Tag: 3.75 Reviews

Guest Review: #Moonstruck by Sariah Wilson

Posted July 10, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: #Moonstruck by Sariah WilsonReviewer: Tracy
#Moonstruck by Sariah Wilson
Series: #Lovestruck #2
Also in this series: #Starstruck
Published by Montlake Romance
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Point-of-View: First Person
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
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three-half-stars

Over one million “likes”—but only one of them matters.

After pop star Ryan De Luna praises Maisy Harrison’s YouTube cover of his classic hit, he offers Maisy and her fledgling band the opportunity of a lifetime: to be his opening act.

Music may be Maisy’s life, but she has one ground rule: never date a musician. That goes double for a heartbreaker like Ryan. If only she didn’t feel so vulnerable to his larger-than-life charm. And maybe now more than ever, when he asks for her help to shake off his playboy image. How can she resist playing the part of his fake girlfriend for the duration of the tour?

Ryan’s never met anyone like Maisy. She sees past all the star-studded fame and treats him like any other guy. And the more time they spend together, the more he finds himself falling for her. Now he’d like to make their imaginary fling an IRL thing. But can he convince her to take a chance and trust him with her heart?

Maisy Harrison used to be a crazy Ryan De Luna fan…when she was 14.  Now that she’s in her 20’s?  Not so much.  That doesn’t stop her from going to one of his concerts with her best friend because that BFF is crazy about Ryan.  When she meets Ryan back stage, Maisy isn’t impressed and even tells him off a bit when he gets cocky.  The next day she realizes that she can’t find her phone so she calls it via her brother’s phone.  Finally someone answers her texts and she starts to have a conversation with Ryan’s cousin, Diego, who was the one who had taken a picture using the phone the previous night.  They have great conversations and when she tells him where her band (the one she has with her three brothers) is playing a gig, he says he’ll be there.  Maisy’s shocked when she finds out that it wasn’t Diego she was texting, but Ryan.  Not only that, Ryan liked her band’s sound so well he then asks them to be his opening act on his current tour.

Maisy and her brothers are thrilled that they are getting notice on the tour, but touring with Ryan is hell on Maisy.  She realizes that Ryan’s not the arrogant ass she thought him to be, and she’s crazy attracted to him.  She doesn’t want to start anything with him that might jeopardize her band’s standing on the tour.  Ryan makes it hard to stay away from him, however, because he actually pays Maisy to be his fake girlfriend so that he can look better in his record producer’s eyes.  When Ryan wants to make their fake relationship real, Maisy is so tempted but her number one rule is: no dating musicians.

This was a pretty cute book.  I liked the first book in this series so when I saw this one was coming out I jumped on it.  I’m glad I did, as it was a fun book to read.

Maisy’s dad was a musician and a huge player and liked to get women pregnant…constantly.  He hurt Maisy’s mom horribly which caused lasting damage to the family.  Maisy and her brothers basically grew up without a father and while they each inherited musical ability from him, they wanted nothing else to do with the man once they were adults.  Because of how her father was with women and children Maisy decided that dating musicians was out of the question.  Until she got to know Ryan she never had a problem sticking to that rule.  Once she became close with Ryan it was almost impossible not to see him for the wonderful guy he was.

Ryan was a pretty cool guy.  Yeah, he’d been an ass in younger years but he’d grown up and wanted different things in life than he’d wanted previously.  Unfortunately, the record producers just saw him as a pop singer and when he wanted to possibly change his music up, they didn’t agree.  I think they saw him as immature and not able to make his own decisions despite the fact that I think he was 27 years old.  Crazy.  Maisy helped him in other ways besides being his fake girlfriend and the pair grew throughout the story both individually and in their relationship.

The conflict in the story was a bit too drawn out for my liking.  I understood it but thought that it could have been resolved more quickly than it was.  Despite that issue liked the story overall.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

#Lovestruck

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Forbidden Night with the Prince by Michelle Willingham

Posted July 5, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Forbidden Night with the Prince by Michelle WillinghamReviewer: Tracy
Forbidden Night with the Prince (Warriors of the Night #3) by Michelle Willingham
Series: Warriors of the Night #3
Also in this series: Forbidden Night with the Warrior
Published by Harlequin Historical
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 288
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three-half-stars

A lifetime of being good…

One night of sin!

A Warriors of the Night story: virtuous Joan de Laurent is fated never to marry. Three betrothals, each ending in the groom’s death, have convinced her she’s cursed! But only her hand in marriage can help darkly brooding Irish prince Ronan win back his fortress. To break the curse, Joan must risk all to spend one forbidden night with the royal warrior…

Joan de Laurent believes she’s cursed.  She has had two betrothals and both of her intendeds died before the wedding!  She heads off to Ireland to meet her third betrothed and guess what?  He’s dead too!  Of course he was older, but still!

