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Behind Closed Doors
Shannon McKenna
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The Tiger Prince
Iris Johansen
Raintree: Sanctuary (Silhouette Nocturne) - Beverly Barton

*2,5 stars*
*spoiler free review*

This was my first book by Beverly Barton and my least favorite story of the trilogy.

The first 3/4 of the story happen at the same time of books 1 and 2. Mercy is Dante and Gideon little sister, she has the gift of empathy and is the guardian of the Sanctuary, the sacred Raintree home place.

Judah is the Dranir of the Ansara clan.

If I liked Mercy, I'm not sure about Judah. Also, I couldn't believe in their couple.

What I liked:
- Eve's character,
- The general story arc was well thought,
- And, last but not least, because Mrs Barton did a great job of making a coherent end for the trilogy.

Raintree: Haunted (Silhouette Nocturne)

Raintree: Haunted - Linda Winstead Jones


*spoiler free review*

This was my first book by Linda Winstead Jones and my favorite story of the trilogy.

The story happens at the same time as book 1. Gideon is Dante little bro. Where Dante can master fire, Gideon masters electricity and as a side effect of that gift he can see and talk to ghosts. Which come handy when it comes to solve crimes.

Even though Gideon doesn't have the jerkish tendencies of Linda Howard's heroes, he's HOT and sneaky. Lorna is a strong and warm woman who isn't afraid to fight hard to defend what she believes in. They too were well matched. I loved their relationship. It was hot, sweet and funny.

There was also a great cast of secondary characters. My favorite being Emma. Her relationship with Gideon was absolutely cute and hilarious!

""I hate to tell you this, sweetheart, but in order to make a baby there has to be a mommy as well as a daddy. I'm not getting married and I'm not having kids, so you'll just have to choose someone else to be your daddy this time around."

Emma was not at all perturbed. "You're always so stubborn. I am coming to you, Daddy, I am. I'm coming to you in a moonbeam.""


Like for the first book, the story ends up quite abruptly but is picked up at the end of the third book.

Raintree: Inferno - Linda Howard

*spoiler free review*

I first read this book in French years ago.
This trilogy is written by 3 different authors, a thing I usually don't like. But as there is only three books and one of the authors is Linda Howard, one of my favorite author, I gave it a go.

I really enjoyed Dante and Lorna. Dante is our typical Linda Howard hero: Alpha super hottie with jerkish tendencies. Lorna is no push over so they are a good match.

Although their relationship is hot and fast paced some parts of the book were dragging with too many repeats.

Warning: the story ends up quite abruptly but is picked up at the end of the third book.

The Heart's Victory - Nora Roberts

*3,5 stars*

This is one of the first books written by Nora Roberts. She wrote it in the early eighties and like many of the Harlequin books written then it focuses mainly on the heroine and not much on the relationship development. Also, the few hot scenes are the fade out kind.

That being said, I really liked her insight into to F1 racing world, Foxy and Lance couple, Foxy relationship with her brother and, how using minimum words, NR managed to create a secondary love story.

I also enjoyed the last part better than the beginning.

The Tiger Prince - Iris Johansen *re-read*

A Touch of Midnight: (vampire romance) (Midnight Breed)

A Touch of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #0.5) - Lara Adrian

I think the story would have been better if longer. The beginning is quite slow then the story is rushed. They meet, fall crazy madly in love, there is a misunderstanding, some life threatening situations, the HEA, but no place for real relationship development. That's said, I love Gideon.

Rock Chick Revenge (Volume 5) - Kristen Ashley *Buddy re-read with Blacky

One Sweet Ride (A PLAY-BY-PLAY NOVEL)

One Sweet Ride  - Jaci Burton

Wow! Take a look at that cover!
With this book we are no more with the Riley family. We met Gray in the previous book, he's one of Garrett's besties.

I really liked Gray and Evelyne and how their relationship evolved. I also liked the insight into the car racing world but the last part was a bit too sweet for me and some of the interactions still seemed "forced" to me.

Thrown By A Curve

Thrown by a Curve - Jaci Burton

This book was an ok read. I don't know what there is about Jaci Burton's books but even though the sport part is more than an alibi (here it's about major league sport rehabilitation), for the last 2 books I couldn't get involved in the stories or with the heroes.

I found Garrett bland and Alicia didn't stand out either. Also, the few interactions with previous characters seemed a bit "forced" to me. More's the pity because the covers are definitely 5 stars material.

Rock Chick Revolution

Rock Chick Revolution - Kristen Ashley

Over the last year or so I was so often disappointed by new additions to series that I didn't dare put too much hope in RC Revolution. So I'm really really really happy to say that I L O V E D this book! For me it's one of the best stories in the series.

