Review: Sweet As Sin by J.T. Geissinger

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Way too much drama. The author notes that in the middle of her writing this book, her dad passed away, hence, the heavy dramatic angles this book went through. But just when the author went thru a very personal and heavy ordeal, she went even heavier with the drama and angst she poured into Sweet As Sin.

WARNING: spoilers ahead

(1) Heroine Kat Reid lost her mother to cancer. But long before her mother’s death, her Irish musician father abandoned her and her mom and moved back to Ireland with his other family.

(2) Hero Nico Nyx has even more black secrets in his background. His public faux girlfriend, supermodel Avery, turns out to really be his sister. He and his siblings suffered physical abuse under their father, but Avery was brutalized (raped). That ruined her forever. Plus, his brother, Michael, turned out to be a complete whacko – he had an incestuous relationship with Avery, trafficked drugs in and out of wherever he was, and committed multiple murders. This does not count his invasion of Nico and Kat’s privacy, kidnapping, and attempted murder.

(3) Kat is an immature 24 year old, who gets jealous at every turn. She’s also had a bad run with guys. Twelve guys to be exact. How a woman could be that stupid about men – I don’t know. She’s also had a teenage pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage. Why she can’t stay away from scary Nico is not romantic, in my opinion, it just makes her a slave to her vagina. While Nico could be romantic, he’s a bit schizophrenic, where he can be sweet one second, then murderous the next.

(4) Kat’s Debbie Downer of a friend, who’s ironically named Grace, reminds me a lot of me. She’s also a family and marriage counselor. Ha! Irony, thy name is this fictional character’s. Grace is getting her own book, in the as-yet-to-released 3rd installment to the Bad Habit series. I, for one, am NOT planning to buy it. (hide spoiler)]

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Review: Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts

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When Nora Roberts is on her game, boy oh boy, watch out. Book 2 of The Guardians trilogy is “Bay of Sighs,” featuring Annika, the mermaid, and Sawyer Alexei King, the time and space traveler. I’ve written about what my thoughts were on Book 1, but nobody will be more surprised than I was when I discovered that “Bay of Sighs” completely, utterly, and absolutely knocked my socks right off.

I suppose the surprise came, because of the lack of drama between the 2 main characters. They love, they know it, they seized their moment, and their moment seized them right back. Granted, there was no talk of how Sawyer was going to support himself on the fairy tale deserted island future for himself and his sea-based mermaid… and he and his mermaid have no qualms about mating while she has a fish tail… but okay, I just went with it. And IT was bee-yoo-ti-ful!

Forgetting about the image I’ve got in my head (and right above this line), I just got the feelz. All the feelz, y’all. The heroics, the unexpected evil pet (a.k.a. the demon once known as the evil man, Andre Malmon), the pure joy from Annika, and the honor found in Sawyer’s heart… they were stupendously sewn in together inside one book that ends on a cliffhanger. Dammit. (I have a feeling the future that Sawyer and Annika envisioned for themselves will not be as initially described. Book 3 may hold more surprises – especially since Sawyer needs an heir for his family’s heirloom magical compass.)

Thank goodness I waited for one ENTIRE year before starting this series, or else, I would’ve been a melting pot of goo. The last book is “Island of Glass,” which will (obviously) feature the last 2 of the 6 Guardians of the Stars: a she-wolf, Dr. Riley Gwin, and an immortal, Doyle. I’m thinking: nah, Nora Roberts won’t go into zoophilia, right??? But, then again, she already sort of went there with Annika and Sawyer. So, hey! A new adventure, yeah? Gross, but I’m hoping Riley is NOT into that. LOL!4 stars

Review: Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

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I only started this first book in Nora Roberts’ newest trilogy, “The Guardians,” yesterday, particularly because the series’ final book was only released in early December 2016. I hate it when books that ought to be read one after another are released weeks or months apart, but for Nora Roberts, I’ll patiently wait… so that I can read all the books sequentially.

In “Stars of Fortune,” we meet the six primary modern heroes and heroines who are tasked to find the moon goddesses’ long-hidden fallen stars and to protect the said stars from the evil clutches of witch Nerezza. “Stars of Fortune” features the love story of Bran, the magician/sorcerer, and Sasha, the seer/empath. Together with their new friends, Sawyer (the magic compass-enabled time traveller), Annika (the mermaid), Riley (the lycan/werewolf anthropologist), and Doyle (the immortal warrior [but who is not a vampire]), they go on a quest, where each pair of (fated) lovers finds one of the three stars. Here in the first book, Bran and Sasha find the Fire Star. The succeeding two books would eventually find Sawyer and Annika saving the Water Star (duh, she’s a mermaid), and then Doyle and Riley closing the loop via the discovery of the Ice Star.

Now, if you’re like me, a.k.a. a Nora Roberts addict, you’ll already know how each of these three books begin and end. Ms. Roberts, after all, is repetitive and formulaic in her paranormal trilogies (“Guardians” is reminiscent of Ms. Roberts’ Three Sisters Island, Key, but most especially the Circle trilogies). “As you will, so mote it be” is an oft-repeated magickal (yes, Ms. Roberts spells that word the Irish way) line in her paranormal books, almost all of which feature a Wiccan or a witch or a sorcerer. Since I’ve read all of them, “Stars of Fortune” holds no surprise for me. Unfortunately, because I’ve read so many Roberts books, I now find it boring.

