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Review: Megan’s Mark by Lora Leigh

Posted June 4, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 14 Comments


Isabel’s review of Megan’s Mark by Lora Leigh.

Lora Leigh cranks up the adrenaline in this opening volume of an erotic, paranormal series. The time is 2023; the place, southern New Mexico. Megan Fields, an empath whose gifts have overwhelmed her too many times, seeks refuge as a sheriff’s deputy in a small town. It’s a quiet life until she finds dead Breeds (the bastard offspring of humans and animals) on her watch and meets Braden Arness in the process. Arness, part lion, is well aware of the conspiracy against the Breeds and much attracted to Megan. As the two help the Breeds fight for their lives against an unknown enemy, Megan finally masters her gifts and meets her match. We are definitely in Christine Feehan country here, but Megan is a terrific character, and the romance is as alpha as anyone could want. Readers will cheer as Megan, a Lara Croft-like fighter, finally gets a partner as fearless as she is. Ginger Curwen

Did I Like It? Why or Why Not?

Yes and no. Yes cause the sex scenes were hot. The plot started to pick up for me towards the end of the book.

No, because it did start off slow for me in the beginning. I’ve notice Lora Leigh likes to use phrases like “sweet like spring, hot like summer.” Usually its hot fire, sweet like honey. Something to that effect. It’s starting to slowly annoy me and sound cheesy. When I read Harmony’s way, I’m doing a count.

Mainly, the book didn’t really do anything for me. It wasn’t “Oh my god, get this book.” Nor was it “Stay away from this book.” It was just ok.

Did I like the Characters?:

They were ok. Nothing memorable. Megan, although she was hiding out in her little town, was one tough cookie. The reason for her hiding away was due to her not being able to control her gift. I also like how she didn’t let Braden boss her around.

Would I recommend it:

Mmm, as of right now no. If I like the rest of the series, it could change. I’m all about reading books in order. Also, if you don’t like reading about anal sex or don’t like male dominance, then stay away from the book.

Additional comments:

I thought barb was kind of weird. Which basically an additional appendage that comes out of the guys penis during the guys orgasm. It’s like a bonding thing. I don’t know.. just weird to me.

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley. You can purchase it here.

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Review: Crazy Cool by Tara Janzen.

Posted June 1, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 9 Comments


Rowena’s review of Crazy Cool (Steele Street #2) by Tara Janzen.

She’s sizzling hot, he’s icy cool…

He called her Bad Luck Dekker, a gorgeous socialite who trailed trouble in her wake. Christian Hawkins should know. Thirteen years ago he saved Kat Dekker’s life–only to spend two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now it’s deja vu all over again when he rescues Kat from an explosion that rips through a Denver art auction. This time Christian- now an operative with an elite U.S. task force–plans to keep her close until he figures out why somebody wants to kill her. That is, if he can keep his cool around this sizzling hot lady…

They’re fire and ice. And crazy in love.

The daughter of a senator, Kat hasn’t forgotten the hot summer nights of passion in Christian’s arms before everything went wrong. Now, as the bullets start flying, the sexy, self appointed bodyguard is back in her life in a major way. Especially when Christian kidnaps her and they go roaring into the night in his brute-powered muscle car. But staying out of danger is tough for two people who are this hot for each other, a little bit crazy and a whole lot in love…

Oh goodness this book was good!

This is the second book in the Crazy series and it’s Christian Hawkins aka Superman’s book. When he was 19 he met beautiful Katya Dekker in a dark alley where she was fleeing for her life trying to escape a group of boys from her school who were trying to do very bad things to her. Christian saved her life and spent 2 years in prison for the murder he didn’t commit.

Now thirteen years later, Christian is a field operative for an elite U.S. task force and is thrown off a case to do some security work for an art show which brings him face to face with the woman he gave his young heart to and the only woman that could bring him to his knees. The woman he has tried desperately to forget but couldn’t, not completely anyway.

