Thursday, September 29, 2016

Heart’s Thief by Emma Prince

Heart’s Thief by Emma Prince
Highland Bodyguards, Book 2
Publisher: Emma Prince (September 2016)
295 pages, eBook (provided by Author for review)
Book Rating: 5 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart

Colin has been sent on a mission hoping to find whoever is intercepting and compromising their missives, but Sabine nearly escapes right from under his nose, setting off a game between the two that turns out to have higher stakes then either of them intended. Both are highly skilled at playing people, but it was interesting seeing them try to work each other. Lots of secrets and misunderstandings about intentions here, but I really liked the two of them together—they had amazing chemistry from the beginning. I’m looking forward to Finn’s story! Can’t wait!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Lady’s Protector by Emma Prince

The Lady’s Protector by Emma Prince
Highland Bodyguards, Book 1
Publisher: Emma Prince (May 2016)
366 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $3.99)
Book Rating: 5 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart

In an effort to curry favor in as many directions as possible, the King has sent Ansel into England to protect an English nobleman’s bastard son, but when Ansel arrives, the boy has already been hidden away and he finds he must content himself with ensuring the protection of the boy’s mother, Isolda, who they find may be in just as much danger as the boy himself. Great story with an attraction that simmers from the very beginning. I wished at times that Isolda hadn’t been so reticent to trust Ansel, but I understand she was struggling with her past and the distrust it left in her. Ansel was a steady rock, that was impossible to keep from loving. Fast-paced read, and I look forward to reading about the next Highland Bodyguard in Heart’s Thief!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thor’s Wolf by Emma Prince

Thor’s Wolf by Emma Prince
World of de Wolfe Pack Kindle Worlds Novella
Viking Lore, Book 3.5
Publisher: Kindle Worlds (September 2016)
102 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $1.99)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: White Heart

Thorolf has been freed from his life as a slave on Pictland and has become a traveling shipbuilder vowing never to return to the land of his captivity, but then he witnesses a young Pict woman taken by Viking raiders being led to a life of slavery and he can’t help but try and save her from it. Good story of two people struggling with many of the same problems, and I liked the subtle addition of Bridget’s mystical healing powers. Thorolf (Feitr) was a secondary character in the previous book in this series and there were small references to other characters from that book. Quick, enjoyable read!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sinner by Jianne Carlo

Sinner by Jianne Carlo
The Hades Squad Series, Book 1
Publisher: Hartwood Publishing (February 2015)
302 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $2.99)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart

Destiny is preparing to edit a difficult author’s book, when she gets stranded in her cabin during a blizzard with a paratrooper that mis-landed in the storm. Linc (Sinner) is instantly determined to make her his for the duration, but he can tell it will take some persuading to get Destiny on board with his plans. Fun, quick read! Destiny comes off as a bit of ditz in the beginning, but she improves along the way. Sinner, I liked from the beginning—but then again, what’s not to like. This was a little heavy on the sex scenes, for me (seemed to be getting busy every time they turned around), but others may like that. Can’t wait to meet the rest of Sinner’s SEAL squad!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Protect Me by Margaret Watson

Protect Me by Margaret Watson
The Donovan Family Series, Book 6
Publisher: Dragonfly Press (November 2015)
329 pages, eBook (provided by the Author for review)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart

Mia is hoping to make Detective just like her brothers, and a bodyguard assignment for a movie star who is filming in town seems like a good way to ensure she gets her promotion, but the more she gets to know Finn, the less it becomes just part of the job. I normally don’t like to read books from a series out of order, but I got this one and delved right in. This story can be read as a standalone, but as with any series, I think it would be more enjoyable if you had the background of having read the other stories. Nice little twist with the bodyguard being the female in the relationship. Both characters were very likable, but it was a little heavy on the lust/desire inner monologue for my taste (as was the first book in the series). Looking forward to going back and reading the four brothers' stories!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ella Bandita and the Wanderer by Montgomery Mahaffey

Ella Bandita and the Wanderer by Montgomery Mahaffey
Publisher: Free Flying Press (May 2014)
296 pages, eBook (provided by the Author for review)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Pink Heart

This is a novel-length fable about a young woman who essentially sold her soul to a sorcerer, only to regret it too late. The traditional fable writing style and use of archetypes instead of character names,  made this an unusual and unique read, that takes place in a vivid fantasy world. The overriding theme throughout the story is bad things come from not following your heart (desires and other base instincts will lead you astray). I can’t really say that I liked any of the main characters, and Ella herself I liked least of all. Given her pitiable childhood, I wished I could have liked her more, but her vicious lack of compassion for anyone but herself made that very difficult. The Shepherd, though only a secondary character, was by far my favorite and I found his strong connection to both Ella and the Wanderer very intriguing, especially the pivotal part he played in the Wanderer’s evolution as a character.  Interesting ending, and a very thought-provoking read.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Love Me by Margaret Watson

Love Me by Margaret Watson
The Donovan Family Series, Book 1
Publisher: Margaret Watson (January 2014)
122 pages, eBook (available for Free on Amazon)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart

Helen and Jamie had an unforgettable one-night-stand over a year ago but no contact information was exchanged, so they are both surprised to see each other again when Helen’s landlord hires Jamie to remodel her office after someone attacked it with a car. Great fast-paced story, with the little added uncertainty of Helen being in danger from an irate ex-husband in a custody suit she handled. A bit heavy on the desire/lust inner monologue for my taste, but I loved the characters. I’m excited to read the next book in the series, Watch Me.