Author: Holly

Monthly Reads: May 2017

Posted June 4, 2017 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 1 Comment

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Casee: May started out as a slow reading month for me. By the second week, I had only read something like two books. Then I discovered D.B. Reynolds and I gobbled her books up. I don’t even remember how I discovered her. But I am so glad I did. I think I’ve said it a few times…if you’re into paranormal and haven’t read her, you’re missing out.

I read eight books in May and they were all by D.B. Reynolds.

The Stone Warriors: Damian by D.B. Reynolds | 3.75 out of 5
Raphael by D.B. Reynolds | 4 out of 5
Jabril by D.B. Reynolds | 4 out of 5
Rajmund by D.B. Reynolds | 3.5 out of 5
Sophia by D.B. Reynolds | 3 out of 5
Duncan by D.B. Reynolds | 4.25 out of 5
Lucas by D.B. Reynolds | 4 out of 5
Aden by D.B. Reynolds | 3.75 out of 5

Holly: May turned out to be a great reading month for me. I did a lot of UF reading, including a re-read of the entire Kate Daniels series.

A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3 out of 5
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3 out of 5
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (re-read)
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3 out of 5
An Ill-Advised Rescue by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
Tanner by Sarah Mayberry | 4.25 out of 5
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur | 3.25 out of 5
Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur | 3.5 out of 5
Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur | 3.75 out of 5
Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur | 3.5 out of 5
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (re-read) |
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month were White Hot by Ilona Andrews and Tanner by Sarah Mayberry. Both were wonderful. My least favorite read was Full Moon Rising by Riley Jenson. I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t as great as I was expecting it to be.

Rowena: Another month has come and gone and I’m still not reading regularly yet. I don’t know when I’m going to get my reading shit together but I hope it’s soon. I did manage to get some books read but not nearly as much as I hoped. I watched a lot of movies though. Right now, I’m just not in the mood to read. I’m hopeful that things will turn around in June. Fingers crossed.

Here’s what I did read last month.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn | 3.5 out of 5
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | DNF
Second Chance Season by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker | 3.25 out of 5
Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Revenge by Lexi Blake, which I just finished last night. Man, it was good. I was looking forward to Drew Lawless’ book because he’s a pretty interesting character in the other books in this series and I was interested in seeing him front and center. He’s everything that I hoped he’d be and even though he drove me crazy with his thought processes at times, I still loved the hell out of him.

My least favorite read of the month goes to my lone DNF, Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan. I wanted to read this book even though I didn’t care for the first book in this series because it was Ricco’s book. I had questions about his character and his back story and I wanted to know some things about him but his story was so slow going that I got bored and just quit the book. I got about 40% into the book before I called it quits. It wasn’t for me.

This month we’re giving away:

The Stone Warriors: Damian by D.B. Reynolds
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Tanner by Sarah Mayberry
Revenge by Lexi Blake

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Sunday Spotlight: Satisfaction by Lexi Blake

Posted June 4, 2017 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 0 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

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I’ve read all three books in this series and Satisfaction is my favorite. Bran is so damaged, but wants to be better for Carly. It’s a romance with a little bit of a mystery to it, which is just how I like my books lately. You can read my review of Satisfaction here and Rowena’s here.

Sunday Spotlight: Satisfaction by Lexi BlakeSatisfaction by Lexi Blake
Series: Lawless Series #2
Also in this series: Ruthless, Satisfaction, Satisfaction, Revenge, Revenge
Published by Berkley Books
Publication Date: January 3rd 2017
Pages: 384
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The sizzling second novel in a sexy new contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings from "New York Times "bestselling author Lexi Blake. Brandon Lawless is a man on a mission: obtain the information that will clear his father s name. He s willing to do whatever it takes even seduce his enemy s personal assistant, the beautiful and innocent Carly Hendricks. But with her beguiling smile and captivating intelligence, Brandon soon realizes he doesn t want to deceive Carly, he wants to win her over both in the boardroom and the bedroom. Then a twisted crime leaves Carly vulnerable and Brandon finds himself reeling. The stakes of his mission are now life or death Carly s life. And Brandon realizes he s lost his heart to an amazing woman and his plan must succeed, because the stakes are no longer just revenge, but a once in a lifetime love."

