Friday, 24 June 2016

Death Defying by Nina Croft

Title: Death Defying
Series: Dark Desires (#3)
Author: Nina Croft
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
Release Date: 25th November 2014
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Reading Assignment, Summer COYER2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador is part snake, part human, and--according to some--all bitch. She is one job away from her lifelong goal--to achieve the immortality she craves. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe. After five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. Until he realizes he's physically changing--into what, he isn't sure. Callum is determined to discover the truth, but his own people will stop at nothing to prevent it from coming out. With a coup brewing and the crew of El Cazador close to tossing him off the ship, Callum turns to Tannis. Sparks fly as they work together to make it out alive. But can Callum really trust the one woman hell bent on using him? Defying death has never been more dangerous, more sexy, or more fun.

I had completely forgotten how much I loved this series! The characters, the setting and the excitement. I do feel bad for leaving it so long between reading book 2 and book 3, but it was really easy to slip back into the crew's story and to remember key events from the past books. While the romance itself is standalone, the build up to the events of Death Defying came from the previous two books in the series and I do think they need to be read in order. 

I loved the relationship between Tannis and Callum. They admitted they were attracted to each other really early on, but it took time for the two of them to actually act on it properly. There were events from Tannis' past in the way, and that made it more real between them. 

There was more information given about the Merridian treatment and the Collective, which were introduced in the first book, and I thought that the things revealed about the treatment made it highly unique and gave the book a different dimension. 

There was plenty of action in Death Defying, as there was in the previous books, and that not only kept the plot moving, it helped develop the characters too. What I liked most was that Tannis, and the other female characters, were just as involved as the male characters and it made them equal in a lot of ways. 

Death Defying provided several twists and turns along the way, some of which I saw coming and some of which I didn't. There were even some that I really hoped was wrong but apparently isn'y. It definitely made for an interesting read!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mr Romantic by JA Huss

Title: Mr Romantic
Series: Mister (#2)
Author: JA Huss
From: Review Copy
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Release Date: 22nd June 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Charm is the key to the world. Charisma, magnetism, sex appeal—that ‘it’ factor that can’t be described. Nolan Delany has it is spades. The infamous Mr. Romantic. And maybe he is out of my league… But I’m going to give it the old college try anyway. Because I didn’t travel two thousand miles for a job interview at his request just to be put out like trash. Don’t underestimate me, Mr. Delaney. I’m really not as innocent as I look.

I finished this book days ago and I'm still not sure I've fully processed it's awesomeness. I knew I was going to enjoy it, because this is JA Huss, and her books have a great blend of characters, suspense and twistedness that works perfectly...not to mention the heat and chemistry between the lead characters. 

Now...Nolan. I actually loved Nolan as a character. True he's a bit of an a*** in the beginning, but actually I thought it was fairly easy to see past that and into his true self. In a weird, but undeniable, way he kind of lived up to his monkier...even if he was a little bit creepy about splitting his personality between Nolan and Mr. Romantic! 

There was amazing chemistry between Ivy and Nolan, the two of them worked really well together, and while some of their bedroom tastes strayed into kinky territory, it never felt that they weren't gelling. Of course during the later scenes there were a few moments of doubt over something between them, but that just showed how good Huss was at weaving the story. 

While Mr Romantic is a standalone story, there was more added details to what happened at Brown with the Misters, and what's going on with them now. There was also a bit more information given about some of the Misters themselves, including some great news for existing fans of JA Huss! 

This was such a good read, and so different from Mr Perfect, but I do think it's now one of my favourite Huss books!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Mick by Melissa Foster

Title: Mick
Series: Bad Boys After Dark (#1)
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 22nd June 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Indulge your inner vixen...Meet the Bad Boys... Four sinfully sexy, fiercely loyal, uber alpha brothers about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies. If dirty talk, cursing, or raw, passionate sex turns you off, the After Dark books are not for you, because everything's naughtier after dark. In BAD BOYS AFTER DARK: MICK...Amanda Jenner is done being a boring-man magnet and has finally taken control of her love life. As any smart paralegal would, she's researched the hell out of how to seduce a man. She's waxed, primped, and ready to put her newfound skills into action--and a masquerade bar crawl is the perfect venue for her solo coming-out party. Entertainment attorney Mick Bad lives by two hard and fast rules. He never mixes business with pleasure, and he doesn't do relationships, which makes the anonymity of a masquerade bar crawl the perfect place for a onetime hookup. Amanda thinks she's hit the jackpot when she bags a tall, dark, and sinfully delicious masked man--until she discovers the man she's made out with is her off-limits boss. Mick's already crossed a line he can never uncross, and one taste of sweet and sexy Amanda has only whet his appetite. When Mick offers to give Amanda a lesson in seduction--no strings, no regrets, and for goodness' sake, come Monday, no quitting--the tables turn, and Mick's totally unprepared for the lessons this sweet temptress provides. 

