Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux


Title: Ball & Chain
Author: Abigail Roux,
Series: Cut & Run, #8
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Pages: 288
Rating:

Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

I was so FREAKING EXCITED to pick up this installment of Cut and Run because I missed my Ty and Zane so damn much! I was definitely doing a re-read before this release. BALL & CHAIN was definitely different from precious books because we have different POV's alternating between Ty and Zane and Nick and Kelly. I didn't mind it so much. I don't think it took away from the story too much, but like a Ty & Zane fangirl for life I wanted more of them because this is Ty and Zane's book and we probably have one more book left for them where Nick is getting his own books, so save that for his book please!

Ty is back and Ty and Zane's relationship have finally been found out and Ty refuses to live away from Zane. He wouldn't be able to survive it. And Ty's brother Deuce is finally having his wedding, so of course Ty and Zane go, but bring Nick and Kelly as back up because there have been threats on The bride's side of the family. I hated the mystery as usually. I mean I didn't hate it in the beginning, the the middle and end seemed to drag on like we got nowhere.

I enjoyed the Ty and Zane storyline. This happens early on so no point hiding it. Ty asks Zane to marry him and this goes on throughout the book because Zane turns him down repeatedly. I love that Zane turns him down, because then I get to hear Ty ask over and over again. It was funny. There were definitely funny moments for these guys, but not enough because the focus became the murder/mystery they were solving and Nick and Ty's problems.

I did enjoy this book very much, but hopefully for our last book we can stick to the main focus being Ty & Zane. The first part was amazing, but the second half fell flat for me. The ending was amazing. Ty, you got it right! Looking forward to the next and final book to Ty & Zane's story!




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Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning


Title: Burned
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever, #7
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Pages: 475
Rating:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. 

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

I better get rolling on my review before it never gets written and while the book is still in my mind. BURNED took how many freaking years to write, two years or something and my most anticipated book turned out to be such a disappointment. Don't get me wrong it was still good, semi-halfway decent, but really?! This is the turnout of the book I was waiting so long for? I am so not impressed! I think my thing was compared to Fever books #1-5, this book was so different compared to those, that my expectations were so high. But it wasn't that bad. Let's just say it was half and half good and bad.

First of all when I first heard this book was going to half a dual Mac and Dani POV I was very excited, and also as well as Muliple POV's of different characters. We had Dani, Lor, Unseelie King, Christian, Kat. Either you know how to make the Multiple POV the fit or you don't. And obviously KMM didn't. It didn't work in her favor. The book seemed all over the place, with so much going on that it didn't not work at all and the book suffered because of it. Mac POV is the majority we get. And I have to say I probably wouldn't be able to get through the book if not for her. I love things from her perspective and it saved the book. Even with Mac being the center fold in this book, it still felt like it was all over the place and was a big huge mess with the POV's. And Dani? Really, KMM? How the hell can you say that the primary perspectives are that of Mac and Dani. Dani is basically in the first chapter and that's it.

The part of the book that really saved it all for me, was the second half, it was pretty awesome because you really get an inside look into Ryodan, Barrons, Lor and the inner working of Chesters and get to catch some conversation between the three which we probably never would've got. I mean, that is what I freaking live for. Learning more about the Nine. Please, KMM, keep writing more inside looks into the Nine. I need to know more about this mysterious group. And as a Mac and Barrons fan, I am disappointed with the so little interaction between the two. Out of the whole book, they had a few conversations. What the hell? Their whole Mac and Barrons dynamic that I loved in the Fever Series just disappeared. I just expected since they are finally together, we would get more, not less.

I suddenly can't find enough oxygen in Ryodan's office to breathe. My hand flies to my mouth as I stare, staggered..... 

And oh.my.fucking.god. Please do not even get me started on that shit ass excuse for a cliffhanger. Really? You're gonna end it there? I know the next book is said to be out October of 2015, but come on. Do you honestly believe it will be out this year. Based on KMM, actions it could be out in the next two to three years. Who knows. With BURNED we were left with more questions than answers and incompleteness. At this point I don't even want to associate these spin off Fever books with my previous Epic Original Fever Series, but I have been nothing but disappointed thus far. I am begging. Please do not screw up Book #8! But me being me, I do have hope for the next book, even though this feels so different from the original fever series, I am open-minded for it being different and am excited to read more!



