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Some Rules Need to be Broken
Although this is the first book in the Wildhorse Ranch Brothers series it is the third one I have had the pleasure of listening to, I started with book two then listened to book three and now I have just listened to book one. I think that lets you know that I have enjoyed this series.
Because of the order of listening, I feel that I knew Trevor before this story because he and Sabrina have been a constant in the series. That said it was nice to see how Sabrina was the making of this lovely man. The story is really well written and you can almost picture Wild Horse Rance, and in some of the scenes, I was taken back to the days when I was lucky enough to have horses to look after. I loved the way the story flowed and the romance developed between these two total opposites who were just perfect for each other.
The chemistry and the interactions between them were so well done by Leslie North and her descriptions made me feel like I could close my eyes and see what Sabrina was seeing. Feel what each of them was feeling. I also can't praise highly enough the narration by Rebecca Roberts she did a wonderful job.
I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing this review.
Cam and West
Well first I have to say that I am not very computer savvy, I can use my laptop and my iPad/Phone etc., but if it comes to anything difficult I have to ask my grandson for help so for me to say that I enjoyed this book means it must be written for a mixed audience - technically minded, gamers and the likes of myself.
The story is well written and flows along at a very good pace and the characters, all the characters, are interesting and have great depth. Almost all of the main characters are ex-military and they all have hang-ups related to their service, in fact, Cam who worked in Bomb Disposal nearly lost her leg and lives with constant pain. But her physical disability is nowhere near as severe as her mental one - she can not allow herself to need anyone. This goes back to when she was a teen and is so ingrained that she may lose West, the only guy she has allowed herself to get close to in, well in forever really.
Cam writes code for a company, Emerald City, owned and run by her ex C.O. She is brilliant at it, let's face it the virtual world of code, gaming and computers have made up most of her life since leaving the army. But her code, for some inexplicable reason, keeps corrupting and she's on a deadline and something isn't right with her boss which is adding more stress to her life.
West is an ex-Seal who meets Cam online and they play games together for quite some time before she agrees to meet in IRL (in real life) he is gorgeous and sexy and he doesn't seem to see her disability but will Cam allow herself to trust! West is also having problems in civvy street, he runs a gym but it's not doing as well as he needs it to do. When he is made an offer which would pay enough for him to keep it going will he accept it, even if it does mean going back into action?
As their relationship deepens you get to know everything about these two and also about the other main characters, and you find out what is happening within cyberspace with Can's code on which hangs the future of Emerald City.
I can't really say more without spoilers except that the narration of the book was fantastic and after listening to book one I want to listen to book two. I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.
War! Old Vs New
This is my second book in this Vampires of America Series having only recently discovered this really talented author and this wonderful world created by her when I listened to Vincent a book which totally blew me away - well this book I have to tell you was every bit as good but totally different.
In this story, we deal mainly with a coming war between the "Old Vampire Lords" of Europe who feel it is their due to take what Raphael a much younger but no less powerful vampire has built in America. He is the senior member of a powerful alliance and together with his human mate Cynthia Leighton, the pair are formidable. The old lords band together and attempt their coup these are really old and powerful vamps who have no intention of playing by the rules, rather they intend to bend them to achieve this takeover.
The old guard has not done their research well, they do not realize the power Raphael has, nor do they realize just what lengths Cyn will go to save him should the need arise. So whilst Raphael is planning for his meeting with the European Vampires Cyn is planning her own coup/rescue just in case and she will go to any lengths to protect her love. When the terms of the meeting are violated and Raphael is down it is up to Cyn to work her magic aided by her team consisting of two vampires and one human. Along the way, they enlist the help of a few others including Nick and old lover of Cyn's and a local police detective who forms a bond with one of her team.
When it comes down to the wire Raphael's orders and Cyns plan are put in place and I admit I was on the edge of my seat whilst the action was unfolding. This was an exciting, totally enthralling and engrossing book. I did not want to stop listening to it and I resented any time I had to stop listening.
I would love to tell you more but that would involve too many spoilers and I won't do that so all I can add is that the narration of this wonderful book by Nick J. Russo was just perfect, it could not have been improved upon and the end of the book left the door open for so much more excitement to come. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.
I was given a copy of this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing this review which contains only my personal opinions.
This is the second book in the Burning Metal Series, I haven't listened to the first book but I did read and thoroughly enjoy it so I was quite excited to listen to this one. Audiobooks are my personal preferred form I have to admit. I was not disappointed the series which got off to a great start with "Heat" continues on in "Fury".
Now that Cyborg Sector is being shut down meaning that Dr. Neil Daniels’ career there will soon be over (the government no longer want cyborgs) there is one cyborg he wants to help Fury who is going to be terminated. Neil decides to remove him from Cyborg Sector and help him become more man than machine so he woke up the 'sleeping' Fury and took him to his home.
Neil's daughter Natasha works at the Cyborg Rehabilitation Center her job is to help cyborgs transition back into society with a software upgrade. One night when she gets home from work, feeling really tired she finds her husband with another woman. Feeling totally devastated by this she goes home to her father's house where he now has Fury hidden. She doesn't like what Neil is doing but she does understand.