What I like about Melissa Foster's books is that you know what you're going to get! There'll be a strong romance, and the characters will care about their family. Foster writes great and believable relationships between family members and it gives each of the characters a little something else. What you get with the After Dark books is an added level of heat!

The chemistry between Mick and Amanda was through the roof. They didn't do anything that I would consider risqué sex scene wise, but they were definitely hot together. There wasn't a moment, even when you could read their thoughts, where the passion stopped and it really worked. 

What worked even better was how much more there was to their relationship than just the physical. There was a good back and forth between them, and because Mick and Amanda had already known each other for three years, there was also that knowledge of each other. In other cases it may be creepy but because they worked closely together it came across as sweet. 

I loved Amanda's relationship with her sister Ally too (who has her own book Wild Boys After Dark: Heath). I remember liking the pair of them in that book too, but this one cemented the sisters in my head even more. 

Basically another one of Foster's books to love! Not that I'm in any way surprised about that!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Certificate by Priscilla Masters

Title: The Certificate
Author: Priscilla Matthews
From: Netgalley
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 6th June 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘Plain Jane’ Ziegler has been a district nurse all her life... All her life, she has been overlooked by difficult patients, disinterested colleagues and even her own family. So when she discovers a way to commit the perfect crime, Jane seizes the opportunity and begins deliberating who of her many patients is most deserving of her murderous attention. And when elderly James Walsh tries one to many times to proposition her, Jane seizes her chance. Although Walsh’s mother seems unconvinced by Jane’s explanation of his death, no one else, least of all Jane’s fellow doctors, seems the least bit surprised. As the days past, she can’t help thinking that she may indeed have escaped suspicion. Driven by this knowledge and with a new-found taste for murder, she soon turns her mind to her next victim. However, when a formal complaint is made against her by bad-tempered Clara Blatter, it seems that she may have picked the wrong woman. Soon, Jane finds herself under investigation and when she carries out her second murder, the net begins to close in tighter.When her normally unassuming boss starts to become suspicious, Jane resorts to drastic measures to avoid detection, as her perfect crime quickly turns into a nightmare that could cost her everything. The Certificate is a heart racing medical thriller that will leave you begging for more. 

That seems to be a very long synopsis for a book that wasn't actually that long (which I knew before reading. It was actually one of the reasons I picked it up. I fancied something a bit crime-like and have a little bit of a back log to get through, so something like this was perfect. 

The Certificate defintiely kept me reading. There was something about it that definitely hooked the reader, which I think could have been that the narrator kept a lot of things in the dark. The suspense did grow through the book, but I kind of thought that the ending let it down a little bit. 

Jane was a very difficult character to like (which I'm supposing is very much the point). She was very critical of herself (so as a reader you would probably imagine that she isn't quite as bad as she seems to think she is) but she also does some not very nice things. On the other hand she is very real. Her responses to the people around her, and the thoughts in her head, all resonated as true. 

This was an interesting quick read, not quite what I expected though!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Pawn by Aimee Carter

Title: Pawn
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion (#1)
Author: Aimee Carter
From: Netgalley
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 26th November 2013
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Synopsis (from Goodreads): YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. 
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

I picked up Pawn at a point where I didn't actually know what I wanted to read, but I'm glad I chose this one. I was completely hooked from the first page to the last. The world that Carter created was riveting and the characters worked well for me. 

I liked Kitty. Even at the beginning of the book she was a bit of a go getter. She wasn't happy with the system and felt she'd been cheated but more than that she was willing to do something from the very beginning about changing her life. There was none of the accidentally changing the world thing, she knew what she was doing and went with it. 

I'm still a little unsure on the guy front...I'm not even sure there is a love triangle as such, though there were certainly some games going on! On the one hand there was Benjy, Kitty's childhood friend and boyfriend, who was steady and kind but seemed a little bit naive. On the other hand there was Knox, who seemed a little bit more mysterious. As a character I preferred Knox to Benjy, but for Kitty I'm not so sure. 

I really liked this book, It was a great read and I look forward to reading more in the series soon!

