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review 2017-05-18 20:07
Book Review for Legend's Promise by Dani Jace
 
 
 
Book Title: Legend's Promise 
Author: Dani Jace 
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica 
Release Date: February 25, 2017 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
 
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Hawk shifter, and bad-boy biker, Shane Cheveyo spent years trying to outride his secret life and memories of his first love, who left without a word. Rekindled passion reveals their true magical natures, but will it save them or separate their destinies forever…
 
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She gripped the counter behind her. He’d never believed the bit about her mom changing jobs. If she revealed the real reason they’d left Manteo, he’d think her insane. “I’d never betray you, Shane.” Her words spilled out, sounding breathless.
 
The back of his knees hit the chair, skidding it backward. It tipped over as he closed in on her like a predator. His eyes darkened to molten caramel as his nostrils flared. Over two hundred pounds of sinewy muscles trapped her against the counter while large hands rested at her lower back.
 
Stunned, she froze. Anger and passion mixed. The pungent aroma of whiskey wafted from masculine lips hovering inches from hers.
 
In mocked defiance, she raised her chin. The act forced him to pause, but only for a second, before claiming her mouth.
 
Savagely.
 
Branding her.
 
As he had when she was sixteen.
 
Freewill gone, she melted into his hard embrace and prodding erection. His tongue swept past her teeth with hunger as he lifted her onto the counter.
 
“God, Chey.” He hissed, squeezing her ass, making her wet with need.
 
His hands roved under her skirt, skimming the tops of her thighs until his fingers caught the band of her silk thong. Like a hunter, he shredded the flimsy barrier.
 
Her head fell back in surrender as her hips bucked forward. Far better than whiskey, his touch drugged her, weakened her defenses. Nothing had changed. 
What and enjoyable light and fun read.This story had interesting characters as well as a few plot twists.

I enjoyed how the author made Shane and MC member along with being a man that had a Native American ancestry with tribal traditions.That was something different that I liked as I have not come across a character like Shane before. I loved the chemistry that Shane and Chey had it made for some really playful and sexy scenes to read about.I loved how this couple love survived even with being 10 years apart.I found the characters to be playful they both had a sense of humor , had protective natures , and big loving hearts and were all around like-able character's .I loved seeing them embracing their traditions and legends of their tribe.

I love reading a story where love stands the test of time.  It makes for a really enjoyable love story that had secrets coming to life with that added bit of danger that added the suspense that the story needed to make it and enjoyable read to pass the time.

This was a first time author for us and we would love to continue the series and see where Jim's story leads us.I defiantly enjoyed the sparks that this couple created together.
(grin)


4 stars from us !
meet the author
 
Dani Jace lives in coastal Virginia and enjoys writing headstrong, flip-flop casual heroines and everyday heroes who work with their hands―and other body parts. Claiming the Outer Banks of North Carolina as her second home, she includes the scenic and legendary chain of barrier islands as a setting for many of her tales.
 
 
When not working on her next novel, she’s dipping her toes in the ocean, reading or checking out the newest action flick. Her husband, son and many imaginary characters make life complete.
 
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review 2016-10-24 12:24
Sand and Sin (Seaside Heat) - Dani Jace

Jax is a Navy Seal and was getting on a helicopter when he was shot in the thigh. He lands in Norfolk, Va where he was to meet up with an old friend T J.  He stops at Trident which is a bar/ restaurant and meets Peri who is a bartender. But Jax was drinking whiskey on top of his pain pills for his injury and Peri finds him passed out and Peri ends up taking Jax to her home to sleep it off. Peri then agrees to to let Jax stay in her home awhile in exchange for some handy work done by Jax.Her teenage daughter Hailey is with Peri’s ex husband - an Navy commander visiting with him. Peri and Jax start a no strings arrangement especially since Jax’s home is three thousand miles away. Then Hailey and her dad are kidnapped and Jax is on the mission to rescue them.

I like this story but didn’t love it this was a good story just not a great story is for me. The story seems to drag in some spots and in other places it seemed to only be about hot sex scenes. This was a quick read and i did like the characters and the ins and outs of the story.

