Book Review: Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

 Alright people I decided to go with a paranormal romance, so I scoured the internet looking for a good one and boy did I come up with many, but something with this one stood out. The ‘infamous’ chapter 32 (I think) in book 2 of this series, One Foot In The Grave. So me being me, needing to read series from the beginning, even if they are standalone, I started with book 1.

Now just a little about me and my paranormal reading. I am not drawn to vampires….. at all. I usually steer clear of them. Twilight absolutely not, never read it, never will and have no desire to even read the synopsis. For some that is their go to, good for them, me not so much. That may be a little harsh but I know me and have no interest in it. That’s not to say I haven’t read a few but they definitely aren’t something I necessarily look for. However after reading reviews and some blog post throughout the internet about the infamous chapter 32 (or whatever it is) I was intrigued and started with book 1 so I can be more involved in the story line when I get to that specific part. Well lets just say the beginning of Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel had me thinking hmm maybe this is going to be OK, maybe I’ll love this vampire book. By the end I’m not so sure what to think. As I am writing this I have moved on to book 2  One Foot in the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel because really I want to see what the hype is about chapter 32 haha. So obviously I enjoyed the first book enough to continue but let’s get into that shall we.

The heroine Cat, or one of her various aliases, is ridiculously annoying for at least half the book. But in her own right a little bad ass. She is half human half vampire and HATES all vampires. To me this is a little confusing, doesn’t she understand how a vampire thinks even a little? You’ll understand what I mean if you read it. Her mother is awful, at first you want to feel sorry for her but all in all she is a bitch who probably doesn’t even love her own daughter because of her being half vampire. Granted what happened to her justifies her hating vampires, herself, but her daughter is half vampire so she should have a care for that! Well that rant over back to the story haha. Cat is out killing vampires, albeit weak ones, and runs into a master vamp named Bones. Now I won’t go into detail but they strike up a deal and become partners of sorts. This is where the love story for these two starts. That part of the story is pretty good, however Cat is extremely judgmental, selfish, narrow-minded and kinda full of herself. Here bones says it best.

 “No, there’s one more reason I kept it from you. I didn’t want to give you another reason to hate vampires. It’s not like you aren’t already predisposed to it. You tend to judge people for what they are, rather than what they do, if they don’t have a pulse.”  

Now speaking of Bones I loved him! He made the story for me! He put up with a lot from Cat. Granted I think he maybe saw past all her bullshit and saw what she could be. While I was reading all I could think was “sure Cat you have it bad but some have it way worse than you”! Then Bones proved that by telling her about his life before he was turned and she was still only thinking about herself.

That dark gaze didn’t waver. “I just told you that I used to be a thief, a beggar, and a whore. Is it really fair for you to cry foul over my question?” Put like that, he had a point.

She was so juvenile! This is one of those times I could have thrown my kindle across the room and I don’t say that lightly. She was doing this all the time making her problems out to be worse than everyone else’s, when that wasn’t the case at all, her’s were almost childish compared to his. As I said I loved Bones he was brutally honest.

You play the hand you’re dealt just like everyone else in this bloody world. You have gifts people would kill for, no matter that you scorn them. You have a mum who loves you and a nice house to go home to. Sod your backwoods neighbors who look down their ignorant noses at you for your lack of a father. This world is a big place and you’ve got an important role to play in it. Think everyone goes around whistling about the life they lead? Think everyone is given the power to choose the way their fate goes? Sorry, luv, it doesn’t work that way. You hold the ones you love close and fight the battles you can win, and that, Kitten, is how it is.”

I think Cat needed his brutal honesty to grow up a little and see things from a different perspective. I think her mom drilled into her head for so long, vampires are evil, that she didn’t even think about anything other than that. She was VERY naive through a good portion of the book. It kinda took a lot to pull her head outta her ass.

 All I’m saying is that sooner or later, you’ll have to come to terms with yourself. You can’t wish away the vampire in you, and you shouldn’t keep atoning for it. You should figure out who you are and what you need, and then don’t apologize for it. Not to me, to your mum, or to anyone.”

