One Wild Night by Melissa Cutler


33025544Get ready for the ride of your life…

A cowgirl at heart, Skye Martinez has a rebellious streak she’s determined to shake. Especially since she’s poised to take the reins of her family’s business at Briscoe Ranch Resort. It’s time for her to settle down and get serious about her future…right after one last night of fun with a handsome stranger she meets in the resort’s stable. But when a midnight horseback ride turns into a red-hot weekend with one of country music’s biggest stars, Skye’s world is rocked beyond her wildest dreams…

Gentry Wells rode his bad boy image all the way to the top of the country music charts. But churning out hits has dried up his creativity, and he can’t remember the last time his life was his own. Skye is a sexy distraction he can’t resist, especially since she breathes new life into his music. They bring out the wild side in each other, which is great for Gentry’s career–but a major threat to Skye’s. Too bad he’s fallen in love with her. With their hearts and futures on the line, can Gentry convince Skye to turn their joyride into a real chance to ride off into the sunset together?

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My Review:
2.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

This is going to be another review that’s kind of choppy b/c it’s based on bulletpoint notes.  But basically the jist is that this was just not a book for me.  I have read one other novella set in this world, and I enjoyed that one, but this one did not have that same magic (and no, it is not required to read other books in the series, this one can stand alone).  I did not like the characters, I did not like the plot, and really, this book felt like a mediocre Harlequin.

The characters did not feel consistent AT ALL.  I mean, I didn’t like them that much either, but I really just didn’t believe their growth.  They both felt superficial and shallow, lacking the depth that really sucks me in.

I really did not appreciate the Catholic guilt in this book.  I get that they really feel that guilt and families are like that, but Skye’s mother was not even remotely redeeming.  It made it hard to understand why family was so important to Skye when you didn’t see that… Well, a little.  One good moment with Gloria, but for it to be so important to Skye, I expected to see it more.  Her father was awesome too, but I just felt sorry for him.  I REALLY needed the Mom to have more dimension so that I could understand why Skye felt so strongly about her family and the values she was raised with.

And the conflict Skye was under…I just didn’t quite get it.  I knew where the author was going in broad strokes, but I don’t think it was effectively achieved.  I guess I just didn’t feel her inner struggle, or understand how it all played out inside her head.

I didn’t get Gentry at all.  Maybe if we got to know his past a bit more, I would have known what drove him to be who he was.  It was like the author had these broad strokes ideas of who these characters were, but didn’t take the time to flesh them out and make them believable.

And I did NOT feel the spark between them past the first night in the stables (that night was hot).  In fact, the sex scene really didn’t have much emotion, it felt like an erotica scene (which is fine, but not how this book is marketed).  I want a connection between my lovers.  *shrugs*

And finally, I know this was an ARC and not the final copy, but it was riddled with mistakes.  Typos, wrong names, timeline inconsistencies…I sincerely hope that it had a major clean up before release.  Usually ARCs only have a few typos left to clean up, this one felt like an earlier copy.

So yeah.  It sounds really bad, but it was mostly just disappointing and meh for me.  Like I didn’t hate anything, I just wanted MORE from like EVERYTHING.


Stolen Away by Jennie Marts

31701913.jpgElusive charmer Cash Walker is a tough-as-nails cowboy, except when it comes to the shy woman who shows up with a pretty smile, a wounded spirit, and a goat riding shotgun in her passenger seat.

Recently divorced from an abusive husband, Emma Frank has come home to Broken Falls, Montana. Lost, alone, and unable to escape the bullying tactics of her ex-brothers-in-law, she finds solace and friendship at the Tucked Away farm and with the handsome cowboy who believes in her and who helps her find her own courage.

There’s a darkness in Cash’s past that’s kept him from ever letting anyone get too close, but he can’t seem to stay away from Emma, who seems to be the one to finally break through his tough exterior and steal this cowboy’s heart.

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My Review:
2.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

OK, so this one just wasn’t a fit for me.  I literally forced myself to finish it.  It’s not an inherently bad book or anything, but I did NOT feel the magic, and so it was a slog.  And you know how it started?  It started b/c I requested this book for one reason and one reason only: the goat in the passenger seat.  And (spoiler alert), the goat appeared in the first 2 pages and that was basically it.  Seriously, false advertising.  The goat is a lie.  This book contained less than 1% goat.  I actually posted on our Facebook page about this book b/c I was excited about the goat.  So it kind of all went downhill from there.

