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, but still enjoyed the story overall.

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 all the 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.

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.

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.

The Bombshells Series by Nicola Marsh

It’s official… I’m addicted to Nicola Marsh’s writing!

I stumbled onto this series in my search for more books by Nicola Marsh, I started from the prequel book and read my way through the series in 3 days. So I thought it would be great to review all three books in one post.

Before (Bombshells #0.5)

18686338What it’s about: 

Jess Haper is a good girl, always doing the right thing and never stepping out of her shell. But an incident at a college party makes her want to get away from her good life and her crazy mom, so when her brother asks her to join him on a month long trip to Australia, she’s happy to have something to do during spring break. But Jess meets hot Aussie cook Jack and suddenly she wants to be bad. The problem is, Jack has finally decided to be good and sleeping with his new friend’s little sister is a very bad idea.

 

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

Before is the prequel to Brash , the first book in the Bombshells series and it tells the story of how Jess and Jack meet. I always like reading prequels first if I have the chance, so it was great that I found this book first. I devoured it in a couple of hours and then rushed to buy Brash , despite my dwindling bank account.

I love books that grab a hold of my emotions and take them on a rollercoaster ride. This book had me desperate to see what would happen next. The sexual tension was unbearable and the emotional games played had my heart pounding and my body vibrating. Marsh really articulates the chemistry between Jess and Jack, it’s so tangible I wasn’t sure where their emotions began and mine ended. She takes you into the outback and makes you love these two characters, I wanted them to let go and be together so badly.

I’m so happy that I read this one first because I got to experience the journey of their relationship from the start. And once it all ended I just hand to have the conclusion to their love story… hence my hasty depletion of my bank account. I started Brash almost immediately after finishing this book, and I can’t wait to see where it all goes.

Brash (Bombshells #1)

17368933What it’s about: 

10 years after her trip to Australia, Jess Harper is finally going to live the life she wants… and that life is the one of a bad girl. So when hot Aussie chef Jack McVeigh comes waltzing back into her life, she knows that he’s the perfect person to get adventurous with. The only problem is that he’s not willing to turn his BFF’s sister into a one night stand. But when they are whisked away to a remote Island to plan the wedding of the century, old feeling re-emerge and a man can only resist a Bombshell for so long.

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

After ploughing through Before I hastily bought this book in sheer desperation to read the end of Jess and Jack’s story. Marsh completely sucked me into the lives of these two characters and I needed to know that they were going to end up together.
I just loved how this book started. Jess has finally decided to be a bad girl for once and who better to do it with then hot Aussie Jack? Every emotion that Jess felt was imprinted on my soul and I wanted to strangle Jack for being such a moron and pushing her away.

I take my hat off to Marsh for being such a masterful storyteller, these books are short but they don’t feel that way and you really do go through the whole spectrum of emotions while reading. There’s plenty of hot steamy scenes, funny banter and just the right amount of frustration. I’m loving this series!

Blush (Bombshells #2)

18362671What it’s about: 

Adele Radcliff has worked hard to erase the sins of her past. But when she ends up on the beach alone with her friend’s brother everything changes . Reid Harper’s job consumes him and it’s all he knows, until he meets Adele and he suddenly wants more… he wants a relationship, the problem is Adele doesn’t. She’s not letting anyone know her secrets especially Reid, who’s career will end because of them. But Reid’s not letting go without a fight and he’s going to prove to Adele that being with her is worth losing everything.

What I thought:

My rating: 4 Stars

4 steamy, love fuelled, emotional stars
After reading the first two books in this series I wasn’t too sure I liked Reid, I mean I liked him as Jess’s big brother but I wasn’t too sure his story would be as amazing as the first one. I’m so very happy I was wrong. This book made me fall head over heels for Reid.

I loved this story, Adele is an awesome character. I liked that she had a a past and wasn’t perfect. I also liked that the roles were kind of reversed in this book, Adele was the one pushing Reid away, “for his own good”. I’m so happy that Adele was a real woman, someone who didn’t jump at the prospect of being with Reid especially as a secret. I’m tired of those pathetic, love-sick Ana Steele characters and I found Adele so refreshing and strong.

