Tag: 4.0 Reviews

Guest Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Posted June 21, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Silver Silence by Nalini SinghReviewer: Tracy
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling Trinity #1, Psy/Changeling #16
Also in this series: Silver Silence, Silver Silence, Caressed By Ice, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, The Magical Christmas Cat, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Slave to Sensation, Tangle of Need, Heart of Obsidian, Shield of Winter, Shield of Winter, Visions of Heat, Mine to Possess, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, Hostage to Pleasure, Shards of Hope, Shards of Hope, Heart of Obsidian, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Play of Passion, Allegiance of Honor, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Shield of Winter, Shards of Hope, Allegiance of Honor, Allegiance of Honor, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace
Published by Berkley Books
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 464
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four-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that's exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence--her mind clear of all emotion--Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That's what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious...and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

Silver has been Silent since she was very young.  She had to be as it was the only way to save her life.  She is now the director of EmNet and doing a wonderful job at it.  Unfortunately she keeps getting visits from Valentin Nickolaev, the Alpha of the StoneWater Bears.  She should be sending him away on a regular basis but for some reason she’s not.  On one of these visits Valentin saves her life as she had just been unknowingly poisoned.  The only people that could have poisoned her food was family so her grandmother and Valentin work out that Silver should stay in StoneWater territory until they find out who tried to kill her.  Silver hates the plan but figures she’ll recover and then move out asap – probably within a few days.

Once at StoneWater Silver finds a different kind of life than one she’s used to seeing.  Valentin makes no secret of the way he feels about her and when he finally talks her into breaking her Silence she loves every minute of their time together.  Unfortunately as I said earlier she was Silent to save her life.  She has a Psy designation that will soon kill her if not fixed.  She’s loved not being Silent but isn’t ready to die.  A surgery by Ashaya Aleine and her sister, Amara, may save her life but then she’ll probably be 100% Silent.  Valentin is willing to deal with any outcome as long as Silver is alive.

I have to say that reading about Silver in previous books didn’t make me want to read her story.  Kind of like with Kaleb’s book I was, of course, pleasantly surprised.  Silver was a wonderful heroine and I loved her dry sense of humor and the fierceness of her love for Valentin.

Valentin was one persistent bear and I loved that about him.  He knew that Silver was his mate but wasn’t about to let things set just because she was Psy.  He approached slowly but when he had his opportunity he took it and ran with it.  He was a good, good man and had so much love for Silver, his family and the entire bear clan.  It truly warmed my heart to read about this amazing hero.

We also got to learn more about other characters, the Consortium and events that happened with Bowen Knight.  I have no idea what’s going to be happening next in the series but I can’t wait!

Great book, definitely recommend it – like, read it NOW. 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Guest Review: A Suitable Affair by Erica Taylor

Posted June 16, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: A Suitable Affair by Erica TaylorReviewer: Tracy
A Suitable Affair by Erica Taylor
Published by Amberjack Publishing
Publication Date: June 6th 2017
Genres: Historical
Pages: 332
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four-stars

Despite being beautiful and wealthy, Lady Susanna Macalister’s marriage prospects are rather lacking. To avoid a life of spinsterhood, she decides a loveless marriage to the dull and unromantic Lord Riverton is better than none at all. But still, Susanna longs for true, passionate love, the kind she grew up hearing stories about.

Enjoying a quiet walk with her insipid suitor one afternoon, Susanna is nearly trampled by the handsome Earl of Westcott as he rides through Hyde Park. Driven by his own guilt and despair, the earl embraces this chance encounter as an opportunity for vengeance, for Lord Riverton is the very man whom Wescott suspects is responsible for the untimely death of his beloved sister. But is his mission of separating Susanna from Lord Riverton simply a desire to save another unsuspecting lady from his sister’s fate, or something deeper?

As Susanna helps Lord Westcott investigate her future fiance, she realizes she might have found what she was looking for all along. Can the pair keep their budding romance a secret from everyone around them until the investigation is over? Or will the unsuspecting Lord Riverton win Susanna’s hand in marriage before the truth comes out?

Susanna “runs into” Lord Ian Wescott in an unconventional manner and is a bit infuriated at the man.  When he approaches her to let her know that her fiancé is not a man she should be spending time with she pretty much blows him off as she thinks he just doesn’t like Lord Riverton.  You see, Lord Riverton had been Ian’s sister’s fiancé at the time of her kidnapping and murder and then refused to pay the ransom.  Not only that but then demanded her dowry for breach of contract when she was killed.  (I could see why he would have concerns about the man’s character.)

While Ian’s and Susanna’s friendship grows so do their feelings for each other.  They say they’re just friends but each knows how the other feels about them and keeps it to themselves. Ian works for the Home Office and does investigations – not that anyone knows that.  Because of that he knows that he can never settle down.  He’s on the go constantly and he can’t be a family man when he’s gone all the time.

When Susanna and Ian are falling in love, Ian is investigating Riverton.  He knows that Riverton is involved in not only his sisters kidnapping and murder but the kidnapping and murders of at least 6 other women – he just has to prove it. Susanna agrees to be bait for Ian’s investigation but when it comes down to it he may not be able to save her.

