The Elementals #1
Publication date: 3rd July 2012
Magic is corporate America’s best-kept secret, and Gwen Carroway is superior at selling it ...
Gwen possesses the unique ability to pick up any language in an instant—a power that will globally expand the profitable family business. As dutiful future leader of her race of water elementals, she'll do anything to protect her people's secrets and bloodlines—including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for forbidden human men.
Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen's life, he ignites her taboo desire for men without magic—and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he’s been hired to kidnap. He resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit unravel him…
But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen’s family business—and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor...
Rae Carson said Liquid Lies was "sophisticated, plotty and OMG HAWT" so I had to buy it. Hurry up 3rd of July!!!!
What woman hasn't at one point found a geeky genius a little bit sexy? The Theory of Attraction plays on this in a major way. Ivan is a genius rocket scientist who happens to be gorgeous, runs with this t-shirt off showing off his perfect abs but completely lacks any social skills. Neighbour Camilla has watched Ivan from her kitchen window and knows his routine inside and out.
Ivan asks for Camilla's help when he realises he is going to have to shmooze at parties to get the funding he needs to further his research, he wants her to teach him some social skills but their lessons take a very different and hot turn when they end up in bed together.
I loved the idea of the geeky sexy rocket scientist. It's very Supermanish, I look at Clark Kent with the glasses and think geek but when the glasses come off and his shirt is ripped open to reveal that hint of the "S" costume I always go a little bit weak at the knees. Anyway, Ivan definitely piqued my interest initially.
I changed my mind about Ivan a couple of times whilst reading The Theory of Attraction. Initially he started off as a genius who seemed so smart yet was clueless about the basic matter of how to talk and relate to other people. It seemed amusing at first that he needed pointers so that he didn't make a fool of himself in social situations but that underneath his genius but slightly awkward exterior when he got into the bedroom he turned into a hot dominant alpha male. Like Camilla I adored that switch in his behaviour he seemed self assured, in control and as hot as hell.
As Ivan's story unravelling my opinion of him changed, I don't know if I just read more into it that was intended but I started to feel really sorry for him and as a result his hotness kind of evaporated. His child genius status meant he whizzed through school and college and that by being so focused on his work he missed out on a lot of the normal stuff such as having a variety of friends or even a girlfriend. That explained why he lacked social skills and needed Camilla's help. I think the part that really struck me and if I'm honest made me a little uncomfortable was his need for routine. I just got the impression from his behaviour that he was more than a socially inept genius, that he might in fact have Asperger's Syndrome and I wasn't really sure how I felt about that. It was explained that it was his need for control that resulted in going down the Dom path which I understood even if he became very clinical in the bedroom, but for me the story moved away from the enjoyable hot sexy titilatingness at the start of the story and became a bit uncomfortable. For some strange reason the part that really stuck in my head was the bag he had packed for the impending hurricane. I couldn't get that bit out of my head and not in a good way.
The ending was a bit abrupt, again I wasn't sure if I was just reading too much into it but it didn't really feel like a happy ever after. Overall, mixed feelings with this one.
Thanks to Net galley for the opportunity to read and review The Theory of Attraction.
After Fifty rating:
Hero with “issues”
Alpha male (well sometimes)
Genius rocket scientist
My book boyfriend this week is the "I'm in charge" type of hero Cole Bowen from Heavy Issues by Elle Aycart. You can check out my Heavy Issues review here.
Christy has decided she's no longer looking for a relationship with Mr Right, instead she wants a stud, a no strings attached kind of stud and while pledging this (after a few tequilas) she throws her old engagement ring as far away as she could manage. The ring hits Cole Bowen on the head, he's described as being very contained, very masculine with rugged good looks and dirty blond hair and wants to apply for Christy's stud position. I loved the first instalment More Than Meets the Ink, the hero James was a book boyfriend of mine so it only seems fair that his older brother Cole should get book boyfriend status too. Enjoy ladies:)
"Hello, ladies," Cole answered, his gaze never straying from Christy's, as he steadied her on her feet but didn't let go. "I was on my way home when this landed on my head." He showed her the ring...
