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review 2018-03-17 18:04
This First Book Was Awful
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

This book was awful. I can't even with it. The writing wasn't great. The main character Charley is just painful. The other charschara were painful. There were too many things happening and at the end we get a ridiculous reveal about someone that Charley has become obsessed with.


You would think a story about the Grim Reaper would be exciting. You would be wrong. 


Charley Davidson is a Grim Reaper. She can see dead people (sorry had to do it). Working with her father and uncle they have a private investigations business. Charley and her family are looking into three people who were murdered and at the same time Charley is having dreams of someone named Reyes who she feels connected to. 


Charley is a mess. She's obsessed with a teen boy she saw years ago named Reyes. She has a terrible relationship with her stepmother and stepsister. Her father seems oblivious to their bad relationship. The only bright spot is her friendship with Cookie so she does have someone in her corner.


The secondary characters are not great though. I didn't like the stepmother or stepsister. Reyes is garbage. There's a character named Garrett that sucked. The three dead people were cool as was Charley's dead assistant Angel. Honestly if the Reyes stuff had been cut this book would have worked better. 


The writing was awful. The flow was awful. There was just information dumps all over the place. We get a scene where Charley is threatened by rape with her supposed love interest, and then he attempts to do so, while her sister is standing there. Yeah. And she still is obsessed with him through the whole book and I could not see it.


The world building was a mess. I can't even follow what was hapoenhap half the time because even though Charley was supposed to be investigating three murders gets obsessed with Reyes and the whole book just flails.


The ending was a mess. I'm not going to read another book in this series. Way too many things for me overlook. 


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review 2018-03-17 17:48
There's Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) by L.B. Gregg Review
There's Something About Ari - L.B. Gregg

Buck Ellis’s future seems pretty damn bright. With a full college scholarship in hand, he’s going to ditch Bluewater Bay and pave the way for his kid brother Charlie to do the same. The only fly in Buck’s ointment is his ten-year addiction to his best friend since second grade, his true love, and his Achilles heel: Ari Valentine, Mr. Least Likely to Succeed.

But then Buck’s mother dies, changing everything, and five years later, his future is still on hold. It’s a struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and Charlie on the straight and narrow. Buck can’t afford any temptation, especially in the form of the newly returned, super hot, super confident, super successful television star Ari Valentine.

ADHD poster-child Ari Valentine left for Hollywood and lost everything, including his bad reputation. Then the breakthrough role of his skyrocketing career lands him back in Bluewater Bay, to the stunned disbelief of, well, everyone. But there’s only one person Ari longs to impress — the only person who ever really mattered to him, the person he left behind: Buck Ellis.



I was really enjoying this book and then when the best part was coming when they were really really going to talk and be together, it ended. Bah. I hate that.


Buck is gruff, socially awkward, uncommunicative. LOL and yet protective and lovable

Ari left him at the worst possible moment because of his own crap. They were young and a mess and this all makes sense.


Now, Ari is back. He want Buck. Buck is being difficult.


The best scenes for me are the ones from their childhood friendship. I want this closeness after they get together for real and well more hot sexy times.


Gregg can really write but I want fully finished stories.

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review 2018-03-17 17:30
The Thick of Things

As i grow older and wiser in love and life, i really like my leading romance ladies to be so much more than looking for Prince charming. In the Thick of Things, Khalila does not disappoint. She's independent, she's sexy and passionate about her life and others. We know that with or without Douglas she will survive, but i was routing for Douglas.  

Douglas, also very much an independent man is driven to prove himself to be worthy of a chance, so he thinks before he acts and reacts to Khalila. Which is all a man really has to figure out how to do to succeed with the woman he loves. 

This story is a wonderful read, it's sexy but sweet. It addresses deep issues of sorrow but gives hope and the reader is quickly taken up with the lives of each character. 

The best stories are those where you wonder about the love-story of the other characters because they've made such an impression on you and i hope to be reading about Corinne and even Trent at another time. 

