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review 2019-03-16 02:46
Unintended Consequences Wreak All Sorts of Havoc on the Heroes' Lives
Rogue Superheroes (The Elites #2) - Matt Cowper

When we left Nightstriker at the end of The World Savers, he was trying to apply the new convictions he'd adopted after The Elites encounter with the Giftgiver and his followers. Yes, the primary task for heroes like himself was to take on super-human threats, but other sources of injustice should be in their sights as well. Starting with corrupt politicians and government officials. Nightstriker, who seems to accumulate intelligence on everyone he stands next to in line at Starbucks, had plenty of dirt on them all -- and starts releasing some of this information to the Press. Suddenly, officials are forced to resign in droves -- and the stresses on the fault-lines of society increase exponentially.

 

Suddenly, the nation seems on the verge of civil war, and Nightstriker comes clean to the team about what he's done. Before they can even decide how to react, their HQ is attacked and the President identifies Nightstriker (and because of him the rest of the Elites) as the source of the leaks and exposé stories. As they try to get out of the rubble that was their HQ, a new, government-controlled, team of heroes comes to arrest them. Before the Elites can really wrap their minds around what's going on they're on the run, hiding and licking their wounds.

 

So the Elites have to clean up their image, defeat the new team, and try to help fix the mess that Nightstriker inadvertently created by not thinking things through as he should have. It's a good thing they're super-heroes, or this could be very daunting.

 

That's not the whole book -- like before, a significant portion of the book is devoted to Sam (Blaze's) continued maturing and the growth of his powers. There are heavy prices for him to pay along those likes I have to say, but especially for the reader -- it's all worth it. The rest of the team have strong storylines -- and a good number of people from the previous book make appearances (some pretty significant). It's easy (and right) to focus on his "Big Three" and what's going on with them, but without the rest of these characters, the book wouldn't work.

 

In the midst of a story where the stakes are so high -- Cowper throws in a lot of smaller stories, a good number of scenes that aren't involved in the overall story, but develop the characters well. It's a well-balanced story, just enough of things that aren't the overarching stories to round out things so you can take in all the details of the rest.

 

I cannot tell you how many times Cowper did things with these characters I didn't see coming. Things happened to people (powered or not) and then the heroes reacted in ways that were shocking. Despite the fact that this is only the second book in a series, Cowper is clearly playing for keeps and won't be satisfied with simply injuring some characters. More than once, I had to go back and read a couple of paragraphs again just to make sure that Cowper had the chutzpah to do what I thought he did. "I couldn't have read that right, because that's just . . . nope, he did do that." It wasn't deconstruction and shocking moves for the sake of it, there was a reason for it all and it served the story, but wow.

 

But that's not to say that everything is dark and grim -- yes, Cowper's Super-Hero stories are more like a movie directed by Zack Snyder than one directed by Patty Jenkins or Jon Favreau, but there are moments of joy, of small victories, even a little romance. The moments with Blaze and Metal Girl continue to be enjoyable and are a great break from the Nightstriker drama (even when the moments with the two aren't happy times). The character Anna, introduced late in The World Savers proved to be another source of relief from the tensions -- which is odd, because things don't really go that well for her for most of the book.

 

Slab and Buckshot continue (in my opinion) to be under-served, but they both had opportunities to shine here, and we saw more aspects of their character. I do understand why they don't get the time devoted to them that Metal Girl, Blaze and Nightstriker get -- I really do. Also, I'll probably complain about Slab's use until Cowper gives him POV chapters that make up at least a third of a novel. Still, Cowper uses the characters well and I like them a lot -- he's probably right to give them the "screen time" that he does. It's better to leave readers wanting more, anyway, right? Rather than a "I don't know why we spent so much time with Buckshot, when we could've got some more awkward flirtation from Blaze" situation.

 

A quick note -- I thought the original cover for The World Savers was just fine. But the new cover, that matches the look of this cover, is just outstanding (as is this one). It's a small thing, but the covers are great.

 

I had a blast with The World Savers, but Rogue Superheroes surpassed it on every front, and I was excited to read it. I'm not sure how Cowper continues the story from where it is -- The Elites and the world around them were pushed to such extremes in these pages that topping this book might prove too much to try -- but if instead of trying to climb that mountain, he goes around it just right, it could be very satisfying. I am really looking forward to seeing how he proceeds (and how wrong he proves me).

 

For solid super-hero action, a dash of intrigue and some jaw-dropping outcomes, Rogue Superheroes will satisfy any reader, and I encourage you to go grab it.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion about it.

 

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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/03/15/rogue-superheroes-by-matt-cowper-unintended-consequences-wreak-all-sorts-of-havoc-on-the-heroes-lives
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review 2019-03-15 11:00
Review! Rogue (Sons of Sangue #4) Patricia A. Rasey!

 

 

Readers! I am going to make this Friday even hotter, I am sharing a sexy biker vampire - Rogue - the 4th book in the Sons of Sangue series by Patricia A. Rasey! Enjoy and don't forget to add Rogue to your shelves!

 

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Vampire MC member Anton “Rogue” Balan, aka Blondy, has turned his back on the powerful Sons of Sangue, betraying the brotherhood he once considered his family. Or so his vampire brethren think. Changing his appearance, his persona, and signing up with rival gang, the Devils, Rogue has gone deep undercover to catch the La Paz Cartel’s kingpin. Having lost a woman he once thought he would spend eternity with, Rogue now feels he has nothing left to lose . . . that is until a temptation named Kimber James invades his dangerous world.

