There was an error in this gadget

Thursday, January 19, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- NAUGHTY BUT NICE by Jill Shalvis

Naughty, But Nice (Bare Essentials) by [Shalvis, Jill]
Cassie Tremaine Montgomery: the stunning lingerie model with a tough-as-nails attitude and a sheriff in her sights. Sean "Tag" Taggart: the sexy-as-sin sheriff who is more than willing to play Cassie’s game…his way. Cassie intends to use all the seductive powers she has to entice Tag as part of her revenge on her hometown. Tag, however, isn’t cooperating. He’s more than willing to set the sheets on fire with her, but he’s asking for more than just sizzling sex… He knows she’s not as tough as she pretends. And he knows she cares about him—even if she won’t admit it. That’s fine. He’ll just turn up the heat until she concedes there’s more between them than this red-hot passion.  AMAZON   4 STARS
Originally published in 2002.

I think this might have been the first time that I have read anything by this author but it won't be the last.  It definitely kept my interest and I really liked both of the Main Characters.  But I also must say that the title for this book is right on.  It IS Naughty but nice (too).  The picture of the eBook I felt was in need of an update though.  The guy and his outfit just didn't feel like it fit the story.  Just sayin'.  This book should have come with a bit more warning though.. it should have a label saying "Hot" on it.  There will be pages of sizzling sex (like was mentioned) but it doesn't skip on the emotional parts of the story either. If you don't want to read the sex parts either don't buy this book or skip some on it.  The thing is that there is a tenderness and caring from Tag when it comes to the sex part that is endearing.  Cassie isn't used to that and it is terrifying to her.  Some of the conversations between the two of them was  over the top at times.  I also found myself smiling more than once.  Although Tag is strongly drawn to Cassie, he is NOT a push over either.  Both Cassie and Tag were tough as nails in their own ways but the reader gets a really good look throughout the book at how Cassie got her attitude.   I liked when we got to see their vulnerabilities and their strong personalities. After reading about Tag and his yearnings it was easy to want both of them to have their H.E.A. together.  They will get there but oh, it's going to be a often bumpy, sometimes funny, sometimes tearful ride. 
 Cassie had quite the interesting short list of "To Do's" made from the pain of 10 years ago.  All of which she accomplishes but one came with a surprising twist for her.  It doesn't exactly turned out the way she planned all those years ago. It actually turns out better. 
Her cousin, Kate was a smile worthy character as well and I would have liked to hear more of her story too.  Especially the one about her and Jack.   The other people in the town added interest too.  

There is also a excerpt from the book, "Cowboy after Dark" included. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- THE COCKY THIEF

The Cocky Thief by [Crowe, Mallory]
The best thief in the world may have met his match...

Austin Miles can get into any building, safe or vault in the world if he wanted to,but when a former cop obsessed with revenge threatens his most important asset,his reputation, he finds himself accepting a job that even the best would balk at. The only silver lining as he's putting his life on the line is the sexy,mysterious Jennifer Murray. Somehow when he's flirting with her the threat of death doesn't seem quite so bad.
Jennifer Murray thought she was going to her eccentric's mother's wedding. The only thing that made the ordeal bearable was the tall dark and handsome man across the hall from her. But when she learns her mother's true motives for elaborate wedding, it becomes apparent that this isn't a party. It's a job.
With both Jennifer and Austin after the same payday, there can only be one winner. But no one ever said the score of a lifetime would be easy...  AMAZON 5 STARS

One word, "Incredible." The book was outside of anything that I was expecting.  And yes, I mean that in a good way! Austin could be viewed as an Anti-hero, I think.  At least those were my first thoughts as I began reading this book.  Handsome, clever and slick.  But still I thought I knew what I was getting into when I began to read.   But oh, Jennifer, you were quite the surprise too! As were the other sisters and her mother.  

I just have to add the definition of anti-heroes right here because it so fit this story: 
"An anti-hero is a flawed hero, and therefore, much more interesting then the more traditional heroes. They can be working on the side of good, but with a tragic flaw, or a horrible past, or for reasons that are selfish and not entirely "pure". They can also be working for the side of evil, but with hidden noble intentions, or other underlying complexities. These darker heroes can be jerks, pathetic, hard, jaded, or mean. However, all anti-heroes must have enough heroic qualities , intentions, or strength (physical including attractiveness or mental) to somehow gain the sympathy of the audience. Mostly they are intriguing and can therefore can be very, very, SEXY especially if you love bad boys (or girls). "
I'll let  you make your own judgement on where the people in this story fall. 
This story has lots of action, scheming and chasing.  Some of the conversations between Austin and Jennifer made me smile.  They seemed to "get" each other pretty quickly but not in an unbelievable way.  One by one several other people were added to the story as "helpers"; each unique in their own way.  "Incredible" also applies to how the author threw in an unexpected twist at the end.  I didn't see that coming.
Interesting Epilogue, done in Austin and Jennifer's cheeky style.  
Although the story was not a cliffhanger, I did wonder about Melody and if she would have her own story.  Looks like she will have because there was a quick peek at a second book in the Stolen Hearts series.  Its called, "Beautiful Thief"  Oh, boy I can hardly wait.  