Nevertheless! I bought the books, am reading “Bay of Sighs” (book 2) now, and will, of course, follow that up with “Island of Glass.” Suspending my disbelief is a trifle bit harder at this point, yes – but my love for Nora Roberts stubbornly perseveres.3 stars

Review: Max by Sawyer Bennett

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Smooth, easy, low-drama factor, alpha hero, Cinderella-like heroine, and a little bit of hockey. That’s how I’d sum up “Max” by Sawyer Bennett. Was it one of the most brilliant Bennett books out there? No. Was it one of the easiest book to read? Yup. With only 300 pages in the book, this is, without a doubt, damned easy to read. Plus: there’s minimal fuss and drama in it, making it a relaxing and sorta enjoyable read.

The highlights:

  1. Max Fournier – ‘Nuff said. He’s romantic and athletic. An alpha male through and through, his Prince Charming complex is not hard to fall for, particularly when he sweeps into his damsel-in-distress routine. He’s also pragmatic and sweet. When he wants something, he sure as heck goes all out to get it.
  2. Low drama factor – Any drama included in “Max” revolves around his girlfriend and insta-love, Jules Bradley. Max brings only flowers, butterflies, and chocolate on to every single page and scenario he’s in. Dammit, he’s the best book boyfriend ever.

The lowlights:

  1. Highly predictable and formulaic – there’s nothing new here. Rich Boy (RB) falls into insta-lust and insta-love for Poor Girl (PG). PG has family issues, cries consistently throughout the book (yep, she’s squeezing every single darned tear for me to sop up in almost every chapter surrounding her dramas), and bores me. RB is perfect. PG asks for a pseudo-break in their relationship. RB gives her space. PG wants him back. RB takes her back, has her and her kids move in with him, and proposes to her publicly. Yeah. Okay.
  2. Zzzzzzzzzzz… oops sorry I fell asleep there just recounting the lowlights.

I miss Sawyer Bennett’s brilliance in creating “Uncivilized.” That was a book that threw me for a loop! This one? Meh. I liked Garrett and Olivia’s book better. Hell, I like Zach’s book better. But now, I discover that there’s a seventh book in the series, featuring Roman Sýkora.

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Damn. I just one-clicked on it and pre-ordered despite my despair over the last two Cold Fury books. I hope I didn’t just waste $5.99 on Roman. Please, o book gods, let it not be a waste. *Kim downs a shot of vodka.*

Review: Only For You by @Naima_Simone

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Book 3 of Naima Simone‘s Lick series, “Only For You” is the last of a good book addiction. MY book addiction. After reading “Only For A Night,” I thought Ms. Simone was (is) the BOMB. That book was short, sweet, hot, sexy, and screamed of a damned good follow-up. Then, I started stalking the author everywhere: her FB fan page, her Twitter account (she’s a bit obsessed with TLC’s “90-day Fiancé,” and her Amazon page. So, of course, I begged, bartered, and stole (…that last part is a lie, BTW) to get an ARC of “Only For Your Touch,” which is my absolute favorite amongst all these Lick books. I had all. The. Feels.

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Something I never expected to happen, though, did.

Um… how do I put it?

I did not like “Only For You.”

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I know. Sniff. Nobody is more disappointed in myself and in this final Lick book than me. Begging your pardon now, while I explain:

  1. Trust and loyalty, to me, is more important than love. Both in real and reel life, but I think, most especially in reel life. We face so much distrust and disloyalty already in reality that I want my fictional characters to have a HEA that is… birds-singing-deer-dancing-wine-guzzling happy. “Only For You’s” heroine, Gabriela, not only betrayed Killian, she was also extremely naive about it. If she’s THAT stupid about the po-po, then she shouldn’t deserve that HEA, in my opinion.
  2. Killian took her back, despite what happened to him after her ultimate betrayal. Why?! I don’t know. I still don’t get it, honestly.
  3. While the sexy scenes are hot, the story just didn’t pull me in. I had so much more fun and “believed” in Rion and Sasha’s stories. I was expecting a follow-up/epilogue with Sasha and Corinne in this book, but it wasn’t enough. I suppose I was asking for too much. This is, after all, an Entangled Publishing book (known for short stories).

Maybe I was just not in the mood to forgive and forget together with Killian. Maybe I was looking for a longer book this time. I don’t know. One thing’s for sure, though: I’mma miss this Lick gang a whole dang lot.

P.S. Maybe I’ll dream up an alternate story for Killian?
P.P.S. Bah, who am I kidding. Naima Simone, I certainly ain’t.

New Release!!! @BennettBooks 6th Cold Fury Hockey Book – MAX

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Every time, man. Every darned time. Whenever Sawyer Bennett releases a new book, I forget I have work to do.

Right now, I’m googling “how to read while in the shower.” Now, if only Apple can make a waterproof iPad, then life would be Christmas everyday. *Sigh*

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Consequently, whomever made the meme above is absofreakinlutely right.

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The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.

Between working two jobs and raising her sister’s kids, Julianne Bradley doesn’t have time for sports—or men. All she knows about Max is that he’s the sexiest customer to ever grace her gas-station counter. And he sees past her tired eyes and makes Jules yearn for things she can’t have: a glamorous fling, a passionate lover, and the time to enjoy both. Max makes her feel like Cinderella, even though Jules has enough baggage to crush a glass slipper. Luckily, he’s no prince—only a fierce competitor determined to win her heart.