Claire Marta-A Hellion Heart

I had never read any of Claire’s Cease Fire series before I signed up to review this one, and Claire was kind enough to send me the first 3 books. Now I’m kicking myself for not having read the books before, because the series is just so very good. A Hellion Heart definitely fits in with the rest of the series, and it kept me really engaged.

So, we have Cade, and his brothers Ryan and Benson. They are triplets and werewolves. They have been hired by Lucifer to make sure that the seals between Hell and Earth stayed sealed. They have been able to make sure that most of them are closed and sealed again, but there is one that they haven’t been able to find. Early on in their search for everything, Cade slept with a demon named Jinx, who just happens to be the person who was hired to open the seals. During that time, they ended up mated. Somehow, Jinx got a mate mark on her hand from him, and now, they are bound together, whether she wants it or not, and right now, she really, really, really doesn’t. But Cade knows that he is the one for him and his brothers, since they will share a mate, they just have to find her and convince her of that.

Meanwhile, Jinx has stopped messing with the seals, for reasons, and now she’s trying to stay one step ahead of some bounty hunters. Bounty hunters other than Cade, Ryan, and Benson. There’s someone in her past who wants to capture her, and her sister Karma, and own them again. If/when they do find her, horrible things tend to happen. And one such terrible thing has happened right now. She was caught and has been delivered to her own personal nightmare, and she’s been through into a place called The Glory Hole. Bet you can guess what happens there. The wolves manage to get her out, and take her someplace safe, where Karma shows up, and oh, Lucifer and his queen, Mavi.

I think the wolfie brothers are actually pretty good guys. They are bounty hunters and aren’t really the good guys, but they are pretty good men. They seem to have a strong sense of honor that they follow. While they are kind of idiots about Jinx in the beginning, since they were coming at it from the world view they’ve always had, they were eventually able to get their heads out of their asses and make good decisions when it comes to Jinx. There were times when the things that happened between the brothers and Jinx absolutely broke my heart.

I like Jinx. I love how fierce and confident she is, at least most of the time. She has some very, very, very thick walls up, and knowing her past, I don’t blame her for having those walls up either. I would probably buttress them so that they are even stronger. She loves her sister, and she loves her fiercely. Anyone who is inside of her walls is fiercely cherished and loved. I like that she slowly decides to give Cade and his brothers a chance.

I can’t wait to get Karma’s story, if we ever do. She has mysteries that I want to know more about. I am also looking forward to Cassandra’s story. I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be a hard one.

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I worried about what might happen when we met Thanatos. I mean, Greek angel of death, never a good thing.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Renee Rose & Vanessa Vale-Wild

Wild is the second book in Renee and Vanessa’s Wolf Rance books. It’s currently live everywhere, except Amazon, who are taking their own sweet time. They’ll probably get to it sooner or later, but if you buy your books from anywhere else, you’re in luck. I’m primarily an Amazon girl, since I read on my Kindle, but I’ve found Kobo to be pretty easy to work with.

So, here’s our story. Audrey and Boyd, our couple from the first book, are just about to get married. Because of that, Marina, Audrey’s sister, and Colton, Boyd’s brother, are on their way to the ranch so that they can be there for the wedding. Except, there’s a huge fucking storm. Big enough that it causes a creek to flood over the road. Marina decides that she wants to experience the true fury of the storm, and goes to stand outside on a pillar to look at the creek and get rained all over. Then, Colton shows up.

Colton knows there’s something about her from the very second he sees her. His wolf recognizes her as his mate. He wants nothing more than to grab her off the pillar, take her to bed, and stay there for pretty much ever. Instead, he tells her his name, and they go back to a hotel together and spend a fantastic night together. In the morning, while Colton’s in the shower, Marina leaves, headed toward the ranch.

See, here’s the problem. Colton never asked her name, so he has no idea who she is or how to find her. Marina, however, knew who he was as soon as he told her his name, and she knew that she would see him again, real soon. She also thinks it’s nothing more than a fling. I think both Colton and Marina have lots of things to learn.

