Monday, January 29, 2018

Sweet Temptation: Every Deep Desire by Sharon Wray

Sweet Temptation is a feature on Wickedly Delicious Book Blog. That centers around books that have caught my attention. Whether it be a quote, snippet, teaser, excerpt, synopsis or a review.

Every Deep Desire by Sharon Wray
Series: Deadly Force #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: March 6, 2018


He's taking it all back
His honor, his freedom, and the woman he loves

Rafe Montfort was a decorated Green Beret, the best of the best, until a disastrous mission and an unforgivable betrayal destroyed his life. Now, this deadly soldier has returned to the sultry Georgia swamps to reunite with his brothers, and take back all he lost. But Juliet must never know the truth behind what he's done...or the dangerous secret that threatens to take him from her forever.

It took Juliet Capel eight long years to put her life back together after her husband was taken from her. Now Rafe is back, determined to protect her at any cost, and it's not just her heart that's in danger. The swamps hold a secret long buried and far deadlier than either of them could have imagined...

Thoughts: Cover love here. Sultry Georgia swamps, brothers, secrets, lies and second chance romance got me wanting to read this.

Reviews: Darkfever and Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Rating: 3 Stars - Liked It

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press on October 31, 2006
Format: Kindle
Pages: 382
Source: Bought

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Thoughts: I knew going into Darkfever there would be no romance. I actually bought this book seems like ages ago in paperback when Borders Book Store was still open. At the time I was really into romance and this series was in the romance section. Well I did not know this was not a PNR till I tried reading it and was not able to get into it. Now many years later was looking for something different to read and this came to mind. Bummer as I already swapped by PB. A hold was on it for the Library thank goodness I got it on sale for 99 cents.
The format of the book is different than I have ever read. It is so hard to explain. Mac had a way at times getting ahead of her self. It is like she is talking about stuff that happened in the future and next in the present. But the kicker is she would stop and let readers know she got ahead of herself. So some good stuff I wanted to know what the heck she was talking about because it would be interesting. Never did find out and hoping in future books I do.
As for  MacKayla "Mac" the heroine. I was not too impressed with her character. She kind of got on my nerves at times. Just silly and immature. I know she is in her early twenties and her mom was not a fan of cussing. So Mac and her sister came up with regular words to use instead of cuss words. I do not know if  it was to bring some humor to the story but it just bugged me.
Jericho Barrons I am not sure about. I am curious to know more.
As for the plot I really was curious who killed her sister. I still feel like there is more to that part of the story. Nothing wowed me. But I was unable to put the book down and wanted to know more about Barrons so of course had to get book 2.

Rating: 3 Stars - Liked It

Series: Fever #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press on October 16, 2007
Format: Kindle
Pages: 337
Source: Bought

I used to be your average, everyday girl but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets. . . .

In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.
Thoughts: Bloodfever was a little better than Darkfever but not enough to give a higher rating.  Karen Marie Moning did great with the prologue, catching up with what happened in book 1.
Mac still annoyed me but not as much. I wanted more character growth then what I got. Plot wise I also I wanted more. I felt there was just more revealing of bad guys/monsters. I still feel that there is more about her sisters death. Again this book did not wow me but still was unable to put down. I am just waiting for something to shock me, I did not see coming. I know the plot has a lot to do with finding the Sinsar Dubh (black magic book) but for some reason I am more interested in her sisters death.
Again no romance but I am starting to see Barrons and V'lane showing signs of interest in her. This is not a love triangle. They both have their reasons for needing her help. V'lane I am starting to get a little curious about. Barrons really caught my attention more in this book. I know there is so much more to him. I really need to know who and what is in his garage basement, who does the second phone number belong too if can not get in touch with Barrons. I am loving their banter and bickering. They have a good like/hate relationship.
Hopefully I will get more in book 3.

Review / Quote-Tastic: Reign (The Henchmen MC #1) by Jessica Gadziala

Rating: 3 Stars - Liked It

Reign by Jessica Gadziala
Series: The Henchmen MC #1
Genre: Erotica/Contemporary Romance, Biker Romance
Publisher: Self Published on December 14, 2015
Format: Kindle
Pages: 332
Source: Bought

One notorious 1%er
One innocent trapped in an impossible situation
One vicious crime lord
Three people who aren't who they appear to be
= one big (bloody) mess.

