One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3)

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I have been looking forward to reading this book. Usually I Ilona Andrews work is impeccable. But this book fell a little short for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it and would buy the next book. But one thing that is interesting is how there is not one (okay, maybe one but you get the idea) character introduced in this series that doesn’t come back around. There aren’t a lot of books like this and I can see why. In many ways, this series doesn’t appear to have small characters. And because of this, each character is thought out and comes with a complex background. I absolutely love Ilona Andrews work!


 

One Fell SweepAuthor: Ilona Andrews
Published: December 20, 2016
Pages: 257

Stars: 3.5 out of 5

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Other books in this Series:
Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2)

 

Synopsis:
Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

Review:
One Fell Sweep is similar to the previous books in this series with the constant action and detailed description of what everything looks like and what’s happening. I will be honest, there were parts of this book that I skimmed. I never thought I would say this but Ilona Andrews took her descriptions a bit far. At times I fought boredom and just felt like some of it was an overkill. 

Like I said above, this book starts with action and ends with not so much a cliffhanger but something close enough. I’m not going to tell you every action packed detail of what happened through this book. But what I will say is there is heartache, love, death, bad omens, and potential. The ending of this book, possibly the last third of the book, was the most captivating. I couldn’t put the book down even if I wanted to. I needed to figure out what happened next. 

Overall, this isn’t my favorite series by this author and the book isn’t perfect. But it’s still a good series/book. Knowing this, the book is still highly entertaining and a fun read. Ilona Andrews provides a world that is hard to imagine with deadly flowers and different dimensions. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. 

 

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Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, 2)

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I really enjoyed this book. Sweep in Peace is the second installment in the Innkeeper Chronicles Series by Ilona Andrews. I just love the world Andrews created and the characters are deeply developed and so much fun to read!


Sweep in Peace

 

Author: Ilona Andrews
Published: November 13, 2015
Pages: 237

Stars: 4 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina’s door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn…and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it’s all in the day’s work for an Innkeeper…

Review:
Six months later, this book opens with a similar problem as before, the inn Dina runs only has one guest. For her and the inn to grow stronger, they need more guests. If only Dina knew how to attract more guests.. Just as she is trying to solve her dilemma, an arbitrator by the name of George stops by. And as you can imagine, he holds the key to her problem- host 30 magical beings while they try to come to an agreement without killing each other. And although this is highly dangerous, this is just the thing she needs to save her inn. 

Preparations didn’t go as smoothly as Dina would hope and she soon finds herself stretched for time and money. With less than a day and still needing to find a chef, she comes across the perfect solution. Hire a chef who lost his ranking because he was accused of poisoning a guest. But the chef she hires, Orro, is absolutely wonderful! I found myself laughing at his dramatic speeches and just loving his character. 

As you can imagine, other obstacles come up and many things go wrong. And to top all this off, Dina is constantly mourning for Shawn. But honestly, what would this book be without a little drama and sexual angst. Except when Shawn returns, he isn’t himself. The old Shawn seems to be a figment of the past and the new one is haunted by war and death.

I really enjoyed this book. There were parts that seemed to drag and that were full of too much, slightly boring, information. The end of the book almost brought tears, but that’s probably because as a mother my greatest fear is losing my children. Trust me, if you read the book, you will understand the connection. I loved all the characters and am grateful the author decided against a love triangle. I’m not sure where Sean and Dina stand, but I’m sure it will be fun finding out. 

Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass, #1)

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This book is mystery meets mythology and I loved it! I loved how strong Nikki is and the potential for romance was the perfect mix of attraction and contempt.


Dark Descendant

Author: Jenna Black
Published: April 26, 2011
Pages: 336

Stars: 4 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy.

But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

Review:
Nikki thinks she is a 25 year old private investigator but she soon finds out she is much more. Being the descendent of Artemis,  Nikki finds herself with a crash course on what it means to be a Liberi and that not all Liberi are good. 

Getting tossed in the middle, Nikki must choose whose side she wants to align herself with. The plus side to all this, is one side really sucks in the evil, kill innocents kind of way. While the other side is an obvious better choice, to say Nikki got off on the wrong foot with them is an understatement. 

Forced to move in with Anderson and those he protects, Nikki discovered not everyone was happy about this. As Nikki gets to know the others, she learns not all their ‘powers’ are fun. In fact, most come with sacrifices. Nikki tries her best to survive the new life she finds herself in and keep those she loves safe. But at every turn, she is faced with violence and those who don’t trust her. But more surprisingly, she uncovers secrets that will get her killed. 