OK, now that that silliness is out of the way, on to actual review goodness.  This was a pretty standard adult love story.  It had fairly solid characters, each struggling with demons in their past.  I thought the author addressed the topic of domestic abuse with care and respect.  My heart broke for each of their struggles, but particularly for Emma.  Truth be told though?  I didn’t really fall in love with either of them.  They were both great on paper, but they were each missing a spark for me.  I think I like my characters with more sass.  They felt a bit…manufactured sassy if that makes sense.  It might have just been me.  They were just blah for me.  Even the secondary characters were good, but not great for me.  There’s a tiny part of me that’s curious about their stories (which would have been in the previous 2 books), but not enough to go out and read them.  But I will say that if you read the previous 2 books and enjoyed them, I have a feeling you’ll love this one too.  It really seemed a case of it’s me, not you.

I was actually more intrigued by the mystery and plot surrounding the Purvis boys, even if it was a bit cliche and unbelievable.  I found it easier to read those action parts than the romance parts, which is super duper odd for me.  Seriously, I found myself sighing during the declarations and the steamy scenes.  Normally I would think I was in a slump, but I really think it was the writing in this case…it just didn’t connect with me personally.

So yeah.  If it hadn’t been a NetGalley ARC, I would have DNFd it.  Again, it’s not an inherently bad book or horrible writing or anything, but it just didn’t connect with me and my tastes.  Oh well…that’ll teach me to get sucked in by a goat in a car.


Frosted Sweets: a Romantic Comedy (A Taste of Love Series #1) by A.M. Willard

frosted sweetsBlurb:
 Morgan Lewis, a hopeless romantic and the bubbly owner of the Polka Dot Bakery, couldn’t wait to wed the man of her dreams. Feeling giddy as she walks through the park carrying her beautiful wedding dress over her shoulder, she sees a sight no soon-to-be bride should ever see. In that moment, the wedding of her dreams becomes a story fit for a gossip magazine. As tears stream down her face, she wonders who to cancel first; the church or the caterer.

Insert Jayden Rivers whose career in production has him relocated to Atlanta. His mother always said it would take a special woman to lure him away from his work, but he felt like someone sucker punched him when he saw her… the sweet smelling goddess carrying a wedding dress through the park. Will Jayden be able to set the camera aside and restore Morgan’s faith in love?



2.5 stars

Eh, I wasn’t really impressed with this book.  I saw it on Books and Bindings and it was free at the time so I though, What the hay?  And the cover is pretty.

I’m glad the book was free, this story seemed to drag on for me.  And it was a lot of telling and not enough showing for my tastes.  I finished it so that’s something, but the climax wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been. I don’t know, it was just missing something. It seemed a bit cliche and tropey IMO.  And while some tropes are awesome and I never get tired of them, this was not one of them.

Morgan was lost after finding out her fiance was cheating.  This is where I get annoyed. She was with him for years and constantly did what he wanted, then all of the sudden she switches gears and decides that she is living her life for her.  I mean, I get it, he cheated, but it just didn’t make sense to me that that is what caused her to have this epiphany. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood but this just seemed way to easy.

And the other romance seemed way too fast, like who falls in love after one encounter.   IDK, it was very all over the place for me.  I don’t think I’ll be reading anymore in this series.  Bummer.

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Broken Promises by H.M. Ward

26833766When Celebrity Magazine declares rock star Trystan Scott the sexiest man alive, I’m not surprised. How can anyone claim otherwise about those blazing blue eyes, rock-hard abs, dark hair, and a totally lickable dimple?

Before the billionaire playboy rose to stardom, we were friends for a while and lovers for a night. Though that was nearly a decade ago, our connection burns brightly in my memory. We weren’t a one night stand, not to me.

I can admit it–I got played. To him, I was just another conquest. My beautiful best friend is long gone, and I’ve moved on. But when fate forces us to meet face to face, everything I felt for him comes rushing back.

Trystan is crashing and burning fast. The press flock like vultures, waiting for him to kill himself or worse. Either way, his mistakes earn them millions.

One night, one time, one word is all it takes to wash away a decade of reason and regret. One secret threatens to push him six feet under, and, when those beautiful eyes turn to me for help, how can I say no?

