Review and Giveaway: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Love Undercover Series:

Book 3:

Getting Rowdy: Rowdy Yates and Avery Mullins

Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover, #3)

Purchase on Amazon: Lori Foster – Getting Rowdy (Hqn)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance-including a past that might come back to haunt them both.

Avery spends her nights working for tips…and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found…and the passion she’s always wanted.

Review:

Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster was an enjoyable ride of a book, I enjoyed it more than I expected too. I knew I liked Avery going into this book, she is a feisty character who wouldn’t let Rowdy treat her for less than she is worth. It was Rowdy I was concerned about, going into this book I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Sure he is a manwhore, I don’t have any problems with that, I enjoy a reformed manwhore story, I think it was more of as soon as Avery would let him down he’s go fishing in the same pond. Dude, Really?! You’re interested in a chick, like really interested but then go hit on chicks right in front of her. Eh, not cute. So I think that was my problem with Rowdy. In this book, while he starts off as still a manwhore we kind of get more reasoning behind it and while it is still not cute, he starts to prove that he is more than his man parts. I love how loyal he is to his sister and his friends. He might reluctantly be friends with cops but he will go out of his way to help any of them if they had need. He also shows he’s a freak’n bleeding heart where it comes to abused children, it’s quite touching actually. Rowdy ends up redeeming himself, at least to me. Avery, I liked coming into the book, as mentioned I wasn’t worried about her. She is feisty, take no shit kind of girl, but she wasn’t always that way. What surprised me is that Avery has a history of her own and not all of a good one. She comes from an affluent background but something happened that made her turn her back on all of money and society, she struck out on her own looking over her shoulder. When trouble comes, and it always comes, she is fiercely protective of Rowdy and cares for him as no one else has ever done. She rocks Rowdy to the core. She doesn’t do anything he expects her to do, leaving him off balance. Watching these two push and pull is highly entertaining.

The story is fast paced and pretty much has some sort of action throughout. Rowdy can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble. There are shoot outs, bar fights and other such things to keep you thoroughly entertained throughout the book. All the usual suspects also return, so you can catch up with some of the previous characters. I don’t think you will be disappointed with this installment of the Love Undercover Series, I know I wasn’t!

Rating:

Vintage Heart 4

*This copy was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.

*This review can also be seen on Where the Night Kind Roam blog.

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Review: Feel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich

Hard Feelings Series:

Book 2:

Feel the Rush: Meagan Mitchell and Reed Porter

Feel the Rush

Purchase on Amazon.com: Feel the Rush: A Hard Feelings Novel (InterMix)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

The New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement continues her sizzling series with a new novel of a plan that goes awry—in the arms of a soldier…

Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful—and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads, it’s time to find Mr. Safe…

Army Captain, Reed Porter, lives for the thrill—he’s an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not in his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid…

As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill? Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?

Review:

What a great story! I read the first book in the series and really liked it, but I got to say this one was better! I had loved Ronnie’s hard ass attitude but adored Meagan soft heart. We met Meagan in the Valentines Arrangement, she was Kale’s friends with benie’s before he found Ronnie. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of her coming into this book, but I found she was a pleasant surprise. She has a great sense of humor, she’s that kind of quiet one that out of nowhere cracks a smart ass comment and has everyone laughing. That’s almost my favorite kind of humor because you never quite see it coming. Romantically, her dating life has been a disaster. She is coming up on the big 3-0 and always thought she would be married with kids by the time she was 30. To escape a bad dating pattern she picks up and moves when her best friend Eva (who I also loved btw) came up on orders. Only, she falls right into the arms of her very first one night stand, Reed Porter, only its 8 years later and he doesn’t recognize her. This time Meagan is determined to break the pattern and to not sleep with the irresistible Reed. But Reed has other plans for her.

