Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair

I was given Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair for an honest review

Carl Logan went through a horrific event five months ago and now his superiors want him back to work because the U.S. Attorney General was kidnapped in broad daylight. Only he isn't the same man he was, so how is he going to complete his mission when all those things he learned about being an agent don't seem to fit right now. I really got a sense of how painful it must be for Logan to go from an emotionless robot to a human being with feelings especially when he made a 'rookie' mistake and the only one who seems to have any real faith in him in the being is his boss but even he seems to be second guessing him but at least he didn't stop him from running with his idea, as it turned out he was right about the man in the hospital.

I really do like Dance With The Enemy as it is the perfect in between book for me when I need a suspense book with a lot of mystery. I can go read a faster paced book and then come back and read a few chapters until I need to move to something with what my husband calls book porn (got to have my book porn hehehe) or a faster pace then come back to this one again. It is a rather slow moving and methodical book that reminds me a bit of that tv show 24.

I want to mention that when an author uses one of my most favorite phrases that just makes the book even better and I use 'Done and Dusted' about ten time a day, I am not kidding, I really love how much this phrase emphasis' that the past is the past and time to move on. Thank Mr. Sinclair for sharing your book with me.

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Carl Logan was the perfect agent. A loner, with no real friends or family, he was trained to deal with any situation with cold efficiency, devoid of emotion. But Logan isn't the man he used to be, or the asset he once was. Five months ago his life changed forever when he was captured, tortured and left for dead by Youssef Selim, one of the world's most violent terrorists. When Selim mysteriously reappears in Paris, linked to the kidnapping of America's Attorney General, Logan smells his chance for revenge. Pursuing his man relentlessly, oblivious to the growing trail of destruction that he leaves in his wake, Logan delves increasingly deep into the web of lies and deceit surrounding the kidnapping. Finally, he comes to learn just what it means to Dance with the Enemy.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Before He Was Gone (Starstruck #2) by Becky Wicks

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I was given Before He Was Gone for an honest review by Net Galley

Alyssa get dumped by her boyfriend via a telephone call from the airport, a cheese-dick move of course, and to deal with it she signs on for a survival show where she meets Joshua who is basically a drifter with an issue. The only thing that really made me interested in Before He Was Gone was the cover and the blurb sounded like it might make for good reading. Unfortunately that is not the case for me. I tried on several occasions to get into this book and just could not get past the first chapter and skipping a head like any good reader would do left me in the same position. Now normal I would just ad this book to the "I just can't get into it" file which I will do but because I got this book from Net Galley for review I have to attempt write something.

Becky Wicks I am sure there are people who will enjoy Before He Was Gone but unfortunately I am not one of them and I am sorry.

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Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself...

When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.

Joshua's different to everyone she's ever known - a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she's left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret - one he won’t risk anyone finding out.

Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose - a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Playboy of Rome (The Defiore Brothers #1) by Jennifer Faye

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I was given The Playboy of Rome for an honest review by Tasty Treats Book Tours

Lizzie had an opportunity to go to Italy and be mentor by the great Chef Massimo Bianco for a TV show. The contracts were signed and both Massimo and Lizzie are both looking forward to working together. So imagine her surprise when she arrives at Massimo's restaurant and discovers that Massimo has had a stroke and his grandson is now running the place and he knows nothing of the contract between her, his grandfather and the TV network.

First I want to apologize for the delay in getting The Playboy of Rome finished. I meant to have it done sooner but even though this was a well written book I found it very easy to put down in order to read something else and that is why I feel the need to apologize. That also makes it probable that I will not be reading The Playboy of Rome again in the future.

For some reason I expected more fireworks, seduction and hot steamy bedroom scenes but all I got was fizzling, mediocre attempts at seduction. I did like Lizzie's tenacious attitude and her passion for fighting the good fight and preparing good food, but her passion just didn't transfer to the relationship between her and Dante. Then there is Dante who is supposed to be some sort of playboy, so where are the indications of this, like women on his door step or non-stop phone ringing or even a date or two. For some one that should be passion personified he turned out to be a dud.

The bedroom scene was very non-existent and probably shouldn't even have a heat rating, although, given that this is a Harlequin Romance maybe I shouldn't be surprised as they have almost always been vague in that area. I prefer a little graphic porn in my books that have titles like The Playboy of Rome.

