Thursday, 28 January 2021

Lust Hate Love - Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

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Book: Lust Hate Love
Authors: Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Series: Fallen Angel, 4
Genres: MM Romance, Rockstars
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 30th December 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 28th January 2021

Description:

As the sexy, charismatic bassist for world-famous rock band Fallen Angel, whatever Killian Michaels wants, Killian Michaels gets.
Or at least that was the case until the band’s gorgeous new manager, Levi Walker, shot him down after a blistering first kiss.

For Levi, managing these five guys is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he’s not about to let a case of sexual desire get in his way. He’s efficient, professional, and plays by the book. But tension simmers beneath Levi’s cool exterior every time Killian’s near, and soon enough the passion boils over, consuming them both.

As the Corruption tour takes them from country to country, a heated game of cat and mouse ensues. Levi tries to deny the irresistible pull of Killian’s seductive nature, but with an attraction as strong as theirs, it’s only a matter of time before the lust-filled hate turns to love.

Review:

Got this from the KU Library.

It's Killian's turn! And about time, too. In the end of Angel, book 3 in this series, we saw that Killian's eye had been caught by the new band manager Levi, and this is their story. 

Levi has rules about not getting romantically involved with his clients after a bad experience in the past but he's finding it very hard to resist Killian's allure and Killian hasn't been tempted by anyone since Levi entered the frame.

I actually enjoyed being inside Killian's head for a change. He's always been the level headed one in the band, the one to keep the guys on track and in line so for him to be off his game, it was unusual, and I enjoyed seeing him trying to get Levi to take his interest seriously. I loved seeing him fall in love.

I did read book 3.5 - Slade, Jagger and Imogen's book - before this and it helps a lot to figure out some of the crap that goes down in this one towards the end.

I don't know why but I actually loved reading about Levi's crazy fashion sense. An electric purple suit with a bright yellow shirt? Turquoise trousers and a white shirt? He's so colourful! I love it.

Fallen Angel is a band that you feel you get to know personally, like they're your new best friends, and I won't be forgetting about them for a very long time - and may even revisit at some point in the future.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Angel - Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

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Book: Angel
Authors: Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Series: Fallen Angel, #3
Genres: MM Romance, Musicians/Rockstars
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 25th April 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 26th January 2021

Description:

As Fallen Angel embarks on their worldwide Corruption tour, frontman Halo is forced to deal with his newfound fame, as well as his intense feelings for his bandmate, Viper.

Because now Halo has everything he ever dreamed of and one surprise he never expected: a boyfriend.

And Viper has the one thing he never thought he wanted but found himself chasing down: a relationship.

From the very beginning, they were drawn to each other, but can these polar opposites find lasting love, or will their flame burn out?

ANGEL is the third book of the Fallen Angel Series and should be read following HALO and VIPER. Halo and Viper’s story concludes in ANGEL

Review:

Got this from the KU Library.

After the events of the last book and how it ended! I was equal parts squee! and what just happened? 

So, yeah, after Viper's little outburst during the party - insert dreamy sigh - they head off to Viper's to come to terms with what's just happened and their feelings for each other. And the fact that the world now knows they're together. Not to mention the big arse tour they need to get ready for.

I love Halo and Viper. I've loved reading their journey in the last two books and this one is great, too. I did feel like we had a lot of sex going on, though. Apart from that, I loved seeing them perform their first show and going to the awards ceremony We even see Trent in this one and he and Viper have their long overdue talk.

This does feel a little like a long extended epilogue where the guys reap the rewards of the hard work they've put in and then we get a chapter at the end from Killian's POV and his eye has firmly been caught by the new band manager, Levi. I need to read that one, too! STAT! Not forgetting the short in-between book involving Slade, Jagger and Halo's sister Imogen.

P.S. One thing I feel I have to mention is a song that's been running through my head from about half way through the last book and the start of this is Amazed by Lonestar. The lyrics just seem to convey the feelings between Halo and Viper to a T. Yeah, I know it's pretty much a country song but the lyrics are really fitting.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Viper - Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

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Book: Viper
Authors: Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Series: Fallen Angel, #2
Genres: MM Romance, Musicians/Rockstars
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 25th March 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 25th January 2021

Description:

Scorching chemistry. Red-hot lyrics. An irresistible bad boy.
Halo, the new lead singer for Fallen Angel, never stood a chance against Viper, the legendary lead guitarist for the band.