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Review: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost


Title: Bound by Flames
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince, #3
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Pages: 342
Rating:

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

“You aren’t just my weakness, Leila.” Vlad drew me next to him, one hand sliding along my jaw while the other caressed my back. “You are my destruction, because if I were to lose you, it would finish me.” 

I couldn't write my fabulous review without spoilers, so be warned. I swear the books in the Night Prince Series get better and better with every book. I am highly impressed. BOUND BY FLAMES has got to be my favorite in the series and at this point I am so glad that Frost decided to extend the series to one more book. Frost, let me tell you, just keep writing more, because you're doing awesome with the the World of the Night Huntress. I could definitely do with another book on Mencheres and Spade.

In BOUND BY FLAMES, Leila and Vlad and still on the hunt to find Szilagyi. Vlad finds out early on that Leila had been careless and reckless at one point to the hunt for Szilagyi and decides to permanently remove her from the situation, which enrages Leila. But eventually make up and finds themselves face to face with Szilagyi in the end only to find they have maybe an even greater threat than Szilagyi.

Compromise Lesson One: Pull a dick move, and your dick gets denied. Every woman knew that, and now, so did the vampire sitting next to me. 

Like I said before this BOUND BY FLAMES was so freaking awesome. We have Vlad trying to protect Leila for her own good and her being angered by what he did. I understand both sides, but once Leila hears Vlad's side of things, she understands and forgives him. Awwwww. Vlad can be quite the romantic vampire. I just love how much he loves her and is willing to endure her anger and hatred if it means she is alive.

At one point Leila gets kidnapped yet again, Surprise Surprise!, and had to undergo the ultimate torture. I have to say, the torture really got me, it was sickening to read, it was like I had to close my eyes like I was actually watching it. And, (view spoiler) Szilagyi is one sick fuck! And another thing too, all of this was being video taped and sent to Vlad. Thank god, Vlad reaches Vlad in the end and a bunch of awesome shit goes down. Like I said, great book and looking forward to the conclusion to the, Night Prince Series.



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Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews


Title: Burn For Me
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy, #1
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Pages: 384
Rating:

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

"Now I have something to prove to you," he said. "I promise you, I will win, and by the time I'm done, you won't walk, you'll run to jump into my bed." 

I have been waiting for this book for so long and it's finally here and it was so good. I will read anything that Ilona Andrews writes, because the story is always amazing with great plot, dialogue and characters you will love.

In this new world, it is all about the magic and our heroine Nevada Baylor is forced to take on a assignment that is extremely dangerous and one where she may die where she is searching for fire starter, Adam Pierce, but if she doesn't she and her family loose everything. Mad Rogan is also looking for Adam for entirely different reasons. He kidnapps Nevada to gain any and all information she has on Adam, but Nevada is one tough cookie and won't give in to this man, and so they work together to get Adam Pierce.

“You seem to be under the impression that I work for you and you can give me orders. Let me fix that." I hung up.” 

I loved our heroine Nevada Taylor, she the typical Ilona Andrews heroine. She's somewhat normal and would do anything for her family and to keep them safe, and she's totally bad ass at times. And wants to be with someone who loves her or will truly care for me, but she finds herself wildly attracted to Mad Rogan who she doesn't want to start a relationship with at all.Well, Mad Rogan plans to win that battle with Nevada and have her.

Mad Rogan is kinda a sociopath, but one of those good sociopath's you want to love. He has this idea where he does not follow the law. He basically is the law, if he decides someone is threatening him and he finds them annoying he will kill them, and that is not okay with Nevada. But in someway Nevada brings in strength and light to him in his darkest moments and he is very attracted to her and declares he will win her at any cost.

"I just realized I shouldn't be in the same vehicle with you. In fact, I shouldn't have called you in the first place, so I'm trying very hard to rewind time." He grinned. I"ve amused the dragon. Whee. 

In Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series I really enjoyed the run and chase, sexual tension, and "I will make you mine" part of the series, and I am looking forward to that in the Hidden Legacy series as well. For me, it's the best part of books like these. So I am being tortured waiting for next book in this series and I cannot wait to get more Nevada and Mad Rogan.



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