Review: The Devil's Reprise

Monday 28 October 2013 No comments
The Devil's Reprise The Devil's Reprise by Karina Halle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must admit I needed to take a breather after reading the first book in the Devil’s series, The Devil’s Metal. Book one was so good that I was concerned that the second book wouldn’t match up. Need I have been concerned, absolutely not! After reading so many fabulous books by Karina Halle I should have had more faith in her writing skills, especially the way she writes series’.

Having survived his deal he did with the devil, Sage Knightly picks himself up from the aftermath and sets his sights on a new music career but will leaving the memories of Hybrid behind be possible?

Dawn Emerson has returned home and is left pondering her relationship with Sage that is until she receives a call asking her to join him and his new band for their debut tour. Dawn jumps the chance to be re-united with Sage but is left wondering if life on the road with Sage be the same as before or will he have moved on from her and the memories of Hybrid.

After arriving in Paris, Dawn soon realises that Sage is in a bad place and sees that he is free falling into a life of existing rather than living. As soon as they are reunited, Dawn and Sage once again find themselves embroiled in the aftermath of another deal and fight together to save Dawn from her fate but will they survive this time or is this one deal too far…….

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5 Stars: Off Chance (Off, #5) by Sawyer Bennett

Sunday 27 October 2013 No comments
Off Chance (Off, #5)Off Chance by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sawyer Bennett has created an amazing series in the “Off” books. Who can resist so many hotties being fired at you from Sawyer Bennett’s fingertips? Can you imagine what it’s like inside Sawyer Bennett’s head with those steamy storylines swimming around waiting to be written!!! I have loved each and every one of the “Off” books and Off Chance was no exception. I did find myself slightly distracted by the book cover though, and it took quite a bit of willpower to get back to the story and to stop staring at the gorgeous Flynn aka Derrick Vargo.

Flynn Caldwell, an unpredictable and emotional firefighter fire fighter, yep ladies Sawyer Bennett went there, comes across Rowan Page in a desperate situation and after rescuing her he soon finds out that she has lost everything and everyone in her life. Determined to help Rowan, Flynn offers her his help and support which Rowan reluctantly accepts. Faced with needing to turn her life around again, Rowan is determined to succeed but insists to Flynn that it has to be on her own terms.

I was delighted to see the return of the previous “Off” characters, especially Nix who’s relationship with Rowan was entertaining if albeit brief. I did find myself slightly frustrated with Rowan though and I know what you will all say, her background made her behave insecurely, blah, blah, blah but she still rattled my cage. That said, Flynn was the perfect character to complement Rowan’s pain in the arse-ness!!!. This book was an obsessive read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and despite Rowan’s neuroses I came to love her in the end.

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4 Star Review: S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret #1) by L Marie Adeline

Tuesday 22 October 2013 No comments
S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret, #1)S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared (Secret #2) first, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Cassie’s story and follow her through her own “steps”.

Having found herself working in a café after her world falls apart, Cassie life is put on hold for 5 years while she comes to terms with the loss of her husband.

After finding a notebook left behind in the café by Pauline Davis, Cassie hesitantly dips into it only to be shocked by what she finds: records of her sexual encounters or “steps”. Closing the book quickly, she waits for Pauline to return to retrieve her errant booklet.

When Pauline returns she is Matilda who Cassie later finds out is part of S.E.C.R.E.T. a society created to liberate women’s sexuality by granting them their sexual fantasies. Cassie is hesitant by Matilda’s offer of assistance but eventually contacts her and soon her own “steps” begin.

Each of Cassie’s “steps” are with extremely sexy men in extremely hot situations but again I enjoyed Jesse, the tattooed pastry chef, the most and was glad his story continues with Cassie in book 2.

The culmination of Cassie’s steps sees her biggest adventure but will this mean a HEA for Cassie, you’ll have to read the book to find out!

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Review: The Devil's Metal

Tuesday 15 October 2013 No comments
The Devil's Metal The Devil's Metal by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with Karina Halle and I love everything she writes. Having loved “The Artists Trilogy” and still loving the “Experiment in Terror” books I couldn’t wait to read her new “Devils” series.

Did I enjoy it, abso-bloody-lutely!!!! It’s another brilliant storyline from Karina Halle and this time centres around an up and coming music journalist, Dawn Emerson, and the band she loves, Hybrid. After finding herself bagging the ultimate job, travelling with Hybrid and writing a review of their latest tour, Dawn finds herself embedded in something mysterious which is affecting the band and which appears to be directly linked to band member Sage Knightly.