This story sucked me in from the moment Reid and Adele took a walk on the beach. I enjoyed taking the journey with these two characters and being there to see them come together. Once again Marsh has created a story worth reading and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

 

Stay with Me by J.Lynn

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What it’s about:

Calla is a beautiful girl, on the inside and out, but an accident has scared her, both physically and emotionally, so she’s spent her life hiding from others.  When Calla finds out that her mother has taken everything from her, she’s forced to go home and face her past. But once Calla steps foot in Mona’s everything changes. Instead of finding her mother, she finds sexy bartender, Jax.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And Calla soon realises that the life she thought she had, wasn’t a life at all.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

Oh sweet mother of greatness, this was a masterpiece!

This book not only made it on to my Favourites shelf, it carved a space in my heart and planted itself snuggly in. From the moment I met Calla and Jax I was hooked and putting this book down (for you know sleep and stupid shit like that) pained me. When it was over I felt myself lost, unable to bring myself back into the world of no Calla or Jax – and that just made me love this book even more.

I wasn’t sure about Calla after the last book, she intrigued me but I didn’t know if I was going to like her… Now I want her to be my bestie. I loved her inner musings and the way she was all quirky on the inside. I mean who wouldn’t want to have a daily convo with someone who says things like this:

“He read? Oh my God, guys that read were like unicorns. They only existed in fairy tales.”

“great googley moogley”

Jax is one of the most incredible characters and I found that everything about him drew me in. Lynn is so good at creating characters that you feel connected to, girls you want to be friends with and guys you want to stalk while wrapped around their legs. Jax was one of those that you felt desperate to have in your life. I loved the way he saw past Calla’s scares and that he even had a few of his own.

“You know what else I see? A physical reminder of how fucking strong you are, Calla, how fucking brave you are. That’s what I see when I look at your back. A map of how brave you are, your strength and your courage.”

We get a visit from the other characters in the series and I liked seeing them interact from another POV. I’m interested to see if they play a part in the other books in the series but as long as I get more Jax I’m good. This was definitely my favourite of the series so far, and I can’t wait to see if Lynn can top it.

Check out my review for book 1 here, and book 2 here.

Knight’s Prize by Glynnis Campbell

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch #3

17230266What it’s about:

Miriel of Rivenloch may not have the killer instincts of her older sisters, but she’s keeping a dangerous secret. She knows more than she’s letting on about the mysterious Shadow, the forest outlaw who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. And when devil-may-care mercenary Sir Rand la Nuit, hot on the trail of The Shadow, claims to be in love with Miriel, she knows he’s hiding something, too. It’s a battle of wits as they race to uncover each other’s secrets before their make-believe romance takes on a life of its own. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“I fear my hapless heart has been claimed,” he gushed, “by none other than the youngest daughter of Rivenloch… Lady Mirable.”

I just knew this book was going to be the best in the series! I just knew Miriel was going to have some pretty intriguing secrets (even if I already figured the main one out) and I just knew she was so much more than the docile maid from the previous books… but I never expected Rand or the truth about Sung Li to be so unbelievably awesome.

The start of this book had me is hysterics and I found I immediately loved both Miriel and Rand. Between the way her sisters reacted, Rand’s reaction to their interrogation and Miriel’s impulsive rebellion I couldn’t stop laughing. Then we get the first taste of the Miriel/Rand story, we discover that they are both brilliant at telling “stories” and that their banter has no filter. I loved that Miriel was so bold and that she was so good at hiding how very well she run EVERYONE. From the moment she picked up on Rand’s deception I knew she was brilliant, and every time they shared a secret lie I had a smile on my face.

I knew that there would be some interesting elements in this story because we were going to see more of Sung Li, but damn… I didn’t see that coming! I loved the addition of Chinese culture and martial arts in Miriel’s world and I had a secret smile on my face the whole book, waiting in anticipation to see what it would be like when her sisters realised she was more of a warrior than them.

This was such a great trilogy and I’m so sad there are no more sisters to read about. But this series was my first by Glynnis Campbell and I will definitely be reading more of her books. She’s a phenomenal writer with an exceptional talent for sucking you into the old world, and I can’t wait to see what else she has to offer.

