Monster or hero?
My name is Larkspur and I was born in the Colony, a labyrinth of tunnels and caves miles beneath the surface designed for prisoners. Being born among the criminals isn't an easy childhood. But I have a secret, my nails turn into sharp claws. I learned early how to fight dirty, hide well and never trust. All too soon, our world changes. Something happens to the prospering world above. The criminals desiring freedom and revenge push toward the surface. Me among them.
Humanity needs a hero, now more than ever, but all they get is me, a monster from the darkness.
Genre - Romance
Length - Novel (122 pages)
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
As a little girl, Catherine dreamed she'd marry Connor one day and as teenagers, that dream seemed within reach. Until Connor ended their relationship, leaving town and breaking Catherine's heart. Ten years later, far from the old hometown, Catherine reports for work as a nurse one snowy January evening and learns that her new patient is none other than her old love, Connor. When he recognizes her, all the old feelings stir but a few sparks fly, too. As Connor recovers from an accident, Catherine realizes she loves him more than ever and he seems to love her as well. But after he leaves the hospital and convalesces at her home, his real life intrudes into their quiet time together. Then Connor leaves Catherine behind and she stays until a message sends her speeding to Kansa sCity, to Connor's club... On Valentine's Day.
This blurb from the publisher actually summarizes all the main events of the book. This story was well written and a quick, romantic read. Catherine and Connor are really meant for each other. Even though Connor left Catherine when they were young, one can feel the instant connection and love between them when they are reunited. Both characters feel well rounded, especially Connor. He is a tough guy, a picky eater and a whiny patient, and a very tender man with Catherine. Some of the conflict in the story does feel a little forced,
mostly because Catherine seems so level-headed and calm, and therefore it is a little surprising that she overreacts so badly to some situations. Also some things that come up and that would be easily solved were made complicated, to the point were it doesn´t feel realistic.
Still it was a very sweet read about the two reunited lovers and how everything was set right between them.
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Fit to Kill by Donnie Whetstone
Genre - Thriller
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Kim
This is the story of a personal trainer who acts out his fantasies of killing his clients by brutally murdering other people. It is up to a slightly damaged female detective to try and put the pieces together and solve the mystery before any more people are killed.
After a fairly lengthy introduction - that set the scene for a story in the world of high fitness - this story took off. It was a very clever thriller. Things were done so that it kept you guessing most of the way through. It was graphic and violent and I loved it. Tara was the damaged detective, who usually relys on her gut instinct steering her right. After a case went wrong a couple of years before, she is no longer sure about her instincts and begins to doubt herself. Meanwhile the killer is well on his way to serial killer status by acting out all sorts of fantasies by brutalising his victims. This was fast paced, detailed (almost too much so in places) and had a mind blower of an ending. A great serial killer thriller for lovers of the genre.
Cassandra shakes her head in disbelieve as the scale has her three pounds heavier than her last assessment.
“I’ve had it. I’ve followed your program for twelve weeks and it didn’t work,” Cassandra says out of frustration. “I don’t know why I fall for these ridiculous programs!” Tears well in her eyes.
“Cassandra,” the trainer says in a calm, deliberate tone. “I need to ask you something and you need to be truthful, did you follow the changes we made three weeks ago?”
“Yes…I did,” she says.
“Cassandra,” the trainer says in a deliberate, not so calm tone, “did you do something...three days ago…You know…have a cheat meal with margaritas, perhaps?”
Cassandra went on the offensive.
“I don’t like your tone and I don’t like what you’re insinuating. I followed your program and it didn’t wor…”
Cassandra’s last word did not materialize before she finds herself four feet from where she was standing, jammed against a wall, with a powerful hand clamped over her mouth.
When her mind catches up to what has happened, she finds herself gazing into eyes that are cold and dark. Astonishment instantly becomes fear, then terror when she realizes she is in a deadly place. The eyes peering at her are not the eyes of the man she was with moments ago.
“That was not the answer to my question Cassandra; a simple yes or no would have sufficed!”
Tears began to stream heavily down Cassandra’s face and the powerful hand muffles any chance of her screaming.
“I think you were insinuating my program didn’t work, which means you were following your diet.”
Adrenaline surges through Cassandra and her heart is beating at a frantic pace.
“Since you refuse to answer my question, I’m going to have to find out for myself. Now, you’re probably wondering…How am I going to do that?”
