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Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston (Review)


When this book first came out, I had started The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel. The sad thing was I so close to finishing the story, but something stopped me from reading. I put it aside, and I finally finished the story. I'm kicking myself, because I was soooo close to the endđŸ˜«. Moving on. 

Truth be told, the story was meh. I think part of the reasons I stopped reading the story was I had other things pressing, and I figure I can put this aside. It has taken me a few years to come back to the story, and I had to restart the story. We meet Mary Channing who came to help her sister out, but her sister had other ideas. Her twin sister wanted Mary to experience a season, and possibly find love. However, Mary is content with her nose in a book. Then we meet Geoffrey Westmore, a well known scoundrel. Always scamping around London, but he accidentally gets trapped into marriage with Mary. All she wanted to do is prevent an assassination plot that they over heard together.  

We have a mouse heroine and a rake of a hero. West is trying to keep Mary safe, but she doesn't want to be left out of action. Both finding that they might actually find themselves please to be together. There were a few surprises I didn't expect. Overall, not a bad read. I'm glad to finally finish the story. 

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Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Her Night with the Duke by Diana Quincy (Review)


I was excited to read Her Night with the Duke by Diana Quincy, because I read her very first book and I loved it. Honestly I had high hopes. Don't get me wrong it was pretty good read. I really like the beginning of the story, because we had so much sexual tension between Hunt and Leela. Both of them trying to fight their feelings. Hunt trying to marry Lady Victoria, which happens to be Leela's step-daughter. However, they are more friends than step-mother and step-daughter. 

The pacing of the story was going great for the first half of the story. However, the pacing slows down when a certain event happens. I felt that the latter half of the story felt like filler. I actually put the story down for sometime. I felt myself trying to finish the story. I wanted to scream at Hunt, there is a reason for Leela to turn you down you dolt. 

Overall, it was a pretty good story, but to me it felt like it was starting drag. I'm intrigued by other characters story. Hunt was a dolt at times. Leela was a strong heroine. I liked that she didn't simper when things didn't go her way, but made them happen. It's a pretty good start to a new series. 

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Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Monday, October 12, 2020

This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan (Review)

 

Finally decided that This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan need to be read. I have to say this was an interesting read, and of course I'm jumping into a middle of the series. A couple of reasons why I chose this book: 1) The author is amazing. I have enjoyed previous books of hers. 2) THE COVER. That is probably the main reason. I'm sucker for a red dress on the cover. SUCKER! Moving on my reasons for picking this book, and writing what makes this interesting read. 

We have Lady Clara who decides that she needs to cuckold her vile fiancée, and makes him believe she's with child from another man. Vile fiancée believes her, and disgraces her. Now she needs to run up north where she will be safe from ridicule of the Ton. Her whole family believes she's pregnant, and they are trying to figure out who to marry her off. All Clara wanted was peaceful life in Scotland, and be the amazing aunt everyone wants. Marcus has other plans for her, and he finds the perfect gent for the part, Laird Hunt MacLarin.

Hunt believes that his family is cursed. Each of the previous Laird MacLarin never saw the birth of their babes, so he has decided to never get marry or have bairns. He has a sweet deal going on with barren widow, why mess it up. However, he gets an opportunity to be a father without being the natural father to Lady Clare's bairn. Actually pretty ingenious, except for the fact she's not pregnant. 

This is where the story gets interesting. Boy does some crazy stuff happen, and due to a curse. There could have been a curse, but some of things could be explain through logic. However, logic does take a backseat in this story, because we have a CURSE. It's interesting how they break the curse. I'm still not sure on that, but he it was a pretty good read. If you are looking for cursed fellow, and fake pregnancy, you don't have look to far with This Scot of Mine. Honesty I couldn't put it down. I needed to know if he lives or dies. It was a pretty fun read, and I felt bad for Lady Clara.

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Rating: 4 1/2 Stars


Saturday, October 3, 2020

The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

I finally finished The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. Now I need to slap myself, because when I originally started reading this I was almost done. Seriously! Almost doneđŸ€Š. Shame on me. Anyway, time to focus on my thoughts about this story. 

We get to know Poppy Bridgerton. Oh she can be a troublesome young girl with her curiosity. She stumble upon a something she shouldn't have encounter, which led her to be kidnapped. Which beginnings our story. Andrew James Rokesby is known as a privateer in society. However, he's secretly working for the crown. Now he's stuck with Poppy, because she stumble upon a secret that could effect national security. Okay, the main thing that jumps out at me is Stockholm Syndrome. However, she doesn't completely sympathize with Captain James peril. She doesn't know the whole truth of the situation. Poppy does fall in love with Captain James, and vice versa. Andrew's conscious does eat at him with the issue of Poppy. 

The Other Miss Bridgerton was a pretty good read. I had fun with Poppy and Andrew as they journey to Portugal. Andrew saw that Poppy was a special young lady that wouldn't really fit into society, but would fit for him. It was worth the time. 

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Rating:
4 Stars

Monday, September 28, 2020

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch (Review)

I got a chance to check out My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch earlier this month. I do not recommend reading No Ordinary Hero backwards. I would recommend you go in order. Somethings would make more sense if you read them in the proper order. Just a suggestion. 

In this story, we meet Marjorie Forrester who happens to be the sister of the Duke of Lattimer. When she gets the letter from her brother saying he's going to marry, but she shouldn't come up there. After all, winters are pretty harsh. Everything starts to fall apart when she heads up north. 

We also meet Graeme Maxton, who is a Viscount and a chieftain. He's trying to stay a float when the Duke of Dunncraigh makes an offer, but in return he must kill the Duke of Lattimer. However, Graeme doesn't like the offer, and doesn't trust the Dunncraigh. His brothers happen over heard things and decided to take things their hands, and they kidnap Marjorie. 

This story has some lulling points, but it was a good read. The nightlight of the story was Connell, Graeme's little brother. He's so adorable and has a soft heart. He kind of stole to story, which is fine. Marjorie is kept captive until they figure out what to do. Of course they fall in love, but I think that was a giving. Overall, not a bad read.I guess I need to read the first book, since I have read these totally backwards. 

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Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean (Review)


We have finally arrived to the final chapter of Bareknuckle Bastards series. Now we get to really see what led to Ewan's madness, and why he was after vengeance of his brothers. In the last book he got the crap beat out of him by Grace. If you haven't read the second well spoiler. This is one of the series you need to read the previous books, because they do build off one another. Now that Ewan knows Grace is alive he's out to winner back. From the previous books, we know he can be persistent. He has to fix what he has broken before them. 

