RERUN Review: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

RERUN Review: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice DavidsonUndead and Unwed Series: Undead #1
Published by Berkley March 2, 2004
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 255
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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It'a been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can't seem to stay dead. Every night she rises with a horrible craving for blood. She's not taking too well to a liquid diet.

Worst of all, her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries - a badly dressed Bela Lugosi wannabe, natch. Frankly, Betsy couldn't care less about vamp politics, but they have a powerful weapon of persuasion: designer shoes. How can any self-respecting girl say no? But a collection of Ferragamos isn't the only temptation for Betsy. It's just a lot safer than the scrumptious Sinclair - a seductive bloodsucker whose sexy gaze seems as dangerous as a stake through the heart...

RERUN Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm & Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

 

Jimmy Choo, Prada, Ferragamo and Minolo Blahnik’s, OH MY! Mary Janice Davidson is speaking in my language, Shoes!

Undead and Unwed is a story about Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Taylor, a smart-mouthed thirty year old secretary with a penchant for shoes. And not just any off the rack shoes, but fine designer shoes. Girlfriend is not the type to be caught wearing BOGO finds from Payless. To say that Betsy has had the single most horrible week would be an understatement. She turns thirty, gets laid off on her birthday, is ran over by a Pontiac Azteck, and to top everything off, she wakes up ‘undead’ in a coffin wearing a hideous polyester pink suit and cheap Payless shoes. THE HORROR!

Not long after her rebirth, a group of vampires discover her and reveal that she is the prophesied ‘Queen of the Undead’. She admittedly refuses to be involved in vampire politics and tries to live her ‘normal’ life. Unfortunately, the creepy and menacing current vampire ruler isn’t having any of it and drags Betsy into the thick of a brewing battle between two vampire groups. As if things couldn’t get any more complicated, the other group trying to lure Betsy is lead by the utterly sexy, delicious and arrogant Eric Sinclair, whom she would like to strangle when she’s not thinking about humping him.

Filed under the paranormal romance section, Undead and Unwed more of a cross between chick lit and paranormal with a little romance. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments from our heroine and her growing shoe collection would make any shoe lover seethe with envy. The other vampires and humans that surround Betsy are as hilarious and likeable as our heroine. My favorites being her human best friend, Jessica and gay roommate, Marc.

Undead and Unwed is definitely not your ‘typical’ Vampire novel, which I liked. There were times when Betsy herself laughed at how some of the Vampires she’d met fit perfectly into the cliche. The novel was definitely entertaining and a quick read. So if you are wanting to stray away from the normal dark and brooding vampire novels, then I recommend you give this book a try.

 

 


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RERUN Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

RERUN Review: Soulless by Gail CarrigerSoulless by Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
Published by Orbit October 1, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Steampunk
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire--and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

RERUN Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

Soulless is an enjoyable mix of urban fantasy, romance, humor, mystery and a good helping of steampunk. The novel was a welcomed breath of fresh air from my normal reading habits. Ok, so it’s not that much off my regular urban fantasy/romance novels, but with the addition of steampunk Victorian age, it almost felt like I was reading an almost different genre. I have to be honest and confess that it did take me a few moments to get adjusted to the proper English. It’s easy to tell that Carriger was heavily influenced by the works of Jane Austen and writers from that era, but I also found the heroine to posses characteristics similar to Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones. Once I was acclimated to the proper speech, I was more than ready for all the tea parties, balls and tomfoolery this novel had to offer.

I found this book to be cute, clever, and funny. Carriger has created a cast of main and side characters that really gets the story moving and keeps you highly entertained while Alexia Tarabotti makes her mark in becoming some kind of super sleuth. Alexia is like the female Sherlock Holmes and I just couldn’t help but love her curious and sarcastic personality. She’s surrounded by entertaining secondary characters such as her over-the-top, fashion forward vampire friend Lord Akeldama (who I envisioned to look and act like Austen Scarlett from Project Runway); and her naive and vapid human best friend, Miss Ivy Hisselpenny, who has terrible taste is hats. The on-going bit of Alexia complaining about her friends terrible taste in headwear was hilarious.

Next we’ve got Alexia’s family. I have a love/hate relationship with the group family which includes her nosy, disparaging and overly social conscious mother, step-father and step-sisters. Although the interactions with her family was comical, I did grow tired of their constant diminishing remarks. I mean really, the continual berating about her olive complexion, roman nose and lack of a husband kinda got old. But I guess that’s what families are for right? Can’t live with them but you can’t live without them.

