Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones

Well damn! That was epic!

My entire life can be summed up in one sentence: “Well, that didn’t go as planned”

29939313Every time I read a book in this series I wonder where this story is going to go and get excited to find out how Charley will save the day… and what stupid thing she’ll do. Once again Jones managed to suck me in and make me so desperate to be a smart-ass, stubborn, furniture-naming supernatural chick married to the son of satan.

I fell in love with Osh in this book, he was so funny and cute and I’m really hoping we get a spin-off series with Beep so we can see how everything ends. I truly think Jones is the only one who can make you love a soul-sucking demon and the son of satan.

All the characters were great as usual and the story line played out well. Charley is hired to solve a mystery we have been dying to figure out and I liked that Jones brought it all back to the beginning. I was a tad disappointed with the Amber mystery (view spoiler), but still enjoyed the story over all.

This installment in the series answers and lot of questions about Charley and Reyes (and gives us even more to think about). It gives you more insight into how they both ended up in their current situations. We meet the horrid people who took Reyes and find out why it all happened and how he ended up with Earl Walker.

I loved that Jones didn’t fix everything, that there were some moments that were sad and that Charley didn’t break the all rules. I was so worried the story would end up with Charley doing something stupid, but I think the events played out nicely. Yet, once again I find myself wondering how on Earth this story will end and get excited just thinking about reading more. I can’t believe the way she ended it. I found I wanted to cry a bit and REALLYneed the next book so I can see what’s going to happen.

The Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh

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The world:

Nalini Singh has created a fantastic, unique world with a mix of characters you can’t help but fall in love with. In this series you get introduced to a world that is populated by three races – the Psy, a powerful race of humans who have incredible powers of the mind, the Changelings, shapeshifters, and then just the plain old humans. These three races live together, but at the same time very much apart. The Psy, in an effort to eradicate an unavoidable predisposition to violence, have embraced Silence, a protocol that removes all emotions. But, emotions are part of human nature and the Psy race soon discovers that Silence is going to fall. The series begins with one Psy, Sascha Duncan on her way to “rehabilitation”— the complete psychic removal of everything she ever was. But when Sascha meets leopard changeling Lucas Hunter everything changes, and the world of the Psy and Changelings begin to collide.

What I thought:

My overall rating:  4 Stars

I picked up the first book in this series and proceeded to read each and every one, one after the other. I completely immersed myself in this world for a couple of weeks and enjoyed having some many books to read all at once. Each book in the series focuses on one couple. Not all of them are Psy/Changeling mixes and I think that gives the series more depth, however I do confess that I was a little disappointed by some of the matches, just because you kind of hope for the power of an interrace mix. But overall I give the series a solid 4 stars. I really LOVED some of the books (most of them actually), while some of them fell a little flat, but the world is so phenomenal that you get caught up in the amazingness of the stories. I really found myself wanting to be a part of this world and could definitely enjoy my own dominant changeling 😉

I liked that the books switched between different POVs, however I didn’t get a little frustrated at times. Just when the main story was getting to a good part, she would jump to a completely separate characters POV and at times I felt like some of the info was unnecessary. I will give Singh props for her ability to build suspense and sexual tension though.

The books all had great love stories and really got my blood pumping. I fell in love with almost all the male leads and could not wait to read about the side characters after each book. I really liked that even the “submissive” characters had backbone, and loved the brilliantly thought out structure of both the PsyNet and Changeling society. I would definitely recommend this series to all paranormal romance lovers and can honestly say that this is a totally unique look at shifters for those who love that genre too.

Reading order:

  • Slave to Sensation (The Psy-Changelings, Book 1)
  • Visions of Heat (Psy-Changelings, Book 2)
  • Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changelings, Book 3)
  • Mine to Possess (Psy-Changelings, Book 4)
  • Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changelings, Book 5)
  • Branded by Fire (Psy-Changelings, Book 6)
  • Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changelings, Book 7)
  • Bonds of Justice (Psy/Changeling, Book 8)
  • Play of Passion (Psy/Changeling, Book 9)
  • Kiss of Snow (Psy/Changeling, Book 10)
  • Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, Book 11)
  • Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changeling, Book 12)
  • Shield of Winter (A Psy/Changeling, Book 13)
  • Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling, Book 14)

Four Seconds to Lose by K.A Tucker

17571140What it’s about:

Twenty-nine-year-old strip club owner, Cain is tired. He’s worked hard to maintain a classy club and keep the girls who work for him safe. He also has a strict no-dating-the-dancers rule. But when Charlie Rourke walks through his door, he finds himself wanting to break his own rules.

