Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dark Desires By Claire Marta (Hunter Chronicles Book 2)

Title: Dark Desires (Hunter Chronicles Book 2)
Author: Claire Marta
Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis: Welcome back to the world of Jasmine Hunter, rookie agent for a secret paranormal division of Scotland Yard. This time we find Jasmine and her team deep undercover in a vampire den in Prague, attempting to search out a dangerous vampire serial killer. Of course when you enter a vampire den your pretty much guaranteed to run into some blood suckers, so it's no surprise to anyone but Jasmine that we run across the handsome, and slightly cold Eric. Who, along with his own gang of vamp detectives, are also searching for the allusive Prague killer. When Eric sees Jasmine it ignites a fury of emotions that he neither accepts nor understands. None the less his desire to give into his possessiveness for the feisty female is overwhelming and he finds it harder to fight for control with each moment in her presence.  Can these two put their personal shit aside long enough to work together and find the killer before he strikes again?
Review: There was a lot to like about this book, that said there were a few eye rolls thrown in for good measure along the way.
At first I was thrilled that the passion between Eric and Jasmine took absolutely no time to ignite this time around, but then I was disappointed that both characters did everything they could to deny their initial interactions as some kind of impulsive mistake.
To start off I loved that Jasmine's roll on the undercover assignment signified a growth in her abilities and tact as an agent, but then she proceeded to blunder about with nothing more than the excuse of 'I'm still a rookie' for the rest of the book. And to top that off with the utter lack of confidence in her abilities by every authority figure she encountered, I desperately wanted her to step up in some way and prove them wrong. But instead she seemed to display nothing but dim witted bravery. Now don't get me wrong I love a female lead with some balls and Jazz has some steely ones, but that's about where her skill set ends. I'm still not exactly sure what her special abilities as a Sensitive bring to her team. Sure there were references throughout this story and the last about her noticing magic and/or supernatural creatures more affectively than other characters with the same abilities (like pretty much every vamp in the series thus far) but it doesn't really add much to the efforts of the team. In reality she mostly just gets captured or put into some other type of unbecoming situation from which she requires rescuing over and over again, except for when she's getting fucked and/or hit on by pretty much every male she encounters and oh yea she also swears a lot.
Now despite my slightly obvious distain for Jasmine I will say this series is full of some really stellar and interesting side characters.
I love Twitch, he's the perfect sidekick/comic relief. He not only provides the most useful magical gadgets but also some type of witty comment or remark that has me smiling and chuckling along with everyone of his scenes.
We met Gemma and Connell in this book and I have to say I was intrigued by both characters and I look forward to delving into their story a little further.
We got to know a little bit more about Jasmine's boss Mark in this one, and the little tidbit Eric drops about him is more than interesting enough to get it's hooks in me.
But the cake topper of the new and interesting characters in this book has to be Asier. I fricking loved Asier, a little healthy, sexy competition for our vamp stud Eric, the second master of London definitely wet my panties and left me wanting a good spanking!
The plot of the book overall moved well, once again the big reveal of the villain caught me off guard and allowed me to see the clues that I had overlooked throughout the course of the story. And the ending of the book, the cliffhanger that leaves you needing to know what happens next, that didn't disappoint either. Honestly it even made me slightly reconsider my view of Jasmine and her team as a whole. I don't want to give anything away but I will say that when Eric's and Jasmine's final conversation begins I was in complete agreement with Eric, by the time it ends I wanted to cheer Jazz and her friends on, and I'm certainly anticipating finding out what happens from here.

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Dark Desires Claire Marta

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Anguish and Desolation By Bella Jewel books 3-4 of Jokers' Wrath MC

Title: Anguish Jokers' Wrath MC book 3
Author:Bella Jewel
Rating: 3 Stars
Author's Blurb: There are a lot of things in this world that are easy to escape from. Having a son you didn't ask for isn't one of them.
Mack is a nomad. He likes his own space and he struggles with emotion. His past is grey and his future looks about the same. That is until his ex-girlfriend dies and his son is handed over to him. A two month old baby he didn't know existed. Until now.
His world comes crashing down around him.
Desperate, he hires a nanny.

