Saturday, July 21, 2018

Write On Review-a-thon [54]

It's time for another installment of the Write On Review-a-thon. YAY!

A little about the Review-a-thon:
Brought to you by Reading the Paranormal and the #boutofbooks-ers facebook group. This monthly review-a-thon is a chance to get caught up on outstanding reviews. Bring your to-be-reviewed list, block out some time, write reviews. It's that simple.
This month's review-a-thon will run from Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th.

To find out more about the review-a-thon and future dates, visit the Review-a-thon page.

As for me...
Reviews to be written:
  • {coming soon}

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai [Review]

 Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai
Format: ebook
Source: free promotional download through publisher
Date read: August 27, 2017

Forbidden Hearts
1. Hate to Want You - Paperback | Kindle
2. Wrong to Need You
3. Hurts to Love You

Alisha Rai
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules…but being apart is impossible.
Thoughts on Hate to Want You: Oh, wow. I really liked this book. Livvy and Nicholas were the right type of messed up for me. Both of them are trying to guard their hearts while being drawn together again and again. As much as it hurt to see each other only once a year knowing they'd go their separate ways after that night, they couldn't say no.

Until Livvy did.

But staying away didn't help and, now that Livvy's back in town, things are even more complicated. Because they're both forced to face past hurts and a potential future and WOW. It gave me flaily hands.

Speaking of complicated...FAMILY DYNAMICS, MAN. On both sides. So much going on there. Absentee twin brothers and questions about deceased family members and siblings who are having a rough time figuring out where they fit in. Moms and aunts and sisters in laws. Actually, there's just one of each of those, so ignore my pluralizing there.

The point is there is A LOT going on here. Layers of characters and emotions and more flaily hands. And I kinda loved it.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Rocky Mountain Freedom by Vivian Arend [Review]

 Rocky Mountain Freedom by Vivian Arend
Rocky Mountain Freedom (Six Pack Ranch #6) by Vivian Arend
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: August 26, 2017

Six Pack Ranch
1. Rocky Mountain Heat
2. Rocky Mountain Haven
3. Rocky Mountain Desire
4. Rocky Mountain Angel
5. Rocky Mountain Rebel
6. Rocky Mountain FreedomKindle
7. Rocky Mountain Romance
8. Rocky Retreat
9. Rocky Mountain Shelter
10. Rocky Mountain Devil
11. Rocky Mountain Home

Vivian Arend
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Three hurting hearts. Too many secrets. One chance to conquer their fears.

Over the past year, Travis Coleman lost the two people he allowed closest to his heart. Both gave him ultimatums—then left. Hell if he needs that kind of pain again. Time to move forward without the friends he thought might save him from his dangerous cravings.

When Ashley Sims returns to Rocky Mountain House, her rambling lifestyle isn’t all she’s hoping to change. Travis snagged a piece of her, and while getting tangled in his issues again might be crazy, she hasn’t given up on him.

Nine months ago, Cassidy Jones walked away to stop his best friend from making a huge mistake. Temptation lingers, though, and when Travis shows up on his turf accompanied by a sensually uninhibited woman, the combination tosses fuel on the banked fire.
Passion flares among the three of them, as hot as the summer days. But are they willing to push the limits, and fight for love?

Warning: Dirty fighting, dirty talk, dirtier sex—secrets are coming out. Get ready for ménage a trois and cowboy-on-cowboy action, with ropes and crops and the kind of relentless love strong enough to set a man free.
Thoughts on Rocky Mountain Freedom: Travis, Ashley, and Cassidy are SMOKIN' hot together. I honestly adored their dynamic as they slid into a relationship and I LOVED how the Colemans took Travis's sexuality in stride when he brought his two special someones home. I dunno, it totally worked for me.

But it took a while for the trio to reach the point where they were heading home to meet the folks. To start with, Travis had some issues to work out. Heck, Cassidy had some issues to work out. Ashley was the most accepting of the group, but even she had to work her head around them being a collective THEM. Because a menage relationship in a small town comes with its own set of problems. Like gossipy townsfolk and prejudices.

Watching each of them come to terms with their feelings was everything. Throwing in the insanely supportive Coleman clan--who aren't ones to back down when they believe their doing the right thing-- and you have a sweet, sexy, SMOKIN' hot romance between two cowboys and a free-spirited artist.

Man, I like these Colemans!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wisteria Witches by Angela Pepper [Review]

 Wisteria Witches by Angela Pepper
Wisteria Witches (Wisteria Witches #1) by Angela Pepper
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: August 25, 2017

Wisteria Witches
1. Wisteria Witches - Paperback | Kindle
2. Wicked Wisteria
3. Wisteria Wonders
4. Watchful Wisteria
5. Wisteria Wyverns

Angela Pepper
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Zara Riddle moves to the town of Wisteria for a dream job as a librarian. She hasn't even unpacked her moving boxes when she and her teen daughter, Zoey, are swept up in a murder mystery.

