Novella Review: “Talking Dirty” by Cheryl McIntyre

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“Talking Dirty” by Cheryl McIntyre

5 stars

SUMMARY

I had no idea when I met Linken Elliot that he would be capable of doing this to me.

I was perfectly unhappy, living my miserable existence before he came along. I was fine humping strange men’s faces in dirty bar bathrooms. I was comfortable living like a hermit and drinking myself into oblivion.

I. Was. Fine.

Now I want things. I want him.

Link and Rocky’s story continues in part three of five in the Dirty novella series.

*This is part three in a five-part novella series.

**Due to sexual situations and violence, this series is recommended for 18+.

REVIEW

Amazing and intense novella! Not an easy read at all but I loved it anyway! Can you live after such tragedy? This story isn’t for the ones who believe in a black and white world, because nothing is only good or only evil. When you read this book you have to think how far would you go to have your revenge.

Link knows that he has crossed the line for his revenge and he doesn’t really care. He doesn’t really live for the last four years. He just exists. Finally, he found the men that are responsible for what happened to his girlfriend he started punish them. He knows that his actions don’t make him a better person but he do it anyway because of Olivia. His love for her is beyond words.

Between Rocky and him the tension is getting stronger and it’s easy to see that they need to help each other. It’s like they are living in the land of the dead and the need to bring each other back.

I don’t want to say anything about the man that was part of what happened to Olivia. Sure, he said nice words and he said that he’s sorry and that back then he was a different man. Maybe he said the truth. Does that mean that Link had to forgive him? It’s far from an easy decision. Link made a choice and I won’t blame him for that. I am only sorry because not only Olivia is dead, but Link’s soul is dead also. And these men were responsible for the rape and murder of a young woman.

A great and tearful read that made me want more! I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Novella Review: “Playing Dirty” by Cheryl McIntyre

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“Playing Dirty” by Cheryl McIntyre

5 stars

SUMMARY

My need for power came to me by accident.

The need was real. It was overwhelming. It was consuming me.

So we played a dangerous game of trial and error. What I could handle and what I couldn’t. It became apparent fairly quickly that I couldn’t handle much. But I liked this game because I controlled it.

Link and Rocky’s story continues in this second installment of the Dirty series.

*This is part two in a five-part novella series.

**Due to sexual situations and violence, this series is recommended for 18+

REVIEW

This story is hard to read but I couldn’t stop. How far could you go for revenge? How cruel you can be? It’s really cruelty when you want to hurt the men that took the life from you? Will you consider yourself a monster?

Link is a step closer for his revenge and we can see that his sanity isn’t really there. I don’t blame him at all. He lost everything four years ago in the worst possible way. At some point, he realizes that his memory of the woman he loved will be lost and he can’t stand this thought. For the first time after these years he has the chance to hurt one of the men he wants dead and he understands that he’s in a critical point. He is also afraid to be happy. To go on with his life. He doesn’t understand that no one is going to blame him if he decided to find a woman and be happy again. He is living in the past with his grief.

In this novella, we learned Rocky’s whole story. I have to say that I like her even more. She’s a survivor and I believe that she’s searching a way to be happy. She has a weird connection with Link and she’s as afraid as he is. I don’t know if this can go somewhere because it’s not easy for these two to let anyone near them but I believe that they have to try.

A very well-written novella with a difficult subject that left me wanting more! I will definitely keep reading and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Novella Review: “Getting Dirty” by Cheryl McIntyre

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“Getting Dirty” by Cheryl McIntyre

5 stars

SUMMARY

Three. This is my number. It’s the exact sum of reasons I continue to go on.

One: To strengthen my body. Make it strong. Make it a machine. Make it so that what happened before can never, ever, happen again.

Two: To help others find their own strength so that what happened to me, what happened to my Olivia, doesn’t happen to them.

And three: My favorite—to find the bastards that took my life away and make them pay for what they did.

This is what my life is now. A dead man, inside a scarred body, living only for revenge.

*This is part one in a five-part novella series.

**Due to sexual situations and violence, this series is recommended for 18+.

REVIEW

WOW! That was intense! I haven’t read the blurb before reading this novella and I found myself in a big surprise! In this story there is too much pain and suffer and I have to admit that I was crying while reading it.

Link lost the love of his life after a brutal attack and now wants revenge from the people who were responsible for that but he also wants to help other women to learn self-defense. Rocky was raped some years ago and she can’t go on with her life. Now, she decides to take some self-defense classes.

