Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)

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When you see a book written by Ilona Andrews, you know a couple things. First, the writing will be fantastic and you will be drawn into the story within the first chapter. And second, the plot will be complex, fascinating, and unique. Clean Sweep is no exception. But one thing the author did that I have not seen before was add pictures throughout the book. There were only a couple but nonetheless it was kind of fun to see. 


Clean SweepAuthor: Ilona Andrews
Published: December 2, 2013
Pages: 235

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

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Synopsis:
On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

Review:
Dina is the owner of the local bread and breakfast. But when the dog killings begin to increase and the thing killing them begins to get bolder, Dina isn’t sure she is able to sit back and watch her neighbors get threatened. Sean is not what he seems. Although he is new to town, he takes no time in marking his territory. As a werewolf, Dina goes to him for help but getting his help isn’t as easy as she would hope. This puts Dina in a predicament – do nothing and keep her neutral stance within the world of creatures and monsters. Or get involved and lose part of her protection and possibly jeopardize her inn. 

Both Dina and Sean are far more complex than they seem. Dina’s powers match those of her inn. Her little dog Beast is amazing. But Dina is not a usual innkeeper. She is caring, loyal, and unbelievably strong. Yet, there are parts in the book that hint her skills and powers are highly underestimated, even by her. 

Sean is arrogant, dangerous, and highly attractive. Watching the interactions between him and Dina is not only entertaining, but also fun in the building of sexual tension kind of way. 

So much happens in this book, I honestly don’t know what else to say without giving too much away. I love the flow of this book. The author does a great job creating a unique world. The book ends with the possibility of a love triangle. Normally I hate this kind of thing. But I have a feeling it won’t be much of a love triangle for long. 

By the end of the book I had a huge smile on my face and could only think one thing – man, I love this book! I am really looking forward to the next installment in this series. 

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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.

Throwback Thursday- Zeke (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3)

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Todays Throwback is a book out of one of Kelly Gendron series, Zeke (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3). This book is such a fun read and perfect for those times you need a little extra romance.

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Synopsis:
Every girl in Galveston County knows about Zeke Declan’s rules and has agreed to them or is considering them.
Rule #1 Don’t call him. He’ll call you.
Rule #2 He doesn’t date.
Rule #3 No sleepovers.
Rule #4 Absolutely, no virgins.

When a couple friends talk me into going back to their hometown in the Bayou for the summer and challenge me to break “the best damn lay in Galveston County” along with every single one of his ridiculous rules, I’m confident that I can get the job done. I’m no stranger to men. I have five older brothers. I’m a teacher and I’m used to being around rebellious teenagers. However, Zeke Declan is definitely not someone that I could have prepared for. He’s not a testosterone-fueled, immature boy. He’s a confident, arousing, playful, and mind-melting man. But, behind that sexy charming smile, I know he’s hiding a secret. And, in order to break him, I’m going to need to find out what it is…

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Review:
As the first chapter opens up, you meet Lurlene who is spending the summer with her two best friends in Texas. But what catches the readers attention, or at least mine, is the intellectual and flirtatious conversation she has with the mysterious jogger. Although the encounter was brief, you couldn’t help but smile and get reeled into the book. I will admit, I went into this book thinking the opening idea to this plot was eye rolling ridiculous. In reality, you can never ‘break’ the bad boy and all of a sudden turn him into marriage material. Most books that try this usually fail and end up with a non realistic book that is more irritating than romantic. What Kelly Gendron did was almost make the concept of breaking the other character a side note within the story. What the reader discovers is this book is more about pain, guilt, heartache, finding courage and accepting love.

Even though the focus was on Zeke and Lurlene, I appreciated how the author took the time to develop strong minor characters. Zeke is a MMA fighter whose sexual confidence is gush worthy. Then again, the English major in me is in love with his literary mind. I never knew quoting Picasso or Dr. Suisse could be used as foreplay. Zeke’s past is heartbreaking. Although some of the things he does to Lurlene to push her away is cruel and started to irritate me, the author does a fantastic job of showing the reader the underlining intentions behind each action. I’m not saying that it makes them ok, but it helps you understand Zeke’s character better.

