7/29/2014

Romance Review: Expose Me by Kate Hewitt

Expose Me (Fifth Avenue Trilogy #3)
Expose Me by Kate Hewitt
Series: Fifth Avenue #3
Rating: 4 stars
Published July 29th 2014 by Harlequin
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 272 pages
Source: NetGalley
The third and final step to revenge in the fifth avenue trilogy. Alex has the power…
TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.
With ruthless determination, Alex Diaz has risen up from his deprived roots to become the head of a global media empire. But he has one last thing to achieve…avenge his friend by destroying the man responsible for her death, Jason Treffen. With stunning talk-show host Chelsea Maxwell about to interview Treffen live on TV, this is Alex’s chance.
He’ll use her show to exact a very public revenge—and seducing Chelsea, if needed, would certainly be no hardship. But he underestimates Chelsea and the attraction between them, and as their relationship deepens, Alex realizes that to annihilate Treffen could also shatter the life that Chelsea has built to protect herself…
Final book in this series and we can finally see Jason Treffen going down in flames. I liked the romance, but missed more on the big explosion live from the television. Chelsea was really brave to accept and confront Jason about all his crimes. I liked Alex too, but his big ascension was a little off for me. From a simple and poor boy he now owns a huge news network and he's young too. Seams too much for a small time.

This is the big closure for this series and I liked the steps for distroying Jason, but he never tried to fight back and that was a little off for me too. He has all this power and resources, plus after the way his son told everything for the family. Feels strange to me. But I liked the romances and in this series. The couples are never simple and they have to overcome some fears and issues about the past.

Other books in this series

#0.5 - Take Me
#1 - Avenge Me
#2 - Scandalize Me
#3 - Expose Me

I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

7/27/2014

Paranormal Review: Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole

Pleasure of a Dark Prince  (Immortals After Dark #9)
Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #7
Rating: 4 stars
Published March 3rd 2011 by Simon & Schuster Ltd
Genres: Paranormal
Format: ebook
Length: 431 pages
Source: Bought
A Dangerous Beauty
Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her—and those she loves. 
An Uncontrolled Need
Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own. 
That lead to a pleasure so wicked...
From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia's greatest weakness—her wanton desire for him.
This series is good, but some books are not perfect and this one was an example of that. The time is connected to A Hunger Like No Other, so it took a long time for Garreth and Lucia story, especially when we all knew they were meant to be.

I hate this back and forth and to read a scene from a different angle feels like deja vu. I loved Garreth and the wolves are my favorites, but Lucia was a great girl too and the story was way to close for me. Come on, Brazil? Perfect and strange. Nix as always is the middle of everything and I liked the way she helped them find the treasure. Because this was a treasure hunt and for Garreth a mate was running away.

I like this series, but it's not my favorite at the moment. Hoping it gets better in the next book.

Other books in this series

#0.5 - The Warlord Wants Forever
#1 - A Hunger Like No Other
#2 - No Rest for The Wicked
#3 - Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
#4 - Dark Needs at Night's Edge
#5 - Dark Desires After Dusk
#6 - Kiss of a Demon King
#6.5 - Deep Kiss of Winter
#7 - Pleasure of a Dark Prince
#8 - Demon From the Dark
#9 - Dreams of a Dark Warrior
#10 - Lothaire
#11 - Macrieve
#12 - Dark Skie (Expected publication: August 5th 2014)


7/26/2014

July Cutting the Budget


I decided to make this year all about the TBR and visiting Delighted Reader and her idea to keep track of her book shopping made me super giddy to do the same, so after some begging she created this awesome meme.
 
I was exausted this month and my reading drooped. All I could do most of the time was to watch tv so Grey's Anatomy was my company most of the time. I already scheduled the reviews for August and now there's only four reviews for week, not that many, but I believe the blog will not suffer that much.

Rules

  • $40.00 for month.
  • $67 from Amazon settlement
  • $22.95/month for 2 Audible Credits
  • Montly report on what was spent
  • Use includes coupon, code, or subscription services
  • Budget includes ebooks, bound books, and audio books
  • Books received as gifts, won or bought with a gift card can be included but they cost you nothing since you didn’t actually spend your own money on them. So keep using them and keeping your budget healthy!

July Budget: 69.65

Books Purchased and dollars spent:

  1. Rebel on the Run by Jayne Rylon - 3.44
  2. Runaway Lone Star Bride by Cathy Gillen Thacker  - 3.99
  3. The Texan's Cowgirl Bride by Trish Milburn - 3.99
  4. Matched to a Prince by Kat Cantrell - 3.99
  5. Shamed in the Sands by Sharon Kendrick - 3.99
  6. Swinger Style by Jayne Rylon - 3.44
  7. Love is a Battlefield by Vivian Arend - 3.98
Total Spent: $26.82

Review Books from NetGalley:
  1. The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  2. Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne
  3. Not the Boss's Baby by Sarah M. Anderson
  4. Captured by the Sheikh by Kate Hewitt
  5. An Heiress to His Empire by Lucy Monroe
  6. The Texan's Twins by Pamela Britton
  7. Crown Prince, Pregnant Bride by Kate Hardy

Budget for August:43.83


7/22/2014

Paranormal Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin, #11)
Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #11
Rating: 
Published July 22nd 2014 by Pocket Books
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Length: 400 pages
Source: NetGalley
In book eleven of her New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series, author Jennifer Estep continues “one of the best urban fantasy series going on the market” (Fresh Fiction).
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.
There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…
This series is my guilty pleasure. Gin always makes me hungry with her excellent food and her life is right now is quiet. I follow this series for awhile now and there's never a quiet moment, so when things became normal I was so ready for the explosion.

