Friday, September 18, 2020

Nadine's Champion by Ruby Dixon [Review]

Nadine's Champion by Ruby Dixon
Nadine's Champion (Icehome #8) by Ruby Dixon
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: October 7, 2019

Icehome
1. Lauren's Barbarian
2. Veronica's Dragon
3. Willa's Beast
4. Gail's Family
5. Angie's Gladiator
6. Hannah's Hero
7. Devi's Distraction
8. Nadine's ChampionPaperback | Kindle
9. Callie's Catastrophe
10. Penny's Protector
11. Mari's Mistake
12. Raven's Return

Ruby Dixon
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Of all the men on the Icehome beach, Thrand's the most competitive and most aggravating. He's cocky. Arrogant. Turns everything into a rivalry. He's a pain in the you know what.

He also keeps insisting that I kiss him. After all, I'm the one that told him a kiss didn't mean anything. It shouldn't. A kiss is just a kiss as far as humans are concerned. But Thrand's a clone, a race of people called a'ani, and he's been brought up to play hard and to win.

And he wants to win me.

But does Thrand want me for the right reasons? Or am I just another conquest?
Thoughts on Nadine's Champion: OKAY. It's Thrand's turn to connect with his special someone. Thrand's clone-batch brother connected with the human they were tasked with protecting and that entire scenario kind of set Nadine and Thrand off on the wrong foot. Because while Vordis was drawn to Angie, Thrand was only in it because of the protective compulsion implanted in him, but Nadine didn't know that and...

Okay, hold up. That's getting kind of complicated. Let's just say Nadine saw Thrand following Angie around when they first got set up on Icehome and she didn't understand the dynamic going on and wasn't interested in being a consolation prize for the clone who didn't get the girl.

Except, it wasn't like that. Once Nadine actually took a chance on Thrand and he figured out he needed to explain the circumstances about Angie, things started to move forward. Plus, you know, Nadine thought Thrand was insanely hot and THINGS HAPPENED. Things the cocky, will-do-almost-anything-to-win clone was verrrrrry good at.

I'm still loving Icehome and all the crazy, mundane, dangerous, cootie-inspired things happening there. GOOD TIMES!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Crossfire by Lindsay Buroker [Review]

Crossfire by Lindsay Buroker
Crossfire (Star Kingdom #4) by Lindsay Buroker
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: October 3, 2019

Star Kingdom
1. Shockwave
2. Ship of Ruin
3. Hero Code
4. CrossfireKindle
5. Gate Quest
5.5. Knight Protector
6. Planet Killer
7. Home Front
8. Layers of Force

Lindsay Buroker
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
For the first time in his life, roboticist Casmir Dabrowski is headed to another star system as an advisor for the Kingdom space fleet. He’s being given a chance to prove himself to King Jager by helping find the ancient artifact he inadvertently lost. It’s best not to think about what might happen if he fails...

But with technologically advanced astroshamans after the artifact, not to mention the deadly mercenary captain Tenebris Rache, it’s not long before the mission collides with disaster.

Soon, Casmir and his friends are caught between warring factions, and he must choose between what the king would want and what he knows is right.
Thoughts on Crossfire: Casmir's life has certainly taken a turn from the semi-orderly existence he once lived. He's "working" for the king, has found out he has a notorious outlaw for a twin, and is smack-dab in the middle of more dangerous shenanigans than his professorly mind can wrap its head around.

No, wait. That's not quite right. He might be overwhelmed by some of the situations he finds himself in, but that brilliant, kind mind of his always rises to the occasion to find a way to slip out of true danger.

This time around by "danger", I mean he ends up in the middle of a hostile takeover of a space station. You know, among other things. Somehow *SOMEHOW*, Casmir takes a terrible situation and turns it into something not quite as terrible as it could have been. Plus, he has all the robots he's slowly swaying to his side.