Last but not least we have Alexia’s love interest, the delicious Lord Conall Maccon, the Earl of Woolsey and Alpha leader of the local wolf pack. He’s also the lead investigator for all the supernatural activities in London. In the beginning of the novel, he’s actually quite perturbed by Miss Tarabotti and views her as a busybody. They squabble incessantly and one would initially think they hated each other but as we all know it’s just a mask to cover up their hunger for each other. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics between Alexia and Lord Maccon and those two just get way too cute when they start to warm up to each other.

The world that Gail Carriger has created in this series is very interesting and well done. I loved how she was able to ingrate the paranormal, steampunk and Victorian age. I loved the idea of supernatural creatures living so openly with the normal humans, especially in the era that the story takes place. With the setting, magic and unforgettable cast of characters, Soulless is a fantastic beginning to the Parasol Protectorate series. If you’re looking for something different, this highly entertaining historical fantasy is definitely a great book to read.

 

About Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with urban fantasy. Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in 18 different languages and has 13 NYT bestsellers via 7 different lists (including #1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.


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RERUN Review: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

RERUN Review: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie MoningBeyond the Highland Mist by Karen marie Moning
Series: Highlander #1
Published by Dell November 4, 2009
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 375
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .

An alluring laird...

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time...

She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . .

After reading the Fever Series, I was curious as to what Karen Marie Moning’s other novels had to offer. Once again, KMM did not disappoint! The novel heavily relies on time travel and fantasy elements to drive the story. And what a fun and delicious story it was!

Beyond the Highland Mist starts off in the Fae Island of Morar where Fairie Queen Aoibheal, speaks praises about a mortal man named Hawk to her King and Court Fool. Hawk is known throughout his kingdom as a legendary warrior and lover to hundreds (maybe thousands?) of women. She tells of stories about his manhood, that at half-mast would make a stallion envious and at full-mast steals a woman’s mind from her body (yup…already got me gulping). Feeling sick to his stomach with the thought of his Queen lusting after a mere mortal, the Faerie King in a fit of jealousy orders the Court Fool Adam Black to find a way to punish Hawk. Adam muses that the best punishment for Hawk was to bring to upon him a woman who not only would resist his perfect countenance, but also his sexual prowess.

Enter Adrienne de Simone, a twentieth-century woman scorned by an ex-fiancé, who has vowed never to be made a fool of my beautiful men. On one eerie night, she is plucked from her present-time Seattle home, and dropped onto the lap of a sixteenth-century Scottish Laird, Red Comyn. Thinking that Adrienne has been some sort of miracle dropped from the sky, Red Comyn coerces Adrienne to pose as his recently dead daughter, Janet, and marry Sidheach “Hawk” James Lyon Douglas, Laird of Dalkeith Upon-the-Sea, in order to fill an order by King James.

Neither party is keen to the arranged marriage. Hawk even sends his best friend, Grimm, as a proxy to his wedding (I nearly fell out of my seat laughing at the ridiculousness of sending another man to stand in place of the groom). Of course Hawk and Adrienne are instantly attracted to each other (once they finally meet each other), but neither is eager or willing to admit it at the beginning. Immediately after the wedding, someone continually tries to take Adrienne’s life. To make matters worse, Adam Black has decided to place himself in the equation and tries to lure Adrienne from Hawk. The sudden love-triangle elevates Hawk’s bit of jealousy and we are succumbed to Adam and Hawk’s pissing contest throughout the duration of the book.

Beyond the Highland Mist is a wonderful blend of magic, humor, otherworldly things and time travel all wrapped inside a medieval romance. The Faerie world that Moning has created leaves the reader thinking that they are a genuine race who’s magic and allure exceeds every ones expectations. The protagonists are truly multi-dimensional. Hawk is an example of a true alpha-male.He’s handsome, strong, masculine in every way, but has a past that makes him vulnerable. Of course his ways of wooing our heroine was egotistical and barbaric, but then I had to remind myself that, that’s just how things were during the medieval times. Adrienne is beautiful, strong and independent. A woman scorned during her present life, she found it difficult to let her guards down while living in the past. There were times where I found her a little shrewd and too blind of her own feelings, but as a woman I could understand her predicament.

Overall, Beyond the Highland Mist has all the elements of a good romance novel without all the cheesy and greasy aspects of other romance series. It had a great mix of enchantment, sexual tension and good ol’ romance PLUS an endearing and lovely mother-in-law. So if you’re into beautiful men clad kilts, romance and sexual tension then I suggest you pick this book up.

 

 

About Karen marie Moning

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964, the daughter of Anthony R. and Janet L. Moning. The family moved to a self-sustaining farm in Indiana when she was six years old, where she spent her youth raising cows, horses, tobacco, corn and other crops with her sisters and brother.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels.

Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.

In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in over thirty countries. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.


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RERUN Reviews: Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde

RERUN Reviews: Reaper’s Property by Joanna WyldeReaper's Property by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC
January 9, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 306
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.
Maybe.

I love reading sexy romances. I especially love sexy romances with hot badass bikers. Kristen Ashley and Madeline Sheehan fan over here. So, when I first heard about Reaper’s Property I knew that it was something that I needed to add to my TBR. To say that I liked the book would be an understatement. I freaking LOVED this book! After reading this book I wanted to kick my own ass for not reading it sooner.

Reaper’s Property begins with Marie, walking in to the trailer home she shares with her brother, Jeff, and sees him beaten, bloodied, and surrounded by some terrifying bikers from the Reaper’s Motorcycle Club. The MC has paid Jeff a visit to collect the money (plus interest) he had stolen from the club. But since Jeff has been preoccupied with getting high and gambling, the MC has decided the only way to even the debt is by putting him to the ground. Not wanting to see her brother get killed, Marie tries to bargain by telling them she will do whatever to save his life. The only solution the club comes up with is for Marie to become “property of” Horse, a club member who wants nothing but Marie on the back of his back, in his house and in his bed.

“Someday I’m going to own all of you, Marie. You’re all mine, babe. Knew it the first time I saw you. Couldn’t give it up if I tried.”

Weeks prior to seeing her brother almost killed by the Reaper’s, Marie had recently just moved back in to her childhood home after leaving her cheating and abusive husband. As she’s trying to put her life back together, Marie meets the Reaper’s when they stop by to visit Jeff, who was doing some computer work for the club. Sparks immediately fly when Marie and Horse meet and over the next few weeks the sexual tension builds to epic proportions and they end up having a few sexual encounters that set the pages on fire. But things come to an immediate halt after Marie rejects Horse’s proposal for her to be his old lady.

The story then picks back up from where the prologue left off and we see Marie keeping her word and goes with the Reapers to Idaho. Obviously, Marie isn’t all too excited to be Horse’s “property” but can’t help herself from getting excited thinking about getting intimate with Horse again. Now some of you might be raising your eyebrows over the fact that Marie is Horse’s property. In Horse’s world, the word property means a whole different thing from what Marie perceives. Although Marie is his, Horse always gives Marie a choice and reminds her that she can leave at any time she wants. He provides for her, shelters her, protects her and most importantly, cares and loves her. Marie struggles throughout the whole book to comprehend the MC lifestyle but as she gets in deeper and deeper with Horse and the rest of his club, she slowly begins to understand that being his property means a whole different thing from what she originally thought. And I’m sure all the orgasms the man gave her helped her love his lifestyle.

“I want you to be my old lady, babe. That’s all I have to offer. I’m a Reaper, and this is my world. You wear my patch, you be my woman and I’ll be your man. We take the good times together and fight the bad times. No games.”

As with a lot of the romances I read, I am always more of a fan of the hero than the heroine. Horse makes no apologies for his actions and once he sets his eyes on something (or someone), then nothing comes in his way. He’s arrogant, chauvinistic, bossy and dominant. He’s pretty much an asshole but a sexy asshole that will get your loins quivering. His old fashioned thinking might be a turnoff for most women but his intentions are in the right place and he loves and lust for his woman like crazy and that is what’s most important to me. And if you’re wondering why Horse is called Horse it’s because he’s hung like a ……

Aside from the sexy bikers and the sexy times between Marie and Horse, what really made me enjoy this book was that it takes place in an area of Washington that I’m very familiar with. The place where Marie and her brother live is about an hour away from where I live so, when Wylde describes their surroundings I had a more vivid picture of it than what most readers probably imagined. Knowing the area in Washington and even Idaho made my whole reading experience so much more awesome and it gave me tingles just thinking about sexy bikers living around these parts. Although, I haven’t come across any bikers that would have me quivering like Horse. LOL.

Reaper’s Property was my first Joanna Wylde book and it definitely won’t be my last. Wylde made me laugh, cry, and set my skin on fire with the sexy romance between Horse and Marie. If you’re a fan of sexy badass bikers that’ll take you on a wild ride on his bike and in his bedroom, then you definitely need to read Reaper’s Property. Definitely cannot wait to read more from Wylde and this series.

