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Shannon McKenna
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The Tiger Prince
Iris Johansen
Against the Ropes - Sarah Castille

 

*1,5 star*
*Spoiler free review*
*Buddy reading with Ali & Nikki*


The first half wasn't that bad. The writing was clumsy, but to be honest I found it quite funny.

The heroine's name is Makayla and the hero's nickname is Torment.
So, given the heroes names, the way the POV was written, the hero as well as the secondary characters behavior (the heroine's supervisor, Drake, Sergio (the debt collector who was acting like an hysterical series B mafioso), the best friend (who reminded me of Samantha from Sex & the City) and pretty much everyone else) as well as the heroes situations (heroine so poor she can't even afford a room —her bedroom is a hallway that everyone enter to access the bathroom (If I remember well, she has 4 roommates each with companions)— and filthy rich hero, I actually thought that the book was some kind of a parody gathering all the clichés in every romance genres.

The heroine is an EMT working in the admission service of an hospital. But she can't bear blood and violence. I'm not American, I just knew that the EMT was some kind of paramedic but the blood and violence issues puzzled me so I checked and it appears that the "EMTs are trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, trauma injuries and accident scenes. [...]" (quote from Wikipedia).

The hero is a MMA fighter with lots of yummy tats, he owns an unsanctioned club where he trains, teaches and fights. He also appears to be some kind of biker dude. But heavily tattooed MMA fighter + biker dude wasn't enough, so the author decided to also makes him (view spoiler).

Do you understand why I first thought it was a parody? 

I never understood how these two ended up together but still, somehow the first half of the book was quite entertaining and so far I was giving it 2,5/3 stars.

But then these things happened: 

--> 1/ As if the hero's profile wasn't versatile enough, the author felt the need to add "wanna be Dom" to his pedigree. At that point no way was I rounding up my 2,5 stars to 3.

The first scene was so bad it spoiled all the other sex scenes of the book. 

(view spoiler)

I'm no prude. When the fancy takes me I love to read some good BDSM books. I can even read some BDSM series back to back. When that happens it's because I choseto read that genre, and I choose BDSM books written by authors that actually know what they are talking about. "Choose" being the operative word.

I absolutely don't understand why nowadays so many contemporary romances authors feel the need to add BDSM elements in their books. It's usually really badly done and totally kills the hero appeal. 

--> 2/ Misuse of French. A lot of authors enjoy using touches of French language in their books. Which is awesome. Unfortunately very few feel the need to edit it. Which isn't awesome. 

In the book the heroine goes to a French spa. Its name is "La Sanctuaire". The gender of the word "sanctuaire" is male so it's "Le Sanctuaire" not "la".

-> The French esthetician refers to the heroine's pubis hair as "une épaisse tignasse". A "tignasse" is a word used in reference to head's hair, usually unruly. For the pubis —or any body— hair she should have used "toison" or even "touffe".

-> le BDSM, not "la BDSM".
-> le sexe, not "la sex".

The French mistakes are made worst because spoken by a supposedly French speaking native. 

--> 3/ Blatant lack of documentation. 

"Giselle returns with Amanda's aesthetician, Lulu, and two pots of what I assume to be boiling wax. She takes a seat beside me and puts the boiling wax within spilling distance. [...]
Giselle raises an eyebrow as she paints hot wax over my mound "Sounds like your man likes la BDSM."
I hiss in a breath at the initial burn, but it quickly fades to a tingling warmth. I manage to unclench my teeth to answer, [...]"


Who the hell is waxing using boiling wax? Unless you want to badly burn yourself? What is called hot wax is actually lukewarm wax and it shouldn't burn when applied on the skin. The removal of the wax + hair is what hurts not the wax application.

Also, what the hell is that: "Giselle interjects. "It reminds me of my first wax when I was ten years old."?

No. 10 years old little French girls don't wax down there. Or like a friend of mine would say nor did I know 10 years old little girl that would be hairy enough to need a wax. 

This and the French mistakes totally killed a potentially funny scene.

--> 4/ Some sentences didn't make sense at all. Here's an example: talking about the unpleasant receptionist this is what she says "Her smile is as cold as my heart." What the hell does that mean? 

