Tag: Guest Reviews

Guest Review: Kiss Me Again by Dee Tenorio

Posted September 22, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Kris‘ review of Kiss Me Again by Dee Tenorio

An unforgettable man. Irresistible temptation. One last chance to get it right.

Magazine layout artist Kira Weston knows all about frustration. She wasted three years loving Ethan Roarke, a man who played her body like a fine instrument—but wouldn’t let her anywhere near his heart.

She doesn’t believe for a second that Ethan needs her to pretend they’ve reunited in order to deflect his boss’s carnal advances. Once Kira realizes he thinks she’s dating a gigolo, however, the urge to teach him a lesson is more than she can resist.

She only meant to torment him with seduction without fruition, but suddenly revenge is the last thing on her mind. This could the one chance she long dreamed of when they were together—to finally break down Ethan’s emotional walls.

Or get over him once and for all.

I really liked this story. It was not a story of a couple meeting and getting together, it was a story of a couple who has broken up but still is in love. They have lots of communication issues in their relationship. They have been apart for 6 months when Ethan calls Kira. He wants her help ostensibly as a fake fiance to get his boss off his butt (literally), but also tells her he wants her help and advice about starting his own business. Not completely true, but this brings them back together in the same room and they start talking.

I liked this story for its exploring an existing relationship. It is always fun to watch a couple get together but I think it is more interesting to watch that couple later when they hit speed bumps and yes they are physically compatible, but are they emotionally and intellectually compatible? This book explores the emotional side of it. He is extremely closed off emotionally and she would get frustrated with it, expecting him to be perfect and he was not.

Very good book, I loved it. I give it a:

4.5 out of 5

This book is available in e-format only from Samhain Publishing. You can buy it here.

Read more from Kris at The Reading Spot.

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Be sure to stick around, because later today Dee Tenorio will be here guest blogging with us (and yes, there might be a giveaway included).

Guest Review: Flashback by Jill Shalvis @ TGTBTU

Posted September 10, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Flashback by Jill Shalvis @ TGTBTUReviewer: Holly
Flashback by Jill Shalvis
Series: American Heroes: The Firefighters #2
Also in this series: Flashpoint
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: August 1st 2008
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary
Pages: 224
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four-stars

Firefighter Aidan Donnelly has always battled the flames with trademark icy calm. That is, until a blazing old flame returns—in the shape of sizzling soap star Mackenzie Stafford! Aidan wants to pour water over the unquenchable heat between them. But that just creates more steam….
Kenzie is not the delicate, fragile female she looks like. She has one clear objective, and nothing will stand in the way of her goal—well, nothing but the red-hot touch of a certain dangerously sexy fireman, that is!

I have a guest review for Flashback (American Heroes: The Firefighters Book 2) by Jill Shalvis up at The Good, The Bad and The Unread.

First things first: That cover? Totally hot. Yummy fireman. Mmmm. Ok, moving on. I read this book before I read the first one in the series, Flashpoint. I have to tell you…I was very disappointed in this the first time around. My major issues stemmed from the plot and the way things progressed after the way the first book in the series left off. I decided to read the first before deciding for sure on this one and I’m glad I held off. The actions of the characters and overall story arc worked much better having read the first and understanding where all the motives of the characters. I highly recommend you read these in order.

 

Check out my review of Flashpoint, too.

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This book is available from Harlequin Blaze. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


Don’t forget, Jill Shalvis will be here later today talking about being a writer, what she’s got in store for us next and cookies…don’t miss it!

four-stars

Guest Review: Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis at TGTBTU

Posted September 8, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis at TGTBTUReviewer: Holly
Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis
Series: American Heroes: The Firefighters #1
Also in this series: Flashback
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: July 1st 2008
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary
Pages: 224
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Zach Thomas risks his life battling flames every day. But since sexy EMT Brooke O'Brian joined the crew, he can't resist playing with fire. Brooke is feisty, a little uptight…and sexy as hell. And as Zach soon discovers, she's definitely hot stuff between the sheets. Still, every firefighter knows that the hotter the blaze, the faster the action's over….

