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Pretty recent transplant to the midwest. Often described as an "obnoxious redhead who is rude, crude, and socially unacceptable". Dreams of winning the lottery and traveling the world.

The Devil You Know (Morgan Kingsley 2) by Jenna Black

devil2The Devil You Know (Morgan Kingsley 2) by Jenna Black

Published July 29th, 2008 by Dell Paperbacks

Review copy came from the Library

Synopsis: The beautiful. The bad. The possessed.

Some people worship them. Some people fear them. And some people–like Morgan Kingsley–go up against them toe-to-toe, flesh to flesh, and power against power. An exorcist by trade, Morgan is one of the few humans with an aura stronger than her possessor, even though her demon can tease her body senseless. She’s also a woman who has just discovered a shocking truth: everything she once believed about her past, her identity, may have been a lie.

With a family secret exploding around her and a full-scale demon war igniting, Morgan is a key player in an unsettled world. Then a rogue sociopath demon enters her life with a bang. His name is The Hunter. And since she is the prey, Morgan has only one choice: to hunt The Hunter down no matter what heartbreaking truths she uncovers along the way.

My Thoughts: I’m liking this series. It reads really fast even though the page counts on the books is in the 300s. It’s reading like a serial in that there is little to no time lapse between where the first book ends and the second picks up. And the storyline we started in book 1 is still the prevailing storyline in book 2 and I’m guessing book 3. Another thing I like is that I decided to pick up this series once all the books were published so I don’t have that blasted year long wait between installments…I HATE THAT! Talk about torture!

In this book we find out more about the world of the demons and specifically the Royal Line of demons.  It’s interesting to see what happens with the “humans”. The world is split between those who hold the demons up as virtual Gods and those who will do anything to destroy them…all the while the prevailing thought is that the demons are good and benevolent.

I believe this was Jenna’s second book. Her writing style is still kind of clunky…she hasn’t quite hit her stride yet, but voice and storytelling are consistent. This sophomore effort is still good, please don’t misunderstand me. I’m just comparing it to her writing style in later published works I’ve read.

I like this group of characters…all are pretty real with a good balance of positive and negative qualities.  And I’m really enjoying how the story is advancing. I will be reading the third book soon.

Rating: Sneakers verging on Bad-Ass Boots

The Dining Club by Marina Anderson

diningThe Dining Club by Marina Anderson

Published September 2, 2014 by Grand Central Publishing

Review Copy obtained from Netgalley

Synopsis: You are invited to the Dining Club.

If you pass the challenges we set, a world of pleasure awaits you.

He is everything she never wanted: brooding, secretive, rich – and far-removed from her care-free artistic lifestyle. Yet David has a power over Grace that she cannot resist, a power that comes from his darker, passionate side.

And now he is ready to truly reveal himself. Inviting Grace to a weekend at the Dining Club, David offers her the opportunity to discover his deepest desires and to find pleasures far beyond her wildest imagination – but only if she if willing to play a series of sensual games.

Grace faces a choice: give in to her doubts and retreat to her quiet life, or truly embrace happiness with David and win over her mesmerising lover forever.

My Thoughts: Parts of this I liked…Parts not so much. Parts I liked…the sex scenes in the Dining Club were really hot. And the author did create a lot of sexual tension. Sadly, that’s all I liked about the book.

The story linking the sex scenes at the Dining Club was very week. Grace and David were not the most likeable characters. Grace started out a strong independent woman and became a whiny, clingy, woman. Her best friend, Fran, didn’t recognize Grace by the end of the book and neither did I. David was an arrogant prig…couldn’t commit until Grace went through the Dining Club and then would do what he could to sabotage her. She even knew he was sabotaging her and still she clung to him…BAH!

My Rating: Sex was Bad-Ass Boots; Story was Flats!