We also get a glimpse of the past, and how the father was sadistic bastard. Another thing we learn is the reason behind Ewan's action when Grace, Whit, and Devin ran away. All the things start to fall into place, and we start to understand the whole situation. 

Honestly, Daring and the Duke was a nice ending to the series. It fixes everything that went wrong over the years. A lot happens in this series, and Sarah MacLean does an amazing job with the series. The series is gritty, and not something you see in historical romance. If you don't mind some grit, you might consider the series. 

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Rating:
4 Stars

Friday, September 25, 2020

Audiobook Review: I Love You First Anthology

Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators, and she knows how to make the characters come alive. You can never go wrong with her if it's a small town story that has quirky characters. Now that is out of the way,  time to dive into the stories. 

Take Two by Suzanne Enoch

We have Eleanor Ross and Brian MacCafferty in this story. They use to have a relationship, and now they have a working one. Okay, not really. This story was adorable, and a quick listen. They had a lot to work on to repair all aspects of their lives. It's nice little pick me up story. 

Pasties and Poor Decisions by Molly Harper

We have Anastasia Villers and Ned Fitzroy. In this story Anastasia hits rock bottom, and needs to come crawling home. She never thought that her coming would be a welcoming one, but it wasn't what she expected. Ned and Anastasia use to have a relationship until she ghosted him. Need some patching up with these. Honestly, this story could have been a full on novel, because there's potential to make it longer. However, it was a cute listen.

Last Chance Motel by Karen Hawkins

This was a super cute story. We have Evan and Jessica Graham. They have an extremely rocky relationship. It was so bad that Jessica left Evan and sent him divorce papers. Evan tries to win back Jessica, but has an uphill battle. Overall, it was a cute story. 

Overall, these stories were cute. They all could have been made the stories a full fledge novels, but it was good to have something quick to listen. Also, they were heart-warming, and gave fuzzy feelings at the end. 

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Rating: 

4 Stars

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean (Review)

First off, let me say that I love this cover, because it matches Lady Henrietta Sedley (Hattie) in Brazen and the Beast. I love that she's not the typical heroine. Hattie is curvaceous, and strong-will. After all it's the year of Hattie. Then she stumbles upon Beast in her carriage. Oh lord, he's kind of taken aback by Hattie, but he wants to know who stole his cargo. Anyway, Beast and Hattie make a deal. However, the deal is one-sided. I mean who is going to take on the Bastards. Honestly we don't really see Ewan until the end. However, you know he's lurking around the corner. 

Brazen and the Beast was pretty good. I like that Beast found his match with Hattie. Hattie definitely keeps him on his toes. She might not be the conventional looking heroine, but I love that about the story. There were things that popped up in the story, that people that are closed minded might not enjoy the story. Overall, a pretty good story, and it does propel us to Grace and Ewan's story. Beast and Devil definitely have a grudge against Ewan, I'm surprise he doesn't end up dead, because of certain events. Anyway, if you are looking for an unconventional historical romance. 

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Rating:
4 Stars

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Review)

I basically devour Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Usually her stand-alone end up getting mix reviews. A lot of time they get judge against her series. However, I pretty much loved this story. I couldn't put it down, and I did lose sleep over this book. It was a rough couple of days, but it was worth the read. However, fair warning do not compare to the Chicago Stars books or any other series.

Let us take a trip to Runaway Mountain, Tennessee where we will meet Tess Hartsong who is a young widow who wanted to runaway from her pain. Next we meet Ian North a tortured artist, and Bianca. SEP makes an interesting trio in this story. Of course they live in area that is a little small minded. We have Tess's tragic backstory, but we learn more about her marriage as the story goes on. Here is a slight spoiler another tragedy is introduce in the story. I understand why it was introduced, and it helps the characters grow. Along with tragedy more things pop up.

If you are willing to get wrapped up in the pain in the story, you are going to need some tissue. After all Tess does go through some struggles in Runaway Mountain, but she comes out stronger in the end. She eventually finds her way home. Dance Away with Me was a wonderful read. Heart-warming, but a few bumps in the road. If you are willing to take a chance with this story, you might be surprise with the story.

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Rating:
5 Star

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch (Review)

I finally got a chance to checkout A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch, and I have to say that I love Callum MacCreath. He's so swoon-worthy. At the beginning he had a wild streak that cost him the loss of the girl he loved. He was a little too slow to the gun and lost her to his brother. Callum was also good at causing trouble, which got him banished from his home. This helped him grow and mature. He also never planned to return to Scotland, but life has other thoughts. Now we have Rebecca the girl that broke his heart. However, she's in the dark on what is afoot. She believes that Duke of Dunncraigh is honorable, but deep down she's not sure about it.

I really enjoyed this story, but I'm going to advise that you read these stories in order and not go the route I did which is going backwards. I mean the Duke of Dunncraigh is a pretty shady guy and you will see this in previous stories. I did enjoy that Callum and Rebecca eventually work together. However, Callum has some serious disbelief that Rebecca was on the up and up, and was in the same league as Dunncraigh. Rebecca's daughter is ADORABLE in this story. She kind of makes the story. I would reread this story because of the daughter. Feisty would best describe her. Overall, a really good read.

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Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke (Review)

I took a chance on The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke. So, we have Miss Irene Deverill who owns a gossip sheet, and also rights a column Lady Trewlove. Lady Trewlove answers of the letters to lovelorn, and try to help them solve their problems. Irene ends up getting into a little trouble with helping a Dowager Duchess of Torquil,  and her son is not too happy. Now the Duke of Torquil is out to get Irene to fix the issue with his mother.

Oh my heavens. Usually I love hero, but I thought he was pompous and arrogant. That's being nice. I would choose other words, but it might get sensory. However, I LOVED Irene. She opinionated, and trying to fight the rights of women. Suffragist, such a dirty word to the old way of thinking. However, the world needs more people like Irene. In the story we see to ideologies clashing, because we have old way of thinking, and merging forward thinking. This causes conflict in the story, that makes you wonder if Henry (the Duke of Torquil) and Irene to see eye to eye. Also Henry battles with tradition, and that love can't be part of the picture. Laure Lee Guhrke does an amazing job with this time period, because this is the era where we have a lot of change. Sometimes I find that she might move a little slow; however, Irene is such a spitfire that you can't find it slowly. She's ready to start punching out the door, and Henry is willing to give her a fight. Overall, The Truth About Love and Dukes was pretty good read.

