M/M Monday – Graveyard Shift Review

46155838._SY475_I liked the first book, I really liked the second book and I loved the third book in this series! Graveyard Shift is not a stand alone book and should be read after the first two books in the series – so if you haven’t started begin with the first one (the whole series is worth reading).

Graveyard Shift is where I thought Jenn Burke really hit her stride and I loved everything about this book! It gave us a great plot, a bit of a mystery, heartache and love. I’ve heard this is the final book in the series and I’m sad that there won’t be more but what a perfect way to wrap up Wes and Hudson’s story. I hope that we get a chance to see them again if the author writes about some of the great secondary characters in this world.

I really loved seeing Wes finally accept his power and come into his own! I loved the strong relationship between Hudson and Wes and all the people that made up their family. I laughed, I cried and I couldn’t put it down!

If your a fan of the first two books you’ll love the third and if you haven’t started this series I highly recommend it.

 

Colder Than Sin Review

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Wow! This book is action packed and intense and while it does have some very violent scenes (See warning) there is nothing gratuitous about it and necessary for the plot. This is a #2 but can be read as a stand alone. Toni Anderson has a fantastic way of writing a romantic suspense book that is a great balance of both suspense and romance and this book is a great example of that balance.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see how the MC’s navigate out of danger and rooting for them to fall in love and get an HEA at the same time. I really loved both main characters – they are both very strong characters but not perfect – they have their flaws but are very realistic and characters you can relate to.

I loved Haley – she is an independent woman working in a male-dominated field but she navigates it very well. Quentin is also a very strong character with a very strong moral code and a desire to protect/save people. He’s an FBI negotiator and his skills are definitely put to the test.

Not only is this book full of action packed suspense but it is also full of intrigue. Quentin is trying to figure out who is behind the terrorist attack and why he was being kept alive. There are several suspects and a few clues dropped along the way (that I missed) but the plot was tightly woven and kept me guessing. Of course my all time favorite character Alex Parker plays a role in this book and that made it even better!

If you love action packed, intense romantic suspense books with intriguing, strong characters then you can’t get much better than Colder Than Sin. I highly recommend this book.

Goalie Interference Review

43277415._SY475_I loved the first book in the series but I didn’t love this one, although it had some things I really liked.

This was probably one of the best enemies to lovers book I’ve read. They had solid reasons for disliking each other and a believable animosity between them. That of course gave the sex scenes some definite steam. Unfortunately for me I just didn’t buy/see the “hook up” mentality that they had turn to love. They were hooking up and at some point even began to respect each other but I’m not sure how/when it turned to love.

The biggest issue I had though was that I didn’t really connect with the MC’s in this book. Emmitt was a bit too cocky for me. Ryu was a bit too stand offish. I’m not sure what I didn’t connect with but they just didn’t jump off the page and make me love them. It seems that wasn’t a problem for most so it’s probably a case of it’s just me. I did love that the characters were different ethnicities. Emmit is African-American and Ryu is Japanes-American. The message was a wonderful message although at times I admit I felt like I was being preached to instead of just getting the message organically through reading the book.

So overall this book was just good for me and not as enjoyable as the first book in the series. However, I think it was just not quite the right fit for me or maybe it was just my mood when I read it. Either way I’d definitely still read the 3rd book in this series and more by these authors.

The Blacksmith Queen Review

43129821._SX318_I’m a fan of G.A. Aiken which is also Shelly Laurenston. Her writing is definitely OTT and her characters are outrageous and zany but they are humorous and endearing. This series is no different – the characters are outrageous and there are a few moments that are crazy – but it’s all fun! There is also quite a bit of violence in this book but the way it’s written the book never seems dark.

I really enjoyed getting to know Keeley and the cast of characters surrounding her. She has quite the adventure and along the way you get to meet centaurs, demon wolves, war monks, dwarves, elves, witches and a dragon. This book is set in the same world as the Dragon Kin series and has some similarities – a crazy family that loves to argue, really strong women, men who love and respect strong women, humor, and lots of action. The romance takes a backseat to all the intrigue, action and overall plot but it’s just enough that someone who loves romance like me will be happy.