--> 5/ The OTT second part of the book where more often than not the heroine acted like the dumbest moron on earth. 

--> 6/ The over dramatic and so sweet it hurts my teeth as well as over the top (also) end. 

I left the 0,5 star for the fun I had in the first half.

 

Spoilers can be read here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/711575260

Endless Knight  - Kresley Cole

 

*Spoiler free review*
* Buddy read with Den & Ella<3*


Although, YA and dystopia genres as well as "Hunger Game" kind of plot aren't my cup of tea I really loved Poison Princess, the first book in this series.

I have mixed feelings about this one.

Even though you can predict from the beginning of the book that there will be a cliffhanger and despite some roll eyes moments, I really liked the first half of the book but not so much the second one. And notbecause of the cliffy but because of the "one step forward, two step backward" dance at the end.

The book is named after Death —that I really liked— and the story starts right when book 1 ended. The first half was action packed but unfortunately the second part kind of dragged and had some epic WTF moments. 

A thing I really liked in the first part of the book is that Kresley Cole seems to have decided to avoid the "everybody gotta die but me" kind of plot. Unfortunately, she also decided to go to the typically YA love triangle and OTT crap. 

The end of the story not only annihilated the interesting parts of the second half of the book, but it also made a total schizo out of Evie. This is worse than any imaginable cliffy.

It sadden me to say it but I'm done with this series. 

Fatal Strike - Shannon McKenna

 

*Spoiler free review*

This book was pure bliss!

This is another fast paced, action packed book in the McCloud & Friends series, but what really stood out for me is theAWESOME job Shannon McKenna did with Miles's transformation from the "hopeless tech nerd" ß guy to the gorgeous "big, nasty, evil motherfucking war machine." alpha hero.

"Me," he said. "Total geekitude. To the core of my being." 

Of course, this transformation didn't happen over a book. If I remember well, Miles first appearance was in Standing in the Shadows (the second book in the series), ever since the McCloud started their "ongoing quest to transform Miles from a basement-dwelling geek freak into a kick-ass battle-ready commando like them.". The last part of his transformation was thanks to one of the last book's villains. 

Aaro, Sean, or various other components of the McCloud crowd, an opinionated group if there ever was one. To a man, they considered Miles to be their own personal creation, and as such, their personal property, too. It took a traumatic brain injury to jolt him free of that. 

And damn, but was it hard for them to let him go.

The car was deathly silent for a long moment. When Connor finally started up again, his voice was even colder. “So are you going to tell us when you got the mysterious superpowers?”
“Bullshit,” Miles said wearily. “It’s not a superpower, it’s just—”
“Yeah, yeah, we heard that. It’s just brain damage. Combined with random chance, and dumb, blind luck. You find the girl nobody can find. (view spoiler) Are you bullet-proof now? Can you fly? And you never told us anything. It’s headaches, and hallucinations, and you’re considering taking the meds. Oh, poor me! Stress flashbacks! What the fuck is your problem, Miles? When did you stop trusting us?”
“It’s not about trust!” Miles yelled.
“The hell it’s not!”
“Dudes. Calm down,” Sean soothed. “Now is not the time for a—”
“I practically got my head exploded, putting myself out there to save his ungrateful ass and rescue his girlfriend!” Connor raged. “I can yell at him if I damn well feel like it. He is righteously pissing me off!”
Miles glanced nervously at Lara to see how she took her new title. She didn’t meet his eyes.
Sean swiveled his head. “He’s just uptight because neither of us could help Davy,” he said. “Davy would be dead if not for you. That burns his ass, but I know he’s grateful, underneath. Aren’t you, Con?”
“Shut up, Sean,” his brother snarled.
“See? He still loves you.” Sean turned wistful eyes on Lara. “Everyone tells me to shut up. But you won’t, sweetheart, will you? You’re nicer than them.”
 


Gotta love those guys! 

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I loved EVERYTING in the story. It pics up right where One Wrong Move ended and a lot of things happen. There is a lot of action as well as sexy scenes and enough participation of the McCloud crowd (including the kids) to satisfy the groupie I am. 