I'm digging Casmir's story and all the crazy he gets into. Here's to seeing where it goes next.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Minotaur: Prayer by Naomi Lucas [Review]

 Minotaur: Prayer by Naomi Lucas
Minotaur: Prayer (The Bestial Tribe #2) by Naomi Lucas
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: September 30, 2019

The Bestial Tribe
1. Minotaur: Blooded
2. Minotaur: PrayerPaperback | Kindle

Naomi Lucas
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Orcs to the north
Goblins to the east
Centaurs to the south
Minotaurs to the west

Calavia was known as the hag, a swamp witch, and a dangerous being to those who threatened her sanctuary, Prayer. No one knew the lost girl that she truly was, surviving each day in the cursed Labyrinth, hiding her humanity from the hordes of monsters who would tear each other limb-from-limb to possess it. When a minotaur arrived on her doorstep with a human woman, she helped them... for a price.

And when they fled, she was left alone with the wrath of the centaurs that had been chasing the pair. With her magic dying, her protection failing, and a war on the horizon, she summons a champion.

Astegur Bathyr—the third bull begat of the legendary warlord Steelslash, and heir to the Bathyr tribe—was drawn to Prayer and the haunting female within. But for what reason? The wiles of mist witches had never held his interest, but her mouthwatering scent on the curse-laden night mist held him as surely as any mortal chain.
Thoughts on Minotaur: Prayer: These books are a little darker than I've been reading lately. (For the record, not too dark, or anything, just a little darker than normal.) By that, I mean Astegur takes a while to see Calavia as an actual person who he needs to treat like, you know, an actual person.

To be fair, he's very much NOT human, so his actions are absolutely in character. He's a creature who's driven as much by instinct and his beast as by his head and heart. He's not cruel, exactly, but he's definitely a creature born in a land shaped by magic and curses where the first rule is to survive so you can breed up the next generation and claim whatever land you can hold.

As for Calavia, she's...complicated. If the truth of her humanity gets out, she'll be eaten alive. Maybe literally. She was brought up on her mother's stories of the horrors that could befall her and she's tucked herself away so deeply so barely knows who she is anymore.

In some ways, Astegur isn't the hero she wants, but he's the one she needs. Because when they finally get together, they fit in all the best ways.

Two brothers down, three to go. Things look like they're going to be complicated and I like that.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews [Review]

Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews

Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: August 31, 2020

Hidden Legacy
1. Burn for Me
2. White Hot
3. Wildfire
3.5. Diamond Fire
4. Sapphire Flames
5. Emerald Blaze - Paperback | Kindle

Ilona Andrews
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
As Prime magic users, Catalina Baylor and her sisters have extraordinary powers—powers their ruthless grandmother would love to control. Catalina can earn her family some protection working as deputy to the Warden of Texas, overseeing breaches of magic law in the state, but that has risks as well. When House Baylor is under attack and monsters haunt her every step, Catalina is forced to rely on handsome, dangerous Alessandro Sagredo, the Prime who crushed her heart.

The nightmare that Alessandro has fought since childhood has come roaring back to life, but now Catalina is under threat. Not even his lifelong quest for revenge will stop him from keeping her safe, even if every battle could be his last. Because Catalina won't rest until she stops the use of the illicit, power-granting serum that's tearing their world apart.
Thoughts on Emerald Blaze: I am deeply enamored of the Baylor family and the people that gravitate toward them. Their romances are smokin' hot and the danger they collectively end up in is toe-curling. Nevada and Connor were awesomely matched (I seriously love them. Hard.) and Catalina and Alessandro are no less explosive together. (Seeing how often Connor destroys things in his path, this is saying a lot.)

So. Catalina and Alessandro. She's pushing forward after Alessandro's sudden departure six months before and she's...doing okay. At least that's what she keeps telling herself. Given the deal she made with her grandmother, Alessandro removing himself from her life is for the best, right? To be suddenly forced to work with him again is not easy, but she'll do it and she'll do it in the most professional manner possible.

