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review 2017-03-24 04:05
Review: A Moment of Madness by Brooklyn Skye
A Moment of Madness - Brooklyn Skye

http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/03/review-moment-of-madness-by-brooklyn.html

 

An awkward meet cute that involves a bar, a beard, a dying houseplant, and a drunk cousin is just the start of the fun in A Moment of Madness. Brooklyn Skye’s second Boston Alibi story is both hot and humorous, which made it a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Sailor is a former drug addict who has worked hard to get clean and put her life back together. As a teenager, she turned her back on her father, and now that he’s gone she’s looking for redemption by trying to make his bar a success. Sailor’s past made her a rather unique heroine and I liked and admired her for her strength and determination to make amends and be a better person. She’s a funny, caring woman who’s a bit goofy and a lot of fun to read about. When she walks into the Alibi, ready to make an offer on the bar, she’s stunned to learn that the current owner is her previous night’s one-night stand. She and Ryan hit it off from the start (even with the aforementioned pitiful plant and drunk cousin in the way), but Ryan doesn’t trust the woman who turned her back on the man who was like a father to him. Their mutual attraction (and the fact that the bar is short-staffed) means that Ryan can’t ignore her, no matter how much he may want to. Ryan is gruff, but he can also be sexy and interesting. He definitely has trust issues when it comes to Sailor, but when the two of them are on the same page they make an excellent pair, both in bed and out.

Where A Moment of Madness falters is the climax of the story. The dreaded “big misunderstanding” comes into play (a personal pet peeve which may not bother other readers) and it takes the shine off of Ryan. There was also a dropped thread, which was minor but bugged me a bit. Even with these quibbles, I thought Ryan and Sailor’s story was fun and I liked it enough that I will definitely pick up the first Boston Alibi book, A Moment of Weakness.


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

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/03/review-moment-of-madness-by-brooklyn.html
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review 2017-03-23 22:39
Book Review of Valen (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 2) by Felicity Heaton
Valen - Felicity E. Heaton

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Lightning, Valen was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.

 

Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Cursed by Zeus to never know love again, Valen has brought up barriers around his heart to protect it, but with each new barrier he creates, the dark hold his power has over him grows, becoming all he needs.

 

Until the night he finally crosses paths with the assassin who has been watching him from the shadows, a bewitching mortal possessing the name of an angel and the skills of a devil—a woman who awakens his passionate heart and stirs dangerous desires.

Eva has built a fearsome reputation for herself in Italy’s underworld, but her latest job in her beloved city of Rome has left her feeling that she has stepped into a dangerous world and this mission might end in her death—either at the hands of her mysteriously seductive client or by the blade of the wickedly alluring warrior who is her target.

 

As the threat from the daemons escalates and more than just the Rome gate becomes their target, will Valen be strong enough to face the fears in his heart and the ghosts of his past to claim everything he desires or will they lure him deeper under their spell and into the darkness?

 

Review 4*

 

This is the second book in a new paranormal series written by this author. I loved it!

 

Valen is a wonderful character, I liked him a lot even though he has a bit of a self-pity party going on. He is one of the seven brothers born to Hades and Persephone, and has been banished to live in the mortal realm as a guardian to the portal into the Underworld in Rome. His brothers guard other gates around the world. Cursed by Zeus to never know love, he finds himself intrigued with a mysterious woman who has been sent to assassinate him.

 

Eva is an intriguing character, I liked her a lot too, She is a deadly assassin and has been tasked with gathering information on Valen. When her client changes her orders in the middle of the mission, she finds herself caught between her duty to her employer and her growing desire for her mark.

 

I love reading the Eternal Mates series, but this new series may give it a run for it's money. This story takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. I must admit that I felt sad for Valen. He didn't deserve the treatment he received at Zeus's hand. Granted, he was angry and full of grief at the time, but the "curse" that Zeus placed on him left him with a "woe is me" attitude and his self pity blinded him to the truth. Frankly, I was more angry at his parents (even though Persephone did try to get through his thick skull) for not convincing their son that he would find love and that he WAS loved. Even his brothers never expressed their love for him. No wonder his self-worth was deflated.

 

The villain of the story, Benares, is an incubus, but I never got an "evil" vibe from him; he was more of a smooth operator with an agenda. Jin, his sister, was a completely different issue. However, they are both desperate to get through the gate back into the Underworld; this made them dangerous. The story arc is beginning to take shape, with even more dangerous enemies hiding in the wings. As I reached the end of the book, I found myself becoming even more excited for what is to come. I am now looking forward to reading Esher's story as soon as I can.

 

Felicity Heaton has written another fast paced, sexy paranormal romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love her fast paced writing style, which flows effortlessly from scene to scene. She is on top of my favourite author's list.

 

Each book of this series could be read as a stand-alone, as this one does not end in a cliffhanger, though I would recommend reading them in order. I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the extremely HOT and explicit sexual scenes. However, I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love sexy paranormal romances full of gods and daemons. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-03-22 01:26
COMMUNICATION SKILLS by Minxie Wells
Communication Skills - Minxie Wells
 

Kira, a tournament playing Scrabble player, meets her match in Grahame. As a Dom he challenges her to let go and become the sub she was meant to be.

 

An interesting story that uses Scrabble to communicate between the partners. Grahame is a jerk. He expects Kira to know instinctively what he wants but he never talks with her about what he wants. He is a his way or the highway guy. It's a good thing I was not Kira. I would have walked away. She persevered and figured out what he wanted through Scrabble. Amazing! This is not a story to use as a guideline for how to begin a BDSM tryst except for what not to do.

Because of the shortness of this work, the time in the playroom is intense. The storytelling is good. Ms. Wells does well to put the reader into Kira's shoes. I could feel Kira's anger, fear, frustration, and desire. I will read her again.

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review 2017-03-22 01:20
PASSION'S LAST PROMISE by Christie Adams
Passion's Last Promise (Club Aegis) - Christie Adams
  Simon may be an alpha to the world but he desires being Ros' pet in the bedroom. An experienced Domme, Ros has never had romantic feelings towards her bottom or slave. That changes with Simon.

I loved this couple! I liked how they worked with each other, how they negotiated their scenes, the dynamics between them. It was realistic. I want more of them. The story was interesting and entertaining. Simon is not used to someone else taking care of him. Ros does that so well even when his alpha comes out. She's been trained in the military to be a bodyguard. She is kick-ass, take no prisoners.

I hated that this story ended I enjoyed it so much. This is a keeper and one for re-reading.
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review 2017-03-22 01:07
CAPTIVATED: STILES--BEFORE by Katherine King
Captivated: Stile Series (Book One): Stile: Before - Katherine King,Denise Fowler
  Harley spots Kate in the audience at his concert and wants her. She wants nothing to do with him. She has a boyfriend but is drawn to Harley. Drawn together they discover what they have in common and work towards a relationship.

I enjoyed this story. I liked the first person point of view from each perspective as well as the insight into their thoughts and feelings. Watching how the secondary characters saw their relationship gave more insight into their personalities, especially Harley's. I hated the cliffhanger ending. Now I have to get part 2 so I know what happens to them. Ugh!!!
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