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My Review:
2.5 stars — I’m a fast reader normally.  But rereading this series (which I probably gave higher stars than they deserved, but maybe b/c I thought something good would happen at the end) and reading this book has proved to me that I’m only a fast reader when the story is compelling.  I read it because I needed to know how Trystan and Mari’s story ended up, but I was disappointed.  Majorly disappointed.  There wasn’t much of a Trystan and Mari love story at all.  Mari is with someone else.  For like 80% of the book.  So if you were hoping for all the grown up romance, you’re probably going to be disappointed in that aspect.

I’ve discovered that I don’t think Ms. Ward’s writing style is for me.  I don’t have the patience.  This is basically like a soap opera in book form.  And that’s just not for me.  No disrespect to people who like that, there are lots of readers who do!  I just don’t happen to be one of them, so I don’t think I’m going to invest in anymore books by this author.  We’re just not a match.

Things that didn’t work for me (spoiler free): The lack of romance.  Supposedly there is a connection between them, but I felt it more in the previous series.  So on that note, if you do want to read this book, I HIGHLY recommend you read the accompanying Secret Life of Trystan Scott novella serial series to get the most out of it, otherwise you’ll be feeling lacking.

Things that didn’t work for me that are SPOILERS, so don’t read this paragraph unless you’ve read the book or don’t plan on reading the book: 1) The paranormal aspect.  I mean, seriously?  They can feel each other’s feelings through touch?  No.  Either write a paranormal or write a contemporary…I like both, but don’t add a touch just because you can’t write the appropriate chemistry between them.  2) Seth.  I was mad when he died.  And for god’s sake, if you’re going to have that be a mistake, then put some effort into it and make it believable, don’t just throw it in at the end so it’s all one big happy ending.  3) I wasn’t super keen on all the Derrick being Trystan’s brother thing, but I mostly wasn’t happy with the half-brother turning out not to be an abusive jerk too when all signs pointed in that direction.  Very inconsistent with what we learn of his character earlier on.  4) Derrick throws her engagement ring at her, and she still says yes?  Um, what?  5) She watches Derrick abuse his mother, and doesn’t tell him off?  And she’s still going to marry him.  Great backbone.  You need him to hit his mother before it’s too far?  *sigh*  6) Where’s the resolution with her father?  He was an abusive asshole who seems to still be an abusive asshole, but then it’s all “I love you Daddy” at the end?  Great character and relationship development.  7) Trystan’s father kidnaps him, after almost killing him, and the mother really wouldn’t have called the cops?  And since he apparently never changed his name, she really couldn’t find him all that time?  What about when he became famous?

Basically the problem is lack of believability.  It was a lot of sensationalism and shock value thrown in a pot without background and rationalization.  Heck, even the blurb is a bit misleading.  Strangely I didn’t have as much problem with Trystan’s issue that had him get in the accident.  I saw a lot of other reviewers were bothered by it, but it would have been ok without everything else heaped on top of it.

I just don’t have the patience for this kind of story if you’re not going to give me a good dose of romance to keep me happy.  OK, I’m tired, and this is sounding ranty, so that’s it for me.  Just not my bag, baby….


Out of This World by Patricia Eimer

30819179.jpgEngaged to a murderous, intergalactic warlord, Capridocian Princess Corripraxis is running for her life and crash lands on Earth, where large creatures moo at her, threatening to expose her as an alien. If she can just get some help—in the form of the very attractive Earth male who just pulled up in a tow truck—she can hunker down in the Martian colony until she figures out her next move, right?

One hunky Marine. One sexy alien. One deranged intergalactic warlord. What could go wrong?

At the scene of an accident, a sexy woman asks ex-Marine Mattias Cadiz to take her to Roswell NM. He really should be getting on with living a nice, sane—quiet—life, because the very pretty Corri is probably on her way to the annual Convention with the other alien-crazy wackos. Still, no way he can refuse such a gorgeous, if confused, violet-eyed beauty.

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My Review:
2.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

This book was not a match for me, and to be honest I should have just DNF’d it.  But I always feel like I should give books I get for free a bigger shot somehow, and so I pushed forward.  I don’t know that I can articulate my expectations from the blurb, but it just did not match up with those expectations in the end.  I expected a rom-com I guess, and theoretically that’s what I got, but the problem was that the humour didn’t work for me.  I even tried explaining the book to my husband, and apparently I did a piss poor job b/c he said the book sounded awful.  *sigh*  But trying to explain to my husband that while the humour didn’t work for me, it might for others was like…I don’t know.  Something impossible.  Brain’s not working right now.

