Thursday, April 19, 2018

ARC REVIEW X-Ops Exposed by Paige Tyler

X-Ops #8, Tanner and Zarina FINALLY!!!!!! Even though Tanner and Zarina are established characters and have been part of the series for a while now because this is the start of a new story arc this one can be read as a stand alone. Most of their backstory is explained. Tanner and Zarina story has been one I've been waiting for, Tanner was the first hybrid DCO came across that could control his animal but in the last book he lost control and almost killed one of the good guys. Scared that he would lose control again and maybe this time hurt Zarina he leaves DCO and goes back to where it all started Washington State and goes off grid to live in the woods. Zarina not having any of that, she gives him some time but as soon as she is able she takes a leave of absence and goes after him and after a scary encounter with a bear she finds him. She makes it pretty clear to him that she is not leaving without him especially since she finally developed a hybrid reversal that would revert his DNA back to what it was before, but for his own reasons Tanner refuses the cure. As much as Tanner loves her he can't stand the thought of ever hurting her and Zarina keeps arguing that he would never hurt her.  Before Tanner could make her do anything some friends of his who live off grid in a self sustaining preppers camp keep getting attacked  by unknown assailants who are taking people. Tanner promises to get to the bottom of it. But in doing so bring him back into contact with his family. Throughout all this Tanner begins to realize who he is now and finally starts to accept his past is the past and Zarina is his future but before they can have their HEA they must get down to the bottom of who has been kidnapping the preppers who live in the woods.

The side story is Tate trying to track down the evil sadistic Dr. Mashood before the people he was working for find him first and deal with the still rogue coyote shifter, Ashley, daughter of the congresswoman now in charge of DCO, Rebecca Brannon, the same woman who let Dr. Mashood experiment on her own daughter. Tate is forced to work with a local cop who quickly becomes involved in the whole mess and is brought into the fold. Working together they not only manage to track down Mashood but they discover a whole lot of information about Rebecca. 

Overall, I loved it. The attraction for Tanner and Zarina has been pretty apparent before now but in this we get to see them build the relationship and really get to know one another; the love is there but this just solidifies the connection between the two of them. I love Tyler's writing she is so great with being able to engulf you in the entire story, if given the opportunity I pretty sure I could have read this in one sitting. I kind of guessed where it was going so that wasn't a surprise for me, but still the story was so good. Enough heartache and stubborn males to balance out the romance and plenty of action to go around. I was white knuckling my tablet at the end it was pretty intense.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ARC REVIEW Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #1, New spin-off series this time following the cousins of the original Montgomery family, we start off with Adrienne. Shep is back in Colorado and has opened Montgomery Ink Too, MIT for  short, with his sister Adrienne. Adrienne of course hires her best friend and fellow tattoo artist, Mace Knight. I love that the dynamic between the two, Mace and Adrienne, shifts so dramatically and even though they are still friends they become more in the matter of seconds, and how they deal with it afterwards is the best. There are two other plots going on the same time Adrienne and Mace are trying to figure out their relationship and one of those is Mace's daughter, Daisy so freakin' cute. Mace has to suddenly switch gears from a part-time Dad to a full time dad when his baby's momma chooses her career over her daughter. The other sub plot being someone in town does not want the Montgomery's there and keeps trying to get them closed down. That ends rather abruptly...or does it? I don't know, I'm speculating at this point but I can see that as a continuing theme throughout this series. 
   Overall, Adrienne and Mace their romance is a little smoother than some of the other relatives but them trying to figure out where they stand with each other now especially with Daisy in the picture is such a great story complete with humor, some heartache and a beautiful HEA. Carrie Ann Ryan does it again with a fantastic story, beautiful characters inside and out; it was a good start to this series.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ARC REVIEW Forever Home by Allyson Charles

Forever Friends #1, First time author for me, Allyson Charles, writes an adorable Rom-Com about a driven Real Estate agent/Mom who finds an abandoned dog and her litter of puppies and how her life is forever changed after that. Isabelle Lopez is a hard working mom trying to support her daughter and save enough money for Anna's college education. Izzy works so hard she often feels guilty about choosing work over her daughter especially when the Mom Mafia aka PTA president guilt trips her. (The whole Mom Mafia thing reminded me of the movie Bad Mom.) Brad is a fun loving guy who runs an animal shelter/rescue and lives paycheck, or in this case fundraiser to fundraiser kind of guy; he's content where he is and doesn't worry about the future. The romance was a fun opposites attract kind of thing, Izzy and Brad balance each other out well. Because Brad is the way he is I kept thinking he was a lot younger than he was he acts like he doesn't have a care in the world and that made him seem really immature to me as opposed to Izzy who life is nothing but stress.