Reign is no stranger to the criminal underbelly and hard life, but when a random woman comes (literally) crashing into his life- learning things she has no business knowing, and bringing with her the weight of the city's biggest skin trader- the "hard life" starts to take on a whole new meaning.

Loved: Who knew you could have so much fun with a couple in a biker story. Reign the hero and Summer the heroine were amusing with their banter. Both strong characters and fit so well together. Reign is the perfect alpha male who is a protector, a bit bossy but also gentle when needed to be. His alpha male attitude flowed nice and was perfect when he needed it to be. Summer is not one to hold anything back even when in trouble. I loved that she was also a bit scared at times because of her situation. That just made her character feel real. I am a huge flashback lover especially when flow nicely with the story and Jessica Gadziala did a great job at that. Not overly done or too dark but enough to get a feel what happened to Summer. The plot had few good twist to it I did not see coming. The secondary characters were awesome and loved that they were part of the plot and never overtook the main couples story. The brotherhood feel with the MC was good.

Dislike: This is for sure a personal pet peeve of mine but I am not a fan of calling the heroine a slut during a sex scene. Huge turn off for me even if the heroine enjoys it. A "slut calling" and a rough sex scene felt out of character for Reign. Especially since the dirty talk was nicely done. The flashbacks needed to be in italic. Repetitive dual 1st peron POV.

Overall: The beginning was great that I loved the interaction with the couple. Jessica Gadziala writes good secondary characters that I do look foward to reading about them. Plot idea is good but alot happens last half of the book.
Quote-Tastic is a weekly meme hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup. Share a favorite quote that's grabbed you for one reason or another. You can add a review or post just a quote.
This little bickering moment had me giggling. Loved that Summer is able to hold her own when it comes to Reign.

"Summer!" I shouted as soon as the door was open. Empty bed. Empty bedroom. "Fucking hell. Summer!" I rounded the corner to the bathroom. And there she was. Sitting on the edge of the tub. Pretty as you please. Looking up at me with a haughty chin lift. "Didn't fuckin' hear me knockin'?"

 "I heard you."

That was it. She heard me. Her tone with a very strong 'so what' underneath it. "Couldn't get off your ass and let me in?"

"You obviously had a key."

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Lusting For Covers: Highland Flame by Mary Wine

Lusting for Covers is a weekly meme, held on Sunday, that allows bloggers to share their current cover obsession with fellow book lovers. This meme is hosted by TBQ @ TBQ'S Book Palace

Highland Flame by Mary Wine
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Highland Weddings #4
Genre: Historical Romance

Laird Diocail Gordon has just inherited his uncle's run down castle and rag-tag clan. He knows the sorry sight of the castle would send any woman running, but is determined to find a wife to help return his home to its former glory. 

Widowed lady Jane Stanley is determined to return to England, even if she has to tromp through the Scottish Highlands on foot to get there. Her travels lead her straight into the midst of a troop of dangerous Highland warriors. The mysterious, brawny laird forbids his men to harm her, and the spark between them is immediate. The only way Diocail can keep her safe is to take her home with him, but will the miserable state of his clan douse her newly ignited Highland flame?
Thoughts: Love a good, sexy Highlander cover. The beard, wind hair and of course what a nice back is all working for me. Mary Wines covers are well put together.


Sunday Post: Making A Comeback

Sunday Post is a weekly recap hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer.
Hello! I am trying to make a comeback after a long hiatus that I did not think I was taking. One thing led to another and was not able or I should say had a hard time trying to balance real life and blogging. 2017 was about helping family. I decided for 2018 I really need my me time. For me that is reading and blogging. I missed it so much and hope I am able to make it work.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sweet Temptation: Judgement Road by Christine Feehan

Sweet Temptation is a feature on Wickedly Delicious Book Blog. That centers around books that have caught my attention. Whether it be a quote, snippet, teaser, excerpt, synopsis or a review.

Judgment Road by Christine Feehan
Series: Torpedo Ink #1
Release Date: January 23, 2018
An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul.

Thoughts: Love Christine Feehan and Bikers. She already has her own voice and story telling with Vampires, Shifters and  Enhanced Soldiers. Look Foward to see how she does with a Biker Novel.