But as Charlie’s secrets start chasing her, both Charlie and Cain find themselves making some hard decisions. Can Cain accept the real Charlie and will she let him into her past?

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“His lips steal my breath completely, kissing me with demanding thirst, as if he’s been waiting forever to do this and he’ll be waiting forever to do it again.”

What a fantastic book this was, really I couldn’t put it down. From the beginning I fell in love with Cain and Charlie and I felt myself experiencing all the extreme emotion along with them. K.A Tucker has once again proved to be a phenomenal storyteller with an amazing ability to surprise me. I really didn’t see this story unfolding the way is did and I loved every heart-wrenching moment of it.

When I first saw that this book was about Cain I had no idea what to expect. I was so stolen my Kacey and Livie’s stories that I wasn’t sure what to make of being thrown into a completely unattached character. But I have to say that I loved Cain’s world, and when I wasn’t reading (because apparently sleep is important) I found myself dreaming about him.

Charlie’s world destroyed me a bit, I couldn’t believe how screwed up she was by her parents and I just wanted her to kill her stepdad. I felt for her and wanted Cain to swoop in and save the day. I really like how Tucker manages to keep her stories realistic with real-world scenarios. This gave the story an extra level and made it all the more emotional.

It was also great to get more of the other characters in Penny’s and I must say I’m really excited to read about Ben and Nate.

Bad by Nicola Marsh

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What it’s about:

Wyatt Harrison is a geek and proud of it. The IT freelancer prefers delving into the mysteries of motherboards than women. Until he upgrades the computer systems at Vegas’s premier venue Burlesque Bombshells, where he’s confronted by the biggest mystery of them all, stunning choreographer Ashlin O’Meara.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

Another great addition to a great series!

Not surprisingly Nicola Marsh has done it again. BAD is a fantastic book that takes you on an emotional journey from page one. I read the entire book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Both Ashlin and Wyatt stole my heart and with every page I wanted to spend more time with them.

I loved that Ashlin had an intriguing background. I really couldn’t figure out what hersin was, and I couldn’t believe how amazing Wyatt was with her needs. Their relationship built so nicely and even though it’s a short book, I still felt like their love was genuine.

I’m really enjoying how Marsh is building the brother’s relationship over these books and it’s made me so excited to see more of the Harrison boys. I just can’t wait to see how things play out with Steele now. Write faster woman… I need more dammit!

Bold by Nicola Marsh

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What it’s about:

Chantal Kramer is a confident, successful businesswoman and running Burlesque Bombshells, the premier dance venue inVegas, is her life. Until sexy Aussiefootballer Zane Harrison arrives in town and turns it upside down. She doesn’t have time for cocky jocks but as she sees Zane connect with the family he’s never met, she discovers he’s more than just a pretty face.

What I thought:

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Nicola Marsh is an excellent storyteller and I’ve always said how amazing it is that she can create a full, exciting story in such a short book. However, this time around I felt like the book was just a little too short.

I loved the story and enjoyed the characters immensely, but I would have liked just a little bit more. The romance felt a little rushed, but I still loved how Zane and Chantal interacted with each other. My only problem was that neither really had a backstory that captivated me. Zane’s was the more interesting one but I think Chantal could have had a little more substance to her story.

Overall the story was fun and the characters were entertaining. This book is a nice addition to the series and I have to say I’m super excited to read about the other Harrison boys.

Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

2992061What it’s about:

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . 

Nykyrian Quikiades was a League assassin until one mission changed everything. Now, the only League member to have left and lived, he’s hunted by many. When he’s asked to protect Kiara Zamir, the daughter of a politician, old and new enemies emerge and they will both have to overcome their trust issues in order to survive.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Baby, it’s either laugh or cry and crying takes way too much energy. If you can’t find humor in the shit life heaps on you, you really will grow miserable.”

I honestly don’t know what on Earth took me so long to read this series. It’s been on my to-read list for ages and I LOVE Sherri’s Dark-Hunter Series, so I always knew this one would be good. The world Sherri creates in this series is phenomenal and I loved being immersed in a universe so cleverly built. Sci-fi can be difficult to write, but I think Sherri’s talents have no bounds and she did the genre justice.

