Monday, November 13, 2017

Burned by Karen Marie Moning (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross
Series: Fever book 7

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ - I wish there was more about Dani, I really miss her character. At chapter 6, it's all Mac and Barrons. Lots of description about Barrons’ bookstore and going over what happened to her in the previous books, which as I just reread them seems a bit much. That said, I am sure if you haven’t done a reread prior to these books, then this may be a needed refresher.

They have introduced Jada and I don’t like her much. She lacks the emotion and fiestyness that Dani had. I hope the author brings Dani back to be a main character in the story. I find it lacking without her. Other than that though the plot is getting interesting and some funky things are happening, I am looking forward to seeing what the next book brings.

The narrators did a wonderful job as usual!

The Blurb:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. 

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Iced by Karen Marie Moning (Audiobook)

Narrators: Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ After reading the first five books in the fever series the first time, I was really looking forward to Iced, as I loved Dani. However, when I realized she was still only 14 years old in the book, I didn't know what to think… cause well... this is an adult romance book. I also waited till all the books were out, as I hate waiting for the next in a series with cliffhangers. So the pressure was on!
   I think Dani was written well, no totally creepy parts (some maybe could think so.. but nothing was taken too far, in my opinion.) I loved the pace, lots of action, and a bit of a mystery to solve…. sorta.    There was a wee bit of a cliffhanger, and I am looking forward to reading the next book. I think the two narrators did a wonderful job. I quite enjoy Ryodan and I love Christian. Hoping I see more of them. 

The Blurb:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be. 

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux. 

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Worth the Wait by Lori Foster

Series: Guthrie Brothers book 2
 ❤ ❤ 1/2  I was really looking forward to this book. I totally enjoyed the first and I loved the potential the other characters had for their own stories.  
What worked for me:
  • ▪2 for 1 romance - Loved the side romance between Nathan and Brooklin. I actually liked it more than the leads.
  • ▪In the beginning both couples have witty banter and good chemistry.
  • ▪Loved Colt and his parts in this book
  • ▪Happy to see that some of the chemistry was back near the end of the book.
What didn't work for me:
  • ▪As soon as the lead couple had sex, the tension and chemistry seemed to get lost and they focused too much on worrying that perhaps their relationship was only just sex.
  • ▪Both men seemed a bit too overprotective, to the point that it makes the heroine seem like he thinks her an invalid.
  • ▪From about just over halfway till pretty much the last chapter, it was mostly sex scenes, or what seemed to be scenes put in place just to lead up to sex. Just lost interest and skimmed them.
I see there are a bunch of rave reviews for this book, so perhaps I am alone in my thoughts. For me, it was missing the tenderness and fluttery “romance" feels, that I look for.  That said, I am glad I finished the book, and honestly, if Colt gets his own story, I would like to read it.
**I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review**

The Blurb:

Ready or not…love will find a way 

Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be. 
Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
Series: Bridgertons, book 4

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Colin and Penelope have a wonderful relationship. I enjoyed watching Colin fall in love with her. I love Lady Whistledown and Lady Danbury!.. Julia Quinn writes the best older “I-don't-care-what-anyone-thinks” type of ladies.  I do have to say though.. as this audiobook has the 2nd epilogue attached, if this were my first time reading this story I would prefer to wait to read all the 2nd epilogues, till after I had read the original 8 stories.   As some details for the next books in the series are given away.

Rosalyn Landor does a fantastic job on narration, as always!

The Blurb:

Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London. Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for...well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret...and fears she doesn't know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone's preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same - especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must she his biggest threat - or his promise of a happy ending?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells

Series: Girl Meets Duke, book 1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book was FANTASTIC!! It was SUPER FUNNY and had me laughing within the first few paragraphs! The writing was superb, the use of uncommonly used words, in just the right spots made all the difference. The wounded/tortured hero is not my favourite plot line, as usually I find them too sulky or whiny. This book did not conform to that.  While Ash did sulk, he did so with flair and wit.

I loved how Ash was actually a good person, how he longs to love her..  and how sometimes he just can't stop himself from doing so- even when he tries to.  Emma was a strong leading lady, she stood up for what she wanted and didn't let Ash get away with anything. She kept pushing his boundaries and they had wonderful chemistry together.

The narration fantastic! Mary Jane Wells has a style all her own and pulls out the sarcastic wit that was needed for this audiobook to succeed!

I highly recommend this book and I am sad it is over…  because how will the next book I read compare?!?!

The Blurb:

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

Waiting for an Earl Like you by Alexandra Hawkins

Series: Masters of Seduction, book 3

I did not finish this book. While in the beginning I found the story promising and even witty, it became confusing with each of the 5 characters being referred to by title, last name, relation to, or first name, all in the same scene and alternating which was used. I would like to try another book by this author however as I did see promise in the beginning.

I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review

The blurb:

Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…

Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

Series: Wallflowers, Book 1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I think I enjoyed this more this time than I did the first time I read it. I love when the girls play rounders. I liked how Simon already knew what he wanted and set out about getting it. I think Annabelle was a strong woman and a good match for Simon.

Rosalyn Landor did a fantastic job on narration. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

The Blurb:

Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands . . . no matter what it takes

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.

Annabelle is determined to resist Simon's wicked propositions, but she can't deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle's courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.