Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68

Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen Ashley
Series: Rock Chick #8
Published by Self Published on August 13, 2013
Pages: 530 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Ally Nightingale has secrets. Secrets she doesn't even share with the Rock Chicks. But two men know what she's up to. One has her back. The other has her heart, but he doesn't know it.

As Ally rewinds the last year of her life, she knows two things. One, she’s never going to get what every Rock Chick should have—her own Hot Bunch guy. And two, she’s a Nightingale through and through. She just isn’t sure what to do about that.

But as her secrets are revealed, the men in her life react. Darius Tucker, a lifelong friend, as usual takes her back. Ren Zano, the man she loves, isn’t quite so sure. The Rock Chicks, Hot Bunch and the entire gang at Fortnum’s weigh in, and a Rock Chick Revolution starts brewing.

It’s up to Ally to control it and prove what she knows down to her bones.

She’s a Rock Chick, she deserves her hot guy and she’s going to keep the one she wants…

Because she’s a Nightingale.

I was so ready to skip over Rock Chick Revolution because just from the little I’d read of its story at the end of Rock Chick Regret I was not feeling the shenanigans I thought were going to take place. Also, it was from that little that I read that I easily got a distaste for Ally’s character, maybe because I thought that she was going to play games with Ren, I’m not entirely sure why now that I think about it.

But color me shocked that I not only enjoyed Rock Chick Revolution but Ally might be my favorite Rock Chick! I seriously didn’t think that another heroine in the Rock Chick series would be able to top Jules and Sadie as my favorite but them and Ally are fighting for that number one position.

Just like what I seem to be doing for Nalini Singh and her stories, I need to go in to each Kristen Ashley story without any expectations or assumptions and just follow where the story leads. I thought that I would’ve already learned my lesson with the number of Ashley books I have under my name but I guess not.

Additionally, I didn’t expect Ren to grow on me as fast and as good as he did. I think my hesitancy towards his character had more to do with the fact that he wasn’t officially a member of the Hot Bunch so I was iffy about my likability of him. With the way Ashley delivered his storyline and background I’m kind of hoping that in the future she chooses to do a mafia series or something of the sort because Ren was so smooth and he seriously gave me heart eyes.

Rock Chick Revolution was so much more than just Ally and Ren’s story because we finally get closure to Darius’ story as well as what the after contains for a Rock Chick that has gotten her guy and the drama is over. So much was going on, but not in an overwhelming way, that you literally have to experience all that Rock Chick Revolution has to offer, it was the perfect finale.

There wasn’t one moment of Rock Chick Revolution that I would change because this was the greatest conclusion to the most unique and diverse romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and comedic romance series I’ve ever read!

With that being said, when are the L.A. stories coming out?!

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter @HunterFaith

Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter @HunterFaithMercy Blade by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #3
Published by Audible Frontier on January 4, 2011
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Jane Yellowrock, a shape-shifting rogue-vampire hunter-for-hire, is now taking blood money from the very vamps she used to hunt. But things start heating up in the Big Easy when weres announce their existence to the world, and revive the bitter tensions that run between them and their old enemies -- vampires. Jane finds herself caught in the crossfire.

The only goal I had in continuing on in this series with Mercy Blade was to figure out what the heck happened between Rick and Jane. I totally blame the fact that I stopped reading the Jane Yellowrock series to start Faith Hunter’s Soulwood series, but it’s awesome that both series criss cross and pump up the interest of each other.

In being caught up with Hunter’s Soulwood series I knew I couldn’t go any further without finding out how Rick and Jane hooked up and become a ‘them,’ as well as finding out what were the circumstances that split them apart. I do believe it was the spoiler that Rick and Jane became a item that made me pause on this series and try the Soulwood series for more of what I was looking for out of an Urban Fantasy series. I passionately disliked Rick LaFleur so I wasn’t excited to see Jane partnered up with him, and also at the time I was reading about Gin Blanco hooking up with her cop and investing all these feelings when he wasn’t worth it, so I just wasn’t too keen on seeing another great heroine being brought low because of her ’emotions.’

With all that said I am officially hooked into the Jane Yellowrock series based off of Mercy Blade alone. There was action, there was suspense, and there was romance, but not in the sense that you would think or that I would’ve even imagined from what others have said about this series. Since I am such a goober when it comes to audiobook I most definitely skimmed over the hot and steamy stuff because it seriously icks me out to hear them being read to me lol. Instead of the series dulling for me, which is something you can usually tell right around the 3rd or 4th book, I have a good feeling that I will be just as invested in the future books as I was in Mercy Blade.

While I wasn’t sold on the Rick and Jane’s romance since I’ve always been a Bruiser fan, I started to become a believer throughout Mercy Blade and became kinda iffy about Jane possibly choosing Bruiser in the end. Bruiser seriously has too much baggage attached to him; Leo, his background, his loyalties, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. With all that Jane is going through I don’t think that Bruiser would be a good fit for her, and I just don’t see a compatible match between them in the near future because of the things each needs to work through.