As always, Sherri has managed to completely suck you in and keep you addicted from page one. I really couldn’t put this book down and I just fell in love with all the characters. Nykyrian and Kiara are well-written characters with rich back stories that completely steal your heart. I cried for Nykyrian as the book went on and I just couldn’t believe the horrors that he survived. I did find Kiara a little slow at accepting the reality of Nykyrian’s way of life, but I think Sherri did a good job of maintaining her characters through the book. The romance was believable and enjoyable to read. I fell in love with Nykyrian more and more as the book continued and I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. The romance just fit in so well.

The side characters were great too and as expected, Sherri builds fantastic and exciting stories that you can’t wait to read. I’ll be devouring this series with gusto and I’m super excited to see how it progresses and which characters I’ll meet next.

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

What it’s about:

15990969Kacey Cleary is a damaged girl, the deaths of parents, boyfriend, and best friend have left her broken and empty. Her only purpose now is to make sure her sister Livvie has the life she wanted, but when Uncle Ray climbs in bed with Livvie, Kacey decides to leave with her and make it on their own. Kacey finds herself in a dingy apartment, with a neighbour she can’t help but like, and a boy she can’t keep her eyes off of. The problem is, Trent might be hiding more secrets than she is, and when the dam breaks, Kacey might not be able to handle what she’s left with.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“No human can bury their past indefinitely. It’s only a matter of time before you crack.”

This book has been on my to read list forever and when I searched my kindle for something to read it jumped out at me. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. Despite this book being a tad predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I immediately fell in love with Trent, even though I figured out the truth about him pretty early on in the book, I still found that I couldn’t help falling for him as the book progressed. He’s a strong and funny character. I loved that he went out of his way to make Kacey smile and the way he interacted with the kids in the book. Kacey was an interesting character for me. I liked that all she wanted to do was save her sister and give her a future. I also loved that she wouldn’t strip or do anything illegal.

I fell in love with all the characters in this book and I found that even the creepy landlord grew on me as the story progressed. This book also puts you through an array of emotions and keeps you wanting more. I really enjoyed the story and could hardly put the book down. I devoured it over 2 days and found I was quite disappointed that it ended.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for an emotional love story, some laughs and a fun group of characters. I’m interested to see what the rest of the books in the series are like.

Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

17948485What it’s about:

Nikolai Leokov owns the hip club The White Rabbit and Valentina Tomic owns the clothing store Safira. They have worked across the road from each other for years but never met. When Tina decides to send Nik a gift she never thought it would bring her to his offer. When Nik decides to see who sent him some candy and a note, he never thought he would end up being friend-zoned by a spunky tiny woman.

Once Tina and Nik become friends their lives clash, and what starts out as friendship blooms into something more. But both Tina and Nik have secrets… ones that shape their decisions and change their lives.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“So we can be friends, right?”
Wait, what?
I stare at her, a frown forming at my mouth.
Did I..? Did I just get Friend-zoned?”

It’s official… Bella Aurora rocks! Seriously, I’m loving this chicks writing. This book was just perfect, I felt every emotion, laughing one minute and having my heart broken the next. It was awesome from page one and I found myself desperate to read every character’s story.

Tina is the shit, I loved being in her head and hearing her weird thoughts and crazy catch phrases. She’s strong and funny, yet still vulnerable. I loved her view on life, family and friends, and most of all I loved how she friend-zoned the most awesome group of guys. Nik is such an amazing character, I found myself swooning a lot through this book. You don’t expect Nik to be a romantic but he surprises you.

The side characters made this book even more entertaining. I love the relationship between Ghost and Nat, their book is going to be so interesting. Aurora does a great job of building the suspense of the next books by introducing these characters and alluding to their secrets. She also manages to bring in some excitement to the story and keep you on edge through the story.

Overall this book was fun, sexy and exciting. The characters are great, the story is captivating and you find yourself wanting to be one of the group. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and get more of these incredible characters.

Raw by Belle Aurora

20421367What it’s about:

Alexa Ballentine has had a hard life but she’s made the most of it, once homeless in the US, Lexi is now a great social worker in Australia with incredible friends… and a stalker that is always watching her. But when Lexi is attacked, her stalker comes to the rescue and Lexi’s life is changed forever.

She should have run, should have been scared, should have asked Twitch to leave and never come back… but she didn’t. She let him in, and falls in love with her stalker.

