Tag: 3.0 Reviews

Review: Megan’s Mark by Lora Leigh

Posted June 4, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 14 Comments


Isabel’s review of Megan’s Mark by Lora Leigh.

Lora Leigh cranks up the adrenaline in this opening volume of an erotic, paranormal series. The time is 2023; the place, southern New Mexico. Megan Fields, an empath whose gifts have overwhelmed her too many times, seeks refuge as a sheriff’s deputy in a small town. It’s a quiet life until she finds dead Breeds (the bastard offspring of humans and animals) on her watch and meets Braden Arness in the process. Arness, part lion, is well aware of the conspiracy against the Breeds and much attracted to Megan. As the two help the Breeds fight for their lives against an unknown enemy, Megan finally masters her gifts and meets her match. We are definitely in Christine Feehan country here, but Megan is a terrific character, and the romance is as alpha as anyone could want. Readers will cheer as Megan, a Lara Croft-like fighter, finally gets a partner as fearless as she is. Ginger Curwen

Did I Like It? Why or Why Not?

Yes and no. Yes cause the sex scenes were hot. The plot started to pick up for me towards the end of the book.

No, because it did start off slow for me in the beginning. I’ve notice Lora Leigh likes to use phrases like “sweet like spring, hot like summer.” Usually its hot fire, sweet like honey. Something to that effect. It’s starting to slowly annoy me and sound cheesy. When I read Harmony’s way, I’m doing a count.

Mainly, the book didn’t really do anything for me. It wasn’t “Oh my god, get this book.” Nor was it “Stay away from this book.” It was just ok.

Did I like the Characters?:

They were ok. Nothing memorable. Megan, although she was hiding out in her little town, was one tough cookie. The reason for her hiding away was due to her not being able to control her gift. I also like how she didn’t let Braden boss her around.

Would I recommend it:

Mmm, as of right now no. If I like the rest of the series, it could change. I’m all about reading books in order. Also, if you don’t like reading about anal sex or don’t like male dominance, then stay away from the book.

Additional comments:

I thought barb was kind of weird. Which basically an additional appendage that comes out of the guys penis during the guys orgasm. It’s like a bonding thing. I don’t know.. just weird to me.

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley. You can purchase it here.


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Review: Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown.

Posted May 29, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments


Rowena’s review of Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown.

From the Publisher:

To Hawk O’Toole, she was a pawn in a desperate gamble to help his people. To Miranda Price, he was a stranger who’d done the unthinkable: kidnapped her and her young son off a train full of sight-seeing vacationers. Now, held hostage on a distant reservation for reasons she cannot at first fathom, Miranda finds herself battling a captor who is by turns harsh and tender, mysteriously aloof and dangerously seductive. Hawk had assumed that Miranda Price, the beautiful ex-wife of Representative Price, would be as selfish and immoral as the tabloids suggested. Instead, she seems genuinely afraid for her son’s life – and willing to risk her own to keep him safe. But committed to a fight he didn’t start, Hawk knows he can’t afford to feel anything but contempt for his prisoner. To force the government to reopen the Lone Puma Mine, he must keep Miranda at arm’s length, must remember that she is his enemy – even when she ignites his deepest desires. Slowly, Miranda begins to learn what drives this brooding, solitary man, to discover the truth about his tragic past. But it will take a shocking revelation to finally force her to face her own past and the woman she’s become, and to ask herself: Is it freedom she really wants…or the chance to stay with Hawk forever?

So this is another book that I read yesterday while I waited to get my Crazy Cool back from my friend Theresa. I read this book in like 3 hours, it was really short and my very first Sandra Brown. As a first book by a new to me author, it probably wasn’t my best choice because this book was just okay.

I liked it well enough, I guess. I mean, the story is about an Indian Chief who is really a half breed, he takes a woman and her son captive in order to open the eyes of the Senators and Governors who shut a mine down on their reservation. The mine that brought in all of the business and money to their little tribe, without the mine open, lots of jobs were lost and a lot of families weren’t doing too good. But of course, the white man doesn’t care about the Indians and the Indians are pissed to high heaven about it. So they take matters into their own hands.

So the Indian Chief, Hawk O’Toole kidnaps Miranda and Scott Price so that they can have Morton Price, Miranda’s ex husband and Scott’s father take a keen interest in their cause. Their cause to reopen the mine and blah blah blah.