After the whirlwind ride Zach's been taking her on, Brooke is ready to do anything for this man-in and out of bed! But she knows footloose and fancy-free Zach doesn't do commitment. So she plans to build up a five-alarm fire between them. The kind he won't ever want to put out…

I have a guest review up at TGTBTU for Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis, American Heroes: The Firefighters, Book 1.

I have to be honest and admit the only reason I wanted to read this book is because of the cover. It’s hot. Seriously hot. After I read the back blurb I was a little bit leery, because it’s about a firefighter and an EMT. Although limited, my past experience with firefighters and EMTs hasn’t been favorable. I think too often authors aren’t able to find a good balance between the technical aspects of firefighting and the personal relationships they have. In this case, however, my past experience meant nothing. Jill Shalvis did a credible job of writing wonderfully flawed characters without bogging the story down with the technical aspects.

This book is available from Harlequin Blaze. You can buy it here or
here
in eBook format.

four-half-stars

Guest Review: Nightwalker by Jocelyn Drake

Posted September 3, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments


Kris‘ review of Nightwalker (Dark Days Book 1) by Jocelynn Drake

For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker–an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed…and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt…or be hunted.

But in a dimension just beyond the world’s boundaries, a banished race stirs dangerously, hungry for power, for domination, for vengeance. Already a protective seal has been breached: already blood flows like a river through the world’s great cities.

And only the collaboration of two sworn enemies can save humankind…and its feral brethren.

Great book!! This is not a romance yet, but it has potential to have some romance in it. Mira is a nightwalker, aka vampire, and is a great kick butt heroine. She is an old vampire who does not want a “family” to take care of because of the responsibility but she does protect those in her domain. Danaus is a vampire hunter. He has stumbled across something that he needs her help with though.

The naturi are trying to free their queen again and that is not a good thing. The naturi are essentially elves/faerie, but they have no need for humans and see them as nuisances that need to be exterminated. The vampires are too crazy about humans but they need them to survive. They begin to work together to try to stop the naturi. The Elders of the vampires also are working with them to try to stop this, but they are also using Mira for their own goals and that was frustrating to me for her, because she had no control over their wishes. They are her Elders and she had to do what they wanted and that lack of control always bugs me for the characters.

There is not much romance in this book, but there is the potential for it. Danaus constantly says that he is protecting her so that he can kill her himself when this is all over. But i think that is going to be easier said than done.

I do not think there was anything that I did not like about this book (except maybe my impatience for them to get together and for the next book). This was a great story and I cannot wait to read the next book.

I give this one a 4.75 out of 5.

This book is available from EOS. You can buy it here or here in e-book.

Read more from Kris at The Reading Spot.

Shomi Spotlight – Guest Review: Wired by Liz Maverick

Posted September 1, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 7 Comments


Carolyn Jean’s review of Wired by Liz Maverick.

Seconds aren’t like pennies. They can’t be saved in a jar and spent later. Fate seeps through cracks and shifts like fog. Pluck a second out of time or slip an extra one in, the consequences will change your life forever. Is the man you love really the man you think you know, or is there a version of your life in which he’s your enemy? If you didn’t know who or what you were before, would you take a chance on becoming that person again?

L. Roxanne Zaborovsky is about to discover fate is comprised of an infinite number of wires, filaments that can be manipulated, and that she’s not the one at the controls. From the roguishly charming Mason Merrick—a shadow from her increasingly tenebrous past—to the dangerously seductive Leonardo Kaysar, she’s barely holding on. This isn’t a game, and the pennies are rolling all over the floor. Roxy just has to figure out which are the ones worth picking up.

Wow, WIRED was such a damn fine read—fun, exciting, sexy, plotty, mysterious—the perfect balance of a book.