What a great story.  I loved that Ian and Susanna were friends before they became lovers.  Their friendship and banter made me smile more than a time or two.  I loved reading about them and their antics together.  I think the thing I loved about it was on the outside everything was above board and I could very much believe that it all was happening.  Well done on Taylor’s part.

The suspense part of the story was a good one as well.  I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the way it all went down in the end as it seemed a bit abrupt – as was the general ending of the book.  Those two issues were the only reason this got 4 stars instead of 5.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the story of Susanna’s brother – the cold duke.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Guest Review: Graffiti in Love by G.G. Andrew

Posted June 15, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Graffiti in Love by G.G. AndrewReviewer: Tracy
Graffiti Love by G.G. Andrew
Series: Love and Lawbreakers #1
Published by G.G. Andrews
Publication Date: February 11th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars

KaveMan is a London graffiti artist--world famous, wealthy, brilliantly creative. And Laurel Xavier hates him.

Laurel, a laid-off city planner, is bitter from compromising her dreams and still losing her sensible job. So when she gets a glimpse of the mysterious KaveMan, whose dream is apparently painting others' property in her hometown of New Haven, she's determined to find him, unmask him, and ruin his so-called career--even if it means losing some shoes and self-respect in the process.

But why does chasing KaveMan make her feel more alive than she's felt in years?

KaveMan isn't used to sharing his real self, let alone his real name. But when he's caught by Laurel Xavier, he starts to realize the one woman he yearns to whisper his secrets to is someone who would scream his identity from the highest rooftop. That would mean the end of his work, his passion. It can't ever happen.

Unfortunately, he bloody well can't seem to stay away from her.

Laurel is a frustrated city planner who’s been laid off.  She hates graffiti and doesn’t approve of KaveMan and his “art tours” that he does around the world.  When he ends up in New Haven, where Laurel lives, she appalled that he’s defacing her city.  She almost catches him at one point when she’s lecturing at Yale but he evades her. From then on she’s determined to catch him and turn him in.  No one knows who he really is and she wants to bring him out into the open.

KaveMan aka Jamie manages to stay away from Laurel until she writes an editorial piece in the local paper.  She basically tells him that if he wants something to paint, he can paint her yard fence.  When she wakes up one morning and finds her fence painted white – along with fairies and elves – she’s shocked.  When the man himself actually knocks on her door and introduces himself as KaveMan she’s not sure what to do.  She’s incredibly attracted to him but how can that be when she doesn’t like what he does?

Despite her feelings on his art Laurel eventually finds herself in bed with Jamie and falling for him.  Their relationship is complicated by so many things – the least of which is that he’ll be leaving a couple of weeks.  Both Jamie and Laurel have to learn to trust – not only in each other but in their feelings.

This was such a sweet story.  I truly didn’t think that it would be because of the whole graffiti aspect of the story.  I guess I thought it would be a bit grittier but I was pleasantly surprised at the romance in the book.  I loved watching Laurel and Jamie come together and fall in love.  GG Andrew has a lovely sense of romance and that has come through in  all of her books that I’ve read.

The story also involved Laurel’s sister, Kim, who is a kleptomaniac.  She’s gotten in trouble with the law more than a few times but she’s trying to be better.  When a new cop moves into town he has no idea about Kim’s “issues” and they’re incredibly attracted to each other.  Unfortunately when Scott finds out who Kim is he’s probably not be so attracted any longer.  This part of the story was a bit sad.  Kim truly had a problem  – as well as a criminal record – but wanted Scott to see her as someone else.  Since this says that it’s book 1 in the Love and Lawbreakers series I can only hope that we get to read Kim’s story in an upcoming book.  I look forward to it.

The story was sweet and funny with a good portion of sexy to top it all off. I definitely recommend this book.  I know I’ll be re-reading it sometime in the near future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Guest Review: Iain’s Plaid by Skye Taylor

Posted June 14, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Iain’s Plaid by Skye TaylorReviewer: Tracy
Iain's Plaid by Skye Taylor
Published by Bell Bridge Books
Publication Date: June 2nd 2017
Genres: Romance, Time Travel
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four-stars

Was she sent back in time to change Iain’s fate . . . or share it?

Caught between a job offer she should take and a marriage proposal she doesn’t want, Dani Amico is dying for some adventure. So she takes off to visit some of the places on her bucket list. The first - an abandoned island she read about while researching her American History thesis. While there, she tumbles into an abandoned cellar hole . . . and wakes up more than two centuries in the past.

It’s 1775 and Iain MacKail’s ship is loaded with contraband he is smuggling into Boston. This unknown Dani, the “boy” he found in his cellar, could be a spy for the British customs agents, so Iain is forced to take the boy with him to insure that he and his mission are not compromised. Only he soon finds out that this ”boy” is so much more.

As they travel through pre-revolutionary New England, Dani realizes she’s falling for the rugged Scotsman. But she can’t forget something she came across in her studies—the fate of Iain MacKail. He would be betrayed by someone close to him and suddenly disappear from history. Could this be the reason Dani fell through time—to save Iain? Could they live and love together in this war-torn time?

