Saturday, December 10, 2016

Shadowed Blade by J.C. Daniels [Review]

 Shadowed Blade by J.C. Daniels
Shadowed Blade (Colbana Files #5) by J.C. Daniels
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: July 4, 2016

Colbana Files
0.5. A Stroke of Dumb Luck
0.6. Bladed Magic
1. Blade Song [Double Take Review]
2. Night Blade
3. Broken Blade
4. Edged Blade
4.5. Misery's Way
5. Shadowed Blade - Paperback | Kindle

J.C. Daniels
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Something wicked this way comes…

The arrival of a very important person in her office seemed to be the start of a lot of problems for Kit Colbana, investigator extraordinaire. Claiming that he needed somebody with her special skillset, he sends her on a series of jobs that made little to no sense until one culminated with both her and her partner, Justin barely escaping with their lives.

Back in Orlando, they go their separate ways to recover, Justin heading to the house of a local witch, while Kit returns to the Lair, where she’s recently been living with her lover Damon, the Alpha of the Southern Cat Clans.

There’s barely a chance for to catch her breath before trouble of the highest order comes knocking on her door. This time, it’s the form of a psychic by the name of Nova. Nova has bad, bad news…Justin has gone missing and so has the witch who was going to put him up while he healed. Colleen, one of Kit’s closest, dearest friends.

With all sorts of non-humans disappearing, fury doesn’t even touch what Kit is feeling as she heads out to hunt down the people responsible.

But Kit isn’t the only one out on a hunt…somebody is hunting for her…somebody Kit would rather never, ever see again.
Thoughts on Shadowed Blade: I REALLLLLY enjoy this series. Sure, it likes to shove a knife in your guts and twist it with painful accuracy, but it's a good type of hurt. The type that makes you cheer when the good guys survive bad things. Well, excluding that incredibly painful thing that happened in book 2. But, really, the healing that came after all the pain and bloodshed worked, so, yeah. This series is good.

Now, I like Kit's balls to the walls attitude when it comes to, umm, just about everything. She's willing to do whatever needs to be done to stop those aforementioned bad things from coming to fruition. That said, Damon takes an emotional beating with some of her actions this book. He says more than once that she pushes him to the edge and YEAH, SHE DOES. It's not so much what she does to him as the risks she takes with herself. The guy loves her to distraction and losing her would gut him.

This time around we got some answers about Kit's messed up family and "unfracturing" a word? Because that's what it felt like happened. The damaged parts of her didn't necessarily heal, but the bonds were reforged and she unfractured.

I do recommend reading Misery's Way before this book. I think it will make the beginning a little less choppy since Frankie's part in Kit's story was somewhat glossed over here. It makes sense because Kit isn't in Frankie's head and doesn't quite know what she did and the novella clears some of that up.

I'm almost tempted to attempt to reread book 2 again. Maybe.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hunted by Evangeline Anderson [Review]

 Hunted by Evangeline Anderson
Hunted (Brides of the Kindred #2) by Evangeline Anderson
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: July 1, 2016

Brides of the Kindred
1. Claimed
2. HuntedKindle
3. Sought
4. Found
5. Revealed
6. Pursued
7. Exiled
8. Shadowed
9. Chained
10. Divided
11. Devoured
12. Enhanced
13. Cursed
14. Enslaved
14.5. Mastering the Mistress
15. Targeted
16. Forgotten
17. Switched

Evangeline Anderson
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
A desperate girl on the run with nowhere to hide... A warrior who has made a vow never to claim a bride... Sophia Waterhouse is being Hunted and the only man who can save her is the one she fears the most...

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires so there’s no way she wants anything to do with a modern day Count Dracula—even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice blue eyes. She’s only on the Kindred Mothership to participate in her sister Liv’s wedding and that’s all.

Sylvan is a Tranq Kindred who has made a sacred vow never to call a bride. After a devastating rejection on his home planet, his heart is a block of ice no one can melt—or so he thinks until he meets Sophia.

When their ship is forced down in the middle of a rugged mountain range Sophia and Sylvan are stranded. Running for their lives they have only each other to depend on. Will they give in to the intense attraction between them or will the evil hunting Sophia take its toll? You’ll have to read Brides of the Kindred Book 2—Hunted to find out.
Thoughts on Hunted: It's been quite a while since I read book 1 in this series and, well, I liked this book but I REALLY wanted the know-it-all mate to a twin set to be taken down a peg or two. Not Kat. I liked her. The other one. Her sly attitude irritated me enough I wanted to see her put in her place.

But this is Sylvan and Sophia's story. They take their time coming to terms with their feelings. Quite a long time, in fact. I'm all for stories with slow burn, but the way those two danced around one another took it to new heights. Just suck it up and accept you have a few things to work out so you can get to the sexin' already!

Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy the foreplay. Sylvan certainly puts himself out there as far as making sure Sophia was, well, pleasured. He gives and gives and gives. It just takes him a while to allow her to reciprocate. Which I actually got, since she had such a phobia about the biting and he REALLY wanted to do that part.

Anywho. We got a little face time with Baird and Olivia. Kat and her twin hunks were set up nicely. Plus, there was the whole Xairn thing. That guy totally deserves some happy time after what he's forced to endure with his jerk of a dad.