Blitz: Mr Romantic by JA Huss


Mr. Romantic
J.A. Huss
(Mister #2)
Publication date: June 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Charm is the key to the world.
Charisma, magnetism, sex appeal—that ‘it’ factor that can’t be described.
Nolan Delaney has it is spades.
The infamous Mr. Romantic.
And maybe he is out of my league… But I’m going to give it the old college try anyway. Because I didn’t travel two thousand miles for a job interview at his request just to be put out like trash.
Don’t underestimate me, Mr. Delaney.
I’m really not as innocent as I look.
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MR. ROMANTIC SNEAK PEEK:
“What do you think so far? Do I live up to the hype?”
“Not really.”
“No?” He chuckles as we walk past the pool. “Why not?”
The whole thing becomes surreal for me in that moment. The emptiness of the resort. The heat and the sun. I am two thousand miles from home and I’m clutching Mr. Romantic’s elbow like we are lovers taking an evening stroll.
“You’re a little bit quiet so far.”
“Is that right?”
“Your sister is the bigger personality. I’m surprised she wasn’t accused of something inappropriate in college. I think she has it in her.”
Nolan laughs. “That’s kind of true. She’s a handful to most, but she’s been good to me. She’s very protective.”
“She called you dangerous.”
“What?” He stops walking and looks down at me. “When?”
“Today. She told me to stay away from you. Didn’t you know that?”
“What exactly did she tell you?” His mood has changed. Not a lot, but there’s an edge to his words.
“She said something like…” I struggle to remember her exact words, but can’t. I shouldn’t have said anything. He’ll probably confront her and use me as an example.
“Like?” Nolan pushes.
“You’re not romantic. Something like that. They called you Mr. Romantic when all that stuff happened because it was a joke.”
“And the dangerous part?” His words are low and when I look up at him, the easygoing expression has changed into something else.
“I don’t know why she said it. She was telling me to stay away from you all day. And I was angry that she was so dismissive of me. She said I was here by mistake. So I told her I was going to do my best to get the job anyway. And while I agree those men you hired are far more qualified, it was not fair of her to dismiss me so quickly. I’m not as innocent and inexperienced as I look, Mr. Delaney. I have ideas and I’m smart. Hiring everyone in the applicant pool but me was about the most humiliating thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Nolan continues our walk, silent for a few seconds. “You’re lucky.”
“I am?” I ask, a small laugh escaping. “How so?”
“You’re lucky that you’ve never been humiliated the way I have.”
Oh, shit. Way to go, Ivy.
“Do you think I’m dangerous?” Nolan asks, staring down at me in that way he does.
It makes me uneasy. “Maybe.”
“You’re willing to take that chance?”
“Maybe.”
“Well, good,” Nolan says. “Let’s have a nice dinner and I’ll tell you why I sent Claudette away and kept you here against her wishes.”
He did what?
My heart starts to beat faster. Why would he do that? Maybe Claudette was right to warn me? There’s hardly anyone here at the resort. Especially now that all the construction people have left for the day. The main pool is empty when we pass, and even the desk clerks are missing when we enter the lobby.
The dining room has two couples eating dinner and Nolan greets them by name as he leads me to the rear part of the restaurant. Back into a dimly lit room with a single table, white linen tablecloth flowing over the sides. Candle glowing in the center. Set for two.
“This is… unexpected.” My mind is filled with possibilities. And even though I came here with the intention of getting his full attention, possibly losing my virginity to him—and even though I’ve talked myself into feeling ready to take on a man like him, both professionally and personally—I am not excited. I am suddenly scared.
There’s not enough people. There’s not enough noise. There’s not enough of anything to make me forget just who I’m having dinner with.
Mr. Romantic. A man accused of raping a woman ten years ago. A man who was not prosecuted for that crime because the woman died before she could testify. A man who might be guilty.
Nolan pulls out a chair and waits for me to sit, sliding it in perfectly the way a gentleman does, before taking his seat across from me. “I like the unexpected, Miss Rockwell. Get used to it.”
I am in way over my head.
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Author Bio:
JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.
You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her blog, New Adult Addiction (www.jahuss.com).
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Friday, 17 June 2016

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Maxon by Christina Bauer

Title: Maxon
Series: Angelbound Offspring (#1)
Author: Christina Bauer
From: Amazon
Release Date: 12th May 2015
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain slight spoilers for the Angelbound Origins series*

Thrax High Prince Maxon is known for his women and for fighting demons, but recently he seems to have lost his lust for battle. Elemental apprentice Lianna has spent her life on the run since she escaped from the demon that kept her prisoner. As soon as the two of them meet something springs up between them. But Zephyr, the Monarkki of Air, is hunting down the other Monarkkis for their power, leaving Maxon and Lianna to face him or lose everything they care about.

