Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews :: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost


After reading this book, all I can ask is how the heck does she expect me to wait another freaking year to read the next (and last, frowny face) installment in her Vlad series.

I love her books. I read Halfway to the Grave on a whim and since then have read all her books. This one does not disappoint. As anyone who's read her stories knows, she spins a wild tale that never has a dull moment. 

Although, I wasn't impressed with the skinning and sorta rape scenes, they make her books realistic, if a little sadistic. Cause EWWW...that is all I am saying. I can't say she's at all fearful of offending readers with her in your face violence that really makes her books come to life. 

This story starts with Leila in full on spy Jump to her husband, possessive beast that he is covering her with his aura again, this time to prevent her from using her gifts. Uh-oh, any woman out there knows what that move got him...yep no nooky. That doesn't last long because he's melt your skin off hot though.

Then our lovely man runs off to places unknown and yep, you guessed it, in comes the villain. He takes down the castle, gasp. How dare he, steals Leila and torture commences...Vald of course goes insane and burns hotter than the fires of hell.

Then rescues her with a little help from his friends. 

Finally we see our favorite lovers back together again, yay. So then they finally get the bad guy in the end, but low and behold a new enemy is discovered, an even badder baddy...sigh. Now, we have to wait till 2016 to see what happens. So I ask again, how can I wait that long, and what will I do when it's over.

Sniffle, whine, grumble....sighing. 

Guess we'll just have to manage, and hope that she decides to start another fabulous series we will love.

So this one gets a rating of :: Excellent Personal Experience or EPE with an added star just was fabulous.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Light my Fire

G.A. Aiken's : Light my fire 

(or is it Shelly Laurenston? Is she having an identity crisis? A split personality? Or maybe she'd just like to publish more than twice a year? Yep, bet it's that last one) 

So while up til two am last night  (Insomniacs will understand this) after staring at the ceiling for forty minutes I decided to read this book. She's always good for a funny if a bit batty read. Aiken didn't disappoint. 

This story is about Elina blah blah blah something Steppers of the outerplains...huh must be lazy cause that name is ridiculously lonnng and I am not going to type it out no matter how much you may want to know it. She's to kill the dragon queen which she doesn't really have any intention of doing because what's the point really? So enters the dragon Celyn the Charming. Part of the Cadwaladr clan of dragons. If you've read any of her other books you'll know that they are obsessed with war and weapons. Not so Celyn. 

Hot, he is, but also smart. He also has a bad habit of asking too many questions. This is annoying for our heroine who thinks words are useless. (I love how Aiken seems to use her wicked whit to move the stories along. Any time you read her books you'll see these silly and yes wicked one liners that have you snickering to yourself. It never seems to fail that one or another of them seems clueless (only they're not) about something they said bothering another character.)

And though I loved her book...I hated...and I do mean hated that there were little words missing in the books. I am by no means a stickler for grammar. (anyone who's read my books will tell you that I have more typos than most readers can take. Yes, I am working on that...not sure how I can manage to find all million and one of them in a 60000+ word document when I can't seem to find them in a twenty word text, but hey I am improving...digressing again. The book, back to the book.) 

But the missing words were a bit annoying. They wouldn't have bothered me as much knowing that it was supposed to be a language difference if Aiken didn't do the same thing in the thoughts of other characters which became a little irritating. Elina's language has no pesky words like a, the, you. So if missing words bother you this one, although its an excellent read, may not be the book for you.  

So after this he leaves her in a jail for six months because he forgot he left her there. Yep, a way to a girls heart surely...NOT.

So she's understandably angry about this and lets him know by hitting him in the head. And being a dragon he doesn't get why she's mad. (or maybe that was just him being a man. They tend to forget things. Like my son when I tell him to clean his room...sigh.)

Finally sent off back to the outer plains on a mission to make a deal with the outer plains people with said annoying dragon in tow. They are fumbling and bumbling along through murdered friends, Temples with phallic proportions, and eye stealing mothers. 

One of my favorite lines was : Elina shrugged. "I do not know, but I think you need to calm the fuck down." 

I snickered for almost a minute after that one...reading the book will tell you why. I can't spoil all the good parts or what would be the point in you reading the book after reading this review, after all.

This book also has a lot more story building for the series than a lot of tender scenes with the H & h. Finally we see our happily mated couple both branded which makes me laugh. (For the branding while sexy, was not good for my inner feminist who was like why does he get to brand her, when she didn't get to brand him. With the other Human/Dragon mating's in Aiken's books. 

And the new army for Queen Annwyl oh...boy do they seem ominous...

So while I enjoyed this book very much as a continuation of her series, I wouldn't say it's a book for everyone. 

But for me it's a definite : EPE or Excellent Personal Experience.
(5 Stars for those who haven't read the intro to this blog on my other blog page.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews : And one last thing...

Molly Harper's Book : And one last thing...


You can buy this book at any bookstore out there because it's a mainstream romance published by Gallery Books. So this week I won't post a link to Amazon. 

I actually read the intro to this book months ago and didn't buy it because of the cost. Cost is why I know that I was spoiled by my kindle. The savings, oh dear lord, the savings for a reader of my caliber. (Sometimes two a day if I am off, and the chores are done, and I am not writing of which none seems to happen anymore. In case your wondering. Yes, I do have a pathological condition that makes me write huge run-ons.) 

Anyhow to the book...

I think this one was worth reading, although not sure it was worth the price. Loved the story. It begins with poor betrayed Lacey having a melt down after her no good cheating bastard of a husband is discovered in his dastardly deeds. Sticking his wick into the receptionist Beebee, who is the typical stereotyped "other woman" right down to the fake knockers and the clueless attitude about the destruction she has caused.  

Poor Lacey was obviously a moron! whoops here's the snarly.

She was totally clueless even when her husband was gone more than he was home. She knew about the signs a man was cheating and still didn't see it. (Okay some men are just really good lairs and I really think that she was just not that interested in her husband really. I mean if you need a vibrator to get off why even bother dealing with a man who treats you like crap?)

So off  she heads to the wilderness where she finds, yep, you guessed it a hunk who's excellent in bed. Ha, didn't see that one coming at all did you? 
Okay maybe you did. 

He's one Francis (wow really?) "Lefty" Monroe and he's hot alpha man candy. Although his left cheeks a little puckered and not the one on his face either. (Ha, you'll have to read it to see why, cause I'm not telling. hahaha.)

This is where things get iffy for me. The heroine (why are the women lower cased h while the men are upper cased H? Never got that when most romance readers are WOMEN. So why can't we be the capital? But I digress, back to the book.) has a great time with him. And yes she was burned, but why does she act like a selfish, spoiled brat when faced with her man's love for her? I didn't like that. I did however like that her gay brother and his friends set her straight about her sad little tantrum. 

The ending is the other reason this one's rated a so-so read (4 stars for those who didn't read the intro on my "what the blog" page) for me. It left you hanging. They were moving in together, but she never told him if she was in love with him or not. Why, why, why don't I know the answer to this question? It seems like a very long read to find out in the end that he never knows for sure that he matters to her.
Hence, snarly comments about telling the poor man you love him. That is the only thing I am asking, so that I know she isn't going to leave him a week later when he makes her insane. (Let's face it ladies, it will happen. Cause I haven't met a single man in my life who didn't at some point make me insane with his logic. Can I get an AMEN?)  

Any way this one gets a rating of : Sort of Excellent Personal Experence or SEPE  

If this Author's opinion of this book intrigues you then check it out, but this one's expensive Ladies and Gents, so be aware. Being an older title it may be available at  library near you...Happy Reading!

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