So yeah, Hawk steals Scott and Miranda won’t be left behind, so they had to adjust their plans to include her because well, she kicked up a fight and whatever and as they fight tooth and nail with each other, their desire for each other grows until it’s at an all time high, but Hawk, big bad Indian guy despises everything that Miranda is, she’s white, she’s privileged and she’s a whore and slut. He read that in a newspaper and totally believes everything the newspaper wrote about her ….oh hell to the no but if you were to believe everything that was written in the newspapers about Indians, it’s like OFF WITH YOUR HEAD to Hawk O’Toole.

He was a very stubborn and cynical man, one that I had a hard time liking. The names he called Miranda, without knowing a hot damn thing, the way he just knew she was a skank pissed me off, because he swore he was all knowing in everything, rolls eyes …he is SO not one of my favorite heroes.

Then there’s Miranda, who was pouty and prissy and just everything that gets on my nerves. She made things worst for herself whenever she talked to Hawk, instead of being scared and whatever, like normal people would be, she was headstrong and dumb. She never shut the hell up and even though I would have been pissed for him calling me all those dumb names, I still wouldn’t be as stupid as she was about everything, well, at least I hope I wouldn’t.

I really liked reading about the Indian tribes though. I thought Ernie and his wife, Scott and Donny were cool additions to the story. I didn’t care one bit for that stupid wench, Dawn January, if anyone was a stank hoe, she was…

One of the things that bothered me was the way Hawk manhandled Randy. He was always so rough with her, pulling her by the hair, roughing her up, it was like, hot damn man, if you care about your women so much, why are you tossin’ Randy up like she’s garbage…you’re the piece of shit.

I liked the way the story ended, with Randy coming to his rescue but it wasn’t enough to make me absolutely love it or even like it a lot…this book was just very average for me and I’m glad that I can finally get back to my real reading….Christian Hawkins time baby…ooh wee!

This book was just okay, read it or not, it’s not really a waste of your time but it’s not like the best read ever either. I won’t give up on Sandra Brown though, maybe sometime later I’ll give her another whirl…

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from Bantam. You can purchase it here.


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Review: Rock Star by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb.

Posted May 11, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments


Rowena’s review of Rock Star by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb.

How does a hedonistic, hellbound L.A. sophisticate like bad boy rock star Bryan Spencer woo young, gifted and black sweet home Alabama belle Callie Lawson? What type of magical voodoo draws him to her magnolia-scented bosom. Bryan, a guitar god extraordinaire, is compelled to a small town when he is devastated by the loss of his best friend and band mate. The peaceful tranquility, not to mention unaccustomed celibacy, is slowly driving him mad until he meets Callie Lawson.

Far from the cloying adulation he is accustomed to, Callie is totally focused on her own career goals and is reluctant to have anything to do with a ‘long-haired rocker from California. Bryan overcomes her misgivings with an old-fashioned courtship that belies his L.A. rocker origins. He introduces this Sunday School girl to some truly high-powered sex and decadence. The question is which one wins: Southern Sunday School or L.A. sin? Just when they’re certain everlasting love is firmly in their grasp; they are rent asunder by treachery and betrayal of the most staggering kind. In the end, they must defy stereotypes and false perceptions to embrace their own sweet Alabama love.

I won this book over at Is That a Stake In Your Pocket? and would like to thank Devon for being so kind as to send it to me, THANKS DEVON!!! =)

Now on to my review…

I really wanted to like this book, I read all sorts of great reviews on this book and had such high hopes but I don’t know what went wrong because I just couldn’t get excited about the story, the characters and the storyline. The plot was just too sugary for me.

It started out really slow for me. I mean, I liked Callie right from the very beginning but I wasn’t as wowed with Bryan as I usually am with heroes of any book. I kept hoping that the book would get better and though it did get better, I still wasn’t wowed over it.

I couldn’t get passed the one dimensional characters, neither Callie or Bryan spoke to me, I couldn’t really relate to them. I didn’t feel that connection with their characters that I do when I’m reading a book that I really love.

There wasn’t really anything wrong with the book though, it was a pleasant enough book but it just didn’t grab me the way other books do. I can’t really bad mouth the book or say that it really sucked because it didn’t. It just wasn’t my thing I guess.

