Friday, 31 May 2013

Scent of Magic (Healer 2) Maria V. Snyder

The Book
Release Date: 3 December 2012

Avry of Kazan, the last Healer of the mystical Fifteen Realms, has a power that can’t be matched. But in the minds of her friends and foe alike, Avry no longer exists. Now, as the psychotic King Tohon builds an army mightier than any that has been seen before—a league of undead soldiers—Avry must face her toughest, most terrifying battle alone. Fighting to be reunited with her family and her lover Kerrick, Avry must infiltrate Tohon’s troops. But does she have the power, the rare magic; to do what legend says is impossible?

My Opinion  5 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin (UK) Limited for an honest review**

I loved this book, but i did struggle with the change of narration between Avry and Kerrick as there was no warning the change was happening.

It would have been nice if the book had more about the other supporting character like the first as this focused more on Kerrick and Avry and their running stories. Although I'm not sure if Kerricks adventure was really needed.

And the ending? Holy crap. Do we really have to wait another year for the next book? Arrrrrrr. Thats so NOT fair!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Touch of Power (Healer 1) - Maria V. Snyder

The Book
Release Date: 20 December 2011


Avry’s power to heal the sick should earn her respect in the plague-torn land of Kazan. Instead she is feared. Her kind are blamed for the horrifying disease that has taken hold of the nation. When Avry uses her forbidden magic to save a dying child, she faces the guillotine. Until a dark, mysterious man rescues her from her prison cell. His people need Avry’s magic to save their dying prince. The very prince who first unleashed the plague on Kazan.

Saving the prince is certain to kill Avry – yet she already faces a violent death. Now she must choose – use her healing touch to show the ultimate mercy or die a martyr to a lost cause?

My Opinion  5 STARS

The writer takes you into another world and the story is excellent. With. The narration you really feel like you are there with the characters and really experiencing it with them. 

The story holds many twists and turns so you are never quite sure how the book is going to turn out which is a blessing. I don't actually like figuring whats going to happen, it sort of ruins the story.

Anyway Avry is a strong, determined female character and all the supporting roles are excellent. I love Kerrick but found him a little too closed off. His change of feelings was more than a little surprising, but felt right.

I sooooo cannot wait for the next book!!!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Healed (Scarred 2) - J.S. Cooper

The Book
Release Date: 25 March 2013
Lexi Lord has dreamed of dating Bryce Evans for years. And now that her dream has become a reality, she is no longer sure that he is the man for her. When tragedy strikes in their lives, they take a good hard look at their relationship and their very existences.

There are some ties that can never be broken, but Lexi and Bryce have to decide what love can heal them from their scarred pasts and what love they have to let of of. Sometimes letting go is the greatest gift of all.

My Opinion  1.5 STARS
I was really disappointed with this story.

I mainly only read it due to the way the last book ended but really wish i hadn't wasted my time even though this was more like a short novella.

The is a decent story underneath, however the writing really brings it down. The feelings do not feel real, sometimes their conversations are to advanced for people of their age and the romance scenes.... God where do i start. 

The romance scenes leave a lot to be desired. At times i was crying out REALLY? You wanna write it like that? I couldn't relate to them, they felt forced and were poorly written. Either hint at what they do or write it properly otherwise it just doesn't work. It really helped to bring the book down.

I am sorry to say i will probably not read another book from this author.

Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour 3) - Olivia Cunning

The Book
Release Date: 5 February 3013
Book #3 in reading order of events in book series, per author

There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil.

Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart.

When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.

My Opinion  5 STARS
This book was hot. We had the Jace, the rock star with the troubled past who liked pain with his pleasure and we had Aggie the Dom who could break down his walls whilst giving him exactly what he needed.

This book builds on the books past but it also forged ahead in the story of the previous books along with the other members of the band.

Loved the angst that Jace had and the slight battle that Aggie had in getting Jace to talk. 

On another note, man this group of rock stars are unfortunate in their accidents at the moment. Are there going to be any more?

A brilliant series.

Rock Hard (Sinner on Tour 2) - Olivia Cunning

The Book
Release Date: 1 April 2011
An ultimatum can break your heart.... 

Every night lead singer, Sed Lionheart whips thousands of women into a frenzy with his voice alone. But the stage is the only place Sed feels any passion since he lost Jessica...

