Innocent Target Review

38723523This is the 4th book in the series and while it could be read as a stand alone the secondary characters are all from previous books so I recommend starting with the first one. I like this series, the characters and it certainly has plenty of action and suspense. It also has two MC’s I liked. The hero, Axel is very straight forward, sexy, protective and Alpha. I also liked the heroine who was a bit younger but still strong. I liked that while she was out of her element with the changes in her life she also understood that her life had changed and wasn’t afraid to realize that not everything is black and white. She didn’t judge the actions of Axel or her brother and his friends. It was also VERY instant love which was a bit much at times but I overlooked that and still thoroughly enjoyed the book. I’m really looking forward to Gage’s book.

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M/M Monday Riven Review

36135552I really loved this book. Both Caleb and Theo are damaged in their own ways and struggle throughout the book but they also both grow in a realistic way that I thoroughly enjoyed. Music is a huge part of this book and a huge part of both characters lives and I really loved how the music helped give insight to both characters. Caleb is struggling with his addiction and he has become aware of his triggers so he has cut himself off from the life he led as a musician which went hand in hand with his addiction. He’s living a very solitary existence until Theo comes along. I loved that the two guys had an instant connection and grew to love each other but that love wasn’t used as an instant cure all. In fact, loving Theo terrified Caleb and he had several times where he panicked because his feelings were so strong and he was afraid of how that might effect his sobriety. Theo struggled with his self worth and unless he was performing his confidence was pretty low. He desperately wants to fit in somewhere or with someone but constantly feels like an outsider and sometimes these feelings even cause him to pull away making it all a self-fulfilling cycle. This of course causes the majority of the angst in this book and if I had one quibble it would be that Theo forgave Caleb’s push/pull a little too easily considering it happened more than once. When Caleb would push Theo away it was even harder for him given his lack of self esteem and desire to be loved and I think more could have been done with the ramifications of Caleb doing this more than once.

I enjoyed the characters, the emotions, the secondary characters and the writing style. I enjoyed reading about Caleb’s battle with addiction and how realistic it felt. It definitely made me wonder if there was a book about Rhys and I will have to go look because it felt like there might/should be one.

 

Planet Dragos Review

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Dragos and Pia are one of my all time favorite couples so it was a little bittersweet to read this final book featuring them but I loved the way the author wrapped up their story while still leaving it open for them to appear in future books as well as open up new opportunities for the future with the Elder Races world.

Planet Dragos has all the action, drama and of course just enough romance/emotion thrown in that I expect from a book featuring Dragos and Pia. I loved seeing Dragos’ primitive side when he realizes Pia has been kidnapped. I also loved seeing Dragos work side by side with Rune and to see those two finally work everything out between them and get back to the strong relationship between them.

There were changes that take place in this book that open up other opportunities for stories so as sad as I am to see Dragos and Pia’s story end I’m excited about the future and look forward to more books. Oh and I can’t forget “Death” who we are introduced to in this book and made quite an impression (I can only hope to see him again in a future book).

I finished this book feeling happy and while I hope to at least hear a bit about Pia and Dragos in the future I was very satisfied with the way things wrapped up.

A copy of this book was provided to me by the author. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion

Her Last Word Review

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I enjoy romantic suspense books by Mary Burton and this one was no exception. This book centers around Kaitlin who was a witness to her cousin’s abduction that was never solved when she was a teen. After many years she’s back in town and has decided to do a podcast of the disappearance by interviewing anyone who knew her cousin before the disappearance. When one of the women she interviewed is murdered the detective wonders if it could possibly be tied to the earlier disappearance and just how Kaitlin is involved.

The style is a bit different for this one as the chapters are divided by Kaitlin’s interviews or flashbacks of the abduction. As the book goes on the reader finds out more and more about what happened and who was involved. There are plenty of suspects and the reader has to decide who’s telling the truth and who’s lying. It’s a slow build on both the suspense and the romantic side but I enjoyed that about this book. I found myself wondering just exactly what happened all those years ago and who or if the current killer was the same person.

