Monday, April 21, 2014

Review | "Giving In" by Maya Banks

Giving In by Maya banks
Adult Romance published May 6, 2014
Berkeley Trade
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?

Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.
My Thoughts...
I had a feeling I would like this book better than the first one and I was right.  I liked Jensen from the minute he made his first appearance in Letting Go.  I wasn't quite a Kylie fan in that book, but getting to know her through this book made me one.  This was a pretty solid 4 stars for me considering that I read an uncorrected proof of the book.  There were a few issues, but I am sure those were ironed out prior to publishing.

So we met Kylie and Jensen in the last book and all we really know about Jensen, from that book, is that he is intense, he's into the same sort of dominant thing that Dash and Tate are, he's a great businessman and he's hot.  We know that Kylie is Jocelyn's sister in law and like her brother she suffered at the hands of an abusive father.  Now that Carson is gone the only people she has in her life are Joss, Dash and their friends.  She is still young, but she's smart and Jensen sees this. 

While Joss and Dash are on their honeymoon Jensen and Kylie are taking care of the business.  Jensen decides to give her a little more responsibility to test her as a potential partner for the firm and gives her a case to work on.  They get to know each other in the process and she begins to see him as someone she could possibly get close to.  Because of what she's been through it's clear that it will take some time, but Jensen cares for her and he's not going to give up.  Jensen knew the minute he laid eyes on her that he wanted her and he is willing to give up his need for dominance in order to have her.  He just has to get her to trust him and that's not going to be easy.  What Kylie doesn't know is that they have much more in common than she could imagine.

I think that overall this story was better than the first one.  I think that there was some repetition and some somewhat sappy lines, but what romance book doesn't have that these days?  There is one more book in the series and I am anxious to see how Maya handles this one since they couple in it are already married.  I am looking forward to see what she does with their story.  This book did seem to have fewer love scenes in it, and while they are detailed they aren't quite as crazy as some of her's that I have read!

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

Friday, April 18, 2014

Review | "You're Not Safe" by Mary Burton

You're Not Safe by Mary Burton
Mystery Thriller Published March 25, 2014
Zebra Publishing
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Synopsis from Goodreads: 

He Will Never Forget
The broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country. . .the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . .only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning...

Never Forgive

One devastating moment changed Greer Templeton's life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer's nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec's case grows, and soon it will be too late to run.

And Never Let Them Live. . .

Greer hoped the past was behind her, but an obsessed killer has never forgotten the bond that unites them. One by one, he will track down his victims, finish what was started--and make Greer's dying wish come true. . .
My Thoughts...
I literally just finished this book minutes ago.  I blew through this book in no time at all, once I started it I couldn't put it down.  This is the 3rd of the Texas Rangers series that I have read and this was most definitely my favorite of the 3.  The story is intense and fast paced and the characters are well written.  This book would do just as well as a stand alone book, but Tec does work with Brody Winchester on this case.

This story opens with a murder staged to look like a suicide.  Rory, the murdered man is someone that was connected to Greer Templeton back years ago when she was still a teenager.  Before Ranger Tec Bragg even meets Greer she approaches his nephew Mitch and offers him a job working on her vineyard.  Greer has has a troubles past and she still feels the weight of that every day, she is working off a debt to her aunt Lydia when she seeks Mitch out.  Lydia helped her when she needed it most and she promised her that one day she would pay that forward and help out someone else.  Mitch is that someone.  He is going through much the same thing that she went through all those years ago.

Tec isn't so sure about Greer when he meets her initially, but he soon learns that there is a living, breathing woman under the tough exterior she projects.  We don't know much about Tec, but he's a good Ranger there is no doubt about that.  He did a lot of work on the Border and has the scars to prove it, but since his nephew Mitch returned from Iraq with physical and emotional problems he has started to put down roots in the Austin area.  Mitch is the only family Tec has left and vice versa, but they aren't exactly close.  Tec has tried to break through to Mitch with no luck until he starts working with Greer.  There is something about her that speaks to Mitch and he starts to change slowly, but it's a start. Tec doesn't want to like Greer, but the change in Mitch is one more reason for him to get to know her better.

