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Guest Review: Daring Her SEAL by Anne Marsh

Posted May 4, 2016 by Judith in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Daring Her SEAL by Anne MarshReviewer: Judith
Daring Her SEAL by Anne Marsh
Series: Uniformly Hot #3
Also in this series: Teasing Her SEAL, Pleasing Her SEAL
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: May 1st 2016
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Subject: Navy SEAL Levi Brandon

Mission: Sort out his accidental marriage...without sleeping with his "wife!"

Devil-may-care Navy SEAL Levi Brandon faces a terrifying task: telling Ashley Dixon that their faux wedding during their last mission together was actually real. It's bad enough that she completely loathes him, but she's DEA. Levi will be lucky to get away with his life...

Now Ashley and Levi have returned to Fantasy Island to sort things out...and are tempted to play a dangerous game of lust and restraint. A game of dares. All Levi has to do is keep himself from having sex with the hottie DEA agent. But Ashley's playing to win--and darers always go first.

He’s a womanizer, or at least that’s the rumor and that’s what Ashley believes.  And she really can’t stand womanizers.  She has pretended to be his girlfriend on an earlier mission when they were undercover together with a motorcycle gang.  But the one kiss they shared, hot as it may have been and as much as they each appreciated that hotness, was a one time thing, and to hear Ashley tell it, she was prepared to cut off Levi’s tongue if he got it anywhere near her again.  Now he has to tell her that the pretend marriage they staged on the beach of Fantasy Island on their last mission undercover, was inadvertently registered and is legal.

Levi is the kind of guy that teases and drives everyone sort of crazy with his unceasing talk, mostly about their glitches and mistakes and booboos.  He does indeed love the ladies and he does manage to hook up frequently.  But there’s just something about Ashley, and while they may be legally bound, Levi is wondering what it would really be like to have someone like Ashley in his life.

This is the third novel in the trilogy involving the members of SEAL Team Sigma, a group of Navy SEALs who are totally off the grid and whose identities and appearances are guarded to protect them when they go undercover.  Levi is a sniper and a man who has given himself heart and soul to his team.  But he is now over 30 years old and beginning to wonder about what it would be like to settle down, especially as two of his team are now preparing to walk down the aisle.

This novel has a lot more adversarial conversation that the two previous stories in this trilogy.  Levi and Ashley simply don’t like each other.  But like all situations of this kind, especially in romance fiction, there are changes in the offing and we know that Levi and Ashley will probably have their HEA.  It’s just a matter of how they manage that, and Ms Marsh is so good at getting us to that HEA in creative ways with lots of fun and sexy encounters thrown in.  I read this book as an ARC from Netgally and after reading the first two books I was delighted to have the chance to read this one as well.  I think readers who already enjoy Ms Marsh’s writing will find these three books delightful.  If a reader is just encountering this author, there’s lots of good reading ahead.  I suppose some would call this light hearted reading, but I just simply enjoyed the book and it kept my interest.  It is entertaining and took me to a Fantasy Island where anything was possible.  I believe most of us would be happy to have the wherewithal to go there ourselves.  Since I know I can’t, this is the next best thing.

I give this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5.

four-half-stars


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Guest Review: Pleasing Her SEAL by Anne Marsh

Posted April 18, 2016 by Judith in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Pleasing Her SEAL by Anne MarshReviewer: Judith
Pleasing Her SEAL by Anne Marsh
Series: Uniformly Hot #2
Also in this series: Teasing Her SEAL, Daring Her SEAL
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: January 1st 2016
Format: eARC
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five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

SUBJECT: Navy SEAL Mason Black

MISSION: Remain undercover…even if it means going commando!

Wedding blogger Maddie Holmes is twelve times the bridesmaid and never the bride. Still, being on the sidelines of everyone else's happy endings has its perks, like staying at the luxurious, decadent Fantasy Island. The resort isn't just romantic—it's filled with sinful temptations…like delicious hottie resort chef Mason Black. And Maddie can't wait to take a bite!

There's just a teeny problem with her plan. She has no idea that Mason is an undercover Navy SEAL who needs photographs Maddie took that put both his mission and her life at risk. Mason's plan? Retrieve the pics and indulge in a few X-rated fantasies with the curvy redhead…and hope like hell that being between the sheets doesn't blow his cover.

