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Book Review: ‘Sexy Motherpucker’ by Lili Valente

Title: Sexy Motherpucker (Bad Motherpuckers Book 2)

Published: 25th May 2017

Publisher: Self Taught Ninja

Author: Lili Valente

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLiliValente

Twitter: @lili_valente_ro

 

Synopsis:

When the family dog trots in with my diaphragm in its mouth—in front of my date, his parents, and his adorable little girl—you would think I’d hit rock bottom.

WRONG.

Let’s back this up a sec…

Brendan Daniels is the sexiest man alive. The captain of the Badger’s NHL team is also clever, kind, funny, and was my good friend…until we cruised out of the friend zone one weekend with a red-hot fling. Come Monday morning, I wanted to keep riding the Big O train to happy town, but Brendan wanted someone who was “stepmom” material.

A.K.A, not me, apparently.

The problem? I’m crazy in love with him and his daughter. So when he asks me to be his pretend girlfriend for a long weekend with his former in-laws, I say yes. We’re still friends, after all, and friends don’t let friends fake it alone.

***

Laura Collins is the last woman I should be thinking about taking in the back seat of my car, in the woods behind my in-laws’ house, or in a hotel room where we’re sharing one very small, very squeaky bed.

I need a steady, stable influence for my daughter, not a fling with this too wild, too young, too impulsive red head. So what if she’s beautiful and intense and passionate and has the biggest heart I’ve ever known?

I don’t want to fall in love. I really don’t. The whole “pretend girlfriend” thing was supposed to solve my problems, buy me a little more time.

But when it comes to Laura?

Hell, maybe I’m just not cut out for faking it.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that takes place in the winter. Laura and Brendan sure find some fun ways to warm up after having some fun in the snowy landscape.

So after reading Hot as Puck I had a very good idea of who seemed to cause Laura’s heartbreak and it was none other than Brendan. A summer weekend of passion that could have turned into something a hell of a lot more. Love how it starts with Laura burning all her underwear. Goodbye bra you served me well! Seems this would be the moment pain in her PR butt Brendan would appear. He seems to have caught her at a bad time but after hearing some home truths on how she thinks he feels for her. Hate being top of the list as he always finds ways to be as unhelpful as possible with PR stuff. He decides to show a bit of solidarity with burning something of his too. Burning underwear aside they are both on a beach at sunset and he sure knows how to comfort her quickly, giving her plenty of time to back away if she wanted to. Seems they needed a push to get there but once they do its like they just click. It’s been hard for him being a single dad after losing his wife three years before and it turns out that Laura is the first person he’s been with since. Once isn’t quite enough though and soon you can feel it turning into something more the longer they spend together. Which is why it comes as a shock for Laura when – after she puts her heart out there – he knocks her back saying it would be too complicated with him being a single dad, as Chloe needs to come first.

So its back to being friends/work colleagues but you can still see the strain after months apart and now it looks like Brendan is about to test that friendship to the limits. Seems his ex-in-laws think he should have moved on so Chloe would have a female influence, knowing their daughter would have wanted him to be happy and not be alone. With his hectic career they might get the idea to have Chloe stay with them so she is in a more stable environment. (Side note: loved the ex-in-laws, they were a hoot). So his idea is simple, he needs to turn up for Thanksgiving with a girlfriend in toe. He just needs to convince Laura to be that girlfriend. He knows he messed up on something great and for stupid reasons it seems but he is willing to correct it. Laura is wary to help as she’s not sure how much her heart can take but it doesn’t take long before she agrees anyway. Pretending to be the girlfriend of the guy you completely fell for can’t be too hard can it? Well kissing seems to be a way to relax but lines might start to blur between fake and reality. Both might want the reality but they have a few crossed wires to sort out. Good job nosey siblings are always there to help.

That dog sure knows how to create an embarrassing situation for Laura. OMG I was dying when she got on the floor. That’s a sure way to confirm a relationship – you will have to read it to see what I mean. Its not long before the fake reality becomes the real thing and once it does its like they have four months to catch up on. Seriously this guy is packing some heat and stamina. Who could resist? But his head seems to be running away from him and get well ahead of Laura’s. You can totally see why she would react the way she did. Two people so suited for each other but they have to remember there is a third in the mix.

