Book Review: “Biker Bait” by Ellie R. Hunter

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“Biker Bait” by Ellie R. Hunter

3 stars

SUMMARY

Alannah Blake was born and raised in The Lost Souls Motorcycle Club. She grown up surrounded by men dressed in leather, blood on their hands and living by a code society deems morally corrupt. She couldn’t be happier at the thought of finishing college and returning home to the men she regards as her uncles and brothers, her family.

While she’s been at college, she’s been hidden from the ever growing, never ending feud between her uncle’s club and The Raging Riders MC.  Her uncle -Michael Blake- The Lost Souls president is under pressure against their rivals. In a game that long ago began, he makes decisions that place not only his brothers in danger, but everyone connected to the club, including Alannah.

Castiel ‘Cas’ Jackson is the Vice President of The Lost Souls MC and gave up the only thing that ever meant anything to him when his VP patch is threatened. His loyalty to his brothers and his club has never been a problem, until he got close to the presidents niece – Alannah Blake. After breaking her heart before she left for college, can he keep his word to stay away from her now she’s back?

With Michael’s decisions affecting the club and Alannah, can Cas figure out his presidents secrets before it’s too late for Alannah and the club?

REVIEW

After reading the last book in an amazing series with bikers and watching the first season of Sons of Anarchy, I have to admit that I am still in mood for a good biker book, so I decided to read “Biker Bait”. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it was decent for the first book in a series.

This is the story of Alannah and Cas. She was born and raised in MC and he is the VP of this MC. She was a forbidden fruit for him but soon their passion won and they didn’t care for the consequences. And on top of that, there was a treason from one member of the MC and things were going to change…

This book is different from other books with bikers. Why? Because it’s not as vulgar. But my personal opinion is that this is a mistake. Books with bikers must be more vulgar because the main characters are people who live with a different moral code and the reader have to see this.

Nevertheless, I liked both Alannah and Cas. I have to admit that everything happened too quick for my taste but I’m OK with that. I loved the possessive tone when I was reading the POV of Cas and the I-want-to-be-pissed-with-him-but-I-can’t-because-I-love-him tone that Alannah had in her POV.

Also, this book has some very likable secondary characters and I want to read more for some of them in the next books!

Book Review: “Leave a Trail” by Susan Fanetti

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“Leave a Trail” by Susan Fanetti

5 stars

SUMMARY

The Night Horde used to be sure of their place in this world. Now, following a harrowing confrontation with the vicious leader of a notorious drug cartel, they are weakened in body and spirit, and they no longer have the unwavering support of the citizens of Signal Bend. They must fight to reclaim the goodwill of their town and their own sense of purpose.

Justin “Badger” Ness is struggling both physically and mentally with the price he paid for his place in the brotherhood of the Night Horde. That which gives him the most strength is becoming his personal demon. He is in danger of losing sight of what is good and real in the world.

Adrienne Renard is lost between the life she thought she wanted and an endless world of possibilities. The stepdaughter of Showdown Ryan, the club VP, comes to Signal Bend out of concern for her friend, worried about Badger’s increasing distance, but she stays to find her own place in a life she never knew she wanted.

Together Badger and Adrienne learn that trust—in each other and in themselves—is where strength truly lies. Without trust, there can be no atonement, no forgiveness. It’s a lesson the Night Horde and the town of Signal Bend must learn, as well.

REVIEW

OMG! Why this book is the last of the series??? How am I going to survive without reading more stories about my favorite MC club??? And why the author is so cruel?? Really, I couldn’t stop crying while I was reading this book. I’m telling the truth! At some point I had to stop reading because I was crying so much that I couldn’t see the words in front of me!

When I write a review, usually, it’s a quick summary of the story and my opinion for the main characters. But I am not going to do this now. Yeah, this book is the story of Badger and Adrienne. But it’s more than this. This book is the conclusion of a very difficult period of a very big family. A family not by blood but by something more important: by choice.

This is not a typical MC series. All these books weren’t about a badass-man-meets-the-perfect-woman-and-live-happily-ever-after. These books were a lesson that life is too short and you have to live it like you were going to die tomorrow. All the characters, experience the loss of a beloved person. Some more than others, but no one is the same after every loss. Everyone in these books takes a hard lesson: if you want to survive you have to make sacrifices. There is no easy way out and they know it.