The members of SEAL Team Sigma keep on getting into trouble of the romantic kind while they lie in wait for the leader of a very dangerous drug cartel who is coming to Fantasy Island to marry his current squeeze.  Like his commander, Gray Jackson, hero in book one of this trilogy, Mason Black is undercover as a chef at the resort.  Now unlike Gray, Mason really does know what he is doing.  He has been cooking for years and feeding his team members and his family when he is on furlough with gourmet food.  So he can indeed pull his undercover assignment off.  What he doesn’t expect is to literally have Maddie Holmes run into him in an out-of-the-way portion of the island where she has set up cameras in order to snap shots of sunrises and sunsets for her wedding blog.  If she can do a good job, she will land some significant advertising dollars and as she puts it, be able to not only enjoy writing her blog but paying her rent and keeping the lights on.  One problem as Mason sees it:  her photos have also included the activity of the undercover SEAL team, unbeknownst to her.  So he is dispatched to literally woo her away from her camera so he can erase any shots that may include any team members or the boats that they were waiting to board.

This is a fun story in so many ways.  Maddie is kind of a scatter brained female, messy and disorganized apparently, yet she manages to keep her life and her internet activities organized as she sees it.   She is funny and well spoken, but underneath her cutesy exterior is a woman who is insecure and who has experienced lots of disappointment in her life.  She has come to Fantasy Island on a freebie vacation as a potential public relations connection for the resort.  She seems determined to get as much out of it as she can.  Mason is one of those alpha males who like what he likes but whose personal history has been a disappointment so far.  He loves his sisters and his family, but his long absences has created emotional distance from them.  Being with Maddie, even just a little bit, awakens within him the desire for a family, something that is just a bit more normal than living in foxholes or tents in the jungle.  The conversations between the characters is witty and enlightening.  Readers will see into the inner thoughts of these people but she has kept a good balance between introspection and dialogue, something I personally appreciate.

This story is well written and demonstrates the author’s experience and writing expertise.  She has an extensive writing resume and after reading the first two books in this trilogy, I understand why readers keep coming back for more.  It you like good romance with generous helpings of hot loving and well-seasoned with humor and as well as with the authentic friendship one will encounter between the SEALs, then you will like this novel.  I have a feeling that if this is your first Anne Marsh book, you will look for the others in this trilogy as well as other series she has written.  A truly delightful read and one I happily give a rating of 5 out of 5.

five-stars


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Guest Review: Teasing Her SEAL by Anne Marsh

Posted March 18, 2016 by Judith in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Teasing Her SEAL by Anne MarshReviewer: Judith
Teasing Her SEAL by Anne Marsh
Series: Uniformly Hot #1
Also in this series: Pleasing Her SEAL, Daring Her SEAL
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: September 15th 2015
Format: eARC
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five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Subject: Navy SEAL Gray Jackson 

Objective: Stay on mission. And out of her bed.

Surgeon Laney Parker is on her honeymoon. Alone. Without her cheating fiancé, she's enjoying her nonrefundable "vacation" at Fantasy Island, an exotic resort filled with lush greenery, white beaches and staff who apparently grant every sexual request. Including an unbearably hot massage therapist whose touch turns Laney to molten lava…

Laney has no idea that Gray Jackson is actually an undercover Navy SEAL who's supposed to keep his hands off. Or that Gray wants to take total control. To give Laney just what she—hell, what they both need. Gray can grant her every erotic wish, just as long as he keeps his cover. And just as long as their sexy little tease doesn't go beyond the week…

It’s been a long time since I have read an Anne Marsh novel and now I don’t know why I haven’t been enjoying her books right along.  Reading this first book in a new trilogy has been a reminder that I have always enjoyed her books, her stories which seem crafted right out of real life, her characters that are gritty and edgy, and the way her stories develop unexpectedly.  Teasing Her SEAL is a great start to a new series that will feature three men of SEAL Team Sigma, whose specialties have been honed in out of the way places for years.  Most of the guys have been together for years, yet even the newer members of the team are all committed to being ready at a moment’s notice to put their talents and experience at the disposal of their government.  All of them have watched SEAL relationships tank and several have themselves learned the hard way that being gone for weeks or months at a time is too hard a burden to bear for some relationships.  So Gray Jackson has come to believe and he is OK with that.  That is, until he meets Laney Parker, a gritty, mouthy, I-know-what-I-am-doing, take charge trauma surgeon who doesn’t sugar coat anything, but who also has a few things to learn about herself and how to give in when she butts up against Gray and his take-charge ways.