I didn't enjoyed the way Bria treated Gin and blamed her for pretty much everything that ever goes wrong. She's a big and know that the world is not simple and cute full of butterflies. Ashland is made of evil people bossing around. She wanted to make things right without thinking about consequences, so me she deserved to suffer a little more and understand that life is not some make believe of right and wrong.

Gin was brilliant as always and made sure to put an end on everything. She was hurt and drugged, but she saved her sister life. She made a new enemy and even got some new friends along the way. In the end we can see that everything was planned and Gin had to follow just to stay alive. But I liked the new path this series is planning for the future book.

Other books in this series

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 – 
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#5 – Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 – Thread of Death
#6 – By a Thread
#7 – Widow’s Web
#8 – Deadly Sting
#8.2 - Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks
#8.5 - Kiss of Venom
#9 – Heart of Venom

#10 – The Spider
#11 - Poison Promise
#12 - Black Widow

I received this book from NetGalley and Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


7/14/2014

Mystery Review: Indulgence in Death by JD Robb

Indulgence in Death (In Death, #31)
Indulgence in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death #31
Rating: 4 stars
Published November 2nd 2010 by Brilliance Audio
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
Source: bought
When a murder disrupts the Irish vacation she is taking with her husband, Roarke, Eve realizes that no place is safe - not an Irish wood or the streets of the manic city she calls home. But nothing prepares her for what she discovers upon her return to the cop shop in New York City.... 
A driver for a top-of-the-line limousine service is found dead - shot through the neck with a crossbow. The car was booked by an executive at a venerable security company whose identity had been stolen. Days later, a stunning, high-priced escort is found killed at Coney Island, a bayonet stuck in her heart. And again, the trail leads to a CEO whose information has been hijacked. 
With a method established, but no motive to be found, Eve begins to fear that she has come across that most dangerous of criminals, a thrill killer, but one with a taste for the finer things in life - and death. Eve does not know where or when the next kill will be, or that her investigation will take her to the rarefied circle that Roarke travels in - and into the perverted heart of madness....

I loved the Irish vacation. Roarke is different around his family and Eve complaining about the cows is priceless. But the best part for me was the murder case and how Eve managed to not to meddle in the investigation.

When they came back things were a little complicated with her case and she had to find the perfect serial killer. Eve never backs down from the drama or the complications, but things got a little strange when she became the target. Roarke was a tiny bit upset because once again Eve never stooped to think about the consequences. I love to see when they make mistakes, because both are impossible and never think twice, but they bend sometimes, for the person they love. Their love for me is perfect.

Other books in this series

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death
#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death
#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death
#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death
#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death 

#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death
#37.5 – Taken in Death
#38 – Concealed in Death
#39 - Festive in Death (Expected publication: September 1st 2014)

7/12/2014

Erotica Review: Sanctuary in Submission by Lara Valentine

Sanctuary in Submission (Sanctuary, Montana #1)
Sanctuary in Submission by Lara Valentine
Series: Sanctuary, Montana #1
Rating: 4 stars
Published October 2013 by Siren Publishing
Genres: Erotica, Menage
Format: ebook
Length: 135 pages
Source: Bought

Six women lucky women will find out that when men fight hard, they love even harder.

Aubrey Maxwell has had it with her men, Noah and Riley McLean. They’ve made promise after promise and broken every one. She has no choice but to lay down the law and hope they toe the line.

Noah and Riley know they’ve screwed up, but they love Aubrey with all their hearts. It’s time to cowboy up and act like men. Old habits die hard, however, and soon they're back in the dog house begging for forgiveness.

When Aubrey’s threatened by an admirer, keeping her safe becomes paramount. She’s not thrilled they've swept in and taken over her life, but they’re not taking no for an answer. Aubrey wants to believe her men will be there when she needs them, but she’s been burned so many times. It’s going to take a miracle to get her to trust them again.
New series, but there's something really fun for me in these small town romances with a menage finding their way together and discovering the joy and freaking awesome sex. But I liked that Aubrey knew what she wanted and found a way to make it happen, because she was tired of waiting. 

She had the perfect boyfriends and they couldn't grow up always thinking about theirs friends and never putting Aubrey first. So when she finally made the ultimatum, Noah and Riley managed to discover they could lose the most important thing in their lives.

This was a nice start to this series and I'm intrigued to start the next book.


