Month: January 2017

The Next to Die by Kevin O’Brien (Quick Review)

Posted January 31, 2017
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The Next to Die by Kevin O’Brien (Quick Review)

What really grabbed my attention about The Next To Die was its synopsis. I am a serious sucker for mystery thriller stories in audio that leave me guessing until the very end, and that was the vibe that the synopsis gave me. The crazy thing is, the story delivered on the mystery part, but throughout its story I felt like I was listening to a Gregory Peck like mystery movie. The Next to Die’s tone was not how I imagined it would be based off its synopsis. It seriously had the feel of an old mystery/thriller set in 1950s and while there’s nothing wrong with that I just had a hard time falling into the story. This, though, could’ve either fallen to the narration (even though I think Joe Barrett did a good job acting out the story), or the actual writing of the story (even though the writing style […]

January 2017 TBR

Posted January 28, 2017
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January 2017 TBR

I know that this post is super late seeing as it’s already the end of January but I wanted to at least have it documented here that I’ve taken the plunge and tried something new for 2017. Previously, I’ve never been good with sticking to set lists of reads that I’ve either composed or formulated to fit a certain challenge, but I wanted to change that for 2017. Last year and the years before I would always find myself frustrated with either myself or the books I’d read because I adhered to the dictates of my emotions. What I mean by that is that I’m an emotional reader, I will only read a book if I felt like it which naturally became a problem when I had deadlines for reviews for books I had received in advance. This approach to reading got so bad that there were times when I […]

Hard Mated by Jennifer Ashley (Quick Review)

Posted January 27, 2017
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Hard Mated by Jennifer Ashley (Quick Review)

After I finished Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley, I knew that I needed Spike’s story ASAP. Thank goodness Ashley released Hard Mated in a box set with two of her other stories for 99c because that meant that I no longer had to wait a year and a day for it to become available at my library. In reading about Spike first in Tiger Magic and again in Guardian’s Mate I knew that he was a badass, but it wasn’t until I read the opening scene in Hard Mated that I was able to glimpse the magnitude. Hard Mated, again, showed a lot of the prejudices of the shifters in these Shiftertowns. Almost all throughout Hard Mated Spike and Liam really butted heads, but it was mostly because of Liam’s actions towards Spike. Spike, other than his actions when the old leader of the region was in power, he has never given […]

The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole

Posted January 27, 2017
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The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole

The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole started off awesome, for some reason that I cannot name, that opening scene had me riveted. But, let me backtrack a little bit, I picked up The Purest Hook for a number of reasons, but the two that were the most convincing were the price tag and the cover, everything else that I learned about its story was just icing on the cake. It was because of the way that The Purest Hook started off that the feeling of good things to come starting pinging all over the place, but that feeling quickly died when Pixie and Dred became a couple. Weird I know, but let me explain. My least favorite category/theme in the sub-genre contemporary romance are the rock-n-roll/musician stories. I couldn’t tell you why this is, but it’s just something about musicians and how they’re portrayed in romance that just makes me look at them […]

Dirty by Scott Hildreth (Quick Review)

Posted January 25, 2017
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Dirty by Scott Hildreth (Quick Review)

On my gosh, my bleeding heart! Forget what the title says and whatever assumptions you might’ve come up with in your head about Dirty, trash them because you’ll be 100% wrong. After reading Rough I with admit to prejudging Cholo, other than some of the things he said I didn’t know much about his character. In finishing Dirty I found that I love his character more than PeeBee’s, and I didn’t expect this in the slightest. He made me melt. Cholo was so amazing as a hero that there was not one thing I would modify or wish differently upon his character. If ever there was a perfect man for Lex, Cholo embodied that. Lex was a freaking survivor. All through Dirty I, along with Cholo, kept waiting for the moment when she would crack but it never came. Her inner strength and maturity ends up making her the easiest […]

Rough by Scott Hildreth

Posted January 24, 2017
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Rough by Scott Hildreth

