Monday, March 18, 2019

Review / Quote - Tastic: Trigger by J.L. Drake

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Trigger by J.L. Drake
Series: Devil's Reach #1
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance, Biker Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (May 16, 2017)
Pages: 332
Format: Kindle
Source: Bought
***This book ends with a small cliffhanger. Intended for 18+. May contain Triggers.***

I was raised by the Devil himself.

Formed into a man who was unreachable.

I went from the boy with bruises to the man with a trigger.

Killing is the only thing that calms the itch.

The demons inside were a constant battle…

…until she changed everything.

Problem is when you spend most of your time in the dark, is it smart to step into the light?
Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It
POV: Dual 1st

Thoughts: Wow what a edge of your seat, gritty, hold nothing back, in your face Biker read. Seriously Trigger gets right down to business in the Slaughter Room. A room with no windows, tile walls and a drain for the Devil's Reach MC to interrogate  anyone who crosses them.

Trigger the hero is a badass, powerful, alpha male President of the Devil's Reach MC. Everyone fears him and know that if you get on his bad side you are a dead man. Readers first learn this in the slaughter room and true to character all the way through story. He has some demons going on and his flash backs show how he became the man he is today. My heart hurt for him.

Love the Slow Burn Romance for now. Tess and Trigger are perfect for each other. Both have their own issues and neither try to change or fix each other. All he knows is how to demand what he wants. Some might fear him but still have enemies. If his enemies ever think Tess is his weakness,  to get to him they will go after her. Only people he has ever cared about are his MC brothers. She soothes his demons and brings light to his dark mind.  He is not your sweet words and flowers type. He does not know how to really express himself with Tess.
"Stay off my men’s bikes."
I turned to glare at him. "Why?”"
"Because it means something."
"I rode on yours. What does that mean?"
"It means stay the hell off their bikes."
Do not know a lot about Tess only a few of her thoughts about her past.  Since this is a Trilogy I guess or hopefully I will get my answers in book 2.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sunday Post: Acquainted with my toliet

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Hi everyone. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Had a awesome grandkid free last weekend. TMI here, LOL I am talking about pulling out the wine and got really acquainted with my toilet.
Bought: Monday I continued my grandkid free time. I was not needed for babysitting my 2 grandsons and I took the opportunity to have a PJ kind of reading, lazy day and let me tell you it was amazing. I was in a weird mood and wanted something different so I bought and read Real by Katy Evans.
After writing my review for Hades Hangmen series by Tillie Cole I wanted more of her writing. Just not ready for book 4 of that series. Hero is not my favorite. So I thought I would give her other series Scarred Souls a go.
Freebie Alert: Have been wanting to try Christy Reece Last Chance Rescue series.  Found a nice little surprise she has the 1st book in her LCR Elite series which is a spinoff to the original free. Now I know it is not the exact series I want to read but she is a new to me author and sounds interesting. Still free at time of this post.

Real by Katy Evans
Series: Real #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition...

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting...

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I've ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I've never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong—but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents...

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

Raze By Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #1
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
One man stripped of his freedom, his morals… his life.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge… bloody, slow and violent revenge.

Revenge on the man who lied.

Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into… this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate.

And no one will stand in the way of getting what he wants.

One woman stripped of her freedom, her morals… her life.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Red’ bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it’s a virtual prison. Her father’s savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring—The Dungeon—ensures too many enemies lurk at their door.

She dreams to be set free.

Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. As manager of her father’s death match enterprise, only grief and pain fill her days. Her mafiya boss father, in her world, rules absolute. And her fiancĂ©, Alik Durov, is no better: The Dungeon’s five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her father’s best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisa’s life, dominates her every move; keeps her subdued and dead inside… then one night changes everything.

While working for her church—the only reprieve in her constant surveillance—Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. He’s a man beyond saving, and a man she must quickly forget… for both their sakes.

But when days later, out of the blue and to her complete surprise, he’s announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. He’s built, ripped and lethally unforgiving to his opponents, leaving fear in his wake and the look of death in his eyes.

Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man...

… this man they call Raze.

Running On Empty by Christy Reece
Series: LCR Elite #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
The Danger Has Only Begun

Having survived a brutal childhood, Sabrina Fox believed she could handle anything. That was before she watched the love of her life die before her very eyes. Brokenhearted, her emotions on lockdown, she finds purpose and hope as an LCR Elite Operative rescuing victims from some of the most volatile places in the world.

Covert ops agent Declan Steele is used to a life of danger and deceit, but when the one person he trusted and believed in above all others sets him up, he’ll stop at nothing to make her pay. Finally rescued from his hellish prison, Declan has one priority—hunt down Sabrina Fox and exact his revenge.