This book is fast moving with a ton of action. Nikki is a strong character but she is also flawed. Her background of moving from one foster home to the next has tainted her. And because of this, she never truly feels like she belongs. I feel for Nikki’s character. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one. I’m curious to see if anything happens between Nikki and Jamaal… 

Legs (One Wild Wish, #1) Book Release, Giveaway, and Review

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Legs by Kelly Siskind is a light hearted book with a nice mix of sexual tension and swoon-worthy moments. The sex scenes are HOT and the book is easy to connect with. Kelly Siskind is such a gifted writer, I love her books and her writing style. Whether this is your first book or your 5th, I promise you it wont be the last book you pick up from this author.


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Title: Legs
Series: One Wild Wish #1
Author: Kelly Siskind

Genre: RomCom
Stars: 3.5 out of 5

Release: September 27, 2017

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Running into your one-night stand is a special kind of awkward. Competing against him in a wine tasting contest is delicious torment…

On Rachel’s twenty-seventh birthday, she wishes to finally find a rewarding job. What she doesn’t wish is to drink a boatload of wine, sleep with a tattooed bad boy, and drunk email her boss in one glorious, career-ending move. But the fiasco pushes her to pursue a career inspired by her late father’s love of wine: sommelier.

Unfortunately, she’s competing against her infuriating one-night stand, a man as intoxicating as a Pinot Noir.

Two years ago, Jimmy was set to inherit his family winery. Then it got ripped from his grasp. To close that dark chapter of his life, he plans to win a local sommelier contest and use the press to expose his family’s tainted wines.

Jimmy loves studying the streaks of alcohol that cling to a wineglass, known as the wine’s “legs,” but other shapely legs are stealing his focus. Tantalizing legs. Legs that had wrapped around his waist for one wild night. Jimmy, sadly, has a weakness for legs.

He also hates to lose.

LEGS is a full-length, standalone Smart, Sexy Romantic Comedy with a swoony Happily Ever After. No cheating or cliff-hangers here! Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren, Avery Flynn, Alice Clayton, Emma Chase, and Lauren Blakely.


Excerpt:

The last person I wanted to see walked into the restaurant, and I tensed.

Her frantic gaze was forced to me, and the only three vacant seats. She searched the room in vain, the rounding of her spine a clue she wasn’t thrilled about her options. She looked out the way she came, squeezed her eyes, then squared her shoulders and marched toward me.

Part of me—the lower half—wanted to pin her to the wall with my thighs while I hitched that proper little skirt higher. The other part hoped she’d wandered into the wrong place. Not because our night together had been bad, or the fact that she’d disappeared without a trace. No. The thing that had the tendons in my neck bunching was remembering how good it all was. Too good and too much fun, and I’d imagined rounds two and three and four ad nauseam. But rounds always ended in a knockout punch.

This girl was nothing but trouble.

She paused at the table, drew in a long breath, mumbled something as she exhaled, then glared at the seat beside me and the ones across. She chose beside, probably to face the room.

The only reason we’d hooked up two weeks ago was because there were no names and no strings. She’d admitted how hard it would be for her to relax, how awkward she’d feel afterward. The relaxing part I took care of with one brush of my lips. The awkward was still alive and kicking.

What went down between us couldn’t happen again. Distractions over the next two months weren’t an option, and repeat affairs led to feelings, and feelings led to promises, and promises were nothing but lies dressed up to seduce. Not an outcome I was keen to revisit. Still, I couldn’t ignore her anxiety, as long as she wasn’t here because of me.

I leaned toward her. “You’re the last person I expected to see.”

She squished her lithe body farther from mine. “Kind of coincidental, don’t you think? Did you follow me?”

“I got here before you. If anyone is stalking, it’s you tailing me.”

Indignation colored her cheeks. “I didn’t follow you. I saw a flyer and thought the contest looked interesting, but you obviously read it, too. If I’d known you’d be here”—aggravation laced her hushed tone—“I’d never have shown up.”

Her harsh words had me fisting my hands, or maybe it was how tempting the line of her neck looked, that column of tanned skin shifting as she swallowed. But she was right: having a diversion wouldn’t help my plan. “Then we’re on the same page.”

“Excuse me?”

“Since we’re both here for the contest, we can pretend that night never happened.”

Her face fell, but a beat later, she said, “Good,” nothing but ice in her voice.

I followed with “Great.”

She spat, “Fine.”

So much for stamping out the awkward.


