Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Come by JA Huss

 
https://www.amazon.com/Come-Dirty-Dark-Deadly-Book-ebook/dp/B00L8B23O6     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22574421-come

Synopsis:
My name is James Fenici and you will never see me coming. I walk the shadows like darkness itself. I hide in the corners where nobody looks. I live by no rules, I have no boundaries, I take no prisoners, and I never, ever blink. I am not your knight in shining armor; I’m your worst nightmare.
My name is James Fenici and you are my target. Only one of us is getting out alive, and that’s not gonna be you. Once your name is on my list, your life is over. It’s a deal I make with death, it’s a contract I sign in blood, it’s forgone conclusion—get used to it.
My name is James Fenici and I’m as dirty as they come. But then one day I saw her. And every monster I thought I was. Every fact I thought I knew. Every dirty promise I ever turned down came back to slap me in the face.
My name is James Fenici and I think I am in love.

Rating: 4.5
Review:
“The night ending with a nice hard and dirty fuck at your place so I can disappear in the middle of the night while you sleep peacefully, content with the multitude of orgasms I gifted you.”
Come is a quick, action-packed, beginning to this three book series. We get to know the main characters: Invisible 18-year-old Harper who is on the run and 28-year-old killer James. This book definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you looked at it then I don’t think you’ll have a problem with it. If any of these things turn you off in a book then stay far away from this one: male stalking a female, dominate man in bed, slight age gap that is made to be a big deal by the heroine who keeps saying she doesn’t feel like a woman, but feels like a girl, and fucking hot sex.
“If a girl is not noticed, does she still exist?”
With this first book being as short as it is we get to know Harper more than James even though it is told in dual point-of-view. She’s ran away from everything she grew up with, the only person she trusted, and she is all alone. She’s been alone for months with no friends, no job, just a tiny little apartment and the sunrise and sunset to keep her company. But Harper definitely exists in James’ world. He doesn’t just notice her, he sees her, and he claims her.
“I am his.”
This story grips you and takes you on a ride trying to figure out who these two people really are. How they fit in this story together. And what’s going to happen now that hearts have been stolen.
“Be back soon.”

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Crow by A. Zavarelli

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BL9GFK2     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31309440-crow

Synopsis:
He’s a killer. A mobster.
The last man on earth I’d ever want to be with. I won’t lose my head just because he’s hot, Irish, and has a wicked accent to boot.
He’s one of the only leads in my best friend’s disappearance, and I don’t trust him.

So I’ve got a few rules in mind when it comes to dealing with Lachlan Crow.
1.Keep a clear head and don’t get distracted.
2.Do what’s necessary and never forget why you’re there.
3.Never, and I mean never, fall for him.

Fourth and final rule?
Throw out the book altogether. Because the rules don’t apply when it comes to the Irish mafia.
It was only supposed to be temporary, but now Lachlan thinks he owns me. He says he’s not letting me go.
And I believe him.

***
Lachlan.

I don’t know who she is. I don’t know why she’s here.
But if it’s my attention she wants, she has it.

The Russians want her dead, and now it’s up to me to look out for her. This girl is trouble. A distraction I can’t afford. 
So why have I already decided she’s mine?
I’ve claimed her and there’s no going back now.

This is a full-length standalone novel full of hot Irish bad boys with accents. Steamy and dark mafia themes throughout. HEA included.

Rating - 5
Review:

I've been in a reading slump where nothing sounded good so I grabbed this book off the shelf without knowing what I was getting myself into. It took me a few chapters to get into the book, to get out of my reading slump. But when it happened the book gripped me by the hand and didn't let go until the very last page.

The characters were all strong, independent characters that took shit from no one. It's a story of a young woman whose friend suddenly goes missing and she gets the bright idea to wiggly her way into the mafia's eyes so she can find her friend. The moment she steps in the ring of the mafia everything starts happening. Wars are broken out, threats are made, lies are carried around like ticking bombs.

Mack and Lach are one of the hottest book couples. They're both so strong and so have so much to give to the other. If you like a good action packed sexy book then check this one out.

“Nobody has ever looked at me the way he’s looking at me at this moment. Like I’m his possession. Like if anyone else were to touch me, he’d break both their legs and an arm for good measure. It shouldn’t make me feel anything, but it does.”

