Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning

Publish Date: February 13, 2013
Trade Paperback {p. 383}
Genre: BDSM, Erotica
Series: Sinners on Tour #3
Source: Publisher
Jace Seymour, Agatha

There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil. Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart. When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.

This installment to the series takes place during the timeframe of book two in the series. That threw me a bit because I was expecting it to pick up after the last book.

I wasn't a fan of Jace needing pain to get off, and to be honest. I was a little put off by it. I didn't have a problem with Jace or dislike him, I just didn't inderstand it. And with that being said, I didn't have any desire to try to understand it or continue with their story.

Eric on the on the hand was a complete asshole. I don't see how Eric could even be considered a friend. It seems like he treated Jace as a flunky instead of a bandmate.

Not my favorite of the series, but I won't let that deter me from continuing on with the series.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: Whispers in the Dark by Maya Bank

Publish Date: January 7, 2012
Mass Market Paperback {p.333}
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: KGI #4
Source: Personal Library
Shea Peterson, Nathan Kelly
She came to him when he needed her the most.

She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She's the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture and the fear that he'll never return to his family. With her help, he's able to escape. But he isn't truly free, because now she's disappeared and he's left with an all-consuming emptiness as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his life. Did he imagine his angel? Or is she out there, needing his help as he'd once needed hers?

Now he rushes to save her before it's too late.

Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan, who'd already suffered so much, into danger, but she doesn't have a choice so she reaches out to him for help. Finally face-to-face after having already formed a soul-deep bond in hell, their emotional connection is even more powerful than their telepathic one. Nathan refuses to consider ever letting her go again, but she worries they can never have a life free of the dangers that dog her every step. He'll protect her with his every breath, but can he convince her that they are meant to face these threats together?

This one was different for the KG I series. I wasn't expecting the paranormal aspect of this, since none of the previous ones had that aspect. Okay with it, although a bit skeptical. I liked the characters but they want my favorites. Some of the dialogue tended to get on my nerves a bit.

Nathan's military buddy, Swanny, is a bit of a mystery to me. I still don't know exactly how he fits in. I was glad however to see that Rusty seem to have matured a lot. As for Nathan, I don’t really think I got to know him as a person outside of him and Shea. I don't recall him being a strong presence in the previous installments, and then in this one he seemed a shell of himself during that in between time before he connected Shea.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Delicious by Shayla Black

Publish Date: March 2, 2010
Trade Paperback {p.368}
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary
Series: Wicked Lovers #3
Source: Personal Library
Alyssa Devereaux, Luke Traverson
He can’t control his desire.

Luc Traverson’s entire future is planned out—but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa Devereaux . She’s a former exotic dancer turned strip club owner and restaurateur. Recently, Alyssa and Luc shared one night of wild abandon that left Luc terrified by his loss of self-control—and Alyssa desperate for more.

And that’s just the way she wants it.

Fulfilling a promise, Luc is the guest chef for Alyssa’s restaurant debut. The sight of her makes Luc wild, so how can he survive a week without letting loose and ravaging her—especially when she’s begging for it? Luc’s desire for her explodes when he realizes he isn’t the only man desperate to have her. But one of the others is deadly. And that’s not the end of Alyssa’s secrets…which are as dark and mysterious and enticing as her fantasies.

Both characters I did not care for. Luke was ass the bulk of the book always thinking Alyssa was sleeping with all of Louisiana. And Alyssa seemed to be doing everything possible to prove him right. She was constantly parading around half dressed or naked in front of Tyler, her bouncer, or letting him touch and kiss on her. Luke even found her asleep in Tyler's bed, but she wonders why Luke thinks she's cheating.

Alyssa and Luke's entire relationships seem to be built on lies and manipulation. They never really opened up and truly talked to each other. And the only time they really got along was in bed together.