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Review:
Oh Rachel! The book opens to a extremely lonely, sex deprived women. Her desperation just screams from the pages. She has a long history of making bad decisions but Rachel is ready for a change. On her birthday, Rachel makes a big wish and the power outage that follows leaves her with the hope that change is on its way. 

One thing I didn’t like about Rachel’s character was her reasoning behind not expressing her feelings and starting a relationship with Jimmy. According to her logic, she’s fearful to take that next step because she doesn’t think Jimmy wants a relationship. But it’s completely obvious that he does. I think the root behind her hesitation is because she was hurt terribly by an ex bad-boy boyfriend she dated a long time ago and she’s not able to move past that. Well, that and she doesn’t think her dead father would approve. Okay, some of this reasoning I get. You get burned once, you are a little hesitant to jump back in. But come on! I desperately wanted her to take a chance. 

Jimmy is a complex character who has a rough exterior but a huge heart. This bad boy screams sex and has the confidence to back it up. But he’s a mystery and his past has left him broken and unsure of who to trust.

I really enjoyed how this book was laid out. Kelly Siskind doesn’t give you everything up front, instead creating a mystery that’s both exciting and fun. With each chapter, another layer unfolds and you learn a little more about who Rachel and Jimmy are.   

When we finally find out what happened between Jimmy and his father, ouch! I don’t blame him for his feelings. I’ll be honest, as I was reading what his father had done, I noticed my thoughts mirrored Jimmy’s. 

But the way Jimmy lashes out at Rachel is ridiculous. Blaming her for things she had nothing to do with.. his thought process didn’t even make sense.  I think Rachel let him get off way too easily and the ending of the book felt too tidy. Like everything ended in this nice bow but instead of feeling happy, I felt cheated. Maybe if Jimmy had some grand gesture it would have made the ending better. Now don’t get me wrong, it was romantic and sweet what he did at the end of the book. But Rachel had already forgiven him by then. I think I would have liked it more if he had done that prior to her forgiving him. But that’s just me. I think most of you will enjoy the ending of this book.  

This book was not one favorites from Kelly Siskind. But there is no denying her talent in creating sexual tension. Some of the terminology she uses, I just didn’t get. What does it mean when someone “oozed dude”? But in the end I enjoyed parts of this book but didn’t love all of it. I enjoyed reading the book and it is great for those looking for a steamy romance novel. But I’m doubtful I’ll read the book more than once. 


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A Fine MessAuthor Bio:
Kelly is the author of CHASING CRAZY, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, A FINE MESS, and HOOKED ON TROUBLE, the latter three being part of her Over the Top series. A small-town girl at heart, she moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

 

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Bossman

Bossman

 

 

Author: Vi Keeland
Published: July 16, 2016
Pages: 319

Stars: 4 out of 5

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Synopsis:
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression. I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date. He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice. So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date. When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked. When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out. But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting. When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again. I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

Review:
The book opens up with a funny but awkward first date gone bad and this is where we meet Reese and Chase. Reese is a young woman who is sassy but sweet. Chase is  an attractive man with the confidence to match his looks. And somehow he is also the guy who saves Reese from a boring date. The stories he tells are laugh out loud embarrassing. But by the end of the first chapter, I was unsure with the characters departure. They each came with a date but the hug Chase gives Reese is an insight on the sexual tension between the two. 

Four weeks later and the two meet again. I must confess, the writing isn’t the best but the dialogue is fantastic. I have not laughed over a book like this in so long. I will say, Chase’s hugs in the beginning of the book are strangely intimate for two people who technically know nothing about each other. 

As the book progresses, some of what happens is predictable but I wasn’t exactly sure which direction the author was going to take once Chase and Reese got together. The ending wasn’t my favorite and I think Reese deserved a little better than what she got. But still, the ending was fun. The epilogue was great. The one complaint I have is the book just stopped. I didn’t feel like there was a true ending. Everything was moving along, you turn the page to find the answer and instead of an answer you get the end of the book.. Seriously! It would have taken three more lines to bring closer to this book but the author decides to just end it. 

Walking away from this book, I really enjoyed it. I really needed the laugh and let’s not forget about the sexy banter between Reese and Chase. God, I absolutely loved it! Don’t get me wrong, there are some real cheesy scenes and a few cringe worthy ones. So buyer beware. This book was probably a solid 3Star book. But the timing was perfect and that added the extra star.

Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl, #1)

Sugar Daddy
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Published: May 24, 2016
Pages: 220

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the naïve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

Review:
I think this book might be a trigger for some people. More so the prologue than the rest of the book. Just something to keep in mind before you begin reading this book.

