Friday, October 27, 2017

His Mate and Her Vampire by A. B. Lee


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I am sitting in an Oral Surgeons office in Beaverton waiting with my son for his oral torture in the form of wisdom teeth removal, yep, all four must go, poor kid. Thankfully, we got a dentist that knows his stuff. I figured this would be a good time to get a review done, since I seem to be at my best when I’m not at home. So I will eventually have to pop out to take Jerod home but there will be a review out sometime today, preferably before my dinner date with my awesome husband. We are going to Carlton to Coast, it’s a new restaurant  in Carlton that we have been eager to check out.

His Mate and Her Vampire is a humorous story about Devlin finding his mate only to have to chase after her while she is on a road trip with her vampire friend with benefits indulging in said benefits. It’s a good thing that Devlin and Jackson both really want to keep Sabine safe for the fight would be epic in so many ways, I mean really, the Alpha of Alpha wolves (King of the wolves) and the oldest living vampire, that would be one hell of a fight if it happens. As it is, someone else is after Sabine for their own nefarious reasons so working together is what is needed.

The question that really plagues me at this moment is which was better the car sex or the mating sex? Both have the potential to leave a person panting. Of course, there is the addition of the fact that Sabine got two guys to pound her brains out in one night, damn, that left me wondering what would have happened if wolves weren’t so territorially possessive and could stand vampires scent. Sabine probably would have been in heaven, lol.

My only real complaint with His Mate and Her Vampire was the 15 edits that I found in this story, that ranged from missing words to typos. I think in this case the typos were the worse because a couple of them created words that made no sense in the sentences they were in... (Sorry for the pause, but my son’s wisdom teeth are pulled and we are home) So, where was I? Oh yes, the blasted edits which have been known to ruin complete stories because of their ill-timed placement. As I was saying the typos changed the word completely for example the author used ‘amble’ instead of ‘ample’ now this would be no cause for concern except for the fact she was discussing Sabine’s breast so now the question is, are Sabine’s breast slow moving or more than enough? This is why spell check should not be the only mode of editing.

I have read this story twice and really do like that it makes me laugh and I really want to give it a five-star rating but my problem is the 15 edits and it kills me to have to think it, say it and now write it but I am giving His Mate and Her Vampire a two-star rating. A. B. Lee, I have read many of your stories and loved them all so please understand that it was the edits that did it in and NOT your story telling.

Quotes

“Jackson, you know it would take a week for your scent to wash off me where Grace was concerned. Now stop being such a bitch and just get us there will you?”—Sabine. It was true he was sounding like a bitch.

“You want love, Jackson. Go pay for it. I’m sure there’s more woman than even you can get through in your lifetimes just waiting for a slice of Jackson Pope’s dick.”—Sabine. I chose this one because I liked it and because it is example of the editing the needs doing, the word women would have fit better than woman.

Book Cover Rating
The cover of His Mate and Her Vampire looks more like a cover for a report of some kind rather than a book cover. In this case, thankfully, judging a book by its cover would not be a good thing.

Book Blurb Rating

Book's Blurb
Sabine and Jackson Pope have a history.

She is the Queen of the Fae and he is one of the oldest Vampires in history.
When Sabine encounters Devlin, the Alpha of Alpha's, she senses trouble coming her way and Pope is only too happy to come to her rescue.

But Devlin isn't the trouble that's waiting for her. Can the Alpha and the Vampire work together to keep Sabine alive, or will their love for her be her undoing?

Published August 14, 2013
Pages 117

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Their Runaway Bride: A Prequel (Bridgewater Ménage) by Vanessa Vale


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Dang, I have had all blasted day to write this review and yet it is now after freaking midnight and I am still working on it. With the wind howling and the rain pounding I have finally figured out what my issue is. My biggest issue is that I am trying to decide exactly what I like and don’t like about Their Runaway Bride. Because one second I like it and the next second I don’t and it’s making me feel wishy-washy, talk about crazy, wow, I am losing my marbles. Regardless of my wishy-washiness I will do my best to sort through whatever has me going back and forth, thank goodness, the cover and blurb were easy to decide.

Ann’s dick headed greedy father want her to marry a man who gives her the heebie-jeebies not because it would be a good match for her but because it would benefit him, so she runs as far as she can go on a ship. Her decision to run places her on an intercept course with Andrew and Robert and they are ready willing and apparently eagerly able to help her solve her issues with the situations. Now this is where things get rather teeter-tottery for me, one the one hand Vanessa Vale did a decent job because I was sucked in and didn’t come out of the book until my daughter called (I was 4 pages away from being done) to tell me she and my husband were on their way home from their father-daughter day (They took their Jeeps up to Browns Camp to get muddy) and that I should meet them in Yamhill for Mexican food. Now, on the other hand it seemed like the books flow speed was set on super-fast. One minute she is being form of her impending marriage and the next we are in a poker game and next is another state room with a naked man and a wedding then hot steamy sex with lots of orgasms (we are talking steam rising from my tablet hot) and so on and so forth. Sorry, I am really trying not to give too much away because I am really hoping one of you will read this story and give me your perspective because with all the vacillating I did, I am feeling confused. What was already written was great but I have read prequals that were longer and it just feels like a lot was left out or more could have been added like maybe a little more conversation while they were hidden in their cabin or maybe the father turning up few more times hunting for his child, hey more detail about why her jerk of a dad wanted her married to creepy mccreep.