Miles followed the other guy inside. "Alcohol? Now? What about, ‘lack of vigilance will get you killed,’ and all that?"
"Bite your tongue, punk. Don’t you quote Eamon McCloud to me after rolling around in bed with your woman for two hours." 


I loved Miles transformation. I loved that despite all that happened to him and his new commando mojo going on he still had his soft touch and you could still recognize him. He wasn't a brand new character, just the good old Miles changed by extreme circumstances. I also loved how he was protective of Lara and the McCloud people, and I have to say that he was one fine sexy beast.

"I’m not just talking about money. I’m talking all of it. Heart, soul, body. All my hopes for the future. The places I want to see with you, the stories we’ll tell, our adventures together. The meals we’ll cook, the walks, the drives. All the nights together, all the mornings. Coffee and toast, conversations and jokes. All the winters and the springs and the summers and the falls. For as long as we get. All yours, Lara." 

As for Lara, she was the perfect heroine for Miles. She had to endure a lot but she wasn't broken, far from it. She was strong and loving without TSTL tendencies and her relationship with Miles was plain HOT

And as per usual in this series, the villain was absolutely scary ugly.

I can't wait to read the next one. Hopefully with Petrie and Svetie :))

There was an unspoken dictate against thinking dirty thoughts about vulnerable, waif-like, china-doll perfect, tragically orphaned Sveti, always and eternally way too young. If anyone did think such thoughts, eight different guys in the McCloud Crowd, plus Tam Steele, who was worse than all of them put together, would rise up and smite him down. Splat.

He would have turned tail a while ago but for the off chance of catching a glimpse of the Snow Queen, a.k.a., the remote, sylphlike and inexplicably hostile Svetlana. The McCloud Crowd’s maiden princess in the lofty tower. The chick disdained him utterly, and did not hesitate to snub him when she deigned to acknowledge his existence at all. He was such a goddamn masochist.
 



PS: Spoilers can be read here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/583706451



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Sept. 23th 2013

Someone took pity on me. Look what I got in my mail box when I checked this evening:

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*happy dance* :)))))) 

Endless Knight  - Kresley Cole

*Spoiler free review*
* Buddy read with Den & Ella<3*


Although, YA and dystopia genres as well as "Hunger Game" kind of plot aren't my cup of tea I really loved Poison Princess, the first book in this series.

I have mixed feelings about this one.

Even though you can predict from the beginning of the book that there will be a cliffhanger and despite some roll eyes moments, I really liked the first half of the book but not so much the second one. And not because of the cliffy but because of the "one step forward, two step backward" dance at the end.

The book is named after Death —that I really liked— and the story starts right when book 1 ended. The first half was action packed but unfortunately the second part kind of dragged and had some epic WTF moments.

A thing I really liked in the first part of the book is that Kresley Cole seems to have decided to avoid the "everybody gotta die but me" kind of plot. Unfortunately, she also decided to go to the typically YA love triangle and OTT crap.

The end of the story not only annihilated the interesting parts of the second half of the book, but it also made a total schizo out of Evie. This is worse than any imaginable cliffy.

It sadden me to say it but I'm done with this series.

Love, Cherish Me - Rebecca Brandewyne

*Spoiler free review*

What an epic tale!


The writing is a bit old fashioned (it was written in the early eighties) but Rebecca Brandewyne sure knows how to tell a vivid and gripping story. Although it's my first read in English, over the years I read that book many times in French and it still has the same effect on me. I'm not a crying reader but whenever I read this book I always end up like this:

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Love, Cherish Me is a beautiful albeit sad story. The book is subdivided in five books and starts with the epilogue, we are in 1866 Texas, 10 years after the story. Then we are taken backward at the beginning of the story in New-Orleans 1848. The first three or four chapters are a bit slow but then the story kicks off. There is a lot of twists and turns but the story keeps flowing naturally.

