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Guest Review: Lionheart by Thea Harrison

Posted November 13, 2018 by Jen in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Lionheart by Thea HarrisonReviewer: Jen
Lionheart (Moonshadow, #3) by Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #3
Also in this series: Spellbinder
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 15, 2018
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 420
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four-stars

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the final story in her spellbinding Moonshadow trilogy…

King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries, until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace, while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…

Oberon’s book is here! I absolutely loved the first two books in Thea Harrison’s Moonshadow series, so I was extra excited to read this book. 

Dark Fae King Oberon’s presence loomed over the last two books, despite the fact that he has been in a coma-like sleep after an assassination attempt. While in his self-induced sleep, his powerful weather magic has spiraled out of control and is slowly freezing the life out of the Dark Fae’s land of Lyonesse. The situation is at a breaking point, and if the remaining Dark Court members cannot find a way to heal Oberon they will need to take drastic measures. They call upon Kathryn Shaw, a magical surgeon (and were-falcon) we met in book 1. Kathryn agrees to go to Lyonesse and do what she can to stop the magic intent on killing the King. When Oberon wakes up before Kathryn has stopped the killing magic, Oberon has to trust in her to save him before it is too late.

I totally love Kathryn. She is my favorite heroine in the series so far! I love that she is brilliant and so incredibly good at her job. Her best quality is that she takes no shit. She’s not “feisty” and is never obstinate for no reason. When she pushes back she does it after carefully considering the situation and determining that it’s a battle that requires fighting. Once she decides to push back, she does it firmly but still rationally. I want more heroines who are smart and carefully “strong” instead of just feisty or sassy! I especially loved that after her and Oberon realize what’s happening to them, she immediately grasps the complexities of being Queen, or is at least prepared to investigate and navigate them. Kathryn doesn’t do anything blindly, and her forthright but compassionate persona is exactly what Lyonesse needs from a leader. I haven’t heard whether there are more books coming in the series, but I certainly hope so because I want to hear how Kathryn is faring in Lyonesse.

Oberon was less interesting to me. The killing magic is basically freezing his emotions, so for a good chunk of the book he’s not able to feel anything but the most animalistic urges. I guess it was somewhat interesting to hear about how he was trying to determine the “right” thing to do based on how he guessed the man he used to be would respond, but in general I didn’t feel like the stakes were very high. Obviously he was going to get his emotions back, and obviously he was going to be a good person once he did. Once Kathryn removes the magic, Oberon became ridiculously perfect. He is so good, so just, so noble, so beloved by his people. I suppose I just didn’t feel like he had a lot of depth.

Still, I really enjoy this world. I loved finally seeing Oberon’s power, because whooo boy he’s got some power. I also really respect the way Harrison has handled the concept of trauma in this series. In this book the puck Robin, who endured some horrific trauma and consequently hasn’t always made the best choices in the series, finally gets some healing. The one part where Oberon WAS a bit swoony was when he was comforting Robin and letting him know it’s ok to feel what he’s feeling. It’s so revolutionary to read that kind of thing in a romance, especially from a powerful alpha hero, and I am here for it.

I may not have loved this book as much as the others in the series, but it’s still a solid story with an excellent heroine. I hope it continues.

Grade: 4 out of 5.

Moonshadow

four-stars


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Review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Posted November 9, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Rock Hard by Nalini SinghReviewer: Casee
Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, #2) by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Also in this series: Rock Addiciton, Rock Courtship, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Hard, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1), Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss, #3), Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 351
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three-stars

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

I thought I would enjoy this book far more than I actually did. I really did enjoy Charlotte in Rock Addiction. There was obviously a backstory there and I was very interested in reading her book. Then I read it and I wasn’t interested anymore. I just didn’t care.

Charlotte has been hurt. Violently. Ever since her ex-boyfriend tried to kill her, Charlotte works to control the fear that rules her life. She’s gotten better than she was at first. She can now live by herself. She has a job. She has her best friend Molly. Still, nothing in her life prepares her for Gabriel Bishop. He’s a force of nature that she wants nothing to do with. She’s what she would call happy living in her safe little bubble. Gabriel changes all that.

