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Guest Review: Claimed by the Warrior by Savannah Stuart

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

Guest Review: Claimed by the Warrior by Savannah StuartReviewer: Tracy
Claimed by the Warrior by Katie Reus, Savannah Stuart
Series: Lumineta #3
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: September 10, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
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three-half-stars

Held captive against her will…

When Leilani travels to the mountain region of her new planet, Lumineta, she discovers the remote mountain clan has a law stating that any unmated female in their sector can be forced to live there for one moon cycle. At first she’s livid—until she realizes that being held captive means that the warriors bring her gifts and simply try to impress her as part of their courting rituals. But she’s not interested in anyone except the sexy leader—and living under his roof makes her feel nothing like a captive. He has her rethinking everything she thought she knew about Luminet males.

The last thing he needs in his life is a complicated human female…

Con has never thought much about taking a mate. As leader of his clan, he’s too busy and females are too complicated—especially those mysterious humans. But the longer he’s around Leilani, the more he realizes she’s worth fighting for. Despite his planet’s tradition that says two males mate with one female, he has no intention of sharing—or ever letting her go.

Leilani isn’t from the planet Lumineta. She was rescued from a dying planet (we never know what the name of the planet is but it sounds a lot like Earth) and brought to Lumineta along with many other women from the same planet. On Lumineta the men outnumber the women so most women take 2 mates – seems to work for them. Leilani’s not sure how she feels about it so she hasn’t chosen a mate – or mates – yet. The two female friends she made on the transport on the way to the planet have both claimed mates and are deeply in love. She knows that the Lumineta men are beautiful and respectful of women but it’s a bit daunting being around men who are constantly trying to mate her. She works at an architectural firm who is currently doing a job for a clan in the mountain regions and heads there to discuss plans with them. Unfortunately she’s not familiar with their laws and once she gets there one of their men enacts one of their primitive laws and Leilani is stuck in the region for the next moon cycle (a month).

She stays at the house of the clan leader, Con, and though she finds him incredibly attractive she’s pissed that she’s basically being held against her will. Fortunately Con, who also finds Leilani attractive, makes an effort to put her at ease and soon the pair are in bed together. Although they each say that it’s just for fun til she leaves they each discover that being apart isn’t what they want after all.

I received this book and immediately started reading. I then stopped and bought books 1 & 2 in the series. No, you don’t need to read them to enjoy this book but it does give you a good foundation of the world to work with while reading. (I also hate reading things out of order but that’s all my issue.) The men that I had gotten used to in books 1 & 2 were quite different then the men in book 3. These men were mountain men – strong, gritty, more primitive – but still honorable men and respectful of Leilani. They enacted the law just so she wouldn’t leave and they could try and court her which is incredibly strange but I guess they thought there was no other way they were gonna get a woman out in the snow otherwise! lol.

Anyway, I liked the men a lot, especially Con. He had been hurt by his mother when she had walked away from her mates and her children and didn’t think love was for him. Then he met Leilani and that changed. Yes, they fell in love quickly but Con was such a sweet man how could she not fall in love with him?

Leilani was an independent woman who didn’t want to be tied down, at least that’s what she told herself. I wouldn’t have liked to have been held against me will either but she I thought she acted a tad childish at first. Luckily she got over that. 🙂

There was another subplot that involved Leilani as well but I won’t get in to that as it’s best discovered on your own. I thought the story was good and I really enjoyed reading the story. As I said before – there’s no need to read books 1 & 2 first but they’re good so why not?

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

This title is available from KR Press, LLC. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Guest Review: Hunter Reborn by Katie Reus

Posted January 30, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Hunter Reborn by Katie ReusReviewer: Tracy
Hunter Reborn by Katie Reus
Series: Moon Shifter #5
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: February 3rd 2015
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four-stars

Losing her was the hardest thing he’d ever endured....
Warrior shifter Aiden’s investigation of the trafficking of vampire blood leads to a startling discovery: the beautiful vampire bondmate he thought was dead. Decades ago, they’d defied their powerful families to be together, but then Larissa disappeared without a trace. When their mating link broke, it nearly destroyed Aiden. Now she’s back with no memory of where she’s been. Even more shattering—Larissa claims she has no idea who Aiden is.
Now she’s back....
It’s a race against time to bring down an operation more evil than his pack ever suspected, and Aiden finds himself working side by side with a mate who no longer trusts him—and she wants out. But he lost her once, and he won’t let her go again. Unfortunately, Larissa’s blood is the key to a powerful monster’s dangerous plan—and he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her, sparking off a war between the supernaturals and humans that no one will win.

Tracy’s review of Hunter Reborn (Moon Shifter #5) by Katie Reus

It’s been 60 years that Aiden has been mourning the death of his bondmate, Larissa. He’s never gotten over her death and even after all of the years that have passed thinks of her daily. When he and his packmates are at a club looking into vamp blood dealing he sees a woman that looks like Larissa. Even though he knows it’s not her he follows her and the closer he gets the more stunned he is to see his mate alive.

