Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wolf Signs (Granite Lake Wolves #1) by Vivian Arend

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Robyn lost her hearing at an early age but she hasn’t let that stop her from doing anything including going on a back country trip alone because her brother’s job is forcing him to back out of the trip and nothing he says is going to stop her. When she gets there and discovers she get the place to herself she is even more excited as she explores all the changes since the previous year.

Keil needed a trip to the back country to center himself before the Alpha challenge that will replace the current Alphas, so he drags his troublesome, clumsy brother with him. He is concerned about the concession the current Alpha’s have made in the past few years to accommodate the new pack members that drift in and he worries those concessions will undermine the packs core beliefs and the other challenger could further damage his pack because he isn’t a good wolf.

Robyn is relaxing in the sauna minding her own business and when she walks out to fill the bucket with more ice for the sauna she runs right in to a big wall named TJ and from there the adventure truly begins.

I always seem to come back to this book for some reason, maybe it is the clumsy TJ that can’t seem to stay out of trouble although funny as hell in some cases and deadly in others. My favorite part was when he stabs his brother in the ass with a ski poll. Then of course there is also the parts where they forget Robyn can read lips and send her into rages at their inability to think before they talk. Then there are the awesome Star Trek references that any treky would appreciate. Finally, the best thing of all NO EDITING ERRORS makes Wolf Signs so worth reading.

Favorite Quote
“But nothing. It’s too hard to talk right now. Relax. Or don’t you know how? You need to lighten up a little, bro. It’s not all pack politics, life-and-death situations, Captain Kirk, I mean Keil, to the rescue.”—TJ

Original Review
This is one of the books that I just can't seem get tired of reading. I love how brave Robyn is and the way she dives right in to defend and protect herself and others. Although I think I like TJ the best, he is insightful and hilarious added to the fact that he is accident prone makes him my favorite character.

Vivian Arend did a wonderful job of putting this series together.

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Book's Blurb
Talk about getting your signals crossed…

Robyn Maxwell doesn’t care that her brother has to cancel out on their backcountry ski trip. She can do it alone. The fact she’s deaf doesn’t make her survival skills any weaker. The chance to get away from it all and relax in the Yukon wilderness is just what she’s been craving.

Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil’s one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.

Keil was trying for a nice reflective retreat before challenging for the Alpha position of his Alaskan pack. He wasn’t planning on meeting the woman destined to be his mate, or finding out she’s not aware she has the genes of a wolf.

Between dealing with his accident-prone younger brother, a deaf mate with an attitude and an impending duel to the death, his week—and his bed—is suddenly full.

Far from the relaxing getaway any of them had in mind…

Product Warnings: Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “talking with your hands”. Includes dangerous use of sarcasm and hot nookie in a remote wilderness sauna.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Falling for a Santini (The Santinis #7) by Melissa Schroeder

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I was given Falling For A Santini for an honest review by Net Galley

Elena is in-love with her oldest brother’s best friend but he has always treated her like the kid sister she so is not. Now she has a plan and the big brother that gets in the way isn’t around to interfere. So with a plan in place she lures TJ into her apartment and away they go.

TJ has been best friend with Anthony Santini for long enough to be a member of the family and has always respected the best friend code “don’t mess with the little sister” even though she isn’t so little anymore and he wants her bad. But things change in a big way when a seemingly drunk Elena needs a ride home and once in her apartment she all but rips off his cloths, now he doesn’t want to leave her, even with the big undercover assignment looming.

Elena grew up in a military family and she understands how important duty is and she is not about to mess with TJ’s head with declarations of love knowing that could distract him and get him killed so she treats their time together like a fling and promises to talk about when he comes home. When TJ finally does get home he can’t wait to see Elena only to has one of her many brothers there to hinder his desire to take her to bed for a month. When they finally do get to talk about their relationship it is almost to late because TJ’s case followed him home.

