Book Review: Bound To Danger by Katie Reus

Bound to Danger - A Review

Title: Bound To Danger
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

A strong, intense plot, Bound To Danger is a romantic action novel just the way I like it. Big action scenes, coupled with a steamy attraction between the two main characters, made this novel an enjoyable, intense read. Maria, the heroine of the story, was a refreshing character, who’s reaction did not seem forced, but flowed naturally, no matter what the situation she found herself in. Cade, her hero, a trained operative, a well crafted alpha male character with a tender and caring side, was balanced by the Author just right, without loosing his credibility as a strong warrior, protective of the woman he loves.
This is my first experience with this author, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. Fierce and romantic, action packed, and steamy, this romantic suspense novel, is just the right thing for a hot summer night. I am looking forward to reading more from Katie Reus.
This book can be read as a stand alone novel, but I am surely going to pick up the first book in the series, and will read the next one.

(Copy of book provided by Netgalley – thank you)

Here is a list of what other book reviewers are reading this week:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Moss

On The Fence by Kasie West

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

Once Perfect – A Book Review

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Title: Once Perfect
Author: Cecy Robson
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publishing Date: October 7th 2014
Rating: 2/5 Stars

“Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.”

While the premise of the book is quite promising, and I was looking forward to a steamy romance, I was instead confronted with a main character I could not connect with. Considering that the book is written in first person, a connection to the character from which viewpoint is written, is essential. That was not the case here. A flat story line with predictable circumstances added to my frustration. I would not recommend this book. The only reason I am not given it 1 Star is because I have read too many romance novels who try to copy the style of Fifty Shades of Grey, and the Author did not do that, and attempted to find her own voice. That is commendable.

Book Review: Hamlet’s Ghost

Hamlet's Ghost - A Review

Title: Hamlet’s Ghost
Author: Jane Tara
Publisher: Momentum Books
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Release Date: July 24th, 2014
“Rhiannon Dee, a gorgeous witch, moves to a country town to reopen a theater and finds herself torn between the man who owns it, and his father who haunts it.

Kip Daniels has been haunting the Hamlet Majestic for thirty dull years, ever since the stage roof collapsed on him during what was meant to be his piece de resistance: his performance of Hamlet. All he really wants is to get to the end of the play, but that won’t happen while the theater stands abandoned and boarded up. He’s resigned himself to an endless limbo … until Rhiannon Dee moves to town to bring the theater back to life.

Rhi has fled a failed life in New York. She can’t find work as an actress. She’s overshadowed by her mother who has a hit TV show about witchcraft. Rhi is sick of being seen as a witch and intends to turn her back on the craft. But she quickly discovers she can’t escape her gifts, especially when she needs to use them to help one very sexy but sad ghost cross over. Surrounded by new friends and supportive townsfolk, Rhi breathes new life into the Hamlet Majestic, and helps Kip accept his death.

Hamlet’s Ghost is a story about those moments in life that define us, and how to truly move forward we must find peace with the past.”

I expected a unique book, and that is exactly what Jane Tara delivered. Well written, in a modern and fun voice, that made this one of the better reads of the year, Jane managed to grab my attention from the beginning, and never let it go. A light-hearted romance that is a part of the Shakespeare Sisters Series, but can be read as a standalone book (but why would you? This book will make you want to read all of them!) Jane Tara is a fresh voice in the sometimes stuffy world of romance. Well done!

Book Review: Parker’s Passion by Sabrina York

Book Review: Parker's Passion by Sabrina York

Title: Parker’s Passion
Author: Sabrina York
Publisher: Sabrina York
Publishing Date: May 4th 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Finally an erotic romance that is not trying to imitate the 50 Shades of Grey. An enjoyable, steamy read, this book is an easy to devour novel for those who are looking for romance, but don’t mind the physical. Falling into one of the better books in the genre, this books only downfall is that it seemed a little rushed, but the characters are charming, the story line has not just action that contains itself in the bedroom, and it is sweet, with the happy ending every reader will be rooting for.
A hot book for a hot day.

Book Review: The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington

Book Review: The Life You Left

Title: The Life You Left
Author: Carmel Harrington
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publishing Date: June 19th 2014
Rating: 3/5 Stars
“Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.
If you love me, you will give me the space I need…
Tell the children I love them.
Paul
It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: no one else can see him.

Edward is an angel. And he has a message for Sarah that will change her life and the lives of others forever. For it is only in the most difficult of times that Sarah can discover how strong
she truly is.

