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Friday, 15 August 2014

Review: Unbroken by Maisey Yates ★★★★



Unbroken (Silver Creek, #3)Unbroken by Maisey Yates

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Silver Creek #3
Publication Date: August 5th 2014
ISBN: 9780425273692
Page Count: 320 
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey


Synopsis: In the latest Silver Creek romance from USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates, former rodeo star Cade Mitchell may never ride again, but there are still a few things he can do—like care for the woman he loves.

Amber Johnson has always thought of her best friend Cade as an older brother. A really hot older brother. But growing up in foster care, she learned to rely only on herself. As much as she likes stealing glances at Cade’s chiseled jaw and painted-on jeans, she resents the way he swoops in like a superhero to fix things for her.

When former rodeo rival Jim Davis starts harassing Amber to sell her grandfather’s failing ranch, Cade swoops in once again. To send Jim on his way, Cade pretends to be Amber’s boyfriend, moving in to help fix the place up. With her grandfather behind the idea, Amber and Cade have to keep the charade going—whether she likes it or not.

But as their make-believe romance starts to heat up, maybe Cade and Amber will learn to admit that they both could use a little saving…



Unbroken

When you read a lot of romances as I do, you start to notice the really commonly used tropes popping up again and again. In this case we have two: friends to lovers, and the fake relationship ruse. You can add to that a nice dollop of scarred hero, and reluctant-in-love heroine, and all together, you've got a tasty mix that should satisfy even seasoned romance junkies.

Cade, our hero, was badly injured in a rodeo "accident" a few years back and walks with a limp. He's still struggling to come to terms with his broken body and hasn't quite gotten there yet. Cade's BFF since childhood, Amber, is not without her own baggage, either. She was a foster kid and was bounced around from place to place as a child and teen and has never felt wanted or accepted anywhere. This led to her making a lot of poor romantic choices as a younger girl - letting men use her body but without understanding how to form any kind of emotional attachment to them - and so now she's sworn off all men. Well, except for best friend Cade, of course. He's different, and has never treated her the way the other boys did - Awww!

So as you can see, we're all set up nicely for a friends to lovers epiphany *lightbulb!*. It's just a matter of waiting for them to see what's been in front of them the whole time!

Overall, I enjoyed the romance in Unbroken. It was sweet, sexy and had a great set up with them having to pretend to already be together. The only thing I might have liked better would have been if either of have them would have realised they weren't just "scratching an itch" a little sooner. Instead, it seemed like the author tried to fit a whole book's worth if gushy romancey talk into the last few pages. It was a bit too toooo sugary.

Great fun read - 4 Stars ★★★★

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Super Quickie Review: Crimson Heart by Heather McCollum ★★★★

Crimson Heart (Highland Hearts, #3)Crimson Heart by Heather McCollum
Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
Series: Highland Hearts #3
Publication Date: June 30th 2014
ISBN: 9781622663613
Page Count: 436
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: 300
Reviewed by: Lynsey



Synopsis: Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. Keeping the secret of her lineage has been a success for years, but now, with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena's Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena's true identity, she must not only flee to Scotland for her freedom, but also for her life.

Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his own dark, killing magic must never be known. But when his father's life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan's suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest.

Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland's regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must find a way to trust each other, despite their secrets, before it's too late.




Crimson Heart

I was about to type, 'here we are back with McCollum doing what she does best,' but having just read her recent YA Urban Fantasy, which I ended up rating higher than anything else of hers so far, maybe that's not quite what I mean any more. But it certainly is nice to feel in comfortable hands with a writer in her element as McCollum is with her hunky Highlanders!

Crimson Heart is yet another great, feel-good romance with a nice switcheroo happening in the supernatural department.  It's the man that has the magic this time. A nice twist, and a great setting for their romance with plenty of intrigue.

4 Stars! ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




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ARC Review: Dream Huntress by Michelle Sharp ★★★★★

Dream Huntress (Dream Seeker, #1)Dream Huntress by Michelle Sharp
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Series: Dream Seeker #1
Publication Date: June 23rd 2014
Page Count: 260
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey



Synopsis: Detective Jordan Delany has a gift. Through her dreams, she connects with dead victims of violent crimes. Her isolated life as a drug cop is perfect for hiding the freakish visions, until her newest investigation has her posing as a cocktail waitress in a down-and-dirty strip club. When
she’s saved from a drunken customer by a handsome stranger, the heated chemistry is exactly why she intends to keep Mr. Arrogant at bay. But learning he’s the new bouncer for the corrupt club she intends to bust just might be the one reason why she can’t.

Tyler McGee suspects a drug ring operating out of the local club is flooding the streets of his hometown with heroin. Determined to get answers, he plays the part of a fallen cop and lands the job of head bouncer. What he discovers is that the club owner isn’t the only deadly obstacle he’s facing. His attraction to an intriguing cocktail waitress with a penchant for danger just might kill him first.




Crushed it.

Those were my sentiments for Michelle Sharp as I finished this book, because to me, Dream Huntress had the perfect balance of fun, sexiness and mystery, leaving me with that warm, fuzzy, good read feeling. It was fantastic!

Jordan Delaney is a sassy, no-nonsense police detective working undercover in one of the seediest bars you can imagine. Her approach to her job is admirable. She should probably be more scared than she is, however, surrounded by such disgusting examples of the male species without any backup - and not even wearing enough clothes to hide a gun! - but she handles it all with aplomb. That's not to say she's 100% brash swagger, though, or that she doesn't have a vulnerable side. When people come close to discovering her big supernatural secret she soon loses a lot of that bravado. She was a fascinating character and a great heroine.

Also on the scene is Tyler McGee, the bar's latest security man who is definitely more than he seems. The pair of them had great chemistry together, although their relationship was not without its irritations as they both often got in each other's way. We're not sure at first precisely what Tyler's goal is, but he's definitely not happy to have someone putting themselves in danger right before his eyes. His cop instincts - retired or no - won't allow it to go unnoticed. Of course, as these things often go, that initial irritation soon led to something more romantic. As their relationship changed and evolved and we got to know the characters more, I really grew to like them both individually and together.

Aside from the romance there was a great storyline which nicely tied together Tyler's back story as well as Delaney's supernatural abilities. It culminated in a nail-biting and almost heartbreaking finish, one that left me on the very edge of my seat and rooting for a HEA with all my might.

All together, an excellent read - 5 Stars! ★★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Review: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

Going Down in FlamesGoing Down in Flames by Chris Cannon
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
Publication Date: June 30th 2014
ISBN: 9781622665303
Page Count: 407
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey



Synopsis: If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can't have.


Dragontastic!

This was just pure fun in a bucket, you guys. Absolutely entertaining from front to back. It's a YA Urban Fantasy with romantic elements based around a secret society of dragon shifters who come into their powers during their teens and are then drafted into a sort of "Dragon High" to learn how to control their new gifts.

The main character is Bryn, a soon-to-be sixteen-year-old, who was just fantastic; witty, snarky, and hilarious. Her sudden change from ordinary human to BOOM! YOU'RE A DRAGON! was handled with comedic aplomb. No serious drama llamas in sight here. It was light-hearted, freaky shifting fun!

The romantic interest was sweet as could be, although a little slow on the uptake! I think I'd have preferred if he were closer to Bryn's own age, though. He was nineteen, which seems very different to newly sixteen. And that is very hypocritical of me to say since my husband is 14 years my senior! But it's different with teens. Especially ones as young as 15/16. Anyhoo, that was my only concern. Otherwise he was perfect! :)

All together, a great, fun read! Highly recommended.

4 Stars ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.





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