Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: Rescued by Priscilla West

Print Length: 329 pages
Publisher: Amazon Unlimited (February 24, 2014)

From “There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

 Lorrie’s semester started off hopeful but ended in disaster. Now, she’s even more lost and confused than she was at the beginning of the year. As Lorrie flees to the only family she has left, she has to come to terms with how things ended with Hunter.

Hunter has fought for so long to keep the truth from Lorrie in an effort to protect her, but that has only caused more heartache and pain.

Realizing his mistake, Hunter has made a vow to get Lorrie back, but is it too late?

Will Hunter be able to overcome his own demons and help Lorrie through her pain, or are they destined to keep hurting each other?

WARNING: This book is recommended for MATURE AUDIENCES (18+) ONLY due to explicit sexual content. This is also book #2 in a series, so to fully understand the characters I would recommend reading book 1 Wrecked prior to reading this one.

My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

The conclusion to Hunter and Lorrie's story was one that I almost didn't read. Although I mostly enjoyed book one in this series, I wasn't sure if I liked the characters enough to continue on with their story. To be honest, I really didn't care about them. I felt the ending of that story was enough that I could move on and forget about them. 

Until I couldn't. 

As I finished other books on my to-be-read pile, I kept thinking about them. Did they get their happily ever after? If Hunter finally came clean to Lorrie about everything - would she still treat him as coldly as she did in the first book? 

Eventually, I couldn't take it anymore, and I decided to finish their story. Now I'm sitting here staring at my computer screen, having just finished it and to be honest... I'm having a lot of mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I liked that there wasn't a whole lot of sex happening. While I enjoy a good sex scene just as much as the next person, I've come to notice that a lot of times, they are used in place of actually moving the story forward, so it was nice to actually have a story here. 

Lorrie also wasn't so much the whiny brat that she was in the first book - in this book - she's so obsessed with her step-father and getting answers that she basically ignored Hunter. There was a whole scene dedicated to her DRIVING, and not focusing on anything other than the thoughts in her head. She really was not a likable character at all. 

I also felt like Hunter was lacking in this story as well. Here he is a hot MMA fighter, and there is absolutely NO MMA fighting in this book. Granted I get that now that he's revealed he has MS he's come to realize that fighting isn't the best course of action for him, but then he literally does almost nothing but hang out with Lorrie, live at her aunt and uncle's house and do some basic handiwork. What about getting a job? What about doing something other than pine after the girl who is too caught up in her own head to have a conversation with you? 

The ending was a big disappointment as well - after the huge buildup, I had expected more. It was like once the author got there, she really didn't know where to go with it, and that was probably the biggest let down of the entire story. 

Overall, I'm sure there will be a lot of people who enjoy Hunter & Lorrie's story in its entirety, I just wish I had passed. 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Owned (Decadence After Dark #1) by M. Never

Print Length: 237 pages
Publisher: Amazon Unlimited (September 29, 2014)

From ***Content Warning*** 
Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised. 

"I like you collared, baby. I like you naked, I like you mine.” 

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes - until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo's infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts. 

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned. 

My Rating: 1 star out of 5

I feel seriously mislead by the synopsis of this story. I was expecting a hot BDSM related story-line between two consenting adults. What I was not expecting was for the main (male) character to drug the main (female) character, abduct her, and force her to submit to him against her will. 

Was there hot sex scenes? Sure I guess. But I felt like not only did the sex become repetitive (and used in place of a scene where there could be character growth), but the overall feeling of this story just made the scenes not enjoyable. Towards the end, I felt as though this author showed potential for weaving together a good story, this one just wasn't it. 

Also, since it doesn't tell you upfront, this story does end on a cliff-hanger. And while the rest of the series is out now, I will not be continuing on with these characters. 

Don't get me wrong, I am sure there is a wide variety of reader that this story (and series) will appeal to, but its just not for me. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

Owned (Decadence After Dark #1) is available from

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review: Undercover with the Earl by Robyn DeHart

Print Length: 165 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (August 11, 2015)

From To capture the most eligible bachelor in London...