Dante’s Fire by Jennifer Probst

DanteDante’s Fire by Jennifer Probst

Published by Cool Gus Publishing, August 26, 2014

Review copy was purchased

Synopsis: It’s Time To Meet A New Kind Of Hero…

Dante Stark has a dark secret–a legacy left to him by his father which is both a blessing and a curse. A traumatic experience as a small boy gave him special powers of healing, but it comes with a price. Destined to wander the world alone to heal others, he’s accepted his fate. Until Selina Rogers forces him to confront his deepest fears, erotic desires, and question his capacity to love.

Selina Rogers has made a name for herself at Inferno Enterprises. She’s tough, confident and prepared to succeed. She’s also built a world she believes is safe, until she’s attacked and then saved by a masked stranger. As he helps her heal physically and emotionally, she becomes fascinated by his overwhelming power and gentle touch. Determined to show Dante the love he’s been denying himself, Selina surrenders her heart, and dreams of a future with the mysterious man who completes her.

But will his dark legacy destroy them…or save them both.

My Thoughts: WOW…this was a different read. But I need to warn you…the subject matter  could have a triggering effect.

Dante’s superpower is very odd, I won’t lie. But the thought behind it is kind of cool. He even has an alter ego. And that alter ego is in love with an executive.

I primarily got this because I’ve really enjoyed Probst’s writing style and stories. The writing is spot-on as usual. She writes some steamy scenes building the chemistry between our 2 main characters. When we do get sex, it’s very hot.

Mostly I was blown away by her overall story idea..What Dante does and how it made me feel. I’m still debating how he helps people recover from traumatic events…good or bad. It’s just stuck with me.  Any book that stays with a person that long is a good thing, I think.

Rating: Bad-Ass Boots for oh so many reasons.

 

The Vampire’s Bite (Blood and Love #1) by Eve Grant

biteThe Vampire’s Bite (Blood and Love #1) by Eve Grant

Published by Eve Grant, September 15, 2014

Review copy received through Netgalley

Goodreads Synopsis: She’s responsible and takes life too seriously

Susan Ethans is a model student: perfect grades, a dream scholarship, and a promising career ahead of her. But her grades alone aren’t enough to flirt with the hot guys on campus. She doesn’t want to end up being a wallflower, but there isn’t much she can do about it.

A vampire bites her

A madman bites her neck and drinks her blood. She tries to get away, but he drains her life away until she collapses.

She thinks she’s going to die, but she wakes up at an eccentric millionaire’s home. She feels healthy, renewed, and even smarter. Something is changing within her.

He has everything… except love

Nicholas Hill has power, money, and an English accent to die for, but he speaks like a man from the 19th Century. His notions of propriety and manners make him different to every other man in the world. Susan is instantly attracted to him and knows that he likes her, but something tortures his soul and doesn’t let him follow his heart.

Will an ordinary girl change a powerful businessman’s life, or will their personalities clash until they can no longer stand each other?

My Thoughts: Initially I really liked Susan. She is kind of a wallflower with an unrequited thing for her lab partner who is also the college football star. She has to work incredibly hard to maintain her grades and keep her scholarship and she does. She is just an “every girl”. That is until she is bitten by a vampire.

And this is where the story went south for me. First off the vampire come to her aid, then is overcome by a need to bite her. Then she comes to in the home of some other guy who stumbled on her after the bite.

[This is where I struggle…how do I get my frustration with the story across to you, without completely revealing the plot??}

Let’s suffice it to say that Susan’s personality does a complete turnaround and she is no longer even remotely likable for me. All the while this mysterious Mr. Hill reveals nothing about what is going on even though he knows (and we know) what is going on. It was one of those books that made me want to throw it against a wall, only I didn’t want to hurt my tablet or have to repair drywall.

Then there was the dialog/writing. Mr Hill spoke as though he was from 1800’s London, and the writing would take on that same tone for a while after the scene was over.  It almost felt like this was written by two distinctly different people.

I will not be reading any further in this series.

Rating: Flats