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review 2017-09-26 18:13
great follow up to Murder and Meyhem
Tramps and Thieves - Rhys Ford
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I was gifted my copy of this book. Rook is trying to go straight, but cousin Harold has his damn bird. Then he find Harold dead, and the bodies keep on coming. Dante just wants to wrap Rook up and keep him safe. This is book two in the series and it would help greatly to read book one, Murder and Meyhem, first. Not totally necessary, though. And I struggled with this one and it pains me deeply that I didn't love it as much as book one!! It's well written, from both Rook and Dante's point of view, in a way only Ms Ford can tell her tales. Those throw away last chapter lines that make you go "say what,now??" And make you question what you just read, and make me think I missed something. It's messy, what with dead cousins and heads in boxes and shootings and things. Its sexy in places, with the love the love the two men have for each other coming off every page and showing in everything they do for each other. And I did not get whodunnit til it was revealed in the book. So why did I struggle?? No flipping idea. I DID enjoy it, it just took me far longer than it should have. So, because of that, 4 stars.


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review 2017-09-26 18:07
really great box set!
Alphas of Danger - Shayla Black,Lexi Bla... Alphas of Danger - Shayla Black,Lexi Blake,Mari Carr,Kris Cook,Anissa Garcia,Kym Grosso,Jenna Jacob,Kennedy Layne,Isabella LaPearl,Carrie Ann Ryan
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this box set. I was asked to review all ten books, however I only finished 8 so will just review those 8. Devoted to Wicked, Shayla Black. 4 stars Stuck in Mexico when her passport is stolen, Karis doesn't expect Cage to come get her. I really liked this. Cute and to the point, but with that deadly undertone that all the books in this set carry, it sets to pace for the whole set. Part of the Wicked Lovers series. Makes me want to read more. Countdown, Lexi Blake. 5 full stars! Faced with their death, watching it countdown on the bomb in front of them Ben and "Maggie" spent their last hour doing something they should have done years ago. OMG!! My favourite of the whole lot!! Did not see that coming at me, not at all. I expected there to be a positive outcome, because who wants to read a romance where they both die, but I did not expect THAT ending! Left wide open for a full book, maybe?? I certainly want to read more about these two. Power Struggle, Mari Carr. 4 stars Ten years ago, Bree ran from Carter, but now her stepfather has escaped from prison, she knows she needs him. Alpha male meets Alpha female, head on!! Probably the most explicit of the set, but I really enjoyed it. CIA Covert Team, Kris Cook. As much as I love MM, I did not like this and did not finish it, and cannot, for the life of me, figure out why! With a Vengeance, Anissa Garcia. First person present tense. Nope. The other one I did not finish. Hard Asset, Kym Grosso. 5 stars! Evan is trying to catch who is selling National and company secrets. Raine just happens to land in his crosshairs. Another OMG ending! Seriously great reading, for such a short book, it packs a punch. Not a HEA, and I NEEEEEED to read their full story! Revenge on The Rocks, Jenna Jacob. 4 stars. Gina is 12 years older than Nate. When Gina goes missing, he knows that he will do all he can to find the love of his life! Cute tale, made ME think, so gotta be good! Seducing Danger, Kennedy Layne. 4 stars Kelli catches Landon's eye, turns out she'd been watching him all along! Really great read, enough sexiness to make it HAWT, but without the danger level of the other books in this set. Enforce Her, Isabella Pearl. 4.5 stars. On the run, Ella crashes her car. Rambler comes to her rescue. OH!!! A new to me author, and this world is most firmly on my TBR list now! So close to the full 5 stars. Maybe had THIS been a full length book, it might have hit that fifth star. Executive Ink, Carrie Ann Ryan. 4 stars. Ashlynn just wants one night with her tattooed rescuer. But Jax keeps popping up, and he wants more. A fab little short, of opposites really do attract and fate will do her best to get what she wants! All in all, a great box set of Alpha males and Alpha females, but reading them all back to back was maybe a little bit too much, even for me! 4 stars for the entire set, with two standouts and two unfinished. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2017-09-26 17:51
The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne
The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels) - Kerrigan Byrne

