Monday, February 8, 2016

THE LOST ONE by Aeryn Jaden




Publisher: Siren Publishing
Date published: October 1, 2014
ISBN: 9781632583567
Erotic paranormal romance
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle

Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts


After years of being denied is mate Dale has finally gotten his wis, but at what cost?  Caden knows he has a lot of fixing to do with his mate if only Dale would let him. So much has happened and Caden realizes he has caused much of the pain Dale has gone through. Along with their relationship problems the two must also deal with the men that are not happy with two men being mates.  Add in the evil that is threatening to return and chaos begins. Caden has regained some of his memories and must keep some things secret from everyone else. Dale, his brother and their friends still search for those missing and for a way to defeat the evil. Is their love strong enough to handle all of the strains put on them? Will Dale and Caden be able to get past everything and find a way to a happy after ever?


I enjoyed this story and am interested in what will come next for these characters I the future. I fell in love with many of the characters.  Caden has done Dale wrong in the past but he is a good man and is trying to do right by his mate now. Dale is stronger than he thought he was and watching him grow stronger made for a nice read. Not only do we get to see these two find their way but we also get to see the interaction between everyone. I loved Kale and Aeri and the two make a great couple. It was nice to see the camaraderie and love between everyone. There were some misplaced and misspelled words but it does not distract too much from the enjoyment of the story.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.




Sunday, February 7, 2016

DARE TO RUN by Jen McLaughlin




Sons of Steel Row #1
Berkley Signet Books, February 2016
Paperback
Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN:  9780451477590
Romance
****



Jen McLaughlin’s DARE TO RUN is a fast-paced, action-filled romance that tugs at heartstrings and reminds readers that nothing is as it appears.

Lucas Donahue has done his time in prison and just wants to live a normal life now.  But no one leaves one of Boston’s strongest gangs unscathed, especially not one of the boss’ most trusted men.  And now that is appears like someone wants him dead, the last thing he needs are romantic complications.

Heidi Greene has grown up on the streets of Boston and knows to avoid the complications that come with bad boys.  But when Lucas walks into her bar, Heidi can’t take her eyes off him.  After he rescues her from a near rape outside her bar, she finds herself glued to his side for safety.  But the longer she stays with him, the more the danger escalates and the harder it becomes for her to walk away.

McLaughlin’s DARE TO RUN was sheer excitement from page one straight through to the end.  The characters were well developed and well matched; the Boston setting and the gang element went together well and the danger was palpable.  The characters are not your usual romance characters.  Heidi has been around the block a time or two having grown up on the Boston streets before being taken in by a kindly bar owner who later leaves her the bar, so she is hardened to life and not your usual na├»ve teenager looking for love in all the wrong places.  Lucas is a gang member with a heart of gold that he tries to keep hidden.  Just out of prison, he is forced back in the gang scene and on the fast track to a leadership position that he frankly isn’t all that interested in.  But someone is and they plan to eliminate the competition.  And now that Lucas has saved Heidi from a rival gang by pretending to be her man, he has her to protect as well as himself.  Figuring out just who Lucas can and can’t trust proves to be a jumble of leads and nasty surprises that just keep coming. 

This reader really enjoyed DARE TO RUN and fans of suspenseful romances are bound to as well.  Jen McLaughlin seems to have a real winning series in the Sons of Steel Row books and this reader can’t wait to see what the next book in the series is going to do to try to surpass the excitement of DARE TO RUN.

Reviewed by T. Barringer
tammyLRM@gmail.com

"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."

