Something to Howl About by Christine Warren

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Something to Howl About by Christine WarrenSomething To Howl About by Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville #0.5
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 2, 2018
Pages: 75 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.

Wolf Shifter.

Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don't quite fit in in the "normal" shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home...if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it's not much of a favor when you're helping the hottest shifter in town...

Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven't had a child born in over a hundred years...and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn't count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn't about to let her go...

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been in one of Christine Warren’s Other series. Now don’t freak out, Something to Howl About is not an actual installment of Warren’s Other series, but it is part some sort of a spin-off to the Others series, Alphaville.

Something to Howl About was so different from what I remember of Warren’s Others series that I immediately got excited reading something that was from her pen, was a paranormal romance, and was completely different from anything I’ve read from her before. The heroine, Annie, really sold me to Something to Howl About’s story simply because the main mystery and struggle came from her half of the storyline. It also didn’t hurt that with Annie’s character came Graham’s – alpha of Annie’s former pack – as well. (I love me some Graham, his story was one my all-time favorites from Warren’s Others series).

Jonas on the other hand provided the comic relief in some parts. Although I love fated mate stories, especially if they are paranormal, I’m sort of glad that he went against the formulated plan that seems to be the norm for these tropes within the genre. But because Something to Howl About is a novella, or prequel, to Warren’s Alphaville series, we aren’t able to really get a lot of the history and an in-depth look into each of the character’s personal lives and backgrounds. I would’ve really liked to have read more about Jonas’ parents, especially when they would’ve come back from Germany, and I also would’ve liked to see if Annie ever got in contact with her parents.

Overall, Something to Howl About was a solid introduction to Warren’s Alphaville series. From the sneak peek that we received at the end of this installment, I hope that Baby I’m Howling For You is as appealing because one thing I do remember about Warren’s Others series is that there was only a handful of the books in the series that I really love or even liked.

My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown

My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki BrownMy Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown
Series: My Love and His Loyalty #3
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on December 19, 2016
Pages: 182 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Going to jail for Knowledges murder is the last thing on Trina’s mind. Her family was always two steps ahead of the enemy and this time is no different. Her biggest concern was making Detective Thompson pay for everything he’s tried to do to her family but when a blast from the past shows up and shakes things up, Trina realizes that somethings are more important but that doesn’t last long when Detective Thompson strikes again.
Chaos is still trying to get over the shock of being shot and almost losing his life. He is struggling with the fact that he is not one hundred percent but when the chance to come face to face with Trey presents itself all of the doubt leaves his mind and he is in full “Chaos mode” but is he really ready?
Baby is still trying to figure herself out and with a new prospect on her heels she may just get what she’s been looking for but not everyone will be happy for her.

Stone and Slick are working overtime to make sure that their relationships are everything that Starr and Paige could ask for but with drama at every that may not be the couple’s reality. When you have love and loyalty anything is possible right?

After the first two installments in Nikki Brown’s My Love and His Loyalty series I didn’t know what to expect from this crazy bunch and the people dumb and delusional enough to go against them in the last installment, but I was definitely on board for the ride.

The one thing that really shocked me as I was reading My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown was how tolerant I was of Trina’s character. Usually I’m not a fan of mama queen-pins or bosses because in the past characters with these qualities they are either doing too much, aren’t accepting of change, or both and irk my nerves as I read about the influence they have not only on their children but the story in general. Trina’s character though was so dang savage and yet a lady-like that her character was an instant favorite, I think Wayne helped level her out in a lot ways that prevented her from getting to the female boss characters I spoke of earlier.

The one character that really stood out to me was Chaos’ character, or the final version of it. The intricacies of his character was done so well that even though I loved me some Stone, Shine, and Slick he was definitely a favorite. I am a sucker for the unhinged types and Chaos definitely fit into that category.

While Chaos might’ve been a favorite character, my favorite couple would have to be Starr and Stone. Not only did the author give more page time to these two but their chemistry and ability to work through things together was intoxicating.

I love that with every Nikki Brown story I read she focuses on the importance of family and this element is quickly making her a beloved author of mine.

