - VISIONS OF HEAT by NALINI SINGH - PSY-CHANGELING # 2 - GOLLANCZ - ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Nalini Singh
Published By: Gollancz, Hachette, Orion Books
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review

RATING: 4.5 VAUGHN STARS

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced - and keep her from Vaughn.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


Vaughn D’Angelo is quite the gorgeous character. He is a jaguar changeling and fits into the DarkRiver pack even though he is not leopard.

Faith is a strong character who has a lot going on in the Sci-Fi...ish psy world. The gift she has as a Psy is something that truly is powerful in the economic world.

Vaughn and Faith are quite amazing together.

I did love the introduction of NetMind. I really want to see how that all plays out in future books.

Lucas and Sascha and the other characters have their play time in this instalment and I really liked their involvement.

The villain was such an interesting villain. I can say no more. I really thought it was going to be as predictable as the villain in Slave To Sensation, but I was very, very surprised and really glad I was surprised.

Nalini has a really imaginative mind and I am totally digging this series. Sometimes I have to get a hold of the Psy world because it is very creative. Nalini is describing to us something that is truly a big thing in this world she has created. I feel there is so much more she is going to tell me. It is quite spectacular.

She blows my mind with this Sci-Fi side to the story.

Interesting combination of changelings aka shifters and the Psy.

Very original combination.

I think the only reason this book didn't get five stars from me was because Faith's erm situation gets tidied up so easily, considering what happens in the rest of the book. I was kinda cocking my head on the side going...whaaaat!

I was expecting more resistance without saying too much. It felt a bit too convenient.

I'm totally hanging for Caressed By Ice which should be arriving next week. I ordered the next two paperbacks to keep me going.





Michelle