Friday, February 5, 2016

HOLIDAY BUZZ by Cleo Coyle



Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     August 4, 2012
ISBN:       978-0425255353
Genre:      Cozy Mystery
Format:    Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

FOUR HEARTS
 

With Christmas just around the corner, Village Blend manager, Clare Cosi, is busy preparing for the season with an array of festive coffees in the landmark coffee house.  She’s also brought some fabulous new pastries on board and this year she’s participating in several cookie swaps.  Among them are several important fund raisers.  When one of the bakers, who goes by just the initial M, scheduled to help her disappears in the middle of the coffee swap at first Clare thinks she is just flaky.  Unfortunately Clare soon discovers M’s body lying on an abandoned carousel.  Not long after the rumors of a Christmas stalker roaming the streets emerges along with some other attacks.  With boyfriend Mike Quinn on assignment in Washington, D.C., Clare is pretty much on her own tracking down a killer before he attacks again.

Some new characters are introduced in book 12, HOLIDAY BUZZ of Cleo Coyle’s Coffee House series as well as the return of some other regulars.  One of the things I’ve enjoyed about this series is that all of the characters progress, grow over time.  None are stagnant making them part of the action rather than just propping up the main character.  I also like that Clare continues to become stronger and more sure of herself in each book.  She’s bright and engaging, learns from her mistakes and continue to have a big heart no matter what is going on around her.

The mystery in this one had some wonderful twist and turns before the killer was revealed. 

Each book in this series is a standalone and you do not have to read them in order but I do recommend you do if for no other reason to see and enjoy each character’s development over time.



This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

PLAN HAYWARD AND THE WEDDING PLANNER by Bellann Summer



Publisher: Siren
Date published:
December 2015
ISBN:
978-1-63259-983-4
MM Contemporary
E-book
Reviewed by Helen
Weblink: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/plan-hayward-and-the-wedding-planner
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3



Stephanie has decided to get married, and in her inimitable way, she decides her brothers ought to get married as well, in the same ceremony. The real clincher is that she wants the wedding to take place in Granite County, not on the ranch, and in a mere two months’ time.


I found it hard to get into this book at the start. If you’ve read the “Rescue for Hire” series you will know all the backstory. Who is partnered to whom and how they got that way. The reader will also know most of Glenn’s backstory, although they possibly may not have realized the depths of his pain. On the other hand if a reader comes to this book without a working knowledge of “Rescue for Hire” then they’re immediately faced with a huge cast of characters all milling around, and chunks of backstory that the author has done her best to integrate into this book, yet it still slows the story line without really answering all a new reader’s questions. I can see the problem the author faced, and she did well in trying to find a balance, but I think it was an impossible task. This should have been the concluding book in the old series, not the start of a new series. The characters are too interwoven, their stories too integrated into the reason for this book, to make it function as a Book 1.
So top marks for the skill and effort in how she handled the problem, but the task was impossible to achieve. The first four chapters are bogged down just getting the characters and scene set before any real action can begin. By which time I expect any new readers will have given up.

The actual story itself, Glenn and Lonnie’s, is great once we can get to it with some wonderful dramas around the marriages of Glenn’s kids.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

KNAVE OF BROKEN HEARTS by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: November 24, 2015
Contemporary
Audio
Reviewed by Gabrielle

Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts

 

Once again Tara Lain has you falling in love with the men in her stories. In Knave of Broken Hearts we get to see what is underneath the facades that these two men show to the world. Jim both fights and discovers his true self, while Ken may come off as a player, we see that there is much more to him as well. 

I loved listening to their story unfold. It was narrated nicely and I was soon lost in their adventure. Their attraction is almost immediately  but neither man thinks there is anything  that they can do about it. We are treated to parts of each of their lives and the problems that they face. When fate throws Ken and Jim together love begins to blossom. 

As we get Ken and Jim’s story we also get to know some of the supporting characters as well. I loved Constance, she is a strong lady and I would love to see more from her in the future. Now Mickey is a piece of work and I really think more should have been done about his and his friends antics. I also loved seeing Billy have a part in this story and seeing his and Ken’s relationship grow stronger. 

Ken and Jim’s story moves at a nice pace and never leaves you bored. The two go through so much in their own lives and still find a way to work towards their happy ever after. These two men learn that love will find a way to you if you let it.



This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.