Larissa isn’t so thrilled to see Aiden as she can’t remember much about her life and was told that her parents were killed by a shifter named Aiden. She tries to flee but Aiden soon makes Larissa see that they were meant to be together and he’s not letting her go again. Dealing with the new technology in the world and all other new and strange things, Larissa has a bit of a hard time adjusting. That doesn’t stop her from being by Aiden’s side while they look for the witch who told her about Aiden and then the master that the witch was working for. Together the mates will find the ones that are after Larissa (along with his packmates) and then they can be together forever.

This was a really great addition to the Moon Shifter series. I loved that there really wasn’t a whole lot of angst between Aiden and Larissa and she pretty much, after her initial belief about Aiden, just went with the flow. She was open to him and his packmates and fit in quite well. The majority of the story was taken with finding the person who was after Larissa and bringing them down.

There is a bit of side story between Teresa and Ryan as well as with Natalia and another new character that comes on the scene. It was good to see Teresa and Ryan finally working out their issues, that’s for sure. With Natalia and the new guy it was a bit odd. Not much is said about him and I found that odd that his part in the story was skimmed over. I have no doubt we’ll get more in future books but I would have liked just a little bit more info on him in this story.

Overall it was a good story about fated mates finding each other after an incredibly long absence. Reus made the reunion exciting as well as heart warming and emotional. Good job.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

This title is available from Signet Eclipse. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Guest Review: Bound to Danger by Katie Reus

Posted August 28, 2014 by Judith in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Judith’s reviewbound to danger of Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2) by Katie Reus

At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.
 
Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

Right at the start I want to own up to the fact that this author is one of my all-time favorites.  Even fiction written under her alternate pen name (Savannah Stuart) bears the indelible mark of a writer who works very hard at putting a good story together and who works very hard at making sure that her research brings that wonderful flavor of authenticity and realism into her stories.

Katie Reus has now added a second novel to her new series about deadly black ops  operatives who may be very very good at their jobs but whose personal lives truly suck.  Here readers meet a man who is probably one of the best that has ever been recruited to work undercover for the NSA and whose focus has always been unwavering on the objectives of each of his missions.  But now he is dragged backward toward a woman whose presence in his life at one time brought light and life and hope for a future.  That is, until her brother–his best friend–was killed because of bad intel and now Cade once again is thrown into the trajectory of his old flame Maria.  That he cut off contact with her eight years earlier without any explanation, that he worked hard at putting memories of their near romance out of his mind, that he fought a losing battle with the fantasies of what might have been–all these now soared into the present reality of protecting her from threats to life and limb and the nature of which she can’t really remember.  Cade and Maria’s mutual attraction is, of course, partially due to their old history and to the unanswered questions of why he cut her out of his life so completely.  Yet those who read Ms Reus’ stories know that she seems to know the Marine mindset, the way they work things out in their consciousness, and she seems to have their military persona nailed.  At least, that is what a number of her readers have testified.  All in all, she seems to have created a story that brings two people together who have been scarred by the horror of war and who now must face the horror of terrorism and the pain it brings into the immediate spaces of hearth and home.

It seems fair to say that one of the aspects of this novel which I most appreciated was the craftsmanship and the care taken by this writer in creating this story.  She is obviously giving readers the benefits of her wide writing experience, but she has also taken great care to make sure that readers are not bugged unnecessarily by the presence of poor spelling, bad grammar, and incorrect tenses ( as an English teacher in my past life these simply drive me crazy).  Kudos go to Carina Press for their careful editing and my own appreciation for this.  I also believe that this novel is so good because the author has kept the action consistent, the characters true to form throughout, and the relationships filled with the stuff of real life.  We encounter distress and disappointment, hope and hurts, friendships that are deep and inviolable, and love that has stood the test of distance and silence and time.  These are the earmarks of good storytelling and they are all here.  There’s also the suspense and the action that goes with the black ops kind of story and the worry that we readers feel at trying to figure out who is really OK and whose the schmuck hiding in plain sight.  There’s always one, you know, and there are also shadowy figures who I think will be popping up in future novels in this series.  Will we ever find out if Levi gets his revenge or if there is someone out there who can thaw his frozen heart?  It’s also good to know that a hardass as the NSA director can be a sensitive human being every once in a while.

Best of all, this is a vastly entertaining read.  For those of us who like a mix of romance and suspense and all of it mixed in with those tattooed military types, this is a great read and one that I can heartily recommend.  I don’t give a five rating very often, but I think this book has earned it for the fine writing, the very good story, and for the depth of research that supports the story and characters throughout.

Yes, I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 and do so gladly.

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This title is available from Signet.  You can buy it here or here in e-format.  This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Guest Review: Protecting His Witness by Katie Reus

Posted March 8, 2014 by Judith in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors), Romantic Suspense

Protecting His Witness Judith’s review of Protecting His Witness (Red Stone Security, #7) by Katie Reus

Seven years ago she broke his heart… Leaving Vincent was the hardest thing Jordan Alvarado ever had to do, but she had no choice. Now she’s back and looking for forgiveness so she can move on with her life. She doesn’t expect the smoldering attraction between them to still be there, burning hotter than ever. After the way she hurt him she knows things will never be the same again and that in the end, she’s the one who will get her heart broken when he walks away.

