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Guest Review: Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane

Posted February 13, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Big Bad Bite by Jessie LaneReviewer: Tracy
Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: January 28, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal
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two-stars

What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.

In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.

As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species – never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.

Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world.

All of her life Jenna O’Connor was kept out of the public. She was kept as a secret from those who would want to kill her because she is a hybrid werewolf/demon. She finally broke away and became a cop like her uncle. After a few years of that she applied for and got a position on the SWAT team. On her first mission on the team she comes across an alpha werewolf by the name of Adam McPhee. She tells him, by staring him in the eye, that she’s neither submissive nor gonna take any crap from him.

She soon finds that there’s a demon on her SWAT team and he’s friends with Adam and she’s confronted by both of them. They get her to understand that they won’t hurt her and she’s soon friends with them – but Adam lets her know in no uncertain terms that he wants her for a hell of a lot more than a friend.
Jenna, Adam and her new friends soon discover that there’s something going on with an Eastern European pack and it’s up to them and her uncle, the Pack Master of America to figure out what’s going on.

The premise of this story was good. I liked that Jenna was learning about the world after being secluded her whole life; I liked Adam and his loyalty to his family and his pack; I liked that there were feline shifters that were involved in the story and not just wolves.

My problem with the book was the writing style. I didn’t care for several things – there was a ton of introspection and deep thought that sometimes went on for pages and pages. There were info dumps that were rather annoying at times when the dialogue should have been flowing instead. There were detailed descriptions of things that just threw me out of the story and all of this rolled together really slowed the book down for me. I honestly think this book could have been about 75 pages shorter – at least – and it would have been so much better.

Jenna was a really strong character and I loved that about her. She wasn’t afraid to show her strength and stand up for what she believed in. Saying that I thought her attitude could sometimes be uber annoying. She would step us and try to show how tough she was and it just made me like her less. Her set downs seemed forced and they just didn’t flow like I thought they should.

Adam was a great character and as I said I really liked him a lot. He wanted to push her into mating with him but as Alpha as he was he didn’t force her into anything that she didn’t want to do and let her make up her mind on her own.

The part of it that had to do with the other pack was interesting but I didn’t feel it was as fleshed out as it could have been. The “team” did all of this work to try and figure out what was going on but when it came down to it nothing was resolved. They did get info but we just got a little bit of info in the Epilogue and I found this dissatisfying. This was issue that I had with a couple of parts of the book. Jenna was introduced to a family member that she previously didn’t even know existed and yet they never actually talked much about anything or “how the hell could we have been kept apart for all of these years”, it was just accepted and they moved on. IDK, it kind of felt that that was done a few times – things brought up and not resolved – and I found it frustrating to not get more info in the end.

Overall the book was just ok for me. I honestly had to struggle at times to get through to the end and that’s never a good thing. I don’t know that I would read more from this author unless I heard that their writing had tightened up and gotten a bit more focused.

Rating: 2 out of 5

two-stars

Baby Got Book by Jessie Lane

Posted January 28, 2013 by Holly in Miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Author Jessie Lane sent this to me and it was too funny not to share. Sung to the tune of Sir-Mix-A Lot’s Baby Got Back:

I like big books and I cannot lie
You other readers can’t deny

That when a writer walks in with an itty bitty pen

And an autograph in your face

You get sprung

Wanna pull up tough

Cuz you notice that book was stuffed

Deep in the cover it’s wearing

I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring

Oh, baby I wanna get with ya

And read your scripture

My book club tried to warn me

But that cover model you got

Make Me so horney

Ooh, Mr. Show-Me-Some-Skin

You say you want me to read you in bed

Well excuse me excuse me I won’t be your book groupy

I see them pages turnin’

hot and sexy with romancin’

It’s Sweat, Wet, got it goin’ like a character set

I’m tired of magazines

Saying ebooks are the thing

Take the average hardback and ask it that

If it has enough pages to stack

So Readers (yeah!) Reviewers(yeah!)

Has your book got the cover lust (hell yeah!)

Well shake it, shake it, shake it, Paul Marron shake that healthy butt!

Baby got book!


Jessie Lane is the author of Big Bad Bite. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

Excerpt: Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane

Posted January 28, 2013 by Holly in Promotions | 0 Comments

Today we have an excerpt to share from Jessie Lane’s latest release, Big Bad Bite.

 


Everyone climbed into their respective vehicles to follow Jenna to her house. She should have been worried about Kent’s lack of intelligence at smarting off to the most powerful wolf shifter in the United States, but she wasn’t.

She should have been worried about whether her Uncle Owen would snap her partner’s neck for getting into a pissing match with him in a public place. But she wasn’t.

She should have been worried about whatever the reasons were for having members of a slightly psychotic wolf pack running amuck in the new city she called home. But she wasn’t.

No, suddenly Jenna was panicked about two things.

One, did she have enough food in her house to feed two overgrown shifter males and a large sneaky demon? Because she knew shifter appetites bordered on ridiculousness that could empty a small grocery store once a week, and that was in a word – scary. But she also had no idea if demons carried the same kind of appetite, and if they did, then she was in another word – screwed. Somehow she didn’t think her meager stash of pepperoni slices, cheese and crackers would go real far.