So one of my biggest problems is that I couldn’t suspend my disbelief.  Right from the first page I was questioning things: if they have tentacles, how are they punching in numbers?  Wouldn’t they have a different interface?  And the next few examples might be minorly spoilery, so be warned.  How does she eat metal in her cloaked body?  Or is it just an illusion, and her teeth are just really strong?  If she eats metal, then what happens when she consumes human food?  Wouldn’t her digestive system work differently then?  If she watches TV from Earth, then why wouldn’t she know water is blue and earth is brown?  Also, how is she reading books from Earth if there has been no contact?

Honestly, it felt like the author just decided to think up the wackiest characteristics for her aliens without giving them any sense of realism and believability.  Which is probably ok for some people, but I’m not that person apparently.  Heck, I wasn’t even happy that Mattias sometimes had a limp, other times had a prosthetic and yet we never seem him taking care of his fake limb or anything.  *sigh*  I’m too much of a details girl.

So even ignoring all of that, I didn’t even really like either of the main characters.  I didn’t swoon over Mattias, and I didn’t really feel connected to Corri at all.  I was probably more interested in Brandt and Daria.  Or even Flo and Bub.

For me it was just a book trying a bit too hard to be funny without hitting its mark in my opinion.  And in the end I didn’t really get anything else from it either — romance, action, suspense…drama.  It just fell flat for me.


Edge of Glory by Magan Vernon

This book releases on July 12th, but the Amazon links to the preorder, which is apparently on sale for 99 cents until release day.

28816686“Welcome to Conti’s. I’m Lia and I’ll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh”.

I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar… and I just made an idiot of myself.

The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team… they didn’t say anything, they didn’t even blink.

“Uh… I mean…”

I couldn’t even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes.

What was I supposed to say? Sorry I just made a weird noise, it’s just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?

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My Review:
2.5 stars — I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

Yeah, this book didn’t fit with me.  I probably should have DNFd it, but when it’s an ARC I requested, I feel like I need to give it more of a shot than I would just a normal book.  Don’t know why.  Anyways, I didn’t really enjoy the characters, I wasn’t feeling the chemistry between our hero and heroine AT ALL.  And those are basically the two things that draw me into a book (particularly a romance), so yeah…not a Lenore winner.

So the characters.  Well, this was all in Lia’s POV, and I’m usually drawn to insecure heroines, but Lia takes it to a whole other level.  I know people are like this in real life, but it’s just not the kind of character that I end up rooting for, you know?  I guess I didn’t see any growth there.  And I didn’t really get Jay.  And they kept calling him a dumb jock, and he would even call himself a dumb jock, and Lia NEVER said “uh, no you aren’t.”  Which I was really sensitive about, b/c I have a brother who thinks he’s dumb, and it’s just not right.  Plus, he really didn’t act dumb.  But seriously, how mean is that?  “I’m just a dumb jock.” CRICKETS.

I also really didn’t enjoy the reality tv aspect — it felt a bit thrown in and really didn’t fit the story.  It gave a lot more drama and things to think about, and I would have preferred the story remained a bit simpler, and we got to know the characters a bit more and see them grow as a couple more.  I didn’t really end up believing their progression as a couple, b/c while we got some sweet moments at times, I was taken out of it by their fights and then rapid makeups.

Maybe that’s it?  Maybe I just didn’t believe the characters?  I don’t know, I just really didn’t enjoy my reading at all.  I felt like I was forcing myself to read.  I’m sure I had more to say, but I want to avoid getting too ranty.  Basically I just didn’t connect with the characters individually, or as a couple, so it was not a book for me.  Which is too bad, b/c I personally love the swimming world and was excited for a sports romance set with swimmers.


Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

17504320In TONI ALEO‘s exhilarating Loveswept debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.

No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.

A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together–if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside before she misses out on a shot at love.

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(I actually am reading this from the box set of the first 5 novels in this series, b/c I got it on a great sale and it was hockey romance and some friends loved it.  Check it out on Goodreads here and Amazon here.)

My Review:
2.5 stars — Well crap.  I have a few friends that really enjoyed this book, and so I was really looking forward to it.  It started off a bit rough for me — for an Indie book being picked up by Loveswept, I guess I was a little disappointed that there were still quite a few editing mistakes (both grammar/typo-wise and timeline issue-wise), or just things that I felt should have been polished better.  I mean, for a bit at the beginning they weren’t using any contractions and it just felt uber formal or something.  So that wasn’t a good start.