The main characters in this book love each other very much and they know that they have something special and they do everything in their powers to make it happen. So, Badger, knows that their MC’s problems have to end and he has to help. He’s a man who will fight his own battles and, although, he’s been through hell he is a survivor and he’ll do his best. Adrienne is the perfect woman for him because she’s always there, without judging and helps him more than she knows.

But this book, the last of this series (it hurts even to write!) made me cry for various reasons. I remembered Havoc and, even now while I write this review, I have tears in my eyes. Then, all the other characters… Their lives changed so much and it was hard to see some of them sad, some of them happy… It’s a bittersweet feeling… Isaac, Lilli, Show, Shannon, Cory, Nolan, Len, Tasha and, even, Bart… A big family that managed to survive through too many tragedies and now is trying to secure the future.

I was glad to read about their children because it gives me the illusion that there will be more to read for their future!

If you want an easy love story, then this is not your kind of read. But if you want a story that can change your life just by reading it, please read the whole series. But be prepared: you’ll need many tissues, alcohol, cigarettes (if you smoke!) and chocolate (you know…for comfort!).

As you can see, I absolutely loved this series and I want to read it again in the future!

Book Review: “Scare Crow” by Julie Hockley

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“Scare Crow” by Julie Hockley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity. Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened. Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron’s alleged death, Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere. Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.

After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world. As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily’s hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron’s death before they come looking for her. As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in—or that it may already be too late for him to save her.

Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and find their way to their destinies.

REVIEW

After reading the first book and liked it, I knew that I had to read “Scare Crow” immediately! It’s a very emotional book and there were times that I cried a lot while I was reading it but I enjoyed it very much!

The story continues and Emily is trying to survive. She’s grieving and she’s pregnant. Her mind is only on revenge and without any money she’s trying to survive. On the other hand, Cameron is trying to keep her safe from afar.

I have to admit that sometimes I was thinking that Emily acts before she thinks. She made some bad decisions and I found her a little irresponsible. I felt sorry for her because she was pregnant and she couldn’t say it to anyone. She was always among people but so alone. She’s always sad and it’s obvious that she hadn’t be loved by many people because she really craves to be loved. I have to admit that she’s definitely a survivor but the fact she lives at the end of the book is pure luck!

I loved the fact that we had Cameron’s POV in this book! I really like him! Yeah, I admit that his decisions were bad also but he made these decisions with good intentions. He loves Emily so much that it hurts him while they weren’t together. The only thing he had in his mind was to protect her no matter what.

My favorite parts in the book? Everything that had to do with Meatball and Billy’s letter! What I didn’t like? I found the ending kind of hasty!

Nevertheless, it’s a very nice read and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Crow’s Row” by Julie Hockley

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“Crow’s Row” by Julie Hockley

4 stars

SUMMARY

For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library. During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.

REVIEW

I had this book in my to-read list for some time and I thought that it was time to give it a try. I made the right choice! “Crow’s Row” is a very nice read with interesting characters and plot. It wasn’t as dark as I was expecting but I enjoyed it very much.

Emily is a college student and she’s trying to live her life as she wants. One day, she saw something she shouldn’t have seen and her life changes. She found herself prisoner to a very attractive but dangerous Cameron. But soon, she will learn some truths that will affect her life…

Let’s start with Emily. I liked her because she’s not a quitter but I found very hard to accept the fact that she was very calm when she was taken as a captive. Yeah, of course she was thinking a way out of the trouble but very soon she just became almost comfortable. She wanted almost immediately Cameron and I have to say that I wanted more resistance! Nevertheless, it was hard for her to learn many truths and she took the information with dignity and she tried her best. She was insecure with her looks and that’s understandable because of the way everyone was treating her.

Cameron was great! He’s young but he acts/thinks like he’s old because of the hard life he’s living. He knows that his decisions in life have made him a target and that it’s not easy to live a happy life as he would prefer. He wants Emily but he also wants to protect her from everything bad and that’s way he does many unbelievable things.

Except from these two, I liked some of the secondary characters also, Rocco for example, but I have to admit that I wasn’t prepared for some of the events that took place at the second half of the book!

It was a very interesting read and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

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“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

2 stars

SUMMARY

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

REVIEW

What can I say about this book? I’ve read many great reviews and I’m standing now, my laptop open, trying to write my feelings about this book. I’ve read dark books with characters that did some awful things to others and I loved these books. I’ve read books with some characters that were TSTL but I found something good in these books too. What I am thinking about his one? That it’s definitely the most overrated book!

