Review: Mine to Take

 Mine to Take starts off a new series for Jackie Ashenden. It tells the story of Gabriel Woolf and Honor St. James. Gabriel is a tough, ruthless, highly successful business man who’s never forgotten the man who hurt his mother. Honor is a highly successful business woman who’s also the stepdaughter of Gabriel’s enemy.

Though this is very much a romance novel, Honor and Gabriel are in opposite sides of a war. Honor doesn’t know the real reason Gabriel is interested in her business proposition but still manages to maintain a detached business attitude. She’s tough, smart and doesn’t give up without a fight.

Though Gabriel is tough as nails, we are privy to his reasons for his anger from early on. Less a monster than he thinks himself to be, he comes across as a man torn by loss and pain and trying to find his way through it. He’s tempted by Honor from the very beginning and determined to keep the upper hand.

They spar at every turn and I loved reading every word. The dialogue is absolutely delicious. There are great lines in almost every scene and I paused just to savour them.

There are also amazing secondary characters. Gabriel’s friends, who I hope will be the heroes in the next books, are awesome and intriguing with great personalities and interesting backstories that made me want to know more about them.

Overall, this was a book I truly enjoyed. Not only was it romance and contemporary (one of my favourites) but it was written by an author I hadn’t previously read. After Mine to Take, this is going to change. I’m keeping a very close eye on Jackie Ashenden from now on and heading to the bookstore to see what other books she’s written.

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Review: Stolen

I had to read Stolen. Bitten was so good, it left me wanting more.

Stolen is the second book in the Otherworld series. It has Elena and Clayton, our heroes from the former book, but it also introduces other characters and villains.  It continues where the other left off, which delighted me, but puts Elena in a fix, which worried me.

Stolen opens the Otherworld series wide. There are witches here and vampires and demons and shamans and every other creature you could think of. That didn’t bother me but Elena gets kidnapped and is stuck deep underground by a group of nasty scientist-like villains and that worried me. A lot. There’s something about mad geniuses doing experiments that scares me silly.

Before you get all antsy, I’ll let you know that things turn out okay. Elena rules the day, Clayton is awesome still and they come out winners, even manage to make a few new friends on the way. Still, I bit my nails to the quick.

Kelley Armstrong delivers another great read with Stolen. The reading is fluid and magnetic. Elena and Clayton are as inspiring as they were the first time around. There is humour sprinkled in that made me adore the book and though there were some terrifying moments, I think most readers won’t be as antsy as I am and they’d love this book. So, if you’re a fan of romance, or like a mystery or drama or even like a bit of a rush, this book is for you. Don’t panic if you haven’t read the first, this one does a great job of covering the basis and introducing you to the Otherworld series. I’d highly recommend it.

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Monday Morsel: Mine to Take

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Gabriel took another sip of his beer and put the glass down, leaning back against the red velvet of the seat. “In that case, count me in.” ” Pg. 40 from Mine to Take by Jackie Ashenden.

 

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Review: Bitten

Okay, I loved this book. It just seemed to work for me in every sense. The writing is delicious, the main character, Elena was awesome and the hero was both funny and admirable. Yes, there were a couple of parts that were a little gruesome for me (this book is often categorized under horror) but overall, it was superb.

The story follows Elena, our heroine, through a return to her pack. She’s a reluctant werewolf who helps her friends against an uprising of threatening intruders.

The book is written in the first person and it’s so personal, I felt like I was Elena. She’s simply fantastic. Selfless, determined and as tough as nails, she’s a great heroine to take us through the book.

Clayton is the hero and he’s not your typical romance hero. For one, he makes mistakes all the time (one of which sent Elena running away from the pack) and for another, he’s not the leader of the pack and has a terrible temper. Still, Clayton makes a very inspiring and realistic hero. He adores Elena and is consistently trying to win her over. Even if he messes it up.

The plot revolves about the pack fighting to keep those threatening lone werewolves from taking over their territory and of course the love story. We can see that there’s a thick rich history behind the story and amazing secondary characters like Jeremy, the leader of the pack, Nick and Antonio.