This is where the story picked up for me. She pulled her head outta her ass and realized she needed to except herself. The story actually got good here and I enjoyed reading the rest of it. She was pretty bad ass but that being said everyone has a limited and she maybe crossed that a little but it made for decent reading so I’ll give it a pass haha. My review makes it sound as if I didn’t enjoy reading this book but that isn’t the case. The author did a great job of building her world and the twists and turns, revelations and suspense were well written. I enjoyed all of that. I enjoyed the humor she added and even laughed out loud a time or two!

“How did you know he was a vampire when you saw him? Did you know, or did you not find out until he tried to have an artery party?”

The book kept my interest. Other than not liking the heroin for a good half of the book I can’t say the story didn’t keep me intrigued and for that reason I have continued to the next book and we’ll have to see from there. Man that was a wordy review sorry! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in paranormal romance especially the vampire kind. I normally lean more to shifter or magical type paranormal romance but so far, if you can look past the juvenile heroine from the start (I mean she is young and has to grow up some how), you will likely enjoy this series. Give it a shot Bones is worth it, plus I really need to get to this infamous chapter haha.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Rogue (Phoenix Rising Series) by Brynley Blake

 Shout out to that cover HELLO! As for the book…. MEH it was OK. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. It was just a read. I never felt connected to this book, not the characters or the story it was just reading. Which ended up being a little frustrating. I got this booked because it sounded not only interesting and fun but a little suspenseful and it had all those elements but it just didn’t have the feels. I wanted to enjoy this book, I love navy SEALS and the idea of doing a bucket list of someone else’s sounded fun. I just didn’t feel it, I wanted to, really wanted to but it felt like I was just reading. The story line was there and the writing was pretty good but the connection between the characters was just not there for me which made the rest of it kinda just meh. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for this book but it almost got repetitive for me. It almost felt like the story got lost in the sex, if that makes any sense. I love a good sex scene and these were done well but I wanted to read the story and had to skim some of the sex which doesn’t happen too often for me. I am usually so lost in the story that I read every word but this one had me skimming some of the sex scenes. The story is about McKenzie travelling around the world trying to finish her dead brother’s bucket list. She meets an ex navy SEAL Noah who wants to help her with it. He has other reasons for wanting to help her, it turns out her brother sold a bunch of guns to a Mexican drug cartel and they have been lost since his death and many people are looking to find them for their own nefarious reasons. This starts their love story and their travels through the bucket list, with the idea to find the guns (this is Noah’s reason for the bucket list McKenzie doesn’t know about them til the end). Part of my disconnection with this story was as a SEAL Noah should be on alert with everything but some things he just glosses over and that just isn’t how a SEAL would think. He was very bad ass with most everything but I think the whole glossing over may have been put in to intensify the story but it just led me to think he should have been more alert. I don’t know I’m not explaining it well! I just finished reading it a bit ago and maybe haven’t had enough time to process it and should have waited to write a review. I just didn’t love it, it got me a little frustrated and left me a little unsatisfied. It turns out this was the start to a series and we have to wait to find out more about the plot but through a different couple and I may read that one (I haven’t decided) maybe it will be better with the suspense actually being suspenseful. Maybe that story will flow a little better, maybe I’ll feel a better connection to the characters. Maybe that is all wishful thinking, I guess I’ll have to wait to see when the next book comes out if I’m in the mood for it. I wouldn’t say this was a bad book by any means, it was all there and others may love it, it could have just been my mood. I do suggest reading it if you’re in the mood for a little adventure and a navy SEAL.

“The universe granted me a second chance and led me to you. In that one defining moment in Las Vegas, the opening appeared and you were there, waiting for me, and I stepped through and claimed what was mine. You were meant for me, sweetheart. Our love is beyond the confines of time and space.”

I’ll leave you with that! I think I’ll go look for something in the paranormal romance catergory just something different, or something super funny! Any suggestions?