Ronan Ó Callaghan is an Irish prince who heads to the MacEgan holding to gather reinforcements.  His step-brother staged a coup and took over his father’s throne, taking his father hostage.  Ronan cannot let this stand and asks the MacEgan’s for warriors.  They say they’ll provide them but the de Laurent brothers can also provide warriors.  Unfortunately they’ll only do so if Ronan marries their sister.  Ronan isn’t interested in marrying but when he meets Joan he is quite taken with her.

Joan doesn’t want to get betrothed again.  She doesn’t want to take the chance of killing another man.  When she starts to have feelings for Ronan, she especially doesn’t want him to die.  She gets desperate and goes to an old medicine woman to ask how to break the curse.  The woman tells her to have Ronan drink a potion and then Joan is to lay with him and once they have the curse will be broken.  Joan is skeptical but she’s also desperate, so she goes for it.  They spend a wonderful night together and Ronan even agrees to marry Joan, but Joan won’t marry him as he refuses to have kids.  (He believes he killed his brother and nephew.)  The two need to come to an agreement so that Ronan can get the warriors he needs and save his father like he couldn’t save his other family members.

This was a good story.  I felt so bad for Joan!  With her believing that she’s cursed and everyone acting like she’s the devil, I’d want to leave as well.  Ronan was good for her as he brought her out of her self-induced shell.  She wasn’t a meek and mild person but felt she needed to act like one in order to break the curse.  I loved how Ronan dealt with Joan and she with him., they were really perfect for each other.

I felt that the part of the story that dealt with Ronan and his step-brother was also well done.  It seemed very realistic – something that I could imagine happening (even though I’m not really up on my Irish medieval history).

In the end I enjoyed the book and found it entertaining – a nice way to spend a quiet evening.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Warriors of the Night

three-half-stars


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Review: Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted June 22, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Fated by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Fated (Dark Protectors, #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #1
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2)
Published by Brava
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 299
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three-half-stars

Marry Me! Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But "whatever it takes" has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem.

Or Else! Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he's a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice. . .

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was my first look into the Dark Protector series and I have no idea why I waited so long to dive into it. I’m hooked on Zanetti’s Scorpius Syndrome series, love paranormals in general, so why did I wait? I have no clue. There were a few parts of this particular book I wasn’t down with, but…shrug. I got past it.

Cara Paulson is a special type of person. She has been an empath since she was a young girl. So it makes sense that she would give birth to a very special child. She had no idea that her child would be prophesied to save a race of evil vampires. Vampires that she had no idea existed until one burst into her home to save her and Janie’s lives. Cara isn’t having any of it even when Janie tells her that Talen is the one that is going to save them. All she sees is a strange man coming into her home trying to kidnap her and her baby. Forget the fact that she has this inappropriate and completely confounding attraction to the man. Being disgusted with herself can come after she gets away from him.

Talen had no idea that Cara was his mate until he comes to her rescue. And come to her rescue he does because he can sense the Kurjans, the evil counterpart to his vampire race, coming to get them. Three hundred years of peace are broken because of Cara’s young daughter Janie. They have no idea what’s coming for them. Before he knew she was his mate, it was his job to protect Cara and Janie. Now it is is duty and honor. He can do nothing less that protect the woman he has looked for over the centuries and the little girl that is now his daughter. If only he could convince Cara that she isn’t getting away from him.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. I liked the instant connection between Cara and Talen. Talen was very sweet. The love between the two was very sweet. Talen really cared about how Cara felt. He knew that she had a hard time living in their headquarters below ground and made sure she had plants that she loved to help her cope. He just did little sweet things that really made me like him. Other the other hand, I really disliked how he referred to her as “mate” all the time. Like it was her name. It made her sound like a possession. I didn’t enjoy that all. As for Cara, she was a strong heroine, but made stupid fucking decisions. Including a TSTL one that almost got her killed. Just because she was mad at Talen over a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING. TSTL decisions always happen after stupid BIG MISUNDERSTANDINGS, don’t they?

Even with the things that bothered me, I did find this book enjoyable and am looking forward to continuing this series.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

three-half-stars


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Throwback Thursday Review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted May 24, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn KenyonReviewer: Rowena
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Hunter Legends #1
Published by St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 18, 2002
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 337
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three-half-stars
Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn't. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior's day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace--the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon

See original cover edition: here

Every Thursday in 2018, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books.

This review was originally posted on March 8, 2010.