Basically, this story is about two of the most hateful types of person. First, we have the psycho woman, that wants to appear perfect to the world but she fails miserably because she didn’t convince me at all. Then, we have the cheating man who is extremely insecure and instead of trying to change his life and be happy, he stays with a woman he doesn’t love, finds a second woman to have an affair with and complains that his life sucks.

I found this book very predictable (and I am shocked that many people believe that there is a “plot twist”!!) and boring. It was almost a DNF for me but I keep reading until the end… Bad choice. I had a hope that at least at the end I will read something good. But no. I had no such a luck.

Maybe it’s your kind of book, but as you can see, it wasn’t my kind.

Book Review: “Visions of Heat” by Nalini Singh

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“Visions of Heat” by Nalini Singh

3 stars

SUMMARY

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous – aching need & exquisite pleasure.

REVIEW

After reading the first book of this series, I had high expectations from this one. I am sorry to say that I didn’t enjoyed it as much as the first one. Although, I have to admit that the world-building is one of the most interesting in a paranormal romance series, the main couple didn’t convince me, so that’s why the three starts rating.

The story is about Faith and Vaughn. She is a very powerful F-Psy and all her life was in isolation from others. He is a changeling both mysterious and dangerous. Neither of them was ready for their meeting because it changed everything for both of them!

Well, I liked them both but they weren’t something special like Lucas and Sascha. Actually, I thought that Vaughn would be more badass! Don’t get me wrong, he’s possessive and sexy but not as dark as I thought.

Too many times while I was reading this book, I caught myself having more interest about the secondary characters. I hope that the next books will be different because I absolutely love the writing style and the world-building but I couldn’t connect with the main characters.

Book Review: “Slave to Sensation” by Nalini Singh

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“Slave to Sensation” by Nalini Singh

4 stars

SUMMARY

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

REVIEW

I’ve heard so many good things about this series and I thought that it was time for me to read it. I am a huge fan of Nalini Singh after reading Guild Hunters series and I am glad that I decided to start reading Psy-Changeling series as well.

The author is famous for the amazing world-buildings and this book is the proof of that. Of course, I won’t say that I understand everything because that would be a lie but, now, it has my interest and I will continue with the next book.

This story introduce us to different world in the near future, where there are two races. The ruling Psy, people that feel no emotion at all and the changelings, people both human and animal. Both races live in peace until a murderer comes and brings them close to war.

Sascha is a Psy but different from the others and that’s why she’s in danger. I liked her because she’s definitely one of the bravest heroines in a paranormal romance book. She knows that many of her actions can kill her but she’s determined to do the right thing. I respect her for that and for the fact that she’s not afraid to feel.

Lucas is an alpha male all the way. Possessive and protective, he wants Sascha and he’s ready to do anything for her. But what I liked most was the fact that no matter his opinion for the Psy race (and believe me, it’s not a good one!) it didn’t matter for him. His feelings for Sascha was strong from the beginning.

The plot was very interesting like the world-building and the characters (both main and secondary). It’s a great start for a paranormal romance series and I have a feeling that it’s going to be even better!

Novella Review: “Monster” by Julia Sykes

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“Monster” by Julia Sykes

2.5  stars

SUMMARY

My life was irrevocably changed that night. The night I was taken. I saved a man’s life, but at what cost to myself? Could I convince him to save me in return?

Pediatrician Claudia Ellers is jerked out of her own safe, secluded world and brought into one of danger and uncertainty on the night that she is abducted by Bradley Smith. He forces her to save the life of his best friend, Sean Reynolds, under threat of death. But when her task is complete, Sean decrees that she can’t be allowed to leave; she knows too much. Claudia is resentful of her captors, desperate to escape. But the more time she spends trapped with Sean, the harder she finds it to cling to her hatred for him. He is an enigma of a man, one who is shockingly arrogant, sweetly contrite, and frighteningly aggressive by turns. And the sexual tension between them is scorching. The longer she remains in his grip, the more confused she becomes about what she must do. Is her freedom worth betraying him?

Warning: This series contains strong language and scorching sex scenes involving light BDSM. This is a 42,000 word novella with a cliffhanger ending.