As the tour progresses and strange occurrences continue, Dawn begins to suspect something more than bad luck has attached itself to the band and determined to understand more she starts to put the pieces together only to uncover the truth. Dawn has to decide whether she will stay and be part of the unfolding events or turn her back on Hybrid and more importantly Sage who has captured her heart.

This is a fast paced storyline with a rather nice relationship which develops between Dawn and Sage which looks to continue into book 2 in the series, The Devil’s Reprise. The supporting cast are an interesting mix of human and non-human characters who each have a part to play in the unfolding events.

This story is based in the 1970s and with all the band talk, I found myself reacquainting myself with some serious tunes from the back in day.

The Devil’s Reprise (book 2) is already live so enjoy this and rush on over to get your teeth into the second book in the series.

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Review: Unexpected Protector

Thursday 10 October 2013 No comments
Unexpected Protector Unexpected Protector by Sloan Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having loved the premise of Isthmus Alliance and also Unexpected Angel, this was one eagerly anticipated book. Carrying on from Dylan and Tasha’s story, this book picks up where Unexpected Angel ended with Holly in hospital fighting for her life.

Recovering from her ordeal, Holly finds herself being supported by Tommy Reed, Dylan’s friend and the off duty police officer who helped to rescue her and Tasha. Unexpectedly drawn to Holly, Tommy finds himself helping her to turn her life around and he shows Holly that life is worth fighting for.

I really enjoyed this book but I must admit I hated the ending. Cliff-hangers are all good and well but only if the next book is in sight otherwise they are just an unnecessary cruelty for readers!

As much as I love these books something is still not gelling. The characters are magical but I felt that the storyline needed more time to evolve to ensure the book didn’t leave any questions unanswered. The dynamic between Jeff, Holly’s doctor, Mary, Holly’s attorney and Zeke left me confused and I hope this becomes clear in the next book. That said, I can’t wait for the next instalment.

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Review: Feverish

Feverish Feverish by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think Jade C Jamison is my new author obsession. The woman is a freaking amazing writer and boy does she get hot and sexy across well! Having loved the first two books in the Bullet series I was so ridiculously excited waiting for Feverish.

I have to say the book rocked, literally!!! Feverish is exactly what it was. Clay "Jet" Smith's story was the one I was secretly waiting for and I wasn't disappointed. Having had his heart crushed by unreciprocated love twice before Clay was happy simply living on an emotional diet of music and porn that was until Emily Brinkman came into his life.

Clay's disorganised life gets the better of him and he eventually agrees to appoint a PA (oh, if only I could get a gig like that) to sort his chaotic life out. In walks Emily, fresh from graduating with a BA and waiting for her fiancé to return from Europe, Emily accepts Clay’s offer of employment and settles in to working for a rock star. Despite Clay’s obvious attraction to Emily he respects her boundaries but does offer her “Jet” his sexy bad-boy persona should she ever need him.

This book was a nice, uncomplicated read which focussed on two characters getting to know each other and themselves. Clay and Jet were truly special and Emily’s relationship with both characters was captivating. What I did love about Feverish was that Jade didn’t rush through scenes, especially the sex scenes which built with delicious abandon. I loved that there was a HEA and nothing was left unanswered. Bullet #4 brings more of Brad but in the meantime I’m off to read Tangled Web to feed my new fixation with Jade’s books!!!!

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Review: Craving Redemption

Craving Redemption Craving Redemption by Nicole Jacquelyn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one absolutely rocking series and one that I had forgotten about after reading Craving Constellations last year.

After recommending Craving Constellations to Luc from JG&F, I reignited my love of the book by re-reading it before starting Craving Redemption. You were given an insight into where this story would lead at the end of Craving Constellations when Grease was accosted by an unknown woman. That woman was Callie and their story begins 5 years before.

After breaking her parent's grounding, Callie ends up at a party and in danger after her drink is spiked. Facing being raped, Callie turns to a mysterious stranger for help; Grease. Grease is immediately drawn to 16 year old Callie and takes her safely to her Gram's house but unbeknownst to her, her problems are only just beginning.

What follows is tragic story but one with a romance that would crack the hardest of hearts.

I loved this book, possibly more than the first story but all of the characters in the Aces MC books are amazing and endearing.

If you like your MC books and haven't read these then you should, asap!!!!

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Review: Craving Constellations

Craving Constellations Craving Constellations by Nicole Jacquelyn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, what a treat of a book. I love my MC club books so I was so happy to have been recommended this one to read.