Now for the rating another interesting dilemma. The book had so few edits that they don’t even factor in, but this back and forth with the like and dislike has me floating between a two-star and a four-star rating and then add to that the question that I always ask myself, can I see myself reading this book again (Usually if I answer yes this with a yes it gets five-stars unless to many edits interfere)? So, I guess everything hinges on the answer to that question. Well I guess that question just gave me my answer, didn’t it? Well, damn, I guess I really am scattered if it took all this writing just to get to this blasted point.

Book Cover Rating 
I will admit that when I saw the cover on InstaFreebie I liked it enough to give the book a shot without checking out the inside but then I read the book and not some discrepancies. Ann is supposed to be a “fair haired” young woman while one man is fair haired and the other has dark hair and a beard. Does match the book? Yes and No and I am really leaning more towards ‘no’ than anything else.

Book Blurb Rating

Book's Blurb
See how it all begins! Returning from Europe, Ann learns she is to marry a man of her father's choosing once they arrive in New York. Refusing, she runs away, although she can't go far on a steam ship. Only as far as the stateroom of a very handsome soldier.

There's only one guaranteed way to save a woman from a bad marriage, and that's to marry her himself. Ann is surprised Robert will go to such lengths to protect her, but stunned when she won't just be marrying him, but his fellow soldier, Andrew, as well.

Published April 30, 2017
93 Pages


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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Wallflower (Halle Pumas #1) by Dana Marie Bell

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Well, here we go again, they say the third time is a charm we shall see. I seem to be having difficulty with writing and for a change it has nothing to do with a lack of what to say and more about freezing software and forgetting to save when taking a break. Then there was my crazy job and the messed-up sinus infection that spent two weeks trying to kick my sorry ass. Now I am feeling better and ready to get writing and I really have a lot to write about. But I am doing this really insane thing that started with reading The Wallflower which is the first book in the Halle Pumas series, which is connected to the Halle Shifters series and the Poconos Pack Series, and has me currently on Bear Necessities.

I chose to re-read The Wallflower because I really love Emma and Max, they make laugh and lighten my mood significantly when I am alone with my heavy thoughts, be alone is a hard thing these days but visiting with some good characters and chase away blues. Emma’s not always so appropriate comments and Max’s Ricky Ricardo like response when he says her name are hilariously entertaining. Then there is Emma when she is in her bad ass mode, she does pack a punch for the tiny person that she is which just proves that the tiny are mighty and one really should not piss them off. By the way ladies, in case you have not read The Wallflower yet, Max’s last name is
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Cannon and if you get the innuendo then you will have to read the story to find out if he lives up to his name because even though I tell you the story does have steamy moments and some interesting foreplay, I think it is only appropriate that Emma tell you herself about him living up to his name or not (lol).

Then we have Livia, who maybe should be an elephant instead of a puma since she can sure hold a grudge or maybe she is just jealous. Either way that psycho bitch really needs to be committed so she can deal with her stalking issues which obviously stem from her delusions that she should be the Curana because I honestly don’t think love for Max has anything to do with her desire to mate with him. Livia’s break from reality was pretty epic and probably predicable but what really surprised me was her lack of intelligence when it came to her methods, I mean I figured she was a come-at-you-head-on type of person not a come-at-you-sideways type person.

The Wallflower is definitely one of my favorite stories and my only real complaint is that it can easily be read in a day or if it is really quiet with no disruption half a day. Either way it deserves a five-star and on that note I know that there is a new edition of The Wallflower and given that I am seriously curious to see if there are any rewrites or addition you will probably see this review again but for the newest edition which was published by Dana Marie Bell.

Quotes

“Because Wallflowers has been known to suck the testosterone out of every single male who’s ever entered.”—Simon

“But if he hurts her, I’ll scoop out his nuts with a grapefruit spoon.” —Emma
I had a hard time choosing which quote I want to share and it was a toss-up between this quote and the other one about a goat emasculator.

My Previous Review
I absolutely love this series and always keeping coming back to it as well as the Halle Shifter series and the Poconos Pack series. I really like how these series all tie together and the characters make appearances in all three series. I hope there will be more books for the Halle Pumas series as well.

Book Cover Rating 
Because I purchased this book in 2014 and this was the cover that came with the book and I feel I need to rate this cover which I do like and does fit the book. However, I am going to include the new cover because I feel that it is only fair to the author that her book be properly represented.

Book Blurb Rating

Book's Blurb
Emma Carter has been in love with Max Cannon since high school, but he barely knew she existed. Now she runs her own unique curio shop, and she’s finally come out her shell and into her own.

When Max returns to his small home town to take up his duties as the Halle Pride’s Alpha, he finds that shy little Emma has grown up. That small spark of something he’d always felt around the teenager has blossomed into something more—his mate!

Taking her “out for a bite” ensures that the luscious Emma will be permanently his.

But Max’s ex has plans of her own. Plans that don’t include Emma being around to interfere. To keep her Alpha, Emma must prove to the Pride that she has what it takes to be Max’s mate.

Published April 15, 2008
Publisher Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Pages 104

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Previously reviewed books 
Artistic Vision (Gray Court #3) by Dana Marie Bell
Sweet Dreams (Halle Pumas #2) by Dana Marie Bell
Of Shadows and Ash (Maggie's Grove #3) By Dana Marie Bell
Figure of Speech (Halle Shifters #4) by Dana Marie Bell
The Hob (Gray Court #4) by Dana Marie Bell
The Fire Within (The Nephilim #2) by Dana Marie Bell