Reed is our adrenaline junky! Meagan nicknamed him Mr. Thrill and it fits. He will do anything for a rush, and right now chasing Meagan is giving him a rush of a lifetime, but he’s not a forever type of guy. Meagan has made it clear what she is looking for, but Reed wants to give it a go anyway. Although Reed comes off as a fun loving guy, he has demons of his own. There is a reason he doesn’t form many lasting attachments. When you lose the other part of your soul it leaves a pretty lasting impact. Reed leads on a fun pursuit of Meagan and it is definitely fun to read, the push and pull between these two strong willed characters is entertaining. I didn’t want to put the book down and when I did I couldn’t wait to pick it back up to see what these two get themselves into next. Ultimately I saw the general outcome coming, yet not. Kelsie Leverich definitely threw a wrench in what I thought was going to happen. I have to admit it brought a tear to my eye and I’m sure it will bring others to a full out ugly cry. But this made me love Meagan and Reed all that much more. Ultimately Reed has to decide if his adrenaline filled lifestyle is worth his happiness whether he thinks he deserves it or not.

This was a fun entertaining ride which was enhanced by the side characters. I loved each and every one of them! And I am looking forward to each and every one of their books! So yeah, Kelsie Leverich, Im going to need you to get on these books ASAP!

Rating:

Vintage Heart 5

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.

*This review can also be seen on http://paranormalromancenovel.com .

*And on a side note, I met the lovely Kelsie Leverich at the Naughty Mafia Las Vegas signing and she is a super sweetheart!

Review: Katie Lane – Flirting with Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas:

Book 5:

Flirting with Texas: Beau Cates and Jenna Jay Scroggs

 

Flirting with Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #5)

 

Purchase on Amazon: Click here for Flirting with Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas)

 

 

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

YOU’RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME, COWGIRL

On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she’s spent years trying to forget. And it’s working: She’s dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.

Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won’t ever get Texas out of her blood – or one good-time, ever-lovin’ cowboy out of her heart.

Review:

Katie Lane is among my favorites when it comes to contemporary westerns. Her stories are light fun and always amusing. Beau and Jenna were such a cute couple. Jenna is a tomboy who never really felt like she fit in anywhere. When her and her parents got in a tiff over her choice in boyfriend she ran off to New York with him, where she has been ever since. Beau is running from his own demons. A cancer survivor, with a suspicious mass looming over his head he is determined to run as far and as fast rom Texas as he can. If he can’t have the one thing he wants; he’s going to spend what is left of his life “living life to its fullest” aka running away from his family.

The Hens send Beau after Jenna claiming she is a “Hen” and that they need her address. When Jenna and Beau meet it is memorable to say the least. It involves her kicking his a$$! Jenna is feisty as hell and a crusader. Always championing the underdog she is always getting herself into trouble. Beau is an expert in getting himself out of trouble, but the minute he meets Jenna he realizes that some trouble you just don’t want to get out of. When Beau and Jenna are kidnapped by the crazy town of Bramble, Texas a wild ride ensues. Both Jenna and Beau take a journey to self-discovery that leaves them both a bit uncomfortable.

As separate characters I loved both Jenna and Beau. Jenna is that go getter with a kind heart, she’s a champion of the underdog and you just can’t help yourself. She has such a big heart you love her almost instantly. Beau we met before and I don’t know about you, but I fell in love with him in the last book. He survived cancer and now he is determined to live life. He’s more than a little aimless; but when your future is so uncertain I think it is almost a natural feeling to try to pack everything you can in while you can. He’s been wandering the world for two years not really caring and avoiding his family. As couple, I like Beau and Jenna even more. They are just so cute together. I don’t even know what specifically makes them such a cute couple, but they just are! Beau is happy go lucky and laid back, Jenna is a go getter and somehow they enhance each other, plus their attraction is explosive. At the end when Jenna and Beau are “fighting” it had me cracking up! Jenna was definitely making Beau fight for it!

The only issue I had with this book was the Marcy plotline, it wasn’t very believable and it distracted from Jenna and Beau. I wanted more time with Beau and Jenna and less with Marcy, but I guess it had its place. What I liked with this book, as with the rest of the books in the series is the town and all the townspeople. Like Susan Mallory’s Fools Gold series, the town is almost its own character. The towns’ people are more than a little bit crazy but it’s so entertaining! I very much enjoyed this book!

Rating:

 

Vintage Heart 4.5

 

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review no other compensation was provided.

Review: Rachel Cross – Rock Her

Rock Her: Alec Sawyer and Kate Gibson

 

Rock Her

 

Expected publication: June 17th 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Rachel Cross – Rock Her (Crimson Romance)

Summary:

From goodreads.com

She’s a small town nurse who had to grow up fast. He’s rock music’s most infamous guitarist. When a day at the beach turns life or death, their worlds collide, and no one will ever be the same.