Since I’m still early into Scott Hildreth’s Selected Sinners series it took me a minute to remember the storyline for his Fifth F*ckers MC series. But let me be clear…I knew who PeeBee was, I just had to put that out there. In knowing this small (monumental) piece of information was really all I needed to know to dive into Rough blindly. As I was getting into the story of Rough and trying to fall back into this world, things from Hard started to surface for me. Once I got past this point and kept reading I felt that I needed to brace myself, for what I couldn’t tell you. Despite this doom cloud that was over my head I found myself really enjoying Rough more and more with each page turn, I will admit to ignoring the warning from before because the feel and the things happening within the story just […]

Poison Makers by Jimmy Olsen

Posted January 23, 2017
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Poison Makers by Jimmy Olsen

On the heels of having finished The Hero of Blind Pig Island I couldn’t understand why I didn’t immediately jump into reading Poison Makers when the author kindly sent me a copy.  I guess I would have to chalk the ‘why’ behind it to the fact that I was either scared that I couldn’t get lucky and read another great story by Jimmy Olsen in Poison Makers, or I became distracted with another story, but in actuality it might’ve been somewhere in the middle of both possibilities. I knew that Olsen’s writing was superb, one of the best I’ve read, but I still found myself hesitating to fully dive into Poison Makers’ pages, but now that I overcome my reservations I got some things to say. Poison Makers was both different and similar to his writing in The Hero of Blind Pig Island. I can’t really put my finger on the why, and […]

Anticipation Thursday // 2017 Movie Releases (1)

Posted January 19, 2017
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Anticipation Thursday // 2017 Movie Releases (1)

Here I am with another feature that I just plucked from my creativity vault and I think like the FCF (favorite cover Friday) feature this one will stick as well. What Anticipation Thursday will focus on (even though the title is pretty much self explanatory) is anything dealing with new releases whether they are tv shows, movies, books, music, or game systems/games. Also, if you follow me on my YouTube channel you would have noticed that I post trailer reactions there and the 2 trailer reactions that I’ve done so far are of movies that haven’t come out yet (thank goodness or this post would be semi-unnecessary lol). ***** The first movie release that I am so excited to watch is Fate of the Furious, the 8th movie in the Fast and Furious franchise. Now, I was one of the ones who thought that this franchise should’ve ended with Fast […]

Pirate by Eve Langlais

Posted January 18, 2017
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Pirate by Eve Langlais

Why did I wait so long to listen to Pirate?! Matter of fact why did I wait so long to read an Eve Langlais story?! Between the humor, sexiness, and just story in general I am hooked for all other stories by Langlais. Pirate was so unexpected both in how the story was constructed and the depth in which the author went in creating this literary world. I’ve read my fair share of sci-fi rom-com stories and I can honestly say that few have reached the level in which Langlais went to in crafting this Space Gypsy Chronicles series. Conclusively, my thoughts about Pirate all fall in favor of the actual story and not the characters. Chandra Skyye did an amazing job of bringing out the characters in a way that you really feel that you know who they are. I guess what I mean is that you really didn’t […]

Everything For Her by Alexa Riley

Posted January 17, 2017
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Everything For Her by Alexa Riley

When the news hit that Alexa Riley, the queens of short, sexy, over-the-top alpha males, were coming out with a series of full-length novels I really didn’t know what to thing. Will I say that because of their success with shorter novels that I was skeptical of how this new series would work for me and their readers, absolutely, but it’s in challenges like this that will make or break an author and I think Alexa Riley passed with flying colors. Now that I’ve finished Everything For Her I am officially spoiled, they have created a monster. Everything For Her contained everything that makes an Alexa Riley story special; an over-the-top alpha male, a virgin heroine who’s sweet and sassy, some outside/inside force that will/or maybe not cause conflict between the hero and heroine, and unconventional romance that cannot be explained but needs to be experienced. The synopsis tricked me though, lol, when […]