Jaylah has gotten herself into some serious trouble, so when she sees the job opening for a nanny pop up, she jumps on it. Of course she's not a nanny, but she figures she can pull it off. I mean, how hard can it be?
She's thrown into a world of diapers, hourly feedings and a whole lot of laundry. She's also introduced to the most rugged, gorgeous man she's ever had the pleasure of meeting.
The best part, he's the baby's father.
The worst part, he's a biker.
Their sexual tension is huge, but he's a hard nut to crack. She'll get in, though. She makes it her mission to break through the wall Mack has built so high around himself.
Her world is about to spiral out of control, and she's taking Mack along for the ride.
Review: I'll start by saying that I liked Jaylah more than any of Bella Jewel's heroines thus far. She was stronger, funnier, and less whiny, she still made some stupid choices for the sake of the plot but at this point in the series I has grown to expect it and was able to roll with the story with little to no hesitation.
One thing I noticed throughout this one though was that Mack was kind of an asshole. He was supposed to be this deep tortured soul that only came out of his shell around the people he cared most for, but really he was just kind of a dick head and I wasn't super attracted to him for this reason.
Once again the plot of the story was way more compelling than the characters which seems to be a reoccurring theme with these books.

Title: Desolation Jokers' Wrath MC book 4
Author: Bella Jewel
Rating: 3 Stars
Author's Blurb: Pippa
The girl you all know as damaged. Quiet. Broken.
She doesn’t fit in. Nothing in her world feels right. She’s trapped in a spiral of darkness that seem to be consuming her day by day, until she sees nothing but an empty, black hole.
Her world is a dark place she can’t escape.
She has people around her who matter. Who love her. But it’s not enough. Not enough to break her out of the bitter despair she lives in.
He knows pain. He knows darkness. He’s sweet. He’s kind. But most of all…
He understands her.
Combining their demons doesn’t seem like the best plan. Everyone is against them. He deserves better. She deserves better. They’ll never work. They’re too broken. Too damaged. It’s a destructive combination that will only end in heartbreak.
He’s a biker. She’s a broken angel.
But in their desolation, they find peace.

Review: Pippa and Tyke's story was sweet. It was definitely the most character driven of any of the stories in the series to this point.
I actually liked Pippa, she was tired of being seen as broken and she actually did a decent job trying to change it, or at leas she didn't just sit around and whine about it like some of the other females in these books.
Tyke was an awesome hero for Pippa, he was strong and fragile at the same time. He was sweet but he was also take charge and totally alpha male in all the best ways.
I will say that I totally did not see the love triangle aspect of this book coming, though I do wish the author had let it play out a little more than she did.
One thing I will say about this series in general with this book being no exception is that I hated the way the women spoke to one another. They were supposed to be close girlfriends and sisters and yet with all the shit going down in each of these novels all they ever seemed to do was gossip with one another about sex and make silly comments that no one ever actually makes about dick size and fucking vs making love.
Overall these stories all had decent plots and I liked them, but they also kind of made me roll my eyes and say "yea right" quite a bit.
I'd probably give the whole series 3 stars and call it a day with no feeling of in completion for avoiding the spin offs.

To check out either of these books for yourself follow the links below
Anguish by Bella Jewel Jokers' Wrath MC Book 3
Desolation by Bella Jewel Jokers' Wrath MC book 4