From the moment Halo set foot in Viper’s lair, the match was lit, threatening to consume the two men with the heat of their desire. But when their casual flings begins to morph into more, will it leave the entire band in flames?

After all, it may have been Halo who fell from grace, but it’s only a matter of time before Viper falls for an angel.

Review:

Got this from the Kindle Unlimited library - and I'm dying to read it!

So this picks up where Halo left off with Viper still in his bed, waking after having sex with Halo for the first time, and waking to find him gone. He's not sure how he feels about the other man sneaking out but by morning he's cranky as hell as they head into the studio to start recording their new album. Halo follows him out and they argue before figuring things out and falling back into bed and possibly a relationship?

I do love being inside Viper's head. I love how obsessed he is with Halo and for a serial erm...manizer? (A womanizer but with men?) he's got it bad. I love a lot of things about their relationship. They make each other better and I had goo goo eyes over them for most of the book.

The band's camaraderie is great, too. They aren't afraid to take the mick out of each other and they always have each others back or are willing to give the oblivious one a kick up the arse to make him see sense when needed.

That end bit gave me the warm and fuzzies and I cannot wait to read more of this rock band. Off to get book 3!

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Shadow Thief - Eva Chase

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Book: Shadow Thief
Author: Eva Chase
Series: Flirting with Monsters, #1
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Reverse Harem
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 22nd July 2020

My Rating: DNF @ 56%
Date Finished: 23rd January 2021

Description:

One sassy pyromaniac thief, three sexy-as-sin monsters, and a paranormal conspiracy of epic proportions.

It was an ordinary job. Another night, another asshole collector of the supernatural. I free some poor little beasties from their cages, pocket a few trinkets to pay my bills, and burn the place down on my way out. Just call me the Robin Hood of monster emancipation.

I didn’t count on three manly monsters following me home like lost puppies. Stunningly hot lost puppies, but still. Now I’ve got a seductively cheeky incubus, a sweetly enthusiastic demon, and a grimly stoic angel camped out in my kitchen. They’re determined to repay me for my help, and they won’t get out of my apartment until they’re satisfied we’re even.

To be fair, they’ve got no place else to go. A covert band of hunters captured their boss, and the trail is ice-cold. I’ll lend a hand if it means I can send them packing… and when it looks like we’re up against the same creeps who murdered the person I loved most, you’d better believe I’m all in.

Track down the baddies.
Steal back the boss.
Don’t get killed along the way.
Oh, and maybe hook up with a monstrous hottie or two.
Piece of cake.

I’m so going to regret this.

Review:

I got this from Kindle Unlimited.

DNF @ 56%

This starts with Sorsha breaking into a big house where she knows the owner has a collection of creatures in his exhibition room. Shadow creatures that need dark to escape but are kept under blinding lights. Sorsha breaks them all out and is shocked the next morning to find three of them waiting in her kitchen wanting to do her a favour back for freeing them. They also seek her help in freeing their boss from the band of humans who took him - and possibly the same group who tried to take Sorcha's "aunt" many years ago.

I did struggle a little with this one right from the start. I never really got into the storyline but I decided to carry on, thinking the action at the start might continue throughout but it was few and far between.

The description had me intrigued and I don't mind reverse harem books but up to the point i got to (56%) Sorsha had only slept with one of the three demons - the incubus - and was secretly lusting after the other two while trying to hunt down the people who had taken the demons' boss but it was going so slowly... I was bored. I was finding other things to do; buying other kindle books, watching tv instead of being engrossed in this. It just wasn't working for me.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Almost Just Friends - Jill Shalvis

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Book: Almost Just Friends
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone, #4
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 21st January 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 20th January 2021

Description:

Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free.

When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other.

Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun.

Review:

3.75 stars.

