Saturday, July 29, 2017

ARC REVIEW Lord of Night by Erica Ridley

Lord of  Night is book three if Erica Ridley's Rogues to Riches series. Lord of Night follows Bow Street Runner Inspector Simon Spaulding and Miss Dahlia Grenville. For being 350 pages it was a quick and easy read. The pacing was smooth it seemed like a much shorter read than it actually is, but it was a really good read.

Dahlia and Simon have a slow but sweet courtship but Dahlia feels guilty because she has been hiding the fact that she is a well bred daughter of a Baron. Simon just thinks she is the headmistress of  a school for orphaned and abandoned girls in St. Giles. Dahlia feels even worse after she finds out that Simon is hunting the Thief of Mayfair. Dahlia is that thief, between the lectures from her mother on finding a husband and quitting this silly hobby and her father's indifference on his daughters Dahlia more than once has stolen a little trinket from some of the wealthy snobs whose collection is purely for the idea of having something that other don't and sold it to a pawn shop and then sends a letter to the owner where they can find their missing item. All of it for the care to her students.

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?

Overall, this was a good read, I enjoyed the characters and the plot and how it played out. I can't wait for the next one.    

ARC REVIEW Wicked Kiss and Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti

Wicked Kiss is the fourth book of Rebecca Zanetti's Realm Enforcers series, spin off of her Dark Protectors series and is all about the last Dunne Brother finally finding his HEA. I really didn't like Adam, he was way too high handed and just annoyed me most of the time. Granted he was trying to keep Tori safe, the way he did it just did not agree with me. Tori I loved, normally when the heroine does stupid things and goes off on her own despite the danger that is out to get her it just pisses me off in Tori's case I don't blame her for it. They fight the sexual chemistry so hard and it just made it so aggravatingly funny. Tori tries to bluff Adam on certain things, sexual preferences, and he just turns it around on her making her feel like he can teach her a thing or two. The story was fast paced and just wow, so much happens it's hard to believe it just over 280 pages. I would recommend reading the previous books just because both Tori and Adam are introduced early on and there is a bit of a story arc going on and some of the things will just make more sense.

Opposites attract when it comes to the straight-laced Enforcer Adam Dunne and rock-chick song writer Victoria Monzelle. Ever since Tori found out about witches and vampires because her sister fell in love with a witch she has been kidnapped twice, saved this last time by Adam Dunne who going against orders from his superiors rescues Tori. Unfortunately they end up getting caught anyways and standing in front of the Council of Nine Adam vows to mate Tori to save her from execution. Keeping Tori save is only one thing that Adam is trying to do, he's also trying to find out who is the traitor on the council, with his brothers wanted for being traitors and his cousin framed for being the one behind the deadly drug, Apollo, which can kill a witch, Adam and his family are working with Dage and the others to prove who is really behind it all. Tori understands the importance of what Adam is doing but she's also trying to save her sister from ruining her life and saving her career. Tori is being blackmailed by an obsessed DEA who says she has to find proof where the Apollo coming from or else she will arrest Lexie as a crooked cop.

The only saving point for Adam is that he doesn't want to force Tori into mating, and all his threats to spank Tori it really isn't a punishment to her she starts to provoke him just because she can and it turns her on. Adam and Tori spend most of the time trying to convince themselves that they wouldn't be good together, it takes something pretty big to change that.

Overall, it was a good read, I enjoy Rebecca Zanetti's writing style.

Wicked Bite is book five in the Realm Enforcers series. Mmmm Bear. I've been waiting for Bear's story. This one ties with Wicked Edge as my favorite in the series. Bear is... well a bear shifter and ever since the events of  Wicked Burn Bear has been sick. Bear also has dragon shifter in his DNA and when he shifted into a dragon it screwed with him on a molecular level and no matter how long he stays in his bear form he's not getting better. Nessa is unique for a witch unlike others she has no fire her power is healing, only through mating could Nessa ever hope to gain the ability to form her own fire. Nessa figures that with Bear's dragon shifter genes if she mates with him and the sharing of powers through the mating bond will give her the fire she's always wanted. She just has to convince Bear that she can heal him and in return they mate.

That's not the only reason Nessa wants to mate so quickly another witch who is a powerful healer wants her as his and Nessa will  not have it. Not even when he kidnaps the uncle who raised her after her parents died. Bear has no idea what he has gotten himself into. He knows Nessa has secrets but when he finds out what they are it's a can of worms that can not be contained.