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Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Monday, August 17, 2020

The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis (Review)

I was able to read The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis. With the Wildstone series we get knew group with each group, so it would be easy to pick up any book in the series and you would be fine. In this story we meet Brynn Turner, and Kinsey Davis. They have known each other for like forever, and they were enemies. However, things are reveal that they are half-siblings.

They both have to overcome the past and move forward together. However, one of them doesn't know that they are related. There is a lot of secrets going on in the house, and Brynn has a few trust issues. Actually everyone in the house a bit of a trust issue. However, this was a pretty cute read. We have bonding that goes on with enemies to friends. We find romance between Brynn and Eli. Eli happens to be Kinsey's best friend. One of my favorite parts of the story was the journal entries from each of the girls about their summer camp experience, and I think gives light to why there is trust issue.

Overall, The Summer Deal was a pretty good read. I liked the characters a lot more than the previous book. I feel like I want to go back to Wildstone after this story, and see could happen.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Audiobook Review: Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

The last couple of books were rough. I wasn't sure I wanted to finished the series. I'm glad I did, because this one was worth it. We finally got Russell Hankleburg's story. He did go a little AWOL in the series. However, he's out to find Han. Yet, he's not the only one out for Han, Jia wants Han too. Jia is a were-tiger princess, who watched her family murder by Han.

I actually enjoyed Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire. I wasn't sure after the last couple of books, but this story made up for the last couple. Over the course of the series the tone of the series did change, but I did like the tidiness of this story. Kerrelyn was able to close up the loose ends of the story, and we were able to find out who's Han. Towards the middle I made a guess who Han was, and I waited and see who he was. By the way I was right. We watch a relationship blossom between Russell and Jia. We also see everyone get back together, I guess this was a good way to say goodbye to the gain. Overall, it was a pretty good listen. Even though there were some stories that weren't stellar they still helped move the story along, and I didn't feel like this a waste of time.

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Rating:
5 Stars

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Audiobook Review: The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath

For the past few weeks I have decided to focus on the Sins for All Seasons series, and I have arrived at The Earl Takes A Fancy. The story focuses on Fancy Trewlove. She's about to take her season and marry a fancy man. However, Fancy also wants to find a true love like her siblings. Now Matthew Sommersby, the Earl of Rosemont, is taken aback when he found out that his deceased wife sent out a letter that sent into hiding.

The Earl Takes a Fancy was a wonderful listen. Her family has wants the best for Fancy, because she's their favorite sister. She's intrigued with the Earl of Rosemont after reading the article, but he has gone into hiding. Matthew Sommersby is interested in Fancy, but he doesn't want to be trapped in another loveless marriage. When he meets Fancy he pretends to be ordinary man. They become friends, and eventually evolves into more. However, Fancy is stuck with a notion that she must marry a title man, yet her heart yearns for Matthew.

We watch Fancy have her season, and struggle. Deep down I know she gets her happy ending, but towards the end I had a little panic attack. There were times I had to stop towards the end, and my husband looked at me oddly. It's okay, I'm use to it. Anyway, there were a a couple of moments that I was a little stress, but Lorraine does that to me. Overall, it was a pretty good story. I'm ready for Beast's story. Thank you for taking time to hear me ramble.

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Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Monday, August 10, 2020

Audiobook Review: How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Let me start by saying it's probably a good thing that I listened to How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying), because I would probably would have stopped. I was so close to the end of the series. The story had a lot of potential with Zoltan Czakvar. Zoltan could talk to animals, and he was funny about it in previous story. There is still some humor, but we didn't see that as much. Then he stumbles upon a secret association of women, which they are trying to protect the dragons. He meets Neona, she's daughter of the queen of their group.

I struggled with this story, and I was listening to it too. There were points I had to stop go, "Okay, I'm done for today." I would get frustrated with Neona basically saying there are to be no men in Beyul-La. I felt that book was there to give Zoltan a love interest, and it kind of moved the plot forward. However, I probably could have skipped this one. There are some things that helped with some situations in the story, but I would have survived without them. Now its time to get to the end of the series.

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Rating:
2 Stars

Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath (Review)

I got a chance to take a look at The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath. That Trewlove family is pretty awesome. Now we get to know Finn a little more. Okay Lady Lavinia Kent was the one who stood up the Duke of Thornley. She's been on the run for sometime. However, Lavinia and Finn have a history together.

When they first met Lavinia was a spoiled daughter of an earl, and Finn a commoner. However, they started a friendship that had to be secreted. They started to fall for one another. Her father found out and put a stop, which cost Finn quite a bit. Now Finn and Lavinia have to work on repairing the relationship.

I enjoyed The Scoundrel in Her Bed, because we got the flashbacks on how their relationship was blossoming. Sometimes things have to come to an end, they were left bitter about one another. However, they didn't know the whole truth. Towards the end Lavinia was being selfish, but Finn was willing to let her see for herself. I'm glad it worked out in the end. Overall, was a pretty good story.

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Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Saturday, August 8, 2020

When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath (Review)

I finally got a chance to take a look at When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath. I'm really loving this series. We get to hang out with Gillie Trewlove in this story, and she happens to put a Duke into his place. We get to know the Duke of Thornley. His pride was severely hurt, so he went hunting for his runaway bride. Which he ends up getting accosted by thugs, but fortunately Gillie was near by to save hime.

Anyway, the story progress when Thorne is recovered, and he asks Gillie to help him find his fiancé. As they journey about Whitechapel he finds himself drawn to her more than his bride to be. However, he's trying to figure out if love is worth more or if he should honor his father's dying wish. It would be hard to marry Gillie after all she has a few marks against her: 1. She was born on the wrong side of the blanket. 2. She's a tavern owner. I'm sure we can make the list go on. However, she's a the best sort of person to have in your corner.

When a Duke Loves a Woman definitely a good read. I love that Gillie was strong woman that she didn't need a man to rescue her. I mean her brothers meant well towards the end, but it would have been awkward. I'm glad Thorne realized he needed Gillie.

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Rating:
5 Stars

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Mr. Malcolm's List by Suzanne Allain (Review)

I have to say that Mr. Malcolm's List by Suzanne Allain is a cute read. Those who like their historical romance reads to be accurate might want to take a pass on this story. However, if you are looking for something light and kind of fluffy, you might enjoy Mr. Malcolm's List.