It's taken me a long time to finish this, mainly because other books on my Kindle were taking up all my attention and being a bit more angsty and action-packed than this one, but once I sat down and concentrated on this fully I got it finished in a handful of hours.

I grabbed this paperback from my favourite bargain bookshop: The Works for £2. I've had a taste of Jill's books and I do enjoy them so when I saw this, I decided to buy it.

It tells the story of Piper who's just celebrating - or rather not celebrating - her 30th birthday with friends at the local bar when she meets Camden, her next door neighbours oldest son. They flirt a little but shy away from anything happening between them initially but as they spend more time together, they start to care about each other.

This doesn't just focus on Piper, we also have her siblings' viewpoints, too. 
Gavin, an ex trouble maker, has come back for various reasons and one of them is his love for CJ - the man he hurt several years ago. We see their re-connection and it is quite lovely actually.
Winnie, the youngest, has come back from college and wants to help Piper fix up the place so they can all live together happily - only she's got a secret of her own, that her brother and a handful of others know about but not Piper. Yet.

This is a story of family and love, grief and forgiveness. It's heartwarming at time and others I felt a little prick of tears as they tried to deal with their issues. I thought it was really well written.

There was one scene I really loved that was near the end with Camden and Piper when she tells him to throw her journal in the lake and then has a panic when he actually does it before jumping in the lake despite her fear of water to try and rescue the bloody thing.

Halo - Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

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Book: Halo
Authors: Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Series: Fallen Angel, #1
Genres: MM Romance, Musicians/Rockstars
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 23rd February 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 20th January 2021

Description:

Massive world tours. Over a hundred million albums sold. Groupies galore.
Every day is a party for Viper and the guys of TBD, the biggest rock band in the world. But it all comes to a screeching halt when the lead singer walks out of the studio one day and never comes back.

Ear-blistering vocals. Butchered lyrics. Fame chasers.
After months of lackluster auditions, Viper, the lead guitarist and resident bad boy of the group, is ready to find solace in the bottom of a bottle. Time’s running out and the pressure’s on to find a new singer, but it isn’t until an angel walks through the door that the band’s prayers are answered.

Charismatic. Talented. Magic behind the mic. Halo is everything they’ve been looking for.
With a voice to match his stunning good looks, it isn’t long before Viper’s taking notice. But there are several reasons this is a bad idea:

1. Interpersonal relationships in the band are discouraged
2. Viper has already broken rule #1—big mistake
3. Halo is straight

Too bad Viper’s body isn’t listening to his head—at least not the one on his shoulders. But you can’t fake chemistry, not onstage and certainly not off it, and Viper and Halo? They have it in spades.

As both men try to resist the fire blazing between them, and the band is forced to reinvent themselves, it’ll be a complicated rise back to the top. But from the ashes of what was, something beautiful is born. Something better. And when the world finally sees Halo stretch his wings, they’ll discover what it’s like to fall for an angel.

Review:

I got this from the Kindle Unlimited library after being a bit of a geek and going through the story on Chapters - the interactive story app? - and getting intrigued by these two guys and how their relationship would progress.

This starts with the successful rock band TBD looking for another front-man after their old one walked out several months ago and never came back. In walks Halo, a talented guy with the voice they're looking for and decide to make him their frontman. Viper, an original member of TBD, feels an intense attraction to Halo from the moment he walks in the room and it only grows when he hears him sing - the only issue is Halo claims he's straight.

Since I'd read through the story on Chapters, I pretty much knew everything that was going to happen although in the app we only see Halo's POV and in this book we get alternating POV's between both Halo and Viper and i thought it was great to see what was going on in Viper's head.

I love the progression of this thing that sparks between them and Viper's innuendo and single mindedness when it comes to wanting to get in Halo's pants. That's why I've called it a thing because Viper isn't exactly the romantic type but the care and attention he's shown Halo makes me believe he truly cares about him and I cannot wait to read the next book to see where their relationship goes next.

Monday, 18 January 2021

Reclaimed - Jaymin Eve

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Book: Reclaimed
Author: Jaymin eve
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters, #2
Genres: Paranormal, Shapeshifters, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Umlimited 
Publication Date: 12th January 2021

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 18th January 2021

Description:

They all made a terrible mistake. One they will pay for.