Izzy's newest client is curious about selling his property, but wants to know if anyone is interested in buying it before listing it. Izzy is out scouting the property when she hears an animal whining from inside an abandoned apartment complex. After breaking in she finds a mother dog and her six pups starving; Izzy never owned a dog or even considered herself a dog person but she knew she couldn't just leave these poor guys to fend for themselves. After getting them in her car she drives down the street to the animal rescue place, but worried about the fact that she broke into the apartment and she was just going to drop the dogs off in the back. Bradley Cohen catches Izzy before she can leave and after explaining what she did Brad sees a great chance to bring in some extra money for the shelter. Brad wants to honor Izzy with an award but she's against the idea. Brad gets her boss in on it and her boss, Liz, sees free advertising for the real estate agency. 

Izzy's daughter Anna flips when she finds out about the dogs and as much as Izzy keeps saying she's not going to adopt one; she ends up adopting two, the mother and one of the babies. Brad likes Izzy from the start but getting her to go on a date is even harder than getting her to agree to accept the award. Izzy is attracted to Brad but she doesn't think she has time for a relationship on top of everything else, not to mention she doesn't trust men very much. After one very steamy kiss Izzy agrees to a date. Everything seems to be going well except for that one looming secret that Izzy knows but can't tell Brad and when he does find out Izzy left to pick up the pieces of her heart. Unless Brad gets his head and his heart on the same page.

Overall, it is an adorable read, between Anna and all the dogs, the amusing side characters, and the easy romance between Izzy and Brad this was a very enjoyable read. Being a new author to me  Allyson Charles definitely made an impression, her writing style is easy to follow and easy to get sucked into. I will definitely go out of my way to read the next books in the series; especially if it's Gabe.          

Monday, April 9, 2018

ARC REVIEW The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries

Sinful Suitors #5, Leave it to me to find a series where I keep missing books, which in all honesty is fine it can be read as a standalone; there was only one part at the beginning where all the previous characters were stand around talking that I felt like I was missing out on something but it was a short scene. This was a fun book to read and Jeffries is always reliable for witty repartee and a great romance. The banter between Fulkham and Monique, especially the first time they meet, is so great it had me giggling and it only got better. The story does focus more on the relationship and them working out their feelings than the mystery of who is trying to kill the Princess but it worked for me. Fulkham is a spymaster and has made it his life's work to know everyone's secrets. Monique is the daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a princess who was disowned when she ran away and married the man she loved an actor.
Fulkham is doing business in Dieppe and at the insistence of his brother's friend Hart they go to see a play. Hart guaranteed the lead actress a worth it, Fulkham is a bit peeved not only because Hart was right the lead actress is stunning and he can't seem to take his eyes off of her. But when Hart manages to get them backstage to meet her Fulkham is antagonistic and starts an argument with her; Monique hates the facts that she is attracted to him a pompous pig headed man who prefers tragedies over comedies. Three years later Fulkham and Monique meet again only this time she is Princess Anne of Chaney who is the running of becoming the new ruler of Belgium. Monique was approached by her Uncle to stand in for her cousin Princess Anne until she recovers from her illness in return Monique and her Grandmother who is suffering from dementia will be welcomed back home to the castle in Chaney. Fulkham keeps trying to trick Monique into revealing who he knows her to be but Monique is good. Fulkham is determined to find out why but when there is an attempt on Monique's life Fulkham switches gears to figure out who would want the Princess dead. 

