Saturday, May 30, 2015

Slick Rock Cowboys (Slick Rock #1) by Becca Van

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Clay and Johnny fell in love with their neighbor about eight years ago but could do nothing about it because she was a minor. Then one day she was gone, no good bye no nothing. Then just as they were ready to give up on seeing her again and move on they almost hit her in their truck.

Tara's brain had enough and just snapped when her apartment building went up in smoke and she found herself in her old hometown wishing she could leave there was just too much pain.

I think my favorite part of Slick Rock Cowboys is the bedroom scenes; they make it worth reading this book. Johnny and Clay claim they were pining for Tara yet they never made the attempt to find her? That would have made the story line a bit more viable when they claimed to have always loved her. Because I can certainly understand Tara's point of view as to why she never tried to contact them. Then there is Clay's anger at her leaving, really? She was fifteen she had no say in whether she stayed or went and both men knew that she could turn up at their place any time so should have kept those dalliances away from home then maybe they would have know she was leaving. Becca Van could have done a better job of making this one a more plausible storyline because even though I mostly like the characters the story line if a bit flawed.

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Tara Rustle has just spent her twenty-third birthday alone, just like her last six birthdays. She arrives home from work to find her home burning to the ground. This event is the crux of Tara's grief for the mother she lost six years previously and the loneliness she has endured, and she snaps. Tara wakes up in the arms of two sexy, masculine men, Clay and Johnny Morten, in the town of Slick Rock, Colorado, with no memory. She feels comfortable with the two men, so when they offer her a job cooking for them on their ranch, she accepts their offer. Little does she know the two men were once her childhood neighbors. Tara's memory returns. Clay and Johnny set about seducing the one woman they have lusted after for years. Everything seems to be progressing nicely, until an old flame of Johnny and Clay's turns up. Celia is insane and threatens Tara's life. Will Clay and Johnny get to Tara in time to save her from a crazy ex-lover? Or will Celia win and end Tara's life?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Flint by Fran Lee

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I was given Flint for an honest review by Manic Readers

Lily is on the run from her monkey farting poop stick of a murdering step dad. She knows he killed her mother and fears she is next. He has done everything in his power to chain her to him and now he plans to force himself on her so she runs even knowing that if she is caught she will be returned to him.

Flint and his friend Curly are in Austin where he took a pretty rough ride during the rodeo. Sleeping it off he is woken in the middle of the night to a noose and what should he find but a woman laying on the floor

I had a few notes that I took to help me with this review but much to my consternation my stupid screenshot app didn't save a single one of my notes so forgive me as I muddle through this review as I had to go back and review the book and find things I know I remarked on. I have replaced my screenshot app so hopefully that won't happen again because it took me an hour just to find the quotes I liked and really wanted to share.

Now to Flint which maybe has potential but it really needs some work, first the blurb promises and erotic rocking good time but what we got was a front porch scene that wasn't too bad with its steaminess but not a really a "I need my toy or a cold shower" moment. Then there was the moment in the cab of the truck how was that erotic it had the potential for hot with more detail but erotic nope no way in heck was it even close.

The threat of from the cheese dick step dad might have been more believable if he had showed up sooner in the story, like maybe when she was in the police station or if maybe he had been in Austin looking for her and Lily was ducking into Flint hotel room to actually hide from him. There really wasn't much to make Flint a credible story, except maybe her bruises, until the end of the story.

I honestly feel that Fran Lee could have done better with Flint because it seems like there was more to the story and she left it out. I doubt that I will keep and read this book again.

Favorite Quotes

“Curly has good reason to believe he’s God’s gift to women, and he doesn’t bother to
hide it. Sorry about that.”--Flint

“Well, he might think so, but you’ve got him beat all to hell…”--Lily

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The cover is hot but nothing to write home about.

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In the blurb for Flint there is a note for naughty words and erotic content my question is where is the erotic content?

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NOTE: Erotic content and naughty words abound.

Flint Calderon was a hard working, hard-bodied, hard headed Texan who'd had to grow up fast. He'd been alone for a long time. He'd kept his grand daddy's sprawling ranch intact in spite of hardships and loss...some said he was as hard as his name.

He didn't take anything he hadn't worked damned hard for. He had his own set of personal guidelines that left no room for cruelty or deceit. He kept his friends close, and his loyalty was a thing of legend in Calder County, Texas.

He went by three simple rules: Keep your word no matter what, pay your debts before buyin' more, and protect those weaker than yourself.