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review 2016-09-05 14:59
Kosmos, czas i potworność
Zgroza w Dunwich i inne prze­ra­ża­jące opo­wie­ści - Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Całe życie unikałam Lovecrafta z prostego powodu – nie znoszę horrorów. Nigdy nie znajdowałam przyjemności w wywoływaniu w sobie lęków i niepokojów, nigdy nie rozumiałam, co też inni znajdują w tym pociągającego. Ale też moja moja znajomość horroru ograniczała się do ogólnej świadomości istnienia tandetnych i słabych filmów pełnych gore albo jump scare’ów. Przełamanie się i odkrycie, że istnieje zupełnie inna klasa horroru trochę zajęła, ale warto było. Zaskoczona, jak świetny okazał się „Czyhający w progu”, sięgnęłam po zbiór opowiadań „Zgroza w Dunwich i inne przerażające opowieści” w tłumaczeniu Macieja Płazy.

 

We wszystkich zebranych opowiadaniach powraca ten sam motyw. Bohaterowie z detektywistycznym wręcz zacięciem, pchani naukową ciekawością, pragnieniem wiedzy i poszukiwaniem prawdy, wyruszają w podróż ku nieznanemu. Przekopują się przez sterty dziwacznych dokumentów i półki pełne omszałych, bluźnierczych ksiąg. Zaglądają też wgłąb otchłani, schodząc do mrocznych korytarzy i jaskiń pod rodzinnymi domami lub penetrując  odległe, nietknięte ludzką stopą zakątki ziemi. Tragicznie, cały ich wysiłek przynosi im wyłącznie zgubę, gdy na końcu drogi odkrywają tylko potworności; co zaś najstraszliwsze, czasem odnajdują je w sobie.

 

Ten drugi przypadek przypadł mi bardziej do gustu – uwielbiam te utwory, w których nieświadomy niczego, wrażliwy i inteligenty główny bohater zanurza się w historię swego pochodzenia i stopniowo odkrywa przerażające czyny swoich przodków. Są to opowieści metodyczne, stopniowo odsłaniające szczegóły i w maksymalnie naukowy i logiczny sposób tłumaczące to, co niewytłumaczalne. Wskazałabym na „Przypadek Charlesa Dextera Warda” jako mój ulubiony tytuł, choć paradoksalnie sam Lovecraft uważał go za słaby i nie chciał go publikować.

 

Ponieważ opowiadania w zbiorze ułożone są chronologicznie, można łatwo zaobserwować, jak rozrastała się mitologia świata Cthulhu. Książka zaczyna się więc tytułami trochę skromniejszymi, za którymi podążają te bardziej już szczegółowe, a kończąc na mini-powieściach, pełnych idei niezwykle już rozbudowanych. Jednocześnie to wyprawa od progu własnego domu do najdalszych zakątków Ziemi, bo Lovecraft początkowo umieszcza swoje opowiadania w okolicach rodzinnego Providence i paru obrzydliwych miasteczek wokół Uniwersytetu Miskatonic, a kończy na odległych wyspach, pustyniach, a nawet Antarktydzie. Coraz też śmielej rozwodzi się nad kosmicznym pochodzeniem wielkiego zagrożenia, coraz też dalej sięga w czas, przypominając, że człowiek i jego epoka to zaledwie chwila w historii Wszechświata, rozrywanej od tysiącleci przez pradawne i niesamowite rasy, dla których Ziemia jest tylko kolejną planetką. Jak to świetnie ujął Płaza: kosmos, czas i potworność.

 

Warto jeszcze wspomnieć o przekładzie Macieja Płazy. Tłumacz potraktował sprawę nad wyraz poważnie, starając się zapewnić jak najwyższą jakość i najlepiej oddać ducha stylu Lovecrafta. Jednocześnie wielu wsześniejszych tłumaczy wysłał prosto w macki Cthulhu. Jeśli więc ktoś z was czekał na porządne polskie wydanie, właśnie się go doczekał. Samo posłowie autorstwa Płazy również jest warte lektury, gdyż zarówno przedstawia krótkie życie Lovecrafta, ale też zawiera analizę jego twórczości i źródła jej inspiracji.