Renegades Series by Skye Jordan

18590853 Book 2: Rebel

What it’s about:

Rubi Russo has it all — looks, money, confidence and freedom. Her life is a whirlwind of fast cars and fleeting affairs—and she likes it that way. With a past like Rubi’s, forever isn’t part of her vocabulary. So when studly Renegade stuntman Wes Lawson wants to take their friendship to the next level, she’s all out. Until he convinces her to open up… and then she’s all his.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“It’s easy to screw around with people you don’t care about. There’s nothing at stake. But playing that game with someone who fills a special place in your life? Someone who could leave a hole in your heart if he vanished? That’s a huge risk. Even more so to a woman who is extremely sensitive.”

I loved this book, every page had me on the edge of my seat and I found myself desperate to explore the life of Wes and Ruby. I think the concept of “friend with benefits” is one we all, at one stage of our lives, have considered. That moment when you realise you’re desperate for some intimate human contact and that friend you know so well would be perfect. For me, that friend became my husband, so I’m talking from experience when I say the leap is so worth it. For Wes and Ruby it was more of a shove and while Wes was all for it, Ruby needed to be pushed.

I liked the way Jordan played out this story, she made you root for Wes and had you ready to throw punches at Ruby’s father. Jordan really has an exceptional writing style and she knows just how to keep you coming back for more.

Book 3: Ricochet

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What it’s about:

Rachel has been burned and she’s not looking for anything but good company in the form of an uncomplicated hookup. So when the mysterious Nathan seduces her, she drowns all her good sense in a Mandarin and soda and gives herself over to a night of sexual bliss. But when the door to Renegades trailer opens and Nathan walks in and gets introduce as the new explosives guy, Ryker, her world comes crashing down. They both have shaky past and want nothing more than an affair, but when the times comes… can they let go of each other?

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“I don’t want complicated. I don’t want forever. I just want simple. No strings.”

This was by far the most emotional book in the series. Both Ryker and Rachel have some seriously dark issues and as they get to know each other and build their relationship, you find out that some things leave real internal scars.

I loved the way this story started. The meeting/ one-night-stand between Ryker and Rachel was incredible and knowing Ryker’s identity made it all that more scandalous. I found I couldn’t wait to get to their meeting at the Renegades trailer and I really enjoyed the way it played out.

There is so much greatness when it comes to these characters and I love that while we get to know the main couple, we get to see the other characters from previous books. They play a big role and I love that we’ll always get another taste of Jax.

I have to say the emotional side of this book kept my heart in a constant ache and on the opposite side, the sex was intense – and damn but there was a lot of it. I’m really hoping Jordan continues with this series and we get more of the Renegades stories. It felt like she was setting up for another story so we can only wait and hope. What I will say is that I’m following this series to the end, no matter how many books that is.

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

18104607Beautiful #3

What it’s about:

The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding book of the Maddox Brothers stories.

Fiercely independent Camille “Cami” Camlin is just trying to live her life – work, pass her classes, spend some time with her long distance boyfriend and avoid her family. But TJ, her boyfriend, can’t seem to find the time to spend with her, and when the sexy Trenton Maddox walks into the Red and starts talking to her, everything changes.  Cami finds herself pulled in two directions and the choice she makes could ruin more than just two men.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“I was in trouble. Big, disastrous, Maddox trouble.”

So I know this book has had some mixed reviews and let’s face it, I wouldn’t expect any different from Jamie McGuire, her books always enlist very strong emotions. Personally, I fricken LOVED it. Everything about this book, from the characters to the mystery, drew me in and kept me wanting more.

I fell head-over-heels for Trent, I dare say I love him just a tiny bit more than Travis. I liked that he was more mature and that he wanted Cami from the start. I also liked that while he was more mature and less of a man whore, he still had that Maddox temper. There was still the element of over protectiveness to him that reminded me of Travis. Cami is a great character, she’s spunky and smart. I liked that she didn’t take Trent’s shit, and while there were times that I wanted to smack her for being stupid, in the end it all made sense.

It was also great to see the events of Beautiful Disaster from another POV, completely detached from the Travis and Abby story. I liked the outside look at their story and had to laugh at how funny it was from other people’s POV’s.