A thoroughly engaging suspense with likable characters with rich backgrounds and a slow burn romance that adds a bit to the story but keeps the mystery front and center.

I really enjoyed how this one was written. The chapters are divided by all of Kaitlin’s interviews … each person’s story is there for the reader to decide if they are telling the truth … or do they know more than they’re telling. Some chapters are Kaitlin’s memories of the night that Gina disappeared. The suspense starts building from the very page and builds to an explosive ending.

A copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley and the publisher with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.

 

Quinn Review

36504497I love this series but not this book. It pains me to give a book in the Vampire in America series only two charms but this one just didn’t work for me. Quinn and Eve don’t spend much time together in this book and quite frankly I was given the impression for most of the book that Quinn could easily walk away from Eve even after they have sex (which is really written as more of a hook-up then anything else). In fact, after they have sex Quinn intends to feed/have sex with someone else. So the romance was almost non-existent to me and then suddenly they are in love at the end. Eve also bothered me a bit. She came across as a bit immature and occasionally TSTL. The one thing I have always LOVED about this series is how strong the heroines are but Eve just wasn’t in the same ballpark. Sure she was a bit sassy but she was also stubborn and wouldn’t admit when she was wrong or couldn’t handle a situation. She knew almost nothing about powerful vampires and made a lot of assumptions that would probably have gotten her killed eventually. I actually enjoyed the “bromance” relationship between Quinn and his cousin Garrett then I did Quinn and Eve. However, I will say I loved the other 11 books in this series so I’ll chalk this up to a one off that just didn’t work for me and still plan to read the next book in the series.

Whisper Review

399119584.5 Charms. I love Tal Bauer and I’ve read everything he’s written and while I REALLY enjoyed this one it just wasn’t quite as good as the other books for me and that’s purely for personal reasons. The subject matter was a bit difficult for me and not necessarily something I enjoy reading about (terrorism/war and religion). It was obviously very well researched and the book had all the emotion, action, suspense, twists and turns, romance and thrills you could want in a book.

It’s a book with a very strong political background that takes us from 9-11 to today. The characters are well defined and the beginning of the book gives a strong background and context for Kris so that the reader can truly understand his thoughts and actions throughout the book. We get to know David a bit more slowly but there is just as much character depth for him as well. The romance is a very slow build and has more intimacy then sex but given the setting that made it more realistic.

This book has some brutal and violent scenes and of course a lot of suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It goes deeply into the Muslim religion and at times the dialogue didn’t feel exactly like the way people would talk (at least none of the soldiers I served with) but more of a way of explaining the religion and there were a few times if felt just a tad bit preachy to me. Not in a bad way as the overall message was one of love and tolerance and understanding. This is a long book that will take more than one setting to get through and due to the nature of the content I had to put it down a few times before coming back to it. If you enjoy political thrillers in your M/M romance then you will LOVE this book. I enjoyed it a lot but it just wasn’t quite as good as the Executive Office books for me and I couldn’t quite give it that 5 charm rating – so 4.5 charms for me.

Midnight Wolf Review

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I really enjoy this series and I have to admit this was one of my favorites since the first few books (which are still the best IMO). This book centers around Angus who has been ordered by the shifter bureau to track down an uncollared shifter (Tamsin). Naturally Angus wants nothing to do with this but they’ve taken his son and won’t return him until he brings in Tamsin.

I really loved Angus and Tamsin together and thought it was a great pairing. The two have some definite opposite qualities but they just fit. Angus is a bit broody and quiet. He’s also a bit shy in some regards although he loves his son with all his heart and has a big protective instinct. He thinks about things before acting and has a few very close friends he can count on. Tamsin on the other hand is a loner and impetuous. She never seems to sit still and quiet isn’t a word you would ever use to describe her. I enjoyed watching Tamsin lead Angus on a merry chase as he tried to catch her and even once he had. The romance felt believable and not as rushed as some of the books in this series.