 

* Review Originally Published September 2013

 

 


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RERUN Review: A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons

RERUN Review: A Matter of Fate by Heather LyonsA Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons
Series: Fate #1
August 25, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 558
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn't a normal teenage girl. She's a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she's a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she's to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That's nothing compared to the boy trouble she's gotten herself into. Because a guy she's literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe's once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

 

Chloe’s life is a carefully planned out. Every detail from her schooling to her career, from birth she’s been told what she will do, who she will be. She is told it is in Fate’s hands. Now she’s being told who she loves has also been carefully planned out, but her heart isn’t so sure about Fate’s choice.

Chloe met Jonah at a young age, in her dreams. She has spent years growing up with him and loving him, but never believing he is real. A year after he abruptly disappears from her dreamworld, he walks into her math class. She can’t believe he is real and she is terrified of the pain of losing him all over again. The idea of him not knowing her scares her into distance and silence.

Jonah didn’t come to town unaccompanied though, he brought his twin brother Kellan with him. Chloe feels a strange connection with both boys and does not have the same fears where Kellan is involved. Jonah doesn’t attempt to speak to Chloe either, but Kellan does, unleashing a complicated and heated love triangle.

Chloe’s distress over the love cards Fate has dealt her is only one of her problems. She’s slated to become the most powerful magical creature on the Council, the people that run the world. It’s her unique powers that make her the main target for a group determined to take their revenge on all magical creatures.

A Matter of Fate is a modern day twist of magical powers, star crossed love and a dash of mythology. I’m not talking magic the likes of newts eyes and bat wings brewing in a cauldron. I’m talking X-Men type powers. Mystical fireballs, creating lightening storms or earthquakes, inflicting debilitating viruses or emotions; all in the name of taking down your enemies. The fight scenes Lyons wrote were action packed excitement and quite stunning.

On the flip side of all these powers is the good that balances them out. Those that can inflict you with the plague can also heal your wounds. Those that can inflect deep depression can also make you fell pure bliss. If you can destroy you can create. You get the picture. The building of these powers and the world they belong too was enthralling. I love a good dose of paranormal and fantasy and A Matter of Fate has both.

There are so many characters introduced here that some were all together underdeveloped, I’m hoping some of them will take more of a center stage in future titles. However, some were very well developed and I loved them. Kellan and Karl were favorites of mine.

Now, I should probably comment on the love triangle as some of you love them and others loathe them. I am not usually a huge fan of them. I hate love conflicts just for the sake of there being a conflict. I can say that though not all of the aspects of this impossible situation worked for me, other aspects truly did. At the beginning of it I was mentally screaming at Chloe for being so silly and scared but the deeper the story got, the more invested I became in it, the more heartbreaking it became. This is not conflict for the sake of conflict. Even though I saw the true reason for the strife coming pretty early on, it didn’t matter, I was knee deep into wondering how it would be hashed out and honestly was pleased that there was not contrite happy ending. It wouldn’t have done the story justice.

I’m pleased I had a chance to read A Matter of Fate and look forward to finding out what happens with these characters in A Matter of Heart.

About Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.


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RERUN Reviews: Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

RERUN Reviews: Better When He’s Bad by Jay CrownoverBetter When He's Bad by Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
June 17, 2014
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Better When He's Bold
Also by this author: Better When He's Bold
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Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

 

There is this thing. This infatuation that so many women have. Some would say it is a sickness, some would call it a weakness.  What is this thing I speak of?

Bad Boys

You’ve read them, in many forms, I’m sure.  Though, I would venture to say you have not read one quite like Shane Baxter.

Bax is bad. He doesn’t just dress the part, he isn’t one guy on the streets and another behind closed doors.  He’s a thief, a fighter, an ex con. He’s self serving, no Robin Hood type hiding in a inked up, tough guy disguise.  He lives the part because that is who he is. It’s all he’s ever known.  Thrown into the life of crime at an early age, he thrived on it. It was that or starve, get your ass kicked, or worse…die.

Prison did nothing to dampen the bad boy within. Spending years behind bars gave him a purpose when released. Find the bastards who put him there and put them down.

What he didn’t expect to find was a feisty redhead dogging his every move, determined to be by his side as he finds the clues needed.

Dovie knows of Bax.  Her brother told her, before vanishing, that he was the only guy she could trust. Everyone else tells her Bax is the worst of the worst and will use her for his own needs and leave her with less than nothing.  But having less than nothing isn’t a new concept for Dovie and she will do anything to find her brother. Even if that something is Bax.

