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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

REVIEW-THE MIGHTY STORM BY SAMANTHA TOWLE

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"And I just can't look its killing me
And taking control
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis"
~Mr. Brightside by The Killers

Wow. I... hmm, I'm not quite sure where to start with this one. I love to read books that take me on an emotional rollercoaster. The Mighty Storm accomplished that, and then some. Just a couple of things upfront, there are editing issues. Not to the point where I was pulling my hair out but more precise editing is needed. Also, there is a good chance I may ramble my way through this one. I dont know how I'm going to keep up with everything that's going on in my head. I was able to relate to this book on basically every single level possible...and that's all I have to say about that. *wink*

14 year old Tru Bennett resides in England with two loving parents with her best friend and  (unknowingly) first love Jake Wethers living right next door. That is until Jake moves to the States, ultimately breaking the bond the two once shared. Twelve years later Tru is all grown up, has a great roommate and an amazing boyfriend of two years and works for a magazine doing what she loves in music journalism. Her life is just starting to take shape when the opportunity of a lifetime is presented to her. As a music journalist for a small magazine, the chance at interviewing the lead front man for the world renowned rock band The Mighty Storm is a no brainer. That is unless said front man is your former best childhood friend that you've lost contact with, the first boy you ever loved.



Jake Wethers is all rock n roll. He is everything you expect  from a true front man. Everything about him screams sex. Between his irratic black hair, piercing blue eyes and that freckle dusted nose that hints to a boyish charm, no woman can resist. The problem is, those women are all faceless, just something to do. He has yet to find in them, what he lost in her.

The Mighty Storm is about rock and roll, the brotherhood that forms between band members, past, present and future love. While this is definately a "romantic" read, it's also true to the "lifestyle". Jake isnt perfect. He is nowhere close and he has his demons, his struggles, and his insecurities that many, if not most,artists have. Their talent and creativity being their outlet, their lifeline.

This is usually where I start to break down the storyline. I dont think I can do that with this book without giving too much away. The Mighty Storm was such a rollercoaster ride for me and while some technical aspects need some fine tuning, it didnt keep me from sinking deep into this world Ms. Towle has created. Book two is slated for release in December. Merry Christmas.







Thursday, October 25, 2012

REVIEW-SILVER LAKE BY KATHRYN KNIGHT


My rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rain Anderson has alot going on in her life. One would think divorce from her highschool sweetheart would play the heaviest on her mind but it's dreams of her missing friend that keep her up at night...and chilled by day.

Silver Lake is a haunting tale of 4 friends, who since lost touch after highschool, coming together to try to solve a mystery. It was 5 years ago that Brandy went missing and the group of friends were never the same thereafter. Nor was Brandy ever found alive, or otherwise. Brandy's mother is gravely ill so Rain and friends Jason, Allie and A.J. all agree to meet at A.J.'s former family lake house in one last attempt to solve this mystery so that her mother may die in peace and these distant friends can begin to truly heal.

I will admit that Silver Lake isn't quite my norm. I was intrigued by the blurb and took the opportunity to enter Ms. Knight's giveaway and lucky me, I won! When I began reading, I noted to a friend that while "romance" somewhat takes a backseat, I enjoyed the flow of the book and the characters she brought to life. I'm one of those people though, that yell at the movie screen "Don't open that door!" or "OMG, you know if you pick up the phone, the dead girl will be on the other end!" When random puddles of water started appearing here and there and characters kept it hush hush...ok, yeah, I yelled at my Kindle a couple of times.

I figured out the where rather quickly, the who however, had me going back and forth. I enjoyed the interaction between the 4 main characters. There is a lot of healing and self realization in this book, along with romance that's being given a second chance. I feel the ending was a bit rushed but overall I like this authors style and word building. I would like to read more from her in the future.
 

 
 
 
 

 


E NHYA-GUEST REVIEW-UNDENIABLE BY MADELINE SHEEHAN


Solid 4.5 Stars

This book is not for the faint of heart. This is not your typical romance with little issues to over come concerning the H/h. This book is RAW. It's real. It's ugly and beautiful all in the same breath. It's dark, seductive, decadent, heartbreaking. You see fear, you feel the hopelessness and then you witness the love. The unyielding, undying, heartwrenching in your gut and bones, that refuses to be put into a pretty bow, type of love.

Reading this book showed me just how spoiled I've become with Ms. Kristen Ashley's take on what a bad biker man is. Cos these guys in this book, especially the Hero, is raw, gritty, truly realistic & scary Alpha guy... But you love him anyway. Deuce pushed the envelope.. NO! He ripped the thing up and pushed so many buttons with me. But I do have to be honest and say that there is another biker guy in here that pushed just as many buttons if not more & I loved him more than the lead. *hides face*

Bottom line: You are taking your chances when reading this book. Do not come into this expecting a certain type of story cos that is most certainly NOT what you are going to get. This author takes the real and forces you to accept and embrace it. With no apologies. And while you may not like or even agree with what occurs here or where this story leads you, you will understand the journey. And appreciate it for what it is. And I have to say that I TRULY LOVE when an author does this.

All I can say right now is that Deuce, Eva, & others in this story have driven me into a brick wall with no air bags.