This book is a nacho kind of book. Full of cheese and yet you crave these kinds of books from time to time. When I was trying to figure out what books I was going to read for the Author Spotlight, I wanted to take the Kinley MacGregor route but ended up picking this book up instead. It’s been years since I read this book and I had forgotten all of the little reasons why I enjoyed this book but reading it again, I could see why.

It’s one of those escape reality, leave all the realness of the world behind you and just read kind of books. I mean, look at the blurb…an older than dirt man cursed and stuck in a book, only able to come out to pleasure women who summon him. He’s a demi-god and he’s stuck forever in a book because he’s a love slave. Are you kidding me?

As cheesy as this book was, SK made it work for me. I enjoyed reading this book but it made me giggle at how obsessed I used to be over this series. I used to be utterly obsessed, stalking the SK website for updates on the books and this is the book that started all of that madness for me. Julian was a too good to be true heroes which SK is popular for. Her heroes are those troubled heroes that you want to hold close to your heart and never let go.

Grace was one of the more memorable heroines from this series. To be honest, a lot of the heroines from this series I don’t remember now outside of their names. But I remembered Grace and seeing her try to help Julian out and introduce him to the modern day world was a treat that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. She was a stand up heroine and when Julian makes her ex boyfriend look like the tool that he was, I rejoiced and I loved Julian all the more.

Being introduced to characters that will show up later in the books was a treat that I enjoyed. This book is kind of fluffy and even though Julian isn’t a Dark Hunter, I liked this book. Would I recommend this book? Yep, I don’t think it’s a must read first for the Dark Hunter series but it would be good to read this book first because Julian shows up in future books and well, he’s a hottie so duh!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Review: Shadow Keeper by Christine Feehan

Posted May 23, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Shadow Keeper by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Shadow Keeper by Christine Feehan
Series: Shadow #3
Also in this series: Shadow Reaper, Shadow Reaper, Shadow Reaper (Shadow, #2)
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: Mary 29, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 416
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three-half-stars

One family brings its own brand of justice to the streets of Chicago's shadowy underworld as #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan returns to a series hot enough to burn...

The paparazzi can't get enough of infamous bad boy Giovanni Ferraro. But unknown to them--and the women he beds--he's just playing a role. Keeping the spotlight on himself keeps it off the family business. And if this lethal shadow rider can't hunt in the dark, he'll find his pleasure elsewhere...

Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub where she works, she's fair game--until one of the owners steps in to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He's dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away.

The devil at her heels may have finally met its match...

Hmmm…where do I start with this review? First I tell you that it was a serious improvement from Shadow Reaper, which was reviewed here, here, and here. Rowena even gave it a DNF. Looking back, I probably would have given it a DNF if I wasn’t so anal about finishing books. My rating was far too generous.

Shadow Riders are people that can ride shadows from place to place. They “dispense” justice when the legal system fails. They are similar to Carpathians in that they have a destined mate. If their mate doesn’t accept them, they will lose their memory of ever being with the Rider and the Rider will lose their ability to ride the shadows. It’s really clever. All Riders seem to have faith that their other half will accept them.

Sasha Provis is destined for Giovanni Ferraro. He knows it in an instant, as soon as his shadow touches hers. It was unfortunate that he made a complete ass out of himself the day he met her. Sasha overheard Giovanni and his cousins playing a game where they use women for money. Very tasteless of him. Sasha feels a pull to Giovanni that she tries to resist because she knows what kind of man he is. She does read every magazine and tabloid article about him.

Sasha works at the Ferraro’s club as a waitress. She also works at a deli in the Ferraro territory. Since her parents were killed and her brother needs around the clock medical attention, supporting her brother has fallen on her. Sasha wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not afraid to work hard.

Giovanni is awed by Sasha’s work ethic, but at the same time wants her to quit to be safe. See, Sasha has a crazy ass stalker. Let me tell you, the story about this stalker is something else. I didn’t see it coming, although I’m really not the best at that anyway.

I had one huge problem with this book. Sasha continued to put herself in harms way just so she could support Sandlin. I understood it on some level, but once she accepted Giovanni, she accepted all of him, including his ability to support her financially. She makes a TSTL decision and goes back to her apartment where the stalker first made himself known to her. She put countless people at risk, all because she suddenly decided she needed to “think” about being with Giovanni. It was a big pile of poo.

I’m incredibly intrigued by the premise of this series. The Ferraro’s are to die for. I feel that Feehan started out strong with Shadow Rider, took a dive with Shadow Reaper, the went up a few notches with Shadow Keeper. The siblings that are left are very interesting characters and I am looking forward to reading their books over the next few years. Even when the series goes hardback.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

The Shadow Series

three-half-stars


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