Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it's concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he's sailing to the fledging colony, where he'll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family's financial gain. Then pirates strike and he's kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World. Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don't deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel's father.
This was a very good story. I liked both Nathaniel and Hawk and enjoyed their story and how they came together in the end.
Nathaniel is the son of a Governor over an island colony in the new world. He grew up in England and had schooling but always had issues with reading and always prefered a more physical lifestyle than what was considered proper for someone of his station. Nathaniel has always had a longing for men but kept his preference hidden because it's considered a sin (as well as a crime punishable by death).
Hawk used to be a good man and Captain of a Privateer ship, legally operating under contract from the crown. Hawk and his crew were screwed over by a evil man (Nathaniel's father) that wrongly invalidated his contract and proclaimed him a criminal to steal his bounty. Hawk and his crew were forced to become pirates because of this treachery.
The book description gives a pretty good rundown of how the story begins so I wont give more details that might spoil the story. I will say that although Nathaniel was Hawk's prisoner, he wasn't forced into anything...it was more a matter of him deciding take advantage of his situation before he is ransomed back to his father and forced to marry a woman for her dowry. Hawk is tough but it is partially an act because of his position and he has a soft side that Nathaniel brings out. There's some angst because of the fact that Nathaniel is a bounty and Hawk's crew want their share of the ransom but that plays out well, if a bit suspenseful. In the end, things turn out well all around and Nathaniel and Hawk are able to find a place they can be together and have their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. Nathaniel was a very good MC and I liked him a lot. Hawk was gruff and I didn't always like his actions but I liked him as a character. Together, Hawk and Nathaniel made a great couple and I was happy with how things worked out. Overall, I really liked the characters and I though the story was very good and engaging so I'd recommend it. :)
* note - I did find the narration a bit slow though so I turned the playback speed up to 1.20% and it worked really well.
Charles Cornick is the son of the leader of the North American werewolves - and his father's enforcer. Anna Latham, a rare Omega wolf with a calming presence, is his mate. They go where they are needed, handling problems in werewolf packs throughout the country. But this time the danger is closer to home, as an enemy armed with witchcraft threatens Charles and Anna's own pack.
This was a great addition to Charles and Anna's story. The book description does pretty well at explaining the basic premise of the story. It surprised me a bit because the whole story takes place in a relatively small area and over a very short period of time. That said, it was still a very good and interesting story that kept me seriously engaged until the end. I did go to sleep partway through the story but started back on it as soon as I woke up.
From previous books you'll be familiar with Charles and Anna and their relationship is pretty settled in this story. They've been together long enough that they're solid so there wasn't a much drama (at least between Charles and Anna). I liked what they've developed in to and am happy with their relationship. I wouldn't have minded a bit more coverage of their relationship but the story mostly focused on the action plot with the relationship as a secondary part of the story...more as a supporting factor than a central plot device. Still, I liked that Charles and Anna are settled enough that they can be supportive and helpful to each other like true partners should be.
Although there were a few "I wish" moments I already mentioned, overall the story was great and I really enjoyed it and seeing how things turned out. Charles and Anna are a great couple and it was super to see them again and handling things so well. I'm not sure if it is enough of a standalone for those unfamiliar with the series but I would recommend it for people that have already read the previous books and would recommend the series in general. :D
For someone who's been around for over 140 years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn't done a whole lot of living. Now that she's moved away from her controlling mother, she's tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth's surprise, her landlady's hot grandson checks both boxes. Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He's stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him.
This was a really good story. I liked both Elspeth and Wyatt and enjoyed their story.
Elspeth is an immortal that is 142 years old and just now getting out on her own. Elspeth has tried to gain her freedom before but her mother is very controlling, a lot more than Elspeth realized until she moved out on her own. Elspeth got a teaching job in Canada and moved away from her family but with 6 weeks, her mother shows up for a "surprise visit" and wanting to rule her life again.
Wyatt is an ex-special forces military guy that now works in private security. Wyatt was a bit of a playboy until 4 years ago when he met the woman of his dreams, Elspeth. She disappeared on him and he hasn't been able to forget her since. Wyatt is surprised when he goes to visit his Grandmother and finds Elspeth renting an apartment from her and doesn't seem to remember him.
When Elspeth moved to Canada, she found an apartment online to rent and moved when her mother was out of the country so she couldn't stop her. Elspeth's teaching job starts in a few weeks but until then, she's helping out the enforcers in the area in her extra time. Elspeth made friends with her landlady and is just getting settled into her life when her mother and twin sisters show up unexpectedly. Elspeth is extremely unhappy about this and as we see the interactions between them, it's easy to see why. Let me just say that Elspeth's mother is deeply disturbed and this led her to do things to control Elspeth and her 2 sisters...things all 3 sisters hate and is causing them to hate their mother (with good reason).