Chloe was a cutie and I loved her text chats with Laura. Loved all the text archive chats really as it gave a different feel to certain parts. Love how the epilogue of this one links up with Libby’s. Those girls are going to have a surprise for each other the next morning. Also nicely linking in Brendan’s feisty sister Diana with the next hockey hunk who will grace our lives. These boys sure know how to heat up the ice. Another great read but I’d expect nothing less.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Birthright’ by Jessica Ruddick

Title: Birthright: The Legacy Series Book 1

Published: 26th January 2017

Author: Jessica Ruddick

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorJessicaRuddick

Twitter: @JessicaMRuddick

Synopsis:

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies? Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda. While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a purple cover. I do love all things purple and this cover made my day – love it!

So Ava and her mother are seekers. Descendents of a fallen angel who made a deal with God to get back into heaven. All his descendents from then on would become seekers. Their job is to find new souls who have the potential to become new angels. Once they find someone with a pure white aura (only finding people within your own age range) they have to give the name to their handler, a reaper. Its reapers who create, for lack of a better word, these peoples deaths so their souls can be collected and tested to see if they have what it takes to become an angel. Now Ava and her mothers’ handler Xavier is one nasty piece of work. If he threatens someone you can guarantee that he will follow through. With being a seeker they are immortal to a point. So what kind of pain do you think you might have to endure if you can’t die.

Ava found out about her heritage on her sixteenth birthday – not the gift she thought she’d get and definitely not the kind of job she thought she’d have to do for the rest of her life. For a year she has had to hone in on her gifts and find people when a new assignment comes in from Xavier. At first she didn’t really understand what was happening but now she does she knows nothing will ever be the same again. She can’t see how its fare for her to condemn good people to die before their time is up, even if they do have a chance to be an angel. The system is flawed in her eyes but she doesn’t want to go against it more than when she is told she has two weeks to find a new white soul. The one she finds she can’t explain as nothing seems right about it and she soon finds all she wants to do is protect to one who has it – Cole.

From the moment they meet there is a spark but it’s the back and forth sparing that will keep you reading to see where it goes. Seems they get paired on a project at school that will keep them close for a few weeks. Not that she’s complaining much. He may act like a bit of an asshole sometimes but she can’t deny the way he makes her feel or the pull that’s there. Its not until she lets down her guard and sees his aura that she starts to panic – it’s white. So white in fact that it pulses but the more she gets to know him and his past the more she is convinced something else is going on as he shouldn’t have an aura that white. His is the name she needs to give but the one she wants to protect the most. She’s trying to find a loophole so she can save him but is she willing to follow through on her plan? Causing trouble and breaking the rules leads to trouble for her and her mother and it looks like death might have marked Cole regardless. With his past coming back to cause trouble it puts them both in harms way. She longs to protect him from what’s coming but it’s his instincts that go into overdrive when she is in need of protecting. A road trip has its dangers but pulls them closer together. Lets get that spark growing some more shall we?

Interesting mix with the reapers, seekers and angels and how the systems work – or don’t as Ava sees it. You can clearly see a protective streak in Cole from the get go. He is drawn to Ava as much as she is to him but holds himself back. Well not completely, cracks start to appear at all the best times. Intriguing ending that kept you guessing right till the end as to how it would play out. Lets hope Ava and Cole can make a way through the chaos that’s coming their way. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Power: The Shadows’ by J.J. Angel

Title: Power: The Shadows (Volume 1)

Published: 24th April 2017

Author: J.J. Angel

Twitter: @powerthenovel

Synopsis:

A supernatural entity descends upon the unsuspecting community of Nura, Nevada with a voracious appetite and when a string of disappearances occur, local law enforcement officers are left to investigate. What lies waiting for them is something deadlier than they could ever fathom. Mankind’s only hope rests within the hands of two friends who are caught in the crossfire of a supernatural war and their youth. When they acquire strange paranormal abilities, the terror becomes apparent and they soon learn that it will be up to them to save the world from utter destruction. However, the enemy is getting stronger and hungrier and our protagonists will have their work cut out for them. Can they survive long enough to save Earth, or will humanity face a chilling and dark end?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about Sci-fi. Took me a little while to get into but once it gets going it starts getting really interesting.

So we start off planet somewhere in the galaxy on another planet where the inhabitants are being exterminated. Monsters and darkness are coming and only one can escape. Light seems to be a way to fight the darkness and soon us on Earth are going to need to know this to fight back.