Enjoyable, if a little slow at times. There's a big cast of characters here and it only looks to get bigger as the series progresses.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Star Cruise: Rescue by Veronica Scott [Review]

 Star Cruise: Rescue by Veronica Scott
Star Cruise: Rescue (Sectors SF #8) by Veronica Scott
Format: ebook
Source: purchased as part of the Romancing the Stars bundle
Date read: June 30, 2016

Sectors SF
1. Wreck of the Nebula Dream
2. Escape from Zulaire
3. Mission to Mahjundar
4. Star Cruise: Marooned
5. Star Cruise: Outbreak
6. Lady of the Star Wind
7. Hostage to the Stars
8. Star Cruise: Rescue - Kindle

Veronica Scott
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
When a shore leave excursion goes terribly wrong for Mira Gage, a member of the Nebula Zephyr's crew, Security Officer Clint Miltan races the clock to find her before the ship leaves orbit and abandons Mira to her fate. Clint's got more than a professional interest in Mira, but will he be able to save her from the aliens holding her prisoner?
Thoughts on Star Cruise: Rescue: I do enjoy the adventures these Special Forces soldiers get tangled up in. While I wish Mira and Clint's story could have been a little longer, I still got a kick out of the danger and aliens they came across.

That said, while Clint came through in the end for Mira, he wasn't all that stellar in the beginning. His desertion of her in the club drove her to do something she wouldn't have normally done and things went downhill from there. Good thing he stuck to his guns about looking for her or things would have ended much differently.

While this wasn't the strongest story in the series, I highly recommend this series as a whole. There's danger, romance, aliens, and more danger. It tickles my fancy on quite a few levels.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hard Core by Tess Oliver [Review]

 Hard Core by Tess Oliver
Hard Core by Tess Oliver
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: June 29, 2016

Tess Oliver
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Sometimes one good dose of trouble could turn your life around, put you on the right path. But I'd taken the opposite side of the forked road and headed off looking for even more trouble, like a junkie constantly searching for the next high. Never would I have guessed that turn would lead me to her.
I couldn't stop thinking about her. She was an angel, a hard core, bone-fide angel and in her short life, she'd already had a taste of hell.

Despair. Heartbreak. Silence. That was all I'd grown to know, until he showed up next door. The handsome, tattooed stranger had the kind of eyes that were hard to look away from, and he gazed at me as if we'd been friends or even lovers in a different life. He looked at me as if he knew me, and suddenly I had this flash of feeling as if I was right where I was supposed to be.
Thoughts on Hard Core: In all honesty, I bought this book for the cover. Because HAI, TATTOOS. I would have been happy to stare at it all day. In an excellent twist, the book was more than just eye candy. It's pretty darn good.

(Not that I expected it wouldn't be given how I've enjoyed other Tess Oliver books in the past, but it's always nice to find something both pretty to look at AND fun to read.)

So. Jacy and Ledger. She's picking up the pieces of her life, he's trying to figure out where he fits into the world outside. They're both floundering and they both find comfort in the other. Which is good seeing as how this is a romance. While I didn't necessarily agree with Ledger keeping his secret for as long as he did, I can still understand why he hesitated to tell Jacy the truth.

Enjoyable with some smokin' sexy times, my soft spot for reformed bad boys who find someone whose damaged edges fit with theirs is alive and kicking. Tattoos do it for me, man. I make no apologies.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Off Tuesday - Abs.

I've taken over the Top Off Tuesday meme (formerly hosted by Felicia, Christi and Amanda). Why? Because I can't resist gratuitous shirtless covers. Nothing says Tuesday like flashing some skin, amirite?!?!

All those glistening, golden abs are just calling to you, aren't they?

 The Seduction of Elliot McBride by Jennifer Ashley
The Seduction of Elliot McBride (Mackenzies & McBrides #5) by Jennifer Ashley

Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns—only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.

Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future—by marrying her…

After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of the man some call irredeemably mad. Though beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be enough to win a second chance at love.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Thunder Road by Sierra Dean [Review]

 Thunder Road by Sierra Dean
Thunder Road (Rain Chaser #1) by Sierra Dean
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: July 4, 2016

Rain Chaser
1. Thunder RoadKindle

Sierra Dean
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Being Chosen was supposed to be a gift.

That’s what Tallulah Corentine’s parents told her when they handed her over to the Rain Chasers on her seventh birthday. It was an honor to be born with a destiny, to be hand selected by the gods before taking her first breath. She should be overjoyed.

Twenty years later, Tallulah is still waiting for the gift. She might have the power of the storm at her fingertips, but she’s spent her whole adult life living under a cloud.

A cross-country trip to find the wayward son of Seth, god of the storm, turns into a fight for her life when she dupes Death out of a valuable treasure. With only a wily con man, a dangerously handsome bad-luck priest, and a lot of lightning to help her, can she deliver the package and keep herself out of an early grave?

Or will Seth be looking for a new Rain Chaser before it’s all over?
Thoughts on Thunder Road: This book gave me EVERYTHING I wanted in an urban fantasy and then some. Sassy, snarky heroine whose awesome ability comes with a bit of a downside? CHECK! Enigmatic bad-luck priest who comes with his own set of issues? CHECK! Wacky shenanigans with gods and monsters? CHECK!

If book two was available now, I'd be ALL OVER IT. Seriously. I really, really liked this book and want to see more of Tallulah and the sketchy promises/deals/interactions she gets into. Because that girl owes more than one deity and I can't imagine things will go easily for her down the road.

I'm digging on the old gods vibe. I'm loving how attached to their cars both Tallulah and Cade were. And I get why. I loved how Tallulah could pack away meals. I just... I LIKED THE ENTIRE BOOK, OKAY? It worked for me.

Here's to hoping we get to see Tallulah battling the odds again soon. *whispers* I really liked the book. I totally want more.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

RtP Week in Review (12/04/16)

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