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Memorable Quotes

Carly won’t stand for Bran’s family making him feel bad. I loved that about her.

“You two should be ashamed of yourselves”.

Drew’s eyes went wide, but Hatch grinned.

“For what? You’re going to have to be more specific because I have a lot to be ashamed of, darlin’,” Hatch said, obviously amused.

Carly wagged a finger Hatch’s way, “You shouldn’t tease him. You might make him self-conscious and I happen to think he’s an excellent lover. He’s absolute the best I’ve ever had and he should be proud that he managed to make someone as delicate and ladylike as me scream that way. I won’t have you shaming him into a lesser performance. Am I understood?”

This is where I was first introduced to Ian Taggart. Oh how I love that man. He is who he is and everyone else can go to hell. Except his wife, Charlotte.

“How do you like your tea?”

“With a healthy splash of Scotch, and by healthy I mean skip the tea and bring a Scotch or beer. Seriously, I don’t drink tea, and this show of wealth, while impressive, doesn’t answer my question,” Taggart replied.

Bran just does it for me. He’s willing to do anything to keep Carly, even face his past.

“You said you were leaving.”

He stopped in close, towering over her, but the look on his face was soft. “I know I’d screwed up, Carly, and we had to make it look good for Patricia. I know I lost it and I apologize for how extreme it got, but you need to understand that I will not let anyone hurt you no matter what it costs me. I meant what I said. I love you.

The words warmed her, but they weren’t enough. “We can’t go on like this.”

He cupped her faec, tilting it up so she looked into his eyes. “I will see any therapist you want me to see. I will work on this. I’m going to do it with or without you. If you can’t be with me now, I’ll still go because I want to be the man you need me to be. I love you. You’re it for me and I’m going to talk to you about something that’s hard for me to talk about.”

Sniff.


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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are five more books available in the series: Their Virgin’s Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess, Their Virgin Hostage, and Their Virgin Secretary. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Mistress, is releasing this April.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. There are eight full-length novels and four novellas available now, with more coming in 2015.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The first five are available now, with Ripper, a spin-off to the series, coming in 2015.

Review: Tanner by Sarah Mayberry

Posted May 30, 2017 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Tanner by Sarah MayberryReviewer: Holly
Tanner (American Extreme Bull Riders Tour Book 1) by Sarah Mayberry
Series: American Extreme Bull Riders Tour #1
Published by Tule Publishing
Publication Date: May 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 217
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four-half-stars

He’s used to risking it all in the ring, but nothing prepared him for love…

After flying half-way around the world to surprise her boyfriend, Evie Forrester finds herself heartbroken and stranded in a strange city. What could be a total disaster becomes something else when a tall, dark bull rider turns out to be a white knight in disguise. Evie isn’t sure she needs saving, but Tanner Harding is a difficult man to deny.

He’s even harder to resist…

Tanner Harding can tame a monster bull with ease, but he never expected to be floored by someone like Evie. Sparks fly between them until injury threatens to end Tanner’s career –and suddenly he’s the one in need of a rescue.

Evie can’t turn her back on her wounded hero and, as Tanner struggles with his recovery, she’s not sure she can guard her heart against him either. Tanner knows Evie has slipped under his skin, but she lives in Australia and his future is under a cloud. Can two people with too many reasons to walk away make the bold decision to stay?

Mayberry always delivers sweet, lovely contemporary romances. Tanner was no exception.

Evie Forrester grew up with Troy, a foster kid her family took in when he was a teenager. She’s been in love with him most of her life, but he doesn’t know she exists…until he comes home for a wedding and they hook up. For months they’ve been video chatting and emailing. She decides to fly to the states to surprise him with a two week stay. She wants to cement their relationship and move on to the next step now that they’re together.

Only it turns out Evie was the only one feeling that way. When she arrives it’s to discover that Troy doesn’t share her vision of a future together. Stranded in the States with little available cash and a non-refundable plane ticket, she has two weeks to kill. Tanner Harding, another bullrider and friend of Troy’s, comes to Evie’s rescue. He lets her stay with him and helps her get back on her feet.