Fantasy - novella
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
I love fantasy and the kind with sword and mythical creatures is my favorite. This story had a great plot, pretty good characters but there were a lot of flaws that made me rate this with only three stars.
The action scenes are rushed and could use some more details to really paint the picture for the reader. They had a good plot but fell flat in terms of execution. There’s also some telling throughout the book that really put a damper on a rather interesting story. There were several instances where the author would have no emotion in the scene. I couldn’t tell who’s POV it was because there was nothing to indicate it. I might recommend this because it was
a good story and I think the author has tremendous potential for future novels.
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The Virgin Who Cried Wolf by Alexandra O’Hurley
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
What happens when you cry wolf and a wolf really shows up? Thessa manages a prank on a few people of the village but it backfires when real wolf shifters show up and kidnap her. Now she has to escape or surrender to the passion...
I’ve read so many werewolf shifter books recently that I usually shy away from the subject. It’s become overused and unoriginal. I’ve read Ms. O’Hurley’s books before and they’ve been good so I gave this a shot. Best decision this week!
Thessa and her sexy wolf shifters (yes, two!) are freaking fabulous. I absolutely loved this book. If I could pick for the best book read this month, maybe even so far this year it would be The Virgin Who Cried Wolf. The action, the steaming romance and the overall uniqueness really shined. This is not another werewolf shifter book, this a wild adventure that I was all too happy to go through with Thessa. The pace was perfect, the ending was perfect, everything about this book was utterly perfect. I was drawn in and when the book ended I felt like I finished watching an epic movie. I wanted to read this again and again. Seriously, I can’t not say
enough about this fabulous read.
Stop what you’re doing, click on the buy link and immerse yourself in the fabulously, sexy world of The Virgin Who Cried Wolf!
She looked away but remained locked to the spot, continuing to allow him to dry her
body. As he finished, he dropped the soft towel he used and gathered the long gown that had once been his mother’s. Thessa looked at the thing with disgust.
"Why can’t I just have my braies back?”
“Because a lady doesn’t wear trousers.”
“I can’t ride a horse in a gown.”
“You won’t be riding a horse tonight.” Perhaps riding something else, but definitely not a horse. His cock began to swell once more at the thought of pressing into her welcoming heat.
“I don’t like gowns.”
“Your clothes smelled of horse. Wear the gown or go naked. Either will be fine with
Her eyes finally found his again as she seemed to weigh if he was serious or not.
“Fine, give me the gown.”
He lifted his arm and remained where he was, forcing her to come retrieve the thing
from his hand. Thessa rolled her eyes to heaven and sighed, clearly affronted by his act. She stomped toward him and snatched the fabric. Once she’d donned the gown, he turned her and began to dry her long hair.
Thessa reached behind her and fought him, pulling her hair so she could braid it once
more. “It’ll dry just fine like this.”
He snatched it back from her and released the half-worked braid, pulling the long strands out and around her face. His mother’s silver brush was on the stand beside the tub. She eyed it warily as he lifted it around to her head. The bristles worked through the coppery strands on her head, and he gently worked through a few knots as gently as he could.
There was something incredibly erotic in doing these intimate actions for her. The brush slid through her soft hair like walking through summer wheat, and smelled as fresh. His cock had been hard the entire time he’d dried her and brushed her hair. He knew she’d felt the head swipe across her lower back from time to time, as her body had stiffened. Instinct demanded that he press her to the cold, stone floor and claim her. But he reigned in the call yet again.
His beast was restless. But he wasn’t giving in to his instinct and so the beast was becoming wild. He felt the change forcing its way through his limbs, and he was on the edge of control to keep the animal at bay. A long, hard run through the woods would have to follow dinner if she were to keep her virginity till the morning. Envisioning her running at his side, playing a deliciously decadent game of cat and mouse was enough to make him growl low in his chest.
She looked over her shoulder tentatively, her hazel eyes shifting between desire and fear. But there was also a mischievous glint. He was quite sure thoughts of running from him were swirling through her mind yet again. And he hadn’t truly punished her for the last time.
The silver brush still rested in his hand. Swatting her ass with the metal, she gasped. He leaned close to her ear, licking the lobe.
“That was for running from me.”