Fulkham and Monique have great chemistry, they are quite the pair. When the two meet again Monique is scared of what Fulkham can do, he has the power to out her as an imposter and ruin Anne's chance at ruling Belgium. She wants nothing more than to avoid him at all cost but Fulkham plays a very important role in the London Conference and Monique must play nice. The more time she spends with him the more she likes him and when he is determined to save her life rather than letting the charades go on she realizes just how much she loves him. But with so much still standing in the way of their happiness Monique must learn to trust Fulkham.           

Overall, I did enjoy this one. You can always count on Sabrina Jeffries for a well written historical romance. The intrigue was well done and the literary license with the London Conference of 1830 was a nice touch. It happened but there was no Princess Anne in the running for ruler of Belgium.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

ARC REVIEw Dangerously Taken by Sidney Bristol

Aegis Group Lepta Team #1, Oooooo Lepta Team for the win! Riley is adorable. Lepta Team is the high profile VIP rescue team of the Aegis Group. We met Grant, the team leader, and Riley in the previous book, reading the other books is not necessary to enjoy this one. There is a new member to the team, Melody, she is the liaison between the client and the team. Grant and Melody do not get along, but that's for another book (Sidney you tease). I loved this book it has a sweet, funny, and strong hero, Riley; a strong, intelligent, and determined heroine, Erin, and an evil not-so-mastermind determined to keep the truth from coming out. Erin and Riley are hot the book managed to keep me warm when it was so cold in my house; Erin is Iraqi/Cuban that just sounds hot. There was plenty of action and suspense, Bristol's scenes are always well thought out and easy to follow they get your heart pumping and your butt to the edge of the seat.

Lepta Team has been in Egypt long enough that Riley's mother is starting to worry about him but he has one last job before they are due some leave. The next assignment is a doozy. Erin Lopez is a civilian translator working with a big corporate company who is helping to rebuild after the war in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and now she's been kidnapped. But the whole thing doesn't feel right after they successfully rescue Erin, they have to wonder why no ransom was asked and why Erin? Erin knows it has to be something more than just the SNAFU that happened previously and she's not leaving Kurdistan until she finds out why. But the longer she stays in the country the more attempts on her life she barely evades. Riley was drawn to Erin from the moment he saw her picture and the more time he spends with her the more he likes her. Riley's job isn't very relationship friendly he's' often gone for weeks at a time and with Erin's job he worries that they'll never see each other and every other problem he can think of that might happen. Erin knows what she wants and she's not afraid to go after it, even when Riley is hesitant because he doesn't want to seem like he's taking advantage of the situation. 

I love this new team I can't wait for the other four books to come out, but Riley really is a sweetie. Overall, this was an exciting story and a great romance. I loved that even Casey, Riley's brother, who we met in Fighting Redemption shows up in the latter half of the book. The Aegis series just continues to get better and better and Bristol never fails to satisfy with her romantic suspense.    

Friday, March 30, 2018

ARC REVIEW Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

Rogues to Riches #4, I was looking forward to Hawk's book out of the friends he just seemed the most responsible and since Faith Digby was introduced and it was discovered she knew Hawk and acted like she despised him I knew they would end up together. I love second chance romance I don't think I'll ever get tired of them, but there is a secondary trope that I guess I have gotten sick of and that dragged the book down for me. Through most of the book I didn't like Faith she was very closed minded and kind of a bitch, by the end of the book I liked her a little better. Hawk I didn't like as much as I had hoped, nothing about him really stood out. Simon on the other hand made me love him even more. 

Hawk is finally getting to the point where he can finally start making money and pay off the debts that were left to him by his father and by his guardian. His mother's health is at a decline and he can barely even afford to pay for the doctor. His half brother Simon is also becoming a more stable person in his life. Simon also brings Faith back into Hawk's life. Even after all this time Hawk still loves Faith, he feels guilty for letting his Mother and advisers talk him out of marrying her. Faith isn't going to let Hawk back into her life just because he apologise. Hawk isn't going to give up on her so easily, but winning her over and trying to convince her that she dowry has nothing to do why he wants her and that he never stopped loving her is going to be difficult. Faith has a secret she's been hiding from Hawk and when it comes out both their lives life will forever change.   