Monday, December 12, 2016

Giveaway: January New Year


I wanted to do something this year for you guys. I'm a terrible blogger. I didn't start this blog to be a big blog who posts daily and I think some of the people who have followed here and/or on Facebook didn't realize that. I wanted to say thank you for continuing to follow despite how little I post. So this giveaway is my thank you. Thank you for sticking around, for reading my reviews here or on Goodreads, for checking out the cover reveals, and one-clicking the books that go on sale. I'm just warning you now, I will never be a daily poster, I'll never spam your Facebook page asking you to like my post if you see it. I'm just not that kind of blogger, not that there's a problem with that. I actually started this so I could have all my reviews in one place, easy for me to go back and reread them when the next book in a series comes out. I'm amazed that I even have one follower. So this giveaway is for you guys.


This year I plan on doing a monthly giveaway for all of you who do stick around and like, read, and comment on my stuff. I will start the giveaway the month before and end it on the last day of the month. For Example: February's giveaway will run during the month of January, that way the winner gets their Valentine's lovey dovey goody box at the beginning of the month it was intended for. It'll help me have themed boxes.

I'm late in getting January's Giveaway up... yeah, I'm terrible. However, I hope you enjoy it.
Items in the box [Total Value: $62.96]:
1. The Men of Wainwright Images 2017 Calendar - [Retail: $19.99]
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2. This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas - [Retail: $15.00]
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3. Bear With Me by Nicole Blanchard - [Retail: $4.99]
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4. EOS Lip Balm Sweet Mint - [Retail: $2.99]
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5. Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Queen of Beauty - [Retail: $2.00]
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6. Cool Gear Water Bottle: Theme Believe|Achieve 32oz - [Retail: $5.99]
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7. I Don't Do Mornings Sleep Mask - [Retail: $12]
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8. Little candies and author swag

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Review: Drifter by Janine Infante Bosco

https://www.amazon.com/Drifter-Nomad-Janine-Infante-Bosco-ebook/dp/B01LQG7TFA     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32503530-drifter

Synopsis:
"Stryker"
I’m a drifter.
A man born to ride through this world alone.
There used to be a time when I thought I was the rescuing type. I enlisted in the Marines and made it my duty—I was going to save lives.
I was going to be a true American hero.
But God had another plan.
Or maybe Satan did.
For everything I touch finds mortality.
I’m no hero.
I’m nothing.
I’m a veteran biker, a former nomad who survived war only to live in hell.
Now I ride with the Satan’s Knights of Brooklyn and I’m drifting into a different kind of chaos.
The kind that revolves around a pretty girl with intoxicating green eyes.
A girl who has the power to turn me inside out.
A girl who doesn’t need anyone to rescue her because she’s her own savior.
Until she’s not.
But a man plagued by war and the devil inside him can never be her hero.

Gina Spinelli

Strong. Independent. Fierce.
They are the three things I strived to be.
But sometimes being successful can be lonely.
Sometimes a girl just wants to be a girl and have someone take care of her.
Maybe even love her.
Sometimes the strong become vulnerable.
Or worse, the victor becomes the victim.
Sometimes we lose control or in my case it’s stripped from you.
Defeated. Broken. Haunted.
They are the three things I have become.
In my darkest hour I admit defeat.
In my darkest hour I need one person.
I need him.
Stryker.