Trusting no one is a lonely, perilous path. Sabrina swears she’s innocent and Declan must make a decision--trust his heart or his head. As memories of their life together returns, he realizes just how treacherous his torture had been and the target of his revenge shifts. But when Sabrina is taken, retribution is the last thing on his mind. With the assistance of Last Chance Rescue Elite, Declan races to rescue the only woman he has ever loved before it’s too late.

Last Week On Blog
I had a good blogging week. For me I gotten a decent amount of mix reviews.

Review / Rating
Fierce by Nina Levine - 4
Real by Katy Evans - 3
Hades Hangmen Series by Tillie Cole - 4, 3, 3
Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti - 4

Review: Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #1
Genre: Post - Apocalyptic, Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Zebra on January 26, 2016
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle
Source: Bought

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It

Thoughts: What a better way than to start a new genre with my favorite author. Mercury Striking was good for me as it is light in a Post-Apocalyptic world. Just enough gritty background setting here and there to really get the feel how life is after a disease has struck.
Jax has created a safe haven in L.A. He is a strong leader with no emotions and does not trust easy. Jax and Lynne have no strings attached sexual relationship. He needs it that way to keep a clear head to be in charge of everyone. When he is with her he feels human again not a killing machine in the world they live in now. Love that she is also on the same level has he is not getting emotional involved.
Rebecca Zanetti writes the best secondary characters. I did miss the close knit community she is known to write in her other novels. But I also understand that this group have not known each other long and have no past together.  They do all have their own personalities and voice. They have all got me curious.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Triple Quickie Review: It Ain't Me, Babe / Heart Recaptured / Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole

Decided to do a quickie review for Hades Hangmen Series by Tillie Cole since I binge read them. Wow what a series. Different and kept making me want more after each book. Really it was Flame in Souls Unfractured  who I could not wait to get to his story in book 3. He is introduced in book 1 and wanted to know more about him.

Series Thoughts: This Biker series is different from what I have ever read. Have an MC Club and their enemies a Cult. Never read anything dealing with a Cult and was pretty interesting. Heroes are rough around the edges and some are broken. They all have different personalities but have one thing in common. They are loyal and protect each other and anybody else that comes in their family. This series  definitely have some touchy subjects and  are graphic some more than others. Flashbacks are well done and needed to really feel what the characters have been through. All the hero/heroines stay true to their character. I always liked the covers and thought they were a bit different. Now I love them as they really portray the stories.

I feel this series needs to be read in order. The overall plot containing with the Cult continues with the series. I am nervous to read book 4 because the hero. Not a fan of him and can not believe he is even getting his own book. I really want to skip it but afraid I am going to miss something big with the MC, something different with the Cult or something new to the series.

If interested in what I thought of each book I gave my mini reviews next to each one.

It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole
Series: Hades Hangmen #1
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance, Biker Romance
Publisher: Tillie Cole (April 26, 2014)
Pages: 466
Format: Kindle
Source: Bought

Series Goodreads

Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It

Thoughts: I knew going in that Styxx stutters a lot in his book. Some reviews thought it was too much and some had no issues with it. I knew I wanted to try this series but with this info I kept putting it off. Finally I was in the mood for a different kind of biker read and gave it a chance. So happy I did. Yes he does stutter a lot but it grew on me. I was right there feeling his frustration when trying to communicate with Mae as she does not do sign language. Loved that the author broke up between him signing and speaking. He has his biker brother who he signs too and felt so personal.

Heart Recaptured
Series: Hades Hangmen #2
Pages: 503

Rating: 3 Stars - Liked It

Thoughts: Lilah was a hard character to take in at times. I did not dislike her she just seemed so stubborn. I understood where she was coming from. She did not want to leave the cult that was taken from her. She could not understand they are bad people and what they are doing is wrong.

As I loved having the cult in the first book I felt it was too much of them in this book. The plot line with them towards the end felt the same as book 1. Wanted a little something different.

Souls Unfractured
Series: Hades Hangmen #3
Pages: 371

Rating: 3 Stars - Liked It

Thoughts: I could not wait for Flames story and was not expecting to have my heart broken on so many levels and be grossed out.  Everything I wanted to know about Flame with his cutting, no touching and counting I got and so much more. But most of it I wish I did not fully know . I was actually grossed out by how he lives and what he does on the floor in front of the hatch. Flash backs were a huge factor in his story and let me tell you I usually do not get bother about stuff but his made me cry and were hard to get through.

I adored, loved and admire Maddie. Through out the  series I would of never thought her to be the strongest heroine. What she does in certain scenes for Flame just amazed me. That takes a strong woman to do what she would do for him. Her flashbacks were also hard to get through.