After the events of Wicked Kiss the drug Apollo in Seattle dropped but in recent months the drug has made a reappearance and worse than before. Bear is determined to get to the bottom of it, he has no love for witches for the exception of his sister and now Nessa, but this drug has killed way too many humans and witches alike and Seattle is his home. In combination with the Enforcers, the Demon Nation, and the Realm everyone works together to stop the evil behind the drug.

What was just suppose to be a bond in name only as a benefit for both Bear and Nessa became a bond so strong not even a bullet to the head will stop them from being together. What I love is that they both understand what's going on and as overprotective as Bear is he knows Nessa is strong enough to take care of herself and Nessa understand Bear's need to be overprotective and when it counts she gives into his wishes to protect her.

Overall, I loved this I love this so hard. I loved how it brought so many of the previous characters in on this one from this series and the Dark Protectors series. It was a very exciting book with a nice twist at the end. mmmmm Bear.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

ARC REVIEW Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly

Book two of the Improper Princess series a spin-off the the Renegade Royals series, this series focus' on the illegitimate girls of the Royal Dukes. Lia is the daughter to the Duke of York, her mother an actress and she was raised by her grandmother who was the mistress to the Marquess of Lendale. This was another great improper princess story, Vanessa Kelly is witty and entertaining always able to find ridiculous and hilarious situations for her characters to get into.

Upon the death of the Marquess of Lindale Lia and her grandmother learn that he left nothing but a few paltry items to them in his will. Now Lia worries about what will happen to her grandmother and herself. The have lived in a little house on the estates property for practically all of Lia's life and now Lia knows she's going to have to find something so she can support her grandmother and not have to rely on the charity of the new Marquess.

Jack Easton is the new Marquess of Lendale, and while he has assured Lia and her grandmother a place for as long as they need Lia is realistic she knows that when he marries no proper English Lady is going want a former mistress and a bastard living somewhere on the estate. Jack and Lia have been friends since the first time they met as children and Lia has been in love with him just as long, now with the happy little bubble being popped Lia makes the decision that she must move to London and become an actress like her mother. Lia's mother doesn't want her daughter on stage and both her and grandmother agree that Jack needs to put her under his protection. That's the last thing Lia wants as much as she loves him she can not play second to Jack's wife when he finally decides to marry, but that won't stop her from asking him to help her learn how to flirt and find another lord to become his mistress. It seems that everyone but Jack realizes how much he loves Lia and it isn't until it's almost too late before he realizes he doesn't want some other woman only Lia will make him happy.

Overall, it was a great read. I loved the characters and I love the appearance of the Renegade Royal characters. It was a funny and romantic story I can't wait for the next one.

BLOG TOUR All or Nothing At All by Jennifer Probst

All or Nothing At All

Out Now


HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this third volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new, heart-wrenching, and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Greene, or the hurtful breakup that tore him apart. When he’s forced to return home and face his past, will he be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love?

Sydney Greene loved Tristan her entire life but when he left, he took not only her heart, but her trust along with him. Now that they’re together again, it’s time they both face the biggest secret of all...

All of Nothing At All is the third book of Jennifer Probst Billionaire Builders series. Tristan and Sydney have a past and more than that connects them. Back when Tristan's mom first died and his dad was being an unmitigated stubborn asshole, and when he was first in love with Sydney Tristan decides to leave to New York and start his career in real estate there since his dad won't listen to his ideas. Sydney has always been a part of the family, the Pierce mom treated her like the daughter she never had, and Sydney has been in love with Tristan for as long as she can remember. When Tristan started to reciprocate those feelings she thought it was a dream come true, until Mom died. Sydney however had big news for Tristan but before she could tell him he announced that he was leaving, as much as it broke her heart to do so she knew she couldn't go with him and hold him back from his dreams.

Fast forward to the present, Sydney is tired of being stickly office personnel she has the opportunity to bring in a big client that can not only bring in business for them but for all their local suppliers as well, the only catch is that the Pierce Brothers have to make her the CFO. Cal and Dalton don't have a problem with it they think she earned it, Tristan is not impressed with the ultimatum and doesn't believe she can handle the job of overseeing the entire project by herself. The other brother nominate him to help her out if she needs it.

