Review: Hell & High Water (THIRDS #1) by Charlie Cochet

Hell & High Water (THIRDS, #1)

 

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When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

 

 

REVIEW

 

This was a hard book to rate for me, is most of a 3.5 than an actual 4 for me. Most of it I wasn’t too impressed by it, maybe because I started reading it with so much expectations for being such a popular series. I felt a little underwhelmed by it for most of the book, but the last 10 percent of it not only save the book for me, but also hooked me for a next one. I have no doubt I’ll be reading the next on the series.

Thinking about it, I can’t say the exact reason I didn’t liked it so much. I just wasn’t too much into the story. I had a great writing, the plot was interesting enough and the characters, well I’ll say something about them later, but there was something I just can’t name about why it was so hard for me to care about it. I loved the way it started, explaining the reason why everything was the way it was. I’m not so much into shifters stories, but that wasn’t a problem this time, I really liked the way the subject was manage. It might be I wasn’t in the mood for reading when I read it because I can’t find anything wrong about the book or perhaps that I wasn’t really feeling too much emotions from the main characters.

The things I liked the most were the characters. Dex was so charming, it was impossible not to laugh whenever he said some of his jokes, I loved his sense of humor and I felt so much identified with Sloan trying not to laugh but failing awfully. Sloan wasn’t as great as Dex but he was ok, maybe the grief wasn’t allowing him to be a more likable character, but I didn’t felt him as heartbroken as I wish I would.

One of the best things about the book were the secondary characters, there were all so absolutely amazing, there wasn’t one of them I didn’t like. It was so easy to care for them and to understand the sense of a family among them. I hope I can get to know more of each of them in the next books.
Another thing a liked was the way the discrimination topic was addressed, it felt very realistic. I liked the action moments of the book, I’m not much of an action stories reader but it was very exciting, especially the last moments on the book. Overall ended up being really good. I’m not ready to give up on the series, I want to know what will happen next.

Review: The Santa Drag by Liv Rancourt

The Santa Drag

 

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Things aren’t always what they seem, and this shopping mall Santa has a secret that only true love can reveal.

Mackenzie’s an out-of-work actress who takes a job as a shopping mall Santa to pay the rent. She fools everyone with her Santa drag, until the day Joe McBride walks into the mall. Joseph Timothy McBride – the real-life, got a soap opera gig and you saw him in Scream II actor. The only guy she ever really loved. Can Mack stay in character, or is it time to strip off the red coat and peel off the beard for good?

The Santa Drag is a 6,000 word short story with a Santa who’s more than he seems to be, stressed out parents in the mall, and one very handsome actor.

REVIEW

This was a very cute short story. I’m not a Christmas story reader, but I liked it. It’s kind of a simple story but the main character was very lovely and easy to like.

There is not angst here, not a complex plot either, but still it was a very enjoyable read. I think it can be liked by any Christmas loving reader, and anyone looking for a fun and free of angst story.  It is my first from the author, but I’ll sure keep looking for her books now.

Review: Driven to Distraction (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug) by Cassie Decker

Driven to Distraction (2016 Advent Calendar - Bah Humbug)

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Cowboys Wyatt and Brady are competing in a team roping event in Missoula, Montana’s annual Christmas Eve rodeo. Christmas is Wyatt’s favorite time of year and nothing is going to dampen his holiday spirit, not even his surly, no-nonsense roping partner. They’ve only been riding together for a week, but Wyatt has already secretly fallen head-over-boot-heels for Brady, though it’s painfully obvious Brady only has eyes for the rodeo’s grand prize purse.

When Brady is distracted during a crucial moment in the night’s first roping run and nearly disqualifies them, Wyatt is almost certain he is going to be another of Brady’s many rejected partners. Will Wyatt and Brady be able to sort out their differences and work together to win the grand prize? Maybe if Wyatt can show Brady that Christmas really is a time for miracles.

 

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Brady’s distraction jeopardized his and Wyatt’s possibility of winning the rodeo’s grand prize. Now they have to work as a team to solve the reasons of their lack of attention on the competition.

Wyatt and Brady are new partners in the roping event at the rodeo. Wyatt feels very attracted to Brady, who seemed oblivious of his partner’s lust. But a moment of distraction during the competition risks not only the possibility of winning the grand price, but also their continuity as partners.

I love rodeo, at least some parts of it, so I was very attracted by this story. I wasn’t disappointed; it was really good. At the beginning I wasn’t too impressed, as it felt a bit predictable. But near the half of it, the things started to get so much interesting. I ended up liking it a lot. The main characters were nice. We get to see Wyatt’s point of view, which is a little odd, because I felt like I knew more about Brady at the end of the story than I did about Wyatt. There isn’t too much Christmas in here, except the fact that Brady’s reasons for disliking it, but in general the story was very nice and easy to enjoy.

 

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Review: A Happy Ever After for Christmas by Kol Anderson

A Happy Ever After for Christmas

 

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A Happy Ever After for Christmas

Hot Christmas stories to melt your heart…

 

 

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A Happy Ever After for Christmas are three short Christmas stories. I’m not particularly attracted to seasonal reads or Christmas in general, but I wanted to try because I really love the author. Consistently with my original thought, I didn’t like it that much.

A thing that I liked was the fact that as I keep reading, the stories begin to get better. The first one was Owen and Ryan, this was ok, but it felt too rushed and I didn’t think I got to know either of the main characters that much. It felt like nothing more than a hook up, no feelings involved.

Kayden and Jack was very good, I liked it so much. I really liked the way the story was told. It felt like an unwritten letter. The beginning was very beautiful, it was so easy to feel the sadness. An issue I had about it was that it also felt a little rushed. So much changes in such short time, but I really got to care about the characters and ended up being a beautiful story.