London, 1838

The handsome Earl of Summersby may just be the most eligible bachelor in London, but has no interest in a wife. As a member of the Brotherhood, Bennett Haile is far more vested in his undercover duties for the crown and protecting the Queen from would-be assassins. For now he has the perfect tool with which to lure out the villains—a young woman with an uncanny likeness to the queen.

The spirited Evelyn Marington is about to live out every country girl's dream—becoming royalty overnight. Under the tutelage of the arrogant Earl of Summersby, she'll have to fool the entire court that she is, in fact, the queen. But as danger threatens from every side, Bennett realizes that his lovely little protegĂ© isn't just placing her life in his hands... She's stealing his heart.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My biggest disappointment with this story was that the ending did feel a bit unresolved to me, as I felt the big climatic moment not only fell flat, but did not tie up all the lose ends that had been uncovered. Even when it came to Bennett and Evelyn, I wish there could have been an epilogue so we knew how their romance ended. Did they have children? Did he continue his work? And if he did, was Evelyn brought into it since she already knew so much about it? Did they ever uncover who was behind all of the threats? Those were just some of the little details I wish there was an ending to. 

That being said, I enjoyed what there was of the story. A country miss impersonating the Queen of England is not a story-line you see every day, and that was what drove my desire to read this novel in the first place. I enjoyed each and every one of the characters, flaws and all, and I felt that there was enough of a build up between Bennett and Evelyn that I got to enjoy that tension before they acted upon it. Another draw of this book for me, was the sudden and unexpected plot turns that developed as the story progressed. I won't say too much about it as I don't want to include spoilers and ruin it for anyone, but I will say that there was quite a bit of action and betrayals that I didn't see coming! 

Taking all of that into consideration, I do believe this book will appeal to a wide audience of historical romance lovers!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review: Her Final Breath (The Tracy Crosswhite Series #2) by Robert Dugoni

Print Length:410 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 15, 2015)

From Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.

A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I found this author simply by mistake. I am an avid reviewer with an account on Netgalley, so when this author was recommended to me, I took a  chance and requested both of the books in this series. 


Much like the first novel in this series, the plot takes time to build and really start moving forward, but once it does you are taken on an intense ride full of twists, turns and more than a few unexpected surprises. This was one of those novels where I knew for certain who the killer was - only to have a curve-ball thrown at me that made for a much better ending than I could have imagined. 

The characters are all well developed, and I believe this novel to be a pretty accurate representation of (how I feel) the police department operates. You have your leaks, your dead ends, your colleagues who want nothing more than to see you fail - and then you get that one big break that busts the case wide open, and this story had all of those things. 

I would definitely recommend this novel and I look forward to reading more of Tracy's adventures! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review: Fearless by Priscilla West

Print Length: 258 pages
Publisher: Amazon Unlimited (November 13, 2014)

From "What are you doing?" Jax struggled.

My heart breaking for him, I raised his bruised hand to my mouth and kissed it tenderly. "Burning away the past."

Beaten, bruised, and broken, I made a desperate move that would change our lives forever.

Just when I thought the worst was behind us, cracks appeared, secrets surfaced, and lies unraveled.

With threats closing in from all sides and our very lives hanging in the balance, I was faced with the most difficult decision of my life.

WARNING: This book is recommended for MATURE AUDIENCES (18+) ONLY due to explicit sexual content. This is also book #2 in a series, so to fully understand the characters I would recommend reading book 1 Reckless prior to reading this one.

My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

The conclusion to Jax & Riley's story was everything the first book was - and more. There was more angst, more drama, and even a few heart-breaking realizations that made this story seem more real than the first one. 

Despite all that they have overcome, I felt that this book was a continuation of that growth. We got to see underneath the characters, to what was really driving them, and I found that to be an enjoyable aspect then I have seen in some of her other novels. There was also less sex in this series than some of her others - which as much as I enjoy a good sex scene as much as the next person, I felt the lack of it gave way to learning more about the characters and enabled the plot to move forward instead of become repetitive, or worse, dropping off just before a major key point. 