Tristan is still butt hurt by the heartbreak when she didn't leave with him to New York and instead married another man. Sydney doesn't have time for heartache she has a daughter to raise and a business to run, but the close Tristan gets to her and her daughter the more she wants the truth to come out. But she is so scared of what might happen.

Overall, this was another outstanding emotional, quirky, and Tristan can be so sweet when he wants too. Such a sexy read and when Tristan gets over his butt hurt attitude he's a real keeper. I loved it I really did Probst always hits the spot when it comes to good contemporary romance infused with humor and tear provoking emotion.


BIO:Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ARC REVIEW The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki

The Highland Commander book two of Amy Jarecki's Lords of the Highlands series. Unfortunately this book just kind of feel flat for me. The beginning started off really well and I liked the characters and I liked the plot but how it played out and the dialogue felt dry. It built up the story then it plateaued and nothing really happened until the end and even the ending was anti-climatic.

Magdalen Keith is the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, she loves her father dearly but his wife wants no reminders of his past indiscretions so Maddie lives off away from her father and his wife, she fills her time working at the hospital tending to the battered women that come in. Her father has a yearly masquerade to celebrate an old pagan holiday this year Maddie dons her mask and is swept away by a charming Scottish naval lieutenant, sharing only their first names Maddie and Aiden and a kiss.

Sometime latter Maddie is visited by her stepmother who pleads with Maddie to go to London and convince the Queen to release her father, her stepmother would go herself but she is very pregnant and can't travel. In London Aiden and Maddie cross paths once again and with her father incarcerated his apartments have been seized by the crown. With nowhere else to go Aiden lets her stay in his family's suite of rooms. With the help of Aiden and another Scottish Lord Maddie is able to convince the Queen of her father's innocence but only if Maddie remains in London and plays the celtic harp for the Queen. Unfortunately Maddie's father tries to turn her into a spy. All the action happens in the last quarter of the book, something happens (I'm not telling) but Aiden saves Maddie and they go on the run and pretty much nothing goes right.

Overall, I really liked how it started and I really liked the characters, even when Aiden was acting like an idiot, but aside from that it just didn't do anything for me.  

ARC REVIEW Phantom Pearl by Monica McCabe

A  Monica McCabe Jewel Intrigue novel book three it can, however, be read as a stand-alone. I love action adventure romance books, when I read the blurb for this one I said I had to read it. It is a really nice read I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a mix of Lara Croft and the Pink Panther, except in this case Inspector Clouseau is a really sexy Homeland Security Special Agent.

Riki Maddox has treasure hunting in her blood, her father did it before her and when he was murdered by the Yakuza her father's friend who was there when he died took her in and trained her to be the best treasure hunter out there; Riki's only goal is to seek vengeance against the Yakuza. Her new guardian is also her fence he sends her off to get certain things and she brings them back to him. The latest artifact for her retrieval is the Phantom Pearl which disappeared during WWII an item that once belonged to the Yakuza and one they would do anything to obtain again. Riki has an idea of where it is and she must get there before they do.

Special Agent Dallas Landry works Homeland Security and part of his job is the acquiring and returning of artifacts to their native lands to ensure good relations with other countries. He's normally really good at his job except for the times he's crossed paths with Riki she has always managed to slip between his fingers at every turn. Dallas has a heads up this time and able to meet Riki there before she makes off with the Phantom Pearl. With the presence of the Yakuza Dallas convinces Riki it's best if they work together especially since the Yakuza was able to snatch the Phantom Pearl away from Riki and Dallas. Working together now Dallas and Riki must figure out a way to steal back the Phantom Pearl before they take it back to Japan. Riki's past and her deceased father activities when he was murdered come up and Riki learns the truth about her father, her guardian, and the Yakuza.

Overall, I loved this book. You can really tell the amount of research Monic McCabe put into this book the active setting is remarkable. The romance between Riki and Dallas is great, the sexual chemistry is palpable and when they finally get together, wow.    

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ARC REVIEW Primrose Lane by Debbie Mason

Book three in Debbie Mason's Harmony Harbor series. Yet another fantastic emotional journey for two people clueless to the fact that they are perfect for each other. Olivia Davenport has left her old life behind, or at least tried. She is now living at Greystone Manor and is the events planner under the name Dana Templeton, her past life one is one she left in pain and didn't want to return to it no matter what until forces beyond her control bring her old life to her. Finn Gallagher is just home to recuperate after being shot while in Africa working with Doctors Without Borders, as a doctor Finn knows an addict when he sees one and he immediately becomes suspicious of Dana. She's obviously hiding from something and he won't stop until he finds out what.