This is, for all intent and purpose, a love story about a vacation fling that somehow goes awry.  But that’s the nature of romance, isn’t it?  Somehow these two begin to really listen to each other, really begin to understand that they each provide something the other needs.  Yet there is the barrier of secrets that Gray cannot divulge and no matter what kind of future they may or may not envision, getting past that barrier is going to be tough.

Ms Marsh has introduced readers to her SEAL Team Sigma guys and their evident trust in each other, their commitment to one another and to the tasks they believe in come through loud and clear.  They tease and teach, advise and correct, commiserate and keep each other’s secrets, but in the end, they want their brothers in arms to be good within themselves.  Laney is an interesting character in that she is a woman who has dared to dream of some semblance of normalcy in her emotional life by becoming engaged to an older doctor she respected and came to love.  She was angry and hurt to discover that he felt that being with any nurse or another woman of his choice was kind of his right.  He really couldn’t understand why she was so upset.  To lose her job the same day was an additional blow.  So gifting herself with this resort vacation, even though she was alone, seemed like something she had earned.  Making a couple of new girlfriends on the island was icing on the cake as friends were not an aspect of social life she had allowed herself with her education and medical practice pressures.  All in all, this is a delightful love story and a credit to Ms Marsh, a worthy addition to her writing resume.

And, once again, I have to congratulate Harlequin Blaze and the editors for putting out a quality product, well edited, good grammar, correct spelling.  A joy to read by someone like me that enjoys the use of good language in and of itself.  So latch on to this one.  It’s a terrific read, and a great lead in to the rest of the trilogy.

I give it a rating of 5 out of 5.

five-stars


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Guest Review: Vikings Untamed by Kate Pearce, Anne Marsh, Crystal Jordan, Zoe York, Holley Trent, Dayna Hart & Sela Carsen

Posted November 16, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Vikings Untamed by Kate Pearce, Anne Marsh, Crystal Jordan, Zoe York, Holley Trent, Dayna Hart & Sela CarsenReviewer: Tracy
Vikings Untamed by Kate Pearce, Anne Marsh, Crystal Jordan, Zoe York, Holley Trent, Dayna Hart, Sela Carsen
Series: Not Your Mother's Vikings #2

Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Format: eARC
Genres: Science Fiction
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Hide your virgins...AGAIN! The original Bad Boys are BACK and they're hotter than ever!

These are not your mother's Vikings. Seven biker, shifter, sci-fi and paranormal Viking erotic romances: modern, sexy versions of the original alpha male bad boy heroes.

 

Viking Claimed by Kate Pearce

Awakening from four thousand years encased in ice in an alien world is not how Viking warrior Aki Bloodaxe imagined his life would be. His twin Einarr is his only contact with his old world. Can Aki come to terms with his new existence, find bonded mates to help him survive, and learn that the power of love is beyond the limits of time?

Aki just wants to go home! He woke up after being frozen for four thousand years and with everything he once knew gone except for his twin brother who was also frozen. He is now on a different planet and he doesn’t like it too much at all. He’s frustrated with the sounds and sights of the big city and wants peace. He finds a bit of that peace when he meets Elli. He wants nothing more than to take her to bed but he finds there’s much more to it than simply telling a woman that you want her.

When Aki and his brother get a call to visit the Oracle he decides that he will ask the Oracle if Elli is his mate. Things have a way of happening and instead of a smooth trip to the Oracle Aki, his twin, Elli and many others find themselves shot out of the sky and running for their lives. Aki ends up finding that he has not one but two mates but he has to make sure that they all stay together, no matter what the Oracle says.

This was a very cute book. Aki was what you would have thought of as a typical Viking – kind of a caveman. Lol He was sweet, however, and I enjoyed his story – along with Elli’s and their other mates.

Bound by the Viking by Anne Marsh

Being a werewolf’s mate sucks, but Bera doesn’t have a choice–until a big, brutish, and thoroughly pissed-off Viking crashes into her cave and rescues her. He may be hot and their chemistry off-the-charts good, but she’s done with domination games and alpha males.

Colden isn’t a nice guy–and he likes it that way. His rules are simple. Hit hard, fight mean, and defend what’s his. But when the Viking berserker rescues a sexy little werewolf and her pack names Colden as her new mate, the rules change. She wants to bargain for her freedom. He wants to keep her. Forever.

Bera was going about her life a year ago when she was bitten by a werewolf, taken to Greenland and then regularly beaten. Her “mate” even offered her up to a Viking at one point – luckily he declined. When he shows up in the caves that the werewolves are staying Bera recognizes him immediately and thinks that maybe he can help her escape.