At the beginning of the book, Storm, the New-Orleans belle is 16. She is an orphan, and after having squandered her inheritance on the game tables, her uncle bartered her to cover his game loses to Gabriel North, a Texas cattle baron. On her way to meet her future husband, she is captured by outlaws then bartered (again) during a poker game to El Lobo a gunslinger, bounty hunter. Lobo ends up killing one of the outlaws and Storm not wanting to stay on her own in a place that can’t even be called town chose to follow him.

I liked that despite the fact that she clearly was out of her depth, she took charge of her life. I also loved Lobo and together they formed a striking couple.

The book is well documented and in an effort to make the story even more authentic Rebecca Brandewyne chose to use phonetics transcripts for some characters’ dialogs. They aren’t so many but some non English native readers may have problems with that. Also, in the French version all the sex scenes were cut!



Fatal Strike by Shannon McKenna

Fatal Strike - Shannon McKenna

*Spoiler free review*

This book was pure bliss!
This is another fast paced, action packed book in the McCloud & Friends series, but what really stood out for me is the AWESOME job Shannon McKenna did with Miles's transformation from the "hopeless tech nerd" ß guy to the gorgeous "big, nasty, evil motherfucking war machine." alpha hero.

"Me," he said. "Total geekitude. To the core of my being."

Of course, this transformation didn't happen over a book. If I remember well, Miles first appearance was in Standing in the Shadows (the second book in the series), ever since the McCloud started their "ongoing quest to transform Miles from a basement-dwelling geek freak into a kick-ass battle-ready commando like them." . The last part of his transformation was thanks to one of the last book's villains.

Aaro, Sean, or various other components of the McCloud crowd, an opinionated group if there ever was one. To a man, they considered Miles to be their own personal creation, and as such, their personal property, too. It took a traumatic brain injury to jolt him free of that.

And damn, but was it hard for them to let him go.

The car was deathly silent for a long moment. When Connor finally started up again, his voice was even colder. “So are you going to tell us when you got the mysterious superpowers?”
“Bullshit,” Miles said wearily. “It’s not a superpower, it’s just—”
“Yeah, yeah, we heard that. It’s just brain damage. Combined with random chance, and dumb, blind luck. You find the girl nobody can find. (view spoiler) Are you bullet-proof now? Can you fly? And you never told us anything. It’s headaches, and hallucinations, and you’re considering taking the meds. Oh, poor me! Stress flashbacks! What the fuck is your problem, Miles? When did you stop trusting us?”
“It’s not about trust!” Miles yelled.
“The hell it’s not!”
“Dudes. Calm down,” Sean soothed. “Now is not the time for a—”
“I practically got my head exploded, putting myself out there to save his ungrateful ass and rescue his girlfriend!” Connor raged. “I can yell at him if I damn well feel like it. He is righteously pissing me off!”
Miles glanced nervously at Lara to see how she took her new title. She didn’t meet his eyes.
Sean swiveled his head. “He’s just uptight because neither of us could help Davy,” he said. “Davy would be dead if not for you. That burns his ass, but I know he’s grateful, underneath. Aren’t you, Con?”
“Shut up, Sean,” his brother snarled.
“See? He still loves you.” Sean turned wistful eyes on Lara. “Everyone tells me to shut up. But you won’t, sweetheart, will you? You’re nicer than them.”


Gotta love those guys!

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I loved EVERYTING in the story. It pics up right where One Wrong Move ended and a lot of things happen. There is a lot of action as well as sexy scenes and enough participation of the McCloud crowd (including the kids) to satisfy the groupie I am.

Miles followed the other guy inside. "Alcohol? Now? What about, ‘lack of vigilance will get you killed,’ and all that?"
"Bite your tongue, punk. Don’t you quote Eamon McCloud to me after rolling around in bed with your woman for two hours."


I loved Miles transformation. I loved that despite all that happened to him and his new commando mojo going on he still had his soft touch and you could still recognize him. He wasn't a brand new character, just the good old Miles changed by extreme circumstances. I also loved how he was protective of Lara and the McCloud people, and I have to say that he was one fine sexy beast.