If you’re not willing to break all the rules...

It shattered her heart, but law student Jessica broke off her engagement to Sed, determined to be successful on her own terms. But no other man can ever hold a candle to Sed...

Then a chance meeting and tortuously close quarters lead to uncontrollable flares of passion and rediscovery of their unique penchant for public encounters. Now, in addition to the risk of mutual heartbreak every time they get together, they’re in danger of truly scandalous public exposure...

My Opinion  4 STARS
This book was really good and had me crying and laughing at times. 

Lots happened to keep the book really interesting and the interaction between the two was really good especially the chemistry.

These two really couldn't keep their hands off each other. 

Can't wait to read the next book.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour 1) - Olivia Cunning

The Book
Release Date: 1 October 2010
Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance...

For him, life is all music and no play...

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius...

She's the one to call the tune...

When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on...

Then the two lovers' wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory... and sin...

My Opinion  4 STARS
This book was good and it made a nice change to have the male lead character to the more sensitive of the two even though he still had that alpha male in him.

Myrna a skittish woman with commitment issues thanks to her ex-husband is a smart older woman. Thanks to a chance meeting at the hotel where she is attending a conference gets to meet one of her favourite bands, and in particular Master Sinclair (Brian).

Their relationship sizzles from the beginning and they both open each others eyes.

A brilliant story.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Rock my Bed (Black Falcon 2) - Michelle A. Valentine

The Book
Release Date: 22 April 2013
Everything always seems to fall into place for twenty-four year-old Aubrey Jenson, except for when it comes to her luck with men. Bad boys always draw her in and crush her heart, and Black Falcon’s lead guitarist, Riff, is no exception. After sharing a few wild nights together, she leaves him behind, knowing a guy like Riff isn’t the relationship type, merely just a play thing. 

When she returns to New York, she tries to get the passion she felt in Riff’s arms out of her head by dating Isaac, a successful representative at Center Stage Marketing. Just when she thinks she’s forgotten Riff, she’s forced to see him again when her best friend, Lanie, ropes her into being a bridesmaid for her upcoming wedding to Black Falcon front man, Noel. 

Sparks fly instantly between Aubrey and Riff when they’re forced to reunite, and suddenly she finds herself caught between the man that’s good for her and the one who completely rocks her in every way. 

**New Adult Romance--Book 2 in the Black Falcon series. This book can be read without reading book one.**

My Opinion  4 STARS
This is the story of Riff (Zach) and Aubrey along the same time period of books one and 1.5 in the series adding to the complexity of the story.

These two were just as compelled to be together as Noel and Lanie, just they didn't have the background together and the previous heartbreak from each other.

Both had their little issues to sort out but they both seemed stronger individuals but together seemed really sweet.

Another brilliant book in the series.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Tall, Dark and Divine - Jenna Bennett

The Book
Release Date 23 April 2013

Being the Greek god of love doesn’t mean you believe--or want--anything to do with that sappy emotion. Sure, Eros runs his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, but finding his own love has never been part of the equation. When he spots the sweet baker who works across the street, he vows to match her with someone else before she stirs his sullen heart.

Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.
Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone who isn’t him—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.

My Opinion  2.5 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

This book gets 2.5 stars

I really wanted to like this book more than i did. It held a lot of promise, but at times it felt like i was just reading fluff. The wasn't really enough substance to the story to make it believable or the emotions ring true.

I truly hope the next book in the series delivers more than this.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Wife in Name Only - Hayson Manning

The Book
Release Date: 20 April 2013

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she's married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise.

Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman he married. Now she’s so much more…

When a storm strands Rory in Tonga, will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?

My Opinion  2 STARS

**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review*

The only really good bit about this book was at the ending.

It seamed that we missed the main good bits from this couples story, the getting together and the splitting apart.  None of the reminiscing really told how and why they 'parted' as  they did with enough detail.  We didn't get enough to say what this love was based upon, when it seemed it was just lust.

The telling of the story felt stunted and slightly forced and did not flow smoothly, even the sex scenes felt rushed over.

I was disappointed by by this book.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Skin in the Game - Jackie Barbosa

The Book
Release Date: 27 May 2013

Angela Peterson was always the quiet, shy kid growing up in Harper Falls, crushing on the high school quarterback and honing her football strategy skills. Now grown up and coaching the high school team, she’s shocked when that same sexy quarterback returns to Harper Falls asks her back to his hotel room. And then tries to steal her job.

Injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds is in Harper Falls to take over as interim head coach, and he never thought the tall, blond bombshell he propositioned would offer up any resistance. Not to a repeat of the amazingly wild night they shared and certainly not to his coaching position. 

But the Harper Falls High Eagles are Angie’s team, and even the hometown hero won’t take that away from her, no matter how hot he is. As the two engage in a battle of wits and wills, this is one game neither is prepared to lose.

My Opinion  4 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

Ok... so in this book we have the previously shy geeky kid who has now turned into the Red wine drinking, soccer loving, math teacher that has turned until the preverbal swan. Then we have the former school star quarterback who made it big but is currently in-between jobs due to an injury. 

Of course the couple have problems to overcome, hot sex (a must in these types of books) and a man intent on causing our swan trouble.

Although the story is sweet, its nothing to write home about and the ending feels a little too rushed. But it does leave a great opening for another book in the series with another couple.

The book is not that long and didn't take too long to read (i read it in less than a day).

Altogether a sweet short story.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

His Risk to Take (Line of Duty 2) - Tessa Bailey

The Book
Release Date: 13 May 2013
The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…
Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.
Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into O’Hanlon’s Pub and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?

My Opinion  4 STARS

**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

Although this book had a seriously hot rating its not as good as its predecessor.

We had Troy, the dominant alpha male and Ruby the sassy strong willed pool hustler and now integrated life or death situation.

The author again had some good on liners and sentences, however the ending felt slightly rushed and incomplete.

Still i avidly look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Protecting What's His (Line of Duty 1) - Tessa Bailey

The Book
Release Date: 23 February 2013
She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste. 

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

My Opinion  4 STARS
Good grief, this book is so hot its throwing out steam!

Derek is an all alpha, possessive male who can be a little pushy at times. Ginger is a strong willed, sassy loyal sister. The two of them together are dynamite.

The writing is brilliant and the author has some seriously good one liners and sentences that are just genius.

I am definitely looking forward to reading book two!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Love Me (Take a Chance 2) - Diane Alberts

The Book
Released: 13 May 2013
Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Faulk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get close to her. Yet she resists his

Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.

My Opinion  4 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

This book was an excellent second book in the Take a Chance series.

The book was fast paced and never slowed down, gripping you and taking you on the roller-coaster journey that was Brianna and Thomas (Tommy).

The emotions came through strong and felt very realistic, never feeling forced or out of balance with the situation that they were in, although things did happen very fast.

An excellent book and I greatly anticipate the third book!

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Dream Nights with the CEO: Secret Desires - Kathy Lyons

The Book
Release Date: 27 May 2013
Hotel chain CEO and millionaire Wyatt Monroe is a stick in the mud. Sure, he's hot as sin, even with the tie, but free-spirited assistant Megan Bradford refuses to jeopardize their perfect working relationship. Why mess that up with sex? She knows he's the love 'em and leave 'em type, and she's determined to find a family man. Wyatt would never cross the line between boss and employee with Megan, no matter how hard it might be to resist the temptation. But when they visit a mysterious B&B in a bid to acquire the property, he starts having erotic dreams about the sexy brunette that make it hard to resist her in daylight.  Soon the line between reality and dreams further blurs when they learn they were sharing the same erotic dreams… 

My Opinion  5 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

I loved this book, however it was a little on the short side and felt more like a long novella as it really didn't take that long to read.  I wasn't expecting the paranormal aspect to the story but it really added something to it.

At the end of this book i had a grin on my face (before the epilogue).  The dialogue is good and at times humorous.  The writer really takes you into the story and you actually believe the emotions that the characters are displaying.  It doesn't ring as unbelievable or forced.

The writer has a natural talent for bringing across the emotions of her characters.

A really good read.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

His Southern Temptation (The Boys are Back in Town 2) - Robin Covington

The Book
Release Date: 20 April 2013

Some women are bad. Some women are a bad idea. The best ones are both...

A former Black Ops assassin, “Lucky” Landon has had more near-misses than a man should ever have. Now he’s out of that business and settling into the simple life in his small hometown. So the last thing he ever expected was to end up at gunpoint. Or that the woman holding the gun would be his best friend’s little sister and Lucky’s on-again/off-again lover.

