Book Review: “Born in Fire” by Nora Roberts

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“Born in Fire” by Nora Roberts

5 stars

SUMMARY

‘Born in Fire’ is the first book in a trilogy of novels about the Concannon sisters of western Ireland. A wealthy American gallery owner seeks out Irish glass artist Maggie Concannon, hoping to feature her work. But as soon as they meet, the sparks begin to fly.

REVIEW

Really? Another great book by Nora Roberts? Is that possible? The woman is so talented that I find it unfair! It was a great read that I enjoyed very much! The story is set in Ireland and I couldn’t be more happy because it’s definitely a country I love to read about!

Maggie is a young but lonely woman. She lost her beloved dad five years ago and her relationship with her mother is far from good. Actually, because of her mother she prefers loneliness and she doesn’t want to marry. She really doesn’t trust anyone, expect her sister Brianna who is very kind. Maggie is an artist and when in her life comes Rogan the owner of an international art gallery, many things will change in her life either she want it or not.

I liked Maggie a lot. Many will say that she is too lonely, too stubborn and too rude. I will say that she is haunted and wild. She misses her dad and she mourns silently for the mother who doesn’t love her. I believe that she finds it unfair that her dear dad is dead and that snake of a mother is alive, criticizing her daughters for everything. The truth is that she craves to love and be loved in return. Her art is an act of love and that’s why everything she makes is beautiful.

Rogan is the opposite. He had the love of his parents but he lost them too soon. He’s sophisticated, smart and a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He was in love with Maggie before even realizing it because in her, he could see an honest person. He knows that when a woman like Maggie gives her love, this love will last forever.

It was a very good read! I absolutely adored every single page! I totally recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Novella Review: “Iris” by R.K. Lilley

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“Iris” by R.K. Lilley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Who is Iris? Where did she come from? Where has she gone?

Alasdair Masters has more questions than answers about his new, too young obsession, and when he finds out she’s been lying to him, from their first meeting to their last one, he’s more confused than ever about her feelings, her intentions.

And what’s just as confusing are his own feelings. Has he turned something purely physical into something emotional in his own head? Is any of it mutual?

The only thing he doesn’t question is whether he’ll keep going back for more.

REVIEW

The second novella in this series is as hot as the first one. And very mysterious also. Well, I have to say that I am kind of angry now that I read this novella. Why? Because I had many questions after reading the first one and, now, I have even more!

The unusual relationship between Dair and Iris continues and I have to admit that in this one I didn’t like very much Iris. She just keeps showing to his door to have a few hours or day of sex and that she’s gone again. She doesn’t share anything with him. I don’t say that she’s not good but she has to let him in sometime.

She is like a drug for Dair. All his life now, has to do with her and I don’t think that this is healthy and good for him. He wants her badly and he acts like he’s a young boy instead of the mature man he is.

I have to admit that I have my suspicions for her identity but I will wait for the next installment before say anything.

Although, it’s a weird relationship, it got my interest and I’m enjoying these novellas!

Book Review: “The Pagan Stone” by Nora Roberts

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“The Pagan Stone” by Nora Roberts

5 stars

SUMMARY

The Pagan Stone had stood for hundreds of years, long before three boys gathered around it to spill their blood in a bond of brotherhood, unwittingly releasing a force bent on destruction… Gage Turner has been running from his past for a long time. The son of an abusive drunk, his childhood in the small town of Hawkins Hollow was tough–his only solace his friendship with Fox O’Dell and Caleb Hawkins. But, aged ten, the boys unleashed evil on their town: every seven years murder and mayhem reign, and each cycle is more extreme than the last. Now Gage has returned home to help his friends save Hawkins Hollow, but a lifetime as a loner has made him wary of emotional ties. And who can make plans for the future when their present is so uncertain? For unless they find a way to use the Pagan Stone against the demonic force, everything they know and love will be destroyed..