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

5 dark, dirty, raw, emotional stars!!

This book was everything 50 Shades should have been. Had this book been the one to take the place of 50 Shades the world would not only know about raw, dirty sex, they would also know about exceptional writing and real storytelling… wait a minute, 50 Shade taught the world nothing about raw, dirty sex. My bad. But seriously, this was an extraordinary read, something so captivating that my world has changed just because I know this book exists.

Aurora picked the perfect title for this book, it can really be described in one word RAW. I knew this was not going to be a happy story when I read the synopsis, any avid reader knows that a story about a woman falling in love with her stalker cannot end well, but what amazed me about this book was the funny. Really, there were parts where I honestly laughed out loud. How Aurora managed to keep me on the edge of my seat, my emotions in knots and a smile on my face I’ll never know, but I take my hat off to her. What’s more, I couldn’t believe that I was enjoying the love story. The truth is that it’s a dark tale and we can all read this and say “I’d never do that” but secretly we love the dirty side of this book.

I can’t say I fell in love with Twitch the way I would normally love the male character in other books but I kinda liked him. *Blush. He’s so broken and I’m not one of those girls that likes to fix a guy, but there was just something about him that drew me to him. I wanted to be a part of his world, darkness and all. I wanted Lexi to love him and even when I knew she needed to leave, when his secrets came out and you see the full extent of his dark side, I didn’t want her to leave him. I loved Lexi! What a great character, she’s crazy and compassionate, tough but fragile. Aurora really wrote a well thought out character and I just loved being in her head, reading the silly things she thought and the pain she felt.

And the sex… what can I say, this book made me kinda like the idea of hard, dirty, f*&ked-up sex. Don’t judge me! It plays out all those dark, blush-worthy fantasies people have and because we read it from the POV of the submissive AND the Dom (no offense on the labeling Twitch) every part of the sex is a turn on. This is the kind of BDSM story that those sad, sex deprived women who loved 50 Shades need to read… or maybe not, this might just give their prude asses a heart-attack. And that’s the bottom line. This book is something powerful, something exceptional, something great, but it’s also something dark and disturbing. So the warning is, don’t read if you can’t handle the depraved.

I really did love this book, it made me happy and sad, excited and disturbed, it haunted my dreams and weaseled it’s way into my soul. Every page was worth reading and I’m so excited to read more about the RAW family – darkness and all.

World Apart Series by Nicola Marsh

Book 2: Towing the Line

22369563What it’s about:

Dani has made one mistake too many in LA and attending an Australian college for a few semesters is the perfect solution. Her plan is to turn over a new leaf – no drinking, no partying and definitely no boys. But when Dani meets sexy Aussie artist Ashton, he plans go out the window. But can Dani be the girl a guy like Ash deserves?

What I thought:

My rating: 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book in this series but I did mention that I wasn’t too fond of Dani as a character. I was hoping that reading her book would enamor her to me. I’m not saying I didn’t like her, I just couldn’t connect with her character. Having said that Marsh is a great storyteller and I enjoyed reading another book by her. Ash was a well written character and you couldn’t help but fall a little in love with him.

Overall this was a fun read with well built characters (despite my disconnect with Dani). I think Marsh is a phenomenal writer and I’m excited to start the next on.

Book 3: Blurring the Line

23119751What it’s about:

Annabelle has ventured out of her tiny town to study and once she has completed her degree at a college in Denver she’s planning on going home to her small town. But when she discovers her new mentor is Joel Goodes, the guy who once rocked her world, Annabelle realises that going home isn’t the only thing she wants.

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story. I’ve said it before and I’ll say in again, Nicola Marsh is a fantastic storyteller. I love they way she’s able to tell you a captivating story from beginning to end, with developed characters and a story worth reading – all in a short novella. To me that’s a true test of a great writer.

I immediately fell in love with these characters. Annabelle is a quirky, fun character to read about. I loved that she was bold with Joel and went for what she wanted. I also couldn’t believe how much I felt for her. Every time Joel breaks her heart I felt it deep in my stomach. Joel was sexy and amazing and just a little difficult to read about sometimes. His insistence on pushing people away was a little frustrating and I have to admit that I didn’t buy his reasoning for it. But still I enjoyed the way the story played out.

All in all, this was a fun, emotional, sexy read and I really loved every page. I devoured it in one day and I wish Marsh would write more in this series.