For the past ten years I’ve been a victim. A victim to my pack. A victim to my true mate, who rejected me in the most brutal of ways. And a victim to Shadow Beast, who used me for his own gains.

Or did he?

The beast of mystery never reveals his whole hand, but one thing is for sure… in my time with him, I've changed. Now I will no longer walk the path dictated by the powerful men in my life. Never again will I let my strength be taken from me.

I must evolve or die.

And we all know, with a choice like that, there’s really only one answer.

Review:

I picked this up from the Kindle Unlimited library on its release day because i was curious.

So it literally picks up where the last left off with Mera in a crazy going-to-kill-someone mood believing her friend had been murdered with the consent of Shadow. In her anger she once again draws from the Shadow World, bringing hundreds of shadow creatures across before panicking and trying to send them back. Shadow helps her cage them and then they have their argument, coming to an understanding before Angel rushes in, telling them the Shadow World's lock has been broken and they can now head inside so Shadow can claim his powers and his world.

So, yeah. I read it. I felt more interested in the romance between Mera and Shadow in this one. Their feelings grew a lot - or maybe i should say; they grew more comfortable around each other, enough to admit things when shit got bad at times. I will admit that I got invested in them. Without the pack and other distractions like the library, we focused more on Mera and what was happening in her head. She did grow on me quite a lot.

There were quite a few surprises thrown in towards the end involving Dannie and a few other things that I didn't entirely see coming and then the last chapter? Not a fan of what the author did with that but I guess she had to end it in a way that left the third book with a strong starter since the plotline from the start of this series was getting into Shadows World and him getting his powers back and that's all sorted now. I will probably read it when it comes out.

Friday, 15 January 2021

Hands Down - Mariana Zapata

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Book: Hands Down
Author: Marian Zapata
Genres: Romance, Sports, Contemprary
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 2nd July 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 15th January 2021

Description:

Before he was Big Texas, he was Zac the Snack Pack.

Bianca Brannen knows time--mostly--heals all wounds. Including those your once loved ones might have unintentionally given you. (Those just take longer.)

She thinks she’s ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. Or at least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before the lights, the fans, and the millions, he’d been a skinny kid with a heart of gold.

Waltzing out of Zac Travis’s life should be easy. Just as easy as he walked out of hers.

Review:

Borrowed this from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

This starts with Bianca at work and taking a call from her cousin who asks her to go and get NFO star and his best friend Zac, since they haven't been able to get hold of him to tell him that his Paw-Paw has been admitted to hospital. It's been about ten years since Bianca last saw Zac, her teenage crush, and is reluctant to see him again but because she loves her cousin like a brother, she agrees to go see Zac and let him know what's happened. Before she realises it, Zac is a major part of her life again and the friendship they used to have has come back into full force. Only those pesky feelings she used to have for him haven't completely disappeared.

Mariana Zapata is the Queen of slow burn romances. You only ever see the woman's POV in her books and have to read the body language of the males to figure out what they're thinking and I think she is brilliant at it. Zac's facial expressions in this gave a lot away about how he was feeling but it still took somewhere around the 90% mark for the words to be spoken - the "I love you"s.

Her books are always long - I've pointed out several times I'm not the biggest fan of long books - but most of the time you don't even realise it because you're so engrossed in the story. The same could be said of this one although I did find Bianca a bit annoying at times with her persistent belief that Zac was only hanging around because he felt guilty for losing touch with her when he made sure she was there for everything and always wanted to hang out with her. I did feel like giving her a slap every now and then because it was pretty obvious he cared about you, you donut!

I also love how she writes the characters from her previous books into her latest. We see several of them in this one including characters from From Lukov with Love and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and even DeMaio House gym plays a vital part in this book.

P.S. I can't help feeling like we've met Enzo somewhere before...?

Monday, 11 January 2021

Wolf Girl - Leia Stone

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Book: Wolf Girl
Author: Leia Stone
Series: Wolf Girl, #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Shapeshifters, Paranormal
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 27th December 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 11th January 2021

Description:

When my parents were banished from Wolf City before I was born, I thought there was no way I would ever live in a pack again. Cuffed, with my shifter magic bound, I was forced to go to school with witches in order to keep my true nature from coming out.