REVIEW

I loved this book! The perfect conclusion in this trilogy! I knew Gage would be my favorite and I wasn’t wrong! It’s time for our favorite characters to put an end to the evil that threatens not only their lives but the lives of the people who live in this town. It’s not easy and it’s going to be worse before it gets better!

Our last couple is very different than the previous two. Both of them need freedom of choices and a more carefree life. Also, both of them need some stability and they don’t know it. They challenge each other and their passion is beyond words!

Gage is the one of the guys that had the hardest life so far. He lost his mom and then in a more cruel way he lost his dad when he became a drunk. He likes to travel and live on edge but he loves his best friends/brothers and their families more than his life. He thinks he knows what he wants and that he doesn’t need a woman but he’s wrong. He’s brave and he proved it. He’s also smart and sexy… Yeah, perfect combination!

I also loved Cybil! She’s a force of nature! She hadn’t an easy life also but she knows who she is and what she wants from her life. She’s clever and loyal and, I have to admit, the perfect woman for Gage!

Although, I wanted to learn what happened to all of them in the future and that didn’t happened because the ending was kind of rushed, I liked this book very much! I recommend the whole trilogy to all the fans of this genre!!

Book Review: “The Hollow” by Nora Roberts

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“The Hollow” by Nora Roberts

5 stars

SUMMARY

For Fox, Caleb, Gage, and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom – ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon the Pagan Stone.

Their innocent bonding ritual led to seven days of madness, every seven years. And now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to the Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it.

Since that fateful day at the Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others’ minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust, because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability – and with this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she’ll have no defense against the desire that threatens to consume them both..

REVIEW

The second book in this trilogy is as good as the first one! I couldn’t stop reading it! The author managed to create just the perfect spooky atmosphere that this book needed!

“The Hollow” continues the story of the six main characters and their fight against evil in a small town. This time, the main couple is Fox and Layla. I liked both of them!

Fox is a very nice man and the definition of the contradiction! Why? Because, he’s the son of two kind-of-hippies and a lawyer. He’s sexy and smart but not smug. I loved the way he is with everyone else and his addiction with coca-cola. Also, the fact that he would do anything for his best friends is definitely a plus for me!

Layla is a very nice woman also! Although, she’s not a badass, she has a different kind of strength. She’s the kind of woman who wants to think first before she acts because she knows that not everything is easy to be done. It’s good that she realized that Fox is the perfect man for her and  then it’s easier to make her decisions.

I absolutely loved the spooky feelings of this book and I can’t wait to read the next of the trilogy! I totally recommend it!!

Book Review: “Blood Brothers” by Nora Roberts

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“Blood Brothers” by Nora Roberts

5 stars

SUMMARY

Every seven years, there comes a week in July when the locals do unspeakable things – and then don’t seem to remember them. The collective madness has made itself known beyond the town borders and has given Hawkins Hollow the reputation of a village possessed.

This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book. It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods twenty-one years ago, the signs have never been this strong before. Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly he must rely on Quinn as well. She, too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town – and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire. They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness…

REVIEW

WOW!! I knew that Nora Roberts was good but this book is beyond words! I absolutely loved it! Every single page was perfect! It has exactly what I like in a book of this genre to has: great main characters, amazing plot, very well-written descriptions of the places, the ideal atmosphere, humor and romance! Just the perfect read!

This is the story of three men that when they were ten years old, they unleashed, unwillingly, a great evil. So, every seven years for seven days the whole town goes crazy and people kill, beat or rape each other and afterwards the survivors don’t remember anything. Now, bad things happen sooner than when they were expecting them and they know it’s time to solve this problem once and for all. In their quest, they have three allies. There are three women that for a mysterious reason feel a connection with this town.

Although, the main characters are six: Cal, Fox, Gage, Quinn, Layla and Cybil, this book is more focused in the romance between Cal and Quinn.