The only truly positive thing I can say about this book is that I was able to complete two of them within a day of each other allowing me to catch on some of my reading. I hope that the next book is much better than this one because now I am kind of not sure I even want to try to read the next one even though I have agreed to. I am sorry Jennifer Faye but somehow I just expected more than I got from this story.

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The cover was truly a selling point in getting e to even look at The Playboy of Rome but then that saying you can't judge a book by its cover keeps coming to mind as I think about what I want to say.

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The blurb for The Playboy of Rome was what got me to agree to reading the story only to be disappointed in the telling of the story.

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Taming the Italian playboy… Lizzie Addler’s dream of working in Italy is
about to come true—that is if she can convince passionate Italian chef Dante DeFiore to
keep his side of their bargain. Dante might be hotter than the Italian sun, but he’s as
cool as ice toward Lizzie… Dante hasn’t the time to pander to Lizzie’s dreams of
culinary fame—he has a restaurant to run! But as Lizzie proves herself to be a
spectacular addition to his kitchen—and to his life—Dante wonders…can he keep her

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Wolf's Promise (Black Hills Wolves #10) by Cara Carnes

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I was given A Wolf's Promise for an honest review by Manic Readers

Drayce was doing a job his Alpha requested when he visited the Jago Pack when he met a woman that he spent an earth shattering night with. The next morning he was gone, he had no room in his life now for a mate no matter how much he wanted it. How was he to know that his nameless mate would know about mating and feel the same connection he had felt then follow him to see if it was real?

He is too busy trying to keep his promise to his pack mate and will sacrifice his on mate to do just that if he has too. So Kinsey's appearance just makes doing the right thing harder but then she surprises him at every turn and he has no choice but finally accepts that he can have his mate and keep his promise.

Kinsey is a quirky human who probably knows more about shifters than she should be allowed to know, granted most of her knowledge is about the Jaguars her family has protected for generations but that doesn't mean she is going to give up on her one chance at true happiness. You go Kinsey!!

I have been seeing this series on the net for weeks and had been meaning to check it out for some time and when I notice A Wolf's Promise was part of the Black Hills Wolves series I jumped at the chance to finally read one of the books and meet my reading quota for Manic Readers at the same time. Now this is book ten and I really prefer to read a series in order so that I have a basic understanding of all the back stories that generally come into play during a series and that didn't seem to be an issue here as A Wolf's Promise didn't delve to deeply into the other characters but only focused on Drayce, who lives on pack land but outside of the pack, Kinsey, whose family has spent generations protecting a Jaguar pack and of course Drayce's two charges and the reason he can't promise his mate a future because to protect his charges he may have to mate another. Good thing Drayce has a level headed, super smart mate to see through the maze of issues so they can be together. Being that there was that much focus on the couple in question I think there could have been some steamier bedroom scenes with a lot more detail but sadly they only rated a four flame rating on the heat meter. Other than that A Wolf's Promise is very well written with practically no editing issues, and very creative and deserves the five star review is receiving from me because I will surely be reading it again.

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So for the record there were other quotes I could have used but this one had me laughing loud enough for my husband to ask me about what I was reading and so deserved the honorable mention it is recieving.

“Excuse me? I think you’ve been dipping too far into the catnip, bucko.”-- Kinsey

Thank you Cara Carnes for the awesome read and I look forward to reading more of your books :)

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A woman does what’s necessary to get her man…

When Drayce Freeman rocked Kinsey Jamison’s world one passionate night and then turned tail and ran the morning after, she did the only thing a self-respecting woman would. Chase him down and prove they had the zing. Fortunately her BFF, a jaguar shifter, gave her the 411 on wolves—or most of it, that is. She’s ready to do whatever it takes to get her man—even if it means taking on the whole pack.

The last thing Drayce needs right now is the sexy human his inner wolf wants to claim showing up in Los Lobos. The headstrong, goofy female refuses to take no for an answer. Living on the fringes of a rebuilding pack is hard enough, but now he has the widow of his pack mate and a rugrat to deal with. Adding a human to the mix would be a mistake. Duty sucks.