Maxon is technically a standalone book, and it happens 19 years after the end of the Angelbound Origins series and focuses on the main characters' (Myla and Lincoln) son, Maxon. However I do think it was better having read the Origins series first, not only because it puts Maxon's demons (aka Armageddon) into context, but it also gives more background for the world in which Maxon and Lianna lived.

As a narrator Maxon did have some traits of Myla, which I definitely liked as it showed the relationship between them. Even before Myla actually turned up in the plot there was little doubt in my mind that the two of them were mother and son. However he did also have his own voice, and as with the other books I did find myself laughing at times.

Lianna was also a narrator and I liked her a lot. She was a strong female character. but she wasn't one of those that insisted on working alone, and she would work with others. She had fighting spirit and it helped a lot with her relationship with Maxon.

The elemental and Monarkki lore was new to the Angelbound universe and I liked the exploration of a new magic system. It was interesting and like nothing else I've ever read about (which is how I like my magic systems!) Maxon also took a step away from Purgatory, and as such gave more information about some of the other Thrax houses.

The relationship between Lianna and Maxon really worked for me. There was plenty of chemistry between the two of them but there was more than that too. There was admiration and respect for what each other could do and at no point did they doubt each other. For me it was truly a partnership.

Maxon did seem to me a little bit more mature than the previous books. Both Lianna and Maxon knew what they wanted and thought about it, and there was some bad language. I certainly didn't mind it as I thought that it showed a maturation of the story.

This was a great read, not that I was expecting any different though!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Wolf's Surrender by Mandy M Roth

Title: Wolf's Surrender
Series: PSI Ops/Shadow Agents (#1)
Author: Mandy M Roth
From: Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 16th June 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain some spoilers for Act of Command, book 4 of PSI Ops, a linked series*

Brad has been in captivity for almost a year being tested on and forced to try and breed with the women also held in captivity, his will power being the only thing stopping it. When part succubus Alice arrives in his facilitty he is driven to protect her despite just having met. When everything kicks off at their facility their only choice is to run and hope no one will follow.

You can read Wolf's Surrender as a standalone, especially as it is the first book in a series, however there is definitely something to be said of reading other books in the Immortal Ops world before (there's also PSI Ops & Immortal Outcasts series). One of the books in the PSI Ops series, Act of Command, has events that run almost parallel to Wolf's Surrender, and I liked the over lapping characters, especially Ezra. I also loved Brad in Act of Command so was happy he got his own story.

It was interesting exploring how Alice's succubus side worked, there was more to it than the standard need sex thing, she was more in control of it than that. She didn't focus on just jumping people's bones, instead she stood up for herself and her principles. I liked having a strong female character in the lead.

There was great chemistry between Brad and Alice, and I liked that he attempted to be a gentleman about it, even when he didn't actually have to be! Even though their relationship was quick (true mate style!) there was a depth to it, as well as sweet moments and a lot of heat.

I loved being back in the Immortal Ops world! It's great returning to characters and a mythology that were familiar!


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Harder He Falls by Lynda Aicher

Title: The Harder He Falls
Series: Kick (#1)
Author: Lynda Aicher
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance, LGBT
Release Date: 7th June 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

After a rafting accident that left one person dead and Grady's cousin, Finn, in a coma, Grady has been consumed by guilt. When he visits Finn in hospital he meets Micah, someone who wants to give back to coma patients after being one himself. The instant attraction between them leaves little doubt that they're meant for each other, but both of them have baggage that they need to move past before they can truly move on.

I haven't read many gay romance books, mainly because I'm straight and female so the male/female romance is more relateable for me, as opposed to anything else. However I've read several of Aicher's books before (including one m/m one) and so I knew that I'd enjoy it and be in safe hands.

Compared to the other books of Aicher's that I've read, The Harder He Falls, is BDSM light. One of the major themes is how Grady sees himself and his potential role as a submissive. It's a little flirting with the line really. There are some moments where the two of them dabble but they are just a normal couple for the majority of the book, and they had great chemistry.

Both Grady and Micah had issues that they had to deal with, Grady's past had left him drifting and a little bit trust wary, whereas Micah had medical issues to deal with. The two of them worked well together in a way that negated their weaknesses and it really moved their relationship on.

This was a good read, The romance was basically the same as a m/f one for me, just with the sex cenes being a bit different, but Aicher creates great characters, and it's them that really get into the reader's head!