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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Review: Alien Nation

Alien Nation  @GiniKoch Must read - entertaining, page turner, #bookhangerover Kitty the Alien Saver to the rescue! 
Alien Nation by Gini Koch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series only gets better and better. This is a MUST READ book. One of my favourite books showing up end of 2016, Ms. Koch delivers another stunning winner. Kitty is once again in the thick of things as subplots within subplots develop at the rate of rabbits copulating. This book is a page turner which should only be started earlier in the day. Forewarning for readers who think they will only read just a few chapters before bed. It is not going to happen. Do not say you were not warned when day breaks and you are still reading this book.

With all that has happened to Kitty, what new development can occur? With the Mastermind cut off at his knees, is he really that much of a threat? Apparently he still has a little power to wreak havoc. What is new in this book is the latest Big Bad coming to Earth. For those who loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you might get a similar vibe off of Kitty who is the Alien Saver. It appears that other aliens are looking to Kitty to protect them from this new threat. I am very intrigued.

This fast paced story is more than Kitty figuring out what is going on, it also continues to build out this world. This world is starting to reveal some ugly truths. Truths such as how allies become enemies and how those striving to be better or enlightened may not turn out the way they expected. The horrific atrocities committed due to a change to enlightenment is a social commentary in some ways. I enjoy books that have a deeper mean which makes readers think. Ms. Koch sneakily inserts some socio-political philosophies in an entertaining book. I wonder how many readers will catch it and discuss it in book clubs. Thought provoking and compelling, this sci-fi/fantasy may blow your mind.

Kitty is the ultimate out of the box thinker. I love how Ms. Koch keeps this consistent with her character. Kitty's ability to figure things out through things she's seen in movies and read in books is remarkable. It shows high cogitative skills which just tickles me to no end. Her ability to relate to those who don't look like humanoids is also impressive. I like how Ms. Koch doesn't make it easy for her characters. She uses different body types and crosses lines just to make it more difficult for her heroine. The latest batch of aliens bring in a wide range of body types. I must confess, the turtle like ones keep appearing in my mind like Squirtles from Pokémon.

Once again, Ms. Koch delivers a high quality story with strong characters, excellent world building and an in-depth plot. This story has it all. One can only hope this series can be turned into a TV series or movie. This hilarious and fast paced story is highly recommended to everyone.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: Her Naughty Holiday

Her Naughty Holiday @tiffanyreisz Must read warm fuzzy holiday romance
Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Poignant, satisfying and sexy - another winner from talented Tiffany Reisz. This story, I held off reading for some unknown reason. That is clearly a mistake. This is a read it now book. Whilst this is part of a trilogy, this story can be read as a standalone. For those who are hankering for Ms. Reisz's incredible BDSM series, this sweet romance will tide a reader over for a bit longer.

Clover Greene is a successful entrepreneur. She runs a flower shop. Full disclosure, this story hit me a bit more because I have a cousin who has a life similar to Clover's. Both my cousin and Clover did not finish college and they started their own flower shop. Both became very successful despite the lack of support from their immediate family. I remember my mother sharing with me how horrible my cousin was being treated and that my cousin is a survivor. My mother commended my cousin on how she ignored the nay-sayers and followed her dream. Because of this personal experience, this story meant much more to me. Because I can see how Clover's family treated her affected her just as it did my cousin. I am much more engaged in this story and wanted to cheer Clover on. Because in real life, as a six year old, I could not be as supportive as Clover's "fake" boyfriend Erick.

I loved Erick. He is a man who can be any man. He's not rich. He's not poor. He's a representative of working America complete with a teenage daughter. I liked how he handled the curveballs in his life and risen to the challenge. I especially loved how much he supported his wayward daughter. This is what it means to be a parent with unconditional love.

I found this book to be an excellent story of how to be non-judgmental and ignore those who want to drag you down. This story is reassuring in that it shows people don't get to choose their families, but they can work to make it better. Even when someone loves you, sometimes they don't show it right. This story is a feel good because the end result is how we hope real life would turn out. Sometimes, it does. For my cousin and Clover, it appears to have a happily ever after.