Ever since Olivia buried her son and then her husband she has had problems sleeping and problems with anxiety, she took her prescriptions maybe a little more that recommended but Finn flat out telling her she was abusing it in front of an audience it embarrassed her. It isn't until Finn finds out who she is and what she went through that he realizes just how broken she thinks she is and he feels the need to fix it for her.

Olivia son was dying of cancer and everyone was making her feel guilty for trying everything to cure him. Olivia and her husband were separated, her husband was a doctor working in Africa had an affair and fathered another child shortly after their son died he on his way back to the states and his plane crashed. He died before Olivia could finalize the divorce. Olivia has been hiding from her past life hoping she could get past the pain and move on she thought she was finally doing it when her husband's lawyer calls her and informed her that she has gained custody of her husband's other child, and girl named George; her mother went missing and is presumed dead. After a near breakdown she admits everything to Finn who quickly jumps in to help out. Olivia doesn't want George but takes her in none the less, they drive each other crazy it seems that George listens to everyone but her it's only after they bond over the death of Olivia's son that they find some common ground and finally start to get along.

Finding peace with George isn't the only thing wreaking havoc in Olivia's life right now, after her husband's parents find out about George and know they can hurt Olivia with it they threaten to take George way from her. And there is still someone out to ruin Graystone Manor and this time Olivia gets caught in the crossfire. The romance between Finn and Olivia was a sweet one, he was a bit of an ass at the beginning but soon jumped in to help out. Understanding Olivia was just the start and once he realized he loved her all he had to do was convince her that nothing could come between them.

Overall, it was a eventful book so much happens it makes you laugh and cry and with a touch of suspense at the end this book really has it all, complete with a mischievous ghost and her cat.      

ARC REVIEW Hope Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan

Hope Restored is the final book in the Gallagher Brothers series, a spinoff of the massive Montgomery Ink series universe. This isn't the first time Carrie Ann Ryan has written about a cancer survivor, it's a very emotional topic and this book a real tear jerker. The friends to lovers romance that happens between Tessa and Murphy was exceptional.

Murphy has already beat cancer twice, once as a child and again later as a teenager. Murphy was enjoying his life and enjoying his carefree flirting with his brother's neighbor, Tessa. But one family gathering and his life feels like it spinning out of control again, he has cancer again. To make matter worse the people he's renting his place from are coming back and he needs to move out. Murphy needing someone to talk to ends up at Tessa's house and turns out it's a good thing Tessa has an extra room and he needs someone to watch out for him when he's going through his treatments and Tessa is the perfect choice. She's a friend, she's next door to his brother so he's close enough to family but not close enough that they can be overbearing.

Tessa never thought she deserved anything she got, she was abandoned as a child and her foster parents who later adopted her loved her beyond anything. Tessa growing up put them through hell trying to push them away, but they never let her. Grown up Tessa has distanced herself from them feeling guilty but talking with and falling in love with Murphy through his ordeal and experiencing the love and comradery of the Gallagher family she realizes what she's doing and start to make it up to her parents. Murphy and Tessa had a carefree flirtation going on but as soon as they are in close proximity to each other for a couple of days the sexual attraction becomes more than they can stand and give into it. But Murphy's cancer isn't the only thing that's getting in the way of their happily ever after, someone from Tessa's past has shown up and threatening their HEA.

Overall, this was an emotional but happy ending to this series and I can't wait for more from the Montgomery Ink Universe.

ARC REVIEW The Line of Duty by Sidney Bristol

The Line of Duty

Sidney Bristol

Good Guys Wear Black #2

Happy Release Day to the fantastic Sidney Bristol. This is the re-release from 2014 originally published by Ellora's Cave. Good Guys Wear Black is a series about the Metro City SWAT. It is an emotional and suspense filled story about second chances. Jake and Nicole Vant have been married for some time now but a miscarriage last year set them back and now their is emotional wall between them. Nicole is lost and feels so alone and Jake acts like the whole thing never happened thinking that leaving his wife some time alone to heal was the best thing. Nicole feels like it's all hopeless and asks for a divorce. For Jake there has been no-one else but Nicole, and he never wants there to be anyone but her. He knew things were bad he just didn't know how to fix them. Nicole moved out and now Jake just has to figure out a way to win her back and fix what went wrong.