“Anything to do with the Maddoxes is never boring.”
This quote just says it all. The shock ending was just that – a huge shock. And while it took me by surprise and left me with mixed emotions about the story, I still thought it was great. I had to reread the last chapter just to make sure I wasn’t going mad, and then spent all night going through all the events in the book, trying to consolidate the twist with what people said as the story progressed. I actually think it made the story and if McGuire had any other ending the book would have fallen flat. It’s also made me super excited for the next on and one brother’s story in particular.

Be With Me by J. Lynn

19926539Wait for You #2

What it’s about:

After an accident Teresa Hamilton finds herself in limbo waiting for her knee to heal so she can go back to dancing, in the meantime she’s joined her brother at Collage. But that’s also where Jase  Winstead is – her bothers best friend and the man she’s been in love with for years . But they haven’t spoken since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss, so this may be her chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real. The problem is, they both have some serious baggage and even though they get drawn together, that baggage might just be too much.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“I love you like I love cupcakes.”

Wow, my heart just opened wide, let this book in and sealed shut for eternity… edit shelves… add to Favourites I seriously just lost a piece of myself to this book and I’m not asking for it back. From page one I was seduced by Tess and Jase’s and couldn’t put this book down.

I fell head-over-heels, madly in love with Jase. Even now, knowing that this book is over and I won’t see him again, leaves me in physical pain. What an incredible character! He’s everything a man should be but still flawed and imperfect. The way he treated Tess was tangible, I felt it in my heart, soul, hell even my toes. And Tess drew me in, I felt her pain so deep I wasn’t sure if it was hers or mine. I couldn’t believe what she went through and how well it was handled. How she got back up and carried on, even when it was in a depressed haze.

This story was so very well written, you really are transported into Tess’s world, you feel all of her emotions… when she laughs, you laugh, when she cries, your soul splits. I loved how the story played out and while some of the events were a little predictable, it didn’t take anything away from the book.

All the side characters brought something to the story making you want to read about them, and it was great to get Cam and Avery from another POV. I’m so excited that there are a few books planned for this series because I’m so invested in it that I must have more!

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

18722968Charley Davidson #6

What it’s about:

Charley’s having a typical Charley day… naked dead guy in her back seat, a man missing his soul and a mystery woman who she suddenly needs to find. As a PI Charley solves a lot of mysteries but when you’re the Grim Reaper tasked with sending the dead to heaven, life has some complications. Throw in a super sexy son of Satan who is waiting for a simple yes/no answer and things might get complicated.  Charley is about to discover the answer to some secrets but will she be able to do the right thing?

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“He was angry with me once again. Men and their mood swings. Women had nothing on them.”

Holy sweet son of Satan… did that just happen?! With this series every book is better than the last, and every book is AMAZING! Jones has created a fantastic world and even more fantastic characters. She is a phenomenal story teller, and I find that when the mystery begins in these books you become so invested and have to solve it.

I LOVE Charley, I need her to be my friend. Best character ever! I really enjoy her twisted mind, with every comment she makes and every time she drive someone crazy I can’t help but smile, or laugh. I love that we’re discovering what she is with her and while I want to strangle Reyes for being so cryptic, I love the way it’s all playing out. Reyes may be the son of Satan but man is he a God. I really enjoyed getting a bit more of his background and I’m ready to jump into the book and help Charley discover even more. 18815437

As I’ve said every other book, I love Cookie, Ubie, Angel and Swopes. Every side character just adds to the story and the comedy of the series. I’m excited to see what happens now that Reyes and Swopes are teaming up with Charley, and with such a shocking twist in the end, I have to know if Charley is going to make it through everything.

This was a real page turner and with so many secrets being revealed and so many “holy shit” moments, I can’t even imagine what Jones is going to come up with next… I must have Seventh Grave NOW!!

I would read this book just for the chapter opening quotes: (I love this woman’s mind)

“Oh, my. What a lovely shade of bitch you’re wearing today. – T-SHIRT” 

“I have a perfect body, it’s in my trunk. – T-SHIRT” 

“On a scale of one to stepping on a LEGO, how much pain are you in? – Sign in Hospital” 

“I lost my virginity but I still have the box it came in. – T-SHIRT”