Thursday, April 24, 2014

Romance Review: When We Met by Susan Mallery

When We Met (Fool's Gold, #13)
When We Met (Immortals After Dark #0.5) by Susan Mallery
Ebook: 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
Published April 29th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
Rating: 4 stars

Contact the Author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery invites you back to Fool's Gold, where a newcomer to town might finally meet the man she never knew she needed… 

Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can't be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool's Gold, California, he's cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he's not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe. 

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe to toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses. 

Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.

Thoughts:

Okay this book was not all that I expected. I think Angel could be a little more romantic sometimes, but he decided to play a game with Taryn and win her over the brains. The guy couldn't even bother to call her, so for me that was a very bad move. Taryn liked him, because he was alpha male and a different type from all the other she could boss around. So a nice surprise.

Taryn liked him, for different reasons but we can see that she's just like every other woman and wants to hear pretty words from her man. So those three she works with decided to play save and be on her side during her break up. 

I liked seeing all those other faces and getting to know better those other guys that are definitely getting their happy ending pretty soon. Not so sure about the main couple, but they kinda fit together. Not sure this book was great like the rest of the series, but more like a regular romance. I expect more from Susan Mallery.

Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect
#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours
#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days
#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street
#13 - When We Met
#14 - Before We Kiss (Expected publication: May 27th 2014)
#15 - Until We Touch (Expected publication: June 24th 2014)
#15.5 - Yours for Christmas (Expected publication: September 30th 2014)

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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Romance Review: A May Bride by Meg Moseley

A May Bride (A Year of Weddings, #6)
A May Bride (A Year of Weddings #6) by Meg Moseley
Ebook: 124 pages
Source: NetGalley
Published April 22nd 2014 by Zondervan
Rating: 4 stars

Contact the Author: Goodreads | Website

Summary:

She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things.
Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, often de-stresses from city life by tending the flower beds of a church near her apartment. She has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, a wedding like the one her younger sister is planning back in their hometown. Their single mom will pay for Alexa’s wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.
She bumps into a man who’s a guest at a wedding on the church grounds. She’s noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn’t trust freewheeling men like him. Standing up to Mom leads Ellie to stick up for Alexa too. When Ellie risks her own plans for her sister’s sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle?
Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they’ve begun come crashing down?

Thoughts:

Okay this book has some good points, but I did not liked Ellie mother, she's mean and only thinks about the past. Ellie is trying really hard to have a normal life away from her mother, you can clearly see things are strange when they barely talk. 

I liked Gray and the way he pointed out to Ellie how to change, but I also believe he could be a little more understand, their relationship was way too fast for me, but I liked the couple and the changes we could see in Ellie. 

Ellie spend way too much time worrying about what her mother or other people will say, she changed a lot and I think it was for the best, so Gray was perfect for her.

Series in Order

#1 – A December Bride
#2 – A January Bride
#3 - A February Bride
#4 - A March Bride
#5 - An April Bride

#6 - A May Bride 
#7 - A June Bride (Expected publication: May 27th 2014)
#8 - A July Bride (Expected publication: June 24th 2014)
#9 - An August Bride (Expected publication: July 29th 2014)
#10 - A September Bride (Expected publication: August 26th 2014)
#11 - An October Bride (Expected publication: September 23rd 2014)

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paranormal Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #2)
A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole
Ebook: 384 pages
Source: Bought
Published March 3rd 2011 by Simon & Schuster
Rating: 4 stars

Contact the Author: Twitter | Goodreads | Website

Summary:

A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her . . .

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him. A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy . . .

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents -- until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae -- and their notorious dark desires -- ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings. An all-consuming desire . . .

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?Includes an excerpt from Kresley Cole's next romance novel, No Rest for the Wicked.

Thoughts:

I wanted to like this book more, but Lachlain was not my favorite guy. I understand he was tortured for 150 years and want revenge after he found his mate, but it's amazing the way he forgets about her and try really hard to just think about killing more vampires. The best point is how Emma is half vampire and half valkyrie. She also looks really young and a little stupid for my taste. I can never understand the reason for those girls to be virgins and stupids. 

They had a hard time during the travel and the mating dance was extremely hard for Emma, she doesn't know a thing about the other supernatural creatures. For someone that lived in New Orleans and had a crazy family like her, things were a little strange. So this was not my favorite couple, but I'll continue with the series to see what the good things ahead.

