*4.5* What a fantastic start to a new series! There’s almost non-stop action that was truly engaging to read. But what I enjoyed the most was the verbal sparring between Hugh and Elara. Both didn’t trust the other but an alliance between them was needed. I love Elara … she’s close to a perfect heroine for me. As for Hugh, I somehow wanted more from his character from a relationship standpoint but I know that would be a departure from his character if he’s suddenly spouting love words. Even if I wanted more from him, I was very satisfied with the development of his story arc and I was glad the author removed a doubt in my mind about Hugh and Roland. Excellent secondary characters as well. We are left we several questions, but the biggest one is: What exactly is Elara? This author-team can’t write fast enough. I’m still looking forward to more Rogan and Nevada, but now I want more Hugh and Elara.
I’ve been craving the need to read outside my typical genre to cure a recent reading slump. I didn’t think I would like the Tier One series because I like some romance with my action, but I didn’t miss it here at all. 🙂 4.25+ The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower From page one, this book drew me in and didn’t let go. I like that I didn’t get lost in the acronyms or the jargon, most of them are familiar and there’s a glossary at the end of the book. The action was written in a way that non-military readers will appreciate, and yet I’m certain to readers with military background it would read authentic. Jack Kemper/ John Dempsey isn’t the typical alpha hero I’m used to, but he is an ultimate badass. I am also intrigued by his boss, Kelso Jarvis. Their team Ember is black-ops outside the normal chain of command. The action part was an adrenalin rush while the spy-games part got my cogs turning. What prevented me from giving this five stars was the sections […]
I adored this book! The writing was tight and flowed well for me which enabled me to enjoy the story. At first I thought this was an ugly cry book, and though there were parts that made me teary-eyed, I would say this book was very uplifting. It showed that you can move on from the past. I love second chance romances. It’s like catnip. Poppy lost her husband five years ago, and in fulfilling her husband’s birthday list she encountered Cole again—the man who had to inform her of Jamie’s death. Cole had always been attracted to Poppy, and for Poppy, that second encounter gave her something of an awareness to the hero. Not an instant lust or love and though this was a slow-burn romance, it wasn’t frustrating, but infinitely swoony because of Cole. Could there be a more perfect man? No doubt he was alpha, but he was also kind and understanding. Were there instances where he was jealous of the dead husband? Of course there were, but he knew he had to be patient and take it slow with Poppy. In the process of checking off Jamie’s birthday list, they spend time together and fall […]
I thought I’d have a few reviews for you all by now, but my reading streak hasn’t been good. Some books that I’d anticipated turned flat. I only post about books that are 3.5 stars or more to keep this site positive! Anyway, I’m working on a list of my all-time favorite alpha males. Also, I know I tend to disappear into my writing world. That ends now! I’d love to keep in touch with readers if only to chat about books. I’ve launched the sign-up for my Newsletter. I plan to publish one a month or at least every quarter. I will also have fun giveaways for every newsletter which could be Amazon gift cards up to $50. Who wouldn’t want more books, right?
I was excited for this book, so I pre-ordered and woke up early (5:30 am) and skipped my workout to to read it. LoL! I’m really torn on how to rate it. The first 30%, I wasn’t too optimistic that I was going to like this installment. I felt there was too much internal monologue—and it could be a personal thing, because I’m not a fan of this. But then the book picked up and I couldn’t put it down. I did stumble some along the way. The interruption of one chapter shifting to a different scene when there was anticipation of action at the end of the previous one somehow messed with the momentum. Also, I felt Dani and Ryodan’s relationship jumped to a declaration of love too fast, I was taken aback. If Ryodan wasn’t such a badass, I would have thought it was too emo-boy and sort of out of character. However, I was thrilled with Dani’s transformation to her ultimate potential. I thought that storyline went very well. So, I would say 3 stars for 50% and then 5 stars for the rest for a 4 star average rating. What I didn’t like: Highlight for spoiler: […]
Captive Lies was a “turning point” book. I wanted to explore my writing voice, to see where I could improve and to figure out what could be holding me back. I have always written what I wanted which was why quitting my day job wasn’t in my immediate future. 😉 Let me backtrack a bit. Writing Fire & Ice started out as an accident. I’d been reading about amazing alpha male heroes but they were always getting paired with doormat heroines and I got frustrated. Out of that frustration, I wrote the first five chapters of F&I and sent it to my friend and forgot about it. A couple of weeks later, she emailed me back and asked me where the rest of the manuscript was. And I thought, really? Someone wanted to read it? I went ahead plotting and writing the rest of it, googling editors and sending it off to one I found. No way was I publishing unedited work. I got good feedback as well as critique. I had a male editor, and he thought Jack was a wooden character, but he liked Maia and my plot was well-paced. Made some adjustments and the rest, as they say, […]
*3.75* Here’s the thing. I loved Devil in Spring. It was in the top five of my 2017 reads. I had high hopes for this one, thinking Lisa Kleypas has gotten her groove back because the first two Ravenels were an uneven experience for me. Hello Stranger was well-written and it was obvious that a lot of research has gone into it. The beginning was promising, I especially loved how Ethan watched over Garrett, and there was a scene where he taught her self-defense that was cute, funny and hot. I did have an issue with the heroine “somewhat” the pursuer of the relationship, but make no mistake that Ethan was already smitten with Garrett, but there were circumstances that stopped him from being with her. There was no relationship angst that I felt and I’m a lover of angst. I think where the book kind of stalled for me was the abundance of medical play by play. A bit too much information for me to process when there was a conspiracy plot already going on. I did like that tidbit about blood types though. All in all, I did like this installment, but I didn’t love it. Ethan and […]
*4.25* Oh, the delicious angst. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book because from the blurb, we’re going to have a pining heroine, but the second chance aspect drew me in. I couldn’t put the book down from page 1. The flashbacks didn’t bother me and helped build such endearing characters. I loved Daisy despite me wanting her to really hook up with some other guy when Quinn was being an ass. But the author’s writing was so good, I kind of understood her and I felt her pain. Quinn took waaaay too long to get his act together. And so, the cheating (also warned in the blurb) happened when it shouldn’t, and the fall out ensued that hurt Daisy. I think that was what pissed me off the most. I did enjoy his semi-groveling afterward. Now, when I have to make excuses for conflict because of their age,it affects my enjoyment of the book. However, I’m seeing so much growth in Field’s writing and I love the way she weaves the angst in her books and still create such likable characters that I sure will be clicking her next book. re: Toby and Pippa => I […]
*4.5* This is one of the most well-written HP romances I’ve read. The characters are very rich, especially Raul. He was ruthless in the beginning, but the way he cared for Luisa made me swoon. I like it when a hero doesn’t know he is falling in love and then when it hits him … 🙂 Deducting half a star for Luisa’s insecurities, but she was still a very likable heroine.
*4.25* I was so glad I read this. I have never read this author before and I’m finding how I like her writing. I was immediately drawn to Megan from the very first scene. It’s refreshing to be compelled to read a book because of the heroine, and although Theo was mysterious, I still felt Megan was the central character. Theo was rude, but it didn’t bother me because I kinda knew he was hiding something. There were clues from the beginning of the book so I wasn’t sure if that was supposed to be the mystery. What I really loved and helped me accept what he was doing was that Megan did not take his crap and yet she gave him enough chances to explain his actions. I find I have a lot of leeway for asshole heroes as long as the heroine is not a doormat. I really thought this would be a five-star book. There was humor, and a smattering of poignant moments and definitely more than a touch of paranormal. What I didn’t like was the way everything was resolved. There was the revelation, and then an event that was another coincidence and then when that […]