Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'd really give this one 3 1/2 stars, but I'll round up to 4. Almost all of the bad things that happen to Rachel after she comes home should have been avoidable (or at the very least she should have been better protected), and that didn't sit well with me. I didn't dislike Rachel or Ethan, but I didn't love them either - together or separately. I'll see if I like Sam's story any better.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc., #4)Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! I can hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out.

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Rev It Up (Black Knights, Inc., #3)Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shell is definitely my least favorite heroine in this series so far. But I'll keep reading because overall the series is excellent, and I'm really looking forward to Rock and Vanessa's story up next.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

The Reason is YouThe Reason is You by Sharla Lovelace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

What a fascinating twist on paranormal romance! Suspenseful and full of genuine emotion but light and approachable enough that it was easy and enjoyable to read. The heat level was very low, but I didn't miss it too much. The conflicts with the small town bullies who never moved away and never managed to get a life will appeal to anyone who grew up in that sort of narrow-minded atmosphere. I really like this author's style and will definitely be looking into other books she has written.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Soul SuckerSoul Sucker by Kate Pearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
4 Kisses, 1 Pepper (M/F, graphic sex)

As an empath, Ella Walsh is no stranger to things that go bump in the night. She works for the Supernatural Branch of Law Enforcement, or SBLE, and is a first responder whenever a regular citizen sees or experiences some weird supernatural occurrence. That monster under your bed? Yeah, it's not just your imagination.

Ella is almost twenty-seven years old, which means she's almost at the end of her career as an empath for SBLE. Much longer and it will be more than her psyche can handle without losing it. For most empaths, as they approach their twenty-seventh birthday, they have to choose between accepting a mate that the government selects for them, or going crazy. For an independent woman like Ella, that choice is not as easy as it would appear.

Our hero, Vadim Morosov, is a shifter sent from Russia to help Ella's team catch a serial killer. He's had a bad experience with an empath, so he's reluctant to trust Ella. He's also not very keen on divulging much information about himself, so he doesn't immediately inspire her trust either. This adds a nice sense of mystery to the story, as readers and characters alike wait to learn just who and what he is.

Ella is headstrong, independent, prickly, accustomed to keeping everyone at arm's length, impulsive and somewhat reckless because she resists accepting help from anyone, often preferring to go off on her own. She was ripped from a normal life at a very young age, so she has trouble trusting people. The fact thather job has filled her brain with other people's nightmares has had a negative effect on her interpersonal skills. Fortunately, Vadim lends her the strength and stability she needs, and gives her balance.

This was an interesting book, and I'd like to see a sequel or maybe a series coming from this. At times, it kind of has a Men In Black feel, which definitely appeals to me. When the human government realized they couldn't keep Otherworld beings from entering the human dimension, they decided it would be best to try and regulate it. It's sort of an immigration policy for creepy creatures. Overall, Soul Sucker was a captivating read written with Kate Pearce's brilliant flair for storytelling.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

In Rides Trouble (Black Knights, Inc., #2)In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fantastic book. Really loving everything about this series. :)

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc., #1)Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4 1/2 stars - I thought this was excellent, and a great start to a new series.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Faith and DreamsFaith and Dreams by Joey W. Hill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I may need to just accept the possibility that this author's style doesn't always appeal to me...

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Dusk with a Dangerous Duke (Lords of Vice, #6)Dusk with a Dangerous Duke by Alexandra Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I do love this series, but this book was a bit disappointing. I never felt any connection to or between the H/H. The love and affection was pretty much completely missing, and the ending felt abrupt.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Italian StallionsItalian Stallions by Karin Tabke


Ugh. DNF. (side note: one does not lave with one's teeth)

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Highlander Most Wanted (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #2)Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really love this series.

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Sweet Temptation (Sweet, #4)Sweet Temptation by Maya Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Exceptionally good.

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