Okay we have Jeremy Malcolm who has a list of what he wants in a wife. He plans to stick with it. However, his friends sister took offense to not being even worthy to garner his attention that she cooks up a plan to use one of her friends to take down Mr. Malcolm. This is where we meet Selina Dalton. Selina is a vicar's daughter, which makes her unlikely to deceive Mr. Malcolm. Actually, she wasn't a big fan of the plan from the beginning.

Mr. Malcolm was pompous, but he did feel something for Selina. However, Julia tried to play fast on loose with her friendship with Selina, and almost cost Selina everything. I felt that Selina was a pawn throughout the book, and I felt bad for her.

Overall, I liked the story, and it's definitely not for everyone. When I opened my thoughts, those who are wanting more close to historical accurate aren't going to like this story. If you are looking for something that is light, you found it in Mr. Malcolm's List.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Friday, July 31, 2020

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean (Review)

I think one of the most important thing about reading a Sarah MacLean book is that they are interconnected with each other. We actually meet Lady Felicity Faircloth in The Day of the Duchess. I recommend reading that one first before diving into Wicked and the Wallflower. Then you get an understanding why Felicity has nickname like Finished Felicity, and there is a few others. All she wants to be is accepted into Society again. Since she's no longer adored by the ton, she started to run her mouth saying she was engaged with the Duke of Marwick.

Fortunately, Marwick didn't call her out on her lie. They were basically using each other in a way. Here comes Devil. Devil also uses Felicity to get to Marwick. Marwick and Devil have a history together, which gets explored in this story. Devil feels this pull toward Felicity, but he needs to complete the mission that was set out all those years ago. Felicity happens to be collateral damage. All Felicity wants to be is loved.

Sarah is known to write a smart, witty stories. Wicked and the Wallflower does fit that description. Sarah combines two worlds that wouldn't be brought together. Felicity which is light while Devil is dark. They balance one another. I think this is a little more edgier than her previous book, but still just as good. I look forward to see what will happen as the series goes forward.

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Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Monday, July 27, 2020

Say Yes to th Duke by Eloisa James (Review)

I got a chance to read Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James. I wasn't sure what to expect with Viola story. She doesn't really consider herself a Wilde, because her biological father wasn't the Duke. However, she was raised with a bunch of Wildes, they are bound to rub off her. They have, but she doesn't believe that she is anything like them. Once she starts to believe she's a Wilde her personality fully forms.

Then we have the Duke of Wynter who wants to marry Duke of Lindow's daughter. He thought he wanted Lady Joan, but his uncle was pushing for Miss Viola Astley. Viola was a better match for him, and it was a good thing he realize.

This story was fun to read. I liked Viola and Wynter they kind of balance one another. Plus, he brought out the Wilde side of Viola. Plus, Wynter couldn't see her marrying a Vicar, nor could her family. It was a wild ride with these two.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Audiobook Review: The Vampire with the Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks

The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo was an okay listen. I kind of struggle with the story. However, I felt that I have invested so much time in the series, and I was almost done with the series. This is where I was when I got to Dougal's story.

Okay, the story wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I struggle with Leah, because she was so analytical, and it was hard for her to believe in things. Dougal was drawn to her, because she reminded him of someone else. There were a lot of things that happen, but it did help push the story towards the end of the series. Would it be something I would re-listen to, probably not. There were a few in this series I totally would, but this isn't one of them. Overall, The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo was an okay listen.

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Rating:
3 Stars

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin (Review)

First off, lets talk about the cover of Dare to Lie. Seriously, it is drool worthy. Sigh. Okay, moving on. We finally get to Scotty Donahue. Scotty wanted to make a change, and clean up Steel Row, which is a tough rode ahead. Anyway, working for the DEA he felt he could. Now the leader of Son's needs a favor done, and he felt that Scotty would be perfect to watch over his baby sister.

Okay, I struggle with the beginning of this story. I wasn't sure I was going to finish the story, but I press forward. Dare to Lie did get better as the story moved on. I really enjoyed the end of the story. However, getting to the end was a little of a struggle. I liked Scotty and Sky together. It was struggle for them to be together. Overall, it was an okay read.

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Rating:
3 Stars

Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Undercover Cowboy by Lori Wilde (Review)

There isn't much I can write about The Undercover Cowboy by Lori Wilde, because it's a quick read. It was a cute little read. You have Allie who wants to make it on her own without resorting to move back home. She gets saved by Kyle Richmond, but she doesn't know that's his name; after all he's undercover.

Yes, there is little drama. The fact that he lied about his name, but he had a job. However, he manages to get it all in the end. Like I said a cute quick read.

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Rating:
3 1/2

Saturday, July 18, 2020

The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath

Oh where do I beginning with The Duchess in His Bed. There were so many thoughts going on in my head as I went through this story. I'm torn by this story. On one hand I had so many eye rolls going on with Selena. I struggle to like. Okay I didn't like her. I hated her through most of the book. I hate is a strong word, but it's true. She was a pretty despicable, because she was trying to get pregnant to pass off her child as the next heir of Lushing. The struggle was real. She set her caps on Aiden Trewlove. Now Aiden I LOVED! He had a pretty high moral compass, but you wouldn't guess that from knowing his origins. However, his mother taught him well. He was the redeeming quality to this story. Deep down I was hoping the Duchess would confess her love and throw her title out the window for love.

Don't get me wrong, she struggle with that concept. OH THE STRUGGLE! There were times I wanted to throat punch her, because she was so focus on her duty. There were a couple things I was hoping would pop in the story that would make her realize that she needed love. Some of the things were reveal at the end, and I was going, "I called it" in my head.

Anyway, it was a pretty good read. I actually enjoyed the story, that is a thanks to Aiden. Seriously, he saved the story for me. It was pretty awesome he gave his sperm donor a thrashing. The Earl deserved a thrashing. I did finally warm to Selena, but it took a long time to get there. Thank goodness for true love.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Friday, July 17, 2020

Ancient Protector by Katie Reus (Review)

I finally got a chance to read Ancient Protector by Katie Reus. Now this is a spin-off of the Darkness series. At the end of that series we saw an end, but we saw a beginning to something new which happens to be Ancient Protector. Now we have Lachlan and Star.