JL Campbell has woven a charming tale of love, and second chances and i am pleased to be able to review and now recommended it to others. 

Keep Writing JL.

Source: www.caribbeanbooks.org/books/the-thick-of-things
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review 2018-03-17 16:25
ARC Review: Lure of the Fox (Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #6) by Anna Lowe
Lure of the Fox - Anna Lowe
Lure of the Fox

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #6
Anna Lowe
Paranormal Romance
Twin Moon Press
January 18th 2018
ARC Review Copy


The steamy, passionate, and thrilling series finale!


Desert fox shifter Ella Kitt is better at risking her life than her heart. Not that she's expecting to do either when she flies to Maui to help her Special Forces comrades with an easy security job. Or maybe not such an easy job, because she’s forced to work — and live — in close quarters with smoking hot army hero, Jake McBride. Jake isn’t just the one-night-stand she can’t forget — he’s also a human, totally off-limits to shifters of her kind.


Jake has only had one goal since returning stateside after years of active service: to find the woman he loves. But he didn’t expect to find his kickass lover so soon, and he’s caught off guard. There’s something alluring and powerful about Ella — not to mention the mystery that surrounds her and his new employers at Koa Point. How exactly can a group of Special Forces vets afford to live on an exclusive oceanfront estate? What kind of enemy are they on guard against in their sun-kissed corner of paradise? And is that enemy targeting someone at the estate — or Jake?


ALOHA SHIFTERS: JEWELS of the HEART is a thrilling new series set on the tropical shores of Maui. Each story is a page-turner packed with action, emotion, and romance! If you like Magnum, PI and smoldering hot, alpha shapeshifters, you'll love these books!


* No cliff hangers. Each story is a standalone paranormal romance with adult content. This story features strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves and shapeshifters, billionaires, military romance, paranormal suspense, action-adventure romance, fantasy romance, and exotic, tropical locales! *






Lure of the Fox continues the saga of the Aloha Shifters and concludes story arc of the Spirt Stones.


I have adored this series and community of shifters. This story is packed with action, suspense, and romance. It’s well written with a few twists plus a verity of shifters to enjoy. We get to see all our previous couples and a unique kind of shifter. The world is built beautifully. I have enjoyed how Ms. Lowe builds her world and characters.


Lure of the Fox was a sweet romance of second chances. Destiny will not be denied this time around. I had a little trouble getting into the story. Not sure if it was me or the story. If felt a little slow for my taste and things didn’t pick up until the 50% mark when the action starts to happen. The romance between Jake and Ella was sweet. It’s a slow build. Even though they have previously been together each kinda pushes the other way, well Ella more then Jake, until they deiced to give things a chance.


The ending was acceptable. We don’t get closer on Moira. She is the evil dragon shifter who wants the Spirt Stones, so the author has left it open for more stories to pop up. And, the way Lure of the Fox ends and the talk that the Aloha Shifters have about bringing in some Security help, well we might be getting a spin-off with more shifters to enjoy.


Lure of the Fox was a satisfying read. I’m excited to read the spin-off. I do recommend reading this series in order, but it’s not necessary, though you might get better enjoyment if you do.


Rated: 3 Stars


*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Anna Lowe with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.


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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/03/arc-review-lure-of-the-fox-aloha-shifters-jewels-of-the-heart-6-by-anna-lowe
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review 2018-03-17 16:00
Breaching The Contract by Chantal Fernando
Breaching the Contract (The Conflict of Interest Series Book 1) - Chantal Fernando
Steamy and romantic!
I can't wait to read Seducing The Defendant. Kat is a great lady, and Tristan is hot as fire. The two of them together is magic.
How my heart broke for Tristan, learning about his wife and son like he did. Wouldn't feel good for anyone watching on the sidelines. I'm way too empathetic. I just wanted to hug him, but couldn't squeeze into the pages. 
Very good, quick and fun read! I know a lot of you will love it so read it!
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2018/03/breaching-contract-by-chantal-fernando.html
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