Marina has a sweet heart and she brings a lot of joy and light wherever she goes. I think that she is just bubbly and happy. Now, that doesn’t mean that she isn’t dealing with a shit ton of crap, because she is, but happy and joyful are her default setting, I think. I think that her father is a true asshole, especially when it comes to dismissing such a sweet young woman.

I think that Colton is a good man who lives a lot in his head. Of course his wolf is about this >< close to going completely off the rails, and he’s a little out of control because of that, but he spends a lot of time thinking about things, and about what he thinks is the best thing to do. I think that he should probably spend a little more time talking to Marina and seeing what she thinks is the best thing to do.

I can’t wait for the next one, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be explosive.

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That jerk is going to be a huge fucking problem, I know it.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Golden Angel-Chasing Her Lion

Chasing Her Lion is the last book in Golden’s Big Bad Bunnies series. I was happy to read it, but sad to see it. I’ve seen the end of too many series in the past few months, and I get a little teary upset, because I love the characters and the world. The BBB are joyful to read, and the books are funny. It’s fun to try and catch all the various geekdoms and easter eggs that Golden drops in them.

This is Bailey’s story. She’s the Beast of Caerbannog, the last of the Bunson children, and her bunny/bear/turtle is a real beast. Truly. She’s a bloodthirsty little thing, and no one will ever see her coming, except as a white blur. She’s hoping to find her fated mate, like Bethany and Brice did, but she’s been in a relationship with Kasim for a while now, and they are getting closer and closer. In fact, she’s ready to move on to the next level. But at a mating reception, on her way to the ranch fountain, things change. She smells something so wonderful. The best smell ever in the whole wide world. Her fated mate. Which, incidentally, isn’t Kasim, who is standing next to her. She walks up to the man, who stares at her and runs away. Meanwhile, Kasim has seen her see her fated mate, and asks Steele to send him on a mission, so he does. Far away. To a place Kasim never wanted to be, his hometown.

Kasim is so in love with Bailey, and has been waiting for her for so long, but now, when he’s right about to make his move, she meets her mate. He can’t stand to be there and watch the woman he loves more than anything have the life she always wanted with her fated mate. She was always so convinced that she would have one, and apparently, she did. Kasim wants her to be happy, but that doesn’t mean that he can stand to be there.

Kasim has been incredibly patient with Bailey and all the stuff that she’s done since the Bunsons were rescued. I mean, she sowed a whooooole lot of wild oats, been incredibly brash, bold, and impulsive, and been more than a little bit fixated on the idea of fated mates. But, it’s been totally worth it to him, because Bailey is Bailey, and all that he wants. I really do like Kasim a lot. He understands Bailey perfectly, I think, and even more than she does herself.

Bailey is a fun person, but I think that she’s a little bit, ok a lotta bit, impulsive, and doesn’t always think through the consequences of her actions. I think part of it is that she spent so much of her younger years in the labs of The Company, but I think she allowed that to be an excuse, and she needed to grow up a little bit. I think that Kasim is really good for her.

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I love when the challenge comes, and everyone tries to warn off the challenger. Not because they are afraid for the challengee, but because they already know what will happen.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Katie May-Blindly Indicted

Blindly Indicted is Katie May’s entry into the Paranormal Prison shared world series. This is my first Katie May book, but it isn’t going to be my last one, because I liked what she did with Nina, Blade, Damien, Bronson, Cain, Abel, and Rion.

We open with Nina escaping from the horrible place where she has been held for her entire life. Not only has she been held there, she’s been tortured. And when I say torture, I mean pretty much daily since she was a young child. And terrible things like having the skin flayed off her back. Luckily, she was able to get away from there, and now she’s running. The problem with running? She’s blind, so it doesn’t matter that she memorized the route that she and Kai came up with. But, she has a power that not many people know of. She can slide into people’s minds and use their eyes to see. It doesn’t even have to be a person, she can also slide into the eyes of animals, which is how she’s been seeing to escape. But then, something happens, and the next time she’s aware, she’s being accused of murdering someone she’s never heard of. To cut to the chase, she ends up in prison, where they stick the political prisoners, the Labyrinth.