Kate Gibson’s life has been all about family. She spent her high school years taking care of her dying mother, and her college years raising her younger sister.

Alec Sawyer’s past was an excess of everything: drugs, parties, rock, sex, and money. His downfall had been long, spectacular, and public.

Thrown together by fate and the media, Kate and Alec find themselves falling in love. But dating in the spotlight has its downside, and some secrets are better left in the dark.

Review:

I really did enjoy this book; I pretty much consumed it in one sitting. It was a face paced with a lot going on. Both characters were pretty likeable. Basic our hero and heroine were thrown together when a surfer was drowning. Kate was jogging by and ran to the rescue. Alec was nearby and helped Kate with the victim. Due to Alec’s semi celebrity status the media got wind of it and created a hailstorm.

The attraction between Alec and Kate is instantaneous. Of course Kate is predictably a virgin and the attraction scares her on one level but on the other she finally feels alive. Kate is a virgin but she’s not to naïve so it wasn’t annoying that here we have the worldly womanizer male with the naïve sheltered virgin…again… I thought the characters were believable. Kate was too busy raising her sister to really date seriously and flings when you have a teenager to raise in a small town and have an example to set is just not feasible. Alec is a former rock star and a recovering addict. The recovering aspect was pretty believable it is portrayed as a constant struggle. It is a constant balance that he has to maintain. He went from alcohol to drugs to a workaholic which is a different sort of addiction. Alec is aware of his flaws and struggles to overcome them. Of the two I probably liked Alec a bit better but not by much. Kate is a sweetheart so it is hard to dislike her.

What I don’t particularly understand is why Kate didn’t explain to her sister about their finances and father a long time ago. I understood the concept of money way before I was 18 and Kate’s not talking about it really just makes the situation all that worse as we saw here. I don’t know its kind of a pet peeve of mine to let teenagers clueless when it comes to finances, this is what leads to bad financial decisions when they are in college and then they have destroyed credit by the time they are 19. LOL. Sorry occupational hazard and I digress. Lol So I guess it’s not a bad thing that my biggest bone to pick with this book is a financial pet peeve of mine.

Overall it was a good entertaining book, that I would have no problems recommending to readers. It is steamy, fast paced with likeable characters. I was originally going to give this one a 4.5 but had to lower it a bit to 4 due to memorability. I kind of forgot I even read the book; I enjoyed it while I was reading it and even after for a while but then it slipped my mind.

Rating: 4 Romanticals

*This copy was provided to me by the author for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Review: Kristen Ashley–Fire Inside

Chaos Series:

Book 2:

Fire Inside: Hopper (Hop) Kincaid and Lanie Heron

 

Fire Inside (Chaos, #2)

 

Purchase on Amazon: Fire Inside: A Chaos Novel

Summary:

Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love—no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club…

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his tastes. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him—in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.

Review:

First off I have to say I am a Kristen Ashley fan. Her characters tend to be real, they have flaws and talk like normal people. Her woman tend to have normal women issues like bad hair days, insecurities, flaws, previous bad taste in men and a weaknesses for hot alpha men to are as bossy as they are sweet. Ok, her men, I haven’t met a single dude like the ones she writes but her in lies the fantasy aspect of her stories. Lol We love to love her alpha male, bossy as hell, sexy, protective yet will do anything for his lady men. We get this same fantastic character development in this book.

Lanie is a drama queen; she comes by it naturally as it tends to run in the family lol. When she approaches Hop it is for one night, one night of immense pleasure as it’s been seven years for her. Seven years from that fateful night when everything was stolen from her because of her fiancés bad decisions. As a character I liked Lanie, I didn’t love Lanie but I enjoyed her dramatics and all. She is a confident woman who knows what is important in life. She almost lost her own life and that of her best friend because she stood by the wrong man. Now she is deathly afraid of attaching herself to another man, after hasn’t she shown her trust in men cannot be trusted? The push and pull between Lanie and Hop is entertaining to say the least but I’m not sure I truly bought the romance.