Friday, November 11, 2016

Melancholy (Jokers' Wrath MC Book 2) Bella Jewel

Title: Melancholy Jokers' Wrath MC book 2
Author: Bella Jewel
Rating: 3 Stars
Author's Blurb: "There's never been a time I've cared about anything more than my club. Today that all changed. Today I got you."
To truly understand a story; you need to start from the beginning, but to start from the beginning; you have to go back, further than just you. After all, our stories don’t start with us, do they? Our stories start with the person before us, and the person before them. We are created from the stories of those people - from their mistakes, from their achievements, from their love and their hate.
No one’s story is ever truly their own.
I tried to create my own story, my own path, and my own actions. I’ve seen things people only see in their worst nightmares, but I never let it beat me down. I never let it become who I was. I picked myself up, and I kept going. Everything was what it was.
There was no point analyzing what it could be.
Could be’s didn’t matter.
Until Maddox came into the picture. He saved my life. He changed my world; giving me the second chance some of us only dream about. There was only one thing missing in my second chance, and she was the reason I fought so hard to survive.
My sister.
My sister who is supposed to be dead, well, at least, that’s what I thought.
That’s what he told me.
Now is where my story changes, but to understand this story, you have to start at the beginning…where it all began…and before.
Review: Another interesting story about Bella Jewel's Jokers' Wrath MC. Much like the first book in the series Melancholy drew me in immediately and didn't let me go until the very end. Also much like the first book in the series my one true complaint about the story has nothing to do with the plot or the steamy romance and everything to do with the terrible romance heroine troupes committed by the female lead throughout the course of the book.
Santana was a whiny much so that she is called out on her behavior by the other characters in the book more than once throughout the course of the action. That wouldn't be so bad if she didn't continually over and over again make terrible decisions and then cry and whine about how she was driven to do so because of the actions of the those around her. She constantly pushed and rebelled throughout the whole story usually to some type of dire consequence. The few moments where she displayed any backbone or brain were few and far between and honestly she kind of annoyed me throughout the whole book.
All of that said this though this wasn't a terrible read by any means. The plot was interesting, the sexy stuff was hot and the characters with the exception of Santana were rich an compelling. I love the MC world that Bella Jewel has built and I am anxious for more stories about these rough and tough men she's created and the ladies who will inevitably steal their hearts.
So far this series has proved to be action packed and compelling to follow. I anticipate more of the same in the next installments.

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Melancholy By Bella Jewel on Amazon

Monday, November 7, 2016

Precarious (Jokers' Wrath MC book 1) Bella Jewel

Title: Precarious (Jokers' Wrath MC book 1) 
Author: Bella Jewel 
Rating: 4 Stars 
Author's Blurb: In darkness, we find danger. In danger, I find Beau. Ash is a prison guard, she's tough, she's strong and she never backs away from a fight. She takes her job seriously, she takes her training seriously, and everything in her life goes as planned. Until the day he is brought into the prison.  She'll never forget meeting Beau 'Krypt' Dawson for the first time. She'll never forget his haunted eyes and his numb expression. He's a member of the Jokers Wrath MC and it is said he killed an innocent family in the middle of a cafe, in cold blood. Deranged. Crazy. Psychotic. All those words describe the infamous Krypt, but Ash suspects there's far more to the quiet man than meets the eye. Secrets are being hidden by the club, information is being kept under wraps. Krypt is silent for a reason.  Ash is desperate to know that reason.  Continually fighting, Krypt is transferred to a high security prison. Ash is in charge. She's always prepared, always alert. Not even her skills will stop the club from ambushing them and taking back Krypt. Only Ash ends up right in the middle of it.  They take her, too. Now she's stuck with a Motorcycle Club who are tougher than any prisoner she's ever laid eyes on. And they won't let her go. She's too much of a risk. Until the situation can be sorted, they send her and Krypt into the mountains together....alone.  An epic, dangerous love will be built on the foundations of darkness. 
Review: I'm a sucker for a good MC romance and Precarious was no exception.  
From the beginning I was roped into Ash and Krypt's story. I was just as curious as Ash as to what really happened to get him thrown in prison and I was dying to know what was really going on behind those concrete walls and steel bars.  
The first time we meet the rest of the MC I was hooked, I knew that this series was going to be worth the price of the box set. All those fictional tattooed men in leather...yea it didn't take much more to than that to sell me.  
The only thing I could really say as a negative for this story was that there were times when I questioned Ash, her motives, her decision making, her choices, but a certain amount of that is to be expected in any romance novel and honestly none of it was really bad enough to make me cringe or want to put down the book. 
Bella Jewel does a fantastic job through the course of the book introducing you to her world of characters and making you want to know more about each of their individual stories.  
It may all start with Ash and Krypt but there is so much more to be learned from these Joker's, and I can't wait to find out all about it!