Then I met him.

Sawyer Hudson.

The Alpha's son was visiting Delphi Witches' College and spotted me. He took one look at me, and an hour later, I was being pulled out of school, taken into Wolf City and leaving my parents and everything I knew behind.

It's the Alpha's son's selection year, the year he must pick a mate, and every female aged 18-22 must be in attendance.

I've landed myself in the middle of Werewolf Bachelor, and just when I think I've got a handle on things, Sawyer releases my cuffs, unbinds my magic, and sees what I really am.

The problem is, I don't know what this creature is that I transform into. It's not an ordinary werewolf, that's for damn sure.

Review:

I got this from the Kindle Unlimited library

This starts with Demi being picked on by her school class for being the only shapeshifter and her trapped wolf trying to break free causing her to leave the room at a run and heading outside where she lets out a howl of pure anger. Only she isn't alone, an attractive wolf shifter  - Sawyer - is behind her and invites her back to Wolf City - turns out he's the Alpha's son and will be Alpha very soon himself - and she goes with him, not expecting much, but finds herself included in a strange sort of real life The Bachelor type scenario.

I've never watched The Bachelor but i know the general idea for the show and this felt very similar. Although it was clear from early on that Sawyer is very much into Demi - more than any of the other girls, anyway. I liked how different it was in that way, I've never read a book that went along the lines of a dating show. It was kinda fun.

I actually really liked Sawyer. He wasn't the typical Alpha shifter. He could be very humble at times and was always considerate of what Demi wanted, unlike most other shifters you read about who are rather demanding and shove their thoughts and feelings onto others. I REALLY liked him! 
Until that end bit! What was that all about? Doing a total 180 because of one strange thing that happened and then publicly declaring your marriage to someone else without talking about it? That totally knocked my rating down a full star because after everything that you'd done for each other, you do that to her?! It was totally out of left field.
Fair enough Demi thinks she's figured out whats happened but then it ended and I'm all up in the air. On one hand I was loving it up until that last chapter or so... 

I need book 2 pronto so I can see what happens next with these two.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Wrath of the Gods - Leia Stone & Jaymin Eve

                                               48676173. sy475 
Book: Wrath of the Gods
Authors: Leia Stone & Jaymin Eve
Series: The Titan's Saga, #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 30th April 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 10th January 2021

Description:

#NeverTrustATitan

Maisey thought the worst thing to happen to her was Insta shaming or a midnight shift at the Crab Shack. Until she got dragged into the world of the gods.

Or more specifically, the world of one very annoying, bad at sarcasm, sex on legs, Titan.

Cronus was everything she never knew she wanted, or needed, in her life. And then he just left.

Left her alone, with no idea what's happening to the world, what's happening with the sins.

Only someone miscalculated. Whether it was Cronus or the fates, there's no way they can do this without Maisey.

Turns out, she's the most important piece

Review:

I've borrowed this from the KU Library.

This starts a few months after the events of the last book. Maisey is trying to get on with life after being left by Cronus but it's hard to forget him when she fell hard for him in the time they were together and she's still wearing the necklace that holds some of the sins. When Hyperion comes back to get her so they can capture another sin, she's thrown straight back into the chaotic life of the Titans - and into Cronus' arms.

I did enjoy this one but not as much as the first. The relationship between Maisey and Cronus quickly went back to full throttle and I'll admit that I did get a little attached to them as a couple - so much so that I did have a few tears at the end. We meet more Titans -  a race of Gods I don't know much about, really, apart from the fact that they were the parents of the Greek ones - and see their powers in action as they try to bring the last five/six sins back under control and into the necklace that Maisey wears. I think Cronus and Hyperion are my favourite Gods in this series.

The #hashtags were once again used annoyingly a little too often throughout the book and I started ignoring them after a while. They weren't adding anything to the story for me.