Colden was offered Bera’s “services” and he declined. That didn’t mean that he didn’t want her but he’s not into sharing. When he finds her getting beaten he beats down on her mate and then claims her for himself. Bera doesn’t understand at the time that Colen is serious and he’s not about to help her escape if it means he’ll lose her as well.

This was a decent story but I definitely felt like I was coming into a story that was already in play. This short story had good elements to it but I really didn’t see it as a stand-alone story. Unfortunately that took a bit of the enjoyment out of it even though I really liked both Bera and Colden.

Viking Desire by Crystal Jordan

Viking god of thunder and bear-shifter Thor has been married to earth goddess Sif for millennia, but tragedy and betrayal tore them apart long ago. Now husband and wife in name only, they avoid each other as often as possible.

Too bad they’re still in love–though they’d never admit it.

But ancient prophecies are beginning to turn against them, leaving them no more room for misgivings. The apocalypse is coming, and unless they work together, they don’t stand a chance against their enemies.

Can they learn to trust again, or will the end of the world consume them both?

Sif and Thor have been married for thousands of years. They were once very much in love but they started living separate lives after Loki announced at one point that he had slept with Sif. Thor can’t manage to stay away from Sif altogether, however, and is in the same location when Giants invade and attack Sif. Thor is runs to save her but Sif saves herself. When they band together to try and figure out Ragnarök, the apocalypse where it is foretold that Thor will die, they learn some interesting facts about each other that have them coming back together.

I really liked this story in that I love Thor and seeing him with Sif was perfect. I liked how the author made it about them getting back together and learning truths from each other – not just sex. I’d definitely be interested to read more in this series.

A Viking’s Bride by Zoe York

When Aldric Gunter shows up and offers Navena Johnson an easy way off the prison planet she’s stuck on, the answer should be an easy yes. But when the next thing she needs to say is “I do”, the choice gets more complicated, because the Viking warrior wants a high price for the marriage of convenience–he wants her heart.

Aldric had known Navena for two years and had been in love with her almost the entire time. He loved sparring with her but she didn’t live on his world and they never spent a long time together – with long times in between. When Aldric finds out that she is on a prison planet he starts calling in favors to try and get her out.

Aldric manages to get her off but the only way to do it was to buy her as a bride. They’re now married and Navena’s pissed. She’s even more unhappy when she finds out the Federal government got her crew out of prison but left her there. They end up spending time in space together and falling in love but soon the people that Aldric called favors from are coming to get favors of their own.

Aldric and Navena’s story was a cute one…until it got weird. The romance itself was good but this was obviously part of a larger story arc and it was obvious the author was trying to get the reader hooked by not answering questions and creating scenarios that are just too strange and can’t be explained right then. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that at all. We’re never told why the federal government didn’t pick up Navena which I found really frustrating. Did they think she was dead? Did they think it was a good way to get rid of her? IDK but that drove me batty – the not knowing. While I found the story interesting I can’t say I was interested enough to read more in the future.

Viking’s Pride by Holley Trent

When Will Valle returns to the Viking community of Norseton, he not only offers black sheep Erin Petersen the possibility of a exciting job in spite of her weak psychic gifts, but a chance to explore the world outside the isolated community. In the midst of the sexual awakening her brooding geek ignites, Erin learns that her “weirdness” might exist for a sinister reason. She’s prepared to confront it with Will’s help, but the revelations they uncover might shake the Afótama clan to its core.

Will knows that Erin is his mate and will do anything to make her see that. They grew up on the same street so he uses that link to take her out so that she can get to know him. When they finally do mate Will is confused about Erin’s lack of psychic ability. When they think about it they find that maybe she needs some hard truths from her parents – if they are her parents at all.

While I found this story interesting it dragged a little bit for me. I liked Will and Erin and I definitely liked them together so that was a plus. For such a short story they spent a long time getting to know each other which was good but didn’t really move the story that far along and then when the big conflict came at the end it almost felt rushed. I just wanted a more balanced story, I guess. What I got was interesting, however, so I may read more in the series in the future.

The Wild Fen by Dayna Hart

Magic binds Fen to protect Thora, the very sexy daughter of a god who has no idea who her father is or the danger she’s in. Magic does not account for how damned much he wants her in his bed–or anywhere else he can have her.

Thora absolutely should not get involved with her boss’s brother. But when he’s assigned as her bodyguard, she can’t avoid–or resist–him. Trusting him isn’t part of the bargain.

