Friday, May 26, 2017

The San Francisco Sullivan's series by Bella Andre

Have you ever gone into a book series expecting it to be "Meh OK" then gotten so sucked into the story, the characters, and the all around charm that you couldn't stop reading? That's exactly what happened to me with Bella Andres San Francisco Sullivan's. I kid you not, I read one book after the other. Kind of like when you're watching a movie and you're absent mindedly eating popcorn one fist-full after the next and then you look down and you're popcorn is gone and you have no clue how it happened. Sound familiar? No? Ok, so maybe that's just me but that's exactly like my experience with this series. I swear, I was going to review this series one book at a time but I couldn't find a good place to stop reading in between these books to sit down and write a review...or clean...or cook for myself...or get out of my pajamas...or even get out of my house! That was not fun to explain to my friends when asked why I didn't make it out with them this weekend. Apparently "I was reading" is not a good excuse.
I was in a book-coma. There is no coming out of a book-coma until you finish the series that put you there. Bella Andre writes one hell of a series and it's sure to put you in the exact same predicament.
This was my first Bella Andre book/series and I don't know why I was so surprised but I have a theory that it's because when I read sibling series, I notice a steady decline in the quality of the books. The last one is never as good as the first and the ones in between normally gradually take little steps down. Especially in longer series with 8 or 9 books in them. Few authors for me have been able to pull it off and do it well. One of those authors is Susan Mallery, another would be Linda Lael Miller, and a few others but now I can add Bella Andre to my list. Happily. I can't wait to dig into the Seattle Sullivan's series.
I think the worst part of this for me is I've had the books for well over a month and I kept passing them up because, as I've said, I half expected them to be "Meh OK". Take my advise please, and do not pass these books up! Everything about this series screams charm and sensuality, and it drips with romance and sweetness. Every character lives up to your hopes and more, and every book is as good as the last. In fact, I believe every book gets BETTER than the last and I didn't think that was possible. I will definitely be reading more of her books. I'm addicted now.

This series gets a 5/5. Hands down.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Alphas Challenge by Lauren Dane

Have you ever been really excited to read a series so you start your book right away, get halfway through, then realize it's not the first book to the series? I have! Actually, I do it all the damn time and this series is no exception. But I have to say I'm not all that broken up about it because this particular series is like a bunch of stand-alone books that kind of fit into eachother but have their own story-lines. I'm finding that I really like it! I've read books like this before but not out of order like this so I didn't realize how much easier it makes it to kind of read these stories at your own pace instead of one after the other. Kudos to Lauren Dane for choosing this approach for this series. It certainly made it easy for me to jump right in with Alphas Challenge.
As I first started reading Alphas Challenge I had an idea of what to expect but in all reality it's not what I got so I must say this is a pleasant surprise for me because I was expecting just your run of the mill, slightly interesting but sort of sloppy C rate paranormal romance. Which, in all honesty I get a hankering to read sometimes. I would not however, rate this book a C by any means. There were parts of this book that caught my interest for sure.One, the Tri-Bond ritual. Now...basically what the essence of the Tri-Bond is summed up to is that when a wolf finds their life-mate they have to create a Tri-Bond with another male wolf so that if something happens to the life-bonded male his female counterpart can draw on the strength of the Tri-Bonded male to survive. Show of hands, how many think this is sexiest??? That's a shame. I think it's just plain sexy. Not having just one, but two strong sexy hunks to draw strength from? Sign me up please! Two? The strength of the life-bond is Like you meet a guy and ten minutes later you have to do the do?I'm unsure of how I felt about this. But hey it made for interesting reading material. Three? The actual storyline of this book was so good. Evil brother, evil drug, lots of evil that had to be taken care of. I fully enjoyed it.
There were some downsides to the book. It was too short, and I looked at some of the other books in the series...they just get shorter. This is disappointing to me because I feel like these books can be better developed and easier to fully understand if they were longer. Not only that but the charaters were hard to relate to. And I was hoping to see more of the male charater that Cade and Grace Tri-Bonded with.
I will however be reading more of the Cascadia Wolves series.
Rate: 3.5 Stars

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Her Web Master by Normandie Alleman

So. Ummm...yeah. I think we all know why I first expressed interest in this book. Would you just look at that cover??? Hard body with pecks like that? Mhmmmm. What woman with a pulse and a fully functional libido says no to that??? To say the least it's a sexy as hell cover and sells. This book was raw, somewhat strange at times, and also kind of scary. You know how a train wreck happens and it's horrible but you can't look away? That sums this book up pretty well.
Not that the book was horrible. It just wasn't for me.
It was filthy.
It was erotic for some people I'm sure.
It was interesting. In a morbid kind of way.
To say the least it had my attention. I should state that before I even received this book I read the warning. Oh, yeah. The warning. "Warning: If you’re not a fan of dirty talk or dominant alpha males, “Her Web Master” may not be for you, but if you're looking for a filthy online boyfriend who will make your toes curl, meet Sophie’s mysterious Dom. ***If name-calling is not your thing or if you dislike graphic language, please do not review this book.***" The book comes with a friggin warning guys. So I did read the warning and I still picked up the book. Mostly because 1. I am a fan of dirty talk 2. I happen to like dominant alpha males and 3. I have never been bothered by name calling. None of these things normally bother me. I will say the name calling was more excessive than I expected. Normally. I'm a rather open minded person, and someone calling a woman his filthy little slut or something like that whilst they bump ugliest is...whatever. In this case though it bothered me some because it was excessive and it did seem degrading more than most books I have read. OK, so it bother me a lot. Which, hey some people are all for it! I don't judge. Just the amount of it bothered me. It wasn't a simple name here or there. It is just not my thing. This is why we always take warning labels seriously boys and girls. Quentin, the male lead seemed kind of like and ass but I seem to be really attracted to those so that never bothers me and he really did have some sweet moments so that softens me towards him a bit. The lead female character Sophie was not a character I liked. There is a fine line between submissive and doormat honey. You passed it. Her husband Spencer cheated on her for two years of their marriage and she just took it??? You either get the hell out or you get even. So my morals are a bit twisted..sue me. But if you give your life to him just to have him throw it away so he can have sex with random skanks....I don't see why you should stay and if there is some reason you have to, I don't see why you should be faithful. He sure as hell isn't and it's not doing anything for you being the good little wife back home. Then he tells you he wants a divorce over text and you let him get away with that? Hell no. Ignore the text then bake him a cake. With enough viagra in it for fifty men. The treatment for an erection lasting longer than four hours isn't pleasant for a man.
But her and Quentin seem good for eachother in a fucked up kind of way I guess...
Be warned though that when I said this book is raw I meant it. This book is not for the faint of heart and it even put me off a bit and I can read Fifty Shades and Maya Banks books and not blink. This book it more than a little spanking so don't pick it up if you're not looking for any more than that or if you think it's like Fifty Shades.
My overall rating is 2 Stars, because even though most of it was weird and confusing it was still funny, and kept me on my toes. I would only recommend this book to people really into BDSM. Also, remember the warning.
An advanced readers copy was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for a honest review. This has in no was effected my rating on this book or the overall review.