When her father dies peacefully one night she either has to call the Cyborg group to come and take Fury away or carry on her father’s work. Will she, alone, be able to help Fury? Can she keep him under control? What would happen if the authorities found out that Fury is not only free but is beginning to get his memories back?
As Fury and Natasha become closer the story really gets going with all the chemistry and heat you exspect from a Lisa Lace book but added to their new situation you have her ex in the background. Fury really does live up to his name he is full of anger and hurt and not all that predictable but he and Natasha make a great pair - how they achieve this is the basis for this great cyborg love story.
I was given this book as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.
Not What He Seems
I do enjoy the escapism of the Terramates stories, each one although based on the same theme manages to be different, in this one we have:-
Perri Coren, who wants to finally be happy, loved and cherished after she manages to leave behind an abusive relationship. Perri signed up with TerraMates to find her perfect match with an alien husband hoping she can make a new start. She is matched with Prince Rasulus Valorum, but unfortunately, it was not Rasulus who had enrolled in Terramates it was his brother, the King, who thought it would be amusing to surprise him with a bride! Hence Perri takes on the three-month journey to the planet Arietus to meet her new husband Rasulus.
When Perri's journey ends she is met and taken, she thinks, to Rasulus instead she is taken to a darkened room where it appears an orgy is taking place. She turns to leave, but a man comes toward her and starts pulling at her clothes to see what she looks like – she is shocked and reacts by slapping him, unfortunately for her, that man was King Crucis the instigator of this 'surprise' and a terrible man.
Rasulus returns to the palace but first, he messes his hair and clothing and for some reason pretends to be drunk (ths action is explained later) he is exhausted and just wants to go to his bed. Crucis tells him to come and see his new 'present' but when he goes to his brother's rooms, Crucis has a bruise on his cheek and there is an Earth woman chained to a pillar. He knows how cruel Crucis is and wants to protect her but if he tried to help her his brother would hurt her more so he makes crude remarks about her instead. He can't help but see the fury and hurt in her eyes as he starts to lead her away from Crucis and the courtiers. He wants to tell her not to resist him that he's not like his brother but can't say anything because he would be overheard so squeezes her hand twice, she seems to understand the situation and relaxes slightly but before they can leave Crucis tells him this is his bride and he cannot rid himself of her later. A marriage ceremony where she is claimed as his forever takes place before then they can leave.
Perri never knows what to expect, Rasulus puts up a front before everyone he pretends to be a drunken womanizer whenever anyone else is near, he is crude and rough but when they are alone he is gentle and kind - which behavior reflects his true personality? What is truly going on here? Is she safe, or has she entered into a nightmare situation with no escape?
This was an interesting storyline because Perri and Rasulus do have a connection in spite of their beginnings and over time Perri becomes stronger and is ready to deal with whatever was going on with her Prince.
As with all Terramates stories, the connection and the chemistry between the pair are hot and steamy and in this case when they work together.......
I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift and I am voluntarily writing this review.
Del Meets his Mate
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Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire, Book 3
By: Anna Lowe
Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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Overall 5 out of 5 stars
Performance 5 out of 5 stars
Story 5 out of 5 stars
Del Meets his Mate
WITH EVERY SINGLE ONE of these books I say '"THIS IS THE BEST YET" only to have Anna write the next in the series and I want to say it again! I really loved Dell's story. I loved how he felt an instant connection to his niece Quinn, the way he is torn when everyone is telling him has to give her up because he won't be able to cope. Well, things might appear like that at the start but by the end of the story, nobody is saying that.
I have always had a soft spot for Del when I have been listening to the previous books in this series, he was always so determined to be his own person/lion whilst going out of his way being a good male influence on Joey, even when that entailed acting like a child himself. Every boy needs a playmate and I love the way he tries to get a rise out of Cynthia, Joey's mum, and the co-alpha.
The chemistry between Anjali Jain and Wendell O'Roarke, better know to us as Dell, is palpable, from the moment Dell comes home to find Anjali holding Quinn and looks into his own eyes there is a shift in the Dell we have all come to know and love. Fun and Frolicks are replaced by Love and Duty but it wasn't only duty Dell felt it was love and Destiny, his destiny because life's like that - it happens while we are busy making plans.
Anjali, a self-confessed workaholic has brought her friend's baby, Quinn, to her only remaining relative after Lourdes, her childhood friend and Quinn's mother supposedly committed suicide, her plan was to drop off the baby and return to work - what is that saying about the best-laid plans?
In order to help Quinn settle and to give Del time to adjust she agrees to stay for a few days to smooth over the transition, but is she only staying for Quinn - what about her gorgeous uncle?
When the chips are down and Quinn's life is threatened she finds an inner core of strength she didn't know she had. Her growing love for Quinn and Dell mean she will have to make choices - will she make the right one for all concerned? How will she react when she finds out about Shifters? Can she give up what she has strived so hard to achieve?
There is a lot of action in this story, there is the return of Moira who has played such an important part in the lives of all the shifters at Koakea Plantation and Koa Point - a more evil person/shifter you could not meet! I hope Anna has a great end in store for her! There is also Love, Duty, Destiny, Sizzling Chemistry and as with all of these books an HEA.
