Thursday, August 16, 2018

ARC REVIEW Herokiller by Paul Tassi


Herokiller: A NovelEvery now and then I give my romance brain a rest and enjoy something non-romance, this month it was Herokiller. The blurb compares it to Ready Player One, I don't know why it's not at all like it except for the fact that it's a futuristic world where an eccentric rich old guy has done something that everyone wants to join. This dystopian world I would compare this more to Running Man, Death Race 2050, and a little bit Gamer because entertainment is violence based; and then mixed with Mortal Kombat and Gladiator. The villainous eccentric rich old guy, Cameron Crayton, is a mix between Ken Castle from Gamer, the Chairman from Death Race and Commodus from Gladiator. Tie in all that with black-ops and espionage and you have this amazingly intense story.

Mark Wei is a former CIA spy, he's probably one of the only remaining spies still alive from the Second Cold War which he was instrumental in ending. But the cost of doing so lost him everything now he just drinks until he passes out and works out until he's exhausted enough to sleep. Until his former handler calls him back onto duty. Marks job now is to infiltrate Cameron Crayton's newest reality tv show The Crucible and find out who he is where he came from and if he's working with the Chinese. The Crucible is promised to be the most violent shows ever, it's an arena sport pitting person against person. Sixteen cities, one top fighter from each city. All sorts of people from everywhere fighting bare handed in whatever style they want; the top sixteen get the fortune and glory. In the end only one man is left standing because the big event between the last sixteen fighters is gladiator style, to the death. There are three parts to the story part one is intro and start of The Crucible, introduction to the top Sixteen. The second part is the top sixteen training gladiator style where there is bonding between the characters and of course spying. Part three is the intense, emotional, white-knuckling part where The Crucible starts and people you've grown to love die. Yeah it's one of those it's what to the death means people.

I loved Mark's character, there is so much to him. Intermittently throughout the book you see another part of him who he was before the Second Cold War and what happened to him during his time as a spy and what happened after to make him who he is today and you see all this through flashbacks, old recordings and him actually telling part of the story. Crayton was a perfect villain he also reminded me of Killian from Running Man heck Crayton even had dancers like Killian did in Running Man. I would love to see this as a movie or a four part miniseries (because part three is long) I can totally see Malcolm McDowell as Crayton. Overall, I think it's pretty obvious I loved this book. Paul Tassi has a great active setting, a great narrative, and he really pulls you in and emotionally ties you to the characters; and ooh, what a twist. I would definitely read more books if they had Mark Wei in them.        


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ARC REVIEW A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale


A Wolf Apart (The Legend of All Wolves, #2)The Legend of All Wolves #2, One reason I love this series so far is how wolf like the characters are even in their human form and acting human and being away from their home and their pack can be detrimental to their mental health. Elijah has been living with the humans for too long and ever since the devastation of pack in the last book he's needed to be home more than ever, but when he asked his new Alpha she said the pack still needs him on the outside. Hurt and feeling more disconnected to his pack then ever then he meets her, Goddess of the City of Wolves, Thea Villalobos. He fascinated by this human who smells of outdoors, and chooses to live away from society and help protect the woods and wildlife. Thea is a environmental protection officer in need of a lawyer not because she's in trouble with the law but to help her with trapper problems. Eli promises to help and creates an excuse just to see her again. Even after their business is concluded he finds reasons to see her. Thea sees another side to Eli, she knows he's a lot more than the stuffy, manwhor-ish lawyer. She sees how lost he is how empty inside he feels and Thea makes him feel things he's never felt before now he's torn between his pack and his love for her.

Another thing I enjoyed about the book was how the first person POV was written. At the beginning Eli is very hard and straight forward as he explains how he views the humans and the city but after meeting Thea and his botched challenge you can see that he starts perceiving the world differently through his narration; it goes from stilted and hard to more fluid and caring. Overall it was another great book it was angsty in all the right ways and exciting and intense. Thea and Eli fit so well together I loved their romance.     



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ARC REVIEW The Charm of You by Jennifer Probst


The Charm of YouThe Charm of You is a new book from Jennifer Probst it's her first book in the LWW. In the book Presley Cabot is one of the owners and founders of LWW, Ladies Who Write, well in real life the LWW is a group of seven authors who got together "to bring sexy love stories and emotional romance to our readers' lives. What's better than a fun, sensual ride to a happily ever after?" Sounds awesome right? Well this is just the beginning and lets hope we get many more books.

In college Presley Cabot was the overweight girl who had a crush on the track star Nolan Banks, but one night changed all that it changed her. It was one of the driving forces that lead to her losing 100lbs. But, Presley never really let go of the hurt so when she finds out he's moved back into town she plans a revenge scheme. When he doesn't even recognize her Presley's ego takes another blow but as her friends point out it's even better now she can seduce him reveal who she is and then dump him.

