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Review: Wild Hunger by Suzanne Wright

Posted February 13, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Wild Hunger by Suzanne WrightReviewer: Holly
Wild Hunger by Suzanne Wright
Narrator: Jill Redfield
Series: The Phoenix Pack #7
Also in this series: Wild Hunger
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Source: Purchased, Audible Romance Package
Point-of-View: Alternating third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Length: 11 hours and 1 minute
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.

Trick Hardy, enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again. He knows immediately that she’s his true mate. But he also knows that, given her fragile state, he needs to tread with care—no matter how fierce his surging desires.

As aroused as Frankie is by Trick’s darkly dominant air and simmering desire, her priority right now is her past—not her future, no matter how tempting. But as more secrets emerge and Frankie’s life is threatened, Trick must do everything he can to keep her close and safe. After all, it’s their destiny.

Wild Hunger is the 7th book in Suzanne Wright‘s Phoenix Pack series. This may be my favorite of the Phoenix Pack books. I prefer the Mercury Pack overall, but this is my favorite of the Phoenix books. Jill Redfield narrates the audio and I felt she did a good job overall, though the breathy voice she does during love scenes was a turnoff.

Frankie Newman was raised by her maternal grandparents after her mother and father were killed. She has no idea she was once part of a pack, because her grandparents kept the knowledge from her. Once she finds out, she has to decide if she wants a relationship with her father’s family. Trick Hardy has been not-so-patiently waiting for his mate to come along. He knows right away Frankie is the one. He’s determined to give her space to figure out what kind of relationship she wants to have with his pack, and to get used to the idea of mating with him. But he refuses to walk away.

I loved how determined Trick was to find his mate and how open to the bond he was. I also really liked how patient and understanding he was with Frankie. He didn’t push her to give more than she could. It was sweet. I also liked how little drama there was in their coming together. They took their time getting to know each other, but they both accepted that they were mates right away. It was refreshing from previous books, where one mate or another was resistant. Frankie had a tough go of it, feeling betrayed by the people who raised her, as well as dealing with meeting her father’s family. She had a good head on her shoulders and I liked how she dealt with everything.

As I said, this is my favorite of all the Phoenix Pack books. Trick’s patience and understanding, coupled with Frankie’s down-to-earth approach to her situation really worked for me.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

The Phoenix Pack


four-half-stars


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Review: Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted January 24, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-MillsReviewer: Casee
Filthy English (English, #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Narrator: Paul Berton, Kitty Bang
Series: English #2
Also in this series: Dirty English (English, #1)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: July 22, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 258
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
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two-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

From Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a new, full-length STANDALONE novel about HOT British alphas.

A smokin’ hot British player…A jilted girl…One night of mistaken identity…

Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.

She didn't plan on attending a masquerade party. She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.

Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London.

But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet***no one dies in the writing of this novel**

This book. I can’t even with this book. I tried to like it, I really did. I stayed with it like a champ. I should have DNF’ed it, I really should have. I just don’t like not finishing something that I started. So I stuck with this book until the bitter end.

Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancée dumps her. Calls off the wedding. The $10K Remi put down? Gone in an instant. So she does what any self-respecting woman would do. She grabs her best friend and goes on her honeymoon. Remi and her best friend Lulu are in London and are supposed to be having the time of their lives. They’re thousands of miles away from home and their lives. What could go wrong? Well, only everything.

One night, Remi and Lulu dress up to attend a masquerade party and she runs into the very last person she ever wants to see. Like ever. Dax Blay. First of all, he is not supposed to be in England. Sure, he is English, but he has no ties to England. Or so she thought. Second, what’s wrong with the universe that she would run into the guy that broke her heart three years ago?

When Dax kisses the masked woman that literally trips and falls into his lap, he immediately knows that it’s Remi. It doesn’t matter that three years have passed. He would know her anywhere. He has no idea why she is where she is, or why she isn’t with her fiancée, but he will take it. Unfortunately Dax doesn’t know exactly what their three day affair cost Remi and what it meant to her.

Okay, so my problem? Remi. Remi, Remi, Remi. She was such a wishy-washy heroine. Holy hell. I wanted to strangle her. I understand that she went through some serious shit after her affair with Dax. Sure. Where did the death defying love come in? The love that just about destroyed her? I didn’t get that. Another problem is that RIGHT AFTER sleeping with Dax in London (in the present), she gets a call from her fiancée. She tells him to fuck off. Then he knocks on the door of her hotel room. The room she was just in with Dax. And forgives him. WTAF.

Of course there is more to this book. They end up going home where they’re both attending the same school. Remi and Dax end up being roommates, but I’m just over this book. Remi legit made me want to scream. I couldn’t stand her. She went back and forth between two men, she strung them both along. It was just so maddening. I didn’t get why either of them wanted her so much. I know I didn’t.

Of course I’ll read the third (and last) book in the series. I doubt that I’ll read anything else by this author. Which bums me out because I like finding new authors.

Rating: 2 out of 5. (the 2 is for Dax)

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Review: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted January 22, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-MillsReviewer: Casee
Dirty English (English, #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Narrator: Summer Morton, John Hartley
Series: English #1
Also in this series: Filthy English (English, #2)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 9, 2015
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 272
Length: 7 hours, 46 minutes
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three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

A scarred fighter.A girl with rules.One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.