And theoretically I should have really loved Elli.  I tend to fall for those heroines with self-esteem issues (bonus points if it’s a larger girl).  But can I just say that I almost hated her instead?  I mean, she had her good moments, it wasn’t all bad.  But OMG, we got to the climax and she and I were just done.  Like broken up, I was through with her, and there was nothing she could do to get back into my good books (and quite frankly she didn’t do enough to make up for things).  For one, I was really not impressed with a size 10 girl being a supposed fat chick.  But now that I write that, I’m feeling kind of disappointed in myself, b/c everyone’s allowed to have their insecurities.  But to go on and on about it so much, it was just frustrating.  So maybe that’s more my own personal flaw and not the book’s.

But it was like Elli just went through this lobotomy as the book went on.  She could be mean!!  And I know there’s insecurity, and I know she was totally screwed up by her past and her awful family, but WOW!!  Her reactions were too much for me.  If I was Shea, I would have run a long time ago, and I honestly don’t understand how he could put up with all of that without barely an apology.

Shea, on the other hand, was (for the most part) a total sweetheart.  He was almost too good to be true.  Thank goodness he occasionally flew off the handle sometimes b/c otherwise it just wasn’t believable.  But otherwise I really liked him.  Which is probably what made it so much worse!  He did NOTHING WRONG and he still almost apologized more than Elli did!  It was ridiculous!

And I did not understand his relationship with his sister Grace!!  And what is with the violent and mean women??  SHE KICKED HIM IN THE STOMACH!!!  Who does that??

And Elli’s mother and sister?  OMGosh, no.  Two dimensional evil.  Maybe I would have believed it if she didn’t have a fabulous father…then why wasn’t the father doing more to keep the mother in line?  I don’t get it!  My brain actually hurts.

And holy cow was this book long!!  And I don’t mind long books, but there was a lot of minutiae in the book that could have totally been cut out as unnecessary.  Again…I get it when Indies have a problem getting good editing, but Loveswept is owned by Random House…there’s no excuse.

So if you couldn’t tell I had a bit of an emotional reaction to this book.  *sheepish grin*  Woops.  Sorry.  Another ranty review.  Crap.  😦  But it’s like I was kind of meh at the beginning…then I started to really like Shea and even Elli…then things slowly started going downhill…then they PLUMMETED…and then it ended without Elli being redeemed.  So yeah.  That’s it.  I’ll still give another book in the series a try since maybe it was just these characters, or first book-itis.  And b/c, well, I have 4 more books in the box set.  But I need to give my heart a break first.


Dark, Sexy Knight by Katy Regnery

dark sexy nightBlurb: Loosely inspired by the legend of Camelot, Dark Sexy Knight tells the story of dinner theater knight Colt Lane, who meets down-on-her-luck Verity Gwynn on the worst day of her life. Evicted from their home, Verity and her special-needs brother, Ryan, must find jobs or risk being separated. Colt, who is the furthest-possible thing from a white knight in real life, comes to their unlikely rescue, quickly cementing his place in Verity’s heart.

Colt has dark, deeply buried secrets that keep his smile hidden and his eyes down, which has kept people away . . . until he meets Verity, who seems immune to his gruff manners and taciturn ways. The more time Colt spends with her, the more he longs for her sweetness in his life and yearns to be the knight in shining armor she so desperately needs. Certain he will lose her if she learns the truth about his past, he must decide if he can trust her with his yesterday in order to build a beautiful tomorrow.



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This book is loosely based off the legend Camelot. And I don’t really know the legend of Camelot very well.  The only thing I remember is the queen fell in love with the knight and the king found out.  At any rate, this book had a lot of great steamy sex scenes.

I don’t know for some reason the story line for me jumped the shark when they had unprotected sex.  A lot of the things were exaggerated, like his size and her innocence. I just, I mean I liked the sex scenes.  Honestly that’s all I liked was the sex scenes.

Wait, no that’s not true.

I was intrigued with Colt’s chronic impulse control disorder and how he dealt with it, or didn’t deal with it I should say.  And how they both cared for their mentally disabled family members.  I got to see into a different lifestyle that I am unfamiliar with so that was an educating experience for me.

But other than that, the story itself just wasn’t that good for me.  Verity relied on the kindness of others a lot.  It was almost as if she equated someone being kind to her meaning that they loved her.  At least that’s how it came across to me.  Maybe I’m wrong, Maybe I’m just too much of a hard-ass to see the real love story in this book. I just found Verity to be too innocent for my tastes.