Wyatt is extremely attracted to Elspeth but he also doesn't know why she acts like she doesn't remember him and is a bit suspicious of her knowing his Grandmother and how close they seem to be. Unfortunately, some things happen that soon make it clear that someone is trying to kill Elspeth. Wyatt finds out about Immortals during one of these attempts and it also comes out that he's Elspeth's lifemate so Wyatt's memory isn't wiped. Wyatt decides to help protect Elspeth and it gives them a chance to figure some things out between themselves, including why Elspeth doesn't remember that she'd already found her lifemate 4 years ago. Thankfully, Elspeth and Wyatt are able to reconnect and come together as a couple once they handle Elspeth's mother (horrible woman!). After some drama and danger, the bad guy is captured and Elspeth and Wyatt are able to finally relax and start on a HEA together.
This was a really enjoyable story. I will admit that the part that bothered me the most was Elspeth's mother...how a mother could do that to her kids is beyond me so let me just warn you not to expect a reconciliation. Elspeth is a good heroine and I liked her very much. Wyatt is a really likable character too and Elspeth worked very well as a couple. Overall, I really liked the story and found it very engaging so I'd recommend it. :)
Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Jillian and Bael and liked their story.
Jillian is an anthropologist that works for the League for Interspecies Cooperation. Jillian had an unusual experience when she was young that prompted her belief in the unknown. She went to college with an aim to study the legends and lore and unusual subjects, she got her doctorate and the notice of the League, where she got an internship and later a job.
Bael is a dragon shifter that's around 80 years old (which is still young for a dragon). Bael lost his parents when he was in his 20s and he's a bit different from other dragon shifter. Bael likes serving the community and works as the town sheriff, which makes the remaining members of his family think he's a bit strange for a dragon.
Jillian was supposed to be going to Latin America for a different field assignment but when something happens to her boss, Jillian found herself rapidly changing plans and heading to Mystic Bayou, Louisiana. Mystic Bayou is a community that has had both supernatural creatures and humans living together in relative harmony and Jillian is tasked with studying the town and it's inhabitants and writing a report that will hopefully give the League and guide for the future. Supernaturals are a secret but it's believed they'll be revealed soon and a study of a long-time working example of co-existence would help things along when the secret comes out.
When Jillian first arrives, Bael is gruff and tries to make it clear she's not wanted there. It's nothing against her though because Bael is strongly attracted to Jillian...more than any other woman. But not everyone in Mystic Bayou is happy about a stranger spending time in their town and Bael feels the need to protect his people as they have had "issues" with the League in the past. But with a bit of time, it soon becomes clear that Jillian herself is a nice and smart woman that truly wants to help and thinks this study will help people. Jillian has had boyfriend issues in the past so she's resistant to Bael at first but they both eventually give in to their mutual attraction. There are issues they have to get past...Jillian's short assignment in Mystic Bayou, Bael's family issues and an apparent serial killer. Bael and Jillian do get through their issues and after some drama, they work things out and end the story together and starting on a HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Jillian and Bael. They both had their issues starting out but they got past them well, even if things got a bit fumbled in the process. My only real complaint is that I wasn't thrilled with the way things worked out with Bael's family but it wasn't a major part of the story and worked well enough (it just bugged me a bit). The characters are very likable and the story was very good, both enjoyable and engaging, so I'd recommend this story. :D
When the new girl in town, Eliza "Izzy" Forrester, decides to hit the local drinking hole, she's not ready to meet the town's good, solid guy. She's definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble's bed, and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm's length. He's in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken.
This was a really enjoyably story. I liked both Izzy and Johnny and liked their story. This review does have one bit of info about the Johnny & the OW that might be considered a bit spoilerish.
Izzy is the director of a database management team and loves her work. She recently started having a longer commute as, after some issues with a slightly psycho ex, Izzy decided to move outside of the city. She moved near her BFF and has a place big enough for her dogs, cats, birds and horses.
Johnny co-owns some businesses with his brother but he prefers not to manage those businesses himself as that's just not him. Johnny is a mechanic...he likes fixing things and is happy getting his hands dirty. Johnny thought he was in love a few years back but it ended badly and he hasn't dated seriously since then.