Back on Earth, or just outside it, a group of astronauts working for S.E.T.E are trying to fix a satellite when something attacks them – well the one outside that is. This is where the story takes a bit of a twist as we start to follow the ‘something’ back to Earth and see just how it evolves with what it comes into contact with. Side note: you do not want to come into contact with it. If seen run away as fast as possible and hope it hasn’t seen you first or you are pretty much fucked. A creepy feeling from that point on with whatever this ‘thing’ is. You know it is bad news but you aren’t completely sure what it is. So I can safely say that Nura is definitely a place I will not be travelling to as all who go there seem to have a bit of a bad fate. Even for the ones that go there to try and help in some way.

S.E.T.E is an interesting corporation that knows more than they are letting on. The cops are clearly in the dark about what’s really happening but might be able to shed some light if they keep digging. But its Amare and Rupert who are about to start a journey where their lives will most definitely be put in extreme danger. But with the help of Ya’asha they might just be able to save not just themselves but the planet. Seems darkness is coming and claiming all and everything it sees.

Interesting read that, once its going a bit, will keep you guessing as to what might happen next right up till the end. A few corrections needed throughout but hopefully will be sorted shortly.  Intriguing to see where it goes from there with the two boys new powers coming stronger. Looks like they will need them for what’s to come.


3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘River Spell’ by D.B. Sieders

Title: River Spell (Southern Elemental Guardians Book 4)

Published: 4th May 2017

Publisher: Griffyn Ink Publishing

Author: D.B. Sieders

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DBSieders

Twitter: @dbsieders

Synopsis:

She’s out for vengeance. He’s seeking justice.

Exiled and alone in a strange land, Rhinemaiden Gwen is still traumatized from her capture and torture by mortal monster hunters. To exorcise her demons, she doles out vigilante justice on mortal criminals—until former cop turned private investigator, Kwame Johnson, stops her in her tracks.

Captivating and enigmatic, Kwame is more than another mere mortal, and he’s just beginning to understand the nature of the special sense that helps him track down missing persons. Gwen can help him reach his full potential, but can she trust a man who was hired by the monster hunters to track her down?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with water on the cover. A great read of the magical world of mermaids and elementals. Even though it is the forth in the series it can be read alone. Though reading the others might give you a bit more insight into the world as a whole and not just Gwen and Kwame’s part in it.

Gwen’s a mermaid with some awesome tricks up her sleeve and Kwame’s an ex-cop turned PI who has an ancient heritage that’s about to make one hell of a come back. Seems they are more alike than they thought.

Abby hires Kwame to find a woman who was held by her grandfather in hopes she can find answers about what happen to him in a lab accident. She might not like the ones she gets but it’s a journey she’s on whether she likes the outcome or not. She knows the woman in the picture isn’t human – well she has some sample DNA that might prove it – and with Kwame’s special gift for finding people she’s hoping he will help prove it and find out what happened to her grandfather in the process. That little bit of info has him hooked and with the tingling in his head getting stronger he knows he has to take the case. He just gets more than he bargained for when he meets her.

Gwen went through hell at the hands of her human captures and is still at the mercy of them through her flashbacks and nightmares. Man alive you want to kick the shit out of them for what they did in the name of science. Dr Dunvart is a very bad man who went off his rockers crazy in his lab in the search of answers. It’s because of this that she feels compelled to dole out her own form of justice to those who would poison her waters. Throwing a ship out of the water and blowing it up doesn’t seem to do the trick as they are back a week later but this time things end a little differently after she spots someone coming to aid who has a distinct feel about him.

Slow burn chemistry between Gwen and Kwame. She might be stuck with him due to him binding her without knowing how (inner magic being pulled to the surface it seems) but it soon becomes apparent that they want and need each other too. You may say that they crossed paths for a reason. Eternity at their finger tips perhaps? Well if they can out run monster hunters that are coming for their kind that is. A quest has begun but the outcome is uncertain. Gwen plans on helping him find out about his heritage and what he really is, hoping when they do they can figure a way to break the binding spell. Kwame needs her help with another missing persons case; she’s just hoping doing this will take the heat off her. Elementals could be involved but could also be the key to finding them. She might be with Kwame because of the binding spell but the longer she’s in his presence the more he wants her there for good. He wants her to stay with him because she wants to not because she has to. He wants to hold back and take things slow but our girl Gwen has other ideas. Not that he’s complaining for long, they do have some fun.

Thought Bruce was a hoot giving a comical value when needed, Jack was great and really came through as the father figure she never knew she missed and Zamba was an all-seeing guru of sorts. Well when she’s not imprisoning people that is. Law needs to change and it looks like the Elementals might have just found the perfect team to help.