When Tanner is injured, Evie decides to repay the favor by helping him out until he’s back on his feet. They have chemistry in spades, but can they make something more lasting out of two weeks together?

Tanner was such a sweetheart. I really liked how sweet he was to Evie, and what an all-around stand-up guy he was. He did what needed to be done and didn’t complain about it. It was great how he rescued her, but then needed to be rescued in return. It made for a well balanced romance.

Evie was great, too. She was practical and down-to-earth. I really liked that she took responsibility for her part in the Troy fiasco, but she didn’t completely let him off the hook, either.

Though they didn’t have a lot of time together, their romance was believable. I enjoyed watching them take care of each other and fall in love. My only complaint is the story ended too soon.

4.25 out of 5

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Joint Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Posted May 29, 2017 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Joint Review: Blood Bound by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly and Rowena
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #2
Also in this series: Night Broken, Shifting Shadows, Blood Bound, Fire Touched, Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10), Moon Called
Published by Ace
Publication Date: January 30th 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 292
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four-half-stars

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen...
Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.
But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

Rowena: This month’s buddy review book is Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs. Blood Bound is the second book in the Mercy Thompson series and it delves into the vampire side of Mercy’s supernatural world.

When Mercy’s vampire friend drags her into the middle of a vampire problem, Mercy learns a whole lot about the supernatural predators and the danger that surrounds them.

What did you think about this one?

Holly: I thought this was a good follow up to the first book. Briggs introduces us further into her world and we get to know the characters better. We especially get to know Mercy, Adam and Samuel better in this book. I really enjoy being in Mercy’s head. Sometimes first person can get tiresome, but I’m never tired of Mercy.

Rowena: I’ve had that happen to me when the protagonist gets on my nerves and I’m not sure about finishing the book or not. Mercy is a great protagonist though. She’s interesting and she’s got a certain kind of charm that I like. I can see why everyone likes her and are drawn to her. She’s supernatural but she’s also normal. I’m digging her and will definitely keep reading this series because of her.

Adam and Samuel were a lot of fun in this one. I’m loving all of the tension they’ve got going because they both love them some Mercy. I also really like how protective of Mercy they are…whether she wants their protection or not, she’s got it.

So are you team vampire or team werewolf?

Holly: Definitely team werewolf. The only good vampire is Stefan, and even he has his questionable moments. I love Adam, Samuel and The Marrok. The way his relationship with Mercy develops over the series is great. Are you team Adam or team Samuel?

Rowena: Adam. As much as I love Samuel, I love Adam for Mercy. I also love Jessie for Mercy. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Samuel will find his true love and live happily ever after.

Holly: I’m team Adam, too. As much as I believe Samuel cares for Mercy, he wants her for his own reasons too. Adam wants her for her, not for what she can do for him.

What did you think of the vampire politics? This world is so well-drawn. I was easily able to imagine the scenes.

Rowena: I didn’t think I’d be that interested in the vampire side of this world but Briggs did a great job of drawing me in. I’m still Team Werewolf but I did enjoy reading about the way things are done on the vampire side of things. You can see that there could be potential for good within the vampire community but so far, only Stefan seems to want to be good. I thought that was interesting.

So what do I have to look forward to?

Holly: The next book, Iron Kissed, is my favorite. It’s the hardest to read, I think, because of things that happen to Mercy. We see more of Adam and Jesse, plus Adam’s pack. I’m anxious for you to read it so we can discuss.

Rowena: Oh yay then I’ll definitely make sure to get it read soon. I’m looking forward to it.

This book was good. It had fun moments sprinkled among the intense moments with chasing down the bad guy down and Mercy being on her own for a lot of the tracking stuff. I thought that this book showcased just how strong Mercy is, despite not being an alpha or even a wolf. She’s smart and she’s strong and she really made this book for me. I can’t say anything else other than this was a great addition to the Mercy Thompson world and I was happy with the writing, the story and the characters. All around win for me.

You?

Holly: I love the humor sprinkled throughout. This was a great installment in the series and really opens things up for future books. I definitely call this a win.

I’m giving it a 4.25.

Rowena: Me, too. 4.25.

Final Grade

Holly: 4.25 out of 5 
Rowena: 4.25 out of 5

four-half-stars