And OMG, Ren! A man who isn't afraid to apologize... *le sigh*

Can't wait to read Darius story. <3

 

Breathe (Colorado Mountain Series)

Breathe  - Kristen Ashley *Buddy re-read with Dani and V

Double Time: Sinners on Tour

Double Time - Olivia Cunning

*Spoiler free review*

This series ended up being a HUGE disappointment!

I really liked the first two books (specially the first), but then not only they started to be released in the wrong order (book 1, 2, 5, 3 and 4) but even worse, their content went south.

Some of the things that didn't work for me:

1/ The heroine. Luckily she wasn't as bad as the one in the previous book, but I still had issues with her, the mains one being the lack of consistency and character development. Sometimes she was behaving like an adult but at other times she was behaving like a teenager.

Also, she's a Sinners fan and knows pretty much everything about them (view spoiler) but even though Trey is very open about it, she is absolutely clueless when it comes to his bisexuality *rolls eyes*. Moreover, her reaction when she at last learn the truth about it was a big "what the hell" moment. Credible. Not.

2/ Here again, it wasn't as bad as in Wicked Beat but there were too many sex scenes to the detriment of the story line and relationships developments. Therefore their love story was absolutely not credible. If I can believe in lust at first sight or even love at first sight, the "I fall in love with you during our first night of monkey sex" is so not believable. The "falling in love" moment between Trey and Ethan was even less believable. Same thing goes for Trey and Brian relationship.

3/ Although it was more present than in Wicket Beat, the rock/musical part of the book was still clearly under-used and the attempt to add a crime plot was pitiful.

4/ The m/m scenes were ok but the BDSM scene was another "what the hell" moment and the reason why it took place a major *rolls eyes*.

 

PS: You can read the spoilers here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/444101371

Wicked Beat (The Sinners on Tour)

Wicked Beat - Olivia Cunning

*Spoilers free review*

I really wanted to enjoy that book, and I really tried but for the love of me, I couldn't. Here are some of the reasons why.

1/ The heroine. She is one of the dumbest, shallowest, sluttiest, less likable heroine I read about. She lusted about everyone and everything (even Eric's car) but him — and she wasn't shy about displaying her interest. She eventually turned to Eric only because Trey blatantly dismissed her. To now, I still can't understand how these two fell in love.

2/ There was no story line whatsoever. At least 90% of the book revolve around sex, lusty thoughts, bad sexual role play (I'm sorry but as far as I'm concerned role play or BDSM aren't Olivia Cunning main asset), some more sex or sexually related activities. To be honest I found most of these 90% boring.

3/ There was no character or relationship developments.

4/ Because of all the above points (view spoiler).

5/ The heroine's mother and ex-boyfriend appearances and behaviors caused a massive *rolls eyes*.

I like smutty stories but I also need a real story line and sexy smut scenes. Not just smut for the sake of it.

I also hate books/series that take place in a universe (sport, rock,...) but leave that universe unexploited. They were on tour but the rock universe was so little part of the story that for all we know they could have been a bunch of tourists touring whatever country.

I rounded up to 2 stars because of the guys participation.

The only reason I'm going to read "Double Time" is because I bought it months ago.

 

PS: You can read the spoilers here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/444101426

Nobody's Baby But Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips *Re-read :) - Review to come*

The Darkest Craving

The Darkest Craving - Gena Showalter

*Spoiler free review*

Saying that I was disappointed by Kane's story is an understatement.

For me this book was long, dragging, dull with little action, long and dragging. I'm sorry but for me, all the part taking place with the Feys was plain boring and Kane and Josephina's relationship oscillated between bland and over dramatic.

Two things saved this book from the 1 star rating: William (who already saved Paris's book) and what was happening with Cameo and Torin. So, yeah, their books better be good.

Killing Time (One-Eyed Jacks)

Killing Time - Cindy Gerard

*Spoiler free review*

A thing I really like with Cindy Gerard's books is that so far her characters hold their promises.

We met Mike "Primetime" Brown in the Black Ops series, (mostly in Last Man Standing) and he didn't disappoint.

8 years ago, after a mission went awfully wrong, Mike (who used to be a hot-shot chopper pilot) and his only two surviving team mates were discharged from the army. Since then, trying to forget the past, he's running an air cargo business in South America and occasionally helps the BOI. That is until Eva Salinas, a CIA attorney determined to stir the past, crosses his path.

Like in her other books the heroes are awesome (did I say that Mike held his promises?), the story is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning and icing on the cake we got to have bits of Gabe awesomeness.