Love Gwen’s abrupt way of talking, awkward and funny all the time without always meaning to be but in a sweet way. With her you have to say exactly what you mean or she won’t understand you. She’s honest with you so be honest back. Remember this Kwame!! Liked the use of elemental magic and what everyone could do. Turning into a dragon is kind of cool. Comes in handy too when the need arises.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Griffyn Ink Publishing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Code Name: Forever & Ever’ by Natasza Waters

Title: Code Name: Forever & Ever (A Warrior’s Challenge Series Book 5)

Published: 11th November 2016

Publisher: Waterfall Press

Author: Natasza Waters

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Natasza-Waters

Twitter: @NataszaWaters

Synopsis:

When an Ivy League girl falls for a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, all the cards are stacked against them except one. Love refuses to die in Code Name: Forever & Ever.

Harvard graduate Margaret Stines rejects the job offered on a silver platter by her father. With a modeling contract in one hand and her possessions in the other, she leaves the neon lights of Glittertown for San Diego. She’d rather enlist in the Navy than marry the Hollywood wannabe executives her father brings home for dinner. A rebel at heart, Marg is seduced into the arms of a sailor. Only he’s the wrong one and when she meets his best friend Patrick Cobbs, she realizes her impetuous act will crucify her in his eyes.

Patrick is given one chance to leave the slums of San Diego to become a Navy SEAL. Recently graduated from BUD/S training, he and his swim buddy Thane Austen are infallible and cocky, certain they’ll earn their Tridents. While celebrating their success at St. George’s, Patrick meets Marg, but there’s no time to start a slow burn between them when the club goes up in flames. Worlds apart, Pat is the last guy Marg’s anti-military parents want for their daughter. With her grandfather’s name etched on the Wall of the Fallen, Marg’s father will do anything to keep them apart. Pat’s father’s a drunk; his family is poor. He has nothing to offer Marg except the man he wants to become. Only one person believes in them, and he’s dead.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with an outstanding hero or heroine. Well this one had three of them – Marg, Patrick and Thane – so get ready for a great emotional read. This story can be read as a stand alone.

A bittersweet read where I almost want to pretend the very beginning and ending didn’t happen. Get ready for a few tears because this one will definitely pull at the heartstrings when you get back to the ‘present’ day. Lets live in the past for now though.

So this is where we find out how it all began with Marg and Patrick, though she does bump into Thane first. New in town after breaking away from her parents and wanting to make it on her own modeling in a new town – one that happens to be filled with Seals mined you, hello hotness – Marg feels the need to let off some steam. Enter Thane, one sexy Seal who will hook you with a smile. A one-time thing that she has no intention of repeating but that doesn’t stop her from going back to the same bar again. See its not him she’s looking for but the silver eyed dream man she saw earlier while out with her grandmother. One look and she was hooked, now she just has to find him.

She doesn’t have to look too far though as it turns out he is none other than Thane’s best friend and diving buddy Patrick. Now if Thane had any hope of getting her for a girl that went right out the window the moment she was in front of Patrick again. It’s like the rest of the world vanished and he was her centre. Glad it goes both ways but nothing is ever that simple. How will he cope if (or rather when) he finds out he was second? Not second choice though lets make that very clear, even if it takes him a little while longer to see that. From the moment they meet its like they can see their future but he is in the training stage of becoming a Seal and knows the danger that it entails. Something Marg is only too familiar with after hearing more of her grandmothers’ stories. Her first love and Marg’s biological grandfather was a Seal too it seems. She knows how quick a connection can come and the risks of being with one. She can also see her granddaughter is going to follow the same path she did. Well if Patrick can get his head out of his arse and realize that she is not going anywhere no matter what he or her family says. She seems to be a bit of a danger magnet herself anyway with fires popping up and trouble at sea. But she shouldn’t worry too much as it seems she has a guardian angel looking out for her and those she loves – that includes you Patrick. Love the theme of that throughout as it helped link with something that happens at the end – even if I’m pretending it didn’t happen. To me we are living in the past not the present so there.

Loved Thane and all the other Seals and their partners as it helped create a realistic world that Marg would become a part of. Secrets never stay secret for long but sometimes you can come out the other side of them for the better. Great bit of storytelling that will pull at the heartstrings and will keep you hooked until the end. A true love story about soul mates that once found will never truly be parted.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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