Review – The Wolf on the Hill by Jorja Lovett

The Wolf on the HillGenre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Wild Irish Wolves Series, Book 1
Bought my copy from Amazon for $0.99 on May 23rd, 2013

Blurb
Can two stubborn wolf shifters let down their guards long enough to take a chance on love?

Lone wolf Caleb Jackson is only back in town long enough to sell his late father’s house, and the bad memories with it. He never expected to find his mate.

Good girl Mia Blake never behaves badly. Except for the time she shifts into her wolf, chases a stranger through Olcan Hills, and has the hottest sex of her life on the forest floor.

He has no desire to settle down. She is afraid to upset her family. But, with someone determined to destroy Caleb’s inheritance, and his secret fling with Mia getting hot and heavy, moving on isn’t as easy as he’d hoped.

Can either of them let down their guards long enough to take a chance on love?

Thoughts
I loved shifter romances and give me a wolf shifter ANY day. I can’t get enough. I was excited to read this book. This book was ok, not great. Everything was resolved way too easily for me. I wish there was more drama and that the conflict that was there would’ve been drawn out more. I think the author could’ve expanded on a lot in the book. I wish Mia would’ve told Caleb she witnessed his secret from the past. I think it should definitely be brought to the light. I think the whole town would look at him differently if they all knew.

Rating: 3 stars
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Review – Lakeside Love by Angelina Rose

Lakeside LoveGenre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Mill Creek Crossing, Book 1
Purchased for Free at Amazon on January 28th, 2013

Blurb
It was supposed to be the best day of Erica Dixon’s life, but when she learns that her fiance, Max, isn’t showing up for their long-awaited wedding, she’s devastated. Depressed and unable to move forward, her best friend Callie sets a plan in motion to get her out of her apartment by sending her to a small mountain town for some relaxation. But, what happens on the lake behind her cabin throws her for a loop in more ways than one.

If you like sweet, heartwarming love stories with a bit of humor, you will enjoy Lakeside Love!

Thoughts
This couple’s set up was just a little too easy for me. Erica has been with someone for years and is abandoned at the altar, she goes to a cabin in the woods to get away for a little bit afterwards and meets the love of her life. There was basically no conflict and I don’t think love could come this easy. I did like the storyline, I just wish the author would’ve put in some more conflict, make Erica leave and come back after being miserable, something. I just don’t think that she would be so open to love after ending a long relationship such a short time ago.

Rating: 3 stars
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Review – Where She Belongs by Cindy Procter-King

Where She BelongsGenre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Destiny Falls, Book 1
Downloaded my copy from Amazon for FREE on January 28th, 2013

Blurb
She never wants to go home again.

For Jess Morgan, Destiny Falls holds too many painful memories. Nine years ago, a logging accident near the remote timber town killed her dad and her high school sweetheart. To make matters worse, her mother quickly sought comfort with another man. That choice tore Jess apart and drove her to seek a life far away. But now fate steps in, and family obligations force her return home. Before long, she’s convinced that persuading her mom to live with her in Toronto will repair their shattered bond. However, she doesn’t count on a long-ago friend re-entering her life and challenging her convictions.

Rugged forester Adam Wright believes in family, roots, and not running from heartache. Now, all he wants is to help Jess break down the walls of the lonely sanctuary she’s built for herself and heal her past hurts. It’s not until she rejects his plans for their future that he realizes his persistence is pushing her away—not at all what he intends.

Has he lost his chance? Or can he convince Jess that where she truly belongs is with him…forever?

Thoughts
I downloaded Where She Belongs from Amazon when I found it for free in January of this year. I’m trying to rotate in and read at least one of the free books I’ve downloaded every other book I read. I liked this book okay. I just couldn’t really get into the heroine. Yes, she lost her dad and her boyfriend/almost fiance at basically the same time when she was younger, but that was 9 years ago. I don’t understand what that has to do with anything in this story. How does that make her not want to come home? I was very frustrated with her throughout most of the book. Only in the last two chapters did I not want to slap the crap out of her. She did make a grand gesture though. It made up for at least some of her stubbornness.

Adam, such a great guy, put up with a lot from Jess. I don’t think I could’ve done it. I would’ve just moved on. He was a very sweet guy and I’m glad he finally got his HEA.