The sex in this story is erotic, spicy and delicious. This is the kind of romance novels I wanted to read when I was in my teens. It is descriptive, full on carnal pleasure. The way these two adults revel in their sexuality is fabulous. Ms. Reisz is one of the few authors I can always rely on for excellent sex scenes that turn me on.

This holiday trilogy featuring handymen is hands down a must read.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Benevolent Master

Benevolent Master Benevolent Master by Dakota Trace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New to BDSM and want to learn a little about what the community can be like? This is the book for you. Granted, I may be a bit bias because I've always enjoyed Ms. Master's stories. The BDSM in her books are real to life both in action and in relationships. From a BDSM accuracy, Ms. Master's is one of the few authors I recommend to new to BDSM readers. The stories show how the lifestyle can be and it is in a positive light. Whilst the club may be a little bit of a stretch as far as how perfect it seems, the way the club is run is similar to what I have experienced in real life.

What I enjoyed about this story is the character building. Alyce O'Connell is a character I cannot identify with yet I could empathize with her. Her plight as far as working on her PhD is something I can understand with several family members going through their PhD program. What I cannot understand is how her family treats her. This is devastating and unfortunately all too common as I listen to more and more people share their family dysfunctions. Ms. Trace does an excellent job of showing how Alyce overcomes the negativity in her life. When the reader learns of the constant sabotage of her life from the female family members, it may make a reader see red. I know at one point, I wanted to hunt down the bullies and slaughter them. Keep in mind, this is merely a fictional story. This is how well Ms. Trace creates her characters and invoke strong emotions in her readers. This keeps me engaged and wanting to know what happens to Alyce.

This story is more than a woman fighting against her cruel family members. It is a story of a strong woman determined to make it on her own. It is also a story of sexual re-awakening after abuse. Usually, stories where those abused seeking BDSM as a way to heal themselves are not once I can endorse. Ms. Trace takes a different path which I like. Whilst BDSM is not used to heal, it is a path and method for potential healing. I found this difference to be well done and I applaud her sensitivity. It is a subtle nuance I think only those who have been in the lifestyle a while would catch. Lastly, I like how the characters in this story are closer to reality. It is surprising to me how many of my friends have children with autism. I am appreciative of how an autistic child is written into this story. The child isn't used as a sob story or a gaudy plot device. Instead, it is a thread which enhances the story and brings to light the life of a parent who has a child that functions on a different level than other children. I admire parents who are similar to how Ms. Trace portrays Alyce. This gateway to BDSM romance is recommended for those who are looking for a more profound romance with well created characters and a healing message.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: Bright Tail

Bright Tail @gnomesVG The right male can stave off an eternity of loneliness
Bright Tail by Zenina Masters
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Ennui and an immortal life watching loved ones passing away over the centuries is more than Seerya can bear. After watching the last of her familial descendants secured, it is time for a long rest. Seerya is looking forward to sleeping and perhaps waking up when the world is a new again. I like Seerya. Ms. Masters does an excellent job of showing how tired Seerya felt and the weight of taking care of so many becoming too heavy of a burden. Seerya earned her rest and whilst it may be without a happily ever after, it is a life filled with purpose and meaning. With one last task left, Seerya seeks the calm dark depths of sea for peace. Unfortunately for her, her last task is being rather difficult. This is not unexpected since Seerya has crossed paths with many stubborn males. This is a first for one she's sworn to protect. Lothan is the said stubborn male who is unwilling to part with a piece of magic which belongs to Seerya. This is because he wants an audience with the myth - The Destroyer.

This story could come across creepy December - May romance with a stalker younger male. Instead, it comes across as a sweet hero worship crush into a mating bond. Seerya may have millenniums of experience but this is one she's never encountered. It is just the required spark to renew her interest in life.

The romance in this story is sweet. It brings forth a joie de vivre which is missing in so many real life romances. The passion of desire for a mate as well as the determined love is admirable. The love tango here is amusing because it convinces a powerful woman to take a chance on a younger and less powerful male for her dance partner. The way Lothan woos Seerya is tastefully done and fun to watch. This romance is filled with hope regained and loneliness fiercely eradicated. Recommended to hopeless romantics who enjoy powerful females finding the right male to match them.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: The Sweetest Nectar

The Sweetest Nectar @aj_marcus sweet tooth hummingbird finds sugar "daddy" glider
The Sweetest Nectar by A.J. Marcus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What could be a better match made in heaven for a hummingbird than a candy making sugar glider? This sweet story may seem a bit sappy or corny with a sweet tooth hummingbird shifter and a candy store owner sugar glider. It is more than just a sugar induced hyper male's dream come true. For Parker, the lone hummingbird shifter, finding his mate being chased by the scary group assassinating shifters is more than he expected. His previous boredom is starting to look good as Parker helps Roger Preston escape from men with guns.

