Book 3 of the Penton Legacy and it featured Will is the only living child of the antagonist Mathias Ludlam, and Matthias was still bent of bring both Will and Aiden to heel.
In this book, we got a glimpse into Will's childhood with Matthias. We learned that he was such a wise-ass to hide a life of pain and insecurities. While it was the thing that made him clash with his partner Randa Thomas, a former military officer, who came to Penton after being turned. Randa had only been a vampire for five years, but she didn’t enjoy this new way of life and it annoyed her that Will found jokes in just about everything. After sharing being caught in an attack on Omega by Matthias, Randa and Will shared a few childhood stories, they starting seeing each other in a new light. Their romance was much less intense than Mirren and Glori’s courtship. Randa and Will were quite tentative in my opinion, but it is also nice not to have insta-romance. It was like watching a flower blossom.
What made this book different was that this book focused more on plot than the romance, and the story advanced to a new stage. I am excited at the development of Omega Force, but I still uneasy with Matthias Ludlam alive. As long as he is alive, Penton residents will never be safe. Will's book was good but not as good as Mirren's book. But pretty darn close. Wil l's book was good but not as good as Mirren's book. But pretty darn close.
I didn’t know this author before this series, but I am going to be checking out her work from now on. I was supposed to read a book a month with this series, but obviously I kept going because I just had to keep reading. I am looking for the next book “Deliverance” with newest Lieutenant Cage Reynolds because this series hasn't had a love triangle yet...and so this should be good.
The narration is really good on this series. I listened to this book in 2 days.
The book starts with Gwendolyn "Gwen" Piper Kidd meeting a cute guy at a bar, taking him home and they had sex. They didn't talk. He started returning for a year and a half, always in the middle of night, without a key but somehow he got into her house.
Gwen didn't want to scare this sex god away, so she never asked him his name, how he gets into her house, nothing except "harder" or "faster". She nicknamed him Mystery Man "MM" when she talked to her friends.
None of her friends asked her WTF or slapped her, they just listened to the salacious stories she had to share about MM.
When her sister gets Gwen caught up in her drama, MM decides to take care of his woman. unlike Gwen, MM (Cabe “Hawk” Delgado) did all his homework and knows all about her. So begins the journey to get to know each other outside the sack.
She slept with him for 1½ years and didn't know his name nor what he looked like (she didn't recognize him when she saw him later) nor how he gets into her house/room---I JUST CAN'T PAST THAT. I tried, but I can't.
Jude Murray was just sick of her monotonous life. She was just existing and nit living. As a professor in ache ago, her life was planned out and so orderly, thanks to her parents and her husband. But now, her husband of 7 months leaves her because he says they don't fit AND he loves a younger blind chick, Jude decides a change of scenery is in order.
Jude travels to her grandmothers place in Ireland, this place brings her soul to life. She meets people who knew her grandmother and she connects with the local pub owner Aidan Gallagher. She begins to be un-Jude like. *Gasp* she tries spontaneity---She gets drunk for the first ever. We begin to see her form friendships with Darcy & Breanna. This once reserved professor literally shakes her bunned hair loose and starts to explore herself. She begins to live. Ireland made her blossom. It was a nice story about finding ones self and in turn true love finds you.
I love how Aidan pursued her. He got No, but he kept trying. He was sweet and just what she needed. I liked her girlfriends taking her shopping and drinking and all the discussions where the made Jude talk about her life. It forced some introspection that Jude seriously needed.
I didn't really need the story with Fae Prince Carrick and Lady Gwen. It didn't add anything for me but whatever. Irish folklore I guess was added for the Irish setting of the book and plus it weaned into Judes book. I will try book 2 on audio.
3.5 stars...Perhaps 4stars.
I am frustrated.
This sequel featured Damien, best friend of Mikki St. John, the lead guitarist of Sinner Gin. You know, the one that was supposed to have died in the limo accident where Mikki was the only survivor.
We find out that Damien was not only alive but locked in a Montana asylum with amnesia by some people claiming to be his parents. They told him his name was Steven but Damien somehow knew what those people told him was false.
Damien escapes the mental institution and the kidnapper is revealed in the first two hours of an 8hour audiobook. So right off the bat that suspense of trying to figure out who was behind it was squashed. The bad guy sent a contract killer to make Damien dead for real but the contract was sloppy.
Then the Damien was hit by a car and he magically appeared at a pub playing a guitar. The establishment is now owned by Sionn Murphy and as time went on, they fell for each other. Damien confesses what he knows about his past to Sionn, and the former body guard goes into protective mode. Sionn has to figure out how to protect his lover.
Ok. I am not sure what is keeping me from peaking here, but one thing certainly was the flow. While the narrator gave a 5-star effort, the way the story told created these bad transitions and affected the smoothness of the story. The story itself was good but I didn't quite enjoy Sionn & Damien's chemistry like I wanted to, or even like the love in book 1.
Then since I knew the bad guy, it was a matter of the body count before he was finally apprehended (as I knew he wouldn't get Damien in his own book). I think this was the problem. Knowing the bad guy sooo early took the anticipation away from me.
This was an entertaining read and my favorite part was the reconnection with Mikki. Their love for each other and that 2nd part of the audio was definitely good writing. I just kept feeling like I was on the verge of something, and it never quite came to fruition like I needed it to. I will be continuing the series, in audio still!
This story featured comic lover and artist Jordan Carson and his jock/wrestler best friend Owen Nelson. Jordan knew he was gay from 7yrs old, but Owen was straight. They did everything together until junior year when Owen gets a girlfriend named Emily. Then 3 became a crowd. Can Jordan handle being around Owen or Emily, or will he finally make make his move for Owen?
This one was okay. I don't expect too much from novellas. It was a typical youthful coming of age and coming story with a artisty friend and a jock.
This is my first time hearing the narrator Macy Sterling, and she did very well. I enjoyed her voice and it added to my enjoyment of this one. It was sweet, and a little sad but so full of hopeful moments.
Cheyenne just broke up with her boyfriend Gregory for cheating on her. She asks the local bad boy, Colt, to pretend to be her boyfriend, to make Gregory jealous and also get Gregory to leave her alone. What started out as a charade became much more as these two lost college students found out they had much more in common, and they became an anchor for the other as they faced their fears.
In the end, the charade ended up making them stronger and better people as they learned to rely on each other and find new reasons to persevere.
It wasn't too painful or angsty, it wasn't overly drawn out. It was sweet, and well written. Colt and Cheyenne were really strong and trying to deal with the hand life dealth them. I liked how they let the guard down around each other and showed vulnerability. I really liked Colt's mom and her words to Chey about Chey's mom. Very sweet and thoughtful of her to leave those lasting words to a young woman who need to hear that so badly. Really good book.
In this book, Mark Jennings seemed to be barely making it emotionally. His mom is dying in the hospital of liver disease, his boyfriend Brian Jacobs left him for another man and his nonprofit job was about to go belly up.
His only stress relief was getting a bi-monthly massage by a guy named Antonio Roberto.
During these massage therapy sessions, Mark and Antonio got to know each other. Antonio was going through a divorce with his wife and was scared to loss his son in a custody battle. Mark was dealing with the loss of his mom and the return of his boyfriend Brian.
Both were overwhelmed. Its no wonder both started feeling a little attracted to each other. But Antonio was straight and Mark would never cheat as he knows how that betrayal felt. But life has its own plans and Mark, Brian and Antonio's lives begin to mesh and we see that despite Mark's uncomfortable place, both guys genuinely care for him. Who will be Mark's HEA?
This book had a roller coaster of emotion. This Mark really needed a hug. It had sad parts and happy parts. I also really liked the family angle as well as the non-profit Hope home addition to this story. It still touches me that family can discard their own children because of who they love.
The writing was paced well, but the narrator wasn't quite right for this story. His faux southern accent grated my nerves at times, but then he'd forget he was supposed to have a southern accent and we were cool again. Over all, it was a good story. Little to no angst.
Please read my review of Book 1: Something Like Summer for a background. This book was Tim's POV on his relationship with Eric. It gave insight to how Tim met Eric and the years after Tim broke up with Ben. Tim was still self centered but one thing was clear, he loves Ben. He made some poor choices but he grew especially Jace showed him how a real man does it.
The audiobook gave me a different feel from book 1. I could hear the whine, the excitement, the pain etc in the characters voices. I think Kevin Free did a great job making me empathize with Tim. It was hard, but the narrator made him real to me.
Tim and his family's opinion of gays really affected how Tim felt about himself. He grew in a Catholic family, and they were also sports jocks. Loving another man would not fly in that kind of circle and so Tim tried his best to be what others wanted him to be. The consequence was that he hurt the guy he loved Ben and he hurt himself. He wouldn't completely let go, but he wouldn't give up either. Tim was just a mess for a long time. I felt him though. I understood his need to avoid being shunned by family and friends. Ben was lucky because his family accepted his choices but it isn't that easy for others. Tim's battle was much harder.
Jay Bells writing is really smooth to me. It was emotional and the characters had depth. I can't wait to read about Jace before Ben in book 3.
Another action packed installment of the Elemental Assassin. It's Gin's Birthday book, Happy Birthday Genevieve Snow!
I love Lauren Fortengang's interpretation of the Spider so I had preordered this book at audible. Definitely a wise decision if I may say so. This audiobook was all that I had hoped it would be. I had been waiting for this enemy for awhile and this book resolved many issues and paved the way for a new war.
Someone is dealing drugs, a new kind of drug called Burn, and it is worse than anything Ashland and South town had seen in a long time. When the Pork Pit waitress, Catalina, was accosted by her friend and forced to sell drugs, Gin stepped in to help Catalina. Of course, this inserted the Spider into Ashland's underworld, and again forcing her to clean up the mess the Ashland PD couldn't.
What I liked about this book was that Gin finally reached a comfortable place in her tenous relationship with Bria, her baby sister. Bria is a judgmental, self righteous cop (the female Donovan Caine) and everything was just black and white with her. In this book she finally saw the shaded areas Gin lived in and she was finally humbled (or smacked her off her high horse).
My favorite part was the fact that the focus of this book was on the Spider and that is when Gin is at her best--Kicking Ashland underworld butt. Everyone connected to Gin makes an appearance and we finally get to meet MM Monroe. It's sad but I am excited because MM is definitely her mother's daughter. There is another surprise to MM Monroe too. I am excited for where this series is going.
This book and series was an utter disappointment. It was needlessly sad and depressing. Pain drawn out over 3 books and just stretched out. There is no reason for this much gloom and I felt bad for Evan and Sarah because the umbrella of pain covered them as well.
This book was way better than book 1. It definitely rescued this series for me.
Lady Philippa "Pippa" Marbury is the fourth daughter of the Marguess of Needham and Dolby. She doesn't believe in luck and she believes in scientific explanations for everything. Logic and Truth always wins out in Pippa's world.
She is engaged to the Lord Castleton but decided she wanted to do research on what is necessary to be a proper wife. Pippa deals with her nerves by gathering knowledge so she can feel prepared. She decides to go to the most notorious gaming hall in London, The Fallen Angel, because the owner Jasper Cross is notorious rake.
Pippa asks him to help her with her research on how to please her fiancee as a wife, and thus opening up a pandora's box with Cross.
Cross wasn't nobility but he seemed to be the only one in London who didn't find Pippa to be a nerd, geek or odd. He actually enjoyed engaging her in discussion but he couldn't offer her a life like she could have with Lord Castleton.
What I loved about this one was Pippa's honesty, her strength, her resolve and her curiosity about everything. She made being smart look fun, not odd. I chuckled at her a number of times. She said things people were afraid to say, she was a really good heroine.
Jasper finally met his match and she kept him honest. I liked this story much more than the Pippa's sister in book 1. I look forward to book 3.
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