***NOTE:Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, sensitive subjects, offensive language, and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up. ***
Review: Rating- 5
Before the book starts there's a 'Dear Reader' chapter. Make sure to read that. It's important so you know whether or not the book will be for you. Also, there's a drinking game posted in there:
Take one shot if Stryker makes you hot.
Take two shots whenever Gina makes you cry.
Take three shots whenever you laugh.
When you have about seventy percent left of the book put the bottle down.
I highly advise not really participating in this drinking game because you'll die from alcohol poisoning. I had to add a new category for shots when I hit seventy percent: Take zero shots whenever you fall madly-irrevocably- in love with the characters. This is what my shots taken would have looked like if I participated, there's a slash where seventy percent is:
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"Ready," she calls.
She wasn't ready, and neither was I.
Not for the ride I was about to take her on or the one she was about to take me on.
**5 Facts**
1. I've read a lot of books that had an underlying awareness factor, whether that was sexual assault, domestic abuse, drug use, human trafficking, or even veterans, but I've never seen a book pull it off so well. It was real and it hurt. It was the big bad no one wants to talk about, but it was there. You might know a lot about the situation, but even so you wont be prepared. You wont want to read about the bad. This book captured the bad with this one veteran and his pretty girl, but it also captured the good.
"You know what happens when you walk away from a bomb? he asks with a strained voice.
I shake my head because words fail me when he takes two steps closer and reaches out to touch my cheek.
"You search for a sign you're alive," he says simply, bringing his other hand to my cheek and cups my face. Blowing out a breath, he leans his forehead against mine and his eyes search mine.
"Found my sign, pretty girl," he whispers as I wrap my arms around him and squeeze him tight.
2. Despite the grit of this book it was hilarious. I laughed. Then I laughed some more. These characters are a riot. They show you the beautiful in the world. They show you the reason we continue to move on day after day.
"That was-" his sentence trails off as he takes a deep breath and lifts his head from my shoulder.
"Quick," I finish, swallowing the embarrassment. "I've been kind of having a dry spell," I blurt, slamming my eyes shut. "Not that I'm dry like you know... down there, but dry as in... of fuck this," I hiss, sighing heavily as I open my eyes and stare back at his amused face.
3. Fire. Holy mother of everything good. This book was smoking hot. You'll need the fire department on speed dial while reading. Stryker is a man full of dirty promises. I'm not going to elaborate any more than that because you just have to meet Stryker and see for yourself.
"You wont be needing clothes for the rest of the night, pretty girl," he whispers against my ear.
4. This book will rip your heart out. Not just rip it out, but it will tear it into tiny pieces. Then run it over. For good measure it'll take those battered pieces and douse them in gasoline and grab a pack of matches. I haven't felt a book like this in a long time. It hurt.
I lifted the gun to my temple a total of thirty-six times, and every time I closed my eyes I saw her face. Her green eyes pleaded with me every damn time, begging me to stay and suffer, not to give up and be a statistic.
5. The book never lights that pack of matches. It takes your battered gasoline soaked piece and washes them clean and slowly stitches them back together. The cuts are fresh, but over time they will scar, you'll have reminders of this book, you'll never fully forget, but in the end it does put you back together. It gives you hope, love, and beauty.
There are things ordinary people don't realize are precious gifts. Sometimes it takes the ugly in the world to remind us of those gifts.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review: Fated Moon by Lashell Collins

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LBQME0U     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31951281-fated-moon

Synopsis:
Billionaire werewolf, Trevor Dare, has learned two things – first, a wolf has no control over who his Fated Mate might turn out to be. And second, you should never kill a pack Alpha unless you want that Alpha position for yourself. Unfortunately, he learned that last lesson a little too late, and now the most notorious rogue werewolf in the city is wondering if he has what it takes to become an effective Alpha.

Detective Melissa Cartwright isn't even sure she believes in all the Fated Mates business. She can barely wrap her head around the fact that there are real live werewolves roaming her city, let alone the fact that she's dating one. But when Trevor's world starts to become all too real, Mel finds herself wondering if she's woman enough to handle it.

As their bond deepens and grows, the mysterious lycan Syndicate moves to assert its will over their lives. Trevor is given a choice – kill Melissa himself, or bite her and make her one of them. They should know by now the rogue wolf doesn't take orders from anyone.
Review:   Rating- 4
Fated Moon is another great mystery with Melissa and Trevor picking up where the first book, Rogue Moon, left off... sort of. At the end of book one everything was fantastic with Melissa and Trevor, it was set up for a great romance book. However, Fated Moon didn't go the route expected. Instead, Melissa and Trevor have a little distance and a lot of hesitancy surrounding them, especially from Melissa.
She needed time to process. Sometimes she still didn't believe any of it had actually happened. Only she knew it had, and now she needed time to think.
I was hopeful this book would be about Melissa and Trevor and them growing as a couple, and no more talk about Trevor's deceased wife, Jenny. I figured since book one was about getting justice for Jenny's murder that it was wrapped up and finished, but I was wrong. Jenny is talked about less frequently and with less all consuming love, and more casually, but she's still brought up quite frequently.
     Trevor chose a seat that would allow him to see the door, and he leaned back in the chair as he thought about Jace's questions. "I guess I am here to talk about Jenny in a way."
     Jace smirked at him again. "I didn't figure you for the sentimental type, Dare."
     Trevor glared at him. "She was my wife."
Taking what I expected and pushing it to the side, Fated Moon was a fantastic mystery, yet again. I wouldn't consider this a true to form romance, it's much lighter and still has a few sex scenes, but overall this is a mystery. After Trevor went on his justice killing spree and now has the option to take over the Rain City pack as alpha there are even more hurdles to jump through and loyalties to question.
"Where do your loyalties lie? Are you keeping tabs on me for the Syndicate?"
Melissa has her hands full as a detective with trying to figure out who is behind the illegal organ harvesting that is going on in the city. When all signs start leading to the lycan world again she's left with more questions than answers. Most importantly, how do you take care of a case involving werewolves and keep it discreet?
"I know you can't arrest him without bringing to light the whole werewolf connection [...]"
The book ends on a cliffhanger over who the High Alpha is and what his next move will be. I highly recommend this book for the mystery alone, but I really wish the romance side was something worth talking about. I can't wait for book three and hopefully it will wrap up and we'll get all the answers we've been waiting on.
"Well, don't keep me hanging! What do you know?"