But Wow, the prologue in this book is not what I expected. It isn’t gritty or over the top. But nonetheless it makes my stomach turn. Although the author doesn’t give extensive details of Sela’s rape, the details that are given is enough to make me sick, angry, and disgusted. I was surprised by the amount and strength of emotion you get from this one section. It screams of self-shaming, desperation, loathing, and so much pain.

Fast forward ten years and Sela remembers one of her rapists- Jonathan Townsend (JT). Which brings us to the introduction of the sugar bowl and Beck. Beck is part owner and programmer behind the sugar bowl. He is also a man who is more interested in having a one night stand than developing any kind of relationship. That is until he meets Sela. Beck is smart, confident, kind, and strong. There is something sweet yet sexy about the way he is both dominating and caring.

Sela is full of pain and only has one thing on her mind- revenge. And she is willing to do anything to achieve this. Even if that means getting close to JT’s partner Beck. But Beck isn’t what she was expecting and slowly he begins to penetrate Sela’s cold heart. Will Sela continue on her path of revenge, risking Becks love and affections? Or is Beck enough to satisfy the revenge Sela desperately wants?

I will admit, it didn’t take me long before I became enthralled with this book. The main theme behind this book is revenge through murder. Yet sex is also an important undertone. In this book, sex is used both for power, pleasure, and pain. The complexity is not what I expected.

As Beck and Sela’s relationship develops further, I’m torn with how I feel. Part of me wishes Sela would give up her need for revenge and just let Beck lover her. The other part considers her a lose canine and wonders when she will plunge into a depression. I actually considered putting the book down half way in because I knew the plot was ready to turn and I wasn’t sure if I would like the way things changed. But of course I couldn’t put the book down. And the ending, wow, talk about intense. The build up was almost stressful to read. I won’t give anything away but the ending was not how I thought it would end. I cannot wait for the second book.

The only thing I wish this book had was the backstory of Sela’s rape. She writes in her journal that she deserved this and I know this is a common feeling for rape victims. But the author doesn’t really go into much detail about what lead up to the rape.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would say it is worth your time to pick up and read.

 

Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top, #3)

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Author: Kelly Siskind
Published: January 10, 2017
Pages: 340

Stars: 4 out of 5

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The last time Raven did “real” was sixteen months ago, when she spent one unforgettable night with the tattooed, impossibly sexy Nico, and then he disappeared the next day. Since then, she’s kept her guard up and her feelings to herself. She doesn’t have time for relationship drama when she’s busy searching for her long lost sister.

Nico hasn’t stopped thinking about Raven—her sultry curves, inked skin, and the fact that he ditched her after their night together. Now that they’re living in the same city, he knows this is his chance to make things right. What better way to prove to Raven he’s for real than helping her find her sister? But when the lines between right and wrong start to blur, putting his job on the line, Nico has to decide if the risk is worth the ultimate reward.

Review:
I will be honest, I have been waiting for Raven and Nico’s story ever since I finished the first book. I absolutely love this author and have really enjoyed this series. The author does a fantastic job creating a unique story plot and characters with each book in this series. Although all three characters – Shay, Lilly, Raven – are best friends, they follow their own journey.

As we know from the previous first two books, Nico is a force. Not only is he strong, but he is a hidden softy. His loyalty and kindness are at odds with his looks and tough demeanor. His tattoos and gruff personally only adds to his cop persona. Nico’s past and family are full of heartache, disappointment, and shame. But if Nico is anything, it’s a hero with high expectations. He gives everything to his family in hopes of a better life. But always playing the hero comes at a cost. And no matter how much he gives, he never thinks it’s enough.

Raven is on the hunt for a new life and a sister she hasn’t seen in many years. Formerly a teacher, she now lives in Vancouver with her two best friends. Interested in starting an event business with her friends, she finds a job where she can use her photography skills. Raven is not a perfect character. Along the way, she makes many mistakes. But her heart is in the right place. The more time Raven spends with Nico, the harder he is to resist. But Raven’s past is colored in darkness and her sister is stirring up trouble.

This series is such a fun read, as was this book. Unfortunately Nico didn’t really do it for me. I was hoping for a little more sassiness or banter between the characters. The plot had some nice twists and I really like how the entire series comes full circle with ending the book with a trip to Aspen.

Overall, great story. I think the first book in this series is my favorite. If you haven’t read it yet, you must give it a try. This series is perfect for someone who is looking for a light and fun read with romance sprinkled throughout.