Someone is trying to frame him again but he doesn’t know that, he thinks that the bad guys are after Katya again and so he takes her under his wings (literally, hehe) and doesn’t let her out of his sight, he’s determined to protect her and clear his name all the while he’s trying unsuccessfully to not fall back in love with her.

He knows that he should hate her for letting him go to prison for a crime she knew he didn’t commit but once they’re back together, it’s so hard to hate her and even harder to stay away from her. Now they’re trying to find out who’s after her and why the case from so long ago has been brought back up and Christian is trying to keep his cool around Kat while Kat is desperately trying to make things right for Christian.

She feels guilty about the way things went down all those years ago and she hates herself because she wasn’t strong enough to stand up to her mother and she doesn’t want a repeat of the last time she was with Christian Hawkins.

With everything against them, these two set out to take down the bad guys and keep her dragon of a mother off their heels while they try to fight for their lives and a love that has lasted over 13 years.

I really enjoyed this book, from the beginning to the end, it was one big roller coaster of emotions for me. I felt sad for the characters and rejoiced in their accomplishments and I just really loved the unity of the SDF team. I love how everyone is going through their own little trials in all of their lives but they’re still there for each other when they’re needed the most. They’re a family of street thugs turned government operators and I just love this cast of characters. Each of them are unique and such a strong part of the overall story and Tara Janzen did an amazing job of bringing these guys together and forming their individual stories to blend wonderfully into Christian’s story. They didn’t overwhelm me and they all just blended well together and have me salivating for more.

Christian Hawkins is my favorite hero. I’m still mighty intrigued by Kid Chronopolous and he might end up being my favorite hero but right now, I love me some Christian Hawkins. I thought he was a fantastic hero, one that had me swooning with delight one moment and quaking in my boots because I knew he was going to whip out a can of whoop ass any minute and take his enemies down. He played by his own rules and he wasn’t scared of anyone, except Kat.

I loved how he was fearless with everyone but with Kat, he was vulnerable. She got him and you can just feel the wealth of love that he had for her and I just gobbled his love and just him up.

Kat Dekker, the heroine of this story was easy to like. She wasn’t the strongest heroine that I’ve ever read about and she knew it, she was just like any normal woman and I found that very likeable because though she was beautiful on the outside, she was a mess on the inside and she knew it and what I liked about her the most was that she had a record, that’s so hood and just so funny that it made me laugh…a lot. Kat was everything Christian needed and wanted and I was glad she ended up with him, cause man together, they were really hot and I loved it!

The other characters that rounded out this story was a welcome addition as well. I loved finally meeting Skeeter Bang and seeing Travis’ get all hot under the collar for her. I’m really interested in reading more on Creed Rivera too, I wonder if they’re related, him and Travis…I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. I liked seeing hottie Quinn all happily married to Regan and still there for the team. It was good to see Nikki and Kid again as well, goodness I’m really itching to read their story, read what is next for these two because holy goodness I love me some Kid Chronopolous. That storyline has got to a good one considering everything that’s happened to Kid, I can’t wait to read it.

What book is next? I guess I’ll find out after I finish this.

This book was filled with more non stop action and more laughs than I’ve had all week. I loved seeing the guys in action, going against impossible odds to come out on top. I loved seeing Kid in action but what I loved most about this book was a quote that Christian told Kat at the end, it made me so friggin’ happy for him and Kat and just had me smiling all goofy like for all to see. (I finished reading this at the front desk at my work and I got a lot of questions as to what I was reading).

“Don’t worry babe,” he assured her, a very confident smile on his face. “I can handle coconut oil. I’m Superman.”

The way he said it and just the arrogance behind that made me laugh and made my heart sigh with pleasure…I loved it and I love him! The reason this book didn’t get a solid A is because the book started out a bit slow in the beginning for me but after about the fourth chapter it picked up and really took off, it was really really good and man am I jazzed for the next installment.

Read it, I promise you’ll like it. This book is the bizomb and Christian Hawkins is HOT!

Grade: 5 out of 5

This book is available from Dell. You can purchase it here.