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Hero Bear by Zoe Chant

https://www.amazon.com/Hero-Bear-Paranormal-Shifter-Shifters-ebook/dp/B0174917EM     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27270731-hero-bear

Synopsis:
Curvy Michaela Baker moved to Salem Creek looking for a second chance. Hidden away in the hills and hollers of the Appalachians, she hopes her secrets won't follow her to her new job as a physical therapist. But she didn't count on one of her first clients being the hottest man she's ever seen. Caleb Bentley should be absolutely off-limits, but how can she help him recover when touching him sets her body on fire?

Caleb lost part of his left leg to an IED in Iraq, but he was lucky to make it home at all. There aren't a lot of options for a man with one leg in Salem Creek, where it's the coal mine or nothing, but he's determined to rebuild his life any way he can. As far as anyone knows, his biggest worries are keeping him and his brother Dalton fed and dodging the town's insistence on treating him like a war hero. But Caleb has a secret of his own: his leg wasn't all the war cost him. He's a bear shifter who's lost the ability to shift. That is, until his new physical therapist wakes up the slumbering beast inside of him and makes it roar.

When Michaela's past threatens her future, the secrets that kept her and Caleb apart may be the only thing that can save them. Can two people with a lot to hide face the truth about each other? 
Review: Rating- 4.5
Hero Bear is a short standalone in a series of shifters of Salem Creek, where this story takes place. Despite the short length of this story it had depth, the characters were flushed out and had backstory that wasn't skipped over.

The only thing I disliked wasn't about the story, but the formatting. It was dual-point of view, but when it went from Michaela's point of view to Dalton's there wasn't even a page break, it just continued on without any indication of a switch.

Bonus: There were two recipes in the back of the book that was used in the book! You can eat what the characters eat!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Review: Breaking Up With Barrett by Katy Regnery

https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Up-Barrett-Brothers-Blueberry-ebook/dp/B00M0DQIEC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469408712&sr=8-1&keywords=breaking+up+with+barrett#navbar     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25540390-breaking-up-with-barrett

Synopsis:
Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves.

Review: Rating- 3
Cliché.
This is a light beach read full of clichés.

I love a good typical romance. I'm a sucker for them! I enjoyed this book a lot, it was sweet and a little funny and a bit sexy. But for the first time I'm going to be that person. That person who says, this book was too cliché. I'm hanging my head in shame as I say that, I feel like my romance book reading card just got handed in.

***Spoilers*** Here's your one and only warning, the rest of this review will contain spoilers, read at your own risk of being spoiled.

I found myself upset with the turning point with these characters. I even told my husband, "Only characters in a book would do this." I don't say things like that about books because I like that stuff. I like the clichés. I like the stuff that guys don't do in real life. However, this time I was annoyed. At the point when Barrett raised the rent on Emily's apartment to manipulate her into being his fake fiancee again was when I was fed up. Seriously, all he had to do was say, "Hey, I'm your landlord, sorry about raising rent I was being an idiot and wanted to be close to you, but now that I know you have feelings for me let's start this right. We don't have to be 'off limits,' you don't have to be stressed about paying rent, and we can see where this goes." But is that what Barrett does? No. He does the typical book character thing and decides to keep everyone miserable and hopes everything goes well.

The only thing that wasn't a cliché in this book was the ending. It didn't end with your typical we're getting married HEA or with an epilogue showing them at that point. It just ended knowing that they're going to spend forever together. I was deeply disappointed that we didn't get to see their family knowing the two of them are together. I'm assuming it didn't get that HEA that is typical because this is part of a standalone series that will continue with the rest of the brothers and maybe we'll see Barrett and Emily's HEA through the eyes of the siblings, which is just disappointing.