Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Regret by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley
Series: Rock Chick #7
on December 9, 2011
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Sadie Townsend is known by all as The Ice Princess and she’s worked hard to earn her reputation. Her father, a now-incarcerated Drug Lord, has kept her under his thumb her whole life and she’s learned enough from living in his world to give everyone the cold shoulder. But one inebriated night, she shows the Real Sadie to the undercover agent she knows is investigating her father, the handsome Hector Chavez, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to have her.
Hector makes one (huge) mistake; he waits for Sadie to come to him. Tragedy strikes and Sadie’s got a choice, she can retreat behind her Ice Fortress or she can embrace the Rock Chick/Hot Bunch World. Guided by Hector, the Rock Chicks, the Hot Bunch and her new gay roommates, Buddy and Ralphie, Sadie negotiates a life out from under her father’s thumb, a life that includes poison, arson and learning how to make s’mores.

When I accidentally thought Rock Chick Regret was next after Rock Chick Revenge and I read a little of the prologue, I knew this story was going to blow me away. I was right, but I didn’t factor in the heartbreak or tears that would prick my eyes as I read Rock Chick Regret.

Sadie easily became my most favorite heroine out of all the Rock Chicks. She didn’t have the great start, and she didn’t start her story with someone on her team, or in her corner, as the other Rock Chicks had when we first met them. But, I truly believe it was Sadie’s rough start that endeared me more to her character because as Hector said it, she’s got a “will of steel.”

Hector, for a time, came off as insensitive to all that Sadie had gone through and was continuing to go through, but I eventually saw that his persistence was instead love and devotion for Sadie. While Hector did’t make me swoon, he did make me melt. Instead of declaring his dominance as the other alphas did in this series he wooed and seduced Sadie, and me as well. Now that I think about it, he might just be my favorite hero out of this entire series as his leading lady is.

Everything I love about a romantic suspense with comedy thrown in was done in Rock Chick Regret. To be honest I think Hector and Sadie’s story might be my fave out of this series.

I loved everything about Rock Chick Regret.

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.

The Bears Unwanted Baby by Amy Star

The Bears Unwanted Baby by Amy StarThe Bears Unwanted Baby by Amy Star
on August 31, 2015
Source: Purchased
two-stars

Getting knocked up after a one night stand was not part of Julia's life plan. But sometimes you have to take what life throws at you and now she plans to be the best mother possible to her son Cody.
One thing Julia did not know was that her previous lover was actually a bear shifter named Shane. With no way of contacting him she assumed she would never see him again and she also assumed that he would not want the baby anyway.
It seems she might have assumed wrong.
Now the baby is here and Shane has tracked her down. Could the Bear's unwanted baby possibly be a lot more important than Julia ever realized?

So after picking up The Bears Unwanted Baby because of both it’s title and synopsis, in my mind I painted this angsty love story where the hero, who happened to be a bear, would reject the baby he made with the human for whatever reason until conditions proved that he was wrong and he would do every thing he could to not only get his baby back but the human woman he fell in love with. Boy was my assumption 100% wrong and not even close to what the story of The Bears Unwanted Baby ended up being about.

To start off, the heroine and hero only met once and ended up boinking, but the hero left the next morning so the heroine never was able to get his name. BAM, Julia ends up pregnant. The thing, though, that made me irritated was how the heroine and her best friend chalked it up to the fact that since the hero and father walked away after a one night stand, that that somehow gave proof to him not wanting his baby. My question that was never answered and was in fact brushed over was “How could he have not wanted something he didn’t know anything about?”

When Julia, our heroine, her best friend, and her son, Cody, moved into the cabin close to where she first met Shane, our hero, was when Shane first meets and is able to see his son, and he immediately wants to spend time with him. But Julia and her pit bull of a best friend are reluctant to do so because they somehow created the parallel that since he walked away from Julia after the one-night of passion then it’s possible he’ll do the same to Cody. Now while their fears have some merit, they never gave Shane a chance because they never tried to let him know that he was a father.

Another thing that confused me about The Bears Unwanted Baby, other than the title and synopsis being misleading, was that the main character’s story wrapped up halfway through the book and we were then given Shane’s brother and Julia’s best friend’s story.

The suspense that was woven into The Bears Unwanted Baby‘s pages isn’t even worth mentioning because the conflict of it was one-sided; we got why the enemy was after Shane and his brother, but as to the history and the enemies side of things that was nonexistent. The Bears Unwanted Baby is another reason I stick close to the authors I love to read from; stories like this makes it a scary experience in venturing out to new authors.