And if this book only serves in taking you away from your comfort zone & giving you a different perspective, whether it's your cup of tea or not I recommend that you read this book.
Just... WOW

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

REVIEW-ON DUBLIN STREET BY SAMANTHA YOUNG

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"But I think mostly it's your eyes. I want something from them no one else gets from them."

~Braden Carmichael

I kept seeing this book popping up in Goodreads updates feed. Always great reviews, lots of gushing and aww'ing. On Dublin Street isn't "paranormal" but I'm so glad I read it. Yay me for branching out.

The book begins with a glimpse into our heroine's past. At just 14 years old, she suffered a tragic loss that would reshape both her present and future.

Jocelyn Butler hoped that by leaving the States, she would also leave her past behind and start new in Scotland. Even though she is an aspiring writer, Jocelyn is extremely cut off from her emotions and ability to connect with people. She doesn't need others, she does perfectly fine inside her little bubble, or so she thinks.

A chance cab ride and a quirky blonde looking for a gal pal roommate changes Jocelyn's life forever, even if it takes her a bit to see it for all and what it is. "The Suit", aka Braden Carmichael, with his dark disheveled hair, pale blue eyes and cleft chin is hard to ignore. Did I mention his sharp jawline, wide cheekbones and Roman nose? How about his strong Scottish accent, strong "t's" and all...and then there's my favorite, his imperfect teeth. He's everything you love in a possessive "alpha male", as well as that subtle tinge of vulnerability and sensitivity, making him the perfect male lead.

I really enjoyed the flow and character development of this book.  The chemistry, emotion and banter between "Joss" and Braden made for an entertaining read and I found myself emotionally invested in not only what happened to Joss and Braden but also the supporting cast. I look forward to the recently announced sequel to On Dublin Street and plan to read more from this offer in the near future.



Monday, October 22, 2012

GUEST REVIEW BY TWIGS


Blurb:

The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.

Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full. As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.



Review of: To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was my first book by H.P. Mallory. To Kill a Warlock is an easy to read Urban Fantasy. Dulcie, a Regulator or law enforcement for the Netherworlds is caught in the mystery of who is killing warlocks in her town. A Loki demon, Knight, has come to help Dulcie. She then finds herself having to choose between three men. Although definitely not YA there is no sex in this read, but you do get a bit of steam. I have to admit, although a huge fan of the “mine” term, it was nice to have a heroine hold out and the men are not over possessive. Mallory has a bit of everything in this. From fairies, vampires, demons, witches and warlocks. It was fun and witty without battering on your emotions.  I look forward to getting the next book in this series.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

REVIEW-NOBODY'S PERFECT (RESCUE ME #4) BY KALLYPSO MASTERS

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"The hair on your legs is tickling the sides of my boobs."

~Savi

O.O

Gonna pause briefly to give you a moment to sort that out in your head, have your lightbulb moment, double check said conclusion, blush, peel your eyebrows from your hairline, and refocus on your screen..
 

Hi, welcome back. *wink*

Mild spoilers...

Nobody's Perfect is the 4th installment in Ms. Master's Rescue Me series. Before reading page 1, I knew this would be an emotional rollercoaster. The build up is three books deep, and for me, this pairing is the one of the most sensitive nature. This book had me crying at times, laughing and gushing at others. My stomach rolled, I got angry and maybe, just maybe...purred a time...or two. This book is not for the faint at heart.

We, the readers, know of Savannah's tragic backstory but here, we get even more details of just how tragic and disturbing it truly is. Both Savannah and Damian are haunted and damaged but at the same time, have a level of internal strength that many wouldnt be able to find within themselves. They are the unlikely Prince and Princess in little Mari's eyes.

There is simply too much going on in this book for me to "review" without spoiling too much. I truly enjoyed all the relationship building. While this is Damian and Savannah's book, the book adds an even stronger sense of "family". While I loved Damian and Savannah's story, it was the father/son dynamic between Adam and Damian that really stood out for me. *bear hug* I have to work in my Adam love somehow, surely you know this. :-)

Back to Damian and Savannah or D/s *wink*. Granted, the heat level in this book is off the charts. At the same time, there is so much healing and self realization intertwined, making for such an emotional read. Both have hard limits, and while Damian is determined to help heal Savannah, he pushes his own limits while doing so. There is a scene, a breakthrough for both that brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart. Subspace via breath control exchange...well damn.

With all the gushing, you may be wondering why I didnt give the full 5 stars. This book had me, totally and completely. That is, until  I got towards the end. I will say, I've never been a fan of naming  male or female genitalia. I find it a bit weird and just creepy. The term cabron seemed to pop up repeatedly, to the point where it was just too much.

Not sure how to say this without spoiling too much but...lets just say, I'm aware of many types of "jobs" a woman can perform with her various parts of her body. That being said, regardless of what "part" she uses, it's usually used on just one "part" of the man. Not the case here and while I can appreciate stepping outside of the box, sorry but just...no. Also, I'm leary of butterflies now. You'll see.

Even though I have some issues with events towards the end of the book, I still really enjoyed it overall and Luke, my baby Dom Texan, well his book can't come fast enough! I hope that he too is fond of the term "little one". <3