"Thanks, but I meant to throw it away ," she managed to say, those deep green eyes of his holding her spellbound. Jesus he was handsome. Rough and masculine, with dirty-blond hair framing harsh, angular features and a glint of golden stubble marring his jaw. And not only was the sight of him mesmerizing, but his scent...wow. So male, so sexy. Mouthwatering.
"As she bent to pick up the milk, she felt Cole's eyes on her like heatstroke. Still bent, she turned to look at him. "What?"
He came closer and grabbed her by her hips. "Just enjoying the view, babe."
She turned around, amused.
Cupping her nape, he brought his lips to her and kissed her gently. "You're so gorgeous you take my breath away."
"As she finally reached him, she brushed her lips over his. She was going to step away from him, but he held her head and deepened the kiss. She tasted so good he could spend all his life attached to those lips and never get tired.
The truth of the matter was he could spend all his life attached to this woman and never get tired. With her by his side, he was...happy. And scared shitless. It wasn't only how much he wanted her, but how much he wanted from her that terrified him. He wanted so badly to hang on to Christy."
I picked model Sean Sullivan to be my Cole today. Sean is clearly a very talented model, I would recommend spending some quality time checking out his other pictures. He. Is. Fine.
I'm not one for starting reading existing series that already have a tonne of books available, the lazy part of me knows I'll never catch up so although I was aware Joey W. Hill had another really popular series about Vampires I thought this new Arcane Shot series would be the perfect opportunity for me to read some of her books. I like a bit of paranormal smut so I figured this series was prefect.
Something About Witches ticked all the boxes for me, it has a heroine Ruby who is a witch, the hero Derek is not only a powerful sorcerer, he's also an outright alpha male, he's strong and protective and they both have a history together. Something About Witches was just more than a bit of paranormal smut it actually tugged at my heartstrings in a way I never really expected. It's hard to explain without being very spoilerish but basically Ruby and Derek were in a relationship but whilst Derek was away dealing with the Fae something awful and heart breaking happened to Ruby, she then pushed him away using soul magic to shut herself off to him which meant that even a sorcerer of Derek's power couldn't find her for over three years.
Derek finally manages to track her down and needs her help to teach a coven of witches protect the border. It also gives him the perfect in road back into Ruby's life and finally find out why she felt she had to push him away.
I really enjoyed Something About Witches. Derek is powerful, protective and absolutely crush worthy. Ruby is no push over but her terrible experience has left her vulnerable. I absolutely understood why she did what she did, but at the same time recognised that her closed up feelings couldn't continue forever. I was desperate to see her be open and honest with Derek in the hope that it ultimately would help them both. Heart breaking stuff indeed.
Two books in and I'm reading thinking of this as being one of my favourite new series. I was really looking forward to finding out how Joey W. Hill was going to make me like Mikhael the Dark Guardian, Mikhael was introduced in the first instalment as the on-off hook up of Ruby before Derek came back on the scene. He wasn't a particularly likable character and his hook ups with Ruby involved pain not love because that's what Ruby needed and wanted at the point in her life. I didn't have much hope for him as the next hero (and I'm not keen on his depiction on the cover either) but that all changed once I started reading.
Raina is one of Ruby's best friends, part witch part succubus she runs a bordello and acts as a sort of a surrogate mother to the various succubus who work for her. It's through her magic the young succubus can feed safely, Raina is powerful and focused but with a troubled history and busy life she doesn't exactly have much of a life outside her very close circle and has real issues trusting others.
A rogue young succubus who has stolen something from Lucifer and is being hunted by Dark Guardian Mikhael manages to get to Raina's property by the very skin of his teeth. Raina agrees to extend her protection to him in the hope she can get the necessary information from the succubus after allowing him a nights sleep and a meal. Mikhael who's plans involved torturing him to get the information is intrigued by Raina and promises to allow Raina to get the information her way but intends to stay in her bordello to provide Raina with extra protection knowing that it's not just Mikhael who is after the young succubus.