I can't decide whether to read book 3 or not. It's the last book in the series and I'm hoping that Maisey and Cronus will have some sort of HEA but I also can't say I'm that interested in how this particular series is going to end... I don't know. I did struggle at times with this one, preferring to do other things than finish this, but like I've already mentioned I am a little invested in Maisey and Cronus. Gah! Undecided...

Friday, 8 January 2021

The Alchemist and an Amaretto - Annette Marie

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Book: The Alchemist and an Amaretto
Author: Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Magic
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 11th October 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 8th January 2021

Description:

As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything—mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I'd rather run for the hills. It doesn't even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron's mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I've got a bigger problem. Students of his family's renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds--and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus...and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we'll protect the students.

And Aaron's parents too, I suppose. If we have to.
 

Review:

This starts with a paintball fight as the Crow and Hammer guild go against each other in an equal parts fun and training game. Afterwards our four main characters head back to the bar where the guild is based and discuss their plans for Christmas and it's decided they should all head to Aaron's parents house/guild/school for the holidays. Only things aren't quite as safe and secure as they seem at the school.

I do love these four people: Tori, Aaron, Kai and Ezra. They've grown into a tight-knit group over the previous books and I am really invested in their adventures - and their romances. Tori had previously dated Aaron but it didn't really last long and now she's realising her feelings for Ezra are a lot more than just friendship and she will do just about anything to save him from his inner demon. I'm very intrigued to see where that will end up going because he's always been the shy, sweet but deadly one.

As for the story of this one with the mutated shapeshifters. I kinda figured out who the bad guy was from pretty early on though I was a little surprised by just quite how deranged he ended up being.

It did surprise me by finishing at the 85% mark. I don't know what I was expecting since the story had wrapped up by that point. I think I was disappointed that I didn't have more to read of this group of friends. Since i got this from the KU library, I'm going to grab some more of the series soon.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Office Grump - Nicole Snow

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Book: Office Grump
Author: Nicole Snow
Series: Bad Chicago Bosses, #1
Genres: Enemies to Lovers, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 13th November 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 5th December 2021

Description:

My “interview” with bosshole supreme was anything but normal.
He picked the worst day ever to chase me off my favorite park bench.
I retaliated with a spray of cinnamon latte all over his Italian shoes.
Then—for some unholy reason—Magnus Heron offered me a job.

Even his name sounds like a piece of work.
Guess what? He is.
But when you're single, broke, and barely surviving in Chicago, you hop on the gift horse offering a six-figure salary and ride.
I picked the stallion on a one-way trip to hell.

It's not the impossibly long hours working under Grump-zilla.
It's not the fact that he's snarly, demanding, horribly rich, and chiseled.
It's not even the pesky way he makes me blush every flipping time we're together.
Mag is my boss. I'm his lowly assistant. Some rules are carved in stone.

That's my mantra until we're sharing a sunset too beautiful for life.
Alone with wandering lips, whispered secrets, and disaster in the making.
The plan was simple: punch the clock, get paid, and keep hating my boss.
What's the blueprint when the office grump brings me to my knees?

Review:

This one starts with Sabrina late for work after missing her bus only to be told they're letting her go from her position due to "right-sizing" - her bosses term for down sizing - and she heads to her favourite coffee shop for a commiseration bear claw and cinnamon coffee that she consumes on her favourite park bench. Only she gets interrupted by the attractive but grumpy Magnus Heron who wants the bench for his work. Neither leaves the best impression on the other but it does linger and Magnus decides the feisty girl may just be the perfect person for his EA position. Sabrina grudgingly takes the job but as they get to know each other feelings begin to emerge between them.

This was a long book but I didn't mind that most of the time because I was enjoying reading Brina and Mag's romance slowly blossom. It did take a while for anything to happen - somewhere around the 35% mark - and then it was kicked to the background again for quite a while and i honestly do not blame Brina for telling him where to go several times for the way he treats her sometimes.

I did like this. It took a long time to get to that HEA but it was good reading - if i little too long in my opinion. It did make me cry towards the end, though, because i had come to care for these people and i wanted them to work out. I even grew to like teenage Jordan, whose emotions were up in the air like nobodies business after his mums mugging - which was understandable. He didn't know Magnus so to suddenly find yourself living with a billionaire you've never really met had to be hard.

