Obsessions (Alpha City #1)

Obsessions

Author: Bryce Evans
Published: June 6, 2014
Pages: 234

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

A city run by shifters? In Alpha city, wolves, bears, tigers, panthers, and jaguars live together in peace, centered and led by the Council of Alpha’s. Ryder Malone, is the Alpha of his werewolf pack. He carefully balances his responsibilities as the official head of the Council, and older brother to his sister Zoey, but when she decides to leave for college, he finds himself drawn to her roommate. Like an obsession, London Grey is under Ryder’s skin. To his shock, the young witch orphan, and her best friend decide to move back to Alpha City with Zoey to create a new business. But someone in Alpha City doesn’t want them to succeed. 
Like a bad itch, mysterious happenings haunt the newcomers and the town’s Alpha. Can they figure out the mystery before tragedy happens? Or will Ryder and London’s own chemistry cause them to miss the obvious?

Review:

I received this book for an honest review. It was difficult getting into the book for a couple reasons. The first was the dialog between characters and the internal monologue that took place. The author did a lot of telling or stating facts instead of showing the reader through actions so they could come to there own/the authors conclusion. There were a lot of grammatical errors, misplaced words/commas/etc that took away from the story.

The plot encompasses love, destiny, friendship, and an upcoming war. The chapters switched between character perspective and sometimes this happened within the chapters. When that happened, it wasn’t always clear on who was describing what was happening. The plot had some unrealistic elements, especially when it came to military grade spy equipment and the love between Ryder and London. Overall, I think the author had a good idea when creating the plot but wasn’t able to execute it 100%.

Deviant (Blood & Roses #1)

Deviant

Author: Callie Hart
Published: February 20, 2014
Pages: 164

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Sloane

I’m not proud of the things I’ve done.
The things I’ve had to do.
The things I’ve given away.
but I’d give it all over again to find her.

Even if I die trying,
I have to find Alexis.
Zeth

She wants me to help her,
But I won’t.
She wants me to save her sister,
But I can’t.
She wants me to be her hero,
But I’m not a good man.

I am her damnation.

Review: 

This book is not for the faint-hearted. The beginning of this book is cruel. I’m not even sure it’s just the beginning. The entire book borderlines on a crude sexuality in which you feel like part of yourself should be embarrassed to read, while another part should be outraged. By chapter three, I was shocked into only thinking one word swear words and feeling horrible for the main character. Although there are grammatical errors throughout the short story, the author has a way with words that is almost poetic. This story is sexy and I am outraged with how the story ended. Talk about cliffhanger!! The only downside of this book was how short the story way.

Wanted (Most Wanted #1)

Wanted

Author: J. Kenner
Published: January 7, 2014
Pages: 352

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have.

Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets.

My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can’t fight.

And from the moment we touch—the passion between us consuming us both—I know that I will never be the same.

Review: 

Angie is a very complex character. It is almost like she has a split personality. Who she lets people see on the outside is not who she truly is. Raised with wealth, unattainably high expectations, and family involved in politics, Angie has had to play the perfect daughter. Although she is anything but perfect, she has built walls in place to contain Lina- the rebellious, free spirited, adventure seeking woman she has always been. And this free spirited woman has her eyes set on dark, dangerous, and sexy Evan. But the woman she allows others to see is dating the father approved FBI agent Kevin.

This story is complicated and captivating. I really enjoyed the thrill of this book. There were some steamy scenes that I loved! This story is about revenge, love, illegal activity, compromise, and secrets. For the most part I enjoyed the story. The last couple chapters for some reason made the story somewhat ridiculous. But overall, this was a fun and exciting read!

Hunters (Demon #1)

Hunters

Author: Aoife Sheridan
Published: September 14, 2014
Pages: 185

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

Abigail is nineteen. Her job, she hunts demons.

Her life so far has been tough. Having witnessed her family’s death and her mother’s suicide, she’s been taken in by a priest, who believes her when she says that she sees ghosts. Father Peter trains her as a demon hunter with three other members, one being Daniel, who isn’t what he seems.
But when a possession goes wrong, and ghosts start to attack Abigail, the tight rope she has on her emotions soon starts to loosen. Abigail draws the unwanted attention of the Reote, and she finds out a lot more than she was willing to learn.
Knowledge is power, but for Abigail, it’s her undoing, and the only thing keeping her together is Daniel

Review:

What to say about this book… This book is complex, at times weird, but leaves the reader in awe by the end of the book. I finished the book last night but I am still having a hard time digesting everything I read.

The main character in the story is Abigail. She has a complicated life full of grief, self loathing, and pain. At times she is very cynical and mostly walks around with a bad attitude/chip on her shoulder. But Abigail has had anything but an easy life. It’s hard to blame her for being what she is. She copes by drinking and is essentially an alcoholic. I don’t think you can really say this book is about Angels versus demons because the angles are nonexistent. But the book is about a war breaking out in hell and religious extremists. It’s refreshing and unique that the author took the stand she did on religious extremists. Overall, the plot was very complicated and at times I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on. Normally I would not have picked up a book like this but I am glad I did. The author did a nice job describing the creepy and scary. And I’m talking about things that come from children’s nightmares. I found it hard not getting drawn into Abigail’s personal hell. This book is a dark story and ends with a cliff hanger.