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A New Blog For Readers…

Posted May 30, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

There’s a new blog that opens it’s doors today called Romantic Advances! Sybil of The Good, The Bad and The Unread and Jane from Dear Author with the help of other bloggers have opened a new blog where you can find the release dates for your favorite books without having to slog all over the internet to find it.

From their blog:

This website is created by readers for readers. We wanted to stop wasting time trying to find out what is coming NEXT. So we’ve collated information from publishers, authors and booksellers to provide a central place for all the latest romance book release information.

Isn’t this a friggin’ fantastic idea? And it’s so pretty too, so make sure you guys go on over to Dear Author and congratulate the women on a job well done…I’m looking forward to see what the blog has in store for all of us, there’s plenty of great bloggers included in this endeavor so it’s sure to be fabulous!

Check them out, they’re helping us build our TBR piles one book at a time…=)

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Review: Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown.

Posted May 29, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments


Rowena’s review of Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown.

From the Publisher:

To Hawk O’Toole, she was a pawn in a desperate gamble to help his people. To Miranda Price, he was a stranger who’d done the unthinkable: kidnapped her and her young son off a train full of sight-seeing vacationers. Now, held hostage on a distant reservation for reasons she cannot at first fathom, Miranda finds herself battling a captor who is by turns harsh and tender, mysteriously aloof and dangerously seductive. Hawk had assumed that Miranda Price, the beautiful ex-wife of Representative Price, would be as selfish and immoral as the tabloids suggested. Instead, she seems genuinely afraid for her son’s life – and willing to risk her own to keep him safe. But committed to a fight he didn’t start, Hawk knows he can’t afford to feel anything but contempt for his prisoner. To force the government to reopen the Lone Puma Mine, he must keep Miranda at arm’s length, must remember that she is his enemy – even when she ignites his deepest desires. Slowly, Miranda begins to learn what drives this brooding, solitary man, to discover the truth about his tragic past. But it will take a shocking revelation to finally force her to face her own past and the woman she’s become, and to ask herself: Is it freedom she really wants…or the chance to stay with Hawk forever?

So this is another book that I read yesterday while I waited to get my Crazy Cool back from my friend Theresa. I read this book in like 3 hours, it was really short and my very first Sandra Brown. As a first book by a new to me author, it probably wasn’t my best choice because this book was just okay.

I liked it well enough, I guess. I mean, the story is about an Indian Chief who is really a half breed, he takes a woman and her son captive in order to open the eyes of the Senators and Governors who shut a mine down on their reservation. The mine that brought in all of the business and money to their little tribe, without the mine open, lots of jobs were lost and a lot of families weren’t doing too good. But of course, the white man doesn’t care about the Indians and the Indians are pissed to high heaven about it. So they take matters into their own hands.

So the Indian Chief, Hawk O’Toole kidnaps Miranda and Scott Price so that they can have Morton Price, Miranda’s ex husband and Scott’s father take a keen interest in their cause. Their cause to reopen the mine and blah blah blah.

So yeah, Hawk steals Scott and Miranda won’t be left behind, so they had to adjust their plans to include her because well, she kicked up a fight and whatever and as they fight tooth and nail with each other, their desire for each other grows until it’s at an all time high, but Hawk, big bad Indian guy despises everything that Miranda is, she’s white, she’s privileged and she’s a whore and slut. He read that in a newspaper and totally believes everything the newspaper wrote about her ….oh hell to the no but if you were to believe everything that was written in the newspapers about Indians, it’s like OFF WITH YOUR HEAD to Hawk O’Toole.

He was a very stubborn and cynical man, one that I had a hard time liking. The names he called Miranda, without knowing a hot damn thing, the way he just knew she was a skank pissed me off, because he swore he was all knowing in everything, rolls eyes …he is SO not one of my favorite heroes.

Then there’s Miranda, who was pouty and prissy and just everything that gets on my nerves. She made things worst for herself whenever she talked to Hawk, instead of being scared and whatever, like normal people would be, she was headstrong and dumb. She never shut the hell up and even though I would have been pissed for him calling me all those dumb names, I still wouldn’t be as stupid as she was about everything, well, at least I hope I wouldn’t.