Nicole starts to receive gifts shortly after Jake starts his plan to seduce her back. It seems that everytime they get close and start to talk work calls Jake away with some anonymous tip about some illegal drug hideout. But Jake and Nicole start talking and start realizing they can make the marriage work, but just as they think that they are all better Nicole disappears and an old enemy makes demands.

Overall, it was a really good read. It has the Sidney Bristol flavor I know and love. The pacing of the story was really nice, with secondary characters you want to see more of, and it was so emotional and erotic between Jake and Nicole.    


Saturday, July 22, 2017

ARC REVIEW The Adorkable Girl and the Geek by Sidney Bristol

The Adorkable Girl and the Geek is the fifth instalment in Sidney Bristol's Gone Geek series. I loved this it was a quick read, very geeky and a little bit kinky. Nate and Cara have been friends since grade school and have been in love just as long but neither of them wanted to jeopardize their friendship by admitting to the other how they felt so they went years secretly pining for each other and never knowing they felt the same for each other.

Cara needs a break from her life, she hates her job, her coworkers, and her mother's attitude has gotten worse ever since Cara had to move back home, lucky she saved enough to go visit her best friend in California for the weekend. Nate's first dream of becoming a NAVY SEAL ended in a damaged knee but his fall back was to work behind the scenes in Hollywood now he works freelance post production one of his jobs is for the YouTube hit show HitPoint in which his high school friends Josh and Brian work on also. (If you read Beauty and the Geek you'll remember meeting these guys already and Tamara and Stephen make an appearance.)

The first night back Nate can tell something is wrong with Cara and with a little bit of libation the truth comes out about how miserable her life is right now and Cara kisses Nate with that everything comes out. Nate kisses her back and they finally tell each other how they feel and start making up for lost time. Things don't continue as easily, Brian has an issue with Nate and starts acting like an ass. The main issue is that Nate likes to tie up his partner during sex and Brian makes assumptions and then there's Ellie. Nate and Ellie had an agreement it was just sex to satisfy a need but several months before Cara shows up Nate ended broke of that arrangement. Only now Brian is all butt hurt because he has a thing for Ellie and didn't know about them until now and is taking it out on Nate and Cara.

Cara's own past issues factor in big, her father practically ruined her life and when she found out that Nate was omitting facts she felt betrayed and hurt and didn't think she could build a relationship with him after that. Cara has to confront her own baggage before she can move on and Nate just hopes she can move on with him.

Overall, it was a really good read, I love Nate. I love all the geekiness of this series and how each one is different. Sidney knows geek and her knowledge reflects in the characters and I love the subtle kink in this one.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ARC REVIEW The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

I'm sad, not that this book was sad but I'm sad that I didn't like this one as much as I had hoped. The idea the concept it really intrigued me but the execution was not what I expected not after Ashley Bell, which I really loved. It was well written Koontz has an excellent active setting but does tend to get a little to wordy, and as much as I like backstory reading an almost repetitive internal monologue gets tedious. I could not empathize with Jane, I could not connect to her. You know she is FBI and had a loving husband and has an adorable boy that she entrusted his care to two friends, she just seemed to cold and methodical to me and really whiny at other times. Everything she is doing is out of love but she has let her obsession take over, she's paranoid and doesn't trust anyone but a limited few, but as they say you're not paranoid if "they" are actually out to get you.

The Silent Corner is the first book in a new series for Koontz it follows Jane Hawk whose husband unexpectedly committed suicide, afterwards she became convinced that he was all part of some massive conspiracy and his death was part of it. Jane has gone to the silent corner, a term used when you are not off grid but hidden on the grid. She is questioning people who have had loved ones commit suicide and has figured out just where this may have all come from and through some shady people and the use of blackmail she just might have figured out the exact person who is behind the whole thing. Jane must trust someone, that someone in a short time won her trust and friendship and can help her get to the bottom of it.

Overall, I was disappointed with it. Disappointed in the same way I was disappointed in Fear Nothing and Seize the Night, I stopped reading Koontz for a while after that. I don't think I'll read the next book because I frankly just don't care what happens.      