Lachlan is an ancient dragon who has awoken after a long time. He's ancient. Then we have Star who is a rockstar, and she's trying to rescue her sister. Lachlan gets a whiff of Star and must have her. He would do anything to get her.

First off, it's cool that we are seeing the ancient creatures coming out of the book. However, by the end I wasn't really sure which direction the series is going. Are we following Lachlan and his clan or are we following Star and her crew. Even at the end I'm still not sure. It's going to be interesting how this will all play out. I mean Star has a sister, and her sister seems interesting.

Anyway, it was a interesting start to a new series. There is a still a lot of clean up to what has happen to the world, and I wonder how the ancients are going to help them. It's kind like a brave new world to some of them.

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Rating:
3 Stars

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Audiobook Review: Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks

I got a chance to listen to know Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks. I have to say that it was a pretty good listen. I absolutely adore Howard, I love that he is a were-bear. He's super shy, loves bear claws, and he has a huge crush on Elsa Bjornberg. Elsa does a home renovation show, and was invited to fix up a home that Shanna and Roman own. Shanna has the idea to fix Elsa and Howard together. However, we find out Howard and Elsa are tied together.

Wild About You  continues with the troubles from the last book. We have Rhett continuing cause problems in the were-community. Again, you probably should read/listen in order, because they all tie together and build upon one another. Anyway, it was a pretty good listen. I really enjoyed their story. I fell in love Howard even more.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Audiobook Review: Wanted: Dead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

If you love extra cheese in your romance you have found your read in Wanted: Dead or Alive. I didn't think it could be bad, but it was pretty bad. If you can survive the cheestastic time, it does get pretty good towards the end. I did struggle with this story. Don't get me wrong I love Phinneas McKinney aka the Love Doctor. During the series he has so much growth. He started out with the bad guys and  decided that he didn't like that kind of life. He joins the Vamps to help them defeat the Malcontents. Anyway, he sees everyone hooking up, and he wants a true love too. If you have been following the series he had been chasing after LaToya. I'm glad he didn't ended up with her, because she's a terrible person. However, he has been developing feeling for Brynley Jones (Phil's sister). Yet Phil's sister is a no go, because of bro-code. Yet they both feel an attraction for one another, but trying hard to ignore.

There is a lot going on in this story. We  have Brynley who feels the urge to go home, but danger lurks there. Phinneas needs to go to Wyoming, and he drags Brynley with him. The story does get a little better the longer we stay in Wyoming. Overall, Wanted: Dead or Alive wasn't terrible, but it wasn't the greatest. It was an okay read, and it progresses the overall story. What happens in the end kind of makes me wonder about other things about the story, but we are going to leave them alone. It continues the progress of the story.

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Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Friday, June 12, 2020

Audiobook Review: Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks

Vampire Mine wasn't a favorite of mine. It was an all right listen. We have Marielle who happens to be a fallen angel, and is trying to get back to heaven. Then we have Connor Buchanan. He has a few issues going on in this story, but he feels needs to help Marielle. There are few complications with Marielle that makes Roman distrust her. 

Connor has feelings for Marielle, but he's willing sacrifice them so he can help Marielle return to heaven. Anyway, the Vamps are style trying to defeat the Malcontents. However, another player in evil is introduce Darifer (not sure if thats how spell his name audiobook) the demon is added to mix. Marielle does a lot a crying in the story, but it makes sense he loves being a heavenly host. I would be crying about everything if I was in her position. 

Anyway, Vampire Mine was an okay listen. It wasn't like I have to listen. There were times where I was like I need a break. However, I will continue with the series. 

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Rating:
3 Stars

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Audiobook Review: Eat, Prey, Love by Kerrelyn Sparks

I got a chance to continue the series, and I have to say that  Eat, Prey, Love was a pretty good listen. I strongly encourage to listen to previous stories, because there is some things that happen in the story that knowing background is a little funny. Especially, when one of his friends believe his believes he's gay. Yeah, he gets in a pickle with a friend.

Anyway, Carlos is a were-panther and is in search of a mate. He's looking in all the wrong places. Haha. Actually, he's been searching for years for a mate, and he heard a rumor that there might be some in South East Asia. The plan is set, but at the same time kind of thwart by an attractive Caitlyn Whelan. Caitlyn happens to be Shawn Whelan's daughter, and he doesn't want he involved with her older sister life. Anyway, they both feel an attraction to one another, but Carlos needs to find a were-panther. Adventure ensues, but bad things happen. Fortunately, they realize they need one another. More bad vampires are found.

Overall, a pretty good listen. The narrator wasn't bad. They are a pretty good couple.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Monday, May 18, 2020

Audiobook Review: The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks

I got a chance to listen to The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks. If you have been following the series you would remember Robby McKay was in pretty bad shape. He's barely recovered from his abduction, and it's affecting his performance. So, his grandfather sends him on a four month vacation. Forced. He's not feeling it, but he likes his job. Anyway, he goes to Patmos to recoup. He's not liking his forced exile until he meets the lovely Olivia Sotiris. Now Olivia is on vacation visiting her grandmother.

The Vampire and the Virgin was a pretty good listen. Both Robby and Olivia are suffering from a little PTSD. However, they help one another overcome their issues. I really enjoyed the story, but there were a couple of times where Olivia needed to be smacked. Yet, it was a pretty good. We have the romance, and we also move the story along with the Vamps and the Malcontents. I will continue with the series.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Audiobook Review: Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Spark

Let me say that I love Vanda Barkowski throughout the series. She has a fierce love her friends and would do anything to make sure of their safety. She's pretty tough, but she does fear that she's not strong enough. She's fiercely independent, so why does she need someone to watch over her; she can protect herself. Phil Jones used to be a guard at the townhouse when Vanda was part of the harem. He had a crush on Vanda, but he felt that she was toying with him.

In the Forbidden Nights with a Vampire we learn that Vanda has a fear of shifters. She has good reason, they killed someone she fiercely loved. There is a distrust. Funny thing is Phil has a secret that could destroy any chance for him and Vanda to be together, he's a shifter. Vanda has to overcome her fear to accept Phil. Can love conquer all in the story?

Anyway, both are loyal, and will help their friends. Phil will protect Vanda no matter what. They were a fun couple to watch. Yes, there is the heated scenes between these two, and also battles against the bad guys. There are a few surprises that popup in the story too. Overall, a pretty good listen.