He raised the brush again, the light from the lantern hitting the back and glittering across the room. The impact struck her other cheek. The scent of her arousal flooded the room and garnered another low growl in response. His claws burst from his fingers as he fought to cage his beast.
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Paranormal Romance - novel
TBR Reviewer: Luta Wolf
As humans we often don’t appreciate the glory, joys, and sorrows that life brings us. Sydney Blake is about a hairs breath away from the last hay straw to break the camels back. Wolf is a guardian who watches over us but grows weary of simply watching, he would give anything to experience what we humans take for granted. Unbeknownst to Sydney she is about to come up against a force that will renew her love of life and Wolf is about to be granted that wish that he so desperately wants.
I expected one of two things to happen when I picked up this book having not read the one prior to it. I was either going to be completely lost or be overwhelmed with too much info of the prior book. Surprisingly but pleasantly I found that my assumptions were false. The author did an amazing job of playing I’m sure a maddening game of summarizing with just enough info that we are not completely lost but also allowed me, as the reader, to remain engulfed in the details of the book I was reading. I really appreciated the efforts as it lent to an amazingly well written, tantalizing book that kept me thrilled the whole way through.
The characters were a full main course, absolutely scrumptious. Sydney is my favorite kind of female character, strong but human with a vulnerability that leans to reliability. Wolf is that strong alpha male character that we women love to drool over but what makes us truly love him is that he knows he is nothing without her.
I can’t recommend In The Flesh enough.
Urban Fantasy - novel
TBR reviewer: Amanda
Adam is immortal. He is not sure how old he is, but he can remember being a cave-dwelling hunter-gatherer, so he assumes he predates human history. As far as he knows, he is the only one of his kind, but rather than using his immortality to have people worship him as a god or conquer the world, Adam drinks too much, talks too much, and basically couch-surfs through life until someone catches up to him.
This story is written from Adam's point of view and his voice is dry, sarcastic and humorous. He often pokes fun at himself and at various famous people from history in little asides. He is by turns both self-deprecating and self-absorbed, but he also comes across as lonely. Without being able to share his true self with anyone, he moves from place to place and life to life. The story is written as a memoir, but there are also little snippets of the "present" at the beginning of each chapter that catch up to where he is and what is happening to Adam.
Without giving away the plot that develops, I can say that the story gently touches on interesting issues of scientific and business ethics without being heavy-handed or preachy. While there are also some scenes of violence, it is not overly disgusting and the other "non-human" creatures that also exist alongside Adam and play parts in the story are interesting as well. Although there are some sex scenes in the book (Adam is quite appreciative of women, even if he is not sure he knows what love feels like anymore), it is not overall a romance as much as it is a mystery and adventure story. I really enjoyed Immortal and look forward to reading about Adam's further adventures.
Science Fiction - novel
TBR Reviewer: Kim
This is the story of a 'ghost in the machine'. In the 1970's a university student developed a computer virus. When it was accidentally fed into a computer nothing happened, or so they thought. Fast forward nearly 40 years and a new computer program has been designed to investigate terrorists and acts of terrorism. Something has gone wrong though and now it is sanctioning killing anyone with terrorist links. The engineer of the program has to find out why and how to resolve the bugs before any more innocent people are killed.
False Positives was a page turner. I found it absolutely captivating. We started off with three distinct threads to the story and about halfway through they started to twist and converge on each other. Then things really started to heat up as characters were revealed, truths learned and lies unearthed. The main leads were great and played off each other very well. The settings were diverse, we went from Tehran to Bangkok and onto the USA via Vietnam. The descriptions were vivid, making me feel I was there. The pace was cracking and the ending was hopeful, if a bit sad. A great book for scifi/technothriller fans.
erotic romance; M/F/M menage romance - novella
TBR Reviewer - Amanda
Lucie is eighteen and about to enter her final year of high school when her mother shocks her by announcing that she is about to re-marry a man Lucie was not even aware her mother was dating. Not only will her soon-to-be stepfather move in with them, but also his two sons, both close in age to Lucie. Although she is angry with the entire situation, she soon finds herself lusting after both young men, and when their parents leave for their honeymoon, the three young adults come together in a combustive fashion.