Rating: 3 stars
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Review – Righteous Lies (Book 1: Dancing Moon Ranch Series; Living with Lies Trilogy) by Patricia Watters

Righteous LiesBlurb
Grace Templeton thought the child she’d been carrying for seven months was the child of her dead husband, and Jack Hansen thought the sperm he’d donated had gone to the wife of his sterile twin… Until they learn that two vials of sperm at the fertility clinic were accidentally switched. The shock sends Grace into early labor, and the only place she can have complete bed rest is at the Dancing Moon Ranch owned by Jack and his twin, Sam. But soon, Grace finds herself falling in love with a hard-edged cowboy who appears to want to control every aspect of her life, now that she’s carrying his son. But Jack has his reasons. He also has no intention of marrying, and Grace is determined to learn why.

Thoughts
Righteous Lies was an okay book. There were a lot of intense emotional decisions involved, in fact, I think there were a few too many. This poor couple, they were thrown together by a mistake. They were never even supposed to meet. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they did, but Wow! The book was just too heavy for me. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it I guess.

I really did like the characters and the author certainly spun the tail. She wrote the story very well, I just couldn’t imagine any of that really happening in reality. I know that’s why it’s fiction, but part of the draw is the fantasy. I really wanted to love this book, but I didn’t I did like it though.

Rating: 3 stars
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Review – Fresh Temptation by Reeni Austin

Fresh TemptationBlurb
Victor Barboza is a man who has everything but a good woman.

Cara Green has a young son, three part-time jobs, and a few extra pounds.

Their worlds collide as Cara serves Victor at an upscale party in Manhattan, upsetting Victor’s ex-fiancee, Alexis, in the process.

Victor pursues Cara, but Cara is not sure of his intentions: Is he using her to make Alexis jealous? Does he just want her for sex? Or is love Victor’s true aim?

Thoughts
I purchased this book in December and forgot about it. I read about it when I noticed it was free and found out that I had already purchased it so, I decided I would read it. The blurb enticed me and wanted to see what it was about. I love romance series and hoped this would be another to add to my list that I’m following.

The beginning of the book drew me right in. A single mother, from rags-to-riches hot Latin male, what more could you want, right? I was loving the story and then the ending just kinda didn’t do it for me. It feels like I was there, all there, for the first week of the romance and then wth happened. All of sudden we were months down the road and no idea how we got there or what happened in between. I wanted to hear about the dating and long distance relationship. I wanted it all!

I liked this book, but really want a better ending.

Rating: 3 stars
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Review – Rescued by the Rancher by Soraya Lane

Rescued by the RancherBlurb
Can anyone heal this rugged rancher’s broken heart?

Volunteer firefighter Jake McGregor can’t believe it when he arrives to the scene of a burning house, and finds out that someone in his small town has committed arson. When he looks into the frightened eyes of Faith Walker, he can’t imagine who would want to hurt her or her son, so why was the fire intentionally lit?

Faith has only been back in town a week, and already she’s wishing she’d never returned. Until handsome cowboy Jake rescues her and invites her to stay at his ranch, her old home town has been nothing short of unwelcoming. When she was sent away years ago, as a teenager and pregnant, she had hoped to never come back. Her dad turned his back on her, and she’d learned to fend for herself – the hard way.

Jake doesn’t particularly want a woman in his life, but he can’t turn Faith away. He’s been a bachelor since his fiancée died in a car crash five years before, and that’s how he wants to stay. Even if staying away from Faith starts to feel like the hardest task he’s ever endured…

Can anyone heal this rugged rancher’s broken heart?

Thoughts
I purchased this book from Amazon for free. I love cowboy romances, and I loved Montana Reunion by the same author, so I figured I would give it a try. Rescued by the Rancher was very well written. I just think everything fell into place too neatly for these two. I don’t understand how he went from not being able to look at her without it hurting to going to bed with her in one day.

Another thing that bothered me, the person who started the fire gets away with it? I don’t like that. Just threatening him is not enough. I don’t care who his family is. That’s ridiculous. What if they would’ve died. To me, this book had a lot of potential, I think there should have been more conflicts and the conflicts that were there, should’ve been worked out better. It’s like the book was rushed.

As I said this is a very well written book. Hardly any, if any, grammatical errors and the cover is smoking! I just wish I could’ve gotten more out of this story.