And two; she really, really hoped that she had managed to pick up her dirty clothing from around the house. She had a terrible habit of stripping off offending clothing the moment she walked through the door. So it wasn’t unusual to see her bra lying on the living room floor as she made her way to the shower after getting off a shift from work. She also was not the tidiest person on the planet. In fact, her Mama had repeatedly called her a hopeless slob of epic proportions if not kept in check. The absolute horror of her little brother, whom she didn’t even know existed until this morning, seeing her bras or panties was enough to terrify her and humiliate her beyond words.

Because she was quickly discovering that the possibility of little brothers, even if they appeared to be over the age of eighteen, seeing your undergarments equaled two words.

Total mortification.

Author Bio:

Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sister-in-laws sharea passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world charactersthat demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They’re kind of megalomaniacs – but don’t tellthem that we said that.)
Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alphamilitary hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that theyunquestionably should know better than to chase.
Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is theirsecond novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next twonovels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, theyare looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines thatoften plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!
Social Websites:
Website: http://jessielanesite.blogspot.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessie-Lane/123971541071199Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessieLaneBooksGoodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6150577.Jessie_Lane

This book is self-published. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

What I Read Last Week

Posted January 21, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 3 Comments

Good Morning! 
How are you all on this fine Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? I’m happily off of work today and and I wish I could say it’s wonderful but my youngest got the flu so I’m having an….interesting day. 🙂 Hopefully this won’t be one of the really bad cases that has been going around cross fingers. We’ll be spending the day watching movies which will be great – ok laundry and house cleaning will be stuck in there too but I’m trying to ignore those aspects of the day. Lol 

I hope you all had a great week. Did anyone do anything super fun this past weekend? 

Did any of you try to get one of Anne Tenino’s cock sculptures? She’s notifying winners today so if any of you win you need to let me know – maybe take a picture with your new cock when you get it. 🙂 

Oh and stop on Wednesday when I’ll be hosting LA Witt and she’s got a great giveaway as well. 🙂
Ok – On to what I read last week: 

First up was Anne Tenino‘s Too Stupid To Live. I really liked this book for a lot of different reasons. I have to say that I didn’t read The Fix (yet) so I didn’t get to see what an ass Ian was before I opened TSTL (I’ve heard he was a jerk in The Fix). Anyway, you can read all of my thoughts on TSTL here in my review. 4.25 out of 5 
Next up was A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex. This was the story of a Antigone whose mother tries to engage her to a man twice her age. Antigone refuses but the mother says that they’ll just have an “agreement” for a few month and that Antigone doesn’t have to actually go through with the marriage. Antigone is not your typical heroine and when she meets Will Jellicoe he’s more than happy to show her how to misbehave. Unfortunately she really IS engage to another man so Will and Antigone can’t be together. This was a good yet sometimes frustrating book. I liked Will a lot but sometimes Antigone was just too over the top for my liking. The mother in this book was a complete hag and I disliked her intensely. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 
Star Crossed by Kele Moon is the second book in the Battered Hearts series. This is about a lawyer named Juliet who meets a cage fighter named Romeo and you got it, they fall in love. There are a ton of things that should keep them apart but Jules and Romeo won’t let anything stand in their way of being together. You can read my full review here. 4 out of 5 
My next read was Something New Under the Sun by LA Witt. This is the second book in the Falling Sky series and continues the story of Daniel and Liam and their fight against Daniel’s father. They work to get the prototypes for a mod that will kill vampires (of which Liam is one) so that they can stop Daniel’s father in his tracks. My review will post tomorrow so you can read more of my thoughts then. 4 out of 5 
Unforgivable by Joanna Chambers was next up. The story is about a woman who marries a man who she thinks wants to marry her. Unfortunately he HAS to marry her in order to get the lands back that his father gambled away. She has been sick and is thin and still has scarring. He is disgusted. He takes her to the country and leaves her there for five years before she decides she’s had enough. She now is a beautiful woman but can she forgive him for his desertion and can he forgive her for a lie she told as well? I really liked the writing in this book A LOT, I really did. Unfortunately I didn’t love the story all that much and the angst made me a bit nuts. I wanted the hubby to grovel so much more than he did and I was bit mad at the heroine that she accepted him so easily. This was read for The Book Binge so I’ll let you know when the review posts. 3.5 out of 5 
Mutegi’s Sweet One by Charlie Richards is book 1 in the Kontra’s Menagerie series. From what Tam told me it’s a spin off from a previous series. All the men in the bike club are gay and they are all various types of shifters. Mutegi is a warthog shifter (snort) and he meets his mate on the side of the road when Ben and his sister and niece’s car breaks down. The bike club help not only with the car but with the evil ex husband of the sister. Ben and Mutegi fall in love pretty fast and there wasn’t a whole lot of depth to the story but it was cute anyway. 2.5 out of 5 
Last for the week was Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane. This story is about a shifter hybrid who’s half wolf and half demon – the only known hybrid of this sort that’s known to exist. She’s been secluded her whole life but now she’s on a SWAT team and meeting all sorts of various shifters and demons. Her and her new friends are trying to find out information about an Eastern European shifter pack and what they’re up to. In the meantime the Alpha of the nearest pack to her new home, Adam, wants Jenna for his mate but she’s not sure that’s what she wants. I liked the premise of this story but I didn’t care for the writing style. There was a lot of inner thought and introspection, lengthy descriptions and info dumps that really threw me out of the story and frankly bored me. If the authors tighten things up and get rid of excess it would have been a good book. 2 out of 5 

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week: 


Happy Reading!