Except Alessandro's changed. He's dealt with some rough stuff in the past six months and it's marked him. Trying to stay distant with this Alessandro is nearly impossible and, given the danger they're in from the case their working together on, keeping her professional distance is getting harder and harder.

Some brutal truths, a few steamy kisses (among other things), danger danger danger!, and BIG magic. No lie, that's what I come for and I am so SO happy to spend time with these characters in this world.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting [Review]

 Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting
Forever Pucked (Pucked #4) by Helena Hunting
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: October 8, 2019

Pucked
1. Pucked
2. Pucked Up
3. Pucked Over
4. Forever PuckedPaperback | Kindle
4.5. Pucked Under
5. Pucked Off
5.5 Get Inked
6. Pucked Love

Helena Hunting
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Being engaged to Alex Waters, team captain and the highest paid NHL player in the league, is awesome. How could it not be?

In addition to being an amazing hockey player, he’s an incurable romantic with an XL heart, and an XXL hockey stick in his pants. And he knows how to use it. Incredibly, orgasmically well. Alex is the whole package and more. Literally. Like his package is insane. Total world record holder material.

So it makes complete sense that Violet Hall can’t wait to nail him down to the matrimonial mattress and become Mrs. Violet Waters.

It’s so romantic.

Violet is totally stoked to set a date.

Eventually. At some point. Likely before the next millennium. Or when Violet stops getting hives every time someone brings up the wedding, and their mothers stop colluding on stadium sized venues. Whichever comes first.
Thoughts on Forever Pucked: HA! Violet and Alex, man. Those two are a hoot. Not to mention, absolutely perfect for one another. I mean, anyone who can find Violet's epic oversharing sexy and fun is pretty much destined to be her soulmate. AND GUESS WHO FINDS VIOLET SEXY NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE?

That's right! ALEX!

As much as Violet adores Alex and absolutely wants to spend the rest of her life with him, the whole wedding planning thing is turning her into a hot mess. She's just...not able to do that planning thing. To be fair, the craziness her mother and future MIL put her through as they try to help makes her hives a little more understandable.

All in all, we got to spend time with the other crazy couples on the team, learned a few surprises from family, watch Violet's motor-mouth go all in at unexpected moments, and have some sexy, sexy times between the captain and his lady. What more can a person ask for?

Sunday, September 13, 2020

RtP's Week in Review (09/13/20)

Reading the Paranormal's Week in Review
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    • On Thursday, I took part in a multi-author freebie blast. My offerings (The Wicked Naga and The Wicked Minotaur) are free at Amazon through today, so go get 'em!
    • Feature Friday took us to the 4th installment of Vane and Cin's story. A GHOST TOWN! YESSSSSS!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Fool for Love by Staci Hart [Review]

Fool for Love (Bright Young Things #0.5) by Staci Hart

Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: August 20, 2020

Bright Young Things
0.5. Fool for Love - Kindle
1. Fool Me Once
2. Hidden Gem

Staci Hart
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Gatsby meets Gossip Girl in this contemporary romance prequel where secret society parties and the thrill of the unknown tempt fate.

Lush parties. Love lost. Broken hearts and hope for the future.

Meet the Bright Young things and the woman behind the mask in this origin story. Stella Spencer wants what we all want—love. But sometimes we have to have our hearts broken to get us ready for the one we were meant for.

And Stella learns that the hard way.
Thoughts on Shooting Star: Ahh, Stella. With her big heart and big dreams and big emotions that she tries to tamp down for someone who doesn't deserve her in the slightest. (Don't worry, she'll find someone who very much does deserve her very soon.) She surrounds herself with good friends (and one douchecanoe of a boyfriend) and tries to spread joy every way she knows how.

Unfortunately her big heart can be easily bruised. Mostly because she's too trusting and willing to forgive when it comes to certain people. (Which, surprisingly, doesn't make her prickly after the fact. I like that about her.) On the other hand, her big heart and big ideas brought to life the modern Bright Young Things and that's just a fun, FUN place to be.

Parties, heartache, and friends who have your back when you need them most. GOOD STUFF.