7/11/2014

Mystery Review: Fantasy in Death by JD Robb

Fantasy in Death (In Death, #30)
Fantasy in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death #30
Rating: 4 stars
Published February 23rd 2010 by Brilliance Corporation
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
Source: Bought
Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical. 
The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game. 
Lt. Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim’s girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear shocked as well. No one seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one. 
Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death.

This investigation was a little strange because Eve had to fight against a machine and she doesn't really believe they can exist, but I loved the case. It was different and super creepy to watch the guy die in the middle of a game. Of course the guy was a friend of Roarke and he managed to get involved in the investigation, but the book was more about the crime than anything else. 

It's okay to me because we have some very dark and personal books, so a little normality is cool, but I liked the book is coming out and Nadine is getting a little paranoid. Loved!

Other books in this series

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death
#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death
#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death
#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death
#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death 

#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death
#37.5 – Taken in Death
#38 – Concealed in Death
#39 - Festive in Death (Expected publication: September 1st 2014)

7/10/2014

Romance Review: Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews

Scandalize Me (Fifth Avenue Trilogy, #2)
Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews
Series: Fifth Avenue #2
Rating: 4 stars
Published June 24th 2014 by Harlequin
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 272 pages
Source: NetGalley

TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.


Hunter Talbot Grant III, sports figure du jour, wealthy beyond measure and disreputable by choice, has cultivated a reputation that masks the shadows of his past. When the opportunity to ensure financial destruction for Jason Treffen arises, he can't refuse. But first he must shake off the woman sent to tame him!


Zoe Brook, PR agent extraordinaire, never fails to transform a tarnished star. And Hunter's no different. Except there's a catch. Beneath their scorching mutual attraction, Zoe has a secret, she's also been on the wrong side of Jason Treffen, and she has as much of a taste for revenge as Hunter does!
This series is really different from something expected of Harlequin Presents, but I loved the suspense and revenge setting. The romances are more powerful with no virgin girls and playboy. No babies, but a big secret and this is the second book, so you should read book one first to understand the big plot and follow the plans.

This couple was actually really good and better than the previous. Hunter was a nice guy that blamed himself until today over something that happened ages ago and was not his fault, but Zoe thought he knew and they became involved. 

I really liked Zoe, she's super bad ass and fights for her dreams even when we can see that everything is getting in the way of her happiness. Loved Zoe!

I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

7/09/2014

Romance Review: Matched to a Billionaire by Kat Cantrell

Matched to a Billionaire (Happily Ever After, Inc #1)
Matched to a Billionaire by Kat Cantrell
Series: Happily Ever After, Inc. #1
Rating: 4 stars
Published July 1st 2014 by Harlequin
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 192 pages
Source: NetGalley

Wanted: one convenient wife


Venture capitalist Leo Reynolds is married to his work, but now he needs a wife. Someone to run his home, host his parties...and accept a marriage that's strictly business. His one rule: love will play no part in their union. At least that's the lie he tells himself, until he meets his match.



Enter Daniella White--handpicked by the matchmaker as the perfect wife. Marriage to Leo means security, and she's willing to give up passion for friendship. But the moment they meet, sparks fly. And now temptation--and Leo's own heart--have the billionaire ready to change all the rules.

This story was actually pretty good, but Daniella for me needed to grow a little before this big change in her life. She decided to start a new life with a pile of lies and things became difficult really fast. I liked Leo and even understood his reasons for this wedding. After everything those girls tried to rip of him, is really easy to just buy a wife. 

The plot was different and I liked the way we have some explanations for the next book in this series. I do believe Daniella managed to find the perfect solution in the end about what to do with her life and her time, but she could have found a way before the wedding. 

I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

7/07/2014

Erotica Review: Breaking Storm by Opal Carew

Breaking Storm (His to Claim, #5)
Breaking Storm by Opal Carew
Series: His to Claim #5
Rating: 3 stars
Published June 24th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Erotica
Format: eARC
Length: 42 pages
Source: NetGalley

From New York Times bestselling author Opal Carew comes the fifth installment in a red hot erotic mini-series that will rock your world.Rafe Ranier was my boss and secret crush. A rock musician by night and head of a billion dollar empire by day, Rafe could have any woman he wanted. But I was just the shy secretary he never noticed. For years I obsessed over him, until I finally realized I had to walk away. I needed to break from the secure life I’d always known to discover who I really was.I never expected Rafe to follow me.Now I’m on the road with his band, Savage Kiss, and all my secret fantasies are coming true. But I fear I’ve made a huge mistake, because if I get any more attached to a man I can never truly have, my heart will be broken beyond all repair. Don't miss the other epic installments of HIS TO CLAIM: No Strings (Part 1), Savage Kiss (Part 2), Rock Hard (Part 3), Wild Ones (Part 4), and Perfect Rhythm (Part 6).
We finaly have some new things happening and now Storm is setting the pace for his life. I liked the new Storm and how he's going after the music and Melanie. But the way Storm treated Melanie's fantasy was fantastic.

I still don't see these two together, they are not a perfect couple and Storm needs to learn how to really listen. So not my favorite book so far.

Other books in this series


#4 - Wild Ones
#5 - Breaking Storm

I received this book from NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.