With all the ghosts and supernatural creatures around (Including a real hunk of a wolf shifter! Meow!) it's a good thing the Riddle women are tougher than they look. Now, if only they could handle their new witch powers as well as they've mastered their sarcastic wit!
Thoughts on Wisteria Witches: Aww, this one was kooky and fun. Actually, I think it was Zara herself who was kooky and fun. Zoey's not quite at her level of kookiness, but she's only sixteen. She has time to grow into her off-beatedness.

So. Wisteria. A small town with some big secrets. Moving there seems like a dream come true for Zara, but those secrets start popping up almost as soon as she rolls in. Things like ghosts and otherworldy critters and an aunt Zara hadn't seen in ages.


As the secrets begin to be revealed and Zara learns about her family's legacy, she's also dancing around the mystery of the death of her house's previous owner (that's kinda a mouthful, isn't it?). Her neighbor is VERY distracting (and there's a bit of a mystery surrounding the two of them, isn't there?) and the town just keeps getting more interesting every time she turns around.

Witches, shifters, a quirky town, and a touch of danger. Ahh, Wisteria.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top Off Tuesday - Pucked!

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?!?!

I kinda have a thing for muscle-y arms/shoulders/backs. This? IS GLORIOUS!

 Pucked by Helena Hunting
Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting
With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hierax by Ruby Lionsdrake [Review]

 Hierax by Ruby Lionsdrake
Hierax (Star Guardians #4) by Ruby Lionsdrake
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: September 3, 2017

Star Guardians
1. Orion
2. Treyjon
3. Sagitta
4. HieraxKindle
5. Zakota

Ruby Lionsdrake
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
As a database programmer from Arizona and a fan of sedate, indoor activities, Indi Smith doesn’t belong in outer space. Certainly not in a star system with a broken wormhole gate and no way home. But through no fault of her own, that’s where she’s landed, and nobody on the ship, not even the genius chief engineer Hierax, knows how to repair the gate. The only clue that could help is an untranslatable transmission coming from an uninhabitable planet with no atmosphere.

Though she’s a fish out of water, Indi is determined to use her knack for analysis and recognizing patterns to decode the transmission and help Hierax fix the gate, whether he wants the assistance of some civilian woman or not. She refuses to die in the middle of nowhere, even if it means she has to prove her worth to an arrogant, know-it-all engineer. She’s had experience dealing with geeks, albeit not ones with such big, sexy muscles, but that doesn’t mean working with him will be easy.

Chief Hierax is used to being in charge of all things mechanical, and he’s used to being the smartest person on the ship. Few of his burly Star Guardian colleagues were recruited for their brains. So when Indi shows up with a clever way of looking at the alien transmission, one he hadn’t thought of, he’s not sure what to make of it—or her.

His focus should be on fixing the gate, but he finds himself speculating about romantic endeavors. Would she be interested in seeing his hobby projects or maybe his favorite tools? It’s hard to tell. He has a hard time understanding women—and people in general, for that matter—so charming her may be tougher than finding a way home.
Thoughts on Hierax: What do you do when you're trapped in outer space, not keen on adventure, and desperately trying to stay off the radar of some very bad aliens? If you're Indi, you end up smack-dab in the middle of the action when you see patterns in the transmissions coming from a seemingly dead planet.

Because when the intimidating commander asks for her help, Indi can't see a way out of it. Even though her help involves space suits and one-on-one time spent with the brilliant chief engineer. (Spoiler: The more time she spends with Hierax, the less she hates it. Pitting their brains against one another is its own type of foreplay.)

On his end, Hierax has pretty much ignored the Earth women since their rescue. Indi's different way of processing information interests him. And might I say Hierax is very focused when things interest him.

I mean, he stumbles a little during the play, but in an adorably awkward way.

As far as the predicament the crew found themselves in at the end of the last book, things are looking up. Things aren't completely rosy yet, but they are moving in the right direction.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

RtP's Week in Review (07/15/18)

Reading the Paranormal's Week in Review
Bookish Delights
  • Books added to the pile
  • Currently reading 
    • Fire in His Spirit by Ruby Dixon
    • Tuesday's Series Short took us into the kitchen with Cin and Ari. No joke, Ari's inability to follow directions doesn't translate well to baking muffins. THAT LADY!
    • On Friday, I broke down the 3 Monstrous books (OMG! REVELATIONS IS COMING SOON!!!) and how Ari's *cough* matured over the course of the series. Believe it or not, the lusty nymph HAS grown. She's just as horny as ever, but now she tempers her horn with looking out for her friends.