Nolan Banks has had a pretty easy life everything has always come so easily to him but when he changed careers from Wall Street to microbrewery/pub owner he discovered what it was like to work hard for something he loves and then comes Presley Cabot. Deep down inside he knew she was someone he needed in his life, but she's was holding back and then she revealed who she was and what happened that night all those years ago. Despite it all Nolan knows that what's between Presley and him is so much more than anything he's ever felt before and now he has to convince her the past wasn't what it seemed and to give them a chance.

At first I wasn't thrilled about the guy falling in love with the girl after she lost a whole bunch of weight but through the flashbacks Presley kept having we learn he liked her even back then when she was overweight. Through the flashbacks you really see how naive she was because to me it was obvious what was going on with Nolan even if it was from her POV. In keeping with Jennifer Probst fantastic writing style this book full of humor, heartfelt emotions, and characters that become more real than fiction.      


Monday, August 13, 2018

ARC REVIEW Love You by Stacy Finz


Love You (The Garner Brothers)Garner Brothers #3, YAY Win and Darcy finally get together! Win is typical youngest child syndrome, he's a bit spoiled and self centered, reckless with money and willing to take risks but he's so charismatic and very social and confident and he's truly a nice person you can't help but like him and he plays on that. He knows he's good looking and he's not shy about it. But because of this none of his older brothers take him seriously and after the near father encounter he had he's realized he needs to take the family business seriously. Darcy is a people pleaser and until recently she was in a loveless marriage. Realizing she needed more she left him and moved to Glory Junction to be with her Grandmother and started working at Garner Adventure. Finally starting to live life for herself who better to end her dry spell than free-with-his-favors Win, only he turns her down. Win has grown up a lot in the last six months and he's stopped sleeping around and when shy Darcy offers herself to him he's dumbfounded and kind of hurt that she thinks he would be that easy after what happened but he also starts to see Darcy as something more than just the receptionist at his family's business.

Darcy has been wanting more responsibility at GA and when the opportunity to host the employees of a big social media company's corporate retreat and team building weekend Darcy and Win are paired together for securing the job. If they succeed then Darcy gets her promotion and Win gets his raise. When Darcy's Mom shows up out of the blue and Win starts telling her than Darcy can't get back together with her ex because Darcy and Win are already married, it was a joke all ment in fun but Darcy having to deal with her mother's harsh criticism doesn't think it's funny. Win sees how her mother treats her and becomes very protective of her but that's just the start of Darcy's familial problems.

Darcy and Win's relationship is hot and heavy but because of Darcy's insecurity she is constantly doubting herself in the relationship and is just waiting for him to end it to be with someone better. Win on the other hand has fallen head over heels for Darcy and there is no one better for him. Reading the other two books and this one you can really see the change in Win and how much he has grown up, not to much because that devil may care attitude really helps with securing new clientele. Overall, this was a delightful opposites attract romance, they balance each other out once they learn how and they are good for each other. As always Stacy Finz writes a heartwarming and entertaining romance. Don't miss the next novella in the anthology Santa's on His Way where Stacy Finz writes Snowed In about Glory Junction's own Rachel Johnson, owner of Tart Me Up bakery, and the yummy bar owner, Boden Farmer. (out in September)    


Thursday, August 9, 2018

INKSLINGERS BLOG TOUR The Protector by HelenKay DImon

Today we have the blog tour for The Protector by HelenKay Dimon! Check it out and get your copy today!

Title: The Protector:

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Genre Romantic Suspense

About The Protector:

Salvation, Pennsylvania. The commune located in the small town was advertised as a modern Utopia: a place to live, share, and learn with other like-minded young people. Cate Pendleton’s sister was one of them. Now she’s dead—and Cate won’t rest until she finds out who killed her. Stonewalled at every turn, she approaches a DC Fixer for help and ends up with Damon Knox, a mysterious man with a secretive past. But Cate soon discovers that she not only needs Damon, she wants him, which isn’t good—for the attraction brewing between them will only lead to complications that can turn into danger . . .  

Damon has tried to erase the hellish memories and the evil that happened in Salvation ever since he left a long time ago. Still, he can’t turn his back on Cate. As Damon works with Cate to uncover her sister’s killer, he finds himself drawn to her more and more. But how will she feel about him when she learns about his connection to the place?  

Joining forces to uncover the truth, they must stay one step ahead of a cunning killer who’s bent on not being exposed.    




This is a first for me from HelenKay Dimon and it definitely won't be the last. Book four in the series The Games People Play and it can be read as a stand alone but now I really want to go back and read the previous books just because their characters are really intriguing anyways, Damon and Cate. Cate lost her sister ten years ago and it was ruled a suicide but that never rang true for Cate she always believed her sister was murdered. Cate has been trying to get information from the "school" about her sister's death but they continue to ignore her request and insist it was suicide. But recently she's noticed that someone has been in her apartment, nothing was taken but it was enough to unnerve her and seek help from a professional. Damon has spent almost half his life trying to forget his time at Salvation and now he's the only one who can get Cate her answers and that means going back. Their presence there, however, stirs up a hornets nest and now both Cate and Damon are risking their lives trying to get all the answers.

