Review: Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

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Kiss Me
Author: Susan Mallery
Rating: 4 *
Release Date: June 30th 2015
Publisher: HQN Books
Series: Fool's Gold #17
ISBN: #0373780125
Genre: Romance
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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my thoughts:
Phoebe was just too good and accepted everything from people, I think she needed to grow up and learn a little more about life and how to deal with the world. But I expected a change in her after some time in the story and that didn't happen, so this part to me a big problem. Zane was another caracther with problems, because of his father we can see that he has issues about people in general and needs to learn how to deal with people. 

I think Zane made a huge change and was great to see the way it improved his family life and the romance with Phoebe. The cattle drive was a different from the rest of this series, made the cowboy way really fun and scary. Their story was cute and I really liked, it was a good book and fit the series perfectly. 
summary:
After Phoebe Kitzke's kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool's Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn't exactly thrilled by the city girl's arrival. 

Thanks to his brother's latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn't fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss, but she's exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid. 

In his arms, Phoebe discovers she's a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can't stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?

Review: Hold Me by Susan Mallery

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Hold Me
Author: Susan Mallery
Rating: 4 *
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: HQN Books
Series: Fool's Gold #16
ISBN: #0373779976
Genre: Romance
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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my thoughts: 
This is one of my favorite romance series and I'm always really excited for the next book to hit NetGalley. Kipling was introduced in last year trilogy and I was wondering about his romance lady ever since. Destiny was okay but the book missed something to me. Guess I wanted more from them and when I finished things got a little dissapointing. 

There was nothing wrong, but felt like the same book I've thousand of times before in this series. Sometimes I wish the caracthers had more personalities or a little bit more drama in their lifes, so the story can evolve better, Destiny was a cool girl and I liked the way she hadled the fame, but wish she could be more sure of herself and trust in her songs. She's a great singer and songwriter but her parents were also musicians and she didn't wanted the same life they had, because she suffered a lot. Kipling story we knew more or less from previous moments. He's more of alove them leave them, but Destiny made his feelings a little different and very difficult for him to stay away. The had a few fun moments and the romance was fine, but this was not the best book in this series. 

summary:

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. 

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

Sunday Post #36

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Borrowed from Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

RECAP

So I've been MIA for the last two months. Mostly is because I was extra tired and reading became just too much. The stories and some of my favorite series were just not that good and I think it was me and not the books, so we parted ways for a few weeks and I discovered a new hobby to pass time and keep me sane between the day life. 

It was interesting not to chase the blogosphere everyday and visiting goodreads was just for fun. But now I'm back and have several books to review, mostly some old ARCs so trust me it will take some time to get things going as usual, but I'm hoping for normal life in blogging.

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Romance Review: Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Copper Ridge #1
Publisher: April 1st 2015 by HQN Books
Genres: Romance
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon


Small town romances are my favorites, because we usually get to follow the couple even after their story is over in one book. I started this series with the novella and it wasn't my favorite, but this book was way better. I liked the plot with the cowboys are even the more normal day-to-day life.

So in this book we have Sadie returning to hr childhood town of Copper Ridge. I have to say that for me it was a little difficult to understand why she had to return when her problems are connected to her parents and not the town. But moving on we have the part time cowboy from the title named Eli that also work as the twon deputy, he's in campain for sheriff and was responsible for arresting Sadie in the past.

So they didn't have the best of relationships, but I liked the way Sadie changed and tried to start her life again in Copper Ridge by starting a b&b. I think Eli could use with her meddling, but the town needed more changing than anything. So I liked the couple, just think the ending was a little rushed and they needed more time before all the forgiveness could come to close.

ARC provided by Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

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Paranormal Review: The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

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Series: Call of Crows #1
Publisher: March 31st 2015 by Kensington Publishing
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon

When I read the first review of this book the story really hooked me. I liked the Nordic mithology angle, but the fun part of this was how the author managed to make the Gods and their soldiers more human and normal. It was really fun watching how Kera was derailed from her normal life after the goddess Skuld was called to save her.

I really liked Vig and the way he managed to help Kera from the start, they had a different life so far and he was raised to be a raven and can help her navegate this new life, because she's a Marine, but has some problems with the way some of the crows love death and killing people. Kera was organized and she had a hard time understand the way things are for crows, but nobody really tried to help her, except for Vig.

I was a little confused with the names and people, because the author was introducing way too much people, too soon, but after I got to know them, the story started flowing better. Between loved Brodie, the dog!!!