Overall, not my favorite, but still a good read. I love Ridley's writing style it is always a quick read that flows easily.

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Lord of Chance:
Anthony and Charlotte fell victim to the well known in Scotland but apparently not England law that if you announce yourself married boom you are legally married romance troupe. As tired of this troupe that I am this was cute and well executed. This has to be one of the best written books by Erica Ridley I ever read, the ending fell short for me but as a whole this story was really good.
Lord of Pleasure: 
Lord of Pleasure is book two of Erica Ridley's new series Rogues to Riches. This is another great story by Erica Ridley, the characters are likeable and the whole situation is humorous. It's a fantastic Cinderella type story. Camellia is the perfect daughter she does as she's told, she sings when they want her too and what they want her to sing, she's also the sensible one, but her parents go too far when the arrange her marriage to a much older gentleman who doesn't even have the courtesy to actually ask her, then leaves for a month. Lord Wainwright, Michael, is tired of getting his image drawn as a caricature in the paper linking him to all sorts of gossip and rakish behaviour, sometimes it's true but he's tired of being made fun of, as a joke his friends bet him he couldn't stay out of the gossip column for 40 days.
Lord of Night:
A chance meeting on the streets of St. Giles Dahlia is saving a young girl from a man with nefarious purposes and Simon comes to their aid, from that night on Simon life is different. He stops by the school and visits with the girls even helps them learn how to dance and his attraction to Dahlia grows into love. Dahlia loves Simon with all her heart but she has to many secrets from him and as much as it hurts she can not risk her girls or his job for their love. After meeting Dahlia Simon realizes there are more things to life than just being a runner even coming to terms with his half brother and becoming friends with him. Dahlia has changed his outlook on life, but will all that change after he finds out who she really is? My new favorite. I love Simon so much.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

ARC REVIEW What Are You Afraid Of? by Alexandra Ivy

The Agency #2, Another great romantic suspense from Alexandra Ivy. What Are You Afraid Of? is book two of  The Agency series which can be read as a stand alone. Griffin Archer sexy computer geek, software programmer, millionaire and delicate looking but tough journalist Carmen Jacobs whose claim to fame is her true crime non fiction Heart of the Predator in which she interviewed five serial killers and went over their cases. Carmen is on a well deserved break from her book tour in an isolated cabin in the woods. No one is suppose to know where she is and her publisher isn't suppose to forward any mail but that doesn't stop them a large brown envelope appears on her doorstep and as much as she want to ignore it she is curious by nature and opens it. Inside she finds fightenly familiar pictures, pictures so similar to the first serial killer in her book, but it couldn't be him he was already dead. When the local police won't take her seriously she knew of one person who could help her as long as he still didn't hate her.    

Griffin knew Carmen was in trouble the moment he saw her, if her constant attempts to call him wasn't a dead giveaway her pale complexion and the terrified look on her face was. After the way they parted company the last time he knew it must be serious if she asking for his help, but even after she explains there might be a copycat killer out there he still was hesitant to help her. It's not until after she leaves to continue on her own does he realize that another thing the victim all have in common, they all look like Carmen. Griffin gives a friend at the FBI a heads up about what happening, and he starts checking things on his own. It escalates when Carmen receives a bouquet of flowers with an old nickname on them. Griffin thinks this is more personal than even Carmen realizes and starts asking questions about her past and the murder suicide of her parents.

The relationship between Carmen and Griffin starts off rocky. When they first met, in events before the book starts back when Carmen was still in the process of writing her book, she wanted to interview Griffin because he wrote the program that assisted the police in apprehending on of the serial killers she was writing about but he wouldn't do it. Carmen managed a "chance" meeting and they got close but then Griffin found out who she was it didn't end nicely. Despite all that Griffin is still insanely attracted to Carmen and when he realizes she is the focus of the copycat his protective instincts kicks into overdrive. Griffin is willing to do anything to protect Carmen catch the copycat and prove to Carmen he's worth the risk of loving.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one it really hit the spot. I like Ivy's writing, she does fantastic with the suspense and the whodunnit, she kept me guessing. She always transports me into the story and I just can't put it down.