But when she comes into her powers, trusting him might be the only way to save them both.

It’s 1938 and Thora works for Hela and together they run a male revue called Les Belles Folies. Thora interviews and auditions dancers and when one named Fen walks in she’s hooked in many, many ways. She soon finds out that Fen is Hela’s brother but that doesn’t stop them from basically moving in together when Hela is away. Thora is falling for Fen but she’s been hurt by men before and has serious trust issues. When she finds out that Fen liked to her about her father and her heritage she may end up throwing away the best thing to ever happen to her.

I found this story to be very sweet. There was a lot of sex, sure, but the way that Ms. Hart Thora and Fen together was very touching and I loved it. The end was a bit rushed but this was still one of my favorites of the book.

A Most Wanted Viking by Sela Carsen

A spy and a werewolf walk into a firefight…

Andrew Wyatt thinks all he has to do is bring a scientist back into the fold. He doesn’t count on a sizzling hot alien wolf shifter getting in his way, and getting under his skin.

The last thing Ule tärEinar needs is a tall blond spy interfering with her life. She may not trust Andrew, but that doesn’t stop the sparks from flying around them.

Once they do learn to trust, they’ll need each other to survive an invasion that could draw their two allied cultures into a war neither can afford.

Andrew is a spy and is charged with kidnapping a scientist and bringing her back to his superiors. He doesn’t count on getting shot at by aliens and then ending up in a werewolf compound falling in love with a female werewolf. He finds that maybe his priorities have been a bit screwed up in the past but he’ll soon rectify that.

This definitely had an other-worldly vibe to it. In this world the earth had been at war with an alien race and had been helped by two other alien races to win. Having aliens walk the streets of a city was completely common. Andrew ends up with Ule – an alien werewolf type being – and finds out that she’s his mate. He has a lot of explaining to do and figuring out what means more to him in his life. Good story – a little more world-building might have been nice but I liked what the author showed us. The romance was sweet and I loved Andrew’s turn around in the end.

The only issue that I had with this story is that I couldn’t find the correlation between it and Vikings but it was still good.

In the end I found good things about all of the Viking stories in this book. It was entertaining and had both action and humor in it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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What I Read Last Week

Posted September 20, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 9 Comments

