Sunday, May 21, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - TWIST by KYLIE SCOTT - DIVE BAR # 2 - PAN MACMILLAN - ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Kylie Scott
Published By: Pan Macmillan
Released: Available Now
Details : Paperback from publisher for honest review

RATING: 4.25 JOE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they're emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets... apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.




BOOK REVIEW:


Another nice easy read in the Dive Bar series.

This series hasn’t so far grabbed me—as much as the Stage Dive series—but it is still a very enjoyable series.

Joe and Alex have an unusual start to their HEA. Angst plays a rather large part in Twist.

I am very intrigued by Eric’s character. He can appear a bit of a douche sometimes and others…

Looking forward to Chaser and Eric’s story and maybe getting a little deeper.

I’m always gonna crack open a Kylie Scott read.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - MOTORCYCLE MAN by KRISTEN ASHLEY - DREAM MAN # 4 FOREVER - ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Kristen Ashley
Published By: Forever
Released : Available Now
Details : Netgalley for honest review, too long ago, 335 Pages

RATING: 5 GOOD LAWD!! TACK STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Get ready to ride . . . 

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she's back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn't the tequila and hot sex talking. He's the kind of man she's always wanted. Unfortunately, he's also her new boss . . . 

Kane "Tack" Allen has a rule. He doesn't employ someone he's slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he'll be the one breaking all the rules...


BOOK REVIEW:
Tack.

TACK!

I want me a Kane ‘Tack’ Allen.

GOOD LAWD!

I don’t think I even need to write a review.

Just read Motorcycle Man and meet Tack and Tyra.

Ty, Luke and Tack.

My top 3 KA men. All different; all lads go beyond the call of duty to make my toes curl.

Imagine these three in the same book—the same room.

GAHHHH!!!!

Panty melting moments.

I think I went a little gaga for Tack.

Nuff said.

Giddy up!

When he spoke, he did it softly. "You think, Red, right now, I put my hands and mouth on you in about two minutes you wouldn't be pantin' to be flat on your back, legs wide open in my bed?"


Friday, May 12, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - IT ENDS WITH US by COLLEEN HOOVER - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - SIMON & SCHUSTER


By: Colleen Hoover
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from publisher for honest review, 380 Pages

RATING: 5 GET UNDER YOUR SKIN STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST


Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.


BOOK REVIEW:


Colleen Hoover got to where she is today, because of freakin’ good writing, and being a nice gal. The lady can walk the walk and talk the talk with words.

It is always very clear when reading a CoHo penned story, she thinks very hard about her characters and plot when she writes a story. She doesn’t write lazily, she writes with a great attachment to her characters and their past and present.

She writes with depth and bravery.

This is so true for It Ends With Us.

I never really understood the cover art until naturally I read the story, and it is so apt.

Have you ever wondered why a woman stays with a man when he isn’t being a very nice partner? Have you judged her for being stupid in staying in that relationship? Maybe thought you would behave differently?

Man, this book is such a deep eye-opener and very cleverly orchestrated for maximum impact. It is written so well to capture your own heart and have you divided, or making excuses along with her character. A sticky web of emotions comes into play from both sides. 

Colleen is very clever in choosing all the players' roles in this story making it hard on the reader, as well. We become involved far more deeply than a surface read, because we become attached, too. 

I think Marshall needs a shout-out, because the lad is the funny bone in this story. He lends himself very nicely to being the man who got über lucky with the love of his life, and kept himself humble in the process.

Ryle—you made me think harder than I've probably ever thought about a character before.

Atlas—I love you. I love your friends. I love you kept swimming.

A really well written novel; it will stay with me for a long time.

Bravo, Ms Hoover.

Bravo.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - TWELVE SHARP by JANET EVANOVICH - STEPHANIE PLUM # 12 - CONTEMPORARY CRIME - HEADLINE

By: Janet Evanovich
Published By: Headline
Released: Available Now
Details : OP Shop paperback haul, 340 Pages

RATING: 4 STARS

Blurb: Goodreads

Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, where bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is about to implode in Janet Evanovich's wildest, hottest novel yet!

FIRST A STRANGER APPEARS
While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her.

THEN THE STRANGER REVEALS HER SECRETS
The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, and has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to dark and dangerous Carlos Manoso …street name, Ranger.

NEXT, SOMEBODY DIES
The action turns deadly serious, and Stephanie goes from hunting skips to hunting a murderer.

SOON, THE CHASE IS ON
Ranger needs Stephanie for more reasons than he can say. And now, the two are working together to find a killer, rescue a missing child, and stop a lunatic from raising the body count. When Stephanie Plum and Ranger get too close for comfort, vice cop Joe Morelli (her on-again, off-again boyfriend) steps in.

Will the ticking clock stop at the stroke of twelve, or will a stranger in the wind find a way to stop Stephanie Plum…forever? Filled with Janet Evanovich's trademark action, nonstop adventure, and sharp humor, Twelve Sharp shows why her novels have been called "hot stuff" (The New York Times), and Evanovich herself "the master" (San Francisco Examiner).



BOOK REVIEW:


I’m still on the Stephanie Plum trail and enjoying the rinse-and-repeat shenanigans and formula that goes into one of these books.

Reading a lot of books in succession—isn’t probably the wisest thing to do—knowing the formula, but, eh, away I go.

I went from 5 stars in Ten Big Ones to regressing back to 4 stars. It was good while it lasted that high I got from Steph being under Ranger’s roof and stepping it up and working for RangeMan. A new direction was refreshing for me as a reader of this series.

Now we are back at Vinnie’s and Joyce is back at Vinnie's and Steph and Lula have forgotten all the skills they should have learned by now, but I’m still coming back for more.

Ranger is Ranger and dang, I am having all sorts of moral dilemmas with Ranger-Steph-Joe. I am trying hard not to as this is meant to be a series of silliness and wit and a mystery to solve, Scooby…but—

I gotta address the Ranger situation, and I am #teamranger, but I got me a moral code too. 

So Ranger's in Steph’s bed, all platonic until it heats up (as we discover when Morelli comes-a-knockin’). 

He kissed me, and our tongues touched, and his mouth moved lower and lower ... and lower! And this is the thing I knew about Ranger from the one time we'd been together. Ranger made love. And Ranger liked to kiss. Ranger kissed everything. A lot.

Ranger froze in mid-kiss.

"What? I asked.

"Someone's at your door. I just heard the lock tumble."

"How could you possibly hear the lock tumble? You had your head under the covers!"

He moved off me, slipped out of bed, and started for the door.

"Holy cow!" I said. "You can't go to the door like that!"

"My gun's in the kitchen."

"Yes, but your underwear's on the floor in my bedroom!" And that wasn't the biggest problem.

The front door to my apartment opened, and the chain caught with a snap. There was a moment's silence, and then Morelli's voice sounding impatient.

"Steph?"


#totallyteamranger

BUT!!

Steph calls Joe her boyfriend, loosely. I feel like this lot need to do a threesome and get it over with…not that I think Joe or Ranger would be in on a MMF, they would be more the MFF.

Morelli is a smart guy, so why is he dumbed down when he has walked in on a situation? Why? Because he loves Steph and trusts her.


STEPH!!

Ranger is so damn sexy, has the best lines—babe. He has the moves, the wit and the sex appeal.

Then we have Joe, who in my reader eyes needs to fight for his woman, but he is so blasé. 

A little effort goes into him being a bit put-out by Ranger and Steph…but not much else—dude!

I am only at book 12 so I know this is gonna go on for a lot longer, possibly still is at book 24, but day-um!

It is such a weird thing reading these 3 characters and how Steph processes it in her inner monologues.

Ranger is honest, he lays it out and flirts it up and tries to get some, because he knows he can.

Joe is kinda a flat character romantically and I gotta say he feels like a bit of a doormat.

*GASP*

I said that out loud.

No guy should be written as a doormat 12 books in.

*face plant*

In saying all that, I am still hooked on this series. It just feels off- putting when I get to these parts, like Steph is a cheater and isn't taking real world feelings into consideration.

In the real world, would I want that done to me? No.

Would I want Ranger done to me. Yes! With a big grin on my face. Would I want to hurt Joe? No!

Break Joe and Steph up and let Ranger and her get their thing on for several books ( and for my viewing pleasure), because I feel, Janet, it all leads back to Steph and Joe anyway, but cut the cheating. There is no other way I can look at it. This line Steph crosses isn’t called friends-with-benefits. If it was, that would be okay.

I love the shenanigans and all the silly and all the Lula and sidekicks and predictability of this series as these are poolside reads for me (minus the pool), but I am just not getting Joe-the-doormat and Steph. I don’t ‘feel’ anything there on Steph’s side.

Ranger is honest about his Steph-urges, he says what he thinks. Steph’s like a brand new tennis ball bouncing back and forth. I don’t know? I think I might have lost a little bit of respect for Steph where Joe is concerned. I might not be #teamjoe, but dude needs a bit of respect in their relationship.

Oh the dilemma of the next 12 books.

This isn’t a triangle, it is more of a merry-go-round that keeps going round and round, with no end in sight. Well, I have 11 more books to see what happens there. I can't assume this early.

Another thing that got my goat was Ranger's daughter is abducted...and he's upset, Ranger-style, but I wasn't believing it when he was more concerned for Steph in some places, and a few other things. I get he holds his emotions in, but...

Considering the little girl acknowledges he's her father, ya would think he would show more desperation in locating her. I felt Janet wrote this a bit lazy. No dude should be thinking of sex when their daughter is missing, no matter how little he sees of her. 

I think this book just rubbed me a bit sideways in certain areas, but other areas it was shenanigans and giggles as usual.

 What can I say? I'm addicted to the series.

Oh, and a car was blown up. :) 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - LAW MAN by KRISTEN ASHLEY - DREAM MAN # 3 - ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - FOREVER

By: Kristen Ashley
Published By: Forever
Released: Available Now
Details: Netgalley from too long ago, 545 Pages

RATING: 4.5 MITCH STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Love is just around the corner . . .

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can't fix, it's Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbor for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin's kids, she gets pulled back into the life she's tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past-and build a future with him?



BOOK REVIEW:

Another KA book done and dusted.

Woot!

And didn’t Mitch Lawson live up to a KA man. That is not a question.

Of course he did.

To think it all started with a leaky faucet. *sigh*



Mara, oh, Mara, at first I didn’t know what to do with you and your rating system when clearly on the outside you were so much more. Your inner monologues were a little tough on the self-esteem levels, but we hang in there and learn why.



I loved all the sub characters—especially LaTanya and Elvira. When you need a chick to take charge, have your back, Elvira is there.



She pressed a button and muttered, “There.” Then she looked at me. “Right, so, quick, I mentioned Hawk. He’s a scary-ass, motherfucking commando. When I say that, I do not lie. So I’ll repeat, he’s a scary-ass, motherfucking commando. So, when your mind conjures up a vision of a commando, that’s Hawk. And Hawk likes kids. But he don’t like kids bein’ scared and bein’ used for bullshit family dramas. I tell him this, which, by the way, I’m totally tellin’ him this, even though he don’t know those kids, like, at all, he’s gonna to psycho badass, motherfucking commando. And the Trailer Trash Twins won’t know what hit ‘em.”


Hawk makes a couple appearances and I gotta say, I totally dug him more when he was all commando man in this book.




He was dangerous.

The good kind.

“Hi,” I breathed, and his eyes went from Gwen to me.

My breasts swelled.

“You Mara Hanover?” he asked.

“Yes,” I said, still breathy.

“You Lawson’s?” he asked.

“Absolutely,” I answered.

His mouth twitched. Then his eyes went back to his woman.

“So, you’re all shitfaced,” he observed, then finished, “or at least Mara is.”

“Nope, we all are,” Gwen replied airily, if a little slurred.

“Fantastic,” Hawk muttered, eyeing the intoxicated remnants of the girl gang and not hiding the fact he was not a big fan of dragging our drunk asses home. He then asked the table at large, “Can any of you walk, or do I have to carry you?”

I loved Mitch. I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Mitch. I wanted to make babies with Mitch. I wanted to grow old with Mitch.

But I also wanted this man called Hawk to carry me. I didn’t even care where he carried me. I just wanted him to do it.

And I was drunk enough to share this.

“I vote for being carried,” I announced, and Gwen, Elvira and LaTanya burst into more gales of laughter.

Hawk’s eyes came back to me and my heart fluttered. They moved over me and my legs started tingling.

Then they came back to my face. “Lawson see you in that dress?”

I nodded.

“Gave her the business before they came out,” Elvira volunteered. Hawk looked at her while she spoke, then he looked back at me.

When he did, I leaned in and up and whispered, “It was hot.”

His lips twitched again.

That was hot too.

Hot!

“Right,” he stated. “Seein’ as you’re hammered this might not penetrate, but I’ll say it anyway. You lookin’ like you do, wearin’ that dress and bein’ Lawson’s woman, he is not gonna want my hands on you. Unless, say, you were lookin’ like you do and filled with bullets. So, to keep your man happy, my advice is you should attempt to ambulate. You start to go down, I’ll catch you. Deal?”


Yowzer!

I really enjoyed the inclusion of a couple kidlets and watching a man like Mitch take control.

Very manly and in the moment.

I just glanced at a small part of a review which mentioned the audio book was a little hard when talking about Billy and Billie. I had not thought about that. I can see how that would be hard trying to work out who is who when listening when you can’t see the spelling. When Billy starts getting called, Bud, then that would be a relief. Things authors must think about when using names that sound the same for opposite sex. Fun to read in a book, though.

KA books are always addictive reads for me, I simply can’t get enough.

This was one of the quotes that really hit home for me. Made me think about how hubs and I are together. We know what the other likes, it might not be our thing, but we gel. He lets me feed my hungry soul and I in turn enjoy watching him get a good feed to his soul.

Totally dug this quote. Been together a couple decades and it shows why.



“No,” he said softly. “They love each other. They know what the other likes, they know what the other needs to feed whatever is hungry in their soul and they give it to them. At least Penny does but Evan does too with only a minimal amount of bitching.”


KA books are a bit of a rinse and repeat recipe, but I keep coming back for more, because I know there is a KA man waiting for me.




Monday, May 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - FEVERSONG by KAREN MARIE MONING - FEVER # 9 - URBAN FANTASY - DELACORTE PRESS

By: Karen Marie Moning
Published By: Delacorte Press
Released: Available Now
Details : Hardback from library, 500 Pages

RATING: 5 OUTSTANDING LAYERED, EMOTIONAL STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.



BOOK REVIEW:

Grief was a silenced wail that had no beginning or end,
 just a long, agonizing middle.

I had to sit on my thoughts for a few days before writing my review. Not because of anything bad—I simply had to process.

I really enjoyed this book. Mac came with so much more than I think I have felt for her in the past.

Dani/Jada, man—you are killing me KMM. I know what I wanted, but I know you will give me more in 2018. I know why you played it the way you did and I loved it. I loved how everybody in the vicinity of Dani’s heart, took it.


I knew the child. I know the woman. She’ll never be satisfied with a single lover. Dani craves experience, challenge, change, tempering, growth. She needs to taste it all. I understand that.

The Big R has my heart...he's always had my heart since Iced.

So much going on in this Fever installment.

Always well written.


He laughed and the sound was a symphony of dark crystals chiming.


Always layered. 
Such wonderful imagination KMM uses in this series. So much thought has gone into the plot and how she was gonna tackle certain characters.

I took my time reading this one over a good ten days. I simply didn’t want to rush it in a couple days. I wanted to absorb the words properly.

Many emotions.

The character with the most growth in this book was Mac, easily. KMM put her through a lot. I loved how she wrote certain things for the reader to really get inside and understand. Clever and dramatic.

Barrons has faded a bit into the background, compared to the initial Fever series, I don't 'feel' him the way he made me purrrr in the initial series, but that is ok. I still get lovely visuals.


He’s wearing black leather pants and a white shirt, cuffs rolled up, revealing strong forearms and a thick silver Celtic cuff. His beautiful face is inscrutable as ever. I use the word “beautiful” but to the rest of the world he’s not. The casual observer finds him disturbingly carnal, animal, unsettlingly predatory. The genetic stamp of Jericho Barrons’s face was tossed in the gene pool trashcan eons ago. His bone structure is sharp, primal, his brow prominent, and he can seem downright feral if you catch a glimpse of him when he thinks he’s unobserved. His eyes are so dark they’re nearly black, and when he’s angry, crimson sparks glitter within. His hair is midnight, slicked back. He has one of the most symmetrical faces I’ve ever seen. His body…well, I see the lithe grace and power the beast in him even in his human form.


Lor was one of the characters I felt there were places left open for more words in the future.  I always wanted to know more of the Nine intimately…I wonder if we will? They are there, but they aren’t really participating in this series that much.