Hop is everything you would come to expect from a Kristen Ashley male. He is dominating, self-assured, a bad ass and knows what he wants. And for years what he has wanted is Lanie Heron, now she is approaching him for a night of pleasure. He knows shit is about to get complicated but this woman is worth it. Hop does all the right things, he says all the right things, he’s a total bad ass who will protect his woman into death. But here again, I liked his character, but I never grew to love him, not like I did Shy in the previous novel in this series. Hop is great, but maybe a little too great? I don’t know, I’m not sure what kept me to truly loving his character. Again, I did like him and he was great to Lanie it was just missing that teeny bit extra.

Overall, this book was very entertaining with typical K. Ashley laughs. There is plenty of drama and a great story. However, I kept waiting for something extra to happen. I don’t know what, but usually in a K Ashley novel there is at least one life threatening action happen, but this one didn’t really have one. There was a quickie but not like I’ve become used to. I kept waiting for it, but it never happened. Besides that, this novel was not lacking in anything else. Oh and I think this is one of her steamier novels. There were lots of romantical times steaming up the pages!

*This book was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 4 Romanticals

Review: Nalini Singh – Heart of Obsidian

Psy-Changling Series:

Book 12:

Heart of Obsidian: Him and Her

 

Heart of Obsidian  (Psy-Changeling, #12)

 

Purchase on Amazon: Nalini Singh – Heart of Obsidian (PSY/CHANGELING)

 

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.

A woman whose very existence has been erased.

A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.

A deadly price that must be paid.

The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.

 

Review:

I am going to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, the blurb doesn’t give away the main characters and you have probably already heard the spoilers but I am going to try to keep it spoiler free for any readers that may not already know!

So it is no secret I am a Nalini Singh fan girl! I ADORE her writing and she is probably my second favorite author after Kresley Cole. Ms. Singh has had a couple of misses for me but over all she consistently writes intriguing, entertaining and emotional tales. One thing you can ALWAYS count on with Singh is that the writing is in depth and of a high quality whether you like the story or not. Heart of Obsidian is all that and then some! This is one of Singh’s best novels to date! From the first pages I was pulled in and this book did not let me go! Even nearly 24 hours after I have finished it, it still has me in its grips! I am dying to give it a re-read, hell I am dying to re-read the entire series now, but alas I don’t have the time.  This is quite possibly the best paranormal of the year so far for me!

Our hero is deeply complex, a dark brooding character that has little to no conscience left. He has one loyalty, one, and that is to a small slip of a girl he lost when she was 16. He has been searching ceaselessly for her for seven years, since the night that changed him forever. Raised in brutality and tortured by his guardian, our hero grows up in a reign of blood, but nothing would compare to the terror that he would unleash if his only loyalty should not have survived. Our hero is ready to eradicate an entire race in vengeance for the only person that has ever shown him any kindness. Our hero doesn’t think he is capable of any emotion but through the entire book we are consistently subjected to the complexity of our hero’s feelings. He thinks he is the worst sort of being, capable only actions of the worst sort, yet we see the kindness in him, the redemption he is capable of reaching. As much of a hard ass as our hero is, I found myself surprised at how humorous he could be and his capacity for tenderness towards that one person. This is a character that will burrow himself into your mind and keep you in his grips until the very end of the story and for some, long after. I have a feeling after this book; a lot of people will have a new favorite character! Mine of course remains as my beloved Judd, but damn its close!

I was helpless to not love our heroine! She had such a capacity for feeling; she was tortured to the brink of her sanity at one point for insane then sane. Her mind was pure chaos. In less time then she expected her mind started righting itself, somehow the environment she was surrounded in made her feel safe, which after seven years of torture is close to a miracle. Our heroines inner strength is one of the reasons she is able to recover her mental health the other, is our hero. Our hero feels so familiar, yet at the same time remains a stranger. Her memories are unclear but there is not one of the enigmatic man that saved her life. As she stabilizes and more and more comes back to her, she knows her life and sanity is safe with this man; it’s the rest of the world she is worried about. In saving her life she is determined to save his future. She has a core of steel and a fierce stubbornness that rivals the most powerful man in the worlds. She also has such a joy for life, maybe it’s because she lost seven years of her life, but she comes out of it stronger with an appreciation for life that few have. You get lost in her exuberance. And she is right she was very smart at 16!