ARC REVIEW Wolf Hunt by Paige Tyler

Wolf Hunt book six in Paige Tyler's SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team series. I loved it. I enjoy the suspense and the action and I'm a big fan of intsa-love. I also enjoy how the paranormal aspect plays second fiddle to the rest of the story, yeah it comes into play more so in this one than the others the fact that they are shifters is mainly for the romance side of the story. If you are new to the series the Dallas SWAT is a group of alpha wolf shifter, in the previous five books we have seen the introduction to the betas, a more submissive wolf shifter, and the omega shifters which are crazed shifters who are more animal than man. The Team has also begun to find their "One true mate" they can mate with anyone but the the One is the one person in this world destined to be with the shifter it is a rare thing that the guys originally thought was only a legend.

Like with the other books this one starts off on the traumatic experience that triggered their shifter DNA. Remy was a DEA agent who was in love with his partner and as you can guess it ended badly. Skip ahead almost half a dozen years later and Remy, Max, Jayden, and Zane are all in New Orleans for some cross-training with NOPD SWAT. For Remy it is also a trip home. The boys are out enjoying the nightlife when Remy gets a whiff of something good and follows it. When he finds the source he also finds his old school friend Triana and boom Remy finds his One True love, even though he's not going to admit it yet. Triana is only in town visiting her mother it's just happenstance that she is there the same time as Remy. Remy, whom she had such a crush on in high school and one of her dearest friends until they lost contact in college. Triana went on to study Forensic science and began working at one of the best labs in Texas in Houston.

The cross-training is going well but soon the buys are asked to take part in an active case, one where they can't pin down the new person in town bringing in drugs. Remmy and the other guys know who it is they just have to find the evidence that will nail him unfortunately this guy has a big political face and anything short of ironclad is just going to make the NOPD look like fools. Also Triana and her mom are having so trouble a mysterious person wants to buy an amulet that belonged to Triana's father. Triana's father was brutally murdered when she was in college and they never found the person responsible. Now someone is willing to go as far as needed to get the amulet that Triana's father wore and Remy isn't going to let anything happen to Triana or her mother because now that he has found her again he is not willing to let her go that easily.

Overall, this was a really good read. I'm just in love with every book so far, Tyler's active setting is fantastic and her romance always smokin' hot.        

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ARC REVIEW DC Universe Rebirth Batman Beyond vol. 1 Escaping the Grave

Batman Beyond vol. 1 Escaping  The Grave

DC Universe Rebirth
Issues: Rebirth and 1-5

By: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Bernard Chang (Artist), Marcelo Maiolo (Colourist), Travis Lanham (Letterer)

Story: Terry McGinnis is back from his own death, or faked death in this case, only to find that part of the city has been overrun by Jokerz, a gang of Joker wannabes who are shaking down the citizens for “protection” money, and rumors that The Joker is alive. To make matters worse the love of his life, Dana Tan who at this point doesn’t even know Terry is still alive has been kidnapped by the mad man behind the Jokerz. Terry is out of practice and the first couple confrontations with the gang end poorly but with the help of Terry’s younger brother Matt, and his best friend Max, Terry just maybe able to pull off a rescue and unravel the Jokerz from the inside out.

Art:  It’s pretty much how I expected it to be dark, futuristic, with accents of neon colors making it look very cyber punk-ish.  The detail work put into is great, the cityscape background was pretty impressive. The second cowl that he donned I didn’t care much for the eye holes were just shaped weird.

Characters: Terry McGinnis/Batman: is the young man that will pick up the mantle of Batman in the future. Bruce Wayne recruited him and trained him to take over. Matt McGinnis: is the younger brother to Terry who has custody of him. He idolizes his big brother and will do anything to help him. Max Gibson: Is the tech guru for the series her friendship with Terry goes way back she is irreplaceable (and in the animated series she was voiced by one of my favorites Cree Summer). Dana Tan: the love interest she was a high school sweethearts and until recently didn’t know Terry was Batman. Jokerz: the crazy money hungry gang who idolizes The Joker. Carter Wilson/Terminal: Former classmate and kind of a bully grows up to be a hopeful supervillain. Commissioner Barbara Gordon, Bruce Wayne, The Joker.

Review: I remember when Batman Beyond first aired on t.v. I loved the concept of it, and then to have it continue after the series ended with the comics was so much better. I love the progression of the story and how Terry just didn’t jump right back in and be all badass, he was out of shape, kind of, and he admitted it and worked around the issue. I also enjoyed how evenly paced the story was with the action and equal amount of intrigue. I always thought Terry was a great replacement for Bruce. Matt is a good comic relief.