"I’m not just talking about money. I’m talking all of it. Heart, soul, body. All my hopes for the future. The places I want to see with you, the stories we’ll tell, our adventures together. The meals we’ll cook, the walks, the drives. All the nights together, all the mornings. Coffee and toast, conversations and jokes. All the winters and the springs and the summers and the falls. For as long as we get. All yours, Lara."

As for Lara, she was the perfect heroine for Miles. She had to endure a lot but she wasn't broken, far from it. She was strong and loving without TSTL tendencies and her relationship with Miles was plain HOT.

And as per usual in this series, the villain was absolutely scary ugly.

I can't wait to read the next one. Hopefully with Petrie and Svetie :))

There was an unspoken dictate against thinking dirty thoughts about vulnerable, waif-like, china-doll perfect, tragically orphaned Sveti, always and eternally way too young. If anyone did think such thoughts, eight different guys in the McCloud Crowd, plus Tam Steele, who was worse than all of them put together, would rise up and smite him down. Splat.

He would have turned tail a while ago but for the off chance of catching a glimpse of the Snow Queen, a.k.a., the remote, sylphlike and inexplicably hostile Svetlana. The McCloud Crowd’s maiden princess in the lofty tower. The chick disdained him utterly, and did not hesitate to snub him when she deigned to acknowledge his existence at all. He was such a goddamn masochist.

Lover at Last review

Lover at Last - J.R. Ward

*Spoiler free review*

Before I start my review, I would like to say two things:
1/ until this book, I was a huge fan of this series;
2/ one of my all time favorite romance book is a MM story.

Usually when a BDB book is released you can't see me online or hear from me until I've finished it. But with this one, I kept pushing its reading. I should have known.

When the mighty fall, damn, but it hurts!

I positively hated the structure of this book and as if that wasn't enough, its content was utterly boring with no plot whatsoever. This book was a mismatch of mostly irrelevant and random boring stuffs. And when I say irrelevant, I mean that they bring strictly nothing to the story. In my opinion, only maybe 10% of it were interesting. And those 10% were constantly interrupted by random crap.

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Reading this book, the way it's written, was like watching a movie with someone who can't stop zapping from channel to channel in charge of the remote control. J.R. Ward constantly makes us jump from one short scene to the other. It wasn't only tiresome, that literally drove me crazy. And to top that, the OTT drama, like the story, was all over the place.

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D R A M A   D R A M A   D R A M A   D R A M A
--> Blay and Qhuinn have been circling around each other for books now, so you would think that this book would at last set things straight for them. That they will at last have some quality time together. Nope. Until the story reached the 99,26% mark (view spoiler) all that is related to them is drama, drama, drama and some more drama. Even the sex came with drama. Oh, and lets not forget the constant on purpose misunderstandings leading to some more drama... Poor guys, I really feel sorry for them because JRW sure as hell fucked up their story.

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--> As if all the Blay and Qhuinn drama wasn't enough J.R. Ward gave the concept of "moaning over" a brand new dimension. This is what it looks like. All in one book.

-> Blay moaning over Qhuinn but also constantly misleading him on purpose,
-> Qhuinn moaning over Blay but acting like an ass,
-> Saxton moaning over Blay,
-> Xcor (number 1 enemy of the BDB) moaning over Layla,
-> Layla moaning over Xcor,
-> Assail lusting over Sola,
-> Sola lusting over Assail.

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Honestly, I couldn't care less about the last 4 protagonists. Because:
1/ when it comes to Xcor and Layla, JRW already used the beauty & beast concept with Zsadist and Bella and I'm not interested AT ALL in reading it again in this series, because as I said, it's been done already but mostly because of who Xcor is.

2/ Why the hell should I care for a random drug dealer and who he's lusting after? Here again, JRW already did the drug dealing stuff with Rehvenge's character. But when Rehvenge was a charismatic anti-hero this Assail character can't hold a candle to him.

As far as I'm concerned, all the passages related to Assail, Sola and the drug business were the perfect examples of the random crap filling up this book.

Also, the lesser business is always the same and it gets old so I understand the need to shift the plot toward political intrigues, the problem is that it's really badly done here.

The few things I liked:
-> If I hated the structure of this book, I liked how JRW adapted the writing to reflect the different characters.