There was also plenty of action along the way and a few new characters. Some of my absolute favorite characters played a significant role in this one as well (Tiger, Ben and Xander). I have to admit I’m not a big fan of the sentient house plot but it’s a minor quibble as it didn’t play much of a role in this one. I thought the carnival was a great touch and of course Ciaran is an adorable cub. The overall plot didn’t move forward much in this book although there was a bit of information about the creation of shifters that was fascinating and I enjoyed seeing the fae again. I really hope Ben’s story is next!

Overall, a fun, action packed and heart warming romantic edition to the series.

 

Kiss Me Back Review

35034613I haven’t read the previous two books in the series but this one can be read as a stand alone easily.
This book centers around Fox and Lola. I really liked Fox (although it took a little bit of the book to get under his armor and realize what a great guy he was). Fox was a sweet, protective and really nice guy. He has all the patience in the world when it comes to Lola (which he needs).

Lola on the other hand was a bit harder to relate to. I was however surprised by her secret and thought it was a really nice twist. I admired Lola while I didn’t always like her or understand her but then I haven’t walked a mile in her shoes. She was a very strong character and very independent. In fact, it was that independence that bothered me a bit. She took it to extremes and wouldn’t except that people might just want to help her because they were her friend. She was so apart from all of her co-workers and completely isolated herself. She also had a tendency to jump to conclusions (and never on the positive side) especially when it came to Fox. In the end I felt like Fox did all the giving and Lola just took and the balance was a bit off in the relationship for me.

Still I enjoyed it and would go back and read the first two books in the series.

 

WILD Review

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4.5 Charms. Wow this book kept me turning pages and unable to put it down. It grips you from the first page and doesn’t ever let go. It’s also very different from other books and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

I loved both August and Keegan (although Keegan stole my heart more than August did). I really enjoyed reading about August’s reaction/fear to the environment he was suddenly thrust into. I also loved his strength and determination to not only survive but to be useful. Keegan was an amazing character. His love for August and his willingness to do anything to make sure he survived was incredible. I thought the pacing of their relationship was perfect and the sex scenes between the two were hot!

The descriptions made me feel like I was back in Alaska and extremely well written. Of course how can you not love Daisy, the wolf and her relationship with August.

I picked this book because I wanted something set in Alaska and stumbled across this KU book. I’m so glad I read it and look forward to reading more from Adrienne Wilder.

 

M/M Monday – Squared Away Review

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4.5 Charms!

This isn’t your typical romance story and was different from the previous books in the series but in a wonderful way. This is a character driven book about two very different men who slowly find each other in the mist of tragedy. There isn’t much sex in this book but there are a lot of tender, intimate moments that I loved. I really loved Mark’s sexual journey and thought it was wonderfully written (although I freely admit I don’t know much about Ace/Demi). Mark was a character with faults and issues but he was also a guy with good intentions and I loved his character growth throughout the book. Both Mark and Isaiah are dealing with grief/loss although I thought the book focused more on Mark’s grief then Isaiah (and I do wish that Mark would have acknowledged Isaiah’s loss). The relationship between the two was a slow, sweet burn and it felt realistic. I also thought that the relationship between Isaiah and his father and the progress they made was realistic. No sudden bonding/understanding but a slow change to a better place for both of them. IMO kids in romance books can be tricky but the kids in this book were used in a perfect way. Enough that they had their own personalities and weren’t just a convenient plot point but not too much to take away from Mark and Isaiah. Of course it was great to have a few interactions with some of the characters from the previous books and I loved Bacon so hopefully his book will be next.

If you want a book with a fantastic emotional connection between the two MC’s, some beautifully intimate moments, and great character growth then this is the perfect book and it can easily be read as a stand alone.