From beginning to end this book was a pleasure to read. The emotion ran high and the characters were so in depth you felt like you know them. In typical Singh she seamlessly weaves storylines together to make a cohesive book, you never feel lost or that the transition is out of place. She is a mastermind when it comes to pulling multiple story lines together. There is also plenty of action and the Pure Psy threat escalates and all races work together to eliminate the threat. In this book more than any other the three races work together against a common cause rather than against each other. Our hero and heroine are so amazing together they will battle and maybe come out on top of your favorite couple from this series. Their intensity of their sensuality is in turns incredibly hot, tender with moments of humor which is also how their relationship ends up working with the addition of a remarkable amount of honesty. The only issue I had with this book is I would have liked to have seen more of Judd and learned more about Vasik and Aden.

Oh and I know you are dying to know… who is GHOST??? Ha! Like I’m going to tell you that! You may or may not find out in this book!

 

Rating: 5 Romanticals

 

*This review can also be seen at www.paranormalromancenovel.com .

Review: Abby Niles – Extreme Love

Love to the Extreme:

Book 1:

Extreme Love: Caitlyn Moore and Dante “Inferno” Jones

Extreme Love (Love to the Extreme, #1)

Purchase on Amazon: Abby Niles – Extreme Love (Love to the Extreme)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

New body. New clothes. New men.

Used to the average Joe, Caitlyn Moore is overwhelmed when the supremely masculine Dante Jones walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. At first she pushes him away, refusing to encourage the attention of a cage fighter. Then she learns Dante has a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation. What better way to fine-tune her non-existent flirting skills than with a male who won’t stick around? But Dante has no intention of being a practice dummy; he’s out for all or nothing. Now Caitlyn must accept Dante—violent career and all—or let him go.

Dante “Inferno” Jones has one goal: win the Welterweight Championship. At a time when focus is crucial, the last thing he needs is a distraction. Yet Caitlyn Moore becomes a challenge he can’t resist. When the light-hearted pursuit shifts to a battle to win her heart, his focus is shot. Faced with losing the biggest match of his career, Dante must decide if his extreme life also has room for Extreme Love.

Review:

Review:

Ok, I’m still kind of pissed about this book, it’s been lingering on my mind for a few days now. Not so much the story (which had some potential) but the author’s representation of bigger women and how they view themselves. Now I know she didn’t mean all women on the bigger end of the spectrum don’t think so low of themselves but to have her “heroine” have such a low self-image is beyond annoying! I’m “bigger” I’ve ranged from a size 8 at my smallest adult size to a size 18 at my largest and no matter my size I have never had such a terrible self-image where I thought so little of myself. As being bigger and dropping a lot of weight I know what the fat girl mentality is like and even after you lose the weight you’re still big in your head. However; I have never let my size dictate how I have seen myself nor how I have let other people see me. I am very disappointed that this is how the author chose to represent my fellow curvy girls and former curvy girls.

Caitlyn had just lost 80 ibs but can’t believe that any “hot guy” would hit on her. To her skinny = beautiful and pretty much maintains that idea for much of the book; which is a load of horseshit if you ask me. Caitlyn and her insecurities, her beliefs and her whining are beyond irritating. If she wasn’t complaining about herself and her weight (which Is a non-stop topic in this book) she is complaining about how awful fighters and the MMA is. I mean really come on! Who seriously has that strong of a reaction to MMA, hiding behind their hands, saying how awful it is. I’m not a huge fan of MMA, boxing or any other violence but her reaction is beyond over the top. Within the first couple of chapters I was ready to chuck the book out the window or at the very least stop reading the book but one thing saved it for me. Dante!

How could you not love Dante, he is a sweetheart, total sexy yet a primitive alpha that loves to fight and is good at it. He is in preparation for the biggest fight of his life and he can’t let anything get in the way of that until he meet Caitlyn who doesn’t seem to know who he is or fawn all over him. Dante proceeds to woo our annoying Miss Caitlyn, he wants more than a hookup and makes sure she knows. He wants her but she throws mixed messages at every turn. He does everything right, he never gives up on her and always gives her the benefit of the doubt. He may be a little but too perfect, but still he’s our Dante and I kept hoping he would ditch Caitlyn and find someone with a little self-esteem that wouldn’t throw him off at every turn because of her own insecurities.