When the story begins, Izzy is waking up in Johnny's bed. Izzy is not the type of woman that has a hook up so she's really not sure how to handle things. There are some stumbles but Izzy and Johnny do get through breakfast and set up a time for an actual date. Although because of how they started, Izzy is iffy on how serious their date is supposed to be. Johnny is a bit slow to let people in but he's definitely interested in Izzy and exploring the attraction between them. They start spending some times together but Izzy's BFF also warns her about Johnny's Ex so she's worried about getting her heart broken.
And yes, the Ex does come back to town but Johnny (spoiler) isn't happy about it. He does make one mistake that didn't look good when his Ex showed up that had Izzy freaking out but he was pretty quick to confront the matter with Izzy and make sure she was straight on the fact that he wasn't interested in his Ex. Outside of that, the Ex isn't a major part of the story. There's also a bit of drama in the story from Izzy's sister and nephew showing up unexpectedly due to troubles of their own and their addition had some issues but also added nicely to the story. Izzy and Johnny are able to work things out between them, getting on the same page and working on starting a life together, ending the story with a HEA.
This was a really enjoyable story. Izzy was a real sweetheart..sometimes in a slightly unbelievable way (scene with the birds). But Izzy is a good heroine and is also smart and practical and even a bit of a goof, which made her more likable. Johnny seemed a bit unsure about things at first but I think he just had to adjust because he didn't expect to find Izzy. After his one big mistake, Johnny was great...an extremely considerate and gentlemanly hero. My only real complaint is that the story was maybe a bit slow in the beginning. It picked up and actually puled me in after I read into it some but it wasn't immediate. Overall, I really liked both the characters and the story so I'd recommend this story.
* note - Both narrators did fine jobs but I will say that for me, their tones weren't quite what I felt fit the characters.
When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she's nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble - she's wearing pink espadrilles, she's got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she's in the middle of a shootout.
This was an enjoyable story overall. May and Ozzie were interesting characters and I liked that them as a couple.
May is a photographer that makes a living doing portraits and wedding photos. May is single and likes it that way as she hasn't had good luck with guys in the past. May's sister lives close and she has 3 kids that May helps out with when it's needed.
Ozzie is the head of a security company that works with the New Orleans police a lot. Right now, Ozzie and his team are working an undercover job to take down a big gang in the area. Ozzie seems like he's rough and tough but he's really a bit of a teddy bear (at least for the right girl).
The way May and Ozzie meet is a bit of a clusterfuck. May gets a text from an unknown number and because her sister was having problems with her cell, May automatically assumes that it must be her sister. The texts seem weird to May (which should have warned her something wasn't right) but she's so convinced it's her sister that she automatically follows the texts to a disreputable bar. Soon after she arrives, crap goes down in the bar and Ozzie ends up saving May from someone shooting at her. May and Ozzie don't connect immediately and go their separate ways after the bar...at least until May realizes she's being followed and she's probably in trouble. Ozzie gives her a place to feel safe but seems reluctant to have her around.
Fortunately, his co-workers kind of pull May into the group and since they need someone for surveillance, she's soon hired on (even though she's rather wishy washy about the possibility). TBH, the beginning of the relationship is rough as both Ozzie and May seem to send mixed messages a lot. It doesn't help that May is constantly verging on TSTL. She tends to jump to conclusions and then take those jumps as fact, even when evidence builds up that her assumptions are wrong. She also tends to run from her feelings or any embarrassment...she's a weird mix between blunt and wussy. Ozzie and May do manage to get past their issues and things work out so they end the story together and starting towards a HEA.
This was an enjoyable story overall. May was a decent heroine but there were times I definitely wanted to shake her (for the reasons noted above). Ozzie was a bit confusing at first but I liked him as I got to know him better. Overall, the story was good and Ozzie and May seemed to work well together once they got there.
Evelyn Lewis' secret dream of marrying her brother's best friend is shattered when he leaves their hometown to seek his fortune elsewhere. For six long years, she's waited and wondered if he would return. After the shocking murder of her parents, her brother is the only family she has left. Refusing to accept a betrothal to a man she doesn't love, she decides to take control of her destiny and confront her parents' killer.
This was a very good story. I liked Alex and Evelyn and enjoyed their story. This is the first story I've read y this author and I liked it well enough that I's be willing to read more of her work in the future. That said, if I were you, I'd stop before reading the epilogue. The epilogue is just a short chapter about a different couple that is inconsequential to the story of Alex and Evelyn. It isn't a happy chapter though...ending rather horribly and in a cliffy (so be warned).