I put Falling for a Santini down 4 or 5 times before I finally said okay enough and just plowed right through that first chapter and you would think that one would be glued to the first two chapters with its taking place primarily in the bedroom but then they weren’t having that graphic hot monkey sex that has steam rolling off the pages and you dreaming of your husband or wishing for a cold shower. Seriously, if you are going to start off a story with the main characters doing the nasty then I freaking want ALL the oooy gooy details please not just bits and pieces. Although it was fun reading the back and forth between Elena and TJ as she basically taunted him into having sex with her which for me was the funniest part. I think that Melissa Schroeder could have expanded on her sub-plot a bit more to add more depth to the story line because otherwise all you have is what you don't get since Elena is describe as a strong character who is acting like an insecure ninny because she is afraid that TJ is going to change his mind because big brother is being a twit on a stick. For as long as the book was there just wasn’t much substance.

Favorite quotes
These quotes show a strong, confident Elena but when TJ comes back and her insecurities come out I kind of shut down a bit even when she was threatening to kick TJ’s ass.

“Listen, I’m a grown up. You don’t have the courage to face your attraction head on. I can deal with that. Doesn’t mean I’m going to sit around hoping some day you will get over it. I might want you, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to wait for you to grow a set of balls.”--Elena

“Good lord, just go, JT. You made your position clear. I’m a big girl. You would have kissed any woman back who had locked lips with you. Now, could you leave so I can go disinfect my mouth, because you are apparently a whore with your mouth?”--Elena

Book Cover Rating
The cover definitely peaked my interest but then again sometimes the cover is better than the book itself.

Book Blurb Rating
Definitely sold me on requesting Falling for a Santini

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Book's Blurb
A crush that turned into love.

Being the only girl in a family with five Santini brothers was never easy on Elena Santini. She always tried to be faster and smarter to make sure they always took her seriously. They were always trying to tell her what to do, and worse, who she could date. That’s why falling for her oldest brother’s best friend wasn’t smart especially when he treats her like a sister. That is, until she gets him alone in her apartment one night.

One night in Heaven.

NCIS agent Jethro Thomas, known to everyone as JT, has always played it smart. When his admiration turned to attraction a few years ago, he started avoiding Elena. A guy wasn't supposed to have those kinds of thoughts about his best friend's little sister. After returning from an undercover assignment, and about to go on another one, he can’t seem to resist the temptation. One night with her and he knows he’s lost, but he has a job to do.

A changed man.

JT returns from the assignment with a few more scars, both physical and emotional--but he survived for one reason. He’s ready to start a new life with Elena, but a dark cloud hangs over the new love. When small incidents evolve into near death accidents, JT realizes someone from his past is ready to destroy his happiness, even harm Elena to make him pay.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Savannah Sins by Jenna Fox

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I was given Savannah Sins for an honest review by Jenna Fox

Beverly Price can’t help but that the threat of trouble gives her a thrill but getting caught really blows because now she is convicted of a crime thanks to some well-placed cameras. Her only hope is her friend and attorney Jack and his solution leaves her with a lumpy bed and minuscule attire but at least she isn’t in prison. However, the pissed off ghost of his mother has her thinking that jail would be better.

Strange how a pissed off vengeful ghost can connect with a pissed off mom wanting justice, but then again there you have it. Although, the ghost was a little extreme in her desire for justice causing me to agree with her son’s opinion of how horrible she was in life.

So in the end you have a well written Bates Motel meets Southern Plantation owner type short story that will comfort your dark side and give you the tingles of excitement when the Jack and Beverly get their steamy garden sex.

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Given how dark Savannah Sins is the cover just doesn’t fit with the story.

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Her prison becomes his hell.

The only thing standing between Beverly Price and a prison cell is her well connected attorney, Jackson McNabb. Jackson pulls some legal strings, getting Beverly sent to his family’s plantation to work out her sentence at an isolated setting-the perfect place for sexual escapades. When Jack and Beverly act on the pent-up lust burning between them, their passion rouses an angry spirit, setting off a series of frightening paranormal events and sending Beverly fleeing the arms of her lover, leaving Jack to fight for both of their lives.