 

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

Source: agnieszkazak.com/2016/09/05/lektury-sierpnia-16-historia-serca-i-spiacy-cthulhu
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review 2016-07-17 16:44
Hot As Blazes - Dani Jace Hot As Blazes - Dani Jace

Joanne/ Jo  has an up and coming career as a surfer. After her dad died Bobby who was her brother and his best friend Ray- who loved Jo but promised her father not to stand in her way - made sure Jo gets her chance. She got a boyfriend while in college - Vic- and he set Jo up as a drug dealer and it ruined her reputation gave Jo a police record and ruined her chance to be a professional surfer. Vic went to prison. So Jo lost almost everything but she did finish and graduated from college. Ray wants Jo he has for a long time but he had promised Cappy who Ray loved like dad and he kept his word but Jo was back now. Jo had crushed on Ray since she was sixteen but she felt Ray didn’t feel she was anything special as he let her leave. Ray did stay in touch for five years with Jo while she was gone. Ray is a fireman just like Jo dad had been. Jo becomes a volunteer firefighter when she comes home. Then Jo desides to go to the firefighters academy. There is a slow burning romance between Jo and Ray, they both have issues about trust to deal with. Then the attorney calls Jo to let her know Vic is out of prison and she fears for herself and her family as well as Ray.

I liked this story but there were some things I didn’t like. I felt like there was to much happening in this story. Also some things seemed to be repetitive. I also felt it did not have to be as long as it was. I felt bad for what Vic done to Jo. He’s definitely a butthole. But this story did have alot: love, heartache, car chases, betrayal, fear, action, suspense, shoot outs, arson, and much more. I liked the twists and turns of the story but with all that was happening in the story there was a few too many. But I did enjoy the story for the most part.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2016-03-29 14:25
Insanity - Cameron Jace

This may become a very long review, so I will briefly sum up my opinion of this book by saying that the author has great ideas, but poor execution in the actual writing.

Basically, the story is a fantastic play on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland that is very creative and well researched, tying in history as well as fiction and literature. However, the writing is too simplistic, there is no character development, the dialogue is extremely awkward, the narration feels clunky, and the whole thing is really rushed.

Besides the flaws in the writing, there were so many contradictions in the actual story. For starters, I was extremely confused as to what the time period was supposed to be. The characters say they are reincarnated forms of the Alice in Wonderland characters in the twenty-first century, however the "asylum" is still misusing shock therapy, openly abusing patients, and not actually providing real treatment. While electroconvulsive therapy is still used as a last resort treatment for some conditions today, it is not used in the way that Jace suggests. The "asylum" scenes do not fit into the idea of a twenty-first century timeline.

Another confusing contradiction seemed to stem from lack of adequate proofreading and editing (another issue with the writing). The character Constance is referred to as Constance Richard (p 145) by the Pillar, but then is later called Constance Albert Westmacott (p 159). This appears to be a last minute change that was not fully acclimated in the text, which was irritating and would have easily been eliminated with proper proofreading.

I also felt that while the connections to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and to Lewis Carroll were very interesting, they were not air tight. The whole Cheshire Cat scavenger hunt at Oxford was ridiculous (Seriously? There is more than one way to complete a word ladder.) When these issues came up, Jace slapped in a few comments about "madness" or used the characters' own confusion ("I don't even know what's going on.") as a lazy explanation to gloss over the hole. A lot of the events were not believable, willing suspension of disbelief aside. While the Pillar may have strange, unexplained mind-controlling powers, the idea of allowing two patients from a "mental institution" travel around Europe is pretty unlikely, especially if the story is supposed to be set in a modern time period with modern monitoring and regulations.

And of course, there is the outdated and horribly disrespectful treatment and views of mentally ill/differently abled individuals and homeless people. People in the "asylum" are called "mad", "lunatic", and other outdated terms (despite the story being set in this century). Alice's own practice of writing off her fellow patients as crazy people, alternating between disgust and pity as they drool and scream or flock around the Pillar like zombies, is rather disheartening, especially as she tries to proved that she is not "insane". The other patients are not presented as actual humans and are often portrayed as something to be fears or ignored. In many ways, "madness" is used as a form of entertainment or humor in the book. Even Alice's own performance of "madness" was seen as hilarious by her character, a sad and outdated look at real people who suffer from various conditions.

As I said before, Jace has great ideas (similar to the kind of connections he made in the Grim Diaries Prequels), but the writing and fleshing out of the story just isn't there. The whole thing feels rushed and slapped together like Jace just wanted to make the connections, but never really tied up any lose ends.

Two-stars for creativity, one-star for writing and story development.

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