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Head Tripped by Nicole Archer

 Alright so if you haven’t read Road-Tripped: A Sexy Romantic Comedy (Ad Agency Series Book 1) then I suggest you should, cause that book was hilarious and the beginner to this series. This book is about a different couple and can be read as a standalone but definitely better if read in order, in my opinion. This story was different then I expected not necessarily in a bad way, I was just expecting more humor. It lacked the comedy of the first. I knew it would be more serious with Effie (love that name) being a recovering addict but I did expect that this authors humor from the first book and her characters free spirit would shine through. It was definitely more serious than I thought however it was still very good. The writing is very good and draws you in and you get to know and feel the characters. But I have to say some of the things that happened to Effie as the story progressed made me a bit angry for her, seriously had she not been through enough in her life that a little success was much to ask for. It did prove that she is a fighter though and she wasn’t about to be kicked again while she was down which was really nice to read. The love story between Effie and Elias was a really nice read, for the most part they realized the were meant to be and fought for each other, they had ups and downs but all couples do, a few misunderstandings but really part of that is from their pasts and they both had hard pasts to come back from. From the stories point of view I liked the road trip of Europe with a band, that would have been one hell of a time in my opinion. The way the author described the cities and situations they got up to it made it all seem very real, she did a very excellent job of that, very fun to read about. It gave the book that little extra bit of fun it needed to relieve the seriousness of it all. So a little about the story…….

Effie is a recovering addict. She was pushed extremely hard as a child (by her terrible mother) to be the best violinist. Since she has an ear for music she was very good and pushed to be even better which then caused arthritis. For the arthritis she started on pain meds and ended up upgrading to harder shit until she hit rock bottom. Fast forward a few years and she is clean trying to make up for her mistakes, this is when she meets Elias. She has no idea he is a rock star and he loves that about her so they spend some time together and really start to like one another. Elias heads off on tour and his band is in dire need of some help so he calls Effie to join them and this is where the fun starts. The band eventually falls in love with Effie and then the ups and downs start. I’m not going into detail here you’ll have to read it yourself haha. However it is a fun read and I do recommend it, this author is a definite read for me now and I’ll be stalking her to see when her next book is out!

Then she heard something else. Music. She froze in her tracks. “Is he here?” Callie kissed her cheek and removed the dishrag. A group of musicians were playing out by the pool—Missy and Griffin and Cato. Next to them, stood a bodyguard, an acupuncturist, a Disco Bus driver, and Walker, wearing a big dimpled grin. And in the center of them all, under an arc of flowers, a handsome man with long dark hair played guitar. He sang about secret gardens and candy slides, lollipops and horsey rides, tree houses and pale skin, chaos and identical twins, puffy clouds and bright blue skies, violins and disguises, half oranges and pretty little trees, and making music with his wild Effie bomb—his heaven, and the love of his life. On the last note, an explosion followed, and the door to her soul burst open, and love beamed out of her, brighter than the sun. Elias set down his guitar and knelt in front of her. “F-bomb Murphy, te amo . I love you. Will you marry me?” “Are you sure?” she whispered. “Oh, for fuck’s sake,” Callie said. Walker covered her sister’s mouth. Elias answered her with a warm soulful smile. “Yes, amor, I’m sure.” She kneeled down with him. “Then, yes, I’ll marry you.” He slipped a beautiful blue ring on her finger, and everyone cheered and banged on instruments. It was the sound of love, true love, and also the finale of her opera.

That about sums up the high jinx and of course you got Callie’s dirty mouth haha. I love that the sisters worked out their problems in the end too, it was a little rushed but really nice to have that bond back for them. I do recommend this book I felt for poor Effie and all the shit she was dealt in her life I was happy to see her happy! Get yourself a copy now and follow on their journey, like I said this author can take you on a trip and I was happy to go on it!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer

 This book was hilarious! I loved it! From what I can understand this is a debut novel and this lady can write. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like the heroine she was really just a bitch. Granted she had some shit done to her recently and you learn about that close to the middle so you can sympathize with her but at the start she was kinda hard, just hard. So that being said I figured nope not going to like this one but that just wasn’t the case. She came out of her shell and turned things around big time. I loved it!

Holyshitnipples!- My new favorite saying from this book!