This is the first part of a novella series and both the main characters are damaged. Tragic things happened to their lives and they have anger inside them. Link lost everything he held dear and he put his life on hold. I liked him a lot and I want to see him go on and be happy. He’ll never forget but it’s sad that a young man like him doesn’t even try to find happiness again.

Rocky is damaged but I also saw power in her. It’s easy to see that she’s afraid and it’s a huge step for her to accept going in these lessons. I saw an instant connection with Link and I’m looking forward to see what future will bring to them.

A very nice start in this novella series that kept my interest from the beginning until the end!

 

Book Review: “Cold Iron” by D.L. McDermott

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“Cold Iron” by D.L. McDermott

3.5 stars

SUMMARY

The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.

So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.

But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.

REVIEW

**e-ARC PROVIDED VIA NETGALLEY**

I love books with Fae and I thought that I should give it a try! “Cold Iron” is a nice first book in a series and, although, I believe that it could be better, I enjoyed reading it very much.

Beth is an archaeologist and she can find ancient Celtic sites. When she found a tomb full of treasures with her ex-husband and the biggest jerk on the whole planet, it was the beginning of her new life because everything changed. Conn, a hot and dangerous Fae, showed her the world she knew only from the books.

If you expect a book with Fae that are only sensual and beautiful you have to think twice before reading this book. There is cruelty in their world. Dangerous, dark and beautiful in appearance are the words that can describe them the best. I am fan of their dark side, so it didn’t really matter to me.

I liked Beth because too many bad things happened to her but she did a great job at the end. To be honest, sometimes she was too submissive for her own good but I have to admit that she get the work done at the end.

Conn wasn’t a love at first sight for me. Actually, for the first half of this book, I wasn’t sure I liked him at all. Thankfully, the second half was better for him. He admits his Fae faults and wants to be more human, so he’s not as cold as the other Fae.

The story was nice and well-written but for some reason I didn’t really connect with the main characters. Sometimes, I have to admit, that I preferred Miach and Helene, the secondary characters because they were more interesting.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Origin In Death” by J.D. Robb

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“Origin In Death” by J.D. Robb

5 stars

SUMMARY

Set in 2059 in New York City, the number-one bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. Now, as scientists work to expand the limits of technology, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son.

A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office-murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building-the good doctor’s final appointment.

Known as “Dr. Perfect,” the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son-and successor-knows what it is. Then, like father, like son, the young Dr. Icove is killed . . . with the same deadly precision.

But who is the mystery woman-and what was her relationship with the good doctors? While her husband, Roarke, works behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves’ pasts. What she discovers are men driven to create perfection-playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity

REVIEW

It’s very hard for me to find a book that it’s not good in this series by J.D. Robb! “Origin In Death” is definitely one more great book and, I have to say, that this story is the most sci-fi so far. I know that all the series is sci-fi, but the subject in this one is the cloning so as you can see it’s sci-fi for sure.

This book is a little different. There are murders but there are also many ethical questions. Must we create perfect humans? Must we kill all the flawed ones? Eve Dallas has to answer many questions in order to find the truth and except from this case she has to deal with daily life and be a hostess for a Thanksgiving party with Roarke’s family and friends.

It’s easy to see in this story Eve’s improvement. Once she was alone and she wanted only to get the job done and go home be all by herself. Her terrible childhood left the scars in her. She’s uncomfortable with family and friends and she can’t socialize. I love the conversation between Eve and Roarke and between Eve and Peabody! They are hilarious!

I love Roarke! He’s a guy I will never be tired read about! He’s there for Eve all the time. He understand her, he doesn’t push her and he let her be herself. He’s protective but at the same time he trusts her very much and that makes their relationship works.

This book is the proof that when a writer is talented, even after more than twenty books, the story will be still great and the characters will keep develop. It’s not easy to see more sides of the characters after so many books but J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts, does it amazingly!

So, great plot and some of the most interesting characters are two of the many reasons that you have to read this series!

Novella Review: “Five Miles” by Lili St. Germain

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“Five Miles” by Lili St. Germain

4 stars

SUMMARY

My father taught me the importance of an eye for an eye—a cardinal rule, ingrained in every club member.

A life for a life.

Seven lives in payment for an unimaginable list of sins.

People might wonder why I’m doing this. If this vengeance is borne from some noble cause. If I’m trying to prevent others from suffering at the hands of Dornan Ross and his sons.

But I’m no selfless vigilante.

I’m doing this for me. I’m doing it because I want to.

I’m doing this because I just want to be able to sleep at night without seeing their faces.