Kat is another character I felt was hinted at in a past book with being one of the only females to be trained. Another reason I feel there is more…much more.

I am so over the moon Dani is getting a book in a different time to the ending of Feversong. Ryodan needs his Dani. I need to see him get her.


“How many fucking people do you think I’ve watched die?” His silver eyes flashed crimson. “Over and over. That’s what you do. You love them while you have them and when they’re gone, you grieve. That’s life. At least you had them for a while.” 


I stared at him, realizing that, just like Dancer saw only part of me, I saw Ryodan through a filter, too. And right now I was seeing him in a way I never had before. He’d loved. Many times. Deeply. And he’d lost countless times. And that was why he fought so hard to keep his men together. He was intensely controlled because at the heart of it all, he cared intensely, and even though he was immortal, he’d never turned off emotion.


This series has been running for around ten years. I can see more books in the future. I will feel kinda nekid without one. Here's hoping there are spinoffs and we get in deep with some of the Nine.


Iced, was the book for me ( after Shadowfever ) I simply couldn't get enough of Ryodan and Dani and the humor between them. I've missed it.


He’d said, Holy Psychotic PCs, Robin, we’ve a murderous MacBook on the loose!


The Mega had my heart again in this installment.

She’d once crushed on Jericho Barrons violently. Before she realized he and Mac belonged together like earth and sky, night and day, fire and ice.



He kissed me like I was the empire he was sworn to protect and would die a thousand deaths to keep secure. He kissed me like I was a woman with a deep dark wildness that needed to be fed and he knew just how to do it. He kissed me like he was dying and this was the last kiss he would ever taste. Then his kiss changed and his tongue was velvet and silk as he kissed me like I was fine bone china that needed exacting care and gentleness. Then the storm built in both of us and I ground myself against him, and he was searching with his kiss and his hands sliding down to my ass for the part of me that was a savage animal and so was he and we were going to forget the world and become two primal, uncomplicated beasts fucking as if the universe depended on our passion to fuel it.


“You. Aren’t. Everyone else.” He paused, then said in a rough voice, “And you’re not pretty. Goddamn it, Dani. You’re beautiful.”



Bravo KMM for bringing Barrons, Mac, Cruce, Ryodan, The Mega, Dancer and the list goes on, into our lives and your amazing storytelling.



“Jericho,” I whispered against his ear, “thank you. For everything.” I drew back and laughed, feeling inexpressibly light.
 “It’s been one hell of a ride.”



Saturday, April 29, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - ELEVEN ON TOP by JANET EVANOVICH - STEPHANIE PLUM # 11 - HEADLINE - CONTEMPORARY CRIME

By: Janet Evanovich
Published By: Headline
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback, OP Shop find, 371 Pages

RATING: 4.25 RANGER 'BABE' STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it's time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now...

Stephanie is stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He's killed before, and he'll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life—her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?


BOOK REVIEW:

I am still going strong with this series, because I take it the way it is meant to be—well, I think it is meant to be a poolside read.

I’m going to say it…Steph had a moment of growth in this installment.

HALLELUJAH!

I saw her intelligence shine through. She is a quick learner when Ranger and his guys are doing the teaching. She got that computer sorted in no time.

THE WOMAN DOES HAVE SKILLS!

Who knew?

Finally—Janet.

I am gonna say it…Joe does nothing for me.

Blasphemy!

I know. I’m sorry #teamjoe.

It’s not my fault, it’s Janet’s. She writes Steph and Joe’s scenes very wooden. I get nothing, but the surface and some sex. At least with Ranger I get a man who is witty, sexy, sexy-witty combo, he lays his cards on the table, he flirts with smiles. We are interested to see about his past, where he lives. Joe is Joe. He’s a warm blanket.

I still got no clue why Steph is hanging onto Joe—no offence Joe. If you were given more depth of character, then I could work with this, but you aren’t. It is Joe and Bob. Steph and Joe-the-friend-with-benefits. Lawdy I want to love Joe, I want to be torn between him and Ranger as a reader…but I got squat.

I may have another 12 books of this too…eeeep!

In this installment, Janet gets Steph to leave Bounty Hunting behind and try some odd jobs on for size—needless to say none of them work out.

*coughnosurprisestherecough*

Ranger to the RAWRRRR rescue.