 

Reckoning (The Breach #1)

Reckoning

Author: Katheryn Avila
Published: May 19, 2014
Pages: 216

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

After discovering suppressed psychic ability, Lexia struggles to keep her family safe, learning more than she bargained for along the way.

As demons and wraiths break their way through to the human world, she does her best to stay in control – unaware that the supernatural war dates back to before she was born.

Review:

This story is complex, well written, and simply amazing! The author did an outstanding job keeping the reader constantly wondering what will happen next. The story at times was intense and always changing to where it was difficult to figure out where the author was taking you. There were so many twists in the plot that was unexpected! The ending caught me completely off guard! There aren’t to many authors who take the risk and is actually able to pull off an ending like Katheryn Avila did! I can’t help but hope the story doesn’t end with this book!

The author created such a unique plot! The main character Lexia is extremely strong. She is smart independent but fights everything she hears or knows. There is no easy solution when it comes to her or her problems. This book is about destiny and believing things happen for a reason- regardless if you want them to or want to accept the outcome. Hands down, this is a fantastic book full of action, love, and everything I between.

Like I said, the main character is named Lexia. After losing her family, she is sent to live with her eccentric aunt Karen and her two identical sons Adwin and Saxon. During the wake of her parents funeral, Lexia runs into Sarah. Sarah is someone no one else has been able to see. But her aunt Karen is able to see/talk with her and confronts Lexia with the fact that she is psychic- meaning she can see what others can’t and hear others thoughts. When Lexia’s parents come in ghost form to say goodbye, the author did a magnificent job creating an intense emotional scene. As the reader, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the emotional turmoil and wonder what it would be like to lose my own parents at such a young age.

The story continues at a quick pace and is broken up into three parts. I don’t want to give away too much information because you really should read this book! The ending of the story is terribly sad. Lexia has struggled her entire life to fit in but always felt alone. Overall, I was happily surprised by this book. I hope there is a sequel!

The Agency (The Agency Hunger Series #1)

Agency

Author: Jessica Page
Published: July 9, 2014
Pages: 226

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

HARPER ANDREWS, is a mind reader who has no idea how or why she is the way she is. After being saved by Agent Reid Doyle from a vampire attack she is introduced to a secret world guarded and protected by the Supernatural Enforcement and Control Agency (SECA). A world where vampires, werewolves and mages are normal and humans are at the bottom of the food chain. Things are not perfect but she finds herself thriving and feeling at home for the first time in her life.
AGENT REID DOYLE, is a vampire who likes his solitude so the last thing he wanted when he saved Harper was to have to spend more time with her. The fact that he’s attracted to her is inconvenient and he resents having to be responsible for someone else. Losing another loved one is out of the question and he intends to avoid it at all cost.
Both Harper and Reid can’t seem to turn off their attraction for one another and love, sex and blood has a way of complicating things quickly in their world. They need to stay focused and find out who’s responsible for the vampire caused human murders with additional internal and external threats working against them. Choices will be made to protect the things and people they love, choices that will change everything, including each other.

Review:

Harper is a witty character with great internal dialog. I found myself smiling and chuckling at her responses to what should be a highly stressful dangerous situation. You can’t help but love Harpers personality! And the interaction between Harper and Reid is outstanding!

Within each chapter, the author switches character perspective between Harper and Reid. She does a great job distinguishing between the two characters and giving each there own personality and voice. Surprisingly, most authors struggle with this.

This book was a great read. The story plot was exciting and I loved the characters! It’s refreshing to see such a strong female character who still needs help from her partner. I love the development in Reid and Harpers relationship. This is an easy read and perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time.

Collared for the Night (Rocky MountainShifters #1)

Collared

Author: Susan Arden
Published: July 20, 2013
Pages: 218

Stars: 2.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Diana Hambre’s body is blazing. For days this leopardess shifter has spun through a body-searing heat cycle. Alone. Her senses reel when Shawn Barclay, her boss, walks into her reserved room at the Downtown Den, a stud club for shifters. He gives Diana a choice: spend the evening with him, give into his every desire, and she’ll find out what it means to quench her heat-crazed thirst—or try her luck with a stranger, one of the club bangers.

Shawn hates when his back is against the wall. One sip of Diana’s pheromone-laced scent is enough to force his alpha hand. The tables have turned and it’s Diana’s back he wants up against a wall, or any other surface for that matter.

As the moon rises toward midnight, Shawn and Diana come to understand the difference between sex and bonding. For a night, neither of them resist their primal instincts, blindly giving into carnal desire. Her wild nature fights being subdued and she risks spontaneously shifting without warning.