I admit that I read this book when it was first released and I enjoyed it immensely, but the narration by the incredibly talented Kelsy Osborne takes this story to a whole new level bringing out parts of the story my reading of it missed.
I can't recommend this book or this series highly enough. Buy it! I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this audiobook as a gift and I am voluntarily writing this review.
I have to say that this book about Sophie Galen, an advice columnist for a newspaper and her meeting and subsequent relationship with Marek Thurzo, a high ranking member of the Demimonde was, in my opinion, slow to get going but once it did it held my attention because I just had to find out what was going to happen.
For the uninitiated, as I was, into the world of the Demimonde I'll give you some basics - Demivamipres exist in our world, the can live amongst us without our knowledge, they can walk in the sun, they have superhuman strength and do the things we associate with Vampires - but they have not fallen or evolved into Vampire, they are not for want of a better word evil.
When Sophie meets Marek she is drawn to him and his world, she has always been able to feel empathy for people, hence her occupation as an advice columnist but with Marek she can feel/sense so much more. Marek believes her to be a "Sophia" an oracle and giver of salvation to the Demimonde. As their relationship evolves they become lovers and Marek introduces her to his world and all it entails but will they be able to stay together?
Overall it was an interesting book, but it did end on a huge cliffhanger which left me wanting more. The narration by Kelly Pruner was excellent and the characters were well defined and the chemistry between Sophie and Marek sizzled. The world created here was very good. This story has a unique take on vampire's and their world.
I was given this book as a gift and am voluntarily writing this review.
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Well, what a series this has been! You do have to listen to these books in order, each of the three dragon princes of the House of Smoke has three books telling their stories, all are excellent but all do contain adult content.
This is the ninth book in this series and I think one of the best so far. Leksander and Erelah have been through so much and yet have so much more to endure. Also in this book the battle between the mortal and the immortal realms reaches a new intense level. The story now includes a dark angel, Eleon, who is aligned with, the fae of the Winter Court, led by the evil Zephan also the demon uprising amongst the human population which has escalated to a really alarming level.
The Queen of the Summer Fae also makes her mark in this book as a battle rages between the forces of light and dark as each strives to control the outcome of Erelah and Leksander's baby's birth. The story is thrilling, exciting and suspenseful to the very end. Will their baby survive, will Erelah give birth to a dragonling or an angling? Will this baby fulfill the terms of the treaty, the other two babies having human mothers? So many questions which I won't answer as that would totally ruin the story, so you will just have to listen to this book yourselves.
Leksander and Erelah's story brings this series to a thrilling close but also introduces us to new characters opening the door to a further series, of exciting stories "Fallen Angels" the first of which is Tajael who played an integral part in Erelah's story.
The narration was excellent and for me really brought the story to life beautifully.
I was given a copy of this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.
This book picks up from where Loved by a Dragon finished and this story of love between Leksander and Erelah continues to be fraught with difficulty. After succumbing to the Fall Erelah summons her father the Dark Angel Razael who takes her back to his dominion. There she learns the story of how she was conceived, she learns that her father was still in the Light when she was conceived and that she was conceived in love, a planned baby who was to be called Aurora.
When Erelah fled from Leksander he was determined to find her and bring her back, he cares not if she is of the light or one of the fallen - he just knows that his love is true and believes he can save her and bring her back into the light. With the help of Tajael Leksander goes to Razael's dominion to bring her home. Whilst doing this both he and Tajael are injured but Erelah heals Leksander and transports him back to his Keep.
Eventually, they mate and all should go well from here but there is a demon uprising to contend with and whilst this is happening Leksander is captured by dark anglings and delivered to Zephan, Prince of the Winter Fea. In the past Zephan had tried to hurt the mates of both of Leksander's brothers. He can't do anything to harm Leksander himself but he has a plan - a truly evil plan which will mean the end of Leksander, the end of the Treaty and the eventual end of humankind.
I'd love to tell you more but that would totally spoil this wonderful story for you so I'm not going to say anything further except that this book is exciting, gripping, has incredible chemistry and by all that's magic, the sex just sizzles! The narration by Holly Warren and Aaron Sin is so well done and I must say drew me in totally.
I received a copy of this book as a gift and this review is written voluntarily.
The Mystery Continues
Vann Highrider is the lone wolf in the Brothers in Arms Partnership and since the deaths of some ex-Seals have been proven to be murder and his partner Mark was kidnapped in book one of this series, Seal Defender, he has become more so. But in this book, he meets Mercy Conde who is there to take one of the self-defense courses. Van and Mercy make a connection but neither of them is willing to accept that it could be more than sexual at first.
But when they are both attacked and nearly die their true feelings are put to the test. These two characters are very well drawn and perfect for each other. Vann holds out the longest before admitting how deep his feelings are but by then it just may be too late. Can he keep Mercy safe, will their love be enough?
The book leaves us still wanting to know who the murder is? Roll on book three is what I say. Although that question is not answered this book can definitely be listened to as a stand-alone.
I was given the book as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.