Monday, March 12, 2018

Cranky Author Reviews: Torn From You by Nashoda Rose

Spoilers
This book kind of broke me... 

I am not a reader of angsty dark dramas but this book was f##king amazing.  I recommend reading the free book With You before you read this one though so that you feel the love Sculpt has for Emily before you ever read this one because if I hadn't I would have stopped reading in the first chapter...

When Emily is kidnapped by Sculpts father and taken into his disgusting house of darkness and filth. He goes back to protect her in the only way he can by walking back into hell. What happens to Emily in this book isn't as tragic as it can be but it still breaks her in a way that most people never walk away from. 

She is never raped but she is touched by evil and hurt and tortured. Some of her reactions were valid but the love he has for her is in every touch he gives her when they're alone. 

Hell is what he's lived through and when he gets her out there is still more hell in store for him as they try to get her location out of him but he would never betray her. Even as the pain poured out on the pages I knew he loved her and that her kidnapping had never been his plan. 

When they're finally both free rebuilding the bridge between them would be easy if he only told her what his father had done to them but he won't. They still manage with a little help from friends to get themselves to the HEA they both deserved. 

So since this book broke me I will have to give it a EPE or 5-stars plus about five more because this book was heartbreakingly beautiful despite its darkness...


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cranky Author Reviews: Shifted by L. Leite

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Let me start by saying I liked this book despite it's flaws. But I would be lying if I said there weren't many flaws...

The book lacks body language and jumps from one persons head to another's...which got a little confusing at times...

Despite that and word confusion/choice issues I enjoyed this book enough to buy the next one in the series.

Maverick is future alpha of his pack and meets his true mate by chance after a bird bath (that we never really discover how it came to be crushing Rory only that it was crooked. I'm guessing she was trying to move it but was she lying under it? Because she couldn't move it according to it's massively over stated weight.) pins a dying Rory to the ground.  He removes the heavy birdbath and scoops her up to carry her to his clinic...

Only it's a big no, no to take her there and he gets into trouble  with his alpha... ex-girlfriend drama ensues and Rory gets left for a month with a stalker (Maverick) hovering out her window watching her every move... 

He gets balls and comes for her mating her against his fathers approval. A feral wolf attacks her before he can turn her almost killing Rory but Willow (her sister) manages to save her and she ends up being a rare white wolf. Meaning that what they thought was going to be a hard sell ( a turned human as the alpha's mate) becomes easy... leaving them happily mated and in love...

Aww so for me this was a SEPE or 4-star read... with more body langue and separation between head jumps this could have been a five star read.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cranky Author Reviews: Freeing the Prisoner by Evangeline Anderson

Spoilers
Kindred stories are some of my favorite ones by Evangeline. I really loved the way Dani the wayward princes in a male chauvinistic society decides to rescue the only man who doesn't treat her like an object.

Kyron is a touch kindred who falls in love with the princess the minute he meets her because she is his mate and he figures that out quickly when she feeds and cares for him while he is in captivity despite his largeness.

Dani is smart and (despite being raised in an almost abusive environment) has a backbone. She wasn't raised to be a warrior and yet she seems to be one. Her sister seemed vapid and a little clueless but when Kyron escapes with Dani to the hive plant they realize they're in love.

She thinks he is dead when the bad guys show up and blow up the ship. She gets dragged back to her plant to marry some deadly old blowhard who intends to punish her. Oh and her father is an idiot and allows the evil bastard to convince him to allow his daughters to be married against their will but Merrick and Kyron show up to save them.

I liked that part however the part about the dad just giving them away like an idiot and having the women he was supposed to have loved stoned to death all seemed stupid to me. He was a king... act like it.

It all works out even though Kyron is a dumbass and tries to leave her briefly...

SO for me this was a SEPE or 4.5 star read....

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cranky Author Reviews: Healing the Broken by Evangeline Anderson

Spoilers
First let me say I love most of her kindred books... there are a few that aren't great but thankfully this one wasn't one of those LOL


Sazar and Sarah are a cute couple although the situation that they experienced was kind of ridiculous and a bit farfetched... I mean when the clothing for woman is see through with nipple jewelry men tug on it's pretty obvious that things are going to go south real quick and not in a good way soooo.... Although I liked them as a couple and the story was interesting the whole world Evangeline created seemed at times like a really bad porno that this nice normal couple had been thrust into...LOL


Then there was the whole thing where he knew she was running from something on earth and he still just let her leave without thinking oh hey maybe I should put some safeguards in place so she doesn't get hurt... The kidnapping by the cult she'd run from made me a bit angry because it was a way to cause conflict in the story that didn't need to be there or maybe it just seemed like he would have thought of it if he had half a brain and was as protective as the kindred are supposed to be...just saying seemed a little dumb to me.

Ok after reading this you may think that this was a book I didn't enjoy because I kind of picked it apart a little but the truth is it wasn't bad and I did enjoy it LOL...


So for me this was an SEPE or 4-starts because it was good but not amazingly so... 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Cranky Author Reviews: Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh

Spoilers
I know I have said this before but it bears repeating... Nalini Singh is flipping brilliant. Her books have never disappointed me and she is the one author who has kept my interest without trying...

Ahhh... I loved Holly from the moment she was introduced as Sorrow in the third book (I think) she was so broken and yet not... Viper really came off as an ass until the moment when he first talked to her and then I saw something else in him a gentleness edged with steel that I hadn't seen in him before...

Their story was perfect despite the way Nalini went with the whole Uram echo trying to come back from the dead (Which isn't where I would have led the story but it was still interesting LOL) I truly loved the way she portrayed Holly as a girl who'd bent instead of breaking when her world was literally ripped apart by a madman/mad-archangel who stole her mortal life...

Viper-who is poison-is the perfect match for Holly. They struggled to find their way through the attraction they felt for each other for so long because Viper assumed she was much too young for him but he manages to get past that when she might be in danger because he's always known in his soul that she was his... 

It's their in those first few meetings between them only hidden behind their patented dislike of each other... I love this series about Elena and Raphael and the Seven. I really hate for it to end but with only one more extra (Illium's) story to go sadly so it might not be long before we see the end of the guild hunter series which breaks my heart... 

Back to the story you have Holly—who has been targeted by some unknown baddy who wants her alive—Viper who wants to protect her but also allow her to come out of her shell—and the ever present archangel overtones that mark all the guild hunter books. Lovved it.

When they break into the bitch archangels compound to find the disgusting mass of goo that is the last part of Uram and find out that Michaela is a little bit less heartless than we were led to believe we see Holly broken but strong as Uram tries to live but ends up nothing more than dust... 

Holly survives and gets to keep the changes that she's been gifted allowing her to be Viper's woman... Such a wonderfully written story about the latest couple

So for me this was an EPE or a five star read... keep up the good work Nalini—I love your stories and hope they never end ;-)