I really liked reading about the Indian tribes though. I thought Ernie and his wife, Scott and Donny were cool additions to the story. I didn’t care one bit for that stupid wench, Dawn January, if anyone was a stank hoe, she was…

One of the things that bothered me was the way Hawk manhandled Randy. He was always so rough with her, pulling her by the hair, roughing her up, it was like, hot damn man, if you care about your women so much, why are you tossin’ Randy up like she’s garbage…you’re the piece of shit.

I liked the way the story ended, with Randy coming to his rescue but it wasn’t enough to make me absolutely love it or even like it a lot…this book was just very average for me and I’m glad that I can finally get back to my real reading….Christian Hawkins time baby…ooh wee!

This book was just okay, read it or not, it’s not really a waste of your time but it’s not like the best read ever either. I won’t give up on Sandra Brown though, maybe sometime later I’ll give her another whirl…

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from Bantam. You can purchase it here.

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Review: Crazy Hot by Tara Janzen.

Posted May 27, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 13 Comments


Rowena’s review of Crazy Hot (Steele Street #1) by Tara Janzen.

From the Publisher:

Only the most dire emergency could send paleontologist Regan McKinney racing across the West in search of a man. But her grandfather has mysteriously vanished, and Quinn Younger could be the missing link. What the bad-boy-turned-American-hero is doing in the deserted tumbleweed town of Cisco, Utah, is an even bigger mystery…until danger trails Regan right to his front door and the sexy ex–air force pilot becomes her sole hope of survival.…

Quinn figures things can’t get worse than being stuck in tiny Cisco on an impossible special-ops mission. Then the dinosaur doc’s granddaughter roars into town with bad guys on her tail. Once, Quinn was on the fast track to a life of crime…until Regan’s grandfather rescued him. Now Quinn owes it to them both to find the old guy. But throw in a deadly terrorist and some hot dinosaur bones, and a man could get himself killed. Because facing down danger with this revved-up lady is one endless adrenaline-rush of pleasure—especially when they’re falling crazy in love… and hanging on for dear life.

Non stop action.

That’s what I liked about this book.

I loved meeting the team, it was like meeting the Troubleshooters again, there’s something about men that are in teams that work in covert operations for the government that I just find utterly sexy. I loved meeting the men in Quinn’s team and even meeting Quinn himself. I find myself drawn to Kid Chronopolous though, I really look forward to reading his book with Nikki. I thought they fell in love rather quickly but hey, whatever rocks your socks Kid. I’m really looking forward to their book and getting to know them better.

Quinn was a great hero, I love these younger years crushes that turn into true love as grown ups. There’s something about these kinds of storylines that totally grab me and make me want to gobble them up, which is what I did with this book. Quinn’s little crush on Regan and his little prank that he did on Regan’s ex husband, I thought that was so cute and just oh so sweet. I kept grinning like a fool while reading the little tid bits that Quinn would share about his crush on Regan and how he wanted to better himself so that he would have a shot with Regan and then to see Regan’s crush on him and just everything made this book just so friggin’ cute.

I loved it.

I thought Regan was a cool heroine, not my favorite or anything but I thought she was cool, the whole Jeanette chaos at the end made me roll my eyes but I didn’t not like Regan because of it, she was cool stuff.

I enjoyed meeting the other characters and reading their little stories that lead into their own books in the future and I’m really looking forward to reading more about these characters. I think Christian Hawkins is a total stud and Dylan Hart too..YUM! Even though he’s average looking, I bet he’s the most intense of all of othe SDF guys…hehe, I’m giddy to read his book. Hmmm, I really want to read more about J.T. and Creed, they make it out alive, right? Oh goodness, I hope so, I haven’t checked out any of the other books to see who’s book is next and what not, I want to be surprised but man am I looking forward to the reading that I’ve got ahead of me with the rest of the books.

So excited, so though this isn’t my favorite book of all or even of this year, I still enjoyed this book a whole lot and this book is totally B worthy! A great read!

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Dell. You can purchase it here.

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