For a short novella, this story packs a punch. The sex scenes between Lucie and her new step-brothers, Quentin and Emery, are very hot, both the threesomes and the one on one encounters. Although the overall focus is on the delightfully sinful aspect of the step-sibling taboo and threesome-ness of the story, there is also a mystery of sorts that allows Lucie's character to be filled out in more than just the object of Quentin and Emery's desires. The
angst underlying Lucie's doubts about Edward, her new step-father, and the way he treats her mother and Lucie herself, foreshadow nicely the way the story plays out. I was happy with the ending, although I would have loved for the story overall to be longer, or to get another look at their relationships farther down the road than just one year later, as in the epilogue.
Contemporary, M/M - novel
TBR Reviewer: Daniella
Newbie paramedic Dakota hasn´t been on the job long, but has managed to be involved in enough trouble (a crashed rig or two, public break ups and discovering corpses by falling through the floor, to name some) to earn the nickname Status Dramaticus. Police officer Charlie recently moved to the city of Flint to get away from drama, just to be sucked into the drama surrounding Dakota. Charlie though can´t help being fascinated by Dakota.
He hopes that he can find some time among all the things happening around them to
get to know Dakota better.
I really liked Dakota. He is new at his job and he works really hard to do it well, even though strange things keep happening around him. Charlie is a player with a reputation, but he seems to see more in Dakota than just a one night thing. This was a short, cute read where Dakota is the big star. You can´t help but like him. If you have read any of the other books in the series you also get to revisit some of the previous characters which is fun too.
I do have two issues with this book. I wished it had been a little longer, because it al lfelt a rushed, and that it would have gone a little further past the current ending. I liked Dakota so much and want him to have a happy ever after, but I don´t really feel that Charlie is such a sure thing. The other thing is that Dakota says that Charlie is the first man he has ever kissed or done anything else with, and still there is talk about a previous boyfriend and a big public breakup. Can´t have been much of a relationship without even a shared kiss.
This was still a good read and I hope I get to read the story of Dakota´s twin soon.
Horror - novel
TBR Reviewer: Mark
From the author of World Mart, comes this very different and interesting tale that is a mystery based around many of the most famous works by acclaimed horror writer, Edgar Allan Poe and, in particular, his final, unfinished story that plays a central role in what proceeds to unfold. Lady Karina moves to an eerie lighthouse with her estranged husband following a scandal, only to be plagued by nightmares and hallucinations after she arrives that begin to warp her sense of reality. When her husband takes his own life, she is left a mysterious envelope addressed to Poe and sets off to deliver her husband’s final words to a man she has never met, let alone heard of. But along the way, things begin to get stranger and stranger leading her to question her sanity as she becomes less certain what is real and what just a dream...
Having read and been disappointed by Dan Simmon’s Drood (which follows a similar premise but instead looking at Charles Dickens and his final, unfinished work), I went in to this with very high hopes, especially having so enjoyed World Mart, Leigh Lane's previous novel. But unfortunately, though this is very well written and has an entirely suitable gothic feel throughout, I came away almost thinking I must be missing something. Though very good, reading this is kind of like trying to do a jigsaw where somebody keeps altering the picture as you go along. Every time I felt as though I was getting a handle on this story, along came Ms. Lane who seemed to pull the rug from out my feet sending me sprawling once more!
A book with no clear answers, no certain conclusions and no real sense of closure, this, like I say, is an interesting read if a perplexing one, that has gotten high praise and many rave reviews from critics. I can fully understand why because the imagery and imagination, not to mention research, that has gone into this novel is beautiful and brilliantly conceived. It would be unfair for me to say I didn’t enjoy this. But I was left feeling puzzled by its climax
and quite unsure how much of what I had just read was real and how much the product of a disturbed mind. It is a personal preference of mine that I prefer my endings just a little more neater and contained than is presented here.
A recent author I reviewed described his novel to me as a puzzle the reader needs to decipher and this is true too of Leigh Lane’s book. Is it better than Dan Simmon’s Drood? Definitely! Does it make any more sense? Not really though you cannot deny the technical skill and effort that has been put into something that at least tries to be different from anything else you will have read before. I loved the subtle introductions of so much influence from Poe’s collected work and definitely think that a better knowledge of his fiction would help make this a more rewarding read. But it remains that this is a book that
left me feeling very confused and for that, I am afraid, I can only give this 3 stars.
That said, I still have high hopes for anything else that Leigh Lane has written and this hasn’t put me off any. Indeed, she remains, in my eyes at least, an author I will certainly be keeping an eye out for in the future!