It was a bit gory for me but I’ll be the first to admit, I hate fights of any sort in books. The writing was excellent, the love story superb and the characters awesome. More than all that, it was a book that managed to create werewolves into credible, realistic beings who struggle with issues just like humans and aren’t just running about enjoying their powers. If you enjoy paranormal romance or romance or horror, this is one you shouldn’t skip. A definite keeper-shelf book.

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Monday Morsel: Stolen

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“”Binding spells?” I said, flexing my still-numb hands.

“Witchcraft,” Ruth said. “But I’m sure you figured that out.” Pg. 21 from Stolen.

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Monday Morsel: Bitten

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I have to run under the cover of night and I have to do it alone. There is no compromise.” Pg.12 from Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

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(credit:abookwormshaven.com)

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Review: The Professional

The Professional, from Kresley Cole is simply pure enjoyment. A story of rags to riches with the thrill of a chase added in. It’s never too complicated to follow and never let me down. I devoured it in one of those delicious afternoons that make me wish for the weekend.

Natalie is a hard-working Masters student when she gets a surprise. She meets a mysterious Siberian, Sevastyan, who refuses to take no for an answer and drags her to Russia. On the plane ride there, Natalie starts to uncover her story and why she’s suddenly in danger.

Sevastyan is protective and introverted which, at times, creates issues. But the two are pushed into relying on each other and it’s not long before they’re in a roller-coaster of an adventure.

The Professional was terrific read. It’s written from Natalie’s point of view and I loved that. It’s intimate and I fell in love with Natalie from the start. The plot kept me glued to the pages. It moves quickly from one location to another and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Fun and delightfully romantic, I’d highly recommend this one to anyone who likes a thriller and romance.

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Review: Mackenzie’s Pleasure

I’m a sucker for a good rescue. I’ll just come out and admit it now. And I absolutely adore Linda Howard. I think her writing is pure gold.

So, here’s the thing. Mackenzie’s Pleasure has both of those. Together.

Barrie is kidnapped and meets Zane when he rescues her. Though she’s definitely victimized, she’s an easy heroine to like because she’ll go down fighting rather than give in. She has spunk in spades.

Zane is wonderful combination of power and strength with gentle caring. He’s as smart at Barrie and, of course, they butt heads. Reading their bantering is absolute joy.

Interesting, if you’re a fan, this is one of Linda Howard’s earlier works. You can actually see how much her writing has evolved when you compare this one to one of her later works. So interesting for a humble indie author like myself.

With a plot that had me biting my nails, Mackenzie’s Pleasure is a fantastic read. It’s number four in the Mackenzie series but can be read alone. I would so recommend this group of books to anyone who enjoys romance. Linda Howard can’t be beat.

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Review: Finding the Dream

An absolutely delicious ending for a great trilogy, Finding the Dream was a book that read itself. It’s the classic story of the bad boy and the good girl and it was as beautiful as a dream.

By the third book, we’ve already met Laura and I had already fallen in love with her. She’s hardworking, selfless and determined to do the right thing no matter what it costs her. She’s also pretty and elegant but she doesn’t give those things much value.

Michael Fury is our hero. A man rough, tough, daredevil of a man who lives by his own rules. He’s been dealt some tough cards in life and is trying to do the best he can with what he’s got. He has come back to where he grew up and is trying to start a business but old prejudices die hard and he finds his history working against him.

Unlike the rest of the population, Laura does give him a chance and lets him stay in Templeton house to start his business raising and selling horses. It’s a decision that takes a risk with her heart because, though she’s determined to maintain a polite distance from Michael, life keeps throwing them together.

Laura likes her life predictable and organized. Michael is chaos, passion and action. It takes his fire and courage to show Laura what she’s missing and to help her realize there’s passion inside her waiting to be discovered. It also takes Laura’s open-minded, compassionate heart to help Michael see how his own prejudices are keeping him from realizing his potential.

Finding the Dream is a delightful love story, written with wonderful, realistic dialogue, a quick, lively humour and filled with likeable, easy-to-relate-to characters. It made a wonderful ending to a delightful trilogy and is definitely on my keeper shelf. If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, don’t miss out on this series. They’re a fantastic trio of books.

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Monday Morsel

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“He folded his fingers around hers and solemnly shook hands. “Lieutenant-Commander Zane Mackenzie, United States Navy SEALs.” ” Pg.68 from Mackenzie’s Pleasure by Linda Howard.

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