Thursday, April 27, 2017

BLOG TOUR ARC REVIEW Fractured Silence by Carrie Ann Ryan


The Talon Pack continues with a dark secret that could shatter the future of the Packs, or save them all.

Parker Jamenson is the son of three Packs, the sole mediator between every Pack in the United States and Europe, and…he’s dying. He knows he doesn’t have much left in him and is in desperate need of a mate. But with the new and unyielding changes thanks to the Moon Goddess, he might not have as much time as he thinks.

Brandon Brentwood is the Omega of the Talon Pack and the youngest of his family. He’s not only one of the famed triplets; he’s also the most secretive. There’s a good reason for that, however, and when a shocking revelation meshes the past and present in a very unexpected way, he’ll look to not only Parker but also a disgraced human to save them all.

Avery Montag knows she’s the daughter of a traitor and doesn’t have much to give the wolves in the way of atonement. But she’ll do everything she can to pay for her father’s sins and find a way to end the war between the humans and the wolves.

When the three turn to each other in a time of unrest and for vastly different reasons, temptation burns and seduction beckons. Only, the past, present, and future are never as solid as they seem, and the path the trio thought to travel may just vanish before they’re ready.
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I have been waiting patiently for Parker's story. Oh my goodness! While this is the conculsion of the story arc that has been continuing throughout the books so far it is not the ending of the series...YAY! 

Parker has been away from home for far too long he's missed out on so much he's the voice of the shifters and he's been playing mediator with the other packs trying to gain their favor but also because of an ancient curse that was put on his bloodline and is slowly killing him. Now that he is home he wants to avoid spreading the illness to his siblings so he requests to stay with the Talons. Brandon (it always weirds me out when the main character shares a name with one of my siblings) is the Omega of the Talon pack and like all Omega's he needs to find his mate or else risk dying from the overwhelming pressure of the pack. Avery is trying to right the wrongs her father did, she wants to prove to the world that shifters are not the evil creatures her father and several politicians are painting them to be. As a photojournalist she wants to capture the shifters as they are caring and loving people. 

Brandon and Parker end up having to share a house and while they feel an attraction to each other they don't want to waste time one anyone who is not their mate, but the appearance of Avery has kicked their protectiveness into overdrive and just maybe the three of them are a triad. One thing is for sure only together can they figure out what is going one and fix what it is that is broken.  

Overall, Outstanding! I really love this series and the whole shifter universe Carrie Ann Ryan created.

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About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ARC REVIEW Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spear

YAY more of the McTire sisters! Book #21 of the Heart of the Wolf series and book #7 of the Silver Town Wolf series. Terry Spear's writes a great ghost story. I am really enjoying this series, one thing I really like is the fact the characters don't have sex until they are ready to cement their relationship and call each other mates.

Ellie out of all her sisters has the stronger connection to ghosts, she can occasionally see them and communicate with them rather then just get a feeling. Ellie and Brett have been seeing each other and care for each other to the point Brett is thinking about mating but Ellie hasn't told Brett her secret yet and with how her last boyfriend acted she is scared to tell him. Brett donated his family's piano to Ellie and her sisters for their B&B but the piano stool and music isn't the only thing that comes with the piano, Brett's Grandmother's ghost tags along too. It's been over a year since the sisters moved to Silver Town and almost that long since Brett and Ellie have been dating and with the appearance of the new ghost Ellie knows it's time to tell Brett the truth.

Uncovering the reason Brett's Grandmother hasn't passed on to the other side may be more trouble than expected especially since she is being stubborn and not wanting to communicate and making the other house ghost crazy. Brett doesn't initially believe the extent of Ellie's abilities he humours her for the most part until he witness' it himself. Something Ellie said about Brett's grandmother rings suspicious with him, he starts to look into her death and he finds out things he never knew. The McTire sisters and their cousins are still on rocky ground and Brett doesn't help matters by asking them a questions about exorcising a ghost which doesn't help his relationship with Ellie.

Overall, like always this is a well written and very exciting story. The characters are all very likable and very easy to empathize with. My only problem is how Brett acted after he found out about Ellie's ability he started to act like the sister didn't have any idea what they were doing (like they haven't been doing this their whole life *insert sarcasm here*) and while the sisters thought it was cute and it showed that he was at least trying to learn more it would have just been a whole lot easier and less condescending to just ask her. Otherwise it was a very entertaining story and I look forward to more.  