Flash Point by Lani Lynn Vale

Flash Point by Lani Lynn ValeFlash Point by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: Kilgore Fire #2
on June 2, 2016
Source: Purchased
three-half-stars

Masen Crisfield fell in love with Booth Jones when she was sixteen years old. Booth was the love of her life. The rock she needed to get her through the day. Then she rips his heart out while he’s deployed, leaving him wondering just what he’d done to warrant something so severe as a breakup that neither of them wanted.
Stubbornness is their middle name, and ten long years pass before either one of them try to breach the gap.
Circumstances force Booth to come home, and within an hour of him being back in his home town, there she is. Right back in the forefront of his mind where he knows she shouldn’t be.
The day he starts his first civilian job at Kilgore Fire Department, his worst fear of seeing Masen is realized. And not only does he see her, but he sees her with another man. A fellow firefighter that he has to trust with his life.
It soon becomes apparent that they are both still just as much in love with each other now as they were the moment they met. But there’s a problem. Booth’s married, and Masen’s in a committed relationship.
They fight the pull with everything they have, but they’re both about to learn the true meaning of flash point as their lives crash together. Their love consuming everything in it’s path.

Ooo wee! Me and Flash Point have been through some things and they all happened before I opened it’s pages!

I have to laugh to myself because never have I ever been scared to read a Lani Lynn Vale story, never. I wasn’t afraid there would be cheating involved, because I know that Lani Lynn Vale would never have one of her heroines or heroes commit adultery (if they’re married) or to cheat. My fear was the amount of expected heartache I would have to endure while I was reading Flash Point.

Other than the heartaches I received from the beginning portion of Flash Point, throughout the rest of the story the heart pains were dialed down to low.

Once everything between Booth and Masen was laid out in the open, the issues they had that prevented them from being together past that point rested on their shoulders due to their bull-headedness and their pride. Because of this I wasn’t all that sympathetic towards them from that first moment of truth all the way into the current story.

Now, when they finally got their acts together things go hot…and then weird.

It seemed like once things were finally going good for Masen and Booth the nuisance of a sinister character started to manifest itself in way that almost proved fatal.

The one downside that I found with Flash Point, and what I’m right now trying to convince myself didn’t really happen, was the disconnect I felt in the relationship between Masen and Booth when they reconciled. I want to deny this because they are perfect for each other, but in the midst of them getting back together something shifted and made their romantic journey, even their sex scenes, boring to me. I really wanted to like them to the very end, but I can’t help how I feel or even my reaction to them. Maybe it was since they were so wrapped up in each other that they didn’t see the threat right in front of them, literally, that I couldn’t take them serious. I don’t know, maybe they’ll work better for you all.

Bottom line, Flash Point is a story I wouldn’t mind reading again just because of how funny, twisted, and relatable it all was. As always, another story by Lani Lynn Vale, a story full of humor, suspense, love, and hope has satisfied me yet again.

About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Romantic Suspense and has a love for all things romance. Lani is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.

Unstoppable by Scott Hildreth

Unstoppable by Scott HildrethUnstoppable by Scott Hildreth
on May 13, 2014
Source: Kindle Unlimited
three-stars

Mike Ripton “Ripp” is a street fighter and a boxer who doesn’t necessarily care about title fights or notoriety. He fights because he enjoys it. Beating another man excites him. Fighting bare knuckles matches for spare cash is his life. His mode of transportation is either a Harley or his 1969 Chevelle.
Vivian Simone “Vee” is a ruthless Federal Attorney. As savage as she is in court, she prefers to cower at the feet of a Dominant man at night. Her only requirement is that she be in a relationship with her Dominant male counterpart.
Mike Ripton doesn’t do relationships. Never has. And he believes he never will.
Vee and Ripp meet by chance in a bar one afternoon while she’s at lunch. Immediately, there’s attraction from both sides…
But Ripp doesn’t do relationships.
Or does he?

When I got about halfway through Unstoppable, I didn’t think that me and this story was going to work out. I prematurely got in my feelings because I thought that it would seriously suck donkey balls if this story tanked for me after the excitement Undefeated gave me. Being who I am, I was willing to take a loss and still hope for a win. So, if Unstoppable was going to be one of those losses I would take the hit and move on to Unleashed with fresh hopes. But thanks to the urgings and cautions from another Hildreth fan (cough, cough, Jen) I held in any opinions I had until close to the end.

My, gosh! The last 60-70% of this story was the absolute bomb! (90’s reference for some of y’all yungins who don’t know that “the bomb” means it was awesome). Lesson learned to never underestimate a Hildreth read until the last page has been turned.