Then we have the Labyrinth. It’s basically split into two factions. One faction is the shifters, and the other side is led by Blade, along with his lieutenants, Bronson, a shadow wolf, Damien, a mage and assassin, Cain and Abel, who are twins. Cain is a sex demon and Abel is a trickster demon. Nina gets brought to the throne room, where she is presented to Blade, and all of a sudden, Nina manages to take a look at Blade and discovers that Blade is Kai, the man who was supposed to come back and rescue her, and the first love of her life. This is a total shock to everyone involved, and things happen. And did I mention that Blade is actually a dragon? Yeah.

So, I like Nina, but she’s really naive considering everything that she’s gone through. Then again, she’s been living in a locked cell in a torture compound for her entire life, so it’s not all that surprising that she’s naive. But she’s also really smart, I think, and she has a really good heart. She also sees things in people that no one else does and she gets people to see themselves the way that she sees them. I think that she makes a lot of changes in her world without necessarily trying to, she just does.

This is a reverse harem, but most of the sexual stuff happens one on one, without the other guys around. There are a couple of times when there are two of them, but mostly, Nina has a separate relationship with each of the guys, forming the true center of the group, including Rion, who yeah, I know I haven’t mentioned much. You will just have to read to find out more about him. While Blade and his dudes have formed this inner circle of a gang, they aren’t necessarily friends or even friendly with each other. They all recognize that they are strong, and that they are all stronger together, but that doesn’t mean that they are friends. I think that Nina changes that around. She makes them more of a family group, I think.

While I enjoy RH where everyone is getting busy as a group, I also like it this way. I don’t think this particular story would’ve worked as well if they were all in one big group at once.

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I love Nina’s cat. I was very suspicious about it when he first showed up, but seems like a very nice kitty.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

J.R. Thorn & Lexi C. Foss-Noir Reformatory

Noir Reformatory is another entry in the Nightmare Penitentiary shared world series. This one is kind of a cousin to Delinquent Demons by K Webster. We meet Novak in that one, and we see him in this one too. So, related, not a sequel.

Here’s our story today. We have Raven, who is a Noir. Think dark angel, or Nora. Nora start with white wings, but when they fall, they end up with black wings. Except for Raven, who was born with them, which is supposed to be impossible. On top of that, she’s a female, which is perishingly rare. She’s spent her life locked up, and now that she’s 18, she’s being taken to another prison. This time, it’s the Noir Reformatory, where the Noir are supposed to be reformed. Let’s just say it doesn’t quite go that way. She ends up throwing herself out of a helicopter, and flies to where a whole bunch of other Noir are flying. Which is, of course, Noir Reformatory, and shit is about to get real. And she’s the only female there. So, yeah.

Meanwhile, we have Sorin, Zain, and Novak. Novak was their leader, and they all fell together. They spent decades together in another prison, and now they’re being moved to this one. They all end up standing in the arena, where Sorin sees a female, who he feels the need to protect. Because, you know, female. So he manages to help, Zain comes over to help, and Raven ends up knifing him. Novak rushes to the rescue, and ends up in a different part of the prison. Raven, Sorin, and Zain end up in a cell together. Which is interesting, to say the least.

Zain and Sorin were a couple before they made it to this prison cell, and the presence of Raven doesn’t inhibit it. In fact, I think it probably made them more active. Raven really enjoyed the show, and frankly, who’s to blame her? I would. But it also makes her feel all kinds of things.

I really like Raven. I think that she’s fierce. She’s a fighter from the bones out, and she’s not going to put up with any shit from anyone, ever. She’s had to fight for her entire life, and this isn’t any different. That’s a very, very good thing, considering where she is and what is going on there, and what is likely to happen. I don’t want to be in her way when she’s working on getting what she wants, because she’s not going to let anything get in her way. I think that the only people who can stop her are Sorin and Zain, and probably Novak.

I can’t wait to see the next book, because it’s going to be so interesting!

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Ugh, the Valkyries. And the Reformer. Double ugh on him.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Definitely go check it out. Happy reading!

 

Nia Farrell & Claire Marta-Casey

Casey is the second book in Nia and Claire’s Guarded Heart series. The first book was Morgan, and this one takes place mostly concurrently with Morgan. I would suggest that you read it before you read this one so that you can truly understand everything going on.