Evelyn is a 19 year old that was raised in St. Charles, MO. Evelyn's parent owned a farm and she lived there with her parents and her brother. Not long before this story begins, Evelyn's parents are killed and she's left with just her brother.
Alex grew up in St. Charles, MO, not far from Evelyn's farm and he was best friends with her brother. His father was abusive and Alex often showed up at Evelyn's farm beat up because he tried to protect his mother. When his mother died, Alex left to take a job with a fur trading company and would probably be gone for years.
Evelyn was 13 when Alex left and her brother, Henry, wanted to go with him but had to stay to help run the farm. They didn't hear from Alex and then when their parents were killed a neighbor said that Alex was the one who'd killed them. Evelyn didn't know what to think but couldn't dispute it and had to accept it as truth. She used to be infatuated with Alex and now she had to hate him, even if it was hard sometimes. When Henry decides to do something drastic, Evelyn gets caught in the middle and ends up in danger.
Thankfully, Evelyn's danger is ended by Alex rescuing her, even if she thinks she's been rescued by the devil at first. Alex has to take Evelyn as his woman to safeguard her but he's not willing to push himself on her and agrees to a temporary arrangement for her safety until he can take her back to St. Charles. With some time, Alex is able to convince her that he wasn't responsible for her parent's deaths and eventually, their arrangement becomes more. There's a twist in the end and Evelyn is in danger that makes Alex go to great lengths to save her but he does and they're able to start towards a HEA together.
This was a very enjoyable story (if you don't count the epilogue). I liked Evelyn very much. She did act in a stupid manner a couple times but she wasn't really given much choice in some respects and she wasn't a TSTL heroine (I hate those). Alex was a good hero and had his own demons to deal with but thankfully, any issues they caused were dealt with. Overall, I liked the story and characters and fond the story to be very engaging. I'd recommend this story (but not the epilogue). :)
* note - The narrator did an alright job but he was rather slow and I had to hike up the playing speed a bit.
He should have left her and never looked back… That's not how things played out for Caine, a nearly one thousand year old Pyte, who should have known better. Instead of walking away years ago, he has been watching over the only human who has touched his heart. He stays to protect her, at least that is what he tells himself. When trouble finds her, he knows that he should just cut his losses and walk away, but there is no fighting the hold the child, who has become a woman, has on him.
This was a good story but I did have some mixed feelings about it. It seems that so far, the heroes in this series tend toward being real jerks but at least Caine isn't as bad as Chris (the hero from Book #2 who was the high king of all asshole-heroes) and had his attitude turn-around much sooner.
Danni is the human daughter of a pair of Sentinels that were (at best) absentee parents. Danni grew up without anyone because of her parents but when she was 7, she met Caine. Caine is a Pyte that was being held prisoner in the same location that Danni lived in. He was escaping his imprisonment when Danni came out and befriended him without giving him a choice. He was allowed to stay free and for the next 10 years, Danni and Caine were best friends.
Unfortunately, Danni's blood had always smelled particularly good to Caine and when she hit 17, it got to be too much. However, instead of being rational and explaining the issue to Danni, Caine dropped her like a hot-potato, going from her BFF to not even acknowledging that she existed. This crushed Danni and since she had no one else and Caine had been her whole world, she was left achingly alone with no clue why.
10 years down the road, Danni has tried to move on with her life and has trained hard to be the best at her job. Danni is human but she and some other human children of Sentinels form a team to help take out some of the easier missions in the fight against the dangerous paranormals. Danni's group is sent out on a mission but unfortunately, her Ex, Greg, was put in charge of the team and Caine is part of it as well. Things go to crap and Danni and Caine are imprisoned together because their captor wants something out of them. Caine and Danni are forced to work together and while Caine is able to feign disinterest in her for a while, eventually it comes out that he isn't as indifferent as he seems. But that doesn't keep him from being a complete prick about it, planning to leave Danni just as soon as he can and talking about sleeping with other women in front of her (doesn't happen though).
Thankfully, Caine does eventually realize he's been fooling himself and he'd never be able to leave her but then he has to convince Danni to trust him. Danni was crushed when Caine left her the fist time and no matter how much she wants him, she's not keen to give him a chance to crush her feelings again. Danni is a tough woman, a real warrior woman, but Caine gets to her and she doesn't like having a weakness. So there's imprisonment issue as well as some issues with the Sentinel council that also cause some angst. Things do turn out well in the end though, with Danni and Caine getting their HEA.