At this point in Jane’s storyline and especially, I think, with all that went down in Mercy Blade, she needs to stop tiptoeing around who she is because there were numerous moments during Mercy Blade where there were some close calls, and also where Beast (or some other animal) might’ve been helpful. I’ve never been a big fan of secrets within a storyline, especially if the series or book is built on a complex world with delicate parts, so there’s only so much of Jane keeping Beast a secret that I will be able to tolerate before this aspect of Jane’s character gets old. With each book it seems that we’re introduced to new supernatural beings and it’s only a matter of time before Jane runs up against someone or something that will know what she is and expose her if she doesn’t reveal things soon.

It was great that Hunter introduced the werewolves but didn’t incorporate them only for them to steal the show. As much as I love me some werewolf stories,  I seriously think that werewolves get entirely too much spotlight across the paranormal board.

I’m excited to see what Jane will be up against in the next installment, but it’s both tragic and relieving to know how Rick got turned as well as the possible factors that broke him and Jane up.

About Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)
Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.
Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

The Medium by C.J. Archer @TantorAudio @CJ_Archer

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 Medium by C.J. Archer @TantorAudio @CJ_ArcherThe Medium by C.J. Archer
Series: Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1
Published by Tantor Audio on November 15, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Seventeen-year-old spirit medium Emily Chambers has a problem. Actually, she has several. As if seeing dead people isn't a big enough social disadvantage, she also has to contend with an escaped demon and a handsome ghost with a secret past. And then there's the question of her parentage. Being born an entire year after her father's death (yes, a year) and without the pale skin of other respectable English ladies, Emily is as much a mystery as the dead boy assigned to her. Jacob Beaufort's spirit has been unable to crossover since his death. It might have something to do with the fact he was murdered. Or it might not. All he knows is, he has been assigned by the Otherworld's administrators to a girl named Emily. A girl who can see and touch him. A girl who released a shape-shifting demon into the mortal realm. Together they must send the demon back before it wreaks havoc on London. It should be a simple assignment, but they soon learn there's nothing simple when a live girl and a dead boy fall in love.

I requested The Medium purely on what I hoped the story contents would hold, and I totally blame the synopsis for my imagination running wild. I am a serious sucker for ghosts, and necromancers and I guess it all stemmed from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series lol.

I’ve never listened to a Gemma Dawson narration since I am still a newbie to the audiobook world, but I can’t help but shout it from the rooftops that she seriously did an amazing job with The Medium. Right off the bat I was pulled in and I wasn’t even really sure what was happening within the story (the same thing happened when I listened to Dragonfly in Amber so maybe I have a fascination with English narrators…IDK). I knew as soon as I clicked play that I was going to enjoy this listen, and my prediction proved true.

Other than the romantic element, the irritation I had with certain characters, and the hard time I had with connecting to Emily I really enjoyed The Medium. The supporting characters, mostly the ghosts and those associated with them, were really entertaining and I found myself more fascinated with them than the main characters. If the romance was taken out of the story I have a feeling that I would’ve liked The Medium just a tad bit more because it seriously felt unnecessary and muddled up the flow of the story for me.

I have The Possession to listen to next and I find myself excited because I know there’s going to be more entertaining ghosts that we’ll be introduced to. My only hope is that if the romance continues that it’s more inducted into the storyline and not sticking out like a sore thumb.

Gemma Dawson has easily made my favorites list with her narration of The Medium. Ugh! I can’t wait to start listening to anything else she’s narrated.

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomance

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.

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomanceSilver Silence by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1, Psy-Changeling #16
Published by Berkley on June 13, 2017
Pages: 496 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
five-stars

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

Silver Silence was everything! I had no expectations but goodness gracious I wasn’t expecting things to get this intense for the continuation and spinoff of the Psy-Changeling series. Whew!

I don’t know whose character I loved more, Valentin’s or Silver’s because both showed up and showed out and made Silver Silence easily another favorite by Nalini Singh. It’s been a while since I’ve felt torn between two characters, I think the last duo was Sienna and Hawke so for Valentin and Silver to be currently fighting for that number one spot says something. It wasn’t so much that either had such dominant personalities and were both leaders of their sphere of influence, I think the way they both carried themselves while being thrust into some sticky situations and still being able to keep a level head and be the beacon of hope their people needed just spoke volumes.