 

Strait-laced Kimber has a problem and his name is Anton Balan. After an impulsive night of passion with him more than a year ago, the small-town librarian still has the hots for the sexy biker next door. She can’t deny her desire for Anton, even though she suspects he’s hiding a secret even darker than his affiliation with an outlaw MC. As for Rogue, no matter how much he tries to refuse the scorching need he has for Kimber—as much as his duty depends on it—he’s powerless to deny his rising feelings for her. And when a blindside by an enemy he once trusted puts Kimber’s life at risk, Rogue’s tarnished honor is put to the ultimate test.


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This biker vampire romance is one hot pulse pounding story that rocks readers to their foundations. Rogue and Kimber are strong, bold characters that grab readers by their imaginations and demands they take part in their story. The chemistry between the two is intense and sizzles with lots of heat but the relationship is anything but smooth since Rogue has been labeled a traitor and doesn’t want to drag Kimber into his dangerous world. This keeps the relationship on a bit of a roller coaster with lots of passionate and scorching intimate scenes among the emotionally gripping upheaval that takes place throughout the romance.

 

Thrilling and adrenaline pumping suspense keeps readers glued to the pages as Rogue tries to balance his true loyalties with his current situation. There is never a dull moment to be found among the Sons of Sangue as an enemy hides in the background waiting for the perfect moment to strike and Rogue tries to gather evidence against the Devils all while resisting temptation. An unexpected twist forces Rouge into a deadly encounter that threatens Kimber and puts his tarnished honor to the ultimate test. There is nothing hotter than bad a** vampires on motorcycles and readers can’t get enough of their deadly, tempting and sensational world that holds them enthralled with each encounter.

 


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28604910-rogue

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/rogue-patricia-a-rasey/book,13999435

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/rogue-sons-of-sangue-book-4-by-patricia-a-rasey

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/715950

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/57cd4fe5de896e892491fe84/rogue-patricia-a-rasey

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=HspmjwEACAAJ&dq=patricia+a+rasey+rogue&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjF5_fnhfTgAhVPKawKHXqyDecQ6AEIKjAA

 

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Rogue is the 4th book in the Sons of Sangue series.

 

Author - https://www.patriciarasey.com/sons-of-sangue-1

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQSW9MQ?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 


 

1 Viper
2 Hawk
3 Gypsy
4 Rogue
4.5 Draven
4.6 Preacher
5 Xander
6 Ryder
7 Wolf

 

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Sons-Sangue-Book-4-ebook/dp/B01C1W6N1Y/parasey-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rogue-patricia-a-rasey/1123444328?ean=9780990332558

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rogue/id1085927769?_bbid=1717317&mt=11

 

Rogue - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/rogue-54


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USA Today bestselling author Patricia A. Rasey resides in her native town in Northwest Ohio with her husband, Mark, and her lovable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Todd and Buckeye.

 

When not behind her computer, you can find Patricia working, reading, watching movies or MMA. She also enjoys spending her free time at the river camping and boating with her husband and her family. Ms. Rasey is a retired third degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate.

 

Ms. Rasey is available for appearances and workshops...

 

 

Website - https://www.patriciarasey.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1258993.Patricia_A_Rasey

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/PatriciaARasey

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/patriciarasey

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/parasey

 

YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/parasey

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/patricia-a-rasey

 


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review 2019-02-26 11:16
Smart heroine falls for smart man
A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides #4) - Grace Burrowes

I did quite enjoy this and could see that the characters involved could exist.  Miss Charlotte Windham is looking for just a little scandal.  Not as much as happened to her sister or any of the other unfortunates she helps, but just enough to give her some breathing space from some of the suitors.  Lucas Sherbourne is distracting her and offering her a marriage, he might be a commoner but he is wealthy and getting ahead in the world.

 

The two of them find that they suit, after some work and the relationship is quite fun.  They both bring out the best in each other.

 

I did enjoy the read and hope to read more by the author.

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review 2019-01-21 04:45
Find of the Century
One for the Rogue - Manda Collins
Manda Collins is an expert at banter and warm, light-hearted, sensual regency romance. It's hard not to like her characters. I loved that Gemma is a bonafide scientist and has goals for her life outside of being married. Also loved that Cameron respects and supports her in her goals. The couples from the other book in the Studies in Scandal series show up, and that's always fun. 

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.
 
 

 

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review 2019-01-21 02:46
It Takes a Thief
Rogue - Mark T. Sullivan

Rogue is a diverting book that has an unconventional hero. Robin Monarch is a thief who worked for the CIA a short while. He has a complicated past that he's running away from but continues to shape his present. This one's recommended to readers who like globe-trotting adventure and political espionage. It kept me on the edge of my seat plenty of times, but I did get the impression that Robin often wasn't the smartest guy in the room. I don't mind heroes who don't have all the answers, but I feel like he made it easy for the bad guys a little too often. I could see the double cross in this book coming 10 miles in advance. Plus, I think Monarch has wretched taste in women, and it continually gets him in trouble. I couldn't stand Lacey. Ugh. I feel like this book is aiming more towards the James Bond kind of spy thriller than a more straightforward action series. If that's what you're looking for, then you'll like this.

The action scenes were pretty good, and like I said, it did have some good suspenseful moments, but it's not up there overall for me as read. More on the average side. I know my opinions are biased because I was also listening to the Orphan X books, and that's about my favorite thriller series right now. On its own, this is a good read, but it doesn't compare to that series at all.

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