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Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Audiobook Review: Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Finally finished Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. This was a pretty good listen, but there were some parts that absolutely drove me bonkers. I do love Giacomo Casanova, but his friends call him Jack. He's adorable. He's one of the children of Casanova. Anyway, he's sweet. He meets Lara Bouche who is police officer trying to make her way to detective. Jack's are little too rowdy at the bachelor party, and the cops are called. He tries to make them go away, but Lara's mind blocks Jack's mind control. He definitely left an impression, that she comes back to investigate the next day, but no one remembers the situation.

Anyway, Lara hunts Jack down and wants answers. Jack being a vampire can't give straight answers cause bad things might happen to him and his friends. We basically watch Lara and Jack develop a tentative friendship that develops a little more. Jack is trying to keep Lara safe, but Lara is strong independent woman can do this herself. However, bad things happen Lara realize she needs Jack's help.

Overall, I did like Secret Life of a Vampire. I really did like Jack. Lara got on my nerves, but her best friend really got on my nerves. I'm not going to lie, I was hoping the friend would get eaten in the story. Wishful thinking. Even towards the end I didn't really warmed up to the friend. Lara didn't understand the danger she was in until it was almost too late. Ugh. However, Jack really won me over in the story. He was definitely the hero here.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Audiobook Review: All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

I got a chance to finish listening to All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. I have to say I did enjoy this story a little more than the last story.

We get Ian MacPhie's story. Now if you have been reading the series you would know that Ian was a vampire that was stuck at the age of 15. No one wants to be with a lad, so in the previous story he did some aging. Again you would have had follow the series to know how this was possible. Now Ian looks like a man that he felt to be. However, no one believes that he's Ian they knew. Eventually, they realize its Ian. Anyway, Connor hires a new daytime guard Toni Davis. No one believes that Connor would hire a female to be a guard.

Toni has a hidden agenda when she took the job. Ian doesn't trust Toni, because she's hiding something. Of course, he needs to know. Like in previous story we get know more characters. Eventually, they aren't really important to the overall story, but you kind of want to know more about them. Oh well.

Anyway, All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire is a better read. I did enjoy the story. I was a little frustrated with Toni's hidden agenda. I understand why she needed to keep it a secret. Eventually, she does gain Ian's trust, and they fall for one another. They are pretty good together. There were a couple of times where I thought Toni was going to end up dead, but I was wrong. Like a said a better read, and enjoyable.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Friday, April 24, 2020

Audiobook Review: Idiot by Laura Clery

First off, I enjoy Laura Clery and her type of humor. She makes me laugh. Right now her Pamela Pumpkin videos are pretty funny. Especially with the quarantine workout. She's not for everyone, but that's okay. Anyway, she wrote her personal story about her life and trials she went through to get to where she is now.

I LOVE IDIOT! It's a fantastic story. Since I checked out the audiobook, I got to hear Laura read her story. She did a fantastic job. There are some parts where her husband Steven reads too. However, the story is about her journey. Her life was roller coaster that was turning into a train wreck waiting to happen. However, she manage to find herself and create this image that she image, but never thought she would get there. It's pretty amazing that she even made it, because she was lucky. Deep down she's a kind person. Some may not like her, because her language can be crude. However, it fits with her life. I totally recommend this book, and I would recommend checking out her content. She's funny!

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Rating:
5 Stars

Monday, April 20, 2020

Audiobook Review: The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks

About a week ago I finished listening to The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks. In the series it was an okay listen.  It was a little better than book two; not by much.

In this story we have Heather Westfield and Jean-Luc Echarpe. Heather seem like the stereo-typical Texan. She was like I can do anything, because I'm a Texan woman. That wore a little thin once, because she didn't understand the imminent danger. She's kind of impulsive. Where we have Jean-Luc. He's a pretty decent guy. He's trying to understand Heather, and help her. Yet, she's kind of bullheaded. Jean-Luc made the story bearable. Eventually, I did warm up to Heather, and she realized the issue. However, she would do something stupid, then I would be frustrated with her.

Overall, it wasn't a bad listen. It wasn't great. However, the narrator was all over the place with the voices and accents. It has been an interesting journey with this series as I listen. I hope I enjoy the next book more than The Undead Next Door. I was a fan of Jean-Luc; he really helped the story.

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Rating:
3 Stars

Sunday, April 19, 2020

InkSlinger PR Blog Tour + Review: Do Me a Favor by Christina Hovland


Do Me A Favor 

Mile High Matched, Book 4
Christina Hovland 
April 17, 2020
Contemporary Romance



About Do Me A Favor: 
Some days things just click. Today is not that day.

Love is a battlefield, and divorce attorney Sadie Howard is entrenched on the frontlines. She thought she might have met the right man once, but he was a career military guy who got shipped overseas and left her heart on the tarmac. These days, the only commitment Sadie wants is the one she's made to her Denver law practice.

Combat photographer Roman Dvornakov is back. Fresh out of the U.S. Army, he’s using family connections to snap photos at a few weddings while he builds his civilian photography practice. After all he’s captured on film, a few posed wedding shots should be a cakewalk. Seeing so much death through the camera lens, he’s now ready to build something worth living for. A thriving photography business, definitely. But he’s certain his new mission also includes Sadie, the girl who slipped away.

Sadie isn’t convinced, and she's not willing to open her heart anytime soon. Besides, she’s got a high-profile divorce case taking up all her attention. Winning the case for her client will make or break her practice. So what if it's a custody dispute over a ridiculously expensive fish tank? When Roman discovers the soon-to-be divorced couple are still in love, he and his slightly-nutty grandmother, Babushka, are determined to convince them to cancel the proceedings. He’s not camera shy when it comes to matters of the heart, but interfering with Sadie's clients could wreck her career and any chance they'll ever have together...

WARNING: READ ONLY IF YOU LOVE A STRONG HEROINE, AN ALPHA HERO WITH A HEART OF GOLD, FAMILY MEDDLING, AND A GUARANTEED HEA. IF LAUGHING SO HARD THAT THOSE AROUND YOU ASK IF YOU ARE OKAY IS YOUR THING, THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

InkSlinger PR New Release + Excerpt: Do Me A Favor by Christina Hovland

Today is the release day for Christina Hovland’s new contemporary romance, Do Me A Favor!  Check it out and be sure to get your copy today! 


Do Me A Favor 
Mile High Matched, Book 4
Christina Hovland 
April 17, 2020
Contemporary Romance



About Do Me A Favor: 
Some days things just click. Today is not that day.