Series in Order

#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)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mystery Review: Missing in Death by JD Robb

Missing in Death (In Death, #29.5)
Missing in Death (In Death #29.5) by JD Robb
Audiobook: 3 hrs and 26 mins
Source: Bought
Published October 28th 2010 by Brilliance Audio
Rating: 5 stars

Contact the Author: Website | Goodreads | Facebook

Summary:

Suspicious happenings on the Staten Island Ferry draw Lieutenant Eve Dallas to the New York Harbor. Investigating a woman's disappearance on a New York City ferry, Detective Eve Dallas wonders—if she didn't jump, and she's not on board, then where in the world is she?

Thoughts:

This story was something out of a movie. We got Eve trying to find the body and the murder, but the worst part was this investigation made a huge dent on Eve and Roarke happy marriage. I love how their marriage is different, but Roarke is always understanding about the hours and the danger. Eve has a hard time accepting that Roarke has so much anger towards those men responsible for hurt and pain to little Eve. So when this story started to connect with that agency, I was a little worried about those two.

For me this is a short story, but you need to follow the series to completely understand both sides and their reasons for the choices made in this.

Series in Order

#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)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mystery Review: Kindred in Death by JD Robb

Kindred in Death (In Death, #29)
Kindred in Death (In Death #29) by JD Robb
Audiobook: 13 hours, 24 minutes
Source: Bought
Published November 3rd 2009 by Brilliance Audio
Rating: 4 stars

Contact the Author: Website | Goodreads | Facebook

Summary:

When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they are looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter, who stayed behind.

Not even their worst nightmares could prepare them for the crime scene that awaits them instead. Deena has been brutally murdered in her bedroom, and her body shows signs of trauma that horrify even the toughest of cops, including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who is specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities.

Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to serve justice.

Thoughts:

Another great investigation from Dallas and Roarke. Yes I know she has Peabody, McNab and even Whitney, but for me most of those investigations are purely Eve and Roarke pilling up evidences and making a case out of those scenarios. She can be a little sppoky with the way she always know how the murder is acting, but usually Roarke is able to help her with people or even by just using the computer.

This time was a little different because we can see she's disturbed by the way the victim died and even after Whitney asked for her help, is clear she would never refuse. Roarke was her rock in this one and made all the grand gestures, but I loved the way Eve was a little lost with the wedding and her espected help. She had no idea about what to do. Too bad we barely saw the wedding. 

Series in Order

#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)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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've spend way too much this month already so this week I only bought one book. NetGalley of course provided the other. So I did really good and there's only one week left for the month. I'm going to make IT!

Crave The Night (Midnight Breed, #12) The Will (Magdalene, #1)

Book and Author
Where I Got
Final Price
Budget Left
The Will by Kristen Ashley
Amazon
3.99
5.68
Crave the Night by Lara Adrian
NetGalley
0.00
5.68

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mystery Review: Promises in Death by JD Robb

Promises in Death (In Death, #28)

A Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us." 

Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone from Coltraine's squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve's husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on Coltraine's life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts. 
The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve containing Coltraine's guns, badge, and a note from her killer: "You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I'll be sending yours to somebody else." 
But Eve Dallas doesn't take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that's a promise
Rating: 4 stars 
Promises in Death (In Death Series) by J.D. Robb 
Published February 24th 2009 by Brilliance Audio
Audiobook: 13 hours



This case was too close for Eve because she had to investigate the murder of another detective and the worst part was that said detective was in reality the girlfriend of Morris. We all know how possessive Eve is with her friends so when she found out things became personal and the killer had no way of escaping.

I liked the investigation and things were actually very fast but I felt sorry for Morris, because is clear during this book he was clealry in love with the girl and she was a nice woman. After the investigation and the way things changed we can see he's having a hard time accepting she's gone, but he trusted Eve to find the killer and bring it to justice.

I liked how this case is connected with an older case Eve had a hard time closing a couple of books ago, but the best part for me was how Roarke was always there helping her. And we also had the preparations for Lousie wedding. With lots of girlie time that Eve did not understood but actually enjoyed.

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Series in Order

#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)