Taylor Elliott is Trouble, and she likes it that way. And seeing Lucky again? Well, he’s been her dirty little secret for the past few years and everyone knows that secrets in a small town are almost impossible to keep. But Taylor has bigger problems on her plate. Like the local mob boss who wants her dead. 

And right now the only thing standing between Trouble and disaster is a hottie named Lucky...

My Opinion 4 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

This book was so much better than the first. I loved Lucky as a character and thought that Taylor was a good match for him.

The scenes from this story sizzled and the romance was brilliant, you had the tug of war, the realisation and the pure happiness of them both.

This book as a joy to read with all the 'hot' bits enough to light a fire in almost everyone.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

A Night of Southern Comfort (The Boys are Back in Town 1) - Robin Covinton

The Book
Released: 15 June 2012
One night of passion... 

Detective Jackson Cantrell never imagined that one night with an irresistible stranger would turn his life upside down. He’s spent years living in the shadows, but Dr. Michaela Roarke awakened a passion inside him he'd buried years ago. 

He never expected the woman would turn out to be the governor's daughter...and his next assignment. The governor blackmails Jackson to secretly watch over Michaela and protect her from a stalker, or kiss his dream job at the FBI good-bye. Swearing to keep things strictly professional, Jackson moves in with Michaela. Too bad his heart can't keep the same promise. 

But when the stalker's attacks quickly escalate beyond mere photographs to bodily harm, Jackson must race to save Michaela's life. And he’ll have to figure out how to keep her once she discovers his lie.

My Opinion  4 STARS
This book was good, but the ending felt rushed and unbelievable. As a first book for the author however, its not bad at all.

The story moved fast in some places, but felt a little sluggish in others, but the romance and chemistry between the pair certainly sizzled. Would I want me some Jack Cantrell? You'd better believe it.... 

The mystery is kept close and only shown at the end, but those good 'ole sluthers MAY just guess how did it. It was certainly a surprise on my end.

On the whole, it was a fairly decent read.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin 8) - Jennifer Estep

The Book
Release Date: 26 March 2013

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot. 

Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me— Gin Blanco, aka the Spider—it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’s priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.

Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.

My Opinion  4 STARS
This book was much better than the last and kept at a constant fast pace until the last few chapters where it practically went at a snails pace.

Gin is back to being her bad-assed self with all the other characters practically only having cameo roles in this novel.

Fin is still being vain, the relationship between Bria and Gin is blooming and the relationship between Gin and Owen is still stagnant

There is not too much left unanswered in this novel, however there are a few loose ends that can tie into another book, like there should be in all good series. 

Altogether i'm pleased that this book was so much better than its predecessors.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Widow's Web (Elemental Assassin 7) - Jennifer Estep

The Book
Release Date: 21 August 2012

I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique.

Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town. 

Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking. 

Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

My Opinion  3 STARS
This book really makes me want to punch Owen. The man really needs to 'man up', grow a pair of balls and not blame Gin, because he is.

Philip is a great character, and i hope to see more of him in the other coming novels in the series.

I feel, just like the previous book that the series has turned more towards Gin and her feelings than the assassin part, although we do see her growing as a character.

Hopefully the next book will be better than this one.

By a Thread (Elemental Assassin 6) - Jennifer Estep

The Book
Release Date: 28 February 2012

The sixth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series featuring Gin Blanco, who by day owns a Tennessee BBQ joint, and by night is a tough female assassin known as the Spider. I never thought I’d need a vacation from being an assassin….

My name is Gin Blanco, and I’m the assassin the Spider. All the Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning for me and trying to make a name for themselves by taking out the Spider. So I think it’s a good idea to get out of Ashland for a while until things cool down.

So I’m headed south to a swanky beach town, along with my baby sister, Bria, for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when an old friend of Bria’s is threatened by a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. But this time, not even my own Ice and Stone power may be enough to save me from coming home in a pine box…

My Opinion  4 STARS

Although the characters grow a lot in this book i did not find this book to be as good as the others even though i gave it the same amount of stars.

I admit, i was worried once Mab has been killed off that the series would stumble somewhat. But it hasn't.