-> The too sparse passages related to the BDB including Layla's pregnancy.

-> Trez, iAm and Rehvenge's participation.

Against the Ropes

Against the Ropes - Sarah Castille

*1,5 star*
*Spoiler free review*
*Buddy reading with Ali & Nikki*


The first half wasn't that bad. The writing was clumsy, but to be honest I found it quite funny.

The heroine's name is Makayla and the hero's nickname is Torment.
So, given the heroes names, the way the POV was written, the hero as well as the secondary characters behavior (the heroine's supervisor, Drake, Sergio (the debt collector who was acting like an hysterical series B mafioso), the best friend (who reminded me of Samantha from Sex & the City) and pretty much everyone else) as well as the heroes situations (heroine so poor she can't even afford a room —her bedroom is a hallway that everyone enter to access the bathroom (If I remember well, she has 4 roommates each with companions)— and filthy rich hero, I actually thought that the book was some kind of a parody gathering all the clichés in every romance genres.

The heroine is an EMT working in the admission service of an hospital. But she can't bear blood and violence. I'm not American, I just knew that the EMT was some kind of paramedic but the blood and violence issues puzzled me so I checked and it appears that the "EMTs are trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, trauma injuries and accident scenes. [...]" (quote from Wikipedia).

The hero is a MMA fighter with lots of yummy tats, he owns an unsanctioned club where he trains, teaches and fights. He also appears to be some kind of biker dude. But heavily tattooed MMA fighter + biker dude wasn't enough, so the author decided to also makes him (view spoiler).

Do you understand why I first thought it was a parody?

I never understood how these two ended up together but still, somehow the first half of the book was quite entertaining and so far I was giving it 2,5/3 stars.

But then these things happened:

--> 1/ As if the hero's profile wasn't versatile enough, the author felt the need to add " wanna be Dom" to his pedigree. At that point no way was I rounding up my 2,5 stars to 3.

The first scene was so bad it spoiled all the other sex scenes of the book.

(view spoiler)

I'm no prude. When the fancy takes me I love to read some good BDSM books. I can even read some BDSM series back to back. When that happens it's because I chose to read that genre, and I choose BDSM books written by authors that actually know what they are talking about. "Choose" being the operative word.

I absolutely don't understand why nowadays so many contemporary romances authors feel the need to add BDSM elements in their books. It's usually really badly done and totally kills the hero appeal.

--> 2/ Misuse of French. A lot of authors enjoy using touches of French language in their books. Which is awesome. Unfortunately very few feel the need to edit it. Which isn't awesome.

In the book the heroine goes to a French spa. Its name is "La Sanctuaire". The gender of the word "sanctuaire" is male so it's "Le Sanctuaire" not "la".

-> The French esthetician refers to the heroine's pubis hair as "une épaisse tignasse". A "tignasse" is a word used in reference to head's hair, usually unruly. For the pubis —or any body— hair she should have used "toison" or even "touffe".

-> le BDSM, not "la BDSM".
-> le sexe, not "la sex".

The French mistakes are made worst because spoken by a supposedly French speaking native.

--> 3/ Blatant lack of documentation.

"Giselle returns with Amanda's aesthetician, Lulu, and two pots of what I assume to be boiling wax. She takes a seat beside me and puts the boiling wax within spilling distance. [...]
Giselle raises an eyebrow as she paints hot wax over my mound "Sounds like your man likes la BDSM."
I hiss in a breath at the initial burn, but it quickly fades to a tingling warmth. I manage to unclench my teeth to answer, [...]"


Who the hell is waxing using boiling wax? Unless you want to badly burn yourself? What is called hot wax is actually lukewarm wax and it shouldn't burn when applied on the skin. The removal of the wax + hair is what hurts not the wax application.

Also, what the hell is that: "Giselle interjects. "It reminds me of my first wax when I was ten years old."?

No. 10 years old little French girls don't wax down there. Or like a friend of mine would say nor did I know 10 years old little girl that would be hairy enough to need a wax.

This and the French mistakes totally killed a potentially funny scene.