Cal is a great guy and very down-to-earth. He feels responsible for what happened and he’s determined to find a solution. It’s easy to see that he’s a worthy man from the way he treats other people. He’s kind and funny and I’m glad he found someone who can trust and love.

Quinn is absolutely fantastic! I liked her very much because she’s a force of nature! She’s smart, funny and bossy (in a good way!). Although she knows that the situation is far from normal, she thinks clearly and helps their group a lot!

I really like all the main characters and I can’t wait to read the next books!!! I totally recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Dark Skye” by Kresley Cole

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“Dark Skye” by Kresley Cole

4 stars

SUMMARY

ETERNAL OBSESSION

As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

ENDLESS YEARNING

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

CAN THE HEAT OF DESIRE BURN BRIGHTER THAN VENGEANCE?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

REVIEW

Although, I have to admit that I had a problem remembering all the details about the world-building and the main characters, I enjoyed the book very much! Kresley Cole really knows how to write a great paranormal romance! This book kept my interest from the beginning until the end!

This is the story of Thronos and Lanthe. They have a history that no one else knows. They were best friends when they were children and, then, they became enemies. But what they really were? Fated to be mated. Yeah, that’s right. Nothing easy with these two.

Lanthe is Sorceri and the Queen of Persuasion and all her life is trying to survive the attacks from the Vrekeners. She’s smart and witty and the kind of woman who will use humor in a time of danger. It’s obvious that she needs someone to love her for what she is because so far he lovers just used her for their own purposes.

Thronos is Prince of Vrekeners. We can’t say that he’s charming because… well, he’s not! When we meet him, he’s rude and his anger more than obvious. Is he wrong? OK, not so much. There were too much bad history between them and he was hurt too many times to count. At first, his behavior was very bad but the good thing with him is that when he’s wrong he admits it. So, when he realized a couple of things, he became a different person and I really liked him!

This book is a journey for both of in order not only to know each other but to know themselves and accept their bond.

As you can see this was a very nice story that I enjoyed very much! But I have one question for the author? When we will have Nix’s book???? I want it now!

Novella Review: “Show me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights” by Cherise Sinclair

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“Show me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights” by Cherise Sinclair

4 stars

SUMMARY

After his last lover chose her career over him, Jake knows he wants a woman who will put him at the top of her priorities—as he would with her. One of the trainees, Rainie, has caught his attention. Lush body, a gift for living life to the fullest, always laughing or smiling. Yeah. She trips all his switches. But she’s never given him a second look and that’s damned annoying.

Rainie has been burned enough times that she’s not going to get serious about any man. Sure, the BDSM club trainees are supposed to be looking for a permanent Dom, but no harm, no foul—they don’t need to know she lied. Trainees get to be involved in everything—and with everyone. But there’s one she avoids. Master Jake is always frowning at her. No matter how gorgeous he is, she doesn’t need any disapproving Dom up in her business.

Unfortunately, her best friends are having a double wedding. Little hearts are floating in the air. Every breath is filled with romance. Rainie is doomed.

REVIEW

It’s not a big secret that I love all the books by Cherise Sinclair! She really knows how to write a great BDSM story and with very interesting characters. Masters of the Shadowlands series is by far my favorite erotic series. So, it’s not a big surprise that I loved this book also!

This is the story of Rainie and Jake. Rainie is a submissive in training and she had a very difficult life. Jake is a Master and very interested in her.

I liked Rainie because she’s a survivor. Of course, I didn’t like that she was thinking so bad for herself but I understand why she was doing it. Her life was hard but she did everything she could in order to be a nice person and that’s something I admire.

Jake is a great guy! He comes from a rich but not snob family and he knows what’s important in life. I have to admit that he wasn’t like the previous Masters. Sure he’s a very good one but it’s easy to see that he’s not the good kind of scary like the others. Nevertheless, I liked him a lot because not only he wasn’t judgmental but he’s the kind of man who you can count on.

This series is definitely a recommendation from me if you are a fan of this genre!