Donovan, however, was portrayed as, well, weak. I mean come on, he has his fiancee but he can't get Gin out of his mind. RIIIGGHHTT. The man has lost his decency and now comes over as, well, wet. Well done Gin for turning your nose up at his in your own subtle way.

I do however have more respect and love somewhat more Owen. The love and respect he has for Gin, to let her do things that she needs to do, however it makes him feel. He's hardcore.

I look forward to see what the rest of the series brings.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Thread of Death (Elemental Assassin 5.5) - Jennifer Estep

The Book
Release Date: 31 January 2012

Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn't mean that it's smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab's funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland's most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab.

My Opinion  4 STARS
This novella deals with the events of Mabs funeral and is told from the view of both Gin and Jonah.

An action packed novella, that for a change, does not repeat everything she always does. It makes you wonder if someone else wrote the story :)

It's a good story and it certainly sets the scene nicely for the next book in the series.

Spider's Revenge (Elemental Assassin 5) - Jennifer Estep

The Book
Release Date: 27 September 2011

Old habits die hard. And I plan on mur­der­ing some­one before the night is through.

Killing used to be my reg­u­lar gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spi­der, assassin-for-hire. And I was very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly mat­ters: Mab Mon­roe, the dan­ger­ous Fire ele­men­tal who mur­dered my fam­ily when I was thir­teen. 

Oh, I don’t think the mis­sion will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more prob­lem­atic than expected. The bitch knows I’m com­ing for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters she hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keep­ing Bria safe is my first pri­or­ity. Tak­ing Mab out is a close sec­ond. 

Good thing I’ve got my pow­er­ful Stone and Ice magic — and my irre­sistible lover Owen Grayson — to watch my back. This bat­tle has been years in the mak­ing, and there’s a chance I won’t sur­vive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s com­ing with mat­ter what I have to do to make that happen.

My Opinion  4 STARS
This book is what we have all been waiting for - the show down between Gin and Mab. 

The book as more action packed and we do learn some new details about Gin's past and get an idea at how influential Gin's family must have been and potentially wealthy.

The author has gone all out in the narrative for the major fight seen and you could really see it in your minds eye.

I'm not sure how this book can be topped.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin 4) - Jennifer Estep

The Book
Release Date: 26 April 2011

I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.

But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. 

Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. 

The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling . . . or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead. . . .

My Opinion  4 STARS
This book mostly focuses on Gin's feelings towards those around her and her changing and new feelings for Owen.

Although this book was good, its getting more and more annoying that she is always recapping in how people are attached to Gin or how their powers work or how her parents died. Do we need it in every book?

Its nice to see Gin and her sister reconciled and that they both now have blood family along with adopted family.

Despite all the recapping its still a good series to read.

Spider’s Nemesis (Elemental Assassin, #4.5) - This short story spans a period of many years, beginning before Gin was born and ending during the events of Tangled Threads. It is told from the point of view of Mab Monroe and shows how the Fire elemental grew up, including her first meeting with Eira Snow, Gin’s mother.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Venom (Elemental Assassin 3) - Jennifer Estep

The Book
Release Date: 28 September 2010

What kind of assassin works pro bono?

It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. 

To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker—Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists. 

At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life.

My Opinion  4 STARS
This book was better than the first two books in regards to the plot line, however the amount of recapping brought the book down from what could have been five stars.

Gin's character really grows in this book and its nice to see where she ends up at the end of the book.

Gin's group of friends really stands up as a strong group and anybody would be glad to have a support network around them like hers.

A really strong book to add to the Estep collection.

Tan­gled Dreams (Elemental Assassin #3.5) - This short story takes place in between the events of Venom and Tangled Threads. It’s told from the points of view of Jo-Jo Deveraux and her sister, Sophia Deveraux. When a carjacker follows an injured Gin back to Jo-Jo’s beauty salon, Jo-Jo and Sophia join forced to eliminate the threat.

Tan­gled Schemes (Elemental Assassin #3.7) - This short story spans a period of time starting from the last chapter of Spider’s Bite and ending right before the beginning of Tangled Threads. It’s told from Detective Bria Coolidge’s point of view and shows her search for her long-lost sister Genevieve Snow. What Bria doesn’t know is what she’s going to do about the fact that Genevieve also happens to be the assassin the Spider.