Lily was running from her own personal hell, only to jump from the frying pan into the fire. But the man who'd caught her sneaking into his motel room to get out of the rain was nothing like the bastard she was running from. Even being pinned on that motel bed under a pissed-off cowboy was a damn sight better than being dragged back to the man who'd murdered her mom and made her own life a living hell for so long. If only the hot cowboy wasn't naked as a jaybird...

How could he turn her over to the law? The woman he'd caught was just a rain-soaked, freezing, starving, badly battered little hellcat with nowhere to go and nothin' much to lose. And whoever had beat the hell out of her deserved no mercy...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Pregnancy Secret by Cara Colter

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I was given The Pregnancy Secret for an honest review by Net Galley

Jessica's husband walked out on her and in the year that he has been absent she has rebuilt her life as best she can. When she calls his to discuss divorce and ends up the victim of a robbery he steps up to try and fix everything including the house they once shared. Now if Kade can just figure out that his relation with his wife is more important than his stupid pride he may actually be able to save something he values.

This is actually a very sweet story but really wasn't my thing, it was to mamby-pamby for my taste. I mean really, Kade had a wife willing to do everything she could but he couldn't step up and fight the good fight by sitting down and asking her what was going on after all his pride was more important to him. Now granted her reason for doing what she was doing were jaded but still he should have been digging for the reasons and she should have actually talked with him. Now I realize this is a story but it was just ... I think my problem is there just wasn't the right kind of drama to keep me engaged in it.

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The cover is cute but nothing to write home about.

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Back in her husband's arms!

Jessica Brennan couldn't wait to marry gorgeous Kade and fill their rickety house with children. Not being able to live that dream tore them apart.

CEO Kade may not have been able to fix their marriage, but he can finally fix up the house. Except working together only rekindles their love… One night with her husband can't hurt, can it…? Unless it has dramatic, life-changing consequences!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack #1) by Suzanne Wright

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Taryn has a big problem, her father, the Alpha, has decided she must mate Roscoe. Roscoe is the Alpha of another pack and her father wants the alliance with him bad enough to sell his daughter for it and he doesn't care about Roscoe's abusive reputation when it comes to women. As far as her father is concerned she has two strikes against her, she is female and latent and her only real value is her healer ability. So far all of Taryn's solutions to her problem have holes in them; her best solution if she can contact him is to take refuge with her Uncle's Pack but that will only work if his Alpha is agreeable.

Trey's father has finally died but his Uncle has taken over his old pack and now wants Trey's pack and is determined to do whatever he has to. Trey knows he needs alliances and fast and what better way than to mate the daughter of a wolf that has several alliances. So he kidnaps Taryn and makes her a deal that is not only crazy but just may work.

With mating now done and the fireworks happening in the bedroom they fight each other and themselves to avoid imprinting but the addiction to each other makes that hard. With their Beta sitting back and dropping hints because he knows they are true mates and them messing it up at every turn it will be any wonder they finally figure it out.

I love Feral Sins, the characters are amazing and Taryn is my hero, that woman could give me lessons in swearing and being a smart ass because she puts me to shame. And then there is Greta, the grandma from hell that we all know really does like Taryn, but likes to stir up shit. Trey and his pack really can be a handful and I really got into all the escapades, there was Dominic with his cheesy sex lines and Tao who went from not liking Taryn to crushing on her. Dante and his all knowing smirk and then Marcus and Trick now that was a surprise and always is even after reading this book so many times.

I finished this on again last night and yes I have read this book a number of time and will read it many more times I am sure, because it has an emotional roller coaster, fights and is a laugh a minute, what more could girl ask for in a great book.

Favorite Quotes
I have so many favorite quotes in Feral Sins that I really had a very hard time choosing, especially since several of them will undoubtedly get me censors somewhere but hey who cares you only live once and I manage to narrow the choice down to four but can only add two or three.

“Poor girl looks like she had a fight with a vampire. Oh, and you, Taryn. Damn, you can curse. What did she call you at one point, Trey? Oh, that was it. A motherfucking, ass-licking son of a cocksucking goddamn bitch.”--Dante

“No, she’s right. My behavior has been truly unacceptable. Accept my apologies, Ms. Tyler. I know I really should have more respect for the dead.”--Taryn

“I’d rather lie under an elephant suffering from diarrhea with my mouth open wide.”--Taryn

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Amazon had one blurb and Goodreads had another and the one below in my estimations is best one.

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If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.

Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female whose Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.

Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal...but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.