Mikhael and Raina's relationship was hot to say the least. Raina has real trust issues and was abused by a dominant male in the past but there's something about Mikhael that allows her to trust him and take the lead. Mikhael definitely softened around Raina which in turn made him much more likeable. Silly minor things such as buying and crushing nuts to add into her ice cream sundae because it's the way she likes it and taking time to speak to her young succubus staff and put them in ease was so at odds from what Mikael started out as. Equally, Raina changed with Mikhael in her life and not only in the bedroom.
I loved the steamy yet sweet romance. I loved all the action. I especially loved Mikhael and Derek having to work together- two alpha males battling to save a woman *le sigh* honestly this series has a bit of everything I can't wait for the next instalment.
I haven't really been blogging much this month, my grandmother died at the start of June so I took a little blogging break to give me time to organise things and spend some time with my mum. On top of this my work has been manic busy so I couldn't even be bothered switching on my laptop last week.
I've decided blogging breaks are good. It recharges the old batteries and gave me loads more time to read, unfortunately it now means I have 10 reviews to catch up on but never mind. So, this week's new books post is actually about 3 weeks worth of new books but I'll try to keep it short and snappy!!
I love the covers for both For Darkness Shows the Stars and A Midsummer's Nightmare. I've read A Midsummer's Nightmare, it wasn't quite as good as The Duff but was better than Shut Out.
I'm reading Heart of Darkness the first book in Lauren Dane's Bound by Magick series right now and really enjoying it so I went ahead and bought the second book Chaos Burning.
Messenger's Angel is the second book in the Lost Angel series, I quite liked Avenger's Angel the first book in the series and remember thinking the series had potential.
I bought Second Chance Summer as I LOVED Amy and Rodger's Epic Detour so my big plan is to read Second Chance Summer on the first day of the school summer holidays.
I've already read Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane it was EPIC but I needed a copy on my shelf as this is one of my all time favourite series.
I think I maybe got Talk Me Down in a swap, I can't for the life of me remember but the blurb sounds really good.
I bought Raphael and Bane for much cheapness for my kindle.
Forbidden by Fate sounds like a really good "After Fifty" book.
From Net galley
I've read The Theory of Attraction already so I'll be reviewing that as another "After Fifty" book. Blade Song sounds amazing, J.C Daniels is actually Shiloh Walker so I'm pretty sure it will be good. I've read a couple of chapters of Fifty Shames and thought it was hilarious so I want to read it pretty soonish.
Forever and a Day is my favourite of the Lucky Harbor series so far, I have enjoyed the previous books but Forever and a Day had something that little bit special and that something was Doctor Josh Scott.
Josh is an overworked ER doctor, juggling his late father's medical practise with family responsibilities as a single dad to Toby his star wars mad son who prefers to bark rather than speak and his angry 21 year old sister who is wheelchair bound after the accident that killed their parents. As a result, Josh has no time in his life for fun or romance until Grace agrees to be the dog walker for his son's hyper active pug puppy.
Grace has ended up in Luck Harbor after walking out of a well paid job in which her boss wanted "extras" from her. As the adopted daughter of high flying super intelligent parents Grace has spent her life trying to meet their high expectations of her. Without full time employment Grace has been making ends meet modelling for the senior citizens art classes and delivering flowers so when offered the dog walking job by Josh she grabs it with both hands.
I don't think it would be possible to read Forever and a Day without falling a little bit in love with Doctor Josh, he's such a good guy. Both Grace and Josh have the weight of family responsibilities heavy on their shoulders, both want something different in their lives but they needed each other to let go of the old responsibilities and focus on what is really important- Toby, Anna, the friends they have in Lucky Harbour and each other.
With regular updates from Lucky Harbor regulars such as Lucile and her face book page, Mallory and Amy bonding with Grace over chocolate cup cakes there was plenty to laugh about in Forever and a Day. Jill Shalvis certainly knows how to write stories that are both heartwarming and smouldering hot, I absolutely loved it.
Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read Forever and a Day.
Lucky Harbour #5
Publication date: 26th June 2012
Amy Michaels is the kind of heroine I like, she's tough on the outside partly as a result of her difficult upbringing and can therefore come across as quite a closed off person. However, underneath it all Amy is creative, kind and loyal. Amy is retracing the journey her late grandmother took through the very picturesque Lucky Harbor and hopes to find a similar sort of peace in the mountains that her grandmother wrote so beautifully about in her journal.
Whilst out following a trail Amy ends up lost and has to rely on the help of the very gorgeous and outdoorsy ranger "hot buns" Matt. Ranger Matt is smitten with Amy and has been eating at the dinner regularly just to catch a glimpse of her. Amy meanwhile, has been fighting her attraction to Matt as she's very much sworn off men. Matt however patientently perseveres, and their slow burning heat literally simmers on each page.
I really enjoyed Amy's story, both her search for the peace her grandmother found in Lucky Harbour and the unfolding story of her tough upbringing which has affected her adult relationships. At Last is very much a tale of Amy's self discovery. I thought the introduction of the young homeless runaway teen Riley was a really clever tug on the heartstrings storyline. Amy having been in that position herself really empathises with Riley and knows what to do to help her, it also allowed Matt to have more of an understanding of how Amy actually ticks.
At Last is a delicious read that fellow hopeless romantics are bound to enjoy, Jill Shalvis can seriously do no wrong in my eyes.
Thanks to Net galley and Grand Central publishing for the opportunity to read At Last.
The Roughnecks #1
Publication date: 6th May 2012
I found Rough Ride a little confusing despite the very non-complex story line. Lane and his two triplet brothers are working with their younger brother Grant helping him as he sets up home with his pregnant girlfriend. Lane is desperate to finish and move away as he has a family secret that he believes will destroy their close knit family unit.
Gretchen a young widow, is the owner of the trailer park Lane is staying at. Lane and Gretchen have been lusting after one another for a while but lane refuses to make a move as he knows he won’t be staying around. Talking into making a move by her two BFF’s Gretchen and Lane finally get together- it’s a pretty hot romance and they have serious chemistry together but Lane’s guilty family secret is weighing heavily on him.
This is the point of the story where I got a bit huh??? Lane leaves because he doesn’t have the guts to tell his brothers the family secret, and then comes back after his triplet siblings track him down but Gretchen has decided their relationship has ended. He wants her back, they get back together again but then she gets mad because he hasn’t told his youngest brother the family secret and ends the relationship again. He tells his youngest brother, she confronts him he says he’s not good enough for her, she agrees and then I think they got back together again but to be honest I’d kind of lost track/ interest by then. Waaaaaay too much she ends it/he ends it, for what was at times pretty bizarre reasons for my liking, especially since it was pretty obvious they were perfect for each other. Confusing and too exhausting to keep up with.
After Fifty rating: A meh 3 out of 5.
Alpha male not really
Hot romance yes but hard to keep up with.
Publication date: 29th May 2012
"I Christine Sheridan, vow that I'm done. No more searching for husband material. Or for love. No more meaningful long-term relationships. Just give me orgasms! Big, mind-blowing ones!" she added, flashing a look at her girlfriends, who were dissolving into giggles. Christy fought to keep her face straight and continued, "I'm getting on with my sex life and I...will...get...my...stud!"
I swooned and cried whilst reading Heavy Issues by Elle Aycart. If you liked the first Bowen brothers instalment More Than Meets the Ink then Heavy Issues will seriously do it for you too with it's perfect blend of humour, tug at the heart strings moments and steamy hot scenes.
When we first meet Christy she's drunk on tequila vowing that she's no longer looking for a relationship with her Mr Right. Instead, she wants no strings attached hot sex and plenty of it, which suits the oldest Bowen brother Cole just fine as he prefers non-clingy independent women who won't get too attached to him. Now that Cole knows Christy is available he wants to apply for her "man-whore" position and convinces her to go on fake dates with him acting as a decoy for the women who relentlessly pursue him now that his brother James is off the market in exchange for the no strings attached sex she wants.