Oh other annoyance with the book for me was the ending, I mean come on, really?!?! I really want to say what happened but I can’t give it away but it was beyond ridiculous. And the dude gets away with it, no cops, no FBI no consequences? No one noticed? Stupid. I do have to admit the 30% towards the end but not the ending was not as annoying as the first half nor as bad as the ending. It was somewhat decent. Some may end up loving this book and won’t have a problem with Caitlyn others will probably feel the same as me. Overall this book fell; flat however, I may read the second book in the series. I do kind of want to see how the best friend situation will turn out.

Rating: 2.5 Romanticals

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

ARC Review: Bec McMaster – Heart of Iron

London Steampunk Series:

Book 2:

Heart of Iron: Will Carver and Lena Todd

 

Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)

 

Expected publication: May 7th 2013

Purchase on Amazon:  Bec McMaster – Heart of Iron (London Steampunk)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…

Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

Review:

I love love love this series. I cannot thank Annie ( Under the Covers Book Blog ) for suggesting this series to me. This book is the best of the series so far. I am in love with Will and want him for my very own! I read this book several weeks ago and for about a week after I finished it, I walked around with a Heart of Iron hangover! I couldn’t start any other books because this one was still on the brain.

This book takes place three years after the events of the first book. In the first book, Lena was determined to drive Will crazy and was very successful at this task. So much so, that Will had to leave and move into his own place. He desires Lena but there is nothing on earth that could make him take her as his own. For at least a year he has managed to avoid Lena, now that she has joined the Echelon that has become much easier then it previously was. When Will next meets Lena he finds a missive on her with a damning code. Will recognizes that code, he knows it belongs to the Humanists who just blew up a draining factory and almost killed Blade. Will knows Lena is in over her head. When he is called forth by the Prince Regent for a favor he realizes that his is a chance not only to free himself but to keep tabs on Lena. Lena is in way over her head, she never signed up for explosions and death. She ends up with danger all around her, without Will, she surely would have died.

Bec McMaster has created a complex world and her world building is phenomenal. She really took her time building the world in the first book, so that by now we are familiar with all of the terminology and the world enough that we can truly appreciate the world that McMaster built! There are elements of paranormal, historical and steampunk effortlessly combined for a completely unique series.

I never expected to actually like Lena, she didn’t quite endear herself to me in the first book. However, in this book she is actually pretty fierce! I came to love her as a character. She wants to believe in a cause, one bigger then herself. She thought that life in the Echelon  was where she wanted to be but the life of parties, riches and Thralls turns out to be more and less than she thought it would be. She doesn’t really belong anywhere, so she throws herself into the Humanist movement. When she sees Will again she realizes that she may be in over her head and that she never asked the right questions. After the chance meeting Will manages to entangle his life with hers. He has to be able to move through society and he needs Lena to help him with that. Being so close to Lena is both bliss and torture, he knows that she is HIS but he can never risk being with her. The Lupe Virus is so aggressive he can’t risk infecting her. Will is your typical Alpha male; he is possessive, protective and caring to his woman. The way he is with Lena is something you would never expect from such a mysterious, dark and complicated man. As a general rule, he stays away from people and especially females but his draw to Lena is undeniable. Time after time Will has to come to Lena’s aid making for an exciting story. There is always something going on. Bec McMaster knows how to bring on the action to keep the reader entertained! While the action is raging, the romance is building. There is nothing quite like danger to bring a couple together. The passion runs deep and smoldering. Ms. McMaster makes us wait for it, she teases us so good you don’t even realize we are waiting for it. When we finally get it, it’s worth the wait. Will is definitely worth the wait!

Rating:

5 Romanticals

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

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Review: Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster

Beautiful Series:

Book 2:

Walking Disaster: Travis Maddox and Abby Abernathy

Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)

Buy it on Amazon:  Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster: A Novel

Summaries:

From Goodreads.com

Walking Disaster-

Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes

Beautiful Disaster-

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Review:

***Will contain spoilers***

Ok first of all this is misleading. Abby does drink (like a fish) and swear and she’s not a good girl. Travis is obsessive with her, he’s promiscuous and they’re as the name says…a disaster. But there are aspects to it that are addicting. There are a few scenes that are really intense. Before they officially get together, he gets upset by something she says about not dating him. He in turn goes out, gets drunk and brings home 2 girls who he bangs in the living room while she’s in the bedroom. It was one of those “OMG no he didn’t” kind of things. You really felt it. In his book WD, the author decides to make him not remember doing this, because he was too drunk, and although he realizes he did something, she skips over the whole scene. It went from being one of the best to a WTF was that. It felt like a cop-out.