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

I Know What Love Is by Whitney Bianca

Title: I Know What Love Is 
Author: Whitney Bianca 
Rating: 4 Stars  
Author's Blurb: This is not a love story. A chance encounter in a dark bar changed my life forever. I'll never forget the events of that night and the days that followed. I'll never be the same. He tried to break me, but now I'm stronger than ever. I want him to pay. I want him to suffer. I want to be just as much of a monster as he is But maybe, deep down... I want him just as much as he wants me. Maybe we deserve each other. Maybe he knows me better than I know myself. Maybe. But I know what love is, and this is not it. Warning: This dark erotic tale contains violence, explicit sexuality, and adult situations. The content may be considered objectionable, so please read at your own discretion. 
Review: I know what love is, and this is not it....never has there been a better tag line for a book like this. I was absolutely enthralled by this story from the first page.  
From the moment you meet Joan you feel her anger, her pain, and her desperation, you know without doubt that whatever happened to her it could not have been pretty. Then she tells you her story...and it is not romantic.  
The first time we meet Elliot is the same night that Joanie does and he is all at once terrifying, complex and intriguing. You can tell right away from his POV that he is both extremely unstable and extremely unaware of his condition. He thinks it's all about her, the girl that entranced him, it's her fault that he can't help but act as he does, she makes him turn he drives her just as crazy. 
I love the way this book is written, told in flashbacks and alternating POV, which lends a gritty sense of realism to the narration. You can tell from the beginning that both of the narrators, Joan and Elliot, are unstable but what's truly intriguing is the differences and similarities with which they both view their predicament.  
Nothing that Elliot does to Joan is glorified in this book, her fear and pain is palpable. You know that at some point she will break and yet you want to believe that she is strong enough to survive....You want to believe that she will figure a way out of what he does to her.  
I don't know how I feel about the outcome of some of Joan's actions. I don't know if I was still on her side by the end of the book. I was never on Elliot's side, not once, but by the end I wasn't sure Joan was any better. The book ends on a cliff hanger and there is more to the story still yet to be told...but I'm not sure how excited I am to find out where this ride ends.  
I would recommend this book to fans of dark and taboo romance, such as Captive in the Dark by C.J Roberts, and Flawed by Francette Phal. Books where the guy that makes your panties wet is also the guy that gives you nightmares. Books where you question the sanity and intelligence of the heroine and wonder if a real person would actually behave this way. Books that draw you in from the first page and don't let you go until well past the last.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins

Title: The Girl on the Train 
Author: Paula Hawkins 
Rating: 3.5 Stars 
Synopsis: Rachel is just your average commuter. Traveling to London every morning on the 8:05 and back to Ashbury each evening on the 17:56. At first glance you wouldn't even notice her, sitting quietly with a drink in her hand, her face pressed to the glass, staring out at the houses across from the tracks. You wouldn't know that she doesn't actually have a job waiting for her in London, you wouldn't know that the drink in her travel mug is probably not something the average commuter would sip on that early in the morning, and you certainly wouldn't know that she has her own motives for being so interested in the cozy houses across the tracks.  
Then one day she sees something, something that shocks her and rattles the imaginary world she has been existing in. She can't ignore it so she goes to the police, but they don't tend to take early morning drunks very seriously, do they? She feels she has to do something more, something useful....Soon she finds herself in the center of a murder investigation and deeply entangled in the lives of everyone involved. 
Review: This mystery was the ultimate example of trying to piece together a tale from the perspective of unreliable narrators. Told in alternating POV with an extremely mixed up timeline, it is more than essential to pay close attention to the headers of each chapter, to try and place yourself in the story. At times I found this cumbersome and found myself going back to see what month we were in, what day. However there were also times when this added to the suspense and made the big reveal so much more anticipated.  
I will admit that I figured out the plot twist before it was truly revealed but it wasn't the type of absolute certainty that makes the rest of the story lackluster, I truly believed up until the very end that I could be wrong, that there could be something I had missed, but I wasn't wrong and I didn't miss anything, which was almost disappointing in a way.  
It was a good story and a decent mystery but I can't help but feel that the ending was a bit underwhelming. I almost wish I had waited for the movie as I think that letting this story play out on screen may have been more interesting and less revealing. All in all if your a fan of psychological thrillers this is definitely one to check out, just don't be surprised if you figure it out before Rachel does.