Cole is the alpha male hero that dreams are made of (well mine anyway!) with rugged good looks and a dominant streak a mile wide he's had his eye on Christy for a while. Christy has real baggage in the shape of an overeating habit, five years ago she comfort ate when feeling bad and gained a huge amount of weight. Despite now having lost the weight Christy is very aware of what she eats, is super critical about her body, and has "never enough" tattooed on her wrist in Latin to remind herself of her struggle. I think Christy just about broke my heart, she still feels inadequate and fat and her relationship with Cole takes her well out of her comfort zone. She looks at Cole and sees the gorgeous, sexy and toned Viking warrior and wonders why he is with her when she can barely manage to look at herself in the mirror. I loved how Cole saw and appreciated the true Christy with curves and all and told her repeatedly how he prefers real women not stick insects. But I absolutely got why Christy's self esteem was still at rock bottom level, why she felt ashamed of her body and why she repeatedly tried to scare Cole off by explaining warts and all about her overeating and her obsession with staying away from sugar and flour. Although I seriously felt for Christy I still at times wanted to scream at her and tell her that Cole really genuinely loved her the way she was and to quit pushing him away.
I couldn't put Heavy Issues down. I adored the humour, my ovaries near enough exploded over the domineering "I'm in charge" type hero Cole who underneath it all was a really good guy, and I cried buckets of tears in sympathy for the slightly vulnerable heroine Christy. Cole and Christy's lust turned love was seriously hot enough to burn the pages and I loved every minute of it. I think Elle Aycart has guaranteed herself a place on my auto buy authors list and I can't wait for the next instalment, at this point I really wish there were 27 Bowen brothers rather than just three!
You can read an excerpt from Heavy Issues here but go and buy it because it's freaking awesome!!!
Publication date: 22nd May 2012
He spoke softly into my ear. "I should warn you, it's a very dangerous kiss. It'll change your life forever, so you have to want it."
Dark Kiss is the first book in the new series Nightwatchers by Michele Rowen, if you like angels and demons then this is right up your street. Unknown to Sam her kiss with long term crush Stephen does change her life, basically Stephen by kissing her has consumed her soul making her a "grey". It's only when Sam helps the very gorgeous but confused angel Bishop who has recently been sent to earth, that Sam becomes aware of the implications of that kiss, it makes her realise that the almost overwhelming hunger she has is not for food.
Bishop's mission is to rid the world of the very strange threat that seems to be consuming the souls that heaven and earth need to keep universal balance. Sam's very presence seems to help untangle Bishop's thoughts which have got very jumbled on his fall down to earth, Sam is also the only person who can see the lights shining down from heaven which point out to Bishop the "humans" he needs to kill. But don't worry it's all part of the mission! they don't stay dead they turn into friendly demons tasked to help Bishop find the real source which is turning the kids into greys. In turn, Bishop promises to help Sam get back her soul.
Keeping up? Good. Overall, I quite enjoyed Dark Kiss, angels and snarky demons working together for a change is quite refreshing. Bishop was the real hook for me, he provided enough of a potential romance and mystery to ensure I'll look out for the next instalment.
Thanks to Net galley and Harlequin for the opportunity to read and review Dark Kiss.
On the Prowl
The Others #13
Publication date: 24th April 2012
I have to admit I wasn’t even aware of this series despite it being book number 13, I just saw the blurb on Goodreads and was intrigued by the idea of an arranged marriage to an alpha male weretiger and thought I would give it a go.
It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I don’t think it was because I hadn’t read the other books it just seemed to me to be very tame for a story about an alpha male and I kept waiting for something else to happen to spice it up a bit. I felt myself comparing it to other shifter series that I’ve read such as Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series or Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series where alpha males act like real alpha males and I think that’s what was missing from On the Prowl. Overall, it was just ok-ish.