So to go into the book a little. The Hero and Heroine both work at this ad agency and they have this RV client, their campaign alone will save the company. The idea is to send a “couple” on a trip in one of their RV’s along the coast of the states. Now side note from me wouldn’t that be fantastic I would love to do that! OK back to the story…… the female employee supposed to go on the trip is pregnant and has the worst morning sickness so they send the heroine Callie. This is the start of the rocky road trip because she thinks the hero Walker is a manwhore and wants nothing to do with him. From here on out they have trial and tribulations but almost all of them are hilarious!

Every hair on her body stood up, including her pubic hair.

From getting stoned with grandma, crazy nudist RV park, almost being eaten by an alligator and so many more hilarious run ins things start to heat up between Callie and Walker and I loved the whole ride. There were definitely some insecurities and misunderstandings but it all worked out and they weren’t as bad as some of these stories have. In my opinion the last misunderstanding wasn’t needed it could have worked a different way. In no way did this take away from the story I still enjoyed it and it was written well and kinda proved that Callie was willing to fight for them and not make Walker work for it all the time. So in the end it all worked for sure!

“Oh, sorry, Grandma. Didn’t realize you had bingo in the morning.”- even Walker had some really good one liners

I laughed out loud so many times. At one point I actually had to read a part out loud to my boyfriend because it was just so damn funny. As much as it was funny and made me feel like getting into a large silver dildo (you’ll understand when you read the book) and tour the states, it also had some depth and great story development that some of these romantic comedies don’t pull off all the way. All in all I liked it and there is already a second book with Callie’s sister as the main character and I think her story will also be funny but I think her’s will have way more depth cause she has been through so much and we only had a peak through Callie’s point of view. So I am of to read her story but if you haven’t you NEED to read this one so good, so funny, and super hot too.

The only real criticism I would have, and it may just be a me thing, but enough with giving the finger in all different ways it’s not that funny, to me, and it seems a little juvenile. Anyways it didn’t bother me enough to damper the book for me I still loved it so go click up there on the pic of it and order it and give it a read! A definite recommend from me I loved it! Well I’m off to read the next in the series!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Billionaire Husband by Sam Crescent

 I rarely read novellas because I feel like there isn’t enough time to connect to the characters or to develop a good story line. Some authors can do this and it blows me away that such a quick read can establish so much emotion and connection. Some authors can not and this read didn’t blow me away. It was an OK read with real potential but it was far too rushed for my liking. It could have been a really great story if it was fleshed out a little more, I loved the idea of it but it just felt too rushed. The other issue I had, was for such a short story the mistakes should be really low but in this story that wasn’t the case. This is not something I ever bitch about but this one was hard to over look I mean in one of the sex scenes she is giving him a blow job and it says he lightly places his forehead against her’s how is that possible no man, or anyone for that matter, can bend in half like then and she still has his dick in her mouth? That just isn’t happening.

So enough of my rant, about the story. We have a couple that were kinda an arranged marriage type thing for bettering the businesses. Well turns out neither is as the other expected and they have bad sex once a month to produce an heir but live separately and have nothing to do with each other until one day that changes. All the hero wanted was a passionate wife, well turns out he has one and just didn’t know it so he goes about rectifying that. That’s where the story takes off but by this time we are already just about halfway through the book. I wouldn’t say this was a terrible book it had real potential and a decent story line it just wasn’t long enough to connect the characters or to really feel what they were feeling. It was a decent short read if you over look the mistakes and the shortness but some people really enjoy short stories. If you’re looking for a short quick read then this would be a good one to go with.

Their marriage had started out rocky, but now they were stronger than ever. He loved Addie with all of his heart, and she made him a better person. They had been married six years. The first three years didn’t count. The last three had been the best of his life, and he couldn’t wait for the next fifty years with her.  

Happy Reading!