Dude gives me a lady-boner.

Lula is Lula.

Grandma Mazur is typical Grandma Mazur.

Did Rex get fed in this one?

Joe is typical Joe…with a leg cast and messing his home with boys-get-togethers.


Cars are blowing up.

Steph is getting filthy.

Ranger is being dreamy Ranger.

Ranger uses the word “Babe” with a smile.

We get to go onto another floor of RangeMan.

Everybody wears black.

There is a mystery to solve, Scooby!

I did like the twist. Nice one, Janet. 

Ranger is flirty. Steph is flirty.


We got into the Explorer, and I couldn’t sit with the gun rammed into my pants. “I can’t do this,” I said to Ranger. “This dumb gun is too big. It’s poking me.”

Ranger closed his eyes and rested his forehead against the wheel. “I can’t believe I hired you.”

“Hey, it’s not my fault. You picked out a bad gun.”

“Okay,” he said, swiveling to face me. “Where’s it poking you?”

“It’s poking me in my … you know.”

“No. I don’t know.”

“My pubic area.”




Now when is a gun able to be dumb? Just when Steph was getting that much more intelligent…she talks like a teenager. 

Bahahaha.

It simply doesn’t matter. I am hooked. I know almost before I start the next book what the layout will be, but I can’t seem to stop. This series is just silly, and remarkably full of Ranger and Steph flirting and shenanigans.

I wonder if I will tire of the series, eventually? I hope not.

I do love we get to know something more about Ranger. I am surprised it took Steph those few paragraphs to ask. I was like “Steph ask the bloody question”.

Bottom line is: I laugh. I giggle. I'm addicted.

Twelve Sharp is up next.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - RED QUEEN by VICTORIA AVEYARD - RED QUEEN # 1 - YA FANTASY - HARPER TEEN

By: Victoria Aveyard
Published By: Harper Teen
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 387 Pages

RATING: 5 FRESH STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.



BOOK REVIEW:

I used to think there was only the divide, Silver and Red, rich and poor, kings and slaves. But there’s much more in between, things I don’t understand, and I’m right in the middle of it. I grew up wondering if I’d have food for supper, now I’m standing in a palace about to be eaten alive.

It is very hard coming up with something fresh in the YA world that is gonna grab readers by the masses around the globe.

Victoria certainly achieved this.

Even though I did see through a couple characters fairly early on, this story is still a five star read for me.

Red Queen is very rich in descriptive, which brings an amazing visual while reading.

I loved the whole concept of the Reds and the Silvers.

Divergent, ( that other big YA series)  has its society divided into factions, and this is the same for Red Queen, but it's different and this I LOVE.

It sucks if you are a Red, basically.

But—then comes along a girl…

And then there is a boy…

And then there is a brother…

Throw in some royalty…


Throw in some dramalama, rebels, lust, dancing lessons (*sigh*), more rebels, wise people, more rebels...special powers, gladiator style take-downs and a bloody good ending.

When I thought I had found a plot flaw and it was scratching away at me…I simply had to keep reading.

Damn—this was good.

Sure there is a basic recipe that all these types of stories start with, but it's the other ingredients you add—that set it above others and make it worth tasting.

I highly recommend Red Queen.

The cover art is amazing. Very apt. Easily understood.

I will be purchasing this series for my bookshelves, because Mini-Me is gonna be getting them shoved under her nose.

Victoria, I give you my glove clap.

Anyone can betray anyone.


Monday, April 24, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - WILD MAN by KRISTEN ASHLEY - DREAM MAN # 2 - ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - FOREVER

By: Kristen Ashley
Published By:  Forever
Released: Available Now
Details : Kindle, 528 Pages

RATING: 4.25 Brock Stars!

Blurb: Goodreads

She's about to walk on the wild side . . .
While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

Brock disagrees. He's committed to his anti-drug mission, but he's fallen in love with the beautiful woman who's as sweet as her cupcakes-and he'll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who's determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he's lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?




BOOK REVIEW:

Alrighty. Another KA book, done and dusted. Gotta say I was a little surprised at how Brock turned out after reading him in Mystery Man and not being overly keen on the lad, then.

Silly me.