Dovie is just as bad ass as Bax, in her own way.  I stated that some people would think loving a bad boy is a weakness. For Dovie it isn’t.  It’s a strength.  It takes courage and resolve to find even the smallest amount of good in someone and love it. Dovie is that kind of woman. She wades through the shit with her head held high, finds that little withered seedling of hope and nurtures it until it becomes something stronger. In the process, making the bad and the good a cohesive unit. She doesn’t want to beat the bad out of Bax, it’s who he is. She just wants the good to help balance him. She believes in him. She knows him, sees him.

He, however, does not believe in himself.  But damn, when that boy puts a little effort and care in to Dovie, I melted.  His bad is bad but his good is panty melting good. It’s just a little rare.  His struggle to reconcile his feelings for others and their feeling for him, was sad but also a little adorable.  It’s easy to see the worst in everything you look at and watching him try to wake up from that…loved it! He made my heart stutter, that’s a good thing right?

Crownover has started this new series with a big punch. Literally and figuratively.  The characters of The Point are all hard hitting, tragic in their own rites and altogether captivating.  She’s delivered a introduction to something dark, sexy, exciting and dangerous. I have a feeling I’m going to love every bit of it.

 

About Jay Crownover

I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out….


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RERUN Reviews: Naked by Raine Miller

RERUN Reviews: Naked by Raine MillerNaked by Raine Miller
August 25, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The first book in the bestselling Blackstone Affair trilogy! Naked desire. Secret Satisfaction. An affair you’ll never forget.

Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When successful and charismatic London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn’t taking “no” for an answer.

At first, his dominant nature captivates her, but it isn’t clear if the force of his powerful desire will ultimately awaken or dispel the demons Brynne is carrying inside. There are secrets on both sides of this relationship—huge ones. Can Ethan erase the scars of Brynne’s past so that she can reveal her true self to him? Or will the shadows cast by Ethan’s own mysterious former life destroy their chance at happiness?

Naked is the sizzling, unforgettable story of what happens when a strong woman meets the one man powerful enough to strip away all her defenses, leaving her standing naked and perfect before him.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.
 

I must admit the cover  for Naked caught my eye first, and then I read that the heroine would be falling for a sexy Brit. I immediately heading over to Amazon before I even finished reading the synopsis. I’ve found a new guy to swoon over. A sexy, domineering Alpha male with a British accent. I think I’m already in love. Yes, I’m definitely a fan of Naked’s male lead, Ethan Blackstone.

“That picture changed everything. I was not the same after I saw it and I couldn’t go back to the man I’d been before seeing it either. Not after we met that night on the street. My whole world altered because of a photograph. A photograph of my beautiful American girl.”

Brynne Bennet is a young and beautiful American graduate studying at the University of London. She’s been living in London for the past four years after running away from a pretty dark and painful past. To make some extra cash while going to school, Brynne models for “artistic nude photography” for her good friend, Benny. While at a showing for Benny’s work, Brynne is informed by her friend that a very sexy man has just purchased her photograph.

“Ethan Blackstone was dangerous territory for a girl like me – Great White shark is hungry for lone swimmer in cove – territory.”

While they don’t meet at the event, Brynne eventually runs into Ethan Blackstone after he sees her leaving the gallery and offers her a ride home. Although she’s a little hesitant at first, Brynne eventually agrees for Ethan to take her home. The next day Ethan gives Brynne a ring and asks her out but she politely declines. This rejection doesn’t deter Ethan because he makes multiple attempts in asking Brynne out until she finally caves. The strong sexual attraction to Ethan is evident right from the start, and after their first date Brynne embarks in a relationship tha’ts both emotionally and sexually intense.

“The sex never ended with this man. And I was on board the sexy train right with him, flashing my frequent traveler pass.”

Brynne was a fairly likable character. She’s obviously suffered something terrible where she had to run away from her home life she’s still out going and out spoken. She embraces her sexuality and needs. Ethan Blackstone is delish. He’s an ex-Special Forces agent whose gone into private security business and made quite a fortune. He’s very intense, bossy, domineering and persistent. The fact that he was also British really had my blood going for him. The sex scenes were sizzling! I don’t know if these billionaires take a special Sex: 101 course, but hot damn why must they be so skilled in the boudoir?

“I was sorry. I really meant it too. I was sorry that parts of me were damaged and broken but it didn’t change the facts either.”

If you’re a fan steamy sex and characters with dark hidden pasts then you’ll want to pick up this series. Naked will lure you in, the characters will intrigue you and the story will keep you wanting more. This was my first Raine Miller novella and I enjoyed is tremendously. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger which has me even more excited for the second installment which will be told in Ethan’s POV. If my little review isn’t enough to persuade you to read Naked then I’d like for you to sit on this little tidbit …. David Gandy as Ethan Blackstone!

Review originally posted September 2012

 

 


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