Okay, first, a bit about the plot, because you know what’s funny? The back blurb, like many events within the book itself, makes a whole lot more sense in hindsight. Translation: not a lot of help from the flap. So here’s the deal:

The book starts when L. Roxanne Zaborovsky, a witty and reclusive computer programmer, is walking to the 7-11 one night. Two fellas appear from nowhere and begin fighting over her—it’s an old college acquaintance Mason Merrick and a British guy named Kaysar. It turns out Mason and Kaysar are “wire crossers,” people who screw around with the past to get the future outcome they prefer, and they each have their own special plans for Roxy and the computer code she’s going to write.

So the three of them play a kind of game of cat and mouse, chasing through alternate versions of Roxy’s own life, and Roxy has to figure out what the heck is going on, who to trust, and how to take control of the situation so she doesn’t end up with a relatively awful version of her life. And of course, there’s the matter of preventing future chaos.

Plotty deliciousness

I would particularly recommend this book for people who love plotty puzzles—even more so if you have a taste for time travel. A lot of the fun of the book is being in Roxy’s head and trying to figure out what’s going on as she does.

Now, I know in certain other texts, a lack of big picture clarity can feel annoying, like authorial withholding. But that’s not the case here at all. The puzzley part was just 100% fun. A kind of whirlwind experience where I felt this exciting sense of urgency to figure things out. Oops, one a.m.? Let me just quick read one more chapter.

The heroes

One of the more compelling parts of the mystery was which guy to trust. Both Mason and Kaysar seemed to have trustworthy moments, and both were, of course, hunky. So which is the bad guy? Author Maverick does an expert job of arranging events to make it a juicy and fun conundrum. I went back and forth a bit, but when things became clear, it made perfect sense. And I daresay I was pleased.

And while we’re on the subject of the heroes, this is not a big steamy read with disco version sex marathons, but what steam there is—and there is some—is quite nicely done.

The writing

Maybe it’s just me, but when I see anime art on the cover of a book, I never think, I am going to find some fine prose in here at the level of the sentence. Live and learn. Because the writing here was excellent, IMHO. And the voice, too.

As a first person narrator, Roxy was highly likable—strong, smart, funny, vulnerable, such a refreshing change from the badass, smartmouth chick narrators that have become so common. I mean, Roxy makes mistakes, hesitates when she’s scared. She is achingly real at times. So wonderful.

Here, early in the book, she’s in an alternate version of her life, but doesn’t realize it yet, and opens a shoebox she finds in her closet:

I sat there propped up with my elbows behind me and just stared. Two admittedly attractive black satin high heels nestled in the box alongside a handful of bullets and a gun.

Huh?

I don’t own a gun. I’ve never owned a gun. I don’t even know anybody who owns a gun.

Actually, the truth was that I couldn’t even think of too many people I knew at all, which I supposed would reduce the number of guns likely to be owned.

There was something kind of dirty about the idea of a gun in my closet, something dirty and dangerous and scary about not knowing why it as there or how it to there.

Then, after examining the gun and determining the shoes were her size.

..very carefully, I put the gun and ammunition away, fit the lid back on the box, stood up, backed out of the closet and closet the door.

Denial. It’s an important emotional stage often overlooked in favor of the others involved in traumatic situations, such as anger and acceptance. But I focused on denial as I shook my damp hair out…

The science

Overall I would say on the level of time travel, this was put together thoughtfully and even brilliantly in places, and it holds together tightly when you think back to add stuff up – not an easy feat. Time travel narratives are notoriously impossible to pull off—even Terminator had holes.

But here’s my confession: I found the book to be so exciting that I didn’t exactly kick the tires in terms of the internal logic of the world. You know, I had tiny, minor little ‘hey, what about this or that’ moments, and maybe I would’ve found the answers in the text if I’d backed up or paused to connect stuff up, but I sort of didn’t care, because the book was way too exciting and I HAD to find out the answers to my various burning questions, so I plowed on.

And really, you don’t have to be a time travel nerd or to get all hung up on the mechanics or even understand them to enjoy this very delightful read.

I’m so thankful to Book Binge for introducing me to this line, and I’m definitely going to be looking for other books by this author.

5 out of 5

This book is available from Dorchester. You can buy it here.

Read more from Carolyn Jean at The Thrillonth Page.