Then again, Jake—with his motorcycle boots, his bike, his beat pickup, his old t-shirts that fit way too well, his faded jeans that fit better, his dark brown, longish, unruly hair, his silvery gray eyes that told a million stories without giving away a thing, his capacity to drink beer, down shots, eat hearty, howl at the moon and kiss so hard it was like he knew it was the last moment for every being on earth and he was going to make the most of it—was wild.



Did anybody else notice how long that sentence was?

Eh— who cares. Kristen had me at, ‘motorcycle boots’.  

Loved this installment. Tess was a gorgeous character. One of Kristen’s older characters and I kinda forgot she was in her early 40’s—and for that matter—Brock was older.

These two kids, ( hehehe) could bring the smexy and the alpha and all-the-things-KA.



Once he had me settled, arm still firm around me, he said softly, “I am not a normal guy, Tess.”


Amen to that, sister.

Tess is an adorable character, she works hard and has a big heart. Brock is honest in his ways, his past and where he wants to be heading. He is alpha.

Elvira is such a spunky chick in this installment, I totally dig her.

Daisy and Shirleen, ( I love saying Shirleen out loud) make an appearance.

Some of the Hot-Bunch make an appearance…which is always a good thing.



Now, considering Hank was Lee Nightingale’s brother and Lee was Chavez’s best friend and Brock was working with Hector and Vance, two of Lee’s boys, not to mention he’d moved from the DEA to the DPD and paths were crossing, they’d come to an uneasy détente.



This is all I am gonna give you on them showing up. You gotta read the book to find out how Vance blended into the shadows and then revealed himself when he needed to. He was taking his job very seriously.

Onto my next KA adventure...







Thursday, April 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by DARYNDA JONES - CHARLEY DAVIDSON # 11 - URBAN FANTASY - PIATKUS

By: Darynda Jones
Published By: Piatkus
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 320 Pages

RATING: 5 SEXY REYES STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people.

As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. 

But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.



BOOK REVIEW :


I think this was one of the best Charley’s for me in a while. I simply adored this installment.

There was a lot going on.

Lots of side stories.

Reyes...

*draw drops*

The sexual encounters he had with Charley were so creative and different and visually…whahhh.


He locked his intense gaze with mine. “Wet your fingers.”

I lifted a hand to my mouth.

“Not there.”

Surprised, I reached between my…

“Farther.”

I pushed them deeper, the sensation swirling in the pit of my stomach.

His breaths grew labored as well. “Rub your…”

I did. The hunger I saw on his face more erotic than my own touch.




“Made a mess?” I asked.

He nodded.

I reached across and caressed his crotch. Felt the warmth. Moistened my panties even more.

“Yeah, I should probably change, too.”


The emotion I felt for Charley and Reyes because they can’t have their bubba in their arms—there was a scene—I felt it.

Deep.

I love Osh. He is kinda hilarious in this installment— for a slave demon.

Ubie and Cookie…always wonderful their interaction.

Hints for bigger things in storyline appear.

Seeds are sprinkled like hundreds and thousands.

Love the Angels hanging about on every corner…and of course Angel, himself.

There was so much for me to love about this installment. We moved forward. We learned things.

Charley still is helping dead people crossover…even that cute little…

I like how Darynda shows us real emotion when it comes to a mother not being able to be in contact with her baby. I want more of that as it is real and true and very much a part of Charley’s current journey and Reyes’.

I want to see Reyes with Beep, even if Charley can’t be near her. Reyes the son of Satan and his baby…yeah. I want to see more of that.

I don’t think there was hardly a page without Charley being switched on with all that wit that simply seems to pour out of her mouth when she opens it. She can make anything Charleyized.

I simply love watching Reyes. I'm a Reyes-stalker.

Yep. We’d turned the corner of the building, heading toward the parking lot, when I spotted Mr. Reyes Farrow standing next to his stunning ’70 Plymouth ‘Cuda. Classic. Dark. And all muscle. The car was hot, too.


Reyes, playing teacher was brilliant. I loved how that all played out. I loved watching Charley get it at the same time we, the reader starts to get who Charley really is and what she is really capable of, in small doses. There was no manual for her to read up on and finally she is getting some guidance.

Watching her shift in her human vs who she really is mind set.

There is lovable Charley, witty Charley, I-must-name-everything-Charley…and then…there is the storm inside that can do things that human-Charley is just beginning to understand.

Even though grain of sand and all.

Bring on The Trouble With Twelfth Grave.