Monday, December 18, 2017

Bitter Thirst by S.M. Reine [Review]

 Bitter Thirst by S.M. Reine
Bitter Thirst (Preternatural Affairs #8) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author
Date read: April 12, 2017

Preternatural Affairs
1. Witch Hunt
2. Silver Bullet
3. Hotter Than Helltown
4. Shadow Burns
5. Deadly Wrong
6. Ashes and Arsenic
7. Once Darkness Falls
8. Bitter Thirst Kindle
9. The Road to Helltown

S.M. Reine
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Cèsar Hawke works for the Office of Preternatural Affairs, and until now, his detective work has been a secret to the nation. But a Senator has been publicly assassinated in Washington DC…by a demon. Now America knows that the preternatural are real. Everyone knows it's real.

The doomsday clock is ticking. A change is coming. And if Cèsar doesn't stop the Apple cult from sating their bitter thirst for power, then all Americans will end up fodder to feed hungry angels.
Thoughts on Bitter Thirst: AHAHAHA! Oh, dear gawd! Cèsar certainly knows how to get himself dead center of the absolute WEIRDEST things that could possibly pop up, doesn't he? Like accidentally pissing off the two women in his life in vastly different and yet incredibly similar ways. Oh, and that whole demon-raising, preternatural craziness going on. You know, little stuff.

Right. So this book gave us the return of Suzy. And she's just as abrasively charming as ever. Cèsar's family puts in an appearance and there's the requisite backstabbing and political maneuvering one comes to expect from the Union and OPA. And possibly some you won't expect.

(For those that haven't read the other interconnected series set in this universe, you might want to look away.)

(Did you look away? Because I'm going to talk about things. Sort of.)

(Okay. I'm going in.)

I've been curious as to what happened to Cèsar down the line. In Marion's series, we get glimpses of Fritz, but Cèsar has been curiously absent. I AM SO INTRIGUED TO SEE WHERE HE ENDS UP. Because things are in motion and this world likes to throw me for a loop whenever possible. Something I look forward to, mind you.

All in all, Cèsar is a fairly moral guy. Or, he was. He did what had to be done, but he usually took the more morally correct path to get there. It feels like that internal compass is shifting a bit. He's looking at things differently (good job on that, Suzy) and he's not immune to the betrayals stacking up against him.

Times, they are a'changin' and Cèsar looks to be changing with them.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Write On Review-a-thon [47]

It's time for another installment of the Write On Review-a-thon. YAY!

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey [Quickie Review]

 Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey
Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: October 1, 2016

Shannon Stacey
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.

Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there's an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.

Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes' wiring for almost as long as he's wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn't notice Scott back in high school, but she's noticing him now, and soon they're indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year's.

But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other's company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?
Thoughts on Holiday Sparks: Okay, this one was cute. Popular girl returns home and finds someone who captures her interest. I liked that Scott had been shy and quiet back in high school and he'd found his path since and blossomed. So to speak. I liked that Chloe wasn't the typical mean type of popular girl, they simply ran in different circles and their paths rarely crossed back then.

Now that they have...sparks are a flyin'!

There's banter. There's sexy times. There's banter during the sexy times. And there's a dog. *thumbs up* to the pooch!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Forbidden Chamber by Ella Drake [Review]

 The Forbidden Chamber by Ella Drake
The Forbidden Chamber by Ella Drake
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: April 4, 2017

Ella Drake
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
“Your life is forfeit if you open that door.”

All her life, Lady Isabel Colven has followed the path laid out for her, content to look neither left nor right for excitement. Her future holds a dutiful, passionless marriage to some nice young man, and she’s content…until the exotic and compelling Lord Rukh Hayle threatens her maidenly reserve. Rumor paints him as a wife-murderer; desire tempts her to look past his aura of danger.

Rukh refuses to let his family’s curse kill a third bride, but Isabel awakens the Raven within him, compels him to take her to wife—and to bed—despite the secrets that live under his skin. That lie is locked in the darkest corners of the manor, waiting to be unleashed. Their lusty union arouses the curse, entangling Isabel in an erotic tug of war that can only end in her destruction. There is no escape for either of them. Not from his family’s shadowy history. Not from demons imagined and real. And not from the choice Rukh faces to save his bride from a fate worse than death…

Warning: This gothic contains heady kisses that lead to ruin, passionate sex on a desk chair, a mysterious husband who may be a murderer, a cursed family of raven shifters, and an unspeakable evil hidden in the closet.
Thoughts on The Forbidden Chamber: Gothic, seeimingly-doomed love meets a curse that one one lady won't let stand in the way of her happily ever after. *swoon*

I really did enjoy this one. Dark and moody with plenty of hints of danger and despair. Well, the despair wasn't really hinted at. It was pretty much hanging out for everyone to see. If they knew where to look.

Annnnnyway. Isabel and Rukh don't have it easy. Between the rumors circulating about his previous wives and the meddling of his family, it looks like Isabel is the next to be offered up as a sacrifice to the dark secret the Hayle family is hiding in the manor. Except it turns out Isabel isn't one to sit idly by and let bad things happen to her. She fights back. WITH KNOWLEDGE.