Love is a battlefield, and divorce attorney Sadie Howard is entrenched on the frontlines. She thought she might have met the right man once, but he was a career military guy who got shipped overseas and left her heart on the tarmac. These days, the only commitment Sadie wants is the one she's made to her Denver law practice.

Combat photographer Roman Dvornakov is back. Fresh out of the U.S. Army, he’s using family connections to snap photos at a few weddings while he builds his civilian photography practice. After all he’s captured on film, a few posed wedding shots should be a cakewalk. Seeing so much death through the camera lens, he’s now ready to build something worth living for. A thriving photography business, definitely. But he’s certain his new mission also includes Sadie, the girl who slipped away.

Sadie isn’t convinced, and she's not willing to open her heart anytime soon. Besides, she’s got a high-profile divorce case taking up all her attention. Winning the case for her client will make or break her practice. So what if it's a custody dispute over a ridiculously expensive fish tank? When Roman discovers the soon-to-be divorced couple are still in love, he and his slightly-nutty grandmother, Babushka, are determined to convince them to cancel the proceedings. He’s not camera shy when it comes to matters of the heart, but interfering with Sadie's clients could wreck her career and any chance they'll ever have together...

WARNING: READ ONLY IF YOU LOVE A STRONG HEROINE, AN ALPHA HERO WITH A HEART OF GOLD, FAMILY MEDDLING, AND A GUARANTEED HEA. IF LAUGHING SO HARD THAT THOSE AROUND YOU ASK IF YOU ARE OKAY IS YOUR THING, THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Deadly Surrender by Katie Reus (Review)

I'm excited that Logan MacNeil finally got his own story. Seriously, who doesn't love a reformed ladies man. He didn't help his reputation, because there wasn't anyone worth caring about it until Grace. Grace had been in a crappy relationship, and learning to stand on her own when she met Logan. She automatically friend-zoned Logan. However, he was bidding his time. He eventually gets his chance, but trouble comes knocking. Grace and himself have to figure out what the heck is going on, and maybe they can start a relationship.

YES Logan gets a story in Deadly Surrender. When the series first came out the twins were stories had hoped to happen. However, they took their sweet time to find what they were looking for. Yes, you are going to find romance in this story, but a little mystery on who is after Logan and Grace. There are couple of suspects, but always a surprise with Katies story. Overall, a pretty good read. The action does buildup toward the end.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Monday, April 6, 2020

Changing Lanes by Season Vining (Review)

I got a chance to read Changing Lanes by Season Vining. Let me say that this was different from her previous works. Definitely a lighter read, more of a fun read. This has all the makings for a cute little rom-com.

We have Stella needing a change after her divorce. She decides to uproot herself and move north. She meets her handsome neighbor who works a bunch of odd hours. She has a hard time trusting, because her husband was a jerk and left her pretty damage. However, Lane is a pretty decent guy, and totally has the hots for his neighbor.

Overall, Changing Lanes was a cute read with some steam. I liked how Stella was rediscovering herself, and willing to let Lane into her life. Lane does have a deep dark secret, but I don't think it was such a big deal. I felt that Stella blew it out proportion even her sister thought she was overreacting. It was a cute read, and I'm interested on what happens to Stella's new friends. It's a pretty good beginning to a new series. I also like the name, because it fits with the story.

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Rating:
4 Stars

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Audiobook Review: Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks

I was able to finished Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks, and I have to say this went a lot better than the last book. I think it was a better listen because it had something to do with the overall arc of the story. Yes, we had a focus on Emma and Angus.

We have Emma who believes all vampires are evil. When Angus meets Emma, he's instantly smitten by her, and willing to prove that vampires are not all evil. However, Angus has his work cut out for him. As Emma gets to know Angus, she starts to understand that there are two types of vampires. She ends up getting Angus and herself in serious trouble.

Anyway, this was a better listen than the last book. I did like Emma and Angus. Emma is strong and willing to fight for the good cause, and Angus would love to have Emma on their side. Be Still My Vampire Heart definitely gave me something to look forward to the rest of the series.

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Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde (Review)

I got a chance to finished Lori Wilde's The Moonglow Sisters. There were parts I really enjoyed, and there were parts that were okay. The story wasn't oh my gosh I need to finished this story. I would started and I would get distracted with other things. However, there were  moments where I needed to find out what's going happen next. However, there weren't a lot of those.

So, we meet the Clark sisters who grew up in Moonglow Cove, Texas after their parents died. We have Madison, Shelley, and Gia. There grandmother has brain cancer, and needs the girls to come home and patch things up. She places the task on Gia. Gia is the baby of the family, and the peacekeeper. Maddie has some animosity towards Shelley. Shelley has been off in the land of paradise. Each of them have their own secrets.

Anyway, The Moonglow Sisters focus on how the sisters can rebuild their relationship. You don't think it will happen until Gia comes up with the idea of a fake engagement to bring them all together. It didn't magically happen, but it took a little time. I liked how we got to know each sister insecurities, and what really caused the drift. Overall, the story was an okay read. There were parts that I really enjoyed, and others that were meh. Not a bad read, and I could see as a beach read.

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Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Audiobook Review: Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

Where do I go with Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks. I tried to like this story. I was willing to go a little higher, but the ending pissed me off. I get that Darcy missed being a human, and she couldn't hack it as a vampire. Spoiler ahead: However, it really chaps my hide that she decided to become a human again, because she wanted to be with a guy. I don't understand why he couldn't change for her. She gave the ex-harem a purpose to live without a master.

I was mad at the ending last night, and I'm still pretty upset. I guess I have to move on to the next story. We are done with Darcy, and I'm okay with that. The Harem was a bit annoying in the story, but when they were working together to find a new master they weren't so annoying. I'm okay with Austin, because eventually changes his tune about Vampires. By the way he works for Shana's father, so that's a big step for him.

Like I said, I wasn't a big fan of the story, and I'm going to stop before I nitpick this to death. I know that the series has to get better, because I absolutely loved Grigori's story. There is hope.

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Rating:
2 Stars

Monday, March 23, 2020

Just Thinking: The Craziness of Today


Not many people know I suffer from anxiety. I normally can manage it on my own, but lately I'm having a hard doing that. With the media being bombard with Corona Virus, I have panic attacks about contacting it when I go to the store get groceries. The whole idea of being asymptomatic freaks me out. I have been trying to keep my fears to myself, because feed off my fears. I tend to project my fears on to them, so I'm really impress on how well have been handling.