Rating: 3 stars
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Review – Vampire in the City Series (Books 1 – 3) by Donna Ansari

Book 1: New Blood
New BloodBlurb
Emma Hammond is a normal young woman living in New York City whose life changes forever when one misstep brings her very close to death. Luckily, Alex Thompson, a handsome stranger (who also happens to be a vampire), jumps in to save her, turning Emma into a vampire. She quickly discovers the numerous advantages (no more allergies, glasses, or acne) and slight drawbacks (wanting to eat her boyfriend) of joining the ranks of the creatures of the night. But Emma soon finds out her new undead life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when she gets pulled in to an age-old dispute between two feuding vampire clans.

Thoughts
I love series romances. Chicagoland Vampires is my favorite! I got an email about this book and for $.99 you can’t really beat that! I could find out if I liked the author’s writing style, if I liked the characters, plot and so on. Well, I loved it and immediately bought the next two books. I figured I would just make this one big review so you could get all the info you needed about the series here.

Emma is fun. I loved her character. I wasn’t too big on Tammy and definitely not Renee. I feel like all of her friends and boyfriend/ex-boyfriend use her. They do nothing for her. She just takes it. Once she’s a vampire, not so much. I loved that part.

Alex is the vampire she saved from a stabbing, or at least she thought she did. I really wanted to like Alex, but how could you believe a word out of his mouth. Everything he told her was a lie. I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him. I hope he redeems himself in future books, because like I said, I really wanted to like him.

Emma just finds herself in mess after mess and now she’s in the middle of two warring Vampire leaders. Daniel saves the day. Then she meets James. I really don’t like this guy. He’s definitely another user. I just hope she realizes it before it’s too late. I can’t wait to finish the second book (which I’ve already started). I will be posting that review here as well.

Rating: 4 Stars
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Book 2: Wild  Blood
Wild BloodBlurb
Recently-turned vampire Emma Hammond is not only getting used to her undead lifestyle, but also to living with her new and unlikely roommates–her human best friend Tammy, and David, a werewolf. While the girls speculate as to possible drawbacks to having such a fuzzy tenant (shedding and marking of territory, to name a few), nothing will prepare them for the dispute that is to come between the NYC clan of vampires and an upwardly-mobile werewolf pack from the suburbs. Will Emma be able to get out of it with both her undead life, and her blossoming friendship with David, intact? And, perhaps more importantly, will she be able to choose between Alex Thompson, her sire and sometimes lover, and James, a slightly-unhinged vampire with a mysterious past?

Thoughts

Emma, newly turned vampire, gets into so much trouble. I swear it just follows her or finds her anyway. First, the Prince of Vampires wants her dead, then her werewolf roommate joins those ranks, and so why shouldn’t her vampire boyfriend/ex-boyfriend. Alex is trying to redeem himself, which I really like and hope we get more of in the next book.

Overall, this book was ok. I didn’t get into it as much as I did the first one. I think there was just too much going on. I mean, why does one girl need to have 2 different (warring) vampires after her as well as a whole pack of werewolves. The story didn’t keep me as invested as the first book either. I couldn’t put the first book down, but I did this one, several times. I hope the next book is better and that we see more of Alex. I really don’t like how Emma is just starting to sleep with whomever. It doesn’t really fit the character from the first book.

 

Rating: 3 stars
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Book 3: Witch Blood
Wtich BloodBlurb
Vampire Emma Hammond and her best friend and roommate Tammy Torres have rarely had a disagreement, but that’s all about to change. Apart from hating each other’s boyfriends, the duo have more monumental problems to deal with, like controlling Emma’s growing and increasingly dangerous bloodlust and trying to get blood stains out of the carpets. And when new witch Tammy joins a coven whose leader’s lust for power knows no bounds, Emma is unwittingly pulled into their plan.

Thoughts

I just finished reading Witch Blood and it was much better than Wild Blood. I was so glad that it drew me back in. Emma doesn’t have problems with witches but she has a worse one with witches now. Amy is definitely going to be one to watch in upcoming books. Alex is coming around. I just hope it doesn’t take two years. I really want them to bet together. I think they would be perfect for each other.

I can’t wait until Cold Blood comes out. I hope it’s soon.  This series has peaked my interest. I want to see how Emma deals with all that becoming a vampire means in her life. I also want to see what happens with Ethan. That was left kind of open. Overall I really liked this book.

 


Rating:
4 stars
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