Ben and Alex was my favorite. I had mixed feelings about the characters, sometimes I feel like I liked them and sometimes I feel like I didn’t. It was a nice thing to feel something for a character, even if it is dislike. I ended up liking them both. This was a great story, seeing where it all begin was also really good. It was a little bittersweet but maybe that’s what I liked about it. I was the story that made feel the most emotions out of the three, very good one.

Overall it was a nice book. Even though it is a Christmas theme, It didn’t felt too much as it, but still it had some very good stories and it was very entertaining.

Review: Crashing the Party (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug) by Ginger Streusel

Crashing the Party (2016 Advent Calendar - Bah Humbug)

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Retail workers and evil never get a day off, and traveling printer salesman Kale Green is no exception. He might look like a Jolly Green Giant, but he can be a real Grinch. Working on the holidays can dampen anyone’s spirits, and on top of that, a sleepy Georgia town has it out for Kale and his car. From fender-benders to flat tires, Kale and his trusty company car Bessie suffer through it all.

While everyone else enjoys holiday parties, Kale drives down south to demo printers. Business is good, but on Christmas Eve, the weather turns bad. A few patches of ice put an end to Kale’s Christmas plans—a night alone with his video games. While Kale waits for the police, his only consolation is the company of fellow driver Wes Armstrong. As festive as a Christmas tree and as jolly as Kris Kringle, Wes proves unexpectedly charming. Kale never thought he’d crash right into a crush.

REVIEW

Kale’s luck threatens to change when a Christmas crash caused him to face a charming fellow driver who had a lot of Christmas spirit.

Kale is heading home for a lonely but fun night after having to work on Christmas Eve. But the weather doesn’t seem to be on his side and when he faces troubles with his company car, his night might ended up being a little different than he expected.

CRASHING THE PARTY was a cute and fun story. The characters were very endearing and I liked how their relationship didn’t felt forced; it was very realistic, which is always something that I look for while reading romance. I loved how we got to see more than just one scene into their lives; it was very nice. The structure of the story was confusing at some point because I didn’t think the change from past to present was anyhow relevant to the reader, but aside from that fact, I really liked how it was written. In general, a very enjoyable reading.

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Review: And After Death… by Nero Seal

And After Death...

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The world has died in 2025. The armies of zombies are tracing streets in the urge to satisfy the blood thirst. The probably last survivor in the whole world enters the abandoned house to find the diary. The diary that reveals the horrible story of love and death, the last kindness in the world.

This story contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers.
WARNING: no HEA or HFN

REVIEW

A tragic love story hidden in the pages of a diary are witnessed by the seemingly only survivor of a zombie apocalypse.

The world has ended. There is chaos and death everywhere. For a man who has survived, a refuge where to hide from the armies of zombies walking by the streets is a necessity. But when he finds an abandoned house, the secrets behind the pages of a diary capture his attention.

It was beautifully written. There were only few words, but it was so easy to feel the love and the despair of the situation they were living. The way the story was told was very attractive. Trying to guess how much time had happened and guessing the possibilities was something I loved.

I didn’t like the ending though. The guy’s attitude at the end of it is what bothered me and not the actual end which I think was appropriate for the book. I feel a little disappointed because, being such an interesting story as it was, I would love to know more of the whole world and of the main characters. I felt like I was left wanting so much more. As for romance, I don’t think it was particularly romantic, but there was a lot of love in the air.

In general, it was a beautiful and heartbreaking story, but the warnings given by the author should be taken seriously because there are some violent moments that might not be appreciated by some readers.

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Review: Gifts (Status Quo #1): (a supernatural dystopian MMF erotic novella) by R. Phoenix

Gifts (Status Quo #1): (a supernatural dystopian MMF erotic novella)

 

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Before Imriel Conti was condemned to a life of slavery, the sheltered young witch had never been with anyone. Now that he is in the hands of Draven Foss and Callia Odessa, a sensual and controversial power couple at the pinnacle of supernatural society, all of that is about to change. Coveting him for his accursed but prized gift, they take him into their household, where he finds his morals and innocence equally compromised.

This novella contains explicit M/F and M/M/F scenes. All characters are 18+.

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While Gifts is set in the same universe as the ‘Ripples in the Status Quo’ series, it features different characters – and a different aspect of the world – and can be read separately.

 

REVIEW

 

I have so much mixed feelings about Callia. She was a great character, there was so much about her I loved and hate, I finished the book without making my mind about her. I’m not really sure what to feel. I’m more incline to dislike her, but the complexity of the feelings she made me feel was something that I really liked.

Draven was different, it was so easy to like him. The power play he had with Callia was one of the things I enjoyed the most of the book, it was so interesting to know how much each had to truly trust and love the other to be as confident as they were about their relationship, I really loved this two together. I thought Imriel would be my favorite character but Draven took his place. I think he was a little more complicated and with so much more secrets that made him so much interesting.

I did liked Imriel, the fear always present in him was something so nice to read, he should be afraid.  He seemed a little too naïve, which it bother me at times, but he was a sweet character.

I had my doubts about this book because I’m really not into MMF but I ended up liking it. I liked the story but I would like to know more of the characters. It feel like the beginning of something with a lot of possibilities and I hope the author is willing to explore them. I have so much expectations of how this characters could develop.

I’d read other books of the author and one of the things that didn’t allowed me enjoy it a little more was the fact that I was sort of expecting a little darker story,  but even a little less dark than I expected, it was really good. And I think that maybe that would be better for some readers.