Claimed Princess by Alexa Riley

Claimed Princess by Alexa RileyClaimed Princess by Alexa Riley
Series: The Princess #3
Published by Self Published on March 6, 2017
Pages: 77 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
four-stars

Heavenly and Carlos have been best friends their whole lives. But it’s almost time for Heavenly’s birthday, which means she’ll be married off to a king.

Carlos has been King for a few years now and is being pressured to choose a bride. But he’s only ever had eyes for one princess, and he’s had to wait for her to turn twenty-one.

Heavenly doesn’t have any idea the plans Carlos has made for her, so when she offers to marry his brother, things don’t go so well. Girl, they don’t go well at all… Carlos isn’t having that. She gets a dose of alpha when Carlos lays down the law. But when she runs…how far will she actually get?

Warning: Do you really wonder if there’s a happily ever after? Because you know that’s kind of our thing, right? Look, he chases her, but it all works out. Also it’s really hot. Get it!

On the heels of finishing Stolen Princess I was really looking forward to Carlos and Heavenly’s story. Claimed Princess gave so much life to the imaginings I had towards their story that I can’t really say anything against it.

With the few pieces of information we were able to glean about their relationship dynamic, somewhat from Stolen Princess and the earlier pages of Claimed Princess, I really thought that Carlos was going to fight his attraction to Heavenly harder than what he did. All it took was for her to say was “I’ll marry your brother so that I could still be part of the family” in more or less words and Carlos was through holding out, he seriously wasn’t having any other man claim what he considered his.

Carlos and Heavenly’s relationship was more real than the past stories in this series. They had history and while their love definitely qualifies as instant it’s seasoned at the same time.

Stolen Princess by Alexa Riley

Stolen Princess by Alexa RileyStolen Princess by Alexa Riley
Series: The Princess #2
Published by Self Published on February 27, 2017
Pages: 84 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
four-stars

Karim is past the time when he should have chosen a bride, but he never met anyone who caught his eye. Forced to choose, he holds a ball and invites all eligible princesses to attend. And that’s when everything changes.

Giselle’s been tucked away on her father’s land and doesn’t know how the royal world works. It’s her first party, and it’s going terribly until she finds herself alone in a room with a man. A man who wants to make her his.

When Giselle gives him everything and then discovers who he is…well, how good do you think she’ll be at hide and seek?

Warning: It’s instalove at first sight. Literally, like two seconds in. But don’t worry, Karim will find her…and steal her if he has to.

Reading the reviews on Stolen Princess I didn’t know if I would even come to care for its story or if I should just skip it and go on to the next one. But because I’m anal about reading things in order I just chose to dive into Stolen Princess and hope for the best and my gosh did that leap of faith pay off.

The heroine of Stolen Princess was so innocent, if that’s possible, that I really thought after the initial scene between her and the hero that I would become fed up with her character since with that type of innocence most likely comes naiveté. But I found myself shocked by the strength of the core of her character. Giselle might’ve been locked away from the world but she knew who she was and though she sought acceptance and found it in Karim she wasn’t changing no matter what.

I’m really looking forward to the next story in this series and I have a feeling I know who it’s going to feature.

Mine To Possess by Nalini Singh

Mine To Possess by Nalini SinghMine to Possess by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #4
Published by Berkley on February 5, 2008
Pages: 328 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
four-stars

Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed...and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.

Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life--the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...

Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past...or lose everything that ever mattered.

I have been waiting for Clay’s story ever since we met him in Slave to Sensation. Mine to Possess was an amazing look into Clay’s past and the intricate details that made him one of the most dangerous Changelings in Nalini Singh’s dynamic and unique Psy-Changeling world.

Gaining a well-rounded view of the stories I’d already read within the Psy-Changeling series is a beautiful thing. My ratings might change for what appears is the worse but I see it as something that shows growth. In rating Mine to Possess now as a 4 star instead the 5 star that it was, I feel that I’ve given the story a better look and experienced all that the story had to offer instead of focusing purely on the romance as I felt I did the first time around.