This is the fate they have earned. The penance for their crimes.

Time to send some of these brothers off with a bang.

REVIEW

Fast-paced, dark and sometimes too hard to read, this series is an addiction! The author tells as a very difficult story of a girl who lost her innocence in a brutal way many years ago and now she’s trying to take her life back. Is her way good or bad? I really can’t tell because what happened to her was hideous. But revenge is something that can change the one seeking it. In this case is Julie. She lost herself in her grief and her need for revenge.

So far she killed two brothers and she keeps going with her plan. But she comes closer to hate herself completely. She doesn’t know who she is anymore. I feel very sorry for her. I am not saying that she made good decisions, but, to be honest, I can’t blame her.

Jase is a nice guy from a very dysfunctional family. I have to admit that sometimes I believe that he’s a coward. Why? It’s obvious that he hates his family and yet he stayed here. Was it from fear? It doesn’t matter. He should be gone from this life and do something of his own, far away.

If you want an easy book, with black / white situations, then this is not your kind of read. But if you want a dark read with dubious methods of revenge and characters that walk the line between good and bad, then I recommend this book to you!

Novella Review: “Six Brothers” by Lili St. Germain

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“Six Brothers” by Lili St Germain

4 stars

SUMMARY

I have lied.

I have cheated.

I have given my body and my life to the man who destroyed my family and left me for dead.

I have killed, I have sinned, and worst of all, I have enjoyed the misery of others.

I have licked the salty tears of a father mourning his firstborn son, and nothing has ever tasted so sweet.

I have died, and I have been resurrected, a phoenix from the ashes.

I know I’m going to hell. I’ll burn in the fiery pits alongside Dornan and his sons for the things I’ve done, and for the things I’m about to do.

But I don’t care. It will be worth every lick of the devils flames on my guilty flesh to destroy Dornan Ross.

One down, six to go.

REVIEW

This book is disturbing in so many levels but I couldn’t stop reading it! When you follow the road of revenge you must know that nothing is easy. You change and not in a good way. That is what is happening to Julie. She did her first killing and now she’s going for the second one.

She’s determined to succeed in her plan and she can’t see that she’s losing herself in the way. To be honest, I believe that after what happened to her isn’t something you forget. Ever. The worst part is that her love for a man that she should be hating, it’s making it even worse for her.

I don’t believe that she’s thinking very clearly and I’m afraid that she’s going to do mistakes. I feel sorry for her. For the life she lost, for the love that she didn’t have from her own mother. She was born in a bad life and she suffered for the sins of another.

This story is dark and it made me sick to read some details, but is very well-written and that’s why I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Novella Review: “Seven Sons” by Lili St Germain

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“Seven Sons” by Lili St. Germain

4 stars

SUMMARY

My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the leader of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.

Including my innocence.

When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.

Before my father died, Dornan Ross and his seven sons stole my innocence, branded my skin and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.

I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I’m out for revenge.

But I didn’t expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.

I didn’t expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.

Now, I’m faced with an impossible choice – Jase, or avenging my father’s death?

REVIEW

Abuse and revenge. This is a dark read because it’s all about suffering. From the moment I read the blurb of this novella, I knew that I was going to read something that will disturb me but I read it anyway.

Julie wants revenge from the men that hurt her in a brutal way years ago. She breaths only because she wants to make them suffer like she was suffering for years. She was gang-raped by a man and his six sons and the same man killed her father. Now it’s time for them to pay the price and she wants to kill them all.

Julie is a survivor. It’s not easy to keep going after everything that happened to her. But she’s not whole. And if I want to be honest, I didn’t expect her to be. She lives only for revenge. She didn’t put the past behind her and now she’s the personification of the darkness. Do I blame her? No. What she’s going to do, it’s not easy and it’s obvious that she loses herself in the way.

Jase is obviously different from the others but that doesn’t mean that Julie will leave him out of her revenge. He’s the reminder of everything gone bad all these years ago. I hope that he’ll survive but he doesn’t deserve to be hurt because of his family’s actions. It’s easy to see that he hates them all.

The person I hated the most, even more than the rapists, was her mother. She’s the worst kind of mother and she doesn’t deserve to be called a mother. She knew what they were going to do to her daughter and she gave her to them anyway! Her addiction is not an excuse!

It’s a dark and short read that kept my interest from the beginning until the end! Many scenes left me sorrowful but I will continue reading Julie’s story and I hope that she’ll find the peace that she needs!

If you are a fan of this genre, I recommend this book!