What I like about this series is it expands into other animals. So many times the paranormal romances focuses on the predator animals or throws in a token prey animal like a deer. In this case, Mr. Marcus brings in two unlikely animals: hummingbird and sugar glider. He cleverly incorporates the strengths and weaknesses of these animals into their human counterpart. I liked it and thought it devilishly fun. This series may have a serious undertone of radical killers perpetrating genocide, but it is done in a way that still keep it light and lively. The tone of this story is smooth and fun. Some of Parker's antics may make a reader blink a few times and re-read a passage. Other times, Parker's bravery for such a tiny little shifter is heartwarming.

This second book in the series is a continuation of the first and sets up the next book in the series nicely. The characters in this story are tenacious. The romance is sweet and a bit innocent. This quick read is recommended to m/m paranormal readers who enjoy a little shifter difference.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: A New Alpha in Town

A New Alpha in Town @aj_marcus Hardwood Shifters is more than sexy m/m paranormal romance
A New Alpha in Town by A.J. Marcus
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Tanner is the catalyst to start a much needed group to defend shifters who only want to be left alone. After reading the third book in this series, Breaking the Ice, I had to come back and read the first two books in the series. This series is a one pleasure packed story after another. Each story can be read as a standalone. It is better to read them in the order to see the full picture in the order the Mr. Marcus designed.

Why do I like this story? I enjoy the characters. Mr. Marcus creates characters who are relate-able even if they can go furry. He clearly depicts a group of people who are being singled out for genocide. How is this acceptable? Through the characters Tanner and Van, the reader sees how much shifters have in common with humans. Although, this little valley the shifters take refuge in seems more like an Amish community than today's twenty-first century.

This first book does a good job of setting up the plot and building the world. The reader is treated to a taste of fear, hope, determination and love. Because what paranormal romance doesn't have some sexy shenanigans? Tanner's werewolf seems like an unlikely pairing with Van's bear. Tanner is what Van needs and has been looking for in a mate. I like how this story develops on several levels. There is the issue with shifter-killers, shifter isolation which lowers the ability for more mates and the need to come together as a community larger than a little village. Mr. Marcus weaves a magical tale. Hardwood Shifter series is recommended for m/m romance readers who enjoy a bit of paranormal and suspense.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS by Dani Collins

From USA Today Bestselling Author
Dani Collins

Small town secrets. Big time heartache.

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NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS
Dani Collins

Series: Secret Dreams, Book One
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 1, 2017


Paige Fogarty never believed Liebe Falls’ golden boy, Sterling Roy, could want a No Good Fogarty, but one magical night, they kissed—ruining her already murky reputation. Fifteen years later, she’s still shunned, now as a professional accountant auditing Roy Furnishings. It’s a daunting task even before she’s forced to work with him.

Sterling made a fool of himself over Paige once. Never again. He only returns to the factory his mother calls his ‘legacy’ to ensure Paige doesn’t pull a fast one. When their chemistry blazes hotter than ever, he wonders if he misjudged her, but secrets come to light, including an embezzler she tries to protect, proving she’s still the wrong girl. So why does holding onto her feel so right?


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Only In His Sweetest Dreams
Secret Dreams, Book 2

When Mercedes takes in her confused niece and nephew, jeopardizing the job she loves at a retirement community, she turns to the new handyman for advice. L.C. can fix anything and he’d love to be part of this misfit family, but he has a secret back home that Mercedes will never forgive.

Available on February 1,2017.

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About Dani Collins


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USA Today Bestseller Dani Collins is the author of thirty romances for Harlequin Presents, Montana Born and herself. Dani lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart. Join Dani's newsletter and receive Cruel Summer, a short ebook romance, as a welcome gift: http://danicollins.com/free-book/

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