Especially with regards to her being a guardian.  As a guardian, I felt that she have been more responsible.  Especially after that first act of harassment at the workplace.  She should have reported him right away and had the appropriate disciplinary action taken.  She should never have allowed him to keep working there.  Her ignorance was just fricking annoying.

And the reasoning behind his falling in love with her just seemed too easy for me.  He seemed to  like the fact that she was vulnerable and that she needed him.  Two things that to me shouldn’t be a reason to be attracted to someone.  It would definitely be a reason you would want to help them.  But it kinda seemed a bit predatory to me.  I just don’t see that attraction.

It didn’t make sense to me at all. He is an asshole to everyone else but you.  that really doesn’t change the fact that he is an asshole. Other than that, the story was kinda one dimensional and flat for me.

The only saving grace of this story are the sex scenes. I’m really disappointed actually. The villian’s were great, the miscommunication was lame.  Her reaction and not trusting him, I thought was incredibly childish and immature. Then her not leaving when she was told to leave was stubborn and irresponsible for a guardian.  Again, she was just too immature for me.  She just wasn’t adult enough to be in relationship where they lived together and she was the responsible for the well being of someone who couldn’t take care of themself.

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Bitterroot (part 1) by Heather Hildenbrand and S.M. Reine

bitterrootBlurb:  Seventeen year-old Regan Vuk has lived her whole life under the shadow of her future: the pack alpha. She is fast, smart, and determined. According to her own pack members, she is a shoo-in. But Regan’s dad has a secret.

Seventeen year-old Charlie spent her adolescence drifting from place to place with a mother desperate to hide her illegitimate daughter from the unforgiving reality of werewolf pack dynamics. All Charlie has ever wanted is to know her father–and the family that’s been kept from her all these years. But most of all, she wants a place to belong in the world. Where she doesn’t have to pretend she can’t sprout fur and paws at will.

Being kidnapped on her way home from prom was not what she had in mind.
When Charlie finds out the only way to fit in with her new family is to defeat her long-lost sister for the role of alpha, she refuses. That is until she learns that the strange and alluring vampire she’s befriended, Owen, is the same vampire prince that’s been promised the winner.
Regan has no doubt that, although she loathes the vampires, it will be her who “wins” Owen.

Only problem: Charlie’s already fallen for him.



2.5 Stars

Maybe I’m in a reading funk.  I loved her Dirty Blood series.  So what gives?  This one was just too fast for me.  I couldn’t get a feel for who the character really was.  It all seemed like surface stuff.  She was thrust into this awkward situation and she kinda took it lying down in my eyes.  She didn’t even try.  I think that is what rubbed me the wrong way from the very beginning.

And then it was like everything she did after that had that negative first impression taint on it.  Her sister was so confident and almost entitled. As if the whole world rode on her shoulders.  I didn’t believe it, especially since her father started making decisions beyond what his role was as acting alpha.

It all had an element of acceptance in the face of adversity and I’m sitting here like, “Don’t give up so easily!”  Maybe that’s just my nature but I kept thinking what I would do in her situation and you can bet your ass it wouldn’t be to lie in bad for days at a time sulking. I am really not sure if I will read any more of this series.

The saving grace was Owen.  His tortured soul was appearent from the moment we met him.  He was written wonderfully in my opinion.  And if I read anymore it will be because of his character.

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Dire (The Dire Wolves Chronicles #1) By Alyssa Rose Ivy

DireBlurb: Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn’t my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage’s fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?



2.5 Stars

I was really hoping I would like this book.  I loved her other series, but this one just didn’t do much for me.  I think it was the absoluteness of it.  There was really no choice and I always chafe against those kind of restrictions in a book.  Which effects my enjoyment of it.  I couldn’t find a connection with the MC.  She seemed a bit of a non participant in the story, just waiting for things to happen instead of making them happen.

I found the sex was too much of a focus in this book. Like they just had to have each other when they were in danger.  I just don’t understand that.  For me, it seems like they weren’t taking their safety seriously if they had the time to mess around, ya know.

I guess I’m just too practical? Maybe my priorities are more in tune with getting away and staying alive than some fleeting physical experience that does not constitute love.  But that sounds totally snobbish when I say it out loud.  I swear I’m not a snob.

Eh, I may read the next one, but probably not anytime soon.

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