Brenna leaves the Aces MC club family and attempts to carve out a normal life for herself only to find her dream shattered by her abusive husband, Tony. Faced with only one course of action and needing to find a place if safety for her and her daughter Trix, Brenna returns home to her father Poet, the VP of the MC Club. It’s been five years since Brenna has been home and five years since she has seen her father and Dragon, a Club lieutenant and unbeknownst to him, Trix’s father.

Brenna arrives battered and bruised from her husband’s latest attack and falls into her father’s arms. Having left the Club under a cloud, Brenna finds herself having to re-build relationships with those she spurned for a so called better life. Once their one night stand becomes widely known, Dragon Grease, Brenna’s childhood friend who turned a blind eye to their one night stand all those years ago, find themselves facing punishment for their misdemeanours.

Dragon has never forgotten his feelings for Brenna and immediately falls back into love with her despite his fury over her decision to allow another man, her abusive husband, to raise his child as his own. Now living in relative safety, Brenna and Trix start to turn their lives around only to find her husband doesn’t want to let her go and decides to fight for custody of Trix.

Brenna’s story is sad but Dragon’s story is heart-breaking as he comes to terms with losing the first five years of his daughter’s life and other secrets Brenna has kept from him. Despite his anger and resentment at what Brenna did, he can’t help but fall in love with her all over again and this time fights for what is his.

I loved this story and can’t wait for the next instalment in the Ace’s series, Grease’s story.

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Review: Finding Cinderella

Finding Cinderella Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a dream of a novella which follows on from Hopeless and Losing Hope and centres around Sky’s friend, Six and Holder’s friend, Daniel.

It’s hard to review this book without giving too much away. It covers the period before and after Six’s time in France. After an impromptu meeting in a dark room, neither knowing who the other is, Six and Daniel give each other an hour of love they both want and deserve but have been unable to find in their own lives.

A year later, they are reunited but neither recognises the other and their story begins. This is a sweet book of tender love and heart break. I loved Six in the first books so it was such a treat to spend some more time with her and Daniel and also Sky and Holder. Daniel is comical and his nicknames for people are hysterical, especially his nickname for Sky!!! Six is Daniel’s perfect match and after “Val” Daniel becomes obsessed with Six especially knowing that she is the complete opposite of Val. The spend time together, against Holder’s wishes (!!!), and it’s not long before they admit their feelings for one another to their friends only to receive an unexpected response from them.

For the fans of Breckin, he’s back is part but in all his techno colour glory!

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Review: Ashes to Ashes

Tuesday 1 October 2013 No comments
Ashes to Ashes Ashes to Ashes by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I simply love this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The relationship between Dex and Perry is perfect. I just love Perry’s insecurities and Dex’s boldness and brashness.

Now living together in Seattle, Dex and Perry embark on their next EiT adventure with ex-Wine Babe Rebecca for company this time. As expected, this book freaked the hell out of me. I know what to expect from these books but still haunted children did me in this time.

Perry and Dex are challenged with investigating an old sanatorium which has been re-opened as a school. The sanatorium, originally used as a closed facility for housing children suffering from TB holds the secrets to the children who now haunt the school. Following reports of strange goings-on, Perry and Dex and their trusty camera head to investigate in an attempt to record the strange reports.

Travelling back towards her home town, Perry knows the inevitable family visit is on the cards but first her and Dex must face the horrors of the sanatorium. Warned by Pippa once again, Perry presses ahead with the investigation and together with Dex they enter the school.

This book had me reading on the edge of my seat, I don’t think there is anything more powerful than your own mind and reading this at night was certainly not a good idea for me. Karine Halle excelled herself this time with her imagination and the book’s intensity continued throughout the book.

Dex and his quotes are once again out in force in this story and he adds a hint of much-needed humour to these stories. On the reverse side though, he shows immense sensitivity and even had me choked by the sweet things he says to Perry at times.
“From the moment I wake up to the moment I go asleep and even in my dreams. I don’t think about my past anymore. I only think about my future. And you’re my f***ing future.”
Perry once again seemed to be targeted by both her personal demons and those present in the ex-sanatorium.
“I was like the highly sought after call girl of the supernatural. A whore for the unhappily deceased.”
This book ends on another cliff hanger with a chance meeting that raises questions about where Dex and Perry will go next on their EiT adventures.
“To the things that hurts you most. To the paranormal and to never being normal.”
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