He’s not letting her go again… Former SEAL Vincent Hansen never got over Jordan and the way she up and left him without a trace. After she suddenly reappears and explains what happened, he’s even more furious. He doesn’t know what he wants from her, but when she’s targeted in a series of potentially deadly attacks, he realizes he can’t give her up again. He won’t. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe and convince her that she was always meant to be his.

Those of us who have delighted in all the stories in the Red Stone Security Series will continue to be engaged by the characters in these short novels.  Like so many security agencies, this collection of protection experts are former military of one branch or the other and Vincent Hansen is one of the best.  His heart has belonged to one woman only but she up and disappeared seven years earlier.  And while this story is about the tensions of keeping someone not only alive but safe, it is also about the questions about her disappearance, the old wound at being left behind when she went into witness protection without even giving him a choice to go with her–something he would have done in a hot New York minute.

If you are looking for a comfortable read, this isn’t it.  If you like action packed and tension filled stories about the persistent battle between the truly evil and those whose talents have been honed to a sharp edge and work to do good, this is your kind of book.  There is boogobbles of deep emotion in this story as Vincent must struggle with feelings that are all over the place–delight that she has returned mixed in with the deep and persistent anger over being left behind in the first place.    I must admit that I found myself asking how I would deal with that range of feeling if I were in a similar situation.  Ms Reus has crafted characters that are unique and gritty and real down to the bone.  Their friendship and loyalty not only to one another but to the commitment they have made to be the best of the best is the glue that holds them together in very difficult, life-threatening situations.  It is the sharp edges and the almost impossible scenarios that have made this entire series a “must read” for me and this book was no exception.   I sincerely hope that this author will continue to find stories and characters to add to this series because it is just so darn good.

This book was released this past summer but it is never too late to read and enjoy a book that will not only feed your love of romance but will stimulate your brain as  the mystery unfolds and the sense of helplessness over the danger to the heroine wars with the knowledge that she is surrounded by some of the best protection known to man.    Quite simply, it’s a terrific read!

I give it a 4.25 out of 5 rating

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This title is available from Katie Reus (Self-pub).  You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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What I Read Last Week

Posted February 10, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 2 Comments

Nothing too exciting happening in Tracyland. I got a horrible head cold last week that turned into a sinus infection.  I woke up Friday sounding like I smoke 4 packs a day.  I wish is sounded a sexy husky but it sounds more like a teen who’s voice is changing. Yikes. lol

I think I told you that my youngest was going to start playing bells at church with her older sister?  Yes? No?  I can’t remember.  Anyway, they played yesterday which was the youngest’s first performance and I missed it as I was coughing a lung up.  Nice.  Anyway…I heard they did a great job.  Someone taped it for me so as soon as I have that I’ll pass it on.

On to what I read last week:

I started with Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde which is book two in the Reapers MC series.  It was a good one, lemme tell ya.  Sophie and Ruger were great together and I loved seeing all the characters from book one back in this story.  You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Next up was Avenger’s Heat by Katie Reus.  This is book 4 in the Moon Shifter series.  The story revolved around Erin and Noah.  This is Erin’s first case as an Enforcer for the Council and of course she wants to do a good job.  Unfortunately the case brings up some emotions from the past and dealing with them while on the case is difficult.  Good thing Noah’s there to soothe her hurts. 🙂 You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover is a free book I downloaded from Amazon.  This is a YA book in the Hopeless series – of which I’ve read none.  YA normally isn’t my thing but this sounded so good and it was!  I loved the characters, their personalities, the story – just everything.  Makes me want to go and read the other books.  5 out of 5

Feral Heat Jennifer Ashley is a novella in the Shifters Unbound series.  Jace who is part of the Las Vegas Shiftertown heads to Austin to be the guinea pig when they try to remove the collars that all shifters wear.  He doesn’t plan on meeting Deni but when he does he knows he can’t live without her.  The story was engaging and I liked the pair together. 4 out of 5

What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee is the story of Radley who gets back from sea with the intention of now becoming a captain but he soon finds out that he is now a duke.  He was raised in a poor part of town so he’s certainly not prepared for all the stuff he needs to do and the way he needs to act.  He certainly isn’t prepared to let go of the woman he loves who is a seamstress.  This was a decent read.  3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

To Tame His Mate by Serena Pettus is the story of Sarah who has run for 6 years to be free from living in a pack.  She runs into Erik and they soon discover that they’re mates.  She’s not quite sure that’s what she wants but she’s up for trying.  It was a really cute story that maybe just needed to go a little slower and flesh things out a bit more. 3.75 out of 5

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis is another wonderful book in the Lucky Harbor series.  Aubrey is fixing up her aunts book store and trying to make amends to people she’s hurt in the past.  Ben is back in LH after being away for 5 years – the 5 years after his wife dying.  Ben and Aubrey have some electricity running through them when they’re together but they tend to get in their own way when it comes to relationships.  Great story.  I’ll post my review of this one next week. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Forged in Steele by Maya Banks

Happy Reading!!


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