*A modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice*

Dirty English is the first book that I’ve read by this author. I don’t even remember how I found this book. I just thought the summary sounded pretty good. A tattooed British street fighter? Come to mama. Unfortunately, there was something missing from this book. I can’t put my finger on what it was. It started out interesting, albeit heartbreaking. I really liked the hero and the heroine was too bad. Nonetheless, I was left with wanting more at the end. Or maybe I just didn’t feel like there was closure.

When Elizabeth Bennett was a high school senior, she went through what no woman should ever have to go through. She was violated in the worst possible way by someone she trusted completely. She is barely able to pull herself from the abyss she finds herself in, but she won’t let Colby win. She knows that she will never get justice because he’s the son of a state Senator. All she can do is move on with her life and protect herself. Protect her heart, her body, and life. Elizabeth thinks she’s moved on. She can have sex. Even if she only has one-night stands, she’s not broken. Then she meets Declan Blay, her next door neighbor. Everything that she thought about herself goes out the window.

Declan first meets Elizabeth at a frat party from his twin brother no less. When Dax steals a kiss, he can tell she’s terrified. It’s not like anything he’s ever witnessed. When he learns that the girl he can’t take his eyes off is his next door neighbor, he couldn’t be more thrilled. Then he hears about her “rules”. A guy only gets one night with her, then they get dumped. He’s determined to have more than one night with her, no matter what it takes.

So here’s what I didn’t really care for. It was Elizabeth. It was clear that she had feelings for Declan. She just held onto the fury she felt over the night she lost her innocence so tight, she never wanted to let it go. She always thought about how strong she was. She was a strong woman who could overcome anything. The thing was that she never got over that night. I’m not saying whether that was right or wrong. Just that she was living in a bubble of her own making. She was lying to herself and it really got old. Just like how she was stringing Declan along. That got really old, really fast.

In the end, I really did like Declan, but I didn’t care about Elizabeth one way or another. I felt bad for her, yes, but take her or leave her. I didn’t really care.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

English

three-stars


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DNF Review: Worth the Fight by Vi Keeland

Posted January 21, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 3 Comments

DNF Review: Worth the Fight by Vi KeelandReviewer: Casee
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter, #1) by Vi Keeland
Narrator: Tatiana Sokolov, Todd Haberkorn
Series: MMA Fighter #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 369
Length: 6 hours, 45 minutes
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dnf

It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.

Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.

Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.

***Author's note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL.
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. After reading Hate Notes, I thought I would enjoy it. Part of it was that the audio was horrible. Make your ears bleed horrible.

Nico Hunter is a bad ass MMA player, but he sounds like a complete PAB. I just couldn’t handle it. Elle was just full of hot air. She needed to jump off a bridge. I thought long and hard about doing away with the audio and actually reading the book, but I didn’t want to put anymore effort into this book.

Rating: DNF.

MMA Fighter

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Review: Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

Posted January 11, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Getting Schooled by Emma ChaseReviewer: Holly
Getting Schooled (Getting Some, #1) by Emma Chase
Narrator: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
Series: Getting Some #1
Also in this series: Getting Schooled (Getting Some, #1)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 310
Length: 7 hours and 13 minutes
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

The newest novel from New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase.

Head of the class...

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and "cool" teacher in the hometown where he's not just a golden boy — he's platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then...Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school...

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself...on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she'd prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she's facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore...and that's just the teachers.

Just like old times...

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance - and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or...these teachers just might end up getting schooled — by love.

Getting Schooled by Emma Chase is the start of a new series featuring high school sweethearts reuniting. I listened to the audio and really loved Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt as narrators. They both did a great job of pulling me into the story and bringing the characters to life.

Garrett Daniels and Callie Carpenter were high school sweethearts. When she went off to college their relationship couldn’t handle the long distance. Garrett stayed in town and became a high school teacher while Callie went on to work as a stage-hand in California. She’s just been offered her dream job when she’s called home to help her sister care for their parents who were in a car accident. She takes a temporary teaching job to support herself while she helps them recover, which means Garrett is her new co-worker. Despite how things ended, she’s nothing but glad to see him and Garrett seems to return the feeling. As they spend time together both at work and outside of it, they come to realize they still have deep feelings for each other. But Garrett is happy in their small NJ town, while Callie has her dream job waiting in CA.

I really liked the maturity of both main characters, and how quickly they settled back into each other once they were reunited. There was some bathroom humor, and the overall tone of the story was light, but I really enjoyed the romance, and the small New Jersey town. All the characters really came to life. I especially loved the way Garrett interacted with his students, and how he helped Callie navigate her first few weeks as a teacher. I totally cracked up at the way the kids took advantage of her during her first few days. Her shell-shocked, glazed-eyed look after the first day gets me every time I think about it.

Both Callie and Garrett were very mature in their dealings with each other. This was an adult romance, with two people trying to figure out how to have a future while living on opposite ends of the country. In that regard, I really liked the final resolution. I saw others weren’t as satisfied with it, but I thought it was perfect for the people Garrett and Callie had become.

It isn’t perfect. The book started out a bit slow for me and both Callie and Garrett had moments that made me want to facepalm. But those moments were few and far between.

Though the overall tone is light, there were some emotional punches. I even got teary at one point. This was a great contemporary romance and just thing thing I was in the mood for.

4 out of 5

Getting Some

Untitled (Dean’s Book)

four-half-stars


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