When more bodies start turning up, much the same as the first they all start to lead to Greer.  It soon becomes clear that she is in danger and that riles Ranger Bragg up.  He is tough as nails and will stop at nothing to solve this case and keep Greer safe.

This story unfolds just perfectly and I had no idea who the killer was until the moment they were revealed.  if you like a good mystery / thriller, then I highly suggest this book.  I was engrossed from the minute I started reading. This was a 5 star read for me, without a doubt.  It's an adult read and it has some tastefully done love scenes, but not too much detail and very little, if any profanity.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Re-Review | "Jane's Melody" by Ryan Winfield

Jane's Melody by Ryan Winfield
Adult Romance Published April 8, 2014
Atria Publishing
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Synopsis from Goodreads: 

What boundaries would you cross for love?

That's the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in her dead daughter's young boyfriend and finds herself falling for him. A touching love story that will have you equally tantalized and in tears, Jane's Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.

Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it's too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no age.

Jane's Melody is an adult romance novel and may not be suitable for younger readers due to sexual content.
My Thoughts...
Ok, this is a new thing for me!  As you can see by the title of the post this is a re-review post.  Basically that means that I am reviewing the book for the second time.  There are a variety of reasons why one might choose to do this, but here is my reason.  When I read this book the first time it was just after it was released semi-independently.  Since that time Atria has picked  it up and re-published it.  I was offered a copy to review and I was quick to say yes!  I loved the book the first time and always knew it would be something I would read again and I was definitely curious to see what changes, if any, were made when they got ahold of it.  If you haven't already read my first review and you would like to you can find that here.

When I read this book the first time there were a couple of spots that stood out to me and I wondered how the new editors would handle them.  I think that they did a fantastic job, this second time through was so smooth.  The changes were so subtle but I felt like they enhanced the story that much more.  It's not even something I can even explain, it was just words here and there that struck me weird, but those spots were gone this time.  I think that I paid more attention to the detail this time around and the story has such a lyrical quality to it.  Caleb's thoughts are beautiful and it made me love his character even more.

I am not going to talk too much about the story here since I did that in my original review.  I will say, though, that if you haven't read this book you really need to pick it up.  At it's heart this story is about learning to love even when that love isn't what you expected.  It's about being happy just living your life instead of worrying about how others around you will feel about it.  It's about loss and coping with all the feelings of regret but also the realization that you can't change the past so you have to find a way to live in the now.

I love the characters in this book, they feel very real to me and I am so happy that Ryan is getting the chance to give us more of Caleb and Jane's story.  I am so excited to see where the next book takes them.  I have said it before and I will keep saying it, I think that Romance is his genre and this is definitely my favorite of his books.  So, go buy this book and read it...then come back and let me know what you thought about it because I would love to hear your thoughts!!

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review | "Sentinel" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
YA Paranormal published November 2, 2013
Spencer Hill Press
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.
My Thoughts...
I am just going to do a really quick review on this book.  It's been a little while since I read it so there are some details that I don't really remember very clearly.  I did love the book, though, and I thought it was the perfect ending for this series.  I am sad to see it come to an end but happy that there is going to be a spin off series which was set up perfectly in this book.  This was a 5 star series for me, I loved every book in it.

Aiden is one of my favorite characters in any YA series without a doubt.  He has every quality that you could possibly want in a male lead character.  I also really enjoyed Seth's character in this book and I am looking forward to his series for sure.  ALex faced quite a lot in this book and she was also stronger than ever.  She is prepared to become the god-killer, but she has NO idea what exactly she is giving up to become this.  The ending of this book blew me away, it wasn't something I was expecting at all.  Most of the action in the book comes toward the end.  Most of the rest of the book is the preparation for the showdown with Ares.

I have always been a fan of Greek Mythology and books with that as a theme.  That's probably one of the reasons I enjoyed this series so much.  Appollo played a pretty big part in this book with some appearances by other gods and goddesses and even a Titan.  This Titan is what sets up the new series that Seth will star in. 

While this series is a YA series there are some adult like situations between Aiden and Alex which I think Jennifer handles very tastefully.  They are sexy without being too descriptive.

I think this pretty much sums up my thoughts on this book.  As you can see I really did enjoy this series and if you like YA Paranormal and Greek Mythology then you will want to give this series a try!

XOXO, Shelly