--> 4/ Some sentences didn't make sense at all. Here's an example: talking about the unpleasant receptionist this is what she says "Her smile is as cold as my heart." What the hell does that mean?

--> 5/ The OTT second part of the book where more often than not the heroine acted like the dumbest moron on earth.

--> 6/ The over dramatic and so sweet it hurts my teeth as well as over the top (also) end.

I left the 0,5 star for the fun I had in the first half.

Lethal Pursuit

Lethal Pursuit - Kaylea Cross

*4,5 stars*
*Spoiler free review*


Another great story by Kaylea Cross.

It's difficult to talk about that one without spoiling it so I will simply list what I liked, didn't like, and my reservations.

What I liked:
1. I really liked Maya a lot. She is a badass heroine but she's also funny. She's strong and soft. I thought her character was really well thought and balanced.

2. I LOVED Jackson
3. I also loved Maya & Jackson as a couple and how their relationship evolved.

4. I really liked Doug character.

5. To the exception of one point, I really loved the story. I almost read it in one sitting. I think it was the most emotional of the series.

What I didn't like:
1. The story is perfect as it is written but still, I would have loved having more of Cam and Ryan (I know, I'm being greedy but I really loved these two).

2. Around 30% there is a scene I didn't like at all. The scene wasn't free, it totally made sense in the context they were in but still, it totally took me by surprise and I really didn't like it.

My reservations: (sorry they are spoilers)
1. (view spoiler)

2. (view spoiler)

 

PS: BL doesn't allow the use of spoiler tags but if you want to read them, you can open them on GR. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15761621-lethal-pursuit

Rock Chick Rescue (Volume 2)

Rock Chick Rescue  - Kristen Ashley *Buddy re-read with Blacky

Tactical Strike

Tactical Strike - Kaylea Cross

*Spoiler free review*

“What...what about the others?”
“They won’t be back for hours. I made sure.” He stroked gently over her stomach. Slow, firm circles that made her want to rotate her hips in time with his rhythm. Her mind was still fighting it.
He’d made sure? What did that mean, and how could he know? “You can’t be sure—”
“I’m sure. I’m good at recon and planning missions.”


This is Ryan Wentworth, elite Combat Controller, for you! :DDD

I loved this book even better than the first one. From the previous book, I knew I'd love Ryan and, thank god he didn't disappoint, the surprise came from Candace. And it was a good one. In the previous book she was too uppity for me, here she was the same character without the uppity factor. Partly because she melted to Ryan special brand of seduction and partly because her behavior was explained.

Here again, the action parts were outstanding with a steaming factor higher than in the previous book —their first time together was H O T. There were some sad parts but there also were some funny ones.

Another thing I really loved about this book is "Ryan’s Glossary of Military Terms for Civilians". It was both helpful and funny.

"AFSOC: Air Force Special Operations Command. Made up of CCTs like me, PJs, Weathermen (way more badass than it sounds) and gunship crews like Ace. We CCTs are the most awesome though, in case you were wondering."

"B-hut: not the Hilton, but better than most places I’ve stayed on several deployments, and a lot better than the digs downrange."

"BP: blood pressure. Mine goes up every time I look at Ace. waggles eyebrows"

"BUD/S: basic underwater demolitions/SEAL training. Almost as tough as the Pipeline. (What? It’s true.)"


Can't wait for Jackson's story! <3

Deadly Descent

Deadly Descent - Kaylea Cross

*3,5 stars*
*Spoiler free review*


Even though the story started a little too slow to my liking this is another great story by Kaylea Cross.

This book is the first of a series that takes place in Bagram, a US military Afghan base. I really liked Devon, our heroine. She's a Black Hawk pilot and her job is to fly medical evacuations. I loved Cam. He's a pararescueman. If I understood well, he's a kind of special ops with field medic training.

These two fell for each other, but the problem is that Devon is an officer and Cam just enlisted and because of military rules they can't fraternize. Also, Devon is feeling guilty over some events that happen in the very beginning of the book, and because of that she's fighting her feelings even harder.

