Review: Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews

» 15 November, 2017 » Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews My rating: 4 of 5 stars Blurb After eviction from the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea is a wreck. She starts work for best pal PI Kate Daniels. Shapeshifters under Raphael Medrano — Clan Bouda male alpha, Andrea’s ex-lover — die suddenly at a dig site. With Raphael, she seeks killer in deep dark Atlanta. Her feelings for him may take a back seat to saving the world… Bonus: Kate Daniels novella “Magic Gifts” My Review Did I ever mention how much I love Andrea? Well, now you know. I love her character. And yes, I love Raphael, too. But back to Andrea (because this series is pretty much the most heroine-centric series ever which is another reason why I love it so much). She’s dealing with the consequences of the events in book #5. One, the Order knows her secret and she’s basically been unceremoniously shown the door. Two, her relationship with Raphael, the male alpha of the douda clan, imploded. Andrea felt unmoored and uncertain. Her heart was broken and my heart along with her. Then there’s Raphael. Andrea’s ex…err, mate or whatever, acting like a royal ass. His male bouda pride can’t quite grasp why Andrea made certain decisions in […]

Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

» 15 August, 2017 » Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell My rating: 4.5 stars! The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.  New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love. Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…   Soooo goooood!! <3 If you’re looking for a slow-burn romance featuring two equally gorgeous and equally stubborn characters, Illegal Contact is the book for you. Santino Hassell hit it right out of the park with Gavin and Noah. I was […]

Review: When I Need You (Need You #4) by Lorelei James

» 5 August, 2017 » Reviews » 2 comments

Review: When I Need You (Need You #4) by  Lorelei James

When I Need You by Lorelei James Rules are tossed aside when a pro football player join forces with a spitfire cheerleading coach in New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James’s brand-new romance… Heir to Lund Enterprises and ladies’ man Jensen “The Rocket” Lund has three conditions when it comes to dating: 1) No single mothers 2) No cheerleaders 3) No medical personnel So it makes no sense that he’s wildly attracted to Rowan Michaels, who breaks all three. Rowan Michaels didn’t pass the rigorous requirements to become an athletic trainer and Vikings cheerleader in the hopes of landing a pro athlete: been there, done that, and she has a young son as proof that football players and fidelity don’t go hand in hand. When Rowan learns her new neighbor is Jensen Lund, the smoking-hot tight end who takes being neighborly to a whole new level, she’s grateful for the team’s strict “no fraternization” policy because the sexy man defines temptation. But Jensen is intent on rushing straight to the goal line to prove to Rowan he’s much more than just a player…on and off the field.   This series is getting better and better with each book! When I Need You follows the story of Jensen “The […]

Review: Beauty Like The Night (Spymasters #6) by Joanna Bourne

» 3 August, 2017 » Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Beauty Like The Night (Spymasters #6) by Joanna Bourne

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne 4.5 stars! Loved this cleverly written historical romantic suspense by Joanna Bourne. Sèverine de Cabrillac was a former military intelligence who is now using her “skills” as an investigator. As intelligent as she is beautiful, Sèverine is one of the most interesting heroines I’ve read in a long time. Drawn back into the world she tried to leave behind, Sèverine must confront the demons of her past at the same time help Raoul Deverney discover his estranged wife wife’s killer and his missing daughter. The characters, the dialogue, the plot just works seamlessly. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and my first historical-suspense in general, and I got to say that I’ve become an immediate fan. Clever and interesting, Beauty Like the Night will draw you in from the very first page. The romance between Raoul and Sèverine was lovely and interesting. My only gripe is that the hero isn’t as interesting as the heroine. But that said, Sèverine more than made up for it. She’s a very interesting and unique character. I highly recommend this book. ARC provided by the publisher. View all my reviews

Review: Keeping It Hot by Sydney Landon

» 2 August, 2017 » Authors » 0 comments

Review: Keeping It Hot by Sydney Landon

Keeping It Hot by Sydney Landon My rating: 2 of 5 stars 2.5 stars! I really, really wanted to like this book. I really did. Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and the blurb for this book got me really excited. Unfortunately, there are too many issues that really stuck out to me. I tried ignoring and justifying them but the more I did the more they reared their ugly heads. Don’t get wrong, the writing was good. It was well-paced and had some really cool moments. But those moments were far in between. The rest just annoyed the crap out of me. One of the biggest flaws of the book is the hero Dylan. He’s one of the shallowest heroes I’ve ever read. An overgrown frat boy who took the heroine for granted and only noticed her when she started changing her appearance. I’ve read books where the heroine had a transformation before and ended up loving them. It’s a tricky trope to get right and the ones that did it successfully had managed to establish the hero as someone who sees the value of the heroine despite her appearance. That wasn’t the case in this book. The hero just didn’t see the heroine as a […]

Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

» 17 April, 2017 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

I adored this book! It checked all my “swoony romance” checklist: Swoony hero? check Capable and sassy heroine? check Witty banter? check Feel-good romance factor? Double check!! Jessica Harlow and John Shepard are FBA agents who started off as enemies during their FBI training to frenemies as they worked on their first case together to eventually becoming lovers. If you’re looking for plot-twisting, ulcer inducing, angsty story, then this book won’t be for you. But if you are in the mood to read about two people who had to work on changing their perceptions about each other, fall in love and then learn navigate and balance their growing love for each other and their chosen careers, then this book is for you. Julie James has a way of crafting stories that just oozes romance from page one ’till the end. I love her heroes and her heroines, and these two couples are no exception. Their chemistry is palpable throughout the book. I loved how these two characters fit together and how they work hard to make their relationship work, how willing they both were to change considering that their first meeting wasn’t exactly the best. Another thing I really liked about Ms. James is the way she incorporates […]

Blog Tour {Review}: The Confessions of Young Nero

» 7 March, 2017 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Blog Tour {Review}: The Confessions of Young Nero

The Confessions of Young Nero is chock-full of drama, secrets, power-hungry people and manipulation. It’s a story about a boy who grew up to be one of Rome’s most notorious and powerful Emperor. This is a fascinating fictional retelling of Nero’s young life and his rise to power. Before he was known as a compulsive and corrupt Emperor who persecuted the early Christian church. This book is classified as historical fiction but Margaret George was able to cleverly combined historical details and events about Nero and some really compelling fictional point of view which gave readers a somewhat sympathetic view of Nero. I especially enjoyed the painstaking details that the author did to show the Roman way of life. Rome in all its glory and debauchery is always fascinating to read about. She went beyond that to explore the attitudes and the lifestyles of that era in history and I feel that she was able to capture that. As for Nero…he is both a product and a victim of his time. He was groomed by his family especially his mother to become the most powerful man in Rome. He saw his family manipulate and lie just to get and hold on to power. This had a profound effect […]