Sunday, January 29, 2017

Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves #1) by Quinn Loftis



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Basically, this is a girl meets boy, boy claims girl is his mate and then all hell breaks loose kind of story. And yes, I have read this one more than once, but only because I have this crazy need to read every book in the series again when the author adds a new book to said series, and believe me is can be a brutal cycle sometimes because I love so many really good series.

Prince of Wolves starts out The Grey Wolves series focusing most on Jacques relationship with Fane but they are only part of the core group that this story revolves around, it’s just that their romance is center stage but there is truly much more going on. As I read this first book in the series I felt like it is more of an introduction to Jacque, Fane and the other cast of characters with their unique personalities and dynamic interactive relationships, as well as the culture of the Grey wolves. There other thing about this story I find interesting is that when in comes to the Jacque and Fane the story is PG 13 but when is come to the violent action the author doesn’t pull her punches when it comes to detail. Don’t take that to mean I am disappointed by the story because the fight scene was really brutal.

I really love stories that give me a three-dimensional view of the world that the author is building. I know that writing like that can’t possibly be easy what with the attention to detail that such a feat requires for the characters and background. I have found very few authors who are capable of creating such books by maintaining the time lines of their stories and consistency of the character’s backgrounds.

The only thing I didn’t like about Prince of Wolves was the edits that I found in the book which is a contradiction to the authors attention to detail, and I realize no one is perfect but when they come up they sure do feel like an interruption and that drives me nuts, for some reason. Most of those edits were, I think, typos that could easily be fixed but add to that the chapters that had the first word or two set up as links that turned into an annoyance when my finger accidentally brushed a crossed one to turn the page and I ended up back at the beginning in the table of contents. For those reasons I am compelled to give a five-star book a three-star rating.

Quotes
“You’re a Romanian werewolf prince, your dad is the werewolf king, you are bossy, possessive, and territorial by nature. Which, if you were just a wolf would mean you’d pee on whatever you wanted to mark as yours.”—Jacque

“Oh, hell no. You did not just growl at me. I will castrate you while you sleep and then hang them on your car antenna, so BACK THE HELL UP!”—Jen


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Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary 17-year-old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer are going to get a lot more interesting.

From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis lupis, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul.

The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas.

Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane's mate and complete the bond between them?







Monday, January 16, 2017

Mistake by Allyson Young


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Bryce breaks Jenna’s heart in a humiliating way only to realize he lost something really special and important to his happiness.

Given how many times I have read this particular story I still can’t really say what it is that makes me still want to read it again. Could be that fact that both Jenna and Bryce are broken in some way and both found their own way to cope. Jenna though broken still has hope (I can relate most days) making her willing to take that chance. While Bryce on the other hand has totally hidden his heart not only from the world but himself as well, so when his second chance at love presents itself he withdraws from it in a most hurtful and complete way and shattering not only Jenna’s heart but her hope. His realization of what he has done should have been a more painful realization for karma’s sake. Then there is Jason, I can’t help but think that a few scenes of him plotting and planning as well as some escalation of his stalking activities would have added a bit more thriller action to the story.

Will I read Mistake yet again in the future? I don’t know, but I hope so, it is my favorite book from this author.

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I think I really like the following quote because of the delivery of it was priceless under the circumstances.

“You’re right. I overreacted. I’d never been kicked to the curb immediately after being fucked before. I should have asked the kicker for a ride home. Won’t happen again.”—Jenna

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If the cover artist was going for steamy I think this cover has potential but falls just a little short because the kiss looks more like a regular old peck type kiss not a panty melting passionate lip lock.

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Bryce Meadows is a cop with a past, living in the moment when it comes to women. He makes a mistake taking Jenna Muirhead to his bed—and not ending their connection within his usual self-imposed time period. He didn’t convey the rules to Jenna, a survivor of a deadly marriage allowing herself a glimmer of hope after many long years of despair.

When she shares her feelings, Bryce breaks things off, crushing her. Then Jenna’s ex-husband is released from prison, a man with violent tendencies who has anyone connected to Jenna in his sights. She agrees to pretend to live with Bryce to draw her ex out for capture before he can act out. Bryce recognizes what he has lost, the real mistake he made, and plans to take advantage of their living situation to make amends. But he must deal with Jenna’s well-honed ability to distance herself, as well as the threat her ex husband poses.













Saturday, January 14, 2017

Checkmate (Graham Pack Mates #2) by Annmarie McKenna


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Nikki is nearly killed not once but twice and she has the scars to prove and the man of her dreams is home and she can’t face him ever again…

I am of a mind that Nikki may be one the strongest women characters I have come a crossed, after everything she has been through of course she took a knee but when she stood back up she was ready to reclaim her life. Thankfully she had her Eli there to help her regain her self. The evil villain was so well written that you could feel the evil coming of the pages when the story focused on him and you will be looking forward to seeing him get his when he finally gets caught.