This looks to be the beginning of a great adventure for Keeley and company and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Dine with Me Review

45024865._SY475_I absolutely LOVE Layla Reyne’s romantic suspense books so I thought I’d love this one as well. I liked it but I didn’t love it. The two main reasons were the pacing was a bit slow and there was SO MUCH talk about food – yes I understand this book had a chef as an MC and they were going on a food journey so it was inevitable there would be a lot of food talk. However, for me it just bogged the book down even more. I’m FAR from a foodie and I don’t like to cook so those aspects of the story didn’t interest me.

However, Miller and Sloan had a very sweet slow burn romance. It’s definitely a slow build and that fit considering Miller has decided to die. I wanted Miller to want to fight sooner than he did but I also understood a bit where he was coming from ultimately it’s a very personal decision so I liked that the author went there. Miller’s relationship with his ex-wife was interesting but a little bit too much of the plot for my tastes.

So overall, very nicely written but the pacing was just a bit too slow and the food descriptions to plentiful for me to give this more than 3 stars.

Sapphire Flames Review

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To be honest neither Catalina or Alessandro were characters that really intrigued me in the first three Nevada books and so reading about them as MCs wasn’t something I was super excited about but it’s Ilona Andrews and I usually end up loving their books and characters. Once again this was proven true and I loved both Catalina and Alessandro in this book.

Once I started this ARC I could not put it down! If you haven’t read the first three books in the Hidden Legacy Series I do recommend you start with book one as these books build on each other and a lot of foundation to the characters/world is set up in those books.

This book takes place 3 years after the events of Hidden Legacy and Diamond Fire. Catalina is 21 and the head of House Baylor. She suddenly has a lot of responsibility on her young shoulders and with Nevada and Rogan out of town she needs every bit of her strength, confidence and the help of family and a unexpected ally. The three year “safety time” for new houses is up and Catalina and her house must now figure out how to survive with the large and powerful houses.

Catalina unexpectedly gets drawn into a murder investigation involving the family of Runa Etterson, who is a poison mage and who made an appearance in book 3.5 Diamond Fire. She’s warned to stay out of it and that her house isn’t ready to play in the league needed for this investigation. But Runa helped out her family and Catalina won’t turn her back on her and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it and help Runa as much as she can.

Catalina really grows a lot in this book and I loved it. She goes from a shy girl who tries not to stand out to a strong woman leading her house. It doesn’t happen over night and she still has some fears and confidence issues but she pushes through to do what she believes is right. I lover her growth in this book and it felt realistic. You can’t help but hope that as the underdog in this fight she comes out on top. Alessandro is also a main player in this book and VERY different from what I expected from what we had seen of him previously. He is intriguing and still a bit mysterious but someone I really loved by the end of this book.

Of course we get to spend time with some beloved secondary characters including Catalina’s family, Bug and even a bit of Hart and his soldiers. There is plenty of action, some twists and turns and the beginning of what I can only hope turns out to be a solid romance. But by far my favorite thing about this book was the character growth/development of Catalina and the surprising complexity of Alessandro.

I can’t wait to read the next one to see what happens with all these characters.

Seance on a Summer’s Night Review

43246048._SX318_I liked this book but a few things just threw me off. The fact that it’s written a lot like a historical book but was really a contemporary. It just had an old fashion feel to it from the way the characters talked at times, to their names and a few other things. I kept having to remind myself this book was set in the present.

I really did enjoy the haunted house and murder mystery tropes and thought the mystery was well written and interesting. I liked that Artemus was skeptical about the haunting and the psychic who is holding seances. The sister, Lily, who is desperate to make contact with her deceased brother was fairly realistic but I was very frustrated with Aunt Halcyone.