Even though I understood Devon's position, I found the first part of the book dragging a little. But then, things sped up and I have to say that Kaylea Cross really has the knack to describe military action and the second part was a solid 4 stars.

The helicopter crash and the rescue were vividly told (this is in the blurb). Another thing I really liked about Devon is that as first officer she made sure that her crew and cargo were secured first and foremost but she also was clever enough to let McCall be in charge from there.

I also really liked Ryan and Jackson but I'm not sure about the other girls, because if I found the guys super yummy the girls were a bit too uppity for me. I'm curious to see how things will turn out in the next books.

Reaper's Property

Reaper's Property  - Joanna Wylde


“Fuck, this is gonna piss you off and then you aren’t gonna let me stick my dick in you,” he muttered.
“Do you have to be so crude?” I snapped.
“Have you met me?”



I know that for a lot of people on GR and —to the exception of a handful— for all of my GR friends, this book was a massive hit. For me, it was just a good book.

I absolutely understand all the swooning, and dire-need-of-cold-shower situations, cause Horse is hot. The problems I had with the book weren't with him or the secondary characters who were good, but with the heroine and the plot.

I don't know how many times while reading the book I wanted to shake Marie, I just know that it happened a lot. Damn, woman, wake up!

As for the plot, it was too predictable and sometimes incoherent like that time when Horse says to Marie that all the sex between them will be consensual, that there will be no rape but she doesn't really have any choice but to follow him, or else... Or when Horse takes her to that party to parade her as a "sweet butt" to send a message to the outside world but then he bit the shit out of the shooter and publicly claimed Marie as his girl. Also, the rival gang plot was weak and the end made me roll my eyes.

I also didn't understand the need to all the backward and forward in time, as well as the use of double pov when it's to say the exact same thing. That being said, I loved Horse's voice.

My 3 stars go to Horse and the cast of secondary characters.

Rapunzel ~ An Erotic Bedtime Story (Erotic Bedtime Stories)

Rapunzel - Lisa Valdez

Seriously?!?

 

It's been more than 3 years now since Patience's release. More than 3 years that we are waiting for its sequel and she's writing us a novella that belongs to a new series???I don't mind authors who write many series at the same time. A lot actually manage to do it really well while maintaining a regular release rhythm and quality consistency. But when you are the slowest writer in the world and that the new story implies a new delay in the release of the book everyone is waiting for (for years), you just don't. This is plainly being disrespectful toward your readers. Readers who in the end are paying your paycheck, might I add.

Mind Games (Disillusionists Series #1)

Mind Games - Carolyn Crane

*Buddy reading with Nikki <3*
*DNF at 16%*


Although I'm not sure I liked the author's voice, I did not really dislike the book. The problem is I couldn't find it interesting enough to read more than few pages at a time. And when cleaning the house has more appeal than the book you are reading, you know you are in trouble.

I only read 16%, so I can't say much. So this is my few thoughts:

--> I thought that the world building was sadly missing. According to the few elements given to us, we suspect that we are in the future. But how far in the future? No one knows. Also we have no geographical elements. At one point the heroine refers to Lake Michigan but the city she lives in is called Midcity (which reminded me, Mercy Thompson's Tri-Cities).

--> I found the hypothesis upon which the plot is based way too far fetched and borderline moralistic.

--> The heroine is hypochondriac which implies too much drama and repetitions to my liking.

--> I didn't like how the author uses some verbs in the narrative parts. One of them being to creep.

""I understand," he says. He reaches over and places a heavy hand on my knee.
[...]
He creeps it up teasingly.
[...]
Saved by the honks. The line is finally creeping."


"I let myself in and creep across the living room and down the hall to find him asleep in the snuggly softness of his bed."


There are other examples but this one was the most speaking to me.

--> I also didn't like her way of describing the characters:
"I smile at his dark lord talk and don't look away from his handsomeness anymore. I just enjoy him: the wonderful meatiness of his nose, the stray curl that kisses his cheekbone, the rough puff of his lips."

The wonderful meatiness of his nose? The rough puff of his lips?

--> When the story starts the heroine is the manager of a fancy dress store called "Le Toile". Le toile means nothing, "La Toile" however does.