So, here’s our story. Casey is Morgan’s roommate, and that has brought her to the attention of Malik and Iosefa, two of the cadre. They are pretty sure that she is their fated mate. She is pretty sure that they are a massive pain in her ass. In fact, she tries very hard to ignore the fuck out of them, which vexes our guys. They want to get to know her and woo her, but that means that she is going to have to trust them, and trust is one thing that Casey does not do much of. She trusts Morgan, and that might be it. Oh, she trusts her godmother too, but that’s it.

Casey is a federal agent, and she’s trying to find the person who took down her brother. That’s part of the reason that she has such a hard time trusting people. Trusting means that she has to let people in, and she’s pretty sure that she has good reasons to not do that.

Then we have Malik and Iosefa. They are helping to guard Morgan while still trying to get to know Casey, and occasionally busting criminals, which has gained them a fan club, which really annoys Casey for some reason. They are so drawn to her that they will occasionally sneak away and follow her, which leads to its own problems, right there.

I like Casey. I think that she is a really strong character. She knows what she can do, she knows what she wants, and she’s not about to give up on anything. I think that she’s also annoying AF sometimes. She’s so determined to not let anyone in that she misses that there are people who actually care for her and who want to actually get to know her and love her. She would rather just shove Malik and Iosefa away, because they don’t fit into where she wants them to be.

I like the guys. I think that, for 95% of the time, they are really good, honorable guys. They are going to do everything they can to maintain their mission, as well as try to secure their fated mate. It’s that lasts 5% of the time where I didn’t like them quite as much. There were a couple of times that I thought that they overstepped a bit, and I would’ve been upset at them if they did what they did at my house, and I’m not nearly as secretive and private as Casey is. I understand *why* they did it, I just would’ve been upset in Casey’s place. Would I have done it in their place? Umm… Yeah. So, maybe I’m just a smidge of a hypocrite, LOL.

Anyway, I really can’t wait until the next book, because I know that it’s going to be really good.

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I think that more needed to happen to certain people in this one. It just feels like they didn’t get their just desserts.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Alice Winters-How to Vex a Vampire

Alice Winters is one of my favorite MM authors. She writes a damn good story, with fantastic worlds, but that’s not all. She also writes the most ridiculous, funny, charming characters. And How to Vex a Vampire fits right in with the rest of her books. I laughed my ass off while I was reading it, because it’s really impossible not to.

As you can tell from the title, this is a PNR/UF kinda thing. So, here’s our story. Finn is a human homicide detective. He walks into a crime scene, and Marcus points out that he shouldn’t be there. That’s because the vic is a vampire, and the Vampire Related Crimes department of the police is supposed to handle it. But Finn has a plan. He knows that they need to have a new person in their department, and he wants to be that person. There is a very young vampire there, and he nearly attacks the human analyst doing work, which means there’s suddenly an opening. Finn basically begs the head of the department, Brooks, to let him have the job, and he gets it. It helps that Brooks has known Finn for a long time, having been a friend of his adoptive father. So, he knows Finn’s history and abilities.

Poor Marcus, who is a very old vampire, gets stuck with Finn as a partner. It really annoys Marcus, and he does what he can to try to scare Finn off, which doesn’t work the way that he really wants it to.

Finn is just totally ridiculous and incredibly charming. He’s one of those people who never meets a stranger and knows that everyone loves him. He just can’t imagine it being any other way. And then the fact that he’s positive that you love him kind of makes it so that you do love him. He wears you down and grows on you. Or you just get too damn tired to fight him off any more. Either way, it works. But the thing is that Finn is just as smart, talented, and competent as he thinks he is. Which is almost too bad for him, because, well, that just gives him more fuel for his ego. Which really doesn’t need any more fuel. And you could almost think that he would be insufferable, but he really isn’t. He’s just this guy that you really just kinda want to take care of and be friends with. But you also want to snark at and with him.

The snarkasm is heavy in any of Alice’s books, but it’s never really mean. It’s just the way that the characters communicate.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and I hope it comes soon. Of course, I can’t wait for the next book in any of her series, and I definitely recommend them to everyone.

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I’m dying to find out more about Finn’s history and why certain things happened.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!