Bad Book Read

So I read a book last week that was not so great and I have decided I am not going to give an actual review on it. The story line was real promising, if it hadn’t been for the heroine the book could have been real good. It put me in such a bad mood that I couldn’t read anything for days after and that never happens to me. The heroine was just pure awful she was so selfish and ungrateful, she was just a plain old spoiled brat! The biggest problem was there were two books. The first was OK I didn’t mind it and the heroine was decent the second she was a bitch that acted like a spoiled brat and only thought of herself. For crying out loud she thought the love of her life was dead he shows up after years of healing and she’s like ‘your only NOW coming to find me’. Like what the hell not ‘oh my gosh you aren’t dead are you OK what happened’ nope he gets an all about her greeting. Jeezes it drove me crazy. So as you can see I would not recommend this book so I am not even putting the name on here or the author cause I have nothing good to say about it. However the hero had a brother and the next book is about him and a woman introduced in the second book and their story could actually be good so I may read that but I’m still on the fence. The only thing that got me back to reading was I decided to pick up my ALL TIME FAVORITE Kristen Ashley book Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain Series Book 3) now that is a great book and my most favorite of KA. Everything about that story is awesome! I have read it about 4 times maybe more and every time it makes me tear up. That story is just the greatest and never fails to give me the feels. Even though I know what is going to happen I am on the edge of my seat and hoping everything works out and of course it always does haha. So If you want my recommendation that is the book I recommend!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Torched by Shay Mara

  This is a two book series and I suggest reading both. The first doesn’t end on a cliffhanger which was nice but the second gives you a look into their lives after and it was a nice touch if you ask me!

“You can do whatever the hell you set your mind to, baby. Anybody can redefine themselves. Eventually, whatever happened to you will just be a blip in the radar of your life. But you have to let yourself let go of it.”

So you have Livia and Torch both from very rough upbringings but Torch has found his forever family in his biker brothers but his past comes back to haunt him so he goes nomad for a few months to clear his head and get some perspective. This is where he meets a very beaten down Liv. She is at her absolute worse and running, trying to get away from her awful situation. He gets called away by his club to do a run close to where he is but on his way back through two months later she is still there and they really connect. This isn’t where the story begins though, unfortunately Torch gets called away again and Liv needs to find her way so they go there separate ways for EIGHT years!

In that eight years Livia becomes a badass and I loved her! She is extremely smart, witty, good-hearted even after all the shit she went through, loyal, and well badass. She has to be one of the best heroines I’ve read. She went through so much in her life and worked so hard to change the outcome of the rest of her life. She was a fighter and everything she did proved that, she would fight for everything for the people she cared about. She proved her loyalty in the first booked ten fold for sure, I’m not spoiling it but it’s a bit of a twist.

Torch is fricking sexy and swoony! Who doesn’t love a biker. I love that once he saw Liv for the first time eight years later it was pretty much over for him, he knew she was his forever and he was going to fight for them even if he was the only one fighting. It didn’t take long for Liv to get with the program though, they were meant to be together. Torch was willing to change some of his ways to make sure Liv was happy in their relationship, you know biker ways and Liv is so independent that some of those rules compromise how she conducts her own safety.

I can’t sweetheart. I can’t do it. I won’t lose you over fucking logistics. Not when everything else about you is so beautiful and right that I know I’ll never find anything like it again… I want your ink on my skin, and mine on yours. I want your face to be the one I see at the end of a good day, a shit day, and every day in between. I still think you’re gonna be the death of me, but I’ll die a happy motherfucker… It’s you ‘til I die, baby. Just let me keep you, Livia Ash. Be my old lady.”     

The story line flows seamlessly and takes you on a wild ride all throughout. Every scene added to the story and made you want to be a part of all the action with them. The secondary characters were just as good and added to that family feeling. This author did an awesome job of creating the world of her characters and everything in it. I applaud her for this, not many authors can pull this off as well as she did and from my understanding these are her first books. Well done Shay Mara! I hope to see future books from her, cause these were definitely up my alley.

The second book continues on with their story. I really enjoyed that this author choose to do another book about this couple. Often times, after the couple I’ve spent so much time with gets their happily ever after I want more, to see where they end up and how their relationship progresses and with Torch the aftermath you get that. It is equally as good as the first. If I had any criticism it would be that the endearment “baby” was used too much by too many characters. I recommend this series to everyone especially if you love bikers, but you don’t even really need to love bikers to love this series! I am so happy I gave this author a chance I just wish she had more books! Happy Reading!