I'm also intrigued by Brina's best friend and roommate - Paige, I think it was. Is she going to be getting her own book? She had about as much spark in her as Brina so it would be fun to see what guy ends up taming her.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Thick & Thin - Charlie Cochet

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Book: Thick & Thin
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS, #8
Genres: MM Romance, Paranormal
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 1st February 2017

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 3rd January 2021

Description:

In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half-Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.

Review:

This one carries on from where the last one finished. Dex is now a human-therian hybrid and is trying to figure out how to tell his family and team mates about whats been going on with him lately.

It's a short one compared to most of the other books in this series but we still have quite a good storyline arc in it involving Wolf - one of Sparks' old colleagues - and how he's playing with them a little, which I'm sure will lead us right into the next one which is Seb and the doc's story that has been in the works for a handful of books.

I do love this group of friends. They are close and tease each other all the time but we've really gotten to know them over the last seven books and I think I'd have a serious meltdown if anything happened to any of them.

I accidentally bought book 9 a year or so ago, not realising I hadn't already got this one but now I've read it I can easily continue the story whenever I want - which will be soon, but not just yet. 

If you like mm romances where the guys can kick butt then you will really like this series.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Happily Undead in Dark River - Grace McGinty

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Book: Happily Undead in Dark River
Author: Grace McGinty
Series: Dark River Days, #2
Genres: Paranormal, Reverse Harem, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Erotica
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 30th January 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 2nd January 2021

Description:

There was no wake-up call quite like almost exsanguinating your main love interest while being compelled by your unhinged Maker.

No longer hanging onto her past as Mika McKellen, human, Raine was determined to take her new life and live it at one hundred percent. She was no longer an unwilling victim. She was a badass vampire and the (slightly exhausted) lover of several supernatural hotties. She'd been through enough now, so she was ready for a happily-ever-after that was filled with love and rainbows and lots and lots of mind-blowing sex. Sure, there was still the looming threat of an investigation by the ruthless Vampire Nation, but she'd done nothing wrong.

But when her long overdue, first real date with the sexy Sheriff is interrupted by someone bleeding on the floor of the diner, Raine began to wonder if there was even such a thing as happily-ever-after? It sure seemed like the Universe was mad she hadn't died in that ditch all those months ago.

But no one was unlucky enough to die twice in one year, right?

Review:

I read the first book in this series a few months ago and really quite enjoyed it: Newly Undead in Dark River, so when I got my KU subscription and saw this was in the catalogue I decided to grab this one, too.

This one picks up not long after the events of the first with Raine now being persona non grata in Dark River apart from her four guys. It's going to take some time for the townspeople to come to terms with Raine being the victim of their well-loved, long-term resident (who I won't name.) It seems that what went down in their little town has drawn the attention of the Vampire Nation and they are on their way to investigate.

I did enjoy the first one, this one wasn't quite as engaging. I felt this one was getting a little too complicated with all the new lovers she was acquiring. Four men I can cope with - and have read several books with four males in reverse harems - but I think that at the end of this Raine was quickly verging on about 7 or 8 men that she would happily share her bed with and the others not be bothered about. It was getting a little ridiculous for me. 

I can't say the storyline of this one pulled me into it, either. It was rather reminiscent of the first. Someone wants her dead, various attempts on her life and then saved by her guys - only the number of them has multiplied a little. There was quite a lot of sex in this, with various partners and combinations of men. It felt rather heavy on the erotica side of romance and I wasn't entirely convinced by the feelings floating around.

As much as I liked the first book I don't think I'll be continuing the series.

Friday, 1 January 2021

Books Read in 2020

Leanne's read-2020 book montage

Rules of Redemption
I Bet You
Wrecking Ball
The King's Men
The Raven King
The Foxhole Court
Midlife Bounty Hunter
Something Like Summer
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
Against the Wall
Emerald Blaze
Shelter in Place
Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words
To Seduce a Witch's Heart
The Hunter
Every Little Piece
The Red King
A Love Song for Liars
Boyfriend Material
QUEST: First Snow Book 1


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