This was an enjoyable story, especially once Caine stopped being a major jerk (around 2/3s in). I would gladly have kicked him in the balls at first but I liked him much more in the end. Danni was a really good heroine, I'm just sorry she has an ongoing health issue hanging over her head (that part is just...weird). Although my dislike for Caine in the beginning, tainted my enjoyment of the beginning of the story a bit, I did like it more as the story progressed, I did consider giving it 4 stars but my feelings were still just a bit too mixed for that so it gets a high 3 star rating. While I do think the author is a good writer, I don't think I'll be continuing with the next book. :)
Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she's been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED - the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet. A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead - and the house he was visiting burns to the ground.
This was a great story and addition to the series. I am liking Nell more and more as the series progresses. The plot involves a senator and his family that are being targeted for assassination. Nell's team is called in because of paranormal ties in the case but they soon discover that the assassin might be an unknown supernatural entity. Nell and her team have a lot going on as they try to determine who is behind the attacks and the reason for them in the first place. Of course, once the truth is uncovered it ends up being very dangerous and a few members of the team barely make it through but in the end, the case gets solved and everyone comes through alright if still recovering.
This was a very engaging story and I really like the characters. They're all bonding more and becoming more than just co-workers and I like it, it helps me to bond with the characters more myself. And the love-interest for Nell that's been hinted at in previous books is finally coming to fruition (a first date at least) and I think it'll be a good pairing for Nell. Overall, there are so many things that are great about this story, Nell's continuing struggles to live a life outside of the church she was raised in to make her own life, her relationship with her sister that has powers like Nell's, and the action storyline itself, which was very suspenseful and kept me fully engaged. I'd definitely recommend this story/series. :D
He's back. Not just back in town, but living in the flat right beneath mine. And he looks good enough to eat, which is just one more reason to stay away from him. But I can't resist. The sex is incredible (pretty sure we've shaken the house right off its foundation), but he can't fool me - not this time. A degree in marketing and five years in advertising have taught me that "true love" is a fairy tale used to sell lipstick, diamonds, and perfume. It doesn't exist. He thinks I'm wrong, and he wants to prove it. I think he's crazy, so I dare him to try.
This was a really good story. I liked both Jaime and Quin and liked how they got together.
Jaime works in marketing and lives in the Detroit, MI area. Jaime has 2 BFFs that she loves and a big brother that is great and she's relatively happy in her life. Her parents are together but not really happy and between that and some other things, Jaime has decided that romantic love is a joke (her marketing career certainly doesn't help this) and she refuses to get taken in by love. She keeps her relationships to one-night-stands or at most, short-term, sex-only setups.
Quin went to college when he was 18 but dropped out quickly when he was recruited to be a model. He didn't necessarily like the work but he made loads of money doing it. Quin's father left when he was a toddler and he was raised by his mother. She died of cancer a few years ago and it made Quin take a look at his life and decide to quit modelling and move back home to Detroit.
Quin's mom was the cleaning lady for Jaime's family and he was BFFs with Alex, Jaime's brother. Jaime had a crush on Quin and so when he was graduating from high school and soon moving off to college, she tried seducing him (she was 17 at the time). Quin rebuffed her, not telling her that the only reason he did was because of Alex and other family-related reasons, not because of a lack of attraction. Jaime was hurt by his rejection though and they didn't see each other again for 10 years. When this story begins, Quin is just moving back to Detroit and needs a temporary place to stay while the condo he bought is completed. Jaime lives in a house with 2 apartments that her brother owns and isn't too thrilled when she finds out that Quin is moving into the other apartment.
Jaime tries to play things cool with Quin and make sure he knows that she's grown up and isn't the same girl that threw herself at him. Quin doesn't buy the act though and finds Jaime even more attractive. Quin is a bit surprised when he finds out that Jaime doesn't believe in romantic love and wants to bed him but not have anything else to do with him. Quin is able to con Jaime into promising him a couple dates but even then, it's not easy for him. However, it wasn't nearly as bad as I feared and although reluctant, Jaime did go along with things. And as their relationship progressed, Jaime actually admitted to herself that she liked Quin and wanted more with him. Of course that's not to say she magically got past her relationship issues, she did still mess things up...but she also fixed them so I was ok with it. In the end, things work out nicely so that Quin and Jaime are starting towards and HEA together.
This was a really enjoyable story. I liked Jaime very much. I didn't like her relationship issues but I did like that she tried to work past them and when she ran from her feelings, she was very self aware about it and worked on figuring out how to get past her blockages. Quin actually seemed like a bit of a douche at first (with his frequent selfies and all) but the more I read about him, the more I liked him. He ended up being a really good hero. Overall, I really liked the story and characters and would recommend it. :D