Set in a small coastal village on the beautiful Irish coast, The Life You Left is a story of redemption and the strength of love.”

An interesting premise, but the story is nothing special. While the characters are not awful, they are simply boring, from the main character Sarah Lawler to the Angel Edward. There is not much excitement in the book. It reminds me off one of those really lazy Sunday afternoons, when before having kids, we had nothing to do, and time to watch those movies that were on TV, just to keep from being too bored. The book did not excite me at all, but was not the worst thing I have read ever, it was simply flat, like those Sunday afternoon movies. With so many enticing volumes out there, this one had a premise that could have been built on. The thought of an Angel story got my attention, only to leave me wondering if there would be anything happening, that would exit me. It did not. HarperCollins has some really interesting romance and paranormal romance books to offer at the moment, this is not one of the better ones.

Book Review: The Keepers: Declan by Rae Rivers

Book Review: The Keepers - Declan (Book 2)

Title: The Keepers: Declan (Book 2)
Author: Rae Rivers
Publisher: HarperImpulse Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2014
Rating: 5/5 Stars
“You lied to me, misled me, attacked me,” Declan murmured, dipping his head toward hers, “but what we had three months ago wasn’t fake, was it?”

Kate’s gaze faltered to his lips, heat pulsing between them. But she didn’t deny it.

Declan Bennett has zero tolerance for thieves. He and his brothers, the Keepers, are fiercely protective of their witch, Sienna, and their privacy.

So when Kate Carrigan breaks into their estate, he’ll be damned if he lets the little wildcat get away with it – especially after she seduced him three months ago, leaving him buck-naked in a New Orleans hotel. Declan wants payback – and some answers.

Before she was murdered, Kate’s mother ingrained it in her not to trust anyone. Kate’s magical powers make her a pawn in the war between good and evil, a war she’s always avoided. Declan is everything she’s been taught to fear, even if she can’t forget the memory of his touch that one night…

Trouble is brewing as the powers of evil regroup – bolder and hungrier than ever – and Kate is forced to choose a side.”

What you just read was a snipped from the second book on the paranormal romance series – The Keepers. I have been looking for a while now for a good series to sink my teeth into, while I am waiting for my favorite author (Kay Hooper) to continue with her series. And with The Keepers I have found it, and more.
Blown away by the story that grabbed me from the beginning and never let me go, I enjoyed “Declan” immensely. This volume had been my introduction to the series, never having heard of Rae Rivers before – which is a shame, as she is an incredibly talented Author who without much fluff manages to entice the reader into a romantic paranormal story, that has more than enough action, and not just the relationship kind. Set in a back drop of where Witches have real powers, and Keepers to protect them from those who mean them harm, Rae created a world that is enticing, powerful and believable.
As soon as I had finished this book, I went to download the free sequel, (available for Kindle on Amazon for free, yes free), and enjoyed it just as much as I did this book. I am hooked. Rae Rivers is on the very few Authors whom I am calling my absolute favorite.

Dean Koontz: The City – A Review

The City - A Book Review

Title: The City: A Novel
Author: Dean Koontz
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Rating: 3/5
Dean Koontz is one of the reasons I originally wanted to be a writer. I read his new releases in English, when I still needed a dictionary to completely understand every word. I did not care. I held my breath between releases, waiting for more, from whom I considered the Master, better even than Stephen King.

But things have changed. Unlike Steven King, who never let go off the quality work, always delivering as expected, Dean Koontz trailed off, leaving behind the gripping tales for something that reminds me more of a Sunday afternoon movie – it’s there, you are bored, so what the hell, why not?
I miss being gripped and pulled into the story as he managed to do in his earlier stories, boring me half way through, and following the peculiar and not welcoming trend of delivering a story in first person. That choice alone eliminates tension, and that is what I remember Dean to deliver – tension.

It is not an awful book, not by far, if you make it past the first few chapters, it does pick up on speed, but I honestly have read Indie and Newbie Authors who delivered a faster, more enticing story, with a more engaging cast, then Dean Koontz has in this book. Am I going to give away spoilers? No, the few that are in there have to carry you through the story, and are scattered far enough in between, that I mind as well, tell you not to bother reading it all.

If you are a hardcore Dean Koontz fan from before his Odd Thomas times, you will be disappointed. If you liked Odd Thomas (which I loath), then this might be for you.