Book Review: “Survivor In Death” by J.D. Robb

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“Survivor In Death” by J.D. Robb

5 stars

SUMMARY

No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city – not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal – but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. The state-of-the-art security was breached, and the killers used night vision to find their way through the cozy middle-class house. Clearly, Dallas is dealing with pros. The only mistake they made was to overlook the nine-year-old girl cowering in the dark in the kitchen. . .

Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan – and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas’s strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories – and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back – and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give – Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who’s behind them.

REVIEW

This series just keeps giving us amazing books! “Survivor In Death” is another very good story that made me cry a lot. One would thought that after reading about so many hideous crimes in this series, I would have used to. Nope. Not even a little.

Nixie, a nine years old girl, witnessed the murder of her whole family and best friend. Eve takes her in order to protect and she’s trying to find out who wanted to kill a peaceful family. Now, Eve has to find the murderers and to deal with a girl that lost all her family.

I believe that Eve is one of the most sincere characters ever. Her past makes her what she is and that isn’t something that can change easily. Yes, she protects Nixie and she develops a bond with her, but that doesn’t change anything. She has a long road of healing ahead and it’s not an easy one. She knows that her issues won’t be gone but with Roarke’s help she can fight her nightmares and she can feel safe.

Roarke is not only there for Eve physically but emotionally also. He gets her. He knows how she thinks and he wants the same things with her. They are perfect for each other because they knew that they have their personal demons to fight and the help each other. I have to admit that Roarke was acting very cute when he was with little Nixie!

What can I say for Nixie? She was a witness to a tragedy that affect her life and I admired her for her way of thinking. I cried like a baby while reading many scenes with her and I truly believe that this was one of the most heartbreaking books in this series.

As always all the secondary characters, Peabody, McNab, Summerset etc, were amazing and I have to say that I love them all!

This series is the perfect read if you want sci-fi, mystery, adventure and romance!

Book Review: “Visions In Death” by J.D. Robb

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“Visions In Death” by J.D. Robb

5 stars

SUMMARY

As technology and humanity collide, Detective Eve Dallas searches the darkest corners of Manhattan for an elusive killer with a passion for collecting souls…

On one of the city’s hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park-and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of the lake. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes- removed with such precision, as if done with the careful hands of a surgeon-that have Dallas most alarmed.

As more bodies turn up, each with the same defining scars, Eve is frantic for answers. Against her instincts, she accepts help from a psychic who offers one vision after another-each with shockingly accurate details of the murders. And when partner and friend Peabody is badly injured after escaping an attack, the stakes are raised. Are the eyes a symbol? A twisted religious ritual? A souvenir? With help from her husband, Roarke, Dallas must uncover the killer’s motivation before another vision becomes another nightmare. . . .

REVIEW

After so many books, one would have thought that I will be bored to read more. Huge mistake! This series never ceases to amaze me! “Visions In Death” is one of my favorite books in this series so far!

Eve Dallas and Peabody are trying to solve a series of horrible murders and, at the same time, their relationship becomes deeper. But this case is more dangerous for Peabody and, then, Eve will realize that her life has change and now there are many people close to her.

Every murder case is affecting Eve. Her horrible childhood doesn’t let her to live an easy life. She wants to help every victim and to solve every case because she wants the dead to find peace. It’s not easy for her to socialize or to care about others but she does it anyway. She’s doing her best but, thankfully, the others don’t push her.

Peabody is definitely one of my favorite from the first time I read about her and in this book I was so mad to see her get hurt. She’s smart and funny and a great friend. She is there for Eve even when she knows that Eve will find her nosy. I believe that she felt a relief when Eve told her about her past not because she was curious but because she realized that this was a huge proof of Eve’s trust.

And  as for Roarke… What can I say about him that I haven’t told already? He’s the perfect husband and, at the same time, a great friend. He’s there for everything Eve needs and he helps her not because he doesn’t have anything else to do, but because he really wants to make a difference in Eve’s life and, at the same time, he doesn’t neglect everything else in his life.

I want to talk about the murders in this book. I have to admit that they were the most horrible in this series so far. But, I want to say something else. This story is a proof that nobody is born a monster. The murderer here, was just a boy when he learned the cruel face of this world. Is this an excuse? No. Of course not. He had the option to do some good, like Eve, but he chose to become a monster. It’s sad and tragic. I was sorry for the kid he was and not for the man he became.

As you can see, I loved the nineteenth book from In Death series and I want to recommend the whole series to all the fans of this genre!

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