When the one month bet is up and she’s going to go back to the dorm, she sleeps with him. He thinks this is it for them. That they’re together now. She leaves in the middle of the night and wont answer his calls or talk to him. He freaks out and trashes his apartment. Then after him begging and her being a bitch and torturing him and dating a dude he hates they get back together.

As for the Vegas thing… her father is a famous poker player who blames her for him losing his luck when she turned 13. She on the other hand cant lose and grew up in Vegas. She moved to Eastern to get away from the lifestyle and people who knew her. They end up there because her father borrowed money from a dangerous loan shark/mobster and put the debt on her.  Travis beats up his goons when she is short on the money so Travis fights for him since his fighter cant and the debt will be settled. Loan shark offers him tons of cash to go to Vegas and fight for him again.  Travis wants to do it and instead of talking to him and telling him anything she just runs out and wont talk to him.

The only scene that carried over and IMO was even better from his pov, was after they get back from Vegas and she’s broken up with him, he finds her outside on campus and begs her to take him back. Going so far as to get down on his knees and plead with her. It was heartbreaking.

He begs her to go home to Thanksgiving dinner with his dad and 4 brothers cause he didn’t want to tell them they broke up. She goes and cooks, they have a good time. He tells her he still loves her, they end up sleeping together. The whole time she’s thinking she loves him and wants to get back with him too but she doesn’t because he says that he’ll make an effort to be her friend because he wants her in his life. This somehow translates to her that he just wants to be friends. Yes, its as stupid as it sounds and an obvious plot device to keep the story going. Abby is annoying, petty, selfish and childish. Seeing it from his pov only makes those faults even more obvious. So they go months of him pretending to be her friend, her dating that other dude that Travis hates until one night her and her bff America (who is Shepley girlfriend, Travis’s cousin and roommate) has to get something from the apartment. They run into Travis who is drunk and with a girl coming into the house. Its the same scene in both books, both are stupid. Travis asks why she’s there begs her not to leave, she gets all bitchy, saying things like her lipstick is on your face, he tells her he’s lonely, been dying without her. America throws a shitfit saying how could he, he’s such an asshole, yada yada. Mind you they’ve been broken up for months. He hasn’t done anything that whole time but try to be her friend and not harass her. America ends up smacking him in the face and attacking him when he tries to talk to Abby (who does nothing) then gets mad at her bf Shepley cause he tells her to calm down. She tells him he’s on the wrong side, again yada yada. They speed off and then Shepley punches Travis in the face and Travis thinks to himself, I deserved that. What? I know.

They eventually get back together again when he carries her out of a frat party. They go to one of his underground fights where the basement room catches on fire. His brother was there watching Abby while he fought but they get separated and Travis and Abby get out alone. They eventually find the brother, he’s fine.

Now in BD, right after this, Travis and Abby get engaged then call from Vegas telling America they’re married and getting tattoos. Yes its that abrupt. The End.

In WD we get a longer ending. The whole discussion and then telling his father and their friends etc. Then there is a ridiculous epilogue that takes place 11 years later where Travis is an undercover FBI agent and kills the loan shark/mobster from Vegas. We learn his oldest brother is the same and they hand picked him to be this undercover operative out of 1000’s of applicants, and he didn’t even have to apply. It is their anniversary and they now have twins (boy and girl) and Abby has no idea what he does. When he flies home she gives him a gift which is emails between her father and the loan shark.  So Travis can take down her father. Turns out she’s known what he does for a while and I guess she’s also a crazy hacker or some shit. IDK. The End. It doesn’t even feel like the same book. Which of these endings does not belong? kind of thing.

Main issues: Travis ‘s thoughts do not come off as a 19 yr old promiscuous guy who was raised with no female influence. His mother dies when he’s 3, that’s the prologue of WD. He makes several comments about sluts and how he doesn’t respect them if they sleep with him. They obviously don’t deserve any because what self respecting girl would sleep with a guy on the first date or at all really. He doesn’t clarify what makes sluts, slutty exactly just that 90% of women are. There are numerous comments like how if they sleep with a guy then they don’t respect themselves so why should he deign to give them any respect. All girls in both books besides Abby and America are either stupid sorority sluts who are jealous and mean or smart ugly chicks who are also mean. There’s really only one of the smart uglies and its because she’s Abby’s roommate.