I felt that for My Love and His Loyalty 3 the ending was very satisfying and tied the series up well. I’m also glad that Brown included the holiday scenes for everybody because since it was almost Christmas when I read this it felt appropriate.

She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice

She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne LatriceShe Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice
Series: She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta #4
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on October 27, 2017
Pages: 365 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
four-half-stars

In the final installment, Ricky must deal with the mind blowing news his grandmother has just revealed to him. Feeling like he's all alone in being betrayed by people who were expected to be loyal to him, Ricky soon realizes that the person who can understand his situation completely has been right by his side all along. Draylah too has her own troubles to face, the main one dealing with someone she thought she'd lost but has been able to reunite with. However, there is a big block in her road to bliss, and Draylah is beyond ready to take it out. Will the couple be able to continue to keep that undying flame of love burning, despite their hefty issues? Or will things finally be too much for the troubled beauty and her heartless gangsta?

Also back for the final round are the other couples who are no strangers to difficulties and betrayal. With one couple seeking the ultimate revenge on those they feel have wronged them, another coming to an unfortunate and unforeseeable end, and the last finally realizing just what they have in one another, these unions will surely be tested one last time.

Seeing as this is my second, or third, time reading She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice I decided to place my focus elsewhere this time around. I focused more on Draylah and Ricky, and Bia and Kito simply because I felt that I didn’t give them enough of my attention with all of Qamar’s craziness.

With that being said though, I was able to FINALLY glean what Qamar’s purpose, in my opinion, was. After interacting with the author after each release for this series and seeing her own distaste for Qamar’s character I think I’m able to understanding Latrice’s genius behind the construction of his character. He was purposed to constantly make the other characters appear normal, sane, and well put together, especially RickyAK.

With all the craziness that has gone on in this series so far I’m glad the author chose to focus more on the closure of both Draylah and Ricky’s backgrounds. For Draylah it was getting custody of the her little girl who was stolen from her, and for Ricky it was avenging his mother’s death. The same could also be said for Bia and Kito’s storyline seeing as Bia was finally closing the chapter that she started in the first installment and starting fresh with Kito who also had a dangerous past but was living differently because of it.

The crazy thing about the entirety of the She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta series has been the growth/maturity of Ricky’s character. The fact that his character has essentially stayed the same, but you can sense the maturity of his character really places him high on my favorite book bae list.

It’s awesome that the author chose to create a Christmas story continuation for this series because I truly wasn’t ready to say goodbye to everyone at the end of She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4. In the moments when I’m extra petty I get to thinking that Mischief and co. deserve a Christmas story as well but sadly that’s not going to happen, *cries internally*.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on May 3, 2016
Pages: 624 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas was huge step up from A Court of Thorns and Roses, first in series. I’m not going to nitpick at all that I loved so much more about this installment than the first because I was very detailed in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, but A Court of Mist and Fury was the perfect improvement on details, character development, and further world building for a sequel.

In hindsight, I think the major issue I had with the series main character was her maturity level, which I can now see that she didn’t have a chance to experience a lot that would help flesh out the immature responses and desires while she providing for her family and trying to survive. To be honest it wasn’t until Maas provided the striking comparison between the Feyre we knew before Under the Mountain and the one who came out new and improved yet baring seeming unhealable scars. Feyre might not have experienced a lot to prepare her for the ups and downs she would encounter in the lands of Prythian, but a growth in her maturity was sorely needed and oddly Rhysand was the perfect villain/hero to help her become the best version of herself she could be.

Speaking of Rhysand, there happened to be some drastic changes to his archenemy’s character as well throughout A Court of Mist and Fury. The transition of Tamlin’s character wasn’t all that shocking. I always thought something was missing about his character in A Court of Thorns and Roses, especially when it came to his relationship with Feyre. Maybe I’m jaded or am always a lover of the underdog and misunderstood, and while Tamlin fits into both characteristics he chose to be both because he didn’t choose to fight against the being(s) who oppressed him, which left his land and people to suffer. To be honest I felt that Lucien and Feyre had more of a connection because of the give and take between them, but as you’ll find out by the end of A Court of Mist and Fury neither Tamlin or Lucien were what Feyre needed to become the freaking awesome person that she learns herself to be. 