Gabriel has a talent. He takes over failed companies and turns them around. He loves the thrill and the challenge. When he starts at a new company, he’s not much prepared for Charlotte. She’s nothing like the women he is used to. She’s mousy. She hides her body. She’s just the opposite of everything he’s ever thought he wanted. He was wrong, though. Charlie is everything he’s ever wanted. She’s one of the few people that can not only take his gruffness, but give it back to him.

Charlie is surprised by how comfortable she is with Gabriel. He’s everything she doesn’t want. He’s too big, too loud, can be too mean. Just too much everything. Still, she can’t help her attraction to the man although she has no intention of it going anywhere. Who cares if she gets jealous when Gabriel tells her to send roses to his conquests? She’s happy.

Gabriel slowly courted Charlie for months. He knew she had something happen in her past, so he waited. Their relationship moved very slowly, which is the only way it could have worked. Nalini wrote Charlie as a victim so well. She reacted much as I would have expected someone who went through what she did to act. She was beyond careful. She had panic attacks. All very believable.

I don’t know exactly what it was that I didn’t enjoy. I do think that Gabriel rushed her a bit, but I didn’t think it was a bad thing. The whole situation just didn’t rub me the right way. I did like them together, but there were too many problems.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rock Kiss

three-stars


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Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Posted November 8, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini SinghReviewer: Casee
Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1) by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #1
Also in this series: Rock Addiciton, Rock Courtship, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Hard, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, #2), Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss, #3), Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 404
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four-half-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh stuns with a sizzling contemporary romance... A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk... Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that's all it was meant to be...
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he'll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn't only her body that's become addicted to Fox, but her heart...

This book and I have a love/hate relationship. I beta read this book way back when. I didn’t particularly care for it. I liked Molly, but I didn’t really like Fox. That all changed when I read it for the second time. I really liked Molly and I liked Fox. This time around, I liked Molly and adored Fox. Just adored him. Sigh. How can you not love Zachary Fox?

Both Molly and Fox are extremely damaged people. Their childhoods were horrendous. I mean like there is no therapy in the world that will make it seem right. Molly had to endure the shame of her father sleeping with an underage girl. A girl that was a friend of hers. As Molly’s father was heavy in New Zealand politics, the press would not go away. Although Molly was a teenager, they considered her fair game. It was enough for Molly to want a normal, quiet, and above all, safe adult life.

Fox has his own demons. He was abandoned by his mom when he was young. Sure, he was dropped off at one of the most prestigious boarding schools for boys, but he rarely saw her after that. She had moved onto a new life and a new family. One that he had no part in. It was years later that he learned that not only did she replace her family, but she actually replaced him with another son named Zachary. So if that doesn’t fuck a guy up, I don’t know what would.

Molly and Fox are instantly and insanely attracted to each other. Seriously, it was hot. They agree to a one month affair while Fox and his band are in the country. After that Fox has to return to Los Angeles and his life as the lead singer of one of the most famous bands in the world. The life Fox lives is so far from the life Molly has planned that she has no problem only committing to a month.

So the issue in this book is that Molly is extremely insecure and jealous. She also doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, but she eventually decides she doesn’t want to let Fox go. She also knows that it’s going to happen because Fox isn’t the type to settle down. She doesn’t know that it was only a few days after they started their affair that Fox decided he was going to keep her.

This book is about two people navigating a life together that neither of them were prepared for. Fox is determined to have Molly in his life, but is also determined to protect her at all costs, even from himself if necessary. Molly is determined to take care of Fox when he doesn’t take care of himself. She’s not going to let him disappear into his studio for days without eating because his demons are eating at him. This was a story about love and communicating. About compromise. I love it more each time I read it.

I should also mention that I tried to listen to this on audio, but it was terrible.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Rock Kiss

four-half-stars


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