I felt that even though Clay and Talin’s story progressed the Psy-Changeling series really well and was a solid, attention and heart grabbing story, there were just somethings I had a hard time getting over about both main characters. For example, despite the fact that Talin later in Mine to Possess explains her actions it really irked my nerves how fragile she was for a good portion of the story, as well as her fragile behavior towards Clay. Now as for Clay’s character, he was more emotional that I appreciated him being, even Judd still retained a semblance of who he was in Silence so that he wouldn’t appear as a completely brand new person; someone I wouldn’t recognize.

I can’t harp too much on Mine to Possess because I seriously loved its story and the promise it gave for what I’m sure, if I remember correctly, is Dorian’s story.

About Nalini Singh

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston

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.

The Unyielding by Shelly LaurenstonThe Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #3
Published by Kensington on March 28, 2017
Pages: 400 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
four-half-stars

Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…

Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.

With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one….

In first starting The Unyielding I kept flip flopping between loving its story and really wanting it to just get to its climax. It was only once I got to the end that everything that had taken place, everything that had been said made sense and I gained a better appreciation for the story of The Unyielding.

I love that as I go into each Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken story I’m not sure what to expect. Being a long time Laurenston reader I knew that I can just relax and let her writing take me wherever it wanted to go leaving me highly entertained, and in the case of The Unyielding the same proved true. My main issue with The Unyielding came from its heroine. Erin’s personality along with the seriousness of what was going on kept clashing, therefore disrupting the flow of the story. It didn’t get better, or start to make sense until the ending.

It seriously must say something when despite the small things (the pace of certain parts in the story) and the main issue I found with The Unyielding, I still ended up loving its story. I thought to rate The Unyielding at 4 stars but that didn’t feel right, neither did going lower or higher than a 4 1/2. (That’s the explanation to bridge the gap between the rating and review.)

About Shelly Laurenston

Originally from Long Island, New York, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her website at www.gaaiken.com.

Trusting Bull by Jordan Marie

Trusting Bull by Jordan MarieTrusting Bull by Jordan Marie
Series: Savage Brothers MC #5
Published by Self Published on December 15, 2015
Pages: 270 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
four-stars

Skye

The minute I saw him, I knew I was in trouble. Bull.
What kind of man flirts with the doctor who lectures him on STD’s?
And why am I attracted to a man like that?
He wasn’t what I wanted, but he could be exactly what I need.
Slowly I’m learning to trust him.
It’s perfect, except for one small thing….
Someone wants me dead.

Bull

To say I lost my way is an understatement.
Then I meet her. Skye.
She’s smart, beautiful and way beyond my reach.
It doesn’t matter, I’m keeping her.
I know what I want and I go after it.
Now someone is trying to take her away from me.
I won’t let that happen.
She’s mine and I’m not giving her up.

I was so scared to jump into Trusting Bull. I’ve made it no secret about the struggles I’ve found in getting through the stories by Jordan Marie lately, but I was in the mood for an interracial story and Trusting Bull spoke to me the loudest. Now while my fears were legitimate it gladdens my heart to say that Trusting Bull was an awesome story to read and experience.

Even with Bull’s mistakes and certain actions I always loved his character all the way from the very beginning, in Breaking Dragon, but in Trusting Bull I felt like I was reading about a totally different character. It’s one thing when you’re reading about a characters’ actions, depending on the situation how they can appear to you, and then reading their individual story and seeing them in a different light. The later was what happened with Trusting Bull.

In the previous installments I never knew the struggles that Bull faced when all kinds of serious situations were going on, but his apparent solidity in the face of those situations made me love his character. I sort of put Bull up on a pedestal because of the rock he personified amongst the chaos of the Savage Brothers MC, but in Trusting Bull I was able to see him as human and not the unstoppable force that he appeared to be before and that was definitely a treat.

Skye’s character was different from the heroine’s that came before her and I absolutely loved that. Her backbone and almost (because she did try to make some dumb decisions) realistic responses to things just made me glad that she was chosen to becomes Bull’s old lady, those two meshed so well together.

Although, there were definitely times when I felt that the writing could’ve been tighter and that the world that Marie created could’ve come off as more authentic, or at least better put together, I did enjoy Trusting Bull so much so that I found it hard to put down. I’m not going to say that I’m now confident enough in Marie’s writing that I’ll start jumping into her stories that I haven’t read, but I’m hoping that there’s a story in the future that will speak to me as Breaking Dragon and Trusting Bull have.

About Jordan Marie

Stumbling Author trying to get her feet under her again after a long break from writing