Now, bearing Shawn’s bite marks, she can’t simply walk away from him; not when he has the means to teach her to harness her leopardess nature. Shawn accepts the challenge of training Diana to control her untamed cravings. Employing every method available in and out of the bedroom, he discovers he’s on the verge of ensnaring himself in the process.

Review:

Overall the book was alright. The lead male character (Shawn) was dominate and controlling while the lead female character (Diana) wasn’t a push over but was submissive. The sexually heated scenes were borderline animalistic- a lot of biting and referring to there inner beast coming out. I felt like there was more to Diana’s ex Cole or at least there should have been more. The author hinted at a tragic death that traumatized Diana but never went into any details or provided closure. I also felt like Shawn did an unrealistic complete flip on his feelings for Diana. His change in Feelings didn’t make sense. The flow of the story was a bit choppy. There were parts where I either had to skim over the text or I would lose interest. I did however finish the book so it wasn’t obviously to bad.

With You (Tear Asunder #.5)

With you

Author: Nashoda Rose
Published: December 20, 2013
Pages: 65

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Sculpt is an illegal fighter. He’s also the lead singer of a local rock band. No one knows his real name. And from the moment I met him, he made me forget mine. In order to convince Sculpt to give me self-defense lessons, I had to follow his one rule—no complaining or he’d walk. I didn’t think it would be a problem. I could handle a few bruises. What I hadn’t anticipated was landing on my back with Sculpt on top of me and my entire body burning up for him.

I tried to ignore it. I failed of course. And having a hot, tattooed badass on top of me week after week, acting completely immune to what he was doing to my body—it was frustrating as hell, so I broke his rule—I complained. Then he kissed me.

Review:

Overall the story is fast paced and easy to get wrapped up in the characters and the drama that the author creates. The downfall in this story is how short it is. If the story was longer, I would have given the story 5 stars. The author does a wonderful job creating a dominate male who is both alluring and dangerous. The main character Emily is very weak and her self loathing/lack of confidence is borderline annoying and unattractive. But the author hints at a stronger, powerful personality that is hidden within Emily.

The main character is Emily who has low self-esteem from her mothers constant criticism and overall dislike of her. That piled on with weight issues and bullying when she was younger, it’s no wonder her nickname is mouse. Although both her parents are dead and she lives with her friend and her brother, she is unable to maintain any self confidence. After being attacked and nearly raped, Emily seeks the help of Sculpt in hopes he will teach her to fight. After thoroughly claiming Emily is not his type, thus deepening her self loathing and reinforcing her lack of confidence, Sculpt agrees to teach Emily to fight. Five weeks later, Sculpt takes full control over Emily- demanding she begins dating him and dictating the rules of there relationship. There relationship develops quickly but the only thing Sculpt reveals about himself is that his real name is Logan. Otherwise she knows nothing about him. By the end of the story, Emily goes to see Sculpt play at a bar where she is drugged and kidnaped.

Overall I really enjoyed this book but it does end with a cliff-hanger.

Release Me (Stark Trilogy #1)

Release Me

Author: J. Kenner
Published: January 1, 2013
Pages: 352

Stars: 2.5-3 out of 5

Synopsis:

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Review:

The story plot was ok and entertaining enough to finish the book but it was lacking a stability in the characters. Compared to other similar books, the author wasn’t very descriptive when it came to the bedroom scenes. Throughout the book, I kept thinking how rediculus this book was. I could see what the author was trying to capture with this book but unfortunately the author missed the mark.

Damion is a little scary when it comes to his stackerish habits and actions he takes with Nikki. Nikki needs some serious therapy! I didn’t really care for her character. There wasn’t much of a challenge/chase when it came to the development of Her relationship with Damion. She was submissive in both the bedroom and her regular lifestyle.

Fighting Destiny (Fea Chronicles #1)

Fighting Destiny

Author: Amelia Hutchins
Published: June 4, 2013
Pages: 394

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae—beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles? Welcome to my world. What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh—did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae… every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface—not even me.

Review:

Wow!! This book was unexpected and surprising! The author had so many twists and turns within the plot and created such an exciting story! I don’t even know where to begin my review.

Ryder was a character that was difficult to fully understand. There were times throughout the book, I thought he was one of the good guys. But then the author had you questioning his motives, especially when the book switched perspectives. I’m still undecided on which side of the good versus evil line Ryder falls. The ending makes you want to put him on the evil side but there are just to many questions left unanswered for me to decide.

The main character, Synthia, is strong, determined, and everything you would want out of a survivor. Considering everything she has went through, it’s amazing she is still fighting. I’m not sure where the author plans on taking the character. By the end of the book, she has lost almost everyone who she considered family, found out she is the one thing she hates most, and signed a contract with possibly the worst evil Fae out there. Her past is not only confusing but haunting. I wonder how much more she can take.

Overall, this book was amazing. I found myself blushing during parts of the book but never wanting to put the book down. There are some grammatical errors that take away from the story but those are easily overlooked.