ARC REVIEW DC Universe Rebirth All Star Batman Vol 1 My Own Worst Emeny

All Star Batman

Vol 1 My Own Worst Enemy

Issues #1-5.
Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Danny Miki, John Romita, Jr., Declan Shalvey
Cover by: John Romita, Jr., Declan Shalvey, Danny Miki

Variant cover by: John Romita, Jr., Jock, Declan Shalvey, Danny Miki

Scott Snyder returns to write more awesome Batman. The whole journey is back and forth between the past friends that Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne use to be and the now. Two –Face has put a hit on Batman as he tries to return his old friend to his old self again. Harvey sent Batman a message that he found a way to eliminate his split personality but he hid it in a place Two –Face will never know about. THe hit brings out all kinds from the woodwork. Penguin, Black Mask and Great White hire an Assassin to kill Batman and Two-Face. Along the way Batman is faced with a multitude of foes and civilians. 

The art was impressive, the details and the somewhat muted tones mixed with the bright primary colors. It kind of reminded me of an old style of story book illustrations. I really liked the way Two-Face was drawn.  

Batman/ Bruce Wayne: of course, his usual brooding, loyal, overprotective self. Protecting his ward, loyal to an old friend and brooding over the past that he can't change. Determined to do the right thing to fix the unfixable no matter the obstacles. 

Duke: the new not Robin. As of now Duke may be in what looks like a Robin costume but Batman told Gordon they were trying something new. I like Duke so far. He differs from the majority of the rest of the sidekicks as his parents are still alive (like Tim Drake) but Duke has a vendetta against the Joker and he wants justice to always prevail, and not just like Batman but mostly because his mother.  

Two-Face/Harvey Dent: Two-Face knows the right way to manipulate Bruce Wayne.

Other cameos: Amygdala, Killer Croc, King Shark, Firefly, Killer Moth, Black Spider, Copperhead, Cheshire, The Royal Flush Gang, Gotham’s Lords of Organized Crime, Harold Allnut, The Court of Owls, The Beast.

Review:  I really liked this one. I've never been a big Two-Face fan but this one was pretty good. The manipulation level was really up there and bringing in all these other villains honestly I didn't even know two of them even existed. The story kept me hooked to the end all very exciting I couldn't put it down, and the last one with a bit of the back story with Duke was nice to have.  


Thursday, April 20, 2017

ARC REVIEW Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley

First book of Erica Ridley's Rouges to Riches series. As much as I love Erica Ridley I was almost hesitant to read this book, I blame the blurb it just didn't appeal to me, but being I  love Erica Ridley I picked it up and read it and I'll be damned if it's not one of the best one of hers I've read. Call me slow, I may or may not have known this beforehand and I just forgot, because I do that sometimes, but Anthony Fairfax is none other than the brother to Sarah Fairfax of The Brigadier's Runaway Bride (2015). It started kind of iffy, 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.

 Charlotte is the bastard daughter of a courtesan. She dreamed of a life different than her own, one where people accepted you and invited you places and didn't chant Charlotte the Harlot when they saw you. She also dreamed of having a father who would sweep her away and become a princess. Charlotte above all else wanted her father to love and accept her all she had to go by was what she assumed to be his name and a ruby matched set earrings and necklace. With the name she had she thought him Scottish and after a horrible argument with her mother she left to Scotland and vowed to find him.

Anthony is a well known gambler he started young and helped his family stay in fashion to fit in with the fashionable crowd. It wasn't easy and he was broke more often than he had money but being strapped for cash was never this bad; he owed the accumulative amount of two thousand plus scattered about but his so called friend bought all his vowels and demanded payment or else it was debtor's prison for him. Anthony escaped London to try some smaller venues to try his luck at the gaming table it wasn't until a small town in Scotland did he met up with his Lady Luck.

Charlotte and Anthony play a couple hands and he eventually loses everything to her. At the end of the evening in Charlotte's paranoia of someone finding out who she is she proclaims out loud that she and Anthony are married. It isn't until the next morning do they find out that it is legally binding and Anthony also discovers the severity of his debt. The emotional rollercoaster ride that Charlotte and Anthony go through strengthen the feelings and the bond between them. It shows Charlotte that not every who sees her expects her to be her mother and Anthony learn the his life doesn't have to revolve around a table. Not much action takes place it mostly internal conflict between their insecurities. I have to say that is the best part of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Despite the overall conflict being built up so much and then being solved so easily left me wanting more the romance and the character development was fantastic.        