ARC provided by Kensington in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

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Series: Billionaire Boys Club #2
Publisher: July 16th 2013 by Berkley Intermix
Genres: Romance
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon

I liked Hunter, he was a nice guy in the previous book and it was fun watching him falling in love with the crazy Gretchen, but I was anxious for his story. He was kinda like a stalker, but in a nice way. Gretchen was this great girl, but we only got to really know her was in this book and she had a very difficult life, plus she wrotes some crazy alien erotic novels like a ghost writer and it's kinda funny watching her struggle with it.

But I liked this couple and even after all the drama about Hunter and his scars, Gretchen managed to show him all the nice things he could do by just trusting her. I liked that he was so trusting with her and decided to change a lot, plus his friends helped too.

It was a cute book, but I liked the way Hunter changed for the best and not only because Gretchen wanted. The flowers were such a nice touch.

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Romance Review: This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

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Series: Whiskey Creek #8
Publisher: March 31st 2015 by Mira
Genres: Romance
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon

I've been following this series from the very first story and it's usually a great book to get into and suffer along with the couple. So it was just an okay book for me, didn't even cry and that always happen with this series. I think my biggest problem with the couple was to me how weak Phoenix tried to be. She never fights for want she wants and spend 17 years in jail for something she was not responsible and never tried to really show the truth.

I liked Riley but didn't liked the way he just settled for everything and it took him way too long to fight for what he really wanted. He knew Phoenix before the accident and could explain better to everyone about her life, but he never tried and that for me was bad enough.

So I didn't loved the couple for different reasons and their romance felt weak to me because Phoenix was okay with everything just to be with her son and that it's not okay to me. I wanted Riley with someone else and I don't much care for Phoenix. So not a great story to me.

ARC provided by Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday Post #35

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It was a fun week and the holiday helped finish a couple of ARCs, but I'm loving the mild weather here it's great for listening to audiobooks and getting more exercises. I'm still into the romance mood and will try to read the new BDB this week, can't wait for more vampires. Last week I didn't buy anything but a couple of books I had preordered were just released and I'm dying to read them. :)

Previously on Book Travels:

Urban Fantasy Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Challenges Update | March 2015
Romance Review: The One You Want by Gena Showalter

Coming This Week:

This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak (ARC review)
Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare (review)
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston (ARC review)
Mug Meals by (ARC review)
Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates (ARC review)
The Nine-Month Marriage by Christine Rimmer
Force of Attraction by DD Ayres (ARC review)

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Borrowed from Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Romance Review: The One You Want by Gena Showalter

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Series: The Original Heartbreakers #0.5
Publisher: March 1st 2015 by Harlequin
Genres: Romance
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon


I've heard great things about Gena but I think this is the first book of hers I got to read it. It was a great novella and set the tone for the series to come. I think this series has some potential and it was nice to enjoy getting to know about this town. Strawberry Valley sounds like a great town for romance and gossip.

Kenna was a great girl and she was trying to make the town overcome the dislike for her and her mother. They got into their minds that Kenna was just like her mother but we got to see her with friends and her daughter and it's clear she's a great girl and very hardworking. I think it was fun to watch her falling in love with the billionaire Dane. He's not a bad guy, but his family is a little messed up and he was confused about his feelings. But I liked Dane too, they made a cute couple and it was nice knowing they were more than friends when teenagers so the romance was more believable now since the book is short.

Paranormal Review: Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh

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Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #7
Published  October 28th 2014 by Berkley Sensation
Format: ebook
Length: 366 pages
Source: Bought
In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.
This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…
Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

Owww it's finally Janvier and Ashwini book. I absolutely loved seeing these two discover their place in this world. We've seen them working together before but this time it felt more personal especially with Janvier now living in New York and trying really hard to connect with Ash outside their hunter routine. 

after the huge battle on the last book, we have some moments of calmer, but there are some strange things happening and Janvier is working for Raphael to make things work among the vampires and humans. I liked the way some of the vampires are acting more human. Janvier showed some real power too and I wanted him to join Raphael seven, but there's still plenty of places for him to settle down in New York.

This book was a little on the soft side and we had some time to check Elena, Honor and even the legion, but not much happened this time.

Other books in this series

#4 - Archangel's Blade
#5 - Archangel's Storm
#6 - Archangel's Legion
#7 - Archangel's Shadows