If you’re read any of my reviews on Shelly Laurenston‘s stories then you know how much I love bear shifters, so when you couple Singh’s writing with my favorite paranormal caricatures explosive is written all over it. I will admit to some skepticism before starting Silver Silence because I have been burned before when I’ve given into the excitement of what I hoped a bear shifter story would be like only to either get the opposite or for it to not even reach the cusp of my expectations. But, like I’ve said in many a review on Singh’s writing, I trust her and she hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

Even with how fast paced Silver Silence turned out to be, the emotional connection I had with its story and characters was very much present and active, I found myself holding back tears quite a few times because of the raw emotions these characters went through and the situations they were placed in. Maybe ‘fast paced’ is the wrong terminology, a better phrase would be ‘smooth flowing.’

Silver Silence flowed so smoothly that I seriously felt like I was only reading a 150 page book – except for the beginning portion where I had started and stopped, I just had a lot going on at the time…nope I’m lying I had to finish Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley and I couldn’t focus on anything else until then. But seriously, Silver Silence kept my attention and I never knew what was coming with each page turn and when part two came I didn’t know what to do with myself especially when I saw that the book was already at the 70% mark.

While reading Silver Silence you could definitely feel the fingerprints of Slave to Sensation but not so much that it felt like a rewrite with different characters and settings, but more of it being the start of something new, also without the heavy load of doing a lot of world building.

Before Silver Silence, and other than her cameos during scenes with Kaleb, I didn’t really pay much attention to Silver but I always knew that she would somehow rise to the front because she was too dominant a personality to sit on the sidelines and be Kaleb’s assistant forever. I was really surprised by how much I ended up loving Silver’s character, she might just be my favorite heroine out of the entire Psy-Changeling series.

In conclusion, Silver Silence did its thing and I seriously can’t wait for what the Psy-Changeling Trinity, part two of the Psy-Changeling series, has to offer.

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.

Secrets At Midnight by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh

Secrets At Midnight by Nalini Singh @NaliniSinghSecrets At Midnight by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #12.5
Published by InterMix on August 22, 2016
Pages: 99 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Bastien Smith is frustrated. A changeling male should be able to track his mate anywhere—through fire and hail, snow and rain. But he keeps finding and losing her scent in the city streets, ever since he first became aware of it two weeks earlier, when the elusive fragrance awakened the leopard within him...

Then Bastien is suddenly confronted with his prey. Kirby is an all-too-human woman who wants Bastien just as much as he wants her. But he can’t deny what his body and senses are telling him: there is a raging chaos inside of Kirby that he doesn’t understand, secrets that whisper awake at midnight and cause her terrible pain. If they’re to have any chance of forever, then he must solve the mystery that is Kirby...

Secrets at Midnight originally appeared in Night Shift.

I was so skeptical about reading Secrets at Midnight because of how toned down my feelings were towards Heart of Obsidian. But like with every Nalini Singh story I went in with no expectations and an open mind, it didn’t hurt that I have an amazing track record with her novellas.

When I caught on to the fact that Basiten was to be the hero of Secrets at Midnight I immediately zeroed into what all was going on so that I wouldn’t miss anything of what I was sure would be a fun ride. Ever since we were introduced to Mercy’s crazy and meddling brothers I’ve been really interested in Bastien’s character and story, maybe the red hair bewitched me <lol>.

In every story where there has been an interracial couple – by our understanding since the Psy-Changeling world has different races – I’ve been wanting to commend Singh on how she handles the physical differences of her characters. I love that she doesn’t focus on race, or race as we see it, but instead focuses on how the darkness of a certain characters skin contrast with another character’s creamy or tanned skin, or the curliness of ones hair might contrast with another’s wavy hair. In the case of Secrets of Midnight a big deal wasn’t made about Kirby being of a darker skin tone than Bastien, in fact more emphasis was put on the fact that she’s a lynx shifter (not in a bad way) than anything.

Seeing Bastien’s character placed in situations where we were able to see his vulnerable side as well as his dominance, especially when it came to Kirby becoming a part of Dark River, made him more well-rounded. Seeing the multiple sides of Basiten when we previously just saw him as an annoying brother was such a treat, and I have no problem saying that out of all Mercy’s brothers he’s my absolutely favorite.

After somewhat knowing who Bastien was it was interesting to see how Kirby’s character would fit when pitted up against his. Kirby might’ve been shy but knew when and how to stand up for herself which really endeared me to her character. Since everything dealing with Dark River and Bastien’s family is somewhat well-known it was great to see another side of the world Singh has created with her Psy-Changeling series. Learning about other shifter packs in the world – for Secrets at Midnight the lynx pack in Canada – was both sad – because of the circumstances of their introduction – and exciting for what they brought to Kirby and Bastien’s life.

All in all Secrets at Midnight was so refreshing and perfectly placed after all the drama and series shift that was Heart of Obsidian. I also hope that Secrets at Midnight is a look into what the tone of the remaining books of the Psy-Changeling series, or at least part one of the Psy-Changeling series, could possibly be because there has definitely been a shift and I’m iffy about whether I’m all aboard or if I still have reservations.

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.