Book Review: “Face the Fire” by Nora Roberts

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“Face the Fire” by Nora Roberts

4 stars

SUMMARY

The conclusion of the Three Sisters Island trilogy. The new owner of the island’s only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia’s affections. But Mia needs his help to face her greatest challenge, and the deadline for breaking a centuries-old curse draws near.

REVIEW

The last book in this trilogy by Nora Roberts is as good as the first two! The author has a unique talent and describes the Three Sisters Island in a way that I wanted to be there also! This book has it all.. magic, love, friends, forgiveness…

This is the story of Mia and Sam. They were lovers when they were young but when Sam left her she didn’t want to love again. Now, Sam is back and determined to be with her… And something evil wants her also…

I liked Mia since I read the first book. She’s spirited and a woman who won’t let anyone hurt her loved ones. She seems like a badass woman but deep down she just want to be loved and have a family.

Sam was great! I can’t say that I liked him from the beginning because of what he did all these years ago, but I understand why he did it. He’s trying hard to win Mia back. He’s definitely a man who can count on. He is the perfect man from Mia because he will always protect her.

I recommend to all the fans of this genre this trilogy by Nora Roberts because I really enjoyed reading it!

Book Review: “Heaven & Earth” by Nora Roberts

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“Heaven & Earth” by Nora Roberts

4 stars

SUMMARY

This second installment of Roberts’s bewitching Three Sisters Island trilogy that began with “Dance Upon the Air” continues the story of modern-day witches Nell Channing, Ripley Todd, and Mia Devlin.

REVIEW

A very nice read and a decent second book in this trilogy by Nora Roberts. Modern-day witches, magic, romance and great atmosphere… what more do you need? I have to say that, although, I like all the characters and the story, my favorite part in this trilogy is the descriptions of the island. It feels like I am there!

In this book, it’s time for Ripley to accept who she is. For many years she denied the truth and she didn’t want anything that her power gave her, but that is smoothing that has to change. When Mac comes to town to investigate the magic she knows that he’s going to be a trouble… for her heart!

I like Ripley although sometimes I wanted to punch her. She wants to act like a badass but there are times that she’s very afraid. She is very protective with her loved ones and it’s easy to see that she needs someone to love her. But what she needs most is to accept herself.

Mac is a total geek and I loved him for that! But he’s not only that. He’s sexy and with humor but most of all he’s willing to help Ripley and love her. He has a different kind of strength and the ability to see Ripley as she truly is. He’s not scared of her and he doesn’t believe her lies when she’s trying to avoid the truth. Yeah, they are the perfect couple!

It’s a book that I enjoyed reading it very much and if you are fan of modern-day witches I recommend it to you!

 

Book Review: “Dance Upon the Air” by Nora Roberts

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“Dance Upon the Air” by Nora Roberts

4 stars

SUMMARY

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband—and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago… But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café—and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him—for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s created so carefully could shatter completely. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse—one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women—and with the nightmares of the past haunting her every step—she must find the power to save her home, her love…and herself…

REVIEW

That was a very nice story! And, really, what’s not to love? It has romance, witches and a beautiful scenery! I enjoyed every page of this book! Nora Roberts is a very talented author. I have to admit that while I was reading this book I had the feeling that I was a part of the town because of the amazing writing style!

This is the story of Nell. She run away from her abusive husband and she’s trying to live her life in secret in an island that is more mysterious than what it looks like. There she meets the handsome policeman Zack and for the first time she understands what love is. There are also two women and with them she has a different connection, more… magical!

I liked Nell a lot because she’s a survivor. She did everything in her power to leave her husband and make a new life of her own. Also, she embraced the new part of herself pretty quickly and with success.

Zack is a very nice guy. Although, I didn’t agree with his actions when he learned the truth about Nell, I forgave him because at the end he did everything he could. He’s not the larger-than-life kind of guy but he’s the one who you can count one in times of need!

So, as you can see I enjoyed this story very much and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

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