Although, there were a lot of times where I wanted to punch Callie in her nose for just all the crap she put Bryan through. Yeah, I get that she was embarrassed after what happened and I even get that she needed a bit of space to evaluate just how important her relationship to Bryan was but after she was over all of that, after she knew that the people around her supported her and didn’t think any of what happened was true, when she saw Bryan’s declaration of love for her and everything he did to try to fix things with her, she knew she still loved him and still she played dumb with him…the whole she’s black and he’s white thing got on my nerves a bit but that’s not the author’s fault because that gets on my nerves in real life too, it’s real and it happens so it’s right.

But by the end of the book, after Bryan is back and is trying to make things right with her and she’s still holding him at arms length, even though she loves him with all that she is, it just sort of rode my nerves and I ended up liking Bryan a whole lot more than I liked Callie and overall I thought the book was just, good. It was a good story but it just wasn’t my thing.

Sorry Devon, I really wanted to like this book but it fell short of that for me. I’m not giving up on Roslyn Hardy Combs though, you readers should try the book out, you might like it. Lots of other people did.

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from Genesis Press. You can purchase it here.


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Review: Something Sinful by Suzanne Enoch

Posted May 3, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 5 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins


Isabel’s review of Something Sinful (Griffin Family #3) by Suzanne Enoch.

It was lust at first sight . . .

She was a vision, an exotic goddess who floated across the ballroom, conjuring images of warm nights and silk sheets, and Lord Charlemagne Griffin felt lightning shoot straight to his . . . well, he was definitely interested. So the lady isn’t exactly the sharpest knife on the rack, as Shay soon discovers, but the generous bosom just above her low neckline more than makes up for it. Before he knows it, Shay is bragging about an impending business deal to impress her . . .

Lady Sarala Carlisle may appear naÏve, but too late Shay realizes her unconventional beauty masks a razor-sharp intelligence and flawless instincts-and she’d just bested him! Well, two can play at this game, and one of Shay’s many skills is the fine art of seduction.

But in this contest, the only thing to lose is one’s heart.

This is the third book in the Griffin Series.

Charlemagne “Shay” Griffin is a business man. He can bargain with the best of them and he enjoys it. While at a ball he spots Lady Sarala. He’s smitten with her and dances with her. For some reason, he tells her about some silk bolts he’s going to purchase thinking she’s not really understanding what he’s talking about. Little does he know.

The next day, he’s with the seller and asks for the silk. Seller says sorry, someone beat you to the punch. Lady Sarala. Turns out she’s a pretty good business woman. Now Shay’s pride is hurt and he wants those bolts back. Sarala is asking for 6,000 pounds. Shay says no. Now he must try and figure out a way to get those bolts from her. One which includes wooing her.

Lady Sarala was born in India. Her parents moved there and never planned on returning to England. Now that they have returned, her mom is insisting Sarala be English and make a match. She shortens Sarala’s name to Sarah, tells her to wear certain colors and gowns. Sarala’s mom is basically one of those dreaded title hungry, match making mammas.

Sarala and Shay are forced into marriage because they were caught in a compromising position. She was about to sell the silk to him and was sealing the deal with a kiss. And wouldn’t you know someone walked in on them.

The rest of the story was ok. You have Shay learning the bolts of silk were stolen so now Chinese henchmen are after them. Turns out the silk was for the emperor of China. Shay has to get them back from Sarala so she isn’t hurt. When Shay tells her what’s going on, she doesn’t believe him. She thinks it’s another ploy for the silk so she ups her price. She slowly starts to believe him when he says fine. Then Sarala figures she should call off the wedding so Shay doesn’t put his life in danger for her. She of course doesn’t.

The biggest thing that bothered me was when Shay found out Sarala is not a virgin. Now why is it ok for men to have tons of lovers but a woman has one and he goes ape shit. Shay is annoyed and Sarala calls him on it. When Shay demands the name of the man Sarala responds, “Not unless you’re prepare to name every woman you slept with.” Which shuts him up.

So yeah, there you. I wasn’t really impressed with the book. I didn’t feel a connection between Sarala and Shay. Her mom got on my nerves. Ugh. But I will read the last book in the series though.

Grade: 3 out of 5

The books in this series:

Sin and Sensibility
And Invitation to Sin
Something Sinful
Sins of a Duke (out next month)

Ps. Pardon my crappy review. I’m extremely tired and the coffee and Pepsi are just not doing it for me today.

This book is available from Avon. You can purchase it here.


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