The romance with Seamus seemed to come a bit out of nowhere and didn’t feel all that realistic to me but Josh Lanyon books are usually light on the romance and heavy on the mystery so I wasn’t all that surprised by this aspect.

Overall, it was good and the mystery kept me guessing but it wasn’t one of my favorites.

Prince of Killers Review

46143026._SY475_4.5 Charms. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book but once I did I couldn’t put it down. Hawes is an interesting character and I love a hero who straddles that line between good and bad. He’s the head of his family who heads up an organization of assassins. He’s trying to take the family in a little bit different direction with more rules about who they kill but not everyone in his organization is happy about it. Dante Perry is a mystery and there is obviously a lot more to him than he is saying. He enters Hawes’ life with a cryptic warning that someone in his organization wants him dead. That’s all I’ll say about the plot because there are a few twists that are a bit unexpected and I don’t want to give to much away.

One of my favorite things in a book is strong family relationships and this book has that in spades. I love Helena and she is a badass female character! Holt is also interesting and obviously there’s something more to his relationship with the chief of police. Hawes has strong family ties and he’s very close to both his sister Helena and his twin Holt. He’s fiercely protective of his family and will do anything to ensure they are safe. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and do the killing himself but he also has a softer side. I will admit I thought he was a bit too quick to trust Dante and let him into his life and that’s the reason for the 1/2 charm removal.

This book had so many things I love – great characters, strong family relationships, MC’s with loads of chemistry, a few twists to keep things interesting and a bit of a mob feeling. The ending definitely leaves you twisting and I can’t wait for the next book in this trilogy. I want it now!

Wild Country Review

40529340I really love the world building in this series and this book continues with this interesting a different world. I would love to give it 5 charms but there were a few things that I didn’t love about it.

1) There are a lot of characters and the development for those characters was a bit lacking. Some of them made decisions that I just didn’t get or that didn’t seem to fit. (Especially some of the secondary characters). The humans just act a bit strangely to me for an “almost end of the world” type scenario. They seem to get stuck on such little details and ignore the big picture.

2) I didn’t like the “repeat” plot being used from a previous book. Yes, we got to see it from a different point of view but I think the author could have gotten her point across in a better way without depending on a plot device from an earlier book.

3) The villains are a bit one dimensional and pretty damn stupid. I have a hard time believing that humans haven’t caught on a bit more and realized just how low on the power scale they really are.

4) At times, Jana was a bit naive and again slow on the realization that the others don’t act just like humans.

However, there was a lot to love about this story as well and I really did enjoy it despite the things mentioned above. I liked the slow burn relationship between Jana and Tobias and I loved the relationship that Virgil had with Jana. Honestly, I just really loved Virgil and everything about him. I also really liked getting to know Tolya better although he was surprising passive for a large amount of the book which seemed not in keeping with his character and too convenient for the plot.

This world is so different from anything else though and that in itself is enough to keep me coming back for more. Throw in a few characters I really love and I’m definitely looking forward to more.

 

Raze – Book Review

42274594._SY475_This is book #3 in Riven and can be read as a stand alone although the previous characters do make appearances in this book.

I really enjoyed this book and it was not what I expected but it wasn’t quite as awesome as the first two books in the series IMO. Felix is a caregiver and when he and his sister sing at Huey’s sing a Riven son at Huey’s bar it’s so good Huey can’t help but record Felix and send it to Theo. Huey ends up coordinating an audition for Felix for Riven but things take an interesting twist.

Both Huey and Felix are very interesting characters and they both have some issues/insecurities to get through before finding their happiness. Huey takes a bit of time to warm up to since he has locked down his feelings and relegated his life to not much more than helping people by being a sponsor and his routines. Felix is a caregiver and has spent his life putting his mother and siblings first. Both Felix and Huey have a tendency to put other people’s wants/needs before their own and this makes for an interesting dynamic. The author did a great job with the complex issue of addiction and recovery as she did in her previous books but with a bit of a different spin this time.

I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and seeing them grow and deal with their insecurities. Another wonderful book in an emotional series.