Then again, if she tries—and fails—to change his fate . . . will she end up sharing it?

Dani has been offered a job that her live-in boyfriend got for her.  Even though the job is a great one, she hates the fact that he got it for her.  Though she likes her boyfriend a lot she doesn’t love him and is scared about the fact that he’s been hinting about them getting married.  Instead of keeping things the same she turns down the job, breaks up with her boyfriend and heads off to do some things that are on her bucket list.  One of those things is to explore an island off the coast of Maine that she read about.

Dani heads to the deserted island by herself.  She accidentally falls into a cellar hole and wakes up in 1775.  She thinks at first that it’s all a reenactment but she soon discovers it’s very real. While in 1775 she is with Iain MacKail who she read about in one of her books.  In that book she read that at some point he just disappears and she fears he’s killed.  She decides that she was sent back in time to save his life.  While trying to do that she didn’t expect to fall in love with Iain but it happens anyway.  Can she save him though, and if she does what does that mean for his…their future.

I always love a good time travel book but I’m not normally a huge American historical romance fan.  Iain’s Plaid was a little different as it had so much to do with the Revolutionary War and that piqued my interest.  Obviously Iain MacKail was fictional but everything else was pretty close.  I like that Ms. Taylor stuck to facts as it made the romance so much more realistic.

Iain was a great character and one that was well written.  He had some serious struggles with what was happening as he was Scottish but loved the Colonies as well.  So when a war is imminent, who does he fight for?  I liked that the story took the turn so that it showed us a logical decision for Iain’s actions.

Dani was also an engaging heroine and I liked he a lot.  She did a couple of stupid things that made me roll my eyes, all under the guise of wanting to save Iain but since even she realized how dumb they were after the fact I couldn’t dislike her.

Overall I found the story worth reading and definitely recommend it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 

four-stars

Guest Review: Wed to a Spy by Sharon Cullen

Posted June 2, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Wed to a Spy by Sharon CullenReviewer: Tracy
Wed to a Spy by Sharon Cullen
Series: All the Queen's Spies #1
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Historical
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four-stars

Simon Marcheford wants nothing more than to settle down on the land bestowed upon him by the English crown. Queen Elizabeth, however, is not about to let her best spy retire so easily. Simon will have his reward, she decrees, after he completes one last mission in Scotland. But no sooner has he sussed out a diabolical plot up North than Queen Mary weds him to her cousin—an exquisite beauty with troubled, soulful eyes—and orders Simon to watch her every move.

Aimee de Verris is no spy. But her life may depend on becoming one. Banished from the French court by Catherine de Medici, Aimee finds herself tasked with reporting on Queen Mary’s activities in Scotland, where she’s unnerved by the frigid weather and brutish customs. Worst of all, Aimee’s been married off to a most uncouth lout. But when murder strikes, she learns to appreciate Simon’s talent for shielding her with every inch of his muscular frame. If Aimee desires her husband, perhaps she could trust him—or even love him.

Simon is an English spy in Queen Mary’s court in Scotland via his assignment in Spain.  He’s asked by the Queen to keep an eye on Aimee de Verris as Mary believes her to be a spy.  While Simon thinks that Aimee’s beautiful he has no true interest in her – nor her in him.  That doesn’t stop Queen Mary from ordering them to get married.  What?  Yep, the next day they’re married and neither is happy about it.

Aimee was raised by her aunt, Catherine de Medici, in the French court.  She fell in love with a man but when they were caught in an embrace Catherine sent Aimee to Scotland.  Catherine told Aimee that she needed to spy and if she succeeds then Catherine would let Aimee and her man be together.  Of course because Aimee believes herself to be in love with a man in France the last thing she wants to do is marry someone else.  Though she fights it she ends up marrying Simon.  She likes the man but the thought of being married to anyone but her love and an Englishman to boot is horrible.

Aimee and Simon try to deal with their marriage as best they can but when someone is killed in Queen Mary’s court they have to hide and then escape to save their own lives. While in this dire situation they get to know each other and realize that maybe they can learn to love each other.

While this book blurb was based on two spies coming together we soon learned that Aimee wasn’t anywhere near being a spy.  She was just a young girl who had been played by her aunt.  I felt horrible for her for being so used by both Catherine and in the end, Queen Mary.  She had just wanted to be left alone to be with her man, Pierre.  I was happy that she soon realized that what she thought was love with Pierre was just an infatuation and that Simon was a man she could love – and then fell in love with him.

Simon was a great guy who just wanted to be left alone to raise his young sister in the country.  His Queen had tasked him with one last mission and he never imagined where it would lead him – into matrimony.  The more time he spent with Aimee the more he liked her and soon found himself in love.  He was a good man and I was thrilled that he found love with Aimee, even if it was unexpected.

The characters in this book were interesting and intriguing.  The story was well written and sucked me in from the first page.  My one issue with the story is that the falling in love happened really quickly.  I loved that they fell in love I just wish it would have happened a bit slower – a minor issue, really.

Overall I enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars