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This was a very good book. I really loved Fury and Ellie and the story was interesting and engaging. I didn't want to stop until the end and even then I still didn't want to stop. I'm actually only stopping long enough to write this review and then I'm moving on to book 2 in the series. :D
Ellie is a nurse. She works for a company that she finds out is performing bad experiments on altered humans they keep captive. She goes undercover to a research facility to get evidence to stop what's being done. While undercover, she meets a test subject (aka captive), Fury and comes to care about him. She feels a connection to him and wants desperately to get him and the others out of that place. At a critical time, Ellie saves Fury's life but while doing it, she does something that Fury takes the blame for after she leaves and he feels she betrayed him.
Fury is an altered human, one of many that grew up in labs, being fed drugs and treatments to alter his makeup and change his attributes and abilities. The scientists performed horrible experiments on them and their lives were hell. For Fury, his only solace in that place was Ellie. He felt a connection to her and felt calmed by her presence. He thought she'd never hurt him so when he got hurt for her actions, he thinks she's betrayed him and he wants revenge.
Ellie doesn't know what happened to Fury after the raids to set free the New Species (NS) captives took place (although she tried to find out). She still wants to help the NS people as much as she can so she takes a job as a dorm mother for the women's dorm in the NS compound called Homeland. It's there, that Fury and Ellie meet again. At this point, Fury is part of the NS council and the second in command. When Ellie walks in to the meeting and he sees her he doesn't react well. Things are calmed down once he finds out she was only in the labs as an informant but he still harbors a combination of anger and longing for her. This prompts him to kidnap her briefly but then he lets her go once he feels their "even" but he still feels a need for her. Ellie wants Fury as well but isn't sure of his feelings for her.
There are some attacks by hate groups that cause issues which leads to more issues and Ellie gets fired (by a corrupt director) and thrown out of Homeland. The NS let her leave (although Fury doesn't want to) because they think she'll be safer out there among her own people. After some of the hate group people try to kidnap her, Ellie gets brought back to Homeland, this time staying in Fury's home as his guest. This lasts for a few days as they both fight the mutual attraction. Fury is ready to make a move but fears pushing her. Once Fury and Ellie get their-selves worked out, then they start having issues from everyone else. People worry about their relationship and all it means and sometimes over-react. Although most people chill out after the initial bad reaction or two, the hate groups and others see the couple as a target and things aren't easy on them at all. There are a number of difficulties that Fury and Ellie have to get through but they do it together and they do it with love. In the end they have a very good HEA that left me grinning and ready for the next book.
This was a very enjoyable book. I loved Fury and Ellie and really liked the story. The secondary characters are good as well and I'm looking forward to seeing the NS get mates as I continue the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D
This was a pretty good story. I liked Amy and really wanted things to work out well for her. Mickie was alright as a hero but he had his pros and cons.
Amy is an heiress and recently went through a divorce that ripped her world apart. She'd married a man that she loved and had been happily living with him and raising their 2 kids for around 20 years when he told her that he was leaving her to marry someone else. Not only that but he'd been cheating on her with this woman long enough that they were already engaged. The fact that he'd given no indications of having a problem with their marriage just made it worse and Amy went a little nuts upon hearing the news...to the point that she even drove her kids away.
Mickie is a construction worker and a volunteer firefighter. He also is a boxer in the local adult league and is friends with Jake (hero from book #1). Mickie was married to a woman that chose alcohol over him and their 2 kids. They split up and Mickie's been trying to make a good life for his kids since then.
The story begins with Amelia (soon to be known as Amy) opening the door to her new home to find her Ex on her doorstep. She hadn't been expecting him and also wasn't expecting the shouting or threatening that he decided to dump all over her for having the audacity to move to Maine to be close to her kids. She's saved by her neighbor, Mickie, who comes over to see what's up and then sends Amy's Ex on his way. Mickie seems interested in Amy at first but Amy has dealt with a lot of crap from her Ex and has been pushed into believing that she's no good and will just bring trouble to those around her. Amy is very attracted to Mickie and wishes they could have something but is convinced it wont happen. She's nice to Mickie but noncommittal when it comes to anything further. Amy feels that she needs to concentrate on working on herself and winning her kids back and so she does. Things aren't good with her kids at first and I was a bit confused about the cause because she might have gone overboard with trying to make her Ex and his new wife suffer but it didn't seem like the kids got hit by anything except knowing what was going on. Amy felt really guilty about not shielding the kids from that but considering the age of the kids I would have thought they'd have more sense. Of course it soon becomes apparent that Amy's Ex probably had something to do with poisoning their kid's opinions of Amy during the divorce. The beginning of the story mostly revolves around Amy trying to get settled in to her new life and making things good with her kids.
After his initial friendliness, Mickie seems to change towards Amy and I was rather confused about it. He started running hot and cold and this hurt Amy and made her feel some rather unwelcome feelings. Amy does manage to move on with her life and even ends up starting to date. This brings more unexplained and unpleasant behavior from Mickie and Amy is confused about what his issue is. Some others try to tell her that he's in to her but Amy doesn't think that's true because of how Mickie keeps running hot and cold. TBH, I found Mickie's behavior to be a little over the top. I mean he couldn't seem to figure out if he wanted Amy or not but he certainly didn't want anyone else to have her. But the way he treated her on his "cold" moments wasn't something I was happy with and he suffered from multiple bouts of this relationship dumbassedness, hurting Amy in the process just for him to realize moments later that he messed up big time. Considering the fact that he kept this crap up until over halfway through the story I just couldn't bring myself to love him. He did get better once he stopped taking his trust issues out on Amy but he just didn't do anything particularly great that enabled him to win me over completely. Still, once he stops dicking around he does pretty well with Amy and she's certainly happy with him. Things keep improving between Amy and Mickie and by the end they're ready to start their HEA together.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I did really like the relationship between Amy and her kids. Amy had made some mistakes in her past and I really liked her determination to improve her life and win her kids back. Amy made a few mistakes but nothing that bothered me overly much and mostly her character was one I liked. Overall, I really liked the story and was happy with it. While I wasn't that hot on Mickie I'd still recommend it. :D
This was a really good story. I liked both Matt and Nic and their story was very sweet and enjoyable. FYI, most of the BDSM in this book is mostly bondage based.
Nic is a very nice lady that owns a bakery. She moved to Seattle for culinary school and loved the area so she stayed to open her bakery. Nic is doing very good at the shop but spends most of her time working and doesn't date much. Nic is convinced by her BFF, Bailey, to go to a fetish festival which is way out of her comfort zone but when she meets Matt, Nic finds she doesn't care so much about her comfort zone.
Matt is one of the many brothers in the Montgomery family. He's a Seattle cop (detective actually) and loves his job. Matt is a dominant in the bedroom but he's more into bondage (he's a master at Shibari) than the rest and usually leaves his dominant side in the bedroom. In normal life, he's a nice and sweet guy that you probably wouldn't peg for a dominant.
Matt happens to meet Nic during a demonstration at the fetish festival. There's an instant attraction between them and Nic ends up taking Matt home with her. They had a good night but Matt had to leave unexpectedly due to a call about a family issue. The call was about an accident that Brynna had in Safe with Me with her girls in the car. When Matt left he was asking how Brynna and the girls were and once he was gone, Nic thought about it and decided that "the girls" must be his daughters and he must be married. This pisses her off and disappoints her so she thinks that maybe it's a good thing Matt didn't get her number before he left. Matt actually planned to call Nic and looked up Nic's number but because of a family wedding he was too busy to call her. They're surprised to see each other at the wedding (Nic baked the wedding cake) and Matt is happy to see Nic but Nic isn't returning the favor. Matt finds out why Nic is pissed at him and explains that he's not married and doesn't have kids.
Matt expresses an interest in seeing Nic again but she's a bit freaked by Matt's dominant side. Since she doesn't know much about the BDSM world, Nic makes some erroneous assumptions about how their relationship would go, thinking that Matt will try to rule all areas of her life. Matt convinces her to see him as a friend and uses the times to convince her they'd work together (which doesn't take very long at all). Matt helps Nic explore BDSM but as I said...it's mostly bondage that Matt prefers so it's not a wide exploration. Between Matt's convincing and a talk with her BFF, Nic decides to give a relationship with Matt a chance and see where things go between them. They find that they work well together but there are certain things that make's Nic feel that Matt wouldn't want her long-term. Unfortunately, Nic doesn't discuss these issues with Matt and they do cause her to suffer from a bout of relationship dumbassedness towards the end. Thankfully there's some well timed interference from family and friends and Matt and Nic are able to figure things out between them so they end the story heading towards their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Nic pretty well. I got a little annoyed about her whole "our relationship could never last because I'm not good enough for him" but it wasn't overly dramatic and didn't take too long to get worked out so I was alright with it. Matt was a really good hero...I actually can't think of any complaints about him. Overall, this was a really good story with some very likable characters. I'd recommend this story. :)
* note - This story was from both Nic and Matt's PoVs so there were 2 narrators, a female for the sections from Nic's PoV and a male for the sections from Matt's PoV. Both narrators did a very good job.
This was a very good addition to the Kitty Norville series. This story centers around Cormac (and Amelia, the disembodied spirit that shares Cormac's body) with Kitty and Ben showing up a bit but they aren't in the majority of the story.
In this story, Cormac is working on getting a way to decipher a journal that has some information that will help them all fight against the vampires that are taking part in the "Long Game" (a plan for vamps to take over the world). To get the info he needs, Cormac has to investigate something and this investigation leads him into some encounters with his past. Cormac and Amelia have an interesting time and during their current adventures, we get some more information on the pasts of both Cormac and Amelia.
I enjoyed this story very much. I liked getting the chance to see Cormac in his own story and get more info about both him and Amelia. There's no romance in the story but I was alright with that...Cormac's situation is too difficult for a fast romance to be thrown in for the hell of it. The story was good on it's own but I was especially happy that it did advance the series storyline decently (especially at the very end). The case that Cormac is working in this story gets solved but there is something that's rather significant (but not urgent) that happens at the end...it's not exactly a cliffhanger but it does make me hope that Carrie gets the next book out soon! I'd recommend this to series fans. People that haven't read the series could read this and enjoy it but it would make more sense as part of the series.
This was a pretty good story. I liked Brynna and Caleb and their story was very good.
Brynna is the BFF of Stacy (the heroine from book #1.5 in the series) and was living out of town until a year before the start of the story. Brynna had been married to a cop but things didn't work out so they were divorced years before. When her ex was killed and it seemed like his murder might cause danger for Brynna and her twin daughters she decided it was time to move back home to Seattle and try to get on with her life.
Caleb is part of the Montgomery family. He used to be a Navy SEAL but left the service after a mission went wrong and Caleb was the only survivor. He now suffers from PTSD and sees himself as a damaged man that's not good enough for anyone. He hasn't gotten involved with any women but he's been very attracted to Brynna since she moved back to town.
When Brynna moved back to Seattle a year ago, she got a job that paid her under the table and rented a house from a friend so she didn't have a paper trail for anyone to use to find her. She's been keeping her head down and thinks that maybe she's ok since it's been a year and there's been no sign that anyone has been after her. Unfortunately, just around this time, Matt Montgomery (the cop of the family) gets some news that makes him think that someone may be after Brynna after all. It's decided that Caleb will move in with Brynna and her twin girls to make sure they're safe. There's been an attraction between Brynna and Caleb for a while but he's always tried to stay away from her. Now that they're under the same roof it's much harder for them to resist each other. Caleb starts running hot and cold on Brynna and she makes it clear that she's not happy about him giving her mixed signals and he'd better get his head on straight before he starts something.
Caleb knows he's damaged and is convinced that Brynna will never want him for good (or that he won't be able to stay with her for some unknown reason) so he wants to stay away from Brynna but can't. Soon things are developing between Brynna and Caleb and it's something very good. Caleb is also very good with Brynna's daughters and since Brynna is a good woman that loves her daughters deeply, seeing him be sweet and loving with them makes Brynna fall for Caleb even faster than normal. There's a little bit of conflict between Caleb and Brynna when it comes to his protection and the restrictions it causes Brynna and her daughters but it's not too bad. The relationship between Caleb and Brynna grows rather silently but strongly as time passes and I liked where things were heading. Unfortunately, Caleb has issues and lets these issues cause him to have a huge bout of relationship dumbassedness and he and Brynna split up for a while as a result. I was very disappointed with Caleb but he does (eventually) pull his head out of his lower orifices and make things right so that he, Brynna and the twins get their HEA together.
This was an enjoyable story. I really liked Brynna and her daughters. I liked Caleb too...except for during his bout of relationship dumbassedness. He made up for it but the whole thing kind of pissed me off. TBH, I might have given this story 5 stars but the whole conflict at the end disappointed me enough that it took it down for me. Of course some people like this kind of drama at the end so other people might find the conclusion of the story works better for them than it did for me. Still, once Caleb got his head on straight the story did end very nicely. Overall, this was a good addition to the series and I'd recommend it. :)
* note - This story was from both Brynna and Caleb's PoVs so there were 2 narrators, a female for the sections from Brynna's PoV and a male for the sections from Caleb's PoV. Both narrators did a very good job.
This was a really good addition to the series. Charley's BFF, Cookie, pulls her (literally) into a case involving multiple murders and a missing woman. In the mean time, Reyes' corporal body is trapped by demons and he thinks it will be safer to let it die, thinking he can continue to exist without it. Charley isn't so sure and wants to stop him from dying. She has a lot on her plate as she handles both issues along with some smaller stuff thrown in. I am still liking Charley as a character and am finding it interesting to see her powers start to develop and grow. The mystery is wrapped up in the end but things between Charley and Reyes left unresolved.
I really enjoyed this story. I like Charley and the feel of the stories in general. There lots of action and things going on to keep the story interesting with a good dose of emotion thrown in here and there. I'd recommend this story and am reading the next book in the series ASAP. :D
This was a great addition the the series. I have to admit that I'm growing to love this series. The first book was 4 stars for me but there was something about it that drew me in and I've now just finished book #4, reading one after the other. I'm planning to continue until I'm up to date on the series so that tells you how much I've been sucked in.
When this story begins, it's 2 months after the end of book #3 and Charley's not doing very well at getting back on her feet after the physical torture and emotional betrayal she had to deal with. She's been shut up in her house buying stuff off off TV that she'll never use until Cookie has a minor intervention and confronts Charley with the fact that she's out of money. This prompts Charley to try to collect money from the only person that still owes her for a past job, Reyes. She's refused to see him during the 2 months but figures since she did the job he asked her to she should get paid for it.
In the mean time, Charley gets a new case trying to find out who's been making a woman's life miserable for years while also getting pulled in to investigations concerning both bank robberies and arson. Charley's issues with her father escalate to the point where I would have happily slapped the man but thankfully things seemed better by the end. Things between Charley and Reyes are rough and still unresolved by the end of this book. The pull is there but there's still too much conflict and things unsaid for them to be together easily (although there is improvement). Everything gets resolved (if sadly) in the end except the arson case which looks to be carried in to the next book.
I really enjoyed this story even if it was a bit rough (emotionally) a times. I still love Charley and the other characters, not just the regular secondary characters either...the author does a great job of making the transient characters into the type of people that evoke strong emotions in the reader. Overall I thought this story was a great addition to the series and I can't wait to see what happens next. I'd recommend this story and series. :D
This was a great addition to the series. I'm really loving Charley and her stories. At this point I have very mixed feelings about Reyes. The relationship between Charley and Reyes is complex and doesn't always seem in her best interest and regardless of the pull between them, Charley discovers she has good reason to be cautious.
In this addition to the series, Charley is investigating a missing woman who she believes might have been killed by her "too perfect" husband. Also, Reyes escapes from prison, determined to find the man he was put in prison for killing after recently finding out he was still alive. Charley gets pulled into that investigation as well, which ends up bringing more danger than expected. Charley solves her missing woman case and Reyes is proved innocent but things end on a bit of a sour note as Charley has to deal with betrayal from the two men in her life that mean the most to her. It's not a happy situation and I'm looking forward to seeing how Charles comes through things as the series progresses.
I enjoyed this story very much and I love the characters. Charley is such a great character and I love seeing how she gets through her adventures. She does have more then her fair share of issues in her life and that's sometimes hard to see but she also has a resilience and good heart that you don't see a lot. I like her fun and snarky attitude which always gives the story a boost. Overall, this is a great series and I'd recommend this book (although in the series would be best...these aren't really standalones). 2 thumbs up. :D
I'm so very pleased with this series and this was another great addition to it. Charley has a lot of stuff going on in this story as she investigates an arson case as well as a serial killer who's 27 victims have all shown up in Charley's apartment. And as normal, these are just the main cases she's working on and there's always more going on in the background. Things in the paranormal aspect seems to have spiked a bit as we get some unexpected news from Garrett. Also, there's a danger coming for Reyes that has Charley reeling. Now that he's moved in next door he's even harder to resist and Reyes makes some headway in showing Charley some of his good aspects.
The main cases get wrapped up in the end but the danger to Reyes isn't concluded. Now that things are settling down a bit it's nice to see Reyes being a bit less threatening and more sweet to Charley. Things aren't perfect between them but they are improving. Charley is getting more abilities (or maybe I should say that more of her abilities are being discovered) but I do wish she had a bit more control over them. Overall this was a great story and moved the series along nicely...I'm looking forward to the next book. I'd recommend this story/series. :D
This is continuing to be a great series. I love Charley and she's a great MC. This addition to the series finally solidifies Charley and Reyes' relationship and she finally answers the question he popped at the end of the previous book. I'm liking them better now that they've had some time together...before everything was constantly in an uproar but things have settled enough now that they've gotten some quality time together and are doing much better.
In the non-romance area, Charley and team have plenty happening to keep them busy. Family problems are still brewing and there's a couple cases to deal with as well as friend's lives to interfere in. Things go as they normally do for Charley and she stays busy while getting things done. The supernatural issues are escalating and they're interesting but I have to wonder why the "powers that be" put her in her situation with so little knowledge/guidance. She muddles her way through ok but the story ends with some news that should be happy but has some ominous portents. I can't wait to see how things work out in the next book. Overall, this was a great addition to the series and I would recommend it. :D
This was a very good addition to a great series. Overall, the elements that I've loved about the series are still there but Charley has changed a bit with this book...maybe it's the hormones or something but she gets a little TSTL in this book. Charley is still the heroine I know and love, exhibiting her snarky attitude and caring nature, but she definitely has a few moments in this story where she seems to let emotions rule her (even more than normal).
So the supernatural elements are escalating as Reyes and Charley discover that 12 hellhounds are on Earth looking to tear them both apart. Because of this, Reyes isn't letting Charley out of his sight and insists on going with her while she works her cases. This wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't for the fact that Charley thinks he's doing it because she's not able to look after herself (and rightly so against 12 hellhounds) and so she chafes at his accompanying her all over and tends to try to slip away unnoticed. She has a couple of cases she's working on in addition to some other issues that come up along the way and she seems to get herself in even more trouble than normal.
The story was interesting and the series storyline seems to be moving along better and I appreciated that. The fact that Charley seemed determined to get herself killed in this one was a bit annoying but thankfully she didn't succeed. I liked how things are building and I'm looking forward to seeing how the next book goes...lets just hope Charley's hormones are doing better and she gets over her TSTL moments. Overall, this was still a very good addition to the series and I'd recommend it. :)
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