REVIEW

Well, it was an ok novella but not quite what I was expecting. I thought that it would be more dark but here is just the usual story of kidnapping-going-wrong-woman-has-Stockholm-syndrome. Also, I can’t say that I understood very much the characters.

The story is simple: Claudia is a doctor without personal life and one day after work a dangerous man kidnapped her because he wanted a doctor to take care of his friend, Sean, who was shot. And then, after ONE day, she was attracted by him!

I can’t say that I liked Claudia a lot. I found her desperate to live dangerous for a few minutes and cry the next hour! It was easy to see that she has antisocial and it wouldn’t be bad if she has a little more brave. I found her very fragile.

Sean wasn’t bad. Well, he’s a criminal but he wasn’t acting bad. But he didn’t convince him as a dominant. Everything he was saying was like an act and didn’t feel real.  I can’t say that they had amazing chemistry but they weren’t bad also.

I don’t really know what else to say because it was a very quick read and the characters didn’t have the time for a full development. Maybe the next installment has more necessary details!

 

Book Review: “The Beautiful Ashes” by Jeaniene Frost

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“The Beautiful Ashes” by Jeaniene Frost

3 stars

SUMMARY

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

REVIEW

Well… it’s hard to write a review for a new book by a favorite author and not to know what to write. I am kind of disappointed from this book.

Let’s start from the beginning. The story is about Ivy, a young woman who has visions of strange realms without knowing what it is. When her sister goes missing, she’s trying to find her and she ends up finding herself and too many stranger things that common people are oblivious about. In her journey there is a man that helps her but with his own agenda also, Adrian.

I will begin with the good news. The world-building and the plot were very interesting and I have to say that I loved that it wasn’t again about vampires. Demons, angels and everything in between are always good material for an urban fantasy series.

The bad news? Everything happened too quickly! We hadn’t a better chance to know the characters and the romance was there already!

Ivy is a nice character but I can’t say that she was something special. To be honest, I found it a little strange that she lost her parents just before the start of the story but she rarely mention them. I believe that she’s brave under these circumstances but that’s all.

Adrian was the best part in this book. He has many secrets and an agenda of his own but with a good reason. I was mad because there were many times that Ivy was in danger because he hadn’t tell her all the truth but I can’t really blame him.

I was expecting something more from this book but I understand that as the first book in a series it’s possible to see some faults. I am a huge fan of Jeaniene Frost and I hope the next book will be better!

 

Book Review: “Born in Shame” by Nora Roberts

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“Born in Shame” by Nora Roberts

5 stars

SUMMARY

Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland…

Shannon’s life is rocked by an emotional earthquake when she learns the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon.

Obeying her late mother’s last wish, American Shannon travels to County Clare, Ireland, to meet the sisters she never knew she had. Warmed and comforted by the bond that grows between her and her sisters, her heart is lured by the charm of the Irish countryside and tempted by the attraction of horseman Murphy Muldoon.

Murphy takes one look at Shannon and knows that she is the woman he’s waited for all his life. But Shannon is a practical woman. Will she open her heart and mind to the timeless, magical bond that connects them? Or will she reject fate’s plan and leave Murphy to return to her life in America?

And amid the lush Irish landscape, she discovers the possibility of a love that is meant to be.

REVIEW

I am so sad that this trilogy came to end with this book! It was more difficult to read this book because it had many sad moments but it was as good as the previous two! All the trilogy is set in Ireland but this story gives us the mystical side of this beautiful country.

It’s time for Maggie and Brianna to meet their half-sister, Shannon. It’s not easy for her to accept the truth, but she goes to Ireland and tries to know her sisters. She’s lost but in this place she’s going to find herself…

I have to admit that Shannon is not my favorite sister but after a while I accepted her. I understand that this wasn’t easy for her at all but she didn’t seem to understand that it wasn’t easy for Maggie and Brianna also. Her trip to Ireland is not just a journey to meet her sisters. It’s a journey to connect with her roots and find herself and understand what she really wants from her life.

Murphy is a great guy! Definitely the kind of man who can make a woman happy! Hard-working, funny, sexy and determined to find love. He knows from the first minute that he wants Shannon and he’s willing to do anything to be with her! So, I respect this man!

But my personal favorite was by far little Liam! He was just adorable!!!!

A very good ending for an amazing trilogy that made me, once more, to appreciate a wonderful author!

 

 

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