I did thoroughly enjoy the ending as well - it was good to see Kristen again (from her Surrender series) and see where she was in her life and how things were working out for her. 

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: The Dark Ones by Rachel van Dyken

Print Length: 268 pages
Publisher: Create Space (September 20, 2015)

From To touch a Dark One is death. 
To talk to an immortal is suicide. 
Yet, I've been marked by both. 
A Vampire. 
And the King of the immortals. 
My life is no longer my own. 
And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with. 
It was theirs. 
It's always been theirs.


My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

I could start off by saying that this book was AMAZING... but then it IS a Rachel van Dyken book, and I say that about a lot of her books. 

So I guess I will simply start off by saying that this is one of the best paranormal romance novels that I have ever read. 

The Dark Ones is one of those novels where you are immediately gripped by the hand and tossed into a world where nothing is as you believed it to be. A world where vampires, werewolves, sirens and angels not only exist, but the human race knows about them, and are in fact crucial to the continuation of these species - and not as a food source.

For poor Genesis, this has consequences that even she can't imagine. Raised all of her life to believe that she is ugly and worthless, when her number is called, she meets with the Immortal Elders believing her job will be to teach their offspring the ways of the "human" world. However, within moments of meeting Cassius (the Dark one and sort of leader of all the Elders), she is claimed by Ethan and whisked away to a secluded mansion where it is explained to her that Cassius has marked her for his own, and the only way to save her is to allow herself to be "bonded" with Ethan. Even more unfortunate for Genesis, Ethan doesn't even really want to take her for his mate as his own mate betrayed him once upon a time and he is unwilling to go through that again. 

In another twist of events, it is also explained to her that she may not even make it through the process of being bonded as his mate, and even if she does there is no guarantee how long she will survive as the mates of these Immortals have been dying off ever since the ultimate act of betrayal was committed. 

Filled with intrigue, suspense and surprising revelations around every corner The Dark Ones will leave you on the edge of your seat! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 


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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Review: A Scandalous Wife (Scandalous #1) by Ava Stone

Print Length: 302 pages
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (January 26, 2011)

From A Regency Historical Novel - Book One of the Scandalous Series

As the head of his family, Robert Beckford, the Earl of Masten, was accustomed to dealing with various problems his siblings had caused of one sort or another. However he wasn’t prepared when his cad of brother ruined and then abandoned a young lady. To right the wrong, Robert married the girl himself; but his chivalry only went so far. He didn’t want a wife, and most certainly not a scandalous one. So after repeating his vows, he sent her packing, off to a secluded estate and expected her to stay put. 

After years of mistreatment at the hands of her family, Lydia was prepared to be an accommodating wife; but her rigid and unforgiving husband asked too much of her. After languishing for years in her opulent prison, Lydia leaves her country estate for the glamour and excitement of London—and unfortunately her husband’s path.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

For me, this book was simply ok. It wasn't horrible (although I can understand why it received so many negative reviews), but at the same time it wasn't great either.  The characters seemed to be lacking in a lot of aspects - one moment they hate each other (even going as far as to call one another names and throw accusations around like candy) - and the next they have fallen in love with one another seemingly without reason. Then despite Robert's best efforts to make amends, Lydia continues to be a waspish and hostile towards him for the first half of the book, automatically jumping to conclusions at every turn. To be quite frank, I found them to be grossly immature, and to me their behavior took away from the story instead of adding to it. 

If you can overlook that, (and their sordid history together), their romance is actually quite sweet with a healthy mix of humor and drama thrown in. However, I must stress that this is NOT a clean romance. There are several scenes of a sexual nature included in this story.  

Overall, it was a decent way to kill some time on a rainy day, and perhaps one day I will read more by this author (either in this series or in one of her others), however I doubt that will be happening anytime soon. 

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