What a great cover for the eBook.

 I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest opinion of it. 

BOOK REVIEW- THE HANDMAIDEN'S NECKLACE

The Handmaiden's Necklace (The Necklace Trilogy Book 3) by [Martin, Kat] 
Five years ago, Rafael, Duke of Sheffield, believed he was betrayed by the woman he loved and the pain haunts him still. When Rafe discovers that he was cruelly tricked and that Danielle Duval was never unfaithful, he's desperate to win her back. But Dani is already on a steamer bound for America to marry another man. Impulsively, Rafe follows her and, trapping her in a compromising situation, quickly makes her his wife. 
Promising her that with time he can prove his love and win her trust, Rafe presents her with a stunning necklace rumored to hold great power. As much as Dani wants to believe it can right the wrongs of the past, she fears there is one truth it cannot conceal, a truth that could cost her this second chance with Rafe, the only man she has ever loved….  AMAZON   4.5 STARS

I really liked this book; great characters and a good story.  Emotional, with some twists and turns.  
A story of two people so passionately in love and then had 5 years brutally stolen from them by a selfish person.  Each hating each other, not willing to move an inch to trust each other until the startling truth of Dani's innocence comes out.   But then they are struggling to open their hearts to each other again.  But that doesn't stop Rafe from forcing the marriage.  The fight is on and so is the seduction.
There are several other mysteries going on that add to the story instead of bringing confusion.  I liked Caro (Caroline) who was Dani's maid/best friend.  She was such a loyal, loving, helpful woman.  And when she has a possibly ill-fated romance developing, I just wanted to see it work out for them. Rafe had several close male friends who are a part of this story and help him several different times in the book.  They even stop hating on Dani once they learn the truth of what happened years ago and their wives began to welcome Dani without prejudice.  In fact they became worthy friends too.  Oh and how could I forget Dani's aunt, Flora?  The Dowager Countess of Wycombe.  That woman had a spine of steel and she was solidly on her niece Dani's side.  
There is a attack on both Dani and Rafe that ratchets up towards the end of the book.  Is someone trying to kill Rafe or Dani or both?  And why?  There is a mystery as well that ends with quite the twist.  
I really liked the Legend of the Necklace and it added some extra "magic" to the story.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- FLAWED by Tracy Wolff

Flawed: An Ethan Frost Novel by [Wolff, Tracy]

When Tori Reed loses everything, he sets her free.
I told myself I’d never trust Miles Girard, no matter how brilliant or sexy he may be. His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss.
Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off. 
But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand.
Before I know it, our relationship turns unprofessional in the hottest ways. Of course, he still drives me crazy. But when I’m dealt the ultimate blow, Miles is there for me. And maybe he’s the one I’ve been looking for all along.  AMAZON    3 STARS

This book started out wild from the very first words in the first chapter.  I had trouble with this book.  Yes, the challenges were there, the emotions were there and so were the misunderstandings.  But so was all the sex, sex and more sex.  I really wanted to like this story more but I just couldn't.  Even though I liked tough little Tori; she was a fiery tough-talking little gal.  But she also was hiding an awful lot of hurt too.  There is a point where Miles shows her kindness and some tenderness and that  totally throws her, says a lot.    That kindness and tenderness is going to take quite a while to take place because they stay combatants for a very long time.  Even when Miles tries to help, his people skills are so rusty that they often blow up in his face when it tries it with Tori.  Genius inventor though he may be, he's often slow on the uptake with others.  There is a lot of wallowing in mistakes not only by Tori, but also by Miles and his past mistakes where he failed to protect his sister, Chloe.  
I was glad the author included a Epilogue.  I like those and it did wrap up the story as it shows part of the HEA that did happen.  



I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  

BOOK REVIEW- QUINN'S HONOR by Shirleen Davies

Quinn's Honor (MacLarens of Boundary Mountain Historical Western Romance Book 3) by [Davies, Shirleen]
Quinn MacLaren has one true love…Circle M, the family ranch. He makes it a habit of working hard and playing harder, spending time with experienced women who know he wants nothing more than their company. He buries the love he feels for one woman deep inside, knowing he’ll never be the man she needs.

Emma Pearce is a true ranch woman, working long hours to help keep the family ranch thriving. Feisty, funny, and reliable, she’s the girl all the single young men want—after they’ve sown their wild oats. Few know Emma has her heart set on one man. A man who may never grow up enough to walk away from his wild ways and settle down.