I appreciate that in a lady.

Highly enjoyable with just the right amount of Gothic intrigue to keep me excited to turn the page and see what was going to happen next. *thumbs up*

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Defying Death by Cynthia Sax [Review]

 Defying Death by Cynthia Sax
Defying Death (Cyborg Sizzle #4) by Cynthia Sax
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: March 28, 2017

Cyborg Sizzle
1. Releasing Rage
1.5. Being Green
2. Breathing Vapor
3. Crash and Burn
3.5. Jumping Barrel
4. Defying DeathKindle
5. Chasing Mayhem
6. Hers to Command
7. Ghost of the Machine
8. Seeking Vector
8.5. Knowing Zip

Cynthia Sax
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
He’ll risk it all for one moment of happiness.

Cyborgs don’t show emotion. Death learned that lesson early in his long lifespan. To survive, he hides his fierce passions behind a stoic wall. He calls no warrior friend. He never admits to caring for any being.

Even the human female he’s destined to love.

Tifara is Death’s obsession, his sole opportunity for happiness, to express the all-consuming passion burning brightly inside him. He’ll do anything to obtain the curvaceous medic: defy a direct order, abduct Tifara from her battle station, and wage war on his fellow cyborgs.

To earn her love, he’ll have to risk much, much more.
Thoughts on Defying Death: MORE CYBORGS! YESSSSSS! Now, Death is a little harder to relate to than the other cyborgs. Mostly because he keeps all his emotions locked down. Hard. Except, you know, when he wants certain appendages fondled. He's pretty open about that particular thing. But the rest of the time, he's learned that showing emotion ends up harming those around him.

So he tries to pretend he's not wildly attracted to and fiercely protective of Tifara. Which *spoiler* he is on both counts.

Tifara, on the other hand, doesn't hide her emotions in the least. She gets a little fixated on viruses and how to cure them and she kinda refuses to listen to Death when he keeps insisting he hasn't infected anyone (except her with his love nanos) (that's not actually what they're called, btw), but she'd pretty straightforward about her wants. And she's very creative about convincing herself that Death needs some very HANDS ON monitoring, if you know what I mean.

By the by, I'm not sure I like the cyborg counsel. They're kinda unbending jerks (who happened to unbend a little, but let's move on, shall we?). Maybe they just need to find their special lady friends so they understand why a cyborg would be willing to go balls out to protect her. Since I live in eternal hope that all the freed cyborgs find their HEA, I'm going to pretend that day is coming. Possibly soon.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Amid the Winter Snow Anthology [Review]

 Amid the Winter Snow Anthology
Amid the Winter Snow Anthology
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for review
Date read: November 25, 2017

Grace Draven
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Thea Harrison
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Elizabeth Hunter
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Jeffe Kennedy
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Purchase Links: Kindle

Synopsis (Goodreads):
As the snows fall and hearths burn, four stories of Midwinter beginnings prove that love can fight its way through the darkest night…

THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven
The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The Midwinter masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to her childhood home in the snowy Dolomites to hide and remember the hurt—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN, by Jeffe Kennedy
As a blizzard batters the mountain keep of Windroven, Ami, Queen of Avondligh of the Twelve Kingdoms, and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of Midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…
Thoughts on Amid the Winter Snow: I came for the Elder Races and got sucked into all of them.

The Darkest Midnight: Oh, man. Jahna and Radimar had the most wonderful slow burn romance. Part of this is because Jahna is young when they first meet and she needs to grow into herself, and part of it is because Radimar is trying to convince himself his lifestyle isn't the type that takes a wife. Yet, he still has decidedly non-brotherly thoughts about Jahna  even when he's trying to think of her in that way. It was, in a word, perfect.

The Chosen: I'm a HUGE Elder Races fan, so it should come as no surprise that I absolutely ADORED Lily and Wulf's story. Lily was just so sweet and mindful that every choice she makes will have an impact on her people. And Wulf...Wulf is everything I love about Elder Races heroes. He's crafty and forceful, but he sees that too heavy a hand will send Lily running. So he takes his time with her and it was FANTASTIC. I guess you could say Lily's sweetness brought out his lighter side. Honestly, Wulf needed that lightness. With everything he's had to deal with lately, he's buried under a cloud and the idea that he was heading to war wears on him.

I just... <3 <3 <3

The Storm: Renata and Max. The whole soul mate dying thing was rough. Renata was so broken after. Even when she wasn't broken-broken, she was still hanging onto her heartache so tightly she couldn't see how much Max meant to her. Finding the secret in the caverns helps her in more ways than one. Facing her pain ends up making her stronger. That said, I'm pretty sure Max would stand by her whether she was still lost or not.

The Snows of Windroven: Okay. So I have the BIGGEST soft spot for damaged heroes who can't see how heroic they really are. Ash TOTALLY checks off all those boxes. The guy has a lot of baggage and his sense of self-worth is pretty tarnished after his years in prison, but he's a good one. His biggest flaw is probably his lack of communication. But, again, those years in prison can mess with a man. Good thing Ami is the sort to force a confrontation. It takes a while to drag his fears out of him, but she perseveres and gets the big guy talking and it's FANTASTIC.