Example of Travis thought process. A girl he sleeps with comes up to him and Abby at a bar and he thinks this…

“Ho 101: If the man in your sights is on a date or with a female friend, force him to admit lack of commitment. Creates insecurity and instability.”

I’m sorry but dudes don’t think that way. All of his opinions come off the way a catty female thinks of other women. It actually reads like her personal opinions on women and its crazy offensive and ridiculous. One of the WORST male pov’s I’ve ever read. EVER.

So like I said the scene transitions are really confusing since it obviously fills in the blanks of when Travis was away from Abby but it was done poorly. Its seriously hard to keep up and some of the scenes were completely off. As in her timeline was totally wrong. In between the maybe 2 scenes I mentioned it was pretty boring as well. I kept putting it down. You could not read this without reading BD first and even then you need to read them close together so the scenes are very fresh in your mind.

I gave BD 4 stars and I gave this 2. And that was being nice.

Rating:

2 Romanticals

A Guest Review from Tina

*This review copy was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

ARC Review: Shelly Laurenston – Wolf with Benefits

Pride Series:

Book 8:

Wolf with Benefits: Ricky Lee Reed and Toni Jean-Louis Parker

 

Wolf with Benefits (Pride, #8)

 

Release Date: March 26th 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Shelly Laurenston – Wolf with Benefits (The Pride Series)

 

Summary:

Shelly Laurenston, New York Times bestselling author and a star in the paranormal romance genre, comes the eighth book is the successful Pride series, that blends outrageous humor and sexy shapeshifters to create irresistible heroes that readers fall in love with.

Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had…well, who said his job didn’t have perks?

Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting…and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for…

 

Review:

LOVED IT (in sing songy voice) from beginning to end LOVED it! I so love Ms. Laurenston’s sense of humor, it has you laughing from beginning to end. In the book we met Toni Jean-Louis Parker and her incredible family. A family of 10 prodigies, Toni is the 11th and oldest sibling and the only non-prodigy. She is in charge of all the progeny and that is a full time job. The siblings crack my ish up! All of them, they are just so bratty and narcissistic just the kids alone make this book worth a read!

However, the real stars of this book are Ricky and Toni and I adored them both. Ricky is this fun loving wolf who doesn’t let much get to him. His fun loving exterior masks the dangerous wolf that lies beneath. Like the rest of the Reeds once they have something in their sites they stop at nothing to get it. Right now, Toni is in Ricky’s sites and he always gets what he wants. Toni’s life is a whirlwind of activity, too bad all the activity is because of her siblings. Finally she has a shot at her own life and the newest director of travel for the Carnivore hockey team and she is sure that she is going to muck it all up! Somehow, some way she has to convince a bunch of Russian bears to let Novikov into their country to play some hockey, too bad they are just as determined to not let him in their country at least not unless it is in a cage. The Russian bears are nothing compared to Toni’s crazy siblings, you haven’t met difficult until you have met her brother Kyle, if only she could get the bears to even talk to her.

The hockey team sends Ricky with Toni as her “security”, this is just the chance Ricky is looking for. There is no way Toni can shake him, if he is there to protect her. In Russia tensions run high and Toni is breaking down more, than usual, but Ricky has her back and front, among other things. In Russia tensions run high, to relieve that tension Toni gives in to her intense attraction to Ricky. Ricky is the calm to Toni’s storm, but when they get home from Russia it turns out that a hurricane is going on. Some human government types have invaded Toni’s home, now Toni needs Ricky’s help more than ever!

This book takes you through highs and lows, it’s a whirl wind of action and humor. This installment is one of my favorite of the series. IT has everything that you have come to love from this series. This book brings Laurenstons trademark humor and all of your old favorite characters. Blayne is training Bo for fatherhood, which always brings about a laugh. This book also brings lots of new characters all of which I came to love and really hope to see again in the future. I have hopes for a Liv (A fierce predator who is not afraid to slap someone around and Toni’s best friend) and Vic (security expert) pairing. Then there are two of Toni’s older siblings that have a lot of potential for a future book.

*This book was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 5 Romanticals

 

Amanda Sig Orange