Where are the weeks/months going?  I can’t believe it’s already the 3rd week in September!  Didn’t summer just start?  Ok, I know my kids went back to school and all but it’s just going too quickly! lol *sigh* Oh well, what’s a body to do?
It was a pretty quiet week around here. As I said on my Saturday Song post, my parents were in Maui this past week so I would take a late lunch and then go pick up my youngest daughter from school and bring her back to work with me.  That made life a little more interesting in the afternoons, but it was good to spend some extra time with her. 🙂
So let me get to telling you what I read:
First up was a book for The Book Binge called Lust Unleashed by Desiree Holt.  This was an interesting shifter story with a different twist.  A billionaire brings together a group of various law enforcement agents – some shifters, some not – to catch a beast called the Chupacabra.  All of the people have had loved ones or dear friends killed by the creature and they are determined to hunt it down and kill it.  During the first of these hunts shifter Jonah Grey meets the woman who end up being his mate.  It was a good book filled with a good mystery and great sex and a nice little twist at the end that will have me reading the next book in the series. 4 out of 5
Vampyres of Hollywood by Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott was next.  This was a contemporary story of Osvanna, a vampyre, and Peter King, a Beverly Hills detective, trying to find the killer of the people who know and work with Osvanna.  You can read my review here. 3.5 out of 5
Next up was Red Leopard by Tracy Cooper-Posey.  This story took place in a country called Vistaria that’s on the brink of revolution.  Calli finds herself attracted to a man that goes by the name Red Leopard aka Nicholas Escobedo and that attraction is mutual.  However due to his position as the Presidents brother and her being American they cannot be together.  What happens when they can’t deny their attraction any longer and the county breaks out in fighting?  This was a good book that I had some niggles with.  I liked the different setting and the sexual tension that you could cut with a knife – that was great.  The cousin who was a sex kitten was more down to earth than I thought she’d be but she still did some pretty reckless things.  When she pulls a doozer Calli runs to Nick for help because time is of the essence.  So what do Calli and Nick do because time is short and the cousin’s life may be on the line?  They stop and have sex in a conference room.  Was it hot?  Yes, but hello?  The cousin?  Remember her, might die, etc.?  That was just so frustrating for me to read because Calli and Nick were both so much smarter than that! *sigh* oh well, I can’t have it all my way. lol  3.25 out of 5
Next was another book for The Book Binge.  This was Play Fling by Amber Scott.  This was a book that kind of had 3 stories going on at the same time but they were all interlinked. It had Millie and AJ who are a cupid team trying to get Brooke together with her ex-husband, Jason.  Millie was kind of reincarnated – I think, that part’s a little hazy – from a socialite to a cupid.  She must make a match for Brooke or her partner AJ will be reassigned.  Since she’s in love with AJ she doesn’t want that to happen.  She’s determined to get Brooke and Jason back together.  But they don’t want to be back together.  The next story is Brooke who is 37 and being pursued by 28 year old college student, Elliot.  He’s just wonderful but she’s concerned about the age difference.  Then there’s Jason, the ex, who is actually gay and in love with Elliot’s cousin, Gordon.  The story was very cute but Millie was making such a mash of things I just wanted to kick her out of the story and read about Brooke and Elliot! lol 3.5 out of 5
Next was Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean.  I have an ARC of book 2 in this series so I figured I should probably finally read book 1! lol  It was good!  Calpurnia (Callie) has been in love with a rake for 10 years.  She’s firmly on the shelf at age 27 but decides that she’s going to do all the things that she’s wanted to do that men get to do, but women don’t.  She makes a list that includes, among other things,  kissing a man passionately, gambling at a gentlemen’s club and attending a duel.  For the kiss she goes to the rake’s house.  The Marquess of Ralston supplies her with the kiss and then ends up guiding her through the rest of her list.  I thought this book was so good. I love that Callie was plain but as Ralston got to know her he just thought she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. *sigh* I love that! A very sweet romance that I very much enjoyed reading. 4.25 out of 5
I read In The Rough by JB McDonald next. I have By Degrees by the same author, which I guess is the first book I should have read but got mixed up.  Oh well. Jay goes to Rick when he finds out that his ex wife’s boyfriend has molested his eight year old daughter.  Jay has many, many, many issues from his childhood and teen years and needs to get his life together so that he can take custody of his daughter who is temporarily a ward of the court because the ex wife won’t kick the boyfriend out of her house.  Rick loves Jay but knows that Jay isn’t the committing kind so tries to keep his distance – even though they are occasional fuck-buddies.  This book shows Jay slowly getting his life together and Rick and Jay moving into a relationship.  The first thing about this book that I had a huge problem with was: if the court found out that the ex wife’s boyfriend had molested a child they wouldn’t worry about whether he was kicked out of the house or not – he would be in jail!  I had a really hard time dismissing that issue in my mind and kept going back to it. There were also flashbacks in this one but I didn’t know who was having the flashback until half way through the book – that was kind of annoying.  I did like how they showed Jay getting his life back together but wished that there had been more of Rick and Jay after they’d decided to make a go of it as boyfriends. 3.5 out of 5
My Tracy’s TBR challenge read for the week was The Hunt by Anne Marsh.  This was a fantasy shifter book.  Virgins enter a temple once a year and the warrior/were-cats hunt them to search for their mates.  The townspeople do this in exchange for protection from another world that had been destroying them.  It’s much more civilized than it sounds when it’s explained throughout the book but at first I was kind of thinking wtf? lol  Miu enters under the guise of a virgin, which she’s not, in order to steal a necklace for her “master” who is holding her sister hostage.  Miu will stop at nothing to get the necklace.  Jafar is under instructions to follow her to see what she’s up to, but he discovers she’s his mate and when she’s put under a death sentence he’s more than willing to get her out of there.  This was a fun, light read.  Pretty fantastical in the end and everything gets wrapped up with a tidy bow, but there was some witty banter and good sex scenes that kept me reading. 3.25 out of 5
Last up was The Accidental Wedding by Anne Gracie.  This was a fun book – almost a cottage romance, which I love.  The Honorable Nash Renfrew is on his way to claim an inheritance when his horse slips on mud and throws him into a wall.  Maddy sees the whole things and manages to get him to her cottage to save his life.  She cares for him while he’s ill but when he awakes he has no idea who he is.  He’s not able walk because of a hurt ankle so he must stay at Maddy’s cottage with her and her 5 young siblings that she has charge of.  While at the cottage Maddy falls in love, but Nash doesn’t believe in love matches after seeing his parents go through hell with their love match.  I really liked Maddy in this book.  She was a very strong character and wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself – I loved that! (another Book Binge book) 4 out of 5 (this book releases on 10/5)
My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:
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