I loved Lurlene’s character. She is an English teacher with confidence and definitely knows her self worth. Her character is strong, feisty, and she doesn’t let Zeke get away with much. I will say I absolutely love the cat and mouse game Lurlene and Zeke play. What’s great is sometimes you never quite know whose the cat and whose the mouse. Their flirtatious banter and games had me smiling like an idiot throughout the book. Usually I don’t like it when characters play games with each other, trying to manipulate the other person. But the way it was done in this book, neither Lurlene or Zeke where the victim. The tension that built between the two characters was addicting but nothing compared to when the two of them collided and gave in. The sexual tension and scenes were hot and definitely fun to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s an easy and quick read. I was able to finish the book in less than a day. I’m a little disappointed that this is book three in the series and I didn’t read book one and two. I’m definitely going to go back and read the first two books.

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Quote:
“Man, she’s beautiful. Not the kind of beautiful your eyes alone admire. She’s the kind of beautiful that seeps deep inside your body. Her beauty seizes you, empowers you, and then it possess you, takes a hold of your heart, and hangs on tight.”


Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought, Happy Reading 🙂

Throwback Thursday- Entranced (Guardian Academy #1)

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This weeks book, Entranced, is one I read a long time ago. Published October 19, 2015, this book is full of sassy dialogue banter, humor, strong heroines, romance, and a bunch of fun paranormal characters.

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Synopsis:
Alana Avery’s life is far from normal. Most of her family are Keepers, warriors chosen to protect the human race, and for as long as she can remember, she has been training to become a Keeper herself. So when she’s chosen to be a Guardian, investigators who solve paranormal crimes and murders, her life changes in an instant.

Alana has to attend Guardian Academy to train for her new role as a Guardian investigator. There, she meets Luca Gray, her new partner who happens to be a werewolf. Luca is smart, cocky, sexy, and drives Alana absolutely crazy.

Despite Alana’s confliction with Luca, her training and new life seem to be going well. That is until her grandfather is murdered.

Alana is determined to track down who killed her grandfather, even if it means getting help from Luca. But as she digs deeper into the case, she discovers there might be more to her family and the academy than meets the eye.

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What others thought:
Overall, people seem impressed with this book/series. Back when I read this book, I wasn’t writing reviews. But I was able to find a couple sentences about what I thought of the book- I’m not really sure what to say about this book. It was good and a fun read. But it was also short. Although a lot happened in the book, it kind of felt like not much actually happened. I enjoyed the sassy lead character. She’s feisty and strong, but also vulnerable. I’m looking forward to the second book, but I hope more happens.

I never ended up reading anything else in this series…

Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl, #1)

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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.

 

The Sight (Devil’s Isle, #2)

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Author: Chloe Neill
Published: August 16, 2016
Pages: 330

Stars: 5 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both…

Review:
Walking into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A lot of time has pasted since I read the first book in this series. But the further I got into the story, the more I remembered. And I’ll be honest, the first handful of chapters were dull. But things pick up and before you know it, you can’t put the book down. So if you start reading this book and you contemplate putting it down, don’t. Push through because it’s well worth it.

The writing and the world Chloe Neil created, like always, is spectacular and really shines in this book. The details really allow you to imagine what is happening and the action scenes are spectacular. Between the details and action, I was completely captivated. And that doesn’t include the romance side of this book.

Liam is sexy as all get out. He has the looks, flippant tongue, and he’s a bounty hunter. It’s a safe bet to say he can handle most situations. Claire is a fiery red head who is strong, loyal, and loves deeply. But she is also a sensitive who developed magic as a result of being exposed to it. Supposedly she is supposed to turn into a wrath because the magic will start controlling her. But not everyone thinks that has to happen. Some believe you can control the magic and stay human. Unfortunately for her, Liam is on the fence about this. Which makes him off limits.

The sexual tension between them builds throughout the entire book until you guessed it, it collides into this intense moment. And of course things can only go down hill from there. The ending in this book is unbelievable. I honestly didn’t see it coming. As I was finishing the book, I was at the edge of my seat unable to believe what I was reading.

This book was about war and politics. It is about people who are mad, hurt, and blindly follow others. This book expresses so many emotions: pain, hope, hatred, love, and repulsion. It also shows a characters drive to do what is write, even if that means giving up what they cherish most.

This has probably been one of the hardest reviews I have written in a long time. I want to talk about so much, but doing so would spoil the book. So how about this, read the book because I promise you’ll love it. And then let’s connect because if you are anything like me, you’ll want to talk to someone after you’re done reading the book. This series is one to keep your eye on!

 

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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Synopsis:
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.