If you are in the mood for the terror ride from hell, then the beginning of Checkmate will deliver and keep you hooked. Don’t get me wrong the book does come with a few rather dull, long winded moments but they are short lived and move onto the next action packed moment that leaves you gripping your e-reader and yelling “get that dirty son of bitch” or ‘that’s it punch the fucker again” your choice one or the other will fit. The bedroom scenes though not overly detailed or heated were well written and enjoyable.

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“He’s perfect. For a shriveled-up, slimy, red-skinned…thing, I guess. Ten fingers, ten toes, one penis.”—Caelan describing his son

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Not boring but not really unique either.

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What’s an alpha shape-shifting wolf to do when the woman pre-destined to be his mate no longer trusts men?

After returning home from an eight-month security job, Eli Graham is ready to claim his best friend’s little sister as his mate. He’d put it off for years, thinking he was doing the right thing by waiting. Instead of the stubborn, independent, carefree girl he left behind, Eli finds a shell of the woman he once knew.

Having lived through a near fatal attack, Nikki Taylor has hidden herself away from the world. Now the time has come to face head-on the one man who could devastate her completely, Eli Graham. She’s loved him forever, craves him, body, heart and soul, but he’s never treated her as anything but a little sister.

When Nikki witnesses a murder, she has no choice but to rely on Eli’s expertise. While guarding her from the man bent on wiping out a witness, Eli shows Nikki that he’ll not only protect her body, but he’ll show her just what it means to be a wolf’s mate.











Sunday, January 8, 2017

Chelsea (The Club Girl Diaries #2) by Addison Jane



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Chelsea loves Optimus but she is at the end of her rope with his go away, come back attitude. Optimus wants to keep Chelsea safe but he may just loose her with his behavior.

I really liked how the author put this story together, it took a lot of thought and I bet a great deal of time. My favorite part of Chelsea was the point where Chelsea feels her time to leave the club has come. I think I was just as broken as Chelsea but then I was angry at Optimus for not manning up and stopping Chelsea. Then there was the trip to the strip club where Chelsea got a crash course in dancing. And lastly we cannot forget the sex scenes which were not screaming cold shower hot but they were definitely having a bed rocking good time so thank you for sharing.

What I didn’t like and will have a huge impact on the star rating, that I really want to give this story (five-star), are the edits. The worst edit was the word ‘study’ which should have been ‘studying’ in most cases, based on how the sentences were worded (example: “Just trying to get some study done.). I have run into this same exact edit way too many times that I am thinking that the author was either in a hurry to get the story done or she wasn’t concerned about her attention to details when it comes to editing, of which I found 27 editing issues, not sure if that is a record for me but it is up there. With all those edits the beautifully written five-star book will be brought down to a one-star.

If you are looking for an emotional roller coaster ride to go with you romance than Chelsea is the book ride for you. Some parts of this story were so sad that I think even my tablet got weepy. Then you have all the bad guys coming out to play and you never guess which ones are gunning for the club or even why. When all the pieces come together you’ll be ready to party with the club at the end and ready to read the next book if there is a next book.

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“She’s mine for tonight, buddy!” I grinned. “Take your…ding-dong, and use your hand if you’re desperate.”—Chelsea

“It’s called a penis, Chelsea. P-e-n-i-s, penis!” —Kit

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Chelsea spent most of her life running.

She was young when her parents were killed, and she was thrown into the system as just another statistic. One foster home after another, hell after hell. When things got too hard, her first instinct was to get out and fast.

She didn’t mind being a club girl. Who wouldn't want a group of possessive alpha males on your side and in your bed? The freedom and the lifestyle allowed her to spread her wings while the rules and bylaws kept everyone in line. It was comfortable – safe.

But while her head told her she was happy, her heart reminded her constantly of what she really wanted – Brothers by Blood President, Optimus. He was a brooding asshole who was sexy, loyal and pushed the boundaries of both her body and her mind. He never let her all the way in, but she still couldn't stay away from him – he was addictive.

Optimus had only one rule – family comes first.

He knew that sometimes sacrifices needed to be made in order to keep the ones he loved safe. He'd done it before and he would do it again.

Being President of the Brothers by Blood MC meant he couldn't show any weakness. His feelings for Chelsea were off the charts, but so far he'd managed to hide them and keep her at an arm’s length thinking he was protecting her. Beautiful, athletic and sassy, she wasn't just another club girl, she was HIS girl.

Danger is fast approaching and Chelsea is in its direct sight. Will it be too late for Optimus to show Chelsea how he really feels? And when secrets are revealed will Chelsea stay and stand beside the man she wants or will the urge to run just be too strong?