***Full Review***

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Samantha has always had it rough growing up in America's Wild West but when the man she married to escape a worse fate turns out to be in an outlaw gang with his brothers, she realizes she may have made a mistake. When she makes a fatal decision to save another life, she gets the opportunity to start fresh in a new country. 
Gavin has wanted nothing more than to separate himself from his brutish dead father's name and buying the Ross land gives him that chance. When Alison Ross finally comes back to Scotland from America, he makes it his mission to woo her land from her. 
Samantha and Gavin have tough pasts but also deep feelings developing, their held secrets and lies will have to be overcome if they're to survive.
"I don't think I believe in villains. Heroes either. Just people. People with agendas and the things they're willing to do to get what they want." 
Fifth in the Victorian Rebels series, Gavin Thorne is the middle brother of villainous Hamish MacKenzie's sons. It's possible to pick this book up without reading the others in the series as the author does a pretty good job of explaining the animosity between him and his brother Liam (hero from #3 The Highlander) and Samantha is a new character not previous mentioned in the other books. Even knowing the background between the two brothers, Gavin's arguing with his brother came off a bit immature as it seemed an adult in his late thirties should have figured out that the blame towards his brother was a bit misplaced. The relationship between Gavin and Liam fell into the pitfall of not feeling fleshed out enough, along with other relationships in the book.
She was little better than a banshee with a sidearm. 
While Gavin had a tendency to come off a bit immature, his bed hopping and general rogue actions are supposed to be cover for his pain, Samantha was our hard as nails, mouth like a sailor, and stubborn heroine. There is seriously a lot of cursing in this story and most of it done by Samantha. This being a historical, I have to say, it threw me a bit. Obviously, women cursed in the 1800s but the frequency with which Samantha threw out the f word and ease of saying sh*t, couldn't help but give it an awkward modern feel; a personal dislike. I don't want to get into spoilers because this is an ARC review, but the secrets and lies Samantha holds until very close to the end of the story, made it very hard for me to ever warm up to her. In fact, the very bottom heavy feel of this book, was one of the biggest problems I had with it. 
"I'm not asking ye to like me, lass, only to marry me." 
If you've read the other books in the series, you'll know the author's writing can veer towards almost purple prose. The wordiness, flowery, and waxing poetic descriptive writing needed to be edited down; it kept the story from furthering along while making it drag. It wasn't until around the 70% mark that I felt the author started to get down to business of building a relationship between our hero and heroine; previously felt completely based on lust. The last 30% was full of reasons why I'm a big fan of this author, the hero and heroine engage in conversations that were witty, funny, and moving while all the secondary characters and side plot lines were coming together to create an intriguing and interesting story. Unfortunately, with some pretty heavy secrets not getting revealed until the 90% point, there just wasn't enough time to resolve and build a believable and emotionally satisfying romantic relationship for me. There was a slight secondary romance between the hero's mother and pseudo-father figure that I felt had more emotion and romance than the main couple. 
With a heroine that holds onto her secrets for far too long and a hero whose emotions felt based on lust, I was disappointed in the romance. The majority of the story focused on needless over descriptive dreamy writing while ignoring to the very end the building blocks of emotion. I have a feeling the next two heroes are introduced here, Gavin's friend Callum seems to have quite the backstory with the real Alison Ross and our secretive pirate The Rook mentioned in previous books makes an upfront appearance here. The author has created a dark and intriguing world for this series, I'm going to treat this installment as a one off and be back for the next.
"Who knew being married was such fun," he panted, pressing a kiss to her temple and swatting her backside simultaneously. 
She pulled back to look at him, one of her rare, reluctant smiles tugging at the corner of her kiss-reddened mouth. "You probably should have done it years ago." 
"Nay, lass," he said suddenly feeling very serious. "Then it wouldna have been ye."

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review 2017-09-26 17:06
enjoyed this one more than Levi!
Oscar - Bailey Bradford
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in the Leopard's Spots series, and I strongly recommend you read book one, Levi, before this one. It will give you a much better picture as to why Oscar is in San Antonio, and what he is suffering because of what he did in that book. I was worried, you know, going into this one. I don't much care for main characters who are late teens/early 20, and Oscar is 18 here. I don't know why, I just don't. But I need not have worried. Oscar is, as I said, 18, but he has a wise old head on his shoulders. And going into San Antonio to find Lyndon (his brother in law)'s father to make him stop what he is doing, is probably not the best idea he ever had. Visiting the club was probably a worse one, but Josiah (kinda, sorta) steps up to save his kitty. And it's clear very quickly, that Oscar IS Josiah's kitty, claws and all. Josiah is a wolf, and his wolf wants that kitty, in his life, in his bed, and in his heart forever. And Josiah will follow Oscar wherever he goes. And they go to Oscar's home. And they encounter a great deal of ribbing from his brothers! Amusing in places, heartbreaking in other, and sexy as heck in others still! Lyndon's half brothers play a part, and I'm still not convinced there aren't more that are gonna come out of the woodwork! Still too long for a hang over cure, but I think *shock horror!* I actually enjoyed this one slightly more than Levi's story, and again, not a too complicated difficult read. We meet Timothy, a cousin of Oscar's and I have his story to read next. Thoroughly enjoying these, and I hope to be able to read them all. 4.5 stars (rounded down to 4) **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2017-09-26 14:47
Her Knight in Shining Stone (The Gargoyles of New York #1) by Tamsin Baker
Her Knight in Shining Stone - Tamsin Baker
Her Knight in Shining Stone is the first short story in The Gargoyles of New York series. We meet Roman, the elder of four brothers, all gargoyles who have yet to find their mate (Beloved). He is suffering pain when he shifts, a clear sign that he needs to meet his Beloved soon or he will be stuck in his gargoyle form. He finds her working as a waitress and the connection between them is instantaneous. Whilst she feels the connection, Cristiana also has doubts over whether she can be with Roman when she won't see him at all during the day.
Being as this is a short story, it moves along at a very swift pace. I would have preferred to have it 'fleshed out' a bit more - more detail on the history of Gargoyles, the mystery surrounding the danger that is coming to them, Cristiana's history - but that is just me. This was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I have been left wanting to know more, especially about Rafe. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend it as a quick read, coffee break, book.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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