When tragedy strikes, Quinn’s right where he doesn’t want to be—as temporary foreman of the Pearce ranch. Stepping in to fill Big Jim Pearce’s shoes isn’t easy. Neither is keeping his feelings for Emma hidden and his hands to himself. Honor-bound to do what is right, Quinn meets the challenge, losing Emma’s friendship in the process.
Adding to Quinn’s worries, something sinister is working its way through the thriving town of Conviction. Unforeseen forces are at work. Debt builds, families lose their ranches, and newcomers threaten to divide not only the land, but the people—including the Pearce family.
As events unfold, Quinn faces the difficult challenge of keeping his feelings for Emma hidden and his honor intact. Doing what he believes is right couldn’t feel more wrong.
After all, what’s a man without honor?
Quinn’s Honor, book three in the MacLarens of Boundary Mountain historical western romance series, is a full-length novel with an HEA and no cliffhanger.   AMAZON 


I like the way the book opens, action right out at the start.  It does slow down for a while as we get acquainted with the town and the families.  It will pick back up after awhile.  Prepare for a fairly large cast of characters.  That threw me off a time or two, even though I found each one interesting. Quinn's family was fierce, loving and really close to each other.  But they also did their best to let each member make their own choices even when it wasn't exactly what they, as a family wanted.  One of those choices had to do with Brody, who loved being a lawman and the family wanting and needing him back on the ranch.
Emma was feisty and loved everything about the land, and the ranch.  Her favorite thing was horses and that is where her passion lays, second only to Quinn.  Emma was relying on the promise her father made about her co-running the ranch with him.  When he reneges on that promise, the usually good, obedient daughter explodes. I'm not going to say anything more about that because I don't want to spoil it for other readers.
The longing between Quinn and Emma goes on for quite a while.  Quinn is so stubborn.  He is crazy about Emma but he is also terrified to love and then lose someone that he loves. That makes things pretty difficult for Emma, because Quinn keeps sending mixed messages and it is tearing her apart. Yes, that definitely made me want to slap him right in the back of the head.  I understood where he was coming from but also one of his family members had said when Quinn made a decision he never changed his mind.  So, you can see how dicey it was going to be with Quinn and Emma.  Those who weren't the only ones struggling with being attracted to each other and not getting anywhere with it.  There are two other wannabe couples struggling too.  But don't worry, there are some successful couples who are working it out together.  
If you think its only about the M.C.'s romance struggle, its not.  Like the book blurb said, there's some dangerous, shifty things going on.  So, there will be some twists, turns and some gun shooting action.

There is a HEA for Quinn and Emma and this book can be read as a stand alone.  There are also some things that are left open for future adventures.


"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review."

Monday, January 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- RIDE BABY RIDE (Thompson & Sons)

Ride Baby Ride (Thompson & Sons Book 1) by [Arend, Vivian] 
He wants all her tomorrows

Small town mechanic Gage Jenick's been waiting for this moment ever since his best friend's little sister transformed from annoying tagalong to desirable woman. When sweet Katy Thompson kicks her boyfriend to the curb, Gage makes his move. In spite of an assignment that will take him completely off the grid for five long months, he steals her away for one night of steamy passion with the promise of more in the future.
She can't remember yesterday
When a freak accident on a storm-swept road leaves Katy with a memory full of holes, she can't remember her own email password, much less how the little pink "positive" on the pregnancy stick got there. She's at a loss to explain what happened, or when...or with whom. Suddenly she's got two men claiming to be her baby daddy: her redneck ex, and her long-time crush, Gage.
But what the mind forgets, the heart remembers. Still, it's going to be a long, hard ride to a happily-ever-after for two, plus one.

*This book was previously published as BABY, BE MINE.*   AMAZON    3 STARS

I liked that it started out strong and I liked both Katy and Gage.  But for me it seemed like it started to fizzle out a bit as it went on.  The fights between the M.C.'s not sure that they felt all that believable. Seemed a little forced, I can understand she's not quite herself because of the accident and her pregnancy hormones but still..
 Simon, the ex-boyfriend does his best to cause trouble, just like it was promised).  But I was amazed with the stuff he got away with.  Especially towards the end. Some of it I questioned but hey, it was part of the story.
I liked Katy's best friend, Janey.  That girl was a whirl wind of " I got Katy's back'' kind of person.
Several different times the descriptive writing made me smile.  Like when Katy met up with Gage when she was still mad at him.  He said Hi and "she lifted one brow in a perfect Vulcan imitation" and said Hi.  There were just a few like that and each and every one made me smile.  The author didn't overdo it, they were just sprinkled sparingly throughout the book.
It does have an Epilogue that ties up the rest of the story.
There is a quick look into the next book in the Series, "Rocky Ride."  A book with Mitch Thmpson and Constable Anna Coleman.

"Relationship- Requires Sacrifice" Richard Crisco