The world building of all things Prythian was superb in A Court of Thorns and Roses, but the further expansion of the world with which Maas created for A Court of Mist and Fury was amazing, and seriously one of my favorite. Entering into the Court of Nightmares, Velaris, the Autumn Court, and Hybren was like a description orgasm lol, I could see place Feyre, Rhysand, and co. went to so clearly in my minds eye that at no point did I feel overwhelmed or irritated by how in-depth Maas went to paint each scene.

Just off this series alone I now need to read Maas’ Throne of Glass series, there’s no way around it now. Seriously though, the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury has me so hype for A Court of Wings and Ruin!

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Fat Louise by Jamie Begley

Fat Louise by Jamie BegleyFat Louise by Jamie Begley
Series: Biker Bitches #2
Published by Young Ink Press on January 22, 2015
Pages: 186 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

She needed a hero; instead, she got Cade.

Cade was no hero. He was a nomad, a wanderer with no ties and he liked it that way. Hired out to save Fat Louise and her spoiled sister from a cartel run Mexican city was a risk he was willing to take, for the right price. With a certain gray eyed woman on his mind, he set's out to find her, fuck her and forget her. No harm, no foul. But it's all easier said than done when it comes to this plain Jane.

He expected a biker bitch who knew the rules; instead, he got Fat Louise.

Fat Louise wasn’t about to put her crew in danger. She had to learn to handle problems on her own, even if they included a six-foot biker she was forced to rely on, if she was going to rescue her sister. She never expected to see Cade again after she'd left Mexico, but all it takes is one night with him to prove that even a bitch’s heart can be broken.

Fat Louise by Jamie Begley was both a surprise and a treat for many reasons, I’ll try to detail them all in this review but if I can’t try to add this story – heck this entire series – to your never ending TBR and experience it for yourself.

With the way things ended in both Sex Piston – all we learned about Fat Louise, and (I believe) Shade, the entire world that Jamie Begley created within these two interconnected series went around a bend that I am completely blind to. I don’t know what storylines will come from what characters, nor who will be paired with who, and I absolutely love it! Almost all the characters that are the main focus in Fat Louise, beside Fat Louise, are new the Biker Bitches series and it was refreshing to have some new blood swimming amongst all the characters that we’ve read about for approximately 10 books; both between the Biker Bitches series and The Last Riders. With that being said, new characters definitely equaled new problems for this rag tag crew.

Fat Louise, we find out, has a half-sister who is definitely a spoiled brat and finds herself in some trouble that she’s too dumb to realize she’s in (I’m going to be super harsh on the sister because she really couldn’t see past her nose throughout Fat Louise). Being the person that Fat Louise is she attempts to rescue her and winds up in a hostile country that doesn’t look favorably upon Americans entering and sticking their nose in business that doesn’t concern them, but with this turn of events we are introduced to Cade.

Cade is somewhat of an unfinished hero and definitely needs some polishing, but Fat Louise’s dad is desperate to get either both daughters back or at least the one he knows won’t survive on her own – you take a guess to which one he’s speaking about (*severe eye-roll*). Knowing what the mission is and satisfied with the payout Cade sets out to do what he does best, retrieve and live the nomadic lifestyle, but he seriously wasn’t expecting the backbone, sheer will, and beauty that is Fat Louise.

There were so many ups and downs and raw moments within Fat Louise that you find yourself getting lost in what’s going on not only with Fat Louise, Cade, and the sister, but with all the characters and situations they find themselves in. This installment in the Biker Bitches series also sets up the stage for Killyama’s story and Begley let’s the cat out of the bag about who the knight will be that will try to slay that dragon.

Fat Louise contained suspense, mystery, romance, comedy, and realistic moments that I begrudgingly want to yell from the rooftops that this installment might be my favorite out of this series so far. Fat Louise is such a meek characters that I’m still baffled by how much liked reading about her story.

About Jamie Begley

“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”