Tyler was a welcome distraction from Luke and Alyssa's drama. He, Hunter, and the characters from the previous two books were pretty much the saving grace for this one. The only thing that kept me from giving up on this book completely, was the fact that is part of a series that I'd like to continue. Hopefully the next additions will be better.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

In My Mailbox {122}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Half Price Books 

Willow Springs by Toni Blake
Books via Paperback Swap
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton
Books via Publisher
Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd

Sunday, January 13, 2013

In My Mailbox {121}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Dollar Tree
A Witch in Time (A Bewitching Mystery, #6)
A Witch in Time by Madelyn Alt

Books via Publisher
The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1)
The Wanderer by Robyn Carrt

Monday, January 7, 2013

List of Five ~ January 2013

I got the idea of making a list of the books I'm going to read for the month from a similar feature done by GalleySmith. Although she lists 10 books I'm only doing 5, to take into account ARCs I may receive or just falling into a reading slump.

Hopefully this will also cut down on the time I spend sitting in front of my bookshelf trying to decide what to read next. Plus maybe it will help with my need to read my own books. I have this problem of putting books on the shelves in favor of reading newer, shinier books and forgetting all about the previously purchased ones.

My goal is to stick to this 5 with the addition of others throughout the month. I may not read them in the order they are listed, but it is my goal to read all five.

January 2013 List of Five:

  • Saddled & Spurred
  • How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
  • Shades of Gray
  • The Wanderer
  • Dark Storm

Friday, January 4, 2013

Random Reads {4}: Saddled & Spurred

Random Reads is a monthly meme hosted by I'm Loving ♥ Books! It's a great way to knock out some of the books that've been piling up on your shelf for awhile. To play along, you randomly choose something from your TBR list and read it some time during the course of the month.

Like Sarah, I will be using my Goodreads account and to choose my book for the month.

Saddled & Spurred 
Saddled and Spurred (Blacktop Cowboys, #2)Lorelei James

This beauty is no greenhorn - and she's about to rope the man of her dreams.

Cattleman Bran Turner is left shorthanded during busy calving season when a bull tramples his hired hand. Rural Wyoming isn't exactly a hotbed of qualified candidates, and the only applicant for the position is the pampered town beauty, Harper Masterson. The curvy cowgirl gets under Bran's skin at every turn, but with no other options, he reluctantly hires her.

When sexual sparks ignite, down-on-her-luck Harper enjoys convincing Bran that not only is she capable of pulling calves, feeding livestock, and handling backbreaking ranch chores, but she doesn't mind getting down and dirty, either. Harper also discovers the hot-bodied cowboy isn't all work and no horseplay...and he's got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.

Bran will learn quickly that Harper is no country mouse-and that she might just have what it takes to stick around for the long haul.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Review: The Officer Breaks the Rules by Jeanette Murray

Publish Date: January 8, 2013
Mass Market Paperback {p. 336}
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Semper Fi #2
Source: Publisher
Madison O'Shay, Jeremy Phillips

Captain Jeremy Phillips believes in doing his duty...both as a son and as a friend. This means that he should obey the "friend code" and stay away from his best friend's little sister. Too bad Madison O'Shay doesn't believe in his code and is ready to break all of the rules As a Navy nurse, Madison is finally stationed next to the man she's been dreaming about for years. And she's ready to launch a full-scale attack to show this thoughtful, handsome Marine that they belong together.

Jeremy and Madison continued to dance around each other from the previous book in the series. Jeremy's reasons for not wanting to give into the temptation of being with Madison were a bit weak. I spent most of my time wanting him to man up and start living his life for himself.

Madison was one of those characters that was likeable but didn't stand out that much. Her BFF Matthew on the other hand stole the show. He and Skye's cousin Veronica were the two characters that left me wanting to know more about them.

Jeremy and Madison did bring a lot to the table when they did manage to get together. When Madison's brother and Jeremy's BFF, Tim learned of their relationship that's when the fun really began.

Another good addition to the series, that has me looking forward to Veronica and Dwayne's story.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

50 States Review Link-Up 2013: First Quarter

Book Obsessed

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Add your review links for January - March in the linky.
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Happy Reading!!!

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