Sunday, September 27, 2015

REVIEW: Deacon (Unfinished Hero Book #4) by Kristin Ashley

Deacon (Unfinished Hero, #4)Deacon by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am so used to the alpha male being all ALPHA from the get go that this slow build up for me had me wanting to quit the book rather than keep reading. I'm glad I kept reading.

This book is a much darker book than most of the books I read. I wanted to read it because I enjoyed the first three Unfinished Hero books and I really enjoyed the Rock Chick series.

Cassidy follows a dream and buys some cabins, fixes them up, and rents them out. At first, she has the help of her boyfriend, but when that goes south and he goes packing, she continues working and renting the cabins. She's content in her life and when the mysterious and brooding man rents one of her cabins several times over the course of a few years, she tries to get to know him, but each time, he pushes her away until one night and then slowly the walls begin to come down for him and for her.

Yes, to me, this book has a cliffhanger. Do you need to read the other three books before this one? No, it can be read as a standalone, but if you enjoy Kristen Ashley, then I suggest reading the other three, preferably in order before reading this.

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REVIEW: Locke (Corps Security #6) by Harper Sloan

Locke (Corps Security, #5)Locke by Harper Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been waiting for Maddox Locke's story since he first appeared in Axel (Corps Security, #1). Tough, alpha exterior but the way he was in Axel, I was instantly taken by him and cursed Harper Sloan every time the next book in the series wasn't about Locke. However, she indeed, saved the best for last (although Axel gives Locke a run for his money in my heart).

So we meet Locke and Emmy in early stories (you really should read this series in order, but you don't have to. I just say DO IT [I'm so demanding, aren't I?]), you won't regret it. Back to Locke and Emmy.

Emmy has loved Maddox Locke throughout the series but Locke keeps playing a dance with her, keeping her at arms length and pushing her away. After an incident that occurs, she leaves the gang and heads back to the past she ran away from to begin with.

Of course the man goes after her and brings her back and the dance continues for a while of this push and pull between the two before everything comes to a head and when it does, you pull for them both and it's wicked.

If you want to believe those that leave the 1 and 2 stars then go ahead, but remember, like my review, their review is their opinion. If you love the Corps Security gang then read this book. You get your Sway moments, the moments with the other guys and Cohen too, as what is a Corps Security book without the gang, but you really and finally get Locke's story and that is what I was waiting for.

The book entertained me and that's all that matters to me. I loved it and I'm going to miss the gang as just starting life out with their significant others, but Harper has begun the wonderful Hope Town series about the kids of the Corps Security gang and the first one is about Cohen and Dani (Axel's daughter). WOOT WOOT WOOT!

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REVIEW: Cain's Identity (Scanguards Vampires Book 9) by Tina Folsom

Cain's Identity (Scanguards Vampires, #9)Cain's Identity by Tina Folsom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What do you do when you have no memory of who you are except for vivid dreams of late and a feeling that you shouldn't be taking orders from anyone? You become defiant and combative. Then someone shows up claiming they know who you are and that they've come to take you back to claim what's rightfully yours?

If you're Cain, you cautiously agree to go "home" before you're legally declared dead. However, Scanguards sends some of its crew with you and what ensues is one entertaining, exciting, and tantalizing book. Not to say the book is without it's flaws as I'm partial to two or three other Scanguards vampires; I found myself drawn to Cain's story immediately despite him and his really cocky Alpha attitude. Besides, I've been waiting for his story for a while so I just HAD to read this book.

While I wasn't a fan of Cain's defiance of authority at first, when John comes into play to take him home, my attitude changed. We're taken away from San Francisco and taken down south and introduced to a whole different Vampire world.

Cain's Identity has its comedic moments, its tender moments, and a few battle scenes. Then ending could have been more epic and battleworthy to me, but it does not deter from how much I enjoyed this book.

If you have never read Tina Folsom's Scanguards series, I highly recommend it. I would start with Samson's Lovely Mortal, Book 1 and then read the series in order to experience the build up to Cain's Identity.

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REVIEW: Dare To Submit by Carly Phillips

Dare to Submit (Dare to Love, #4)Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will state this forever - Kelly Ripa introduced me to one of my favorite authors. Period.

Carly Phillips is an author I one-click, no questions asked, no need to look at the cover or read the synopsis. She writes, I buy. Period.

While this can be read as a stand alone, I highly suggest and recommend that you start reading the series from Book 1 - Dare to Love. Carly Phillips' writes you a world that you feel a part of from page one of every book she writes and while Dare to Submit is no exception, the build up from one book to the next is just as exciting as one-clicking just because Carly has a new book up for my reading enjoyment.

Dare to Submit is more racier than Carly's previous works and in it, she introduces us to Decklan Dare and Amanda Collins. Decklan may be a hot alpha male, but he's not the over-the-top alpha that I have read in a lot of books lately.

I'm trying to avoid spoilers here so forgive me - Decklan and Amanda are members of an elite BDSM club. One night, Decklan finds himself coming to her aid in the club and ends up taking her home. Decklan, who isn't looking to fall in love, ends up waking up the next morning with her gone and him missing her.

Amanda is from out of town and only comes to the city every few weeks for a night at the Club. She returns home and back to work where her boss encourages her to pursue Decklan as well as tell him the truth about herself.

If you want more, you really need to read the book.

I highly recommend Carly and all of her books, however, Carly now has a Kindle World based on the Dare world. Here you'll meet many different authors and be lost in that world for hours upon hours!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

REVIEW: Hardline by Meredith Wild

Hardline (Hacker, #3)Hardline by Meredith Wild
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, I want to read more books by Meredith Wild. This series just gets better and better. I think I need to meet this author just to thank her for writing Blake and Erica and giving me all the feels that I didn't have with other series that I felt I should have.

I'm sad though... this does have one helluva cliffhanger and at the time of my first read of this book, I didn't know this was going to be a five book series.

Alas, I have to wait to read the remaining two books but from the reviews I've read about them, the books are fantastic.

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REVIEW: Hardpressed by Meredith Wild

Hardpressed (Hacker, #2)Hardpressed by Meredith Wild
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardpressed is book #2 in the Hacker series. The story continues for Erica and Blake.

You know how the second book or movie of a trilogy is usually a let down and not as good as the first book? Hardpressed just soared past Hardpressed from the turn of the first page. It wasn't slow for me, it flowed and kept me reading. I couldn't put it down. The characters continued to be well written, flaws and all. I couldn't find any discrepancies between the first and second book and that made the book even more for me.

I don't like comparing books or series of books to others, however, for me, the series was as intriguing to me as the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

REVIEW: Hardwired by Meredith Wild

Hardwired (Hacker, #1)Hardwired by Meredith Wild
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First read in 2014 and then again early in 2015 after I learned this was a five book series, and not a trilogy.

When I first started reading this series, one of my fellow book nerds said that this was a trilogy. She was certain of it. And since all three of this trilogy were out, I would devour this series in the course of a weekend. And I did because she lent the first three of this series to me.

I instantly was wrapped into Erica's world because of her determination to make her way on her own. She's such a strong, sexy, and smart character on her own. Blake brings conflict - good and bad, lust, love, and hot sex.

The trials and tribulations they face apart and together had me more enthralled than I was believing they would but Meredith Wild wrote two characters that I couldn't help but fall in love with.

If you have yet to read this series, I suggest making sure you have all five so that when you finish this book, you start the next because going on to another book is just so wrong when there's more Erica and Blake to read and discover and absorb.

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