Cate and Damon have an instinct spark of attraction that leads to them bickering like an old married couple and helps build on the sexual chemistry so when they finally give in, it's hot and heavy. The entire story was quite intense something was always happening the pace of the book helped build the tension. I loved the narrative description she pulled me and didn't let go until the last page. Overall, definitely a good book, an excellent romantic suspense.   


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About HelenKay Dimon:

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a...divorce attorney. Not the usual transition, she knows. Good news is she now writes full time and is much happier. She has sold over forty novels and novellas to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, Riptide and Carina Press. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. She is on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and MiraCosta College. You can learn more at her website: www.HelenKaydimon.com

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

ARC REVIEW Highland Betrayal by Alyson McLayne


Highland Betrayal (The Sons of Gregor MacLeod, #3)The Sons of Gregor MacLeod #3, I'm glad we didn't have to wait long for Maggie and Callum's book, this can be read as a stand alone Callum was in the previous book and only mentioned Maggie was his betrothed and what kind of woman she was and that has no impact on this story but it sure was a nice tease for the story. Maggie and Callum have been betrothed since childhood but when they met again as teenagers Callum knew he would love Maggie forever. The untimely death of Callum's father kept him from going back to claim Maggie as his wife and with the unrest going on he figured she would be safer with her family then with him. Three years later he's no closer to finding his father killer and now he receives word that the betrothal between him and Maggie has been broken, but something seems wrong with the letter and they decide a detour to MacDonnell land is warranted.

Maggie MacDonnell can take care of herself, being the only girl and raised by her father and two older brothers she can shot an arrow and throw a knife better than any man. Her home is in turmoil, John is nowhere to be found and Ross is drinking himself to death after the deaths of his wife and child and now her cousin is trying to take over the lands and instal himself as laird. Maggie is no damsel in distress she can save herself after months of preparing and weeks spying on Irvin trying to find out his exact plans she finally makes her move and escapes if only she hadn't of run across that pack of wolves she would have made it to Edinburgh, lucky Callum and his men ran across her soon after. Things don't get any easier now that Maggie has Callum and his family to help they still have to escape MacDonnell land and when they do make it back to Callum home they still have to find the spy before anyone else dies.

Callum is relentless when it comes to Maggie, he's not going to give her up easily. Maggie has had so much loss in her life she's worried about letting Callum back in afraid he'll leave her and not come back again. Callum's love is steadfast throughout the book and Maggie it's not like she needs all that much convincing she's just scared she makes it harder than it needs to be. I love that Callum respects and loves her all the more for her strength, that's always been there he was always bragging about her talent throwing knives. They are great characters and a fantastic plot, very exciting at parts, with a heartfelt romance. Alyson McLayne has a great style and narrative description. Overall, this was a really good read.         


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ARC REVIEW Down With Love by Kate Meader



Down with Love (Laws of Attraction, #1)Laws of Attraction #1, The first in a brand new series by Kate Meader. At first I wasn't to thrilled about it being alternating first person POV but seeing as to how I love Kate Meader I gave it a pass and since it was also well done and well written. I love Meaders writing style and switching to first person changes nothing about adept she is at writing.

Max got burned by love and ever since he has been Mr. Cynical when it comes to love and happily ever afters so when his brother, James, tells him he's getting married to his girlfriend of three months Max's cynical mind goes into over time. It doesn't help that James wants a big wedding and that there's a wedding planner. Max has no problem with James' girlfriend but as a divorce attorney he knows people aren't the same as when they first got married.

Charlie Love loves helping people plan their perfect day so when her good friends, Gina and James, announce that they are getting married she of course is going to be their wedding planner. First thing, however, James and Gina warn her about James' cynial divorce attorney brother who will no doubt be all around unpleasant about the whole thing. Charlie thinks she's prepared for it until she meets him. Already off to a bad start with the bad date Charlie is in no mood for Max's bad pick up lines and cocky attitude. Max couldn't help but notice Charlie across the room, he could barely keep his eyes off of her he tries hitting on her but she's immune to his charm and then he finds out she's the wedding planner. First impressions aren't great but Max's sardonic attitude toward Charlie quicky turns to fascination the more time he spends with her. Charlie starts to see that Max isn't as derisive as he seems, after all can he really be that bad if his favorite movies are classic romances or that he normally takes in abandoned housewives for clients? 

Overall, I loved this book. And your damn right if I didn't watch An Affair to Remember right after reading this, I would have watched Rear Window too but I don't own it, even though it is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies. Charlie and Max at first glance seem like opposites attract but they have more in common than differences and the differences are only side effects of their baggage once they sort out all their baggage the differences don't seem to matter anymore. It's hard work, love, and you have to be willing to work it out and stick through it and Charlie and Max have to figure that out. I look forward to the other books in the series.