We read the meme's about check on your extrovert friends, because they aren't okay. It's true. I'm not okay. I thrive in social situations. I read one of my introvert friends saying she's thriving in this situation, and I wish I could say the same thing. I'm not writing this to gain sympathy. I'm writing this cause it's an outlet. It might come off a little random, which is fine.

Another meme popped up saying about military spouse have been doing this forever. The whole thing about make plans, and they getting shoved to the side cause you got orders. Yes, but this is way different. At least with military orders you know the target, and eventually you know it will be alright. At this moment I don't know if it's going to be alright. When you get to your next assignment you know where you need to go to get the answers, and there have been others who have been there before. However, this is uncharted territory. I guess we could compare it to Europe when bubonic plague.

I guess I'm done with my ramblings, and I feel a little better. I still have my anxious feelings, and my fears, but deep down I know I'm not alone. I hope that you aren't feeling the same way as me. I know there is a lot of judgement going on out there, but this a no judgement area. I think that is important to remember. If you have the same feelings as me, that is totally fine. Eventually we will get through this, and it will be one day at a time.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Audiobook Review: How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

At the beginning of the month I got a chance to start How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. I had to put the book on hold cause I was listening to another series, and the book was available. Since this isn't a hot commodity I knew I could recheck out the story. It probably was when it first came out. However, you will find a lot of humor in Kerrelyn's book, and it's worth checking out.

We have Shana Whalen who is wanted by Russian mafia, now she's in witness protection. Things are going south very fast. Roman Draganesti is in search for a dentist who can help him put his fang back in. He finds Shana, but she has a slight problem she kind of faints at the sight of blood. Pretty difficult to be a dentist. However, Roman realize she needs his help.

Anyway, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire is a fun listen. We have Shana trying to fight her attraction to Roman, because he's a vampire, and it could never work our for them. We have Roman trying to keep his mitts off her, because she's mortal. We find out that her dad works for the CIA in a department that hunts vampires. On top of it all Roman is trying to make the world a safe place for vampires and mortals alike, but there are the ones call the Malcontents. Anyway, we have a lot going on as we beginning this series. However, Shana and Roman do find happiness at the end, but the story still has more going on.

Copy provided by my local library.

Rating:
4 Stars

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Audiobook: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

I got a chance to listen to Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews. I really liked this novella. There are some points where it the story is a little bit awkward or a little rush, but that happens with novellas. However, I like this story, because it's a great transition from Nevada to Catalina. In Wildfire we finished Nevada and Rogan love story, and now we get their wedding. Catalina is starting to be able to understand and control her power. We get to see a her use her power to solve what is going on that might stop Rogan and Nevada wedding.

Yay! for transitions. Now I'm reading to start on Catalina's story. I might hold off on continuing on with the series at the time, because I need the complete story with Catalina and Alessandro. This way Catalina's trilogy will be done. However, I'm really enjoying the series.

Copy provided by local library.

Rating:
4 Stars


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis (Review)

I had a chance to ready Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis. This wasn't my favorite story. I had a hard time connect with the characters. I would find myself kind of putting the book down and trying to find other things to do. I even was thinking of DFN the book. However, I pressed forward thinking I could finish it. Honestly, it took me two months to finish.

I had a hard time connecting with Piper, and her siblings. Her siblings kind of drove me nuts. Their relationship was a bit strain cause Piper was more like their mom than their sister. Her siblings were kind of selfish. Her siblings kept so many secrets, granted I could understand why, because Piper would blow a gasket.

Anyway, Almost Just Friends wasn't a bad read, but I did struggle with the story. I know that there were a good number of people that enjoyed this story, and I hope you are one of them. I guess I'm ready to move on to the next story.

Copy provided by William Morrow via Edelweiss

Rating:
3 Stars

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Audiobook: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

I got a chance to finish listening to Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. We are drawing an end to a couple's saga, but the mystery of who is Caesar is still a mystery; it's like one step forward, two steps back. Anyway, we have a couple of bumps in the road for Nevada and Rogan. Nevada is trying to become a house, and there are other Primes that interested in her. Another issue that has popped up is Rogan's ex-fiancé husband is missing, so she needs his help even though she hired Nevada. Rynda is annoying, and needs to find her own husband. I love how Rogan team can't stand her, and they are on Team Nevada.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun listening to this story. Don't get me wrong there's a lot of action going on in this story. The title suits the story. We get to see Nevada and Rogan claim each other, and they have no problem telling others it's going to be that way. We also get to see that recurring characters that help Rogan and Nevada solve cases. We get to see other characters that are memorable. One of my favorite is characters is Sargent Teddy the pacifist Kodiak bear. Anyway, I did enjoy Wildfire, and I can't wait to continue on with the series.

Copy provided by my local library

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Audiobook: The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

I got a chance to listen to The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis. We are heading back to Wildstone in this story. We have two sisters Brooke Lemon, and Mindy (I can't remember her last name). Anyway, they have drifted apart, and Mindy needs her sister. Technically they need each other, but you don't realize this until later in the story.

Both of them has a misconception of each others lives, and they don't realize it until they are in each other shoes. Actually Mindy believes that Brooke is living the high life, but doesn't have a clue. She actually makes a few rude comments about Brooke's life without even knowing what's really going. I didn't like Mindy for most of the story; she was b-witch. When she talked to her sister her inner b-witch would come out. She wasn't likable. Also, Mindy try to be the perfect mom, and started to crack. I did like Brooke. She did have moments that would drive some people crazy, but I felt for her. She had struggles, and she felt that she had to keep it all to herself. It wasn't until we go to the middle when she started sharing what she was really feeling. It slowly spilled out.

Now we have the sisters guys. Mindy is married to Linc. Linc's kind of clueless to his wife's needs, but that's partly Mindy's fault. Okay, it's a good portion of her fault. We have also Garrett. Garrett wasn't to forgiving to Brooke. Oh boy did he feel like a jerk for the way he treated her.

Anyway, I liked The Lemon Sisters. I laughed, and I did cry when it was painful to Brooke. I had a soft spot for Brooke, and that could be I have the middle name of Brooke. I really liked her. Mindy did have a redeeming quality, but it wasn't until the end. I really didn't like Mindy. Linc was great even though he was kind of clueless. I had to warm up to Garrett, because he didn't have all the facts. Overall, a decent read.

Copy provided from my local library.

Rating:
4 Stars