ARC REVIEW Foolish Bride by A.S. Fenichel

The second of A.S. Fenchel's Forever Bride series Foolish Bride takes up where the first one left with the continuation of Elinor and Michael lover story. In the first book we met Elinor and Michael a star-crossed romance who had some issues as a side story. In the first book we see Elinor as a sweet young woman with a gentle disposition but as the book goes on and she realizes that she is going to stop trying to please everyone she shows her family and friends she is quick witted and has quite a temper. Michael was a bit of a let down he was to broody and a little bit pitiful, thank goodness Elinor is there.

Michael inherited a failing estate and he wanted to prove to everyone that he wasn't marrying Elinor for her dowry and prove to Elinor and her Parents he was worthy of her. Michael was a soldier who started to work for the home office but during his last mission he was gravely injured and the rumors that he was less than a man because of them gave Elinor's father cause to break the engagment. Elinor fought tooth and nail against her father because of this so she snuck out to talk to Michael herself but Michael angry at himself for getting injured and his body failing him but also because Elinor's father said she agreed to cancel the wedding and even when she shows up to confront him to ask if this is what he really wants he turns her away.

Elinor gets angry at everyone even her closest friends and even when that anger has passed she is still angry with Michael and her parents. Elinor decides to attend her best friend's house party and while there she again a man her mother foisted on her Middleton. Even though she is still mad at Michael she still loves him but still unsure of their future together she strikes up a friendship with Middleton, who soon becomes smitten with her. Michael now faced with the prospect of losing Elinor forever has to convince Elinor he does and always will love her.

Overall, this was a really sweet book. I'm not one for love triangles but this barely registers as one. A.S Fenichel does well with the character development and the active setting. The romance was nice but out of all of it I loved Elinor and seeing the change she went through and how Michael just ended up loving her even more for it.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ARC REVIEW Holding Fire by April Hunt

April Hunt's series Alpha Security book two Holding Fire starts out with a bang in bed and out of it. Elle was running away from her problems a narcissistic, controlling, and manipulative father and her no good cheating ex-fiance. Elle joined an organization that helps build medical facilities after natural disasters. Elle and her best friend were sent to Thailand after they had finished their jobs and before they went home they detoured a bit and ended up in a bar and Elle ended up spending the night with a hunkalicious American. The next morning however things got weird. Trey Hanson was sent to Thailand for a job but before he got his orders on who he had to protect he met an attractive blonde and had one wild night of the best sex of his life. The next morning after a "random attack" she sprinted and Trey finds out she is the one he is suppose to be protecting.

Holding Fire was a good entertaining read not as good as the first one but still good. Elle is one of those characters that makes you want to slap up side the head. She just escaped her father's machinations and is finally free and independant and she won't let anything get in her way to maintain it even Trey who is trying to save her life. Trey's fascination and insta-lust turns to love as he gets to know Elle. Elle, even though she has been trying to convince herself otherwise, falls in love with Trey but she is so determined to be independent and Trey just wants her to be happy, Elle just may ruin everything.

Elle's father is a senator and a threat has been made on her life, Alpha Security has been hired to protect her, but there's a leak somewhere and Elle life keeps getting put in danger. This aspect was a little predictable but it has a nice twist on it that kept it from being to predictable. Overall, it was a good read I enjoyed it and I am very much looking forward to Charlie's story, I love her.

ARC REVIEW Talk Cowboy to Me by Carolyn Brown

Talk Cowboy to Me is the first book of Carolyn Brown's new series Lucky Cowboys but is also part her Lucky series (book 4). As always Carolyn Brown delivers an adorably cheesy romance that I just can not get enough of really. Quirky situations and extremely likable characters combined together with humor and a bit of sadness make this story one to remember.

Adele and her two daughters are forced to leave the ranch they called home after a bitter divorce, Adele thinks she has found the perfect place to call home the only problem is that Remington Luckadeau wants the same place. Remington inherited his two nephews after the death of their parents, Remington's brother and his wife. Remy was known for his playboy ways but now that he has his nephews to raise he wants to settle down on a ranch and turn his two city boys into cowboys. But on the whim of the rancher selling the land he sets it up so both family stay at the ranch and whoever does a better job gets the ranch.

Adele is just as determined as Remy to get the ranch. The sexual chemistry between them is something Adele isn't use to and with Remy's past she is hesitant to start anything with him especially after her disaster of a first marriage. The four kids start of rocky but soon they are acting like siblings. Adele isn't want Remy's is use to and definitely not his usual type but she is everything he needs if only he can convince her that his feelings aren't short term.

Overall, this was a really cute story and I look forward to the next book.