The prologue for Unstoppable was so heart wrenching, and gut burning that I had to take a minute to myself. Poor Katie. I will admit that the main factor that fed into my confusion and irritation with Unstoppable and Ripp, was in figuring out how Katie from the prologue fit into the story.

Once it became evident that Katie wasn’t to be the heroine of Unstoppable I quickly became frustrated, I knew she had some connection to Ripp so for the fact that that connection wasn’t revealed until the end brought the brat out in me. But, when it became clear that Vivian, “Vee,” was to be the heroine and love of Ripp’s life I sort of forgot about Katie. I know that sounds harsh since she went through something horrible, but Ripp and Vee’s story took center stage and I couldn’t turn away.

While I was disappointed in Ripp’s character, it was once I finished Unstoppable that I had to understand that as off the chain as Ripp was he had to work all that craziness out so that he could get to a place where he was ready and willing to receive someone like Vee into his life. Once he realized the crazy lifestyle and promiscuous behavior he was engaging in wasn’t where he wanted to be, I fell in love with his character all over again.

My feelings might’ve been back on Ripp’s team but I’m telling y’all, I was seriously feeling some type of way about all the women he was running through, my heart was crushed for a minute there, but we’re good now.

Vee was a pleasant surprise and a great balance to all that was Ripp. She was smart, independent, and classy. Being all of those great qualities didn’t stop her from recognizing that Ripp was everything she wanted in a man. She was ready and willing to hand the reigns over to Ripp because she craved a man who could take charge and in doing so show his love. She was perfect for Ripp in every way, and she was very likable.

It was nice on the flip side to read about Dekker, Kace, Kelsey, and even the Selected Sinners throughout Unstoppable. I really have to finish up the Selected Sinners so I can feel like a part of the family.

I’m telling you all the final portion of this story packed a freaking punch! It’ll be a while before I can get that ending out of my conscious.

Even though Unstoppable took a while for me to really get into I wouldn’t change a word of this story. Every situation played a necessary part in giving an explosive ending that I couldn’t see if I had military grade binoculars. Again, another satisfying story.

About Scott Hildreth

Born In San Diego California, Scott now calls Wichita, Kansas home. Residing in Kansas with his wife, Jessica, and six children, he somehow finds twelve hours a day to work on his writing. A hybrid author who has published more than two-dozen romance and erotica novels, his three book series through Harlequin is due to start release with the first book in summer 2016.
Scott has spent his entire life pushing boundaries, and his writing is no exception. Addicted to riding his Harley-Davidson, tattoos, and drinking coffee, he can generally be found in a tattoo shop, on his Harley, or in a local coffee house when not writing.
Loyal to the fans and faithful followers who allowed him to make writing a full-time career, Scott communicates with his followers on Facebook almost daily. He encourages his readers to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Skinwalker by Faith HunterSkinwalker by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #1
on April 13, 2010
Source: Purchased
three-half-stars

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps...

Out of all the paranormal and fantasy stories I’ve read, I have never read or listened to one the could’ve prepared me for Skinwalker. Between the narration by Khristine Hvam and the storyline itself, other than some lulls, I was riveted.

The confidence and vulnerabilities that Jane (our heroine in Skinwalker) sometimes showed with those she let close were the two qualities that really endeared me to her character. But, it was the almost desperate need to know who she was that in the lou of protecting herself and taking care of business would leave me hesitant about going all in for her character.

After finishing Skinwalker I can’t help but acknowledge how divided Jane seemed. Other than Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series I’ve never read about the animal side being separate but one with the human side. Even with there being a mystery surrounding Jane and her “Beast” it was very clear, as I was listening to Skinwalker, that they may share the same body but they were very separate in their thinking and behavior. It’s funny because while Jane sort of worked on my nerves throughout this story I grew to love Beast’s character, she was more solid than Jane’s character.

The mystery woven into Skinwalker, before the douche head/leader vampire came along, really had me glued to my headphones; I was invested. My play acting as Nancy Drew surfaced and I found myself trying to figure out as each clue was revealed who the killer was. But, while at one time I might’ve entertained thoughts of the douche vampire being a potential love interest for Jane he ended up weighing the story down. The politics of the vampires, while some of the information was interesting because I knew it would be important for the later books, became information overload in conjunction with all that Jane and Beast were going through and experiencing.

The ending of Skinwalker, though, kind of made up for all the world building and character revealing and irritating transitions. Sadly it was when I listened to the sneak peek for Blood Cross that I catapulted myself back to being unsure of my likability of this series. Hopefully, my assumptions don’t have any truth to them whenever I do read or listen to Blood Cross.

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.