2 Stars

Caveman Alien’s Ransom by Calista Skye Review

 Caveman Alien’s Ransom by Calista Skye 2 Stars

Being abducted by aliens was never on my bucket list.
But I guess the aliens didn’t get that memo, because one night I was beamed aboard a UFO. It dumped me and a bunch of other girls on an alien planet.

A jurassic planet where giant, murderous dinosaurs walk around and everything wants to kill me.
My only hope of surviving is the first man I met here. His name is Jax’zan, and he’s an alien.

And a caveman.
As in, the hottest super-alpha caveman who ever lived. He’s big and strong and doesn’t talk much, but he’s saved my life so many times now that I’ve lost count.
My insides turn to hot mush whenever he fixes his smouldering eyes on me, and the scandalously sexy and unusual features his sensationally muscular body is rocking totally make me forget time and place.

There’s only one problem: He’s holding me for ransom. And he wants to repopulate his woman-less planet. With me

Review

This book is a lot silly and slow moving in parts. There is alien abduction survival fun with a circle of friends.

The lag in the book is what got me wrinkling my noses at the book and the heroine’s decision making at times.

But I am interested in the genius friend’s love story.

Building a Bad Boy by Colleen Collins Review

   Building a Bad Boy by Colleen Collins 2 Stars

Her own custom-made bad boy

When Kimberly Logan makes men over to find their mates, she knows the type of guy women want. However, Nigel Durand, an all-around beautiful hunk of man, might be her toughest client yet. He’s got the droolworthy look, but his nice-guy personality and sweet ways make him too available. Looks as if she’s in for a lot of hands-on coaching.

Too bad the more she has her hands on him, the more tempted she is. And when he throws himself into being “Nicky,” his charming and sexy alter ego, Kimberly can’t resisL.especially when he delivers steamy kisses and whispered promises. After hitting the sheets with him, she knows this is one bad boy she’s not letting go!


Review

The hero is wonderful. He is thoughtful, funny, nerdy, hot.

The heroine works my last living nerve.

The basic plot that he comes to her for a makeover because he is sick of not getting the woman he wants is fine.

How slow she is to realize he is great as is and how dumb she is about her job to the point of immorality is a no go for me.

I didn’t want her to get him. Grow and change I am all for but it is never good when I want to snatch the HEA out of one of the leads hands and give it to anyone else.

Shadows Fall (The Dems Trilogy, #3) by Devi Mara Review

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Shadows Fall: (The Dems Trilogy #3) - Devi Mara

Where it begins. How it ends.
It is the beginning and the ending of everything. Shadows Fall.

Ambassador to the Dems, Aya Berk, has many reasons to resent King Baraz. She has thousands of them. He is a stubborn, hateful man who drags the rest of the universe into his misery. Some may fear him, but she never has and certainly will not start now.

King Baraz has hated humans so long the reason has become secondary. They are devious, plotting, and not to be trusted. He is certain of himself and his place in the universe. That is, until the one person he never expected to see again re-enters his life.

Aya and Baraz are two people separated by time and choices. But when an ancient evil threatens to destroy everything they have built, they are forced to set aside their differences. In the battle to hold on to what they love, can they find some spark of what once was? Or will it all fall into shadow?

 

 

 

Review

While I appreciated how complete the world was by this book in the series, I could never get over the crimes of the hero.

 

He never redeems himself to me and this makes the whole book impossible to enjoy.

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No Light (The Dems Trilogy #1) by Devi Mara Review

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No Light - Devi Mara

“Name?” he demanded.
“Sarah Mackenzie.” She swallowed hard. She would be like the ones who had fallen, her remains something to be cleaned from the floor.
“Age?”
She tried not to tense when he brought his face to her neck and inhaled deeply.
“Twenty-two.” The lie tried to stick in her throat.
He pulled back and gave her a dark look. “Try again.”
“Eighteen,” she whispered, tensing when his lips pulled back from his teeth in a shark smile.
“A lie, Sarah? How nice that you are not as innocent as you look.”

The Dems have been held captive since before the world was made. They are the darkness only spoken of in whispers. As much as they are hated and feared, those who guard them are even more so. The pariahs of society, they live apart from the rest of the world in a settlement called Ameritat. That is where The Dems Trilogy begins. An unlikely and dangerous love between a human guard and the most feared of all the Dems. It will be the beginning or the ending of everything.

Sarah Mackenzie was never meant to be a guard, never meant to descend into the bowels of the earth, but The Corridor is where she is sent. With little information and even less training, she is thrust into her position as a Dem handler. She walks a thin line between life and death, as she tries to uphold her family honor and unlock the mystery of the Dem’s captivity. The pursuit of truth will drag her deep into a world of corruption, hatred, and greed and she will have to decide where her loyalties lie. With the humans who have mistreated her or the Dem who could destroy them all.

 

 

 

Review

 

This book made my head hurt. I read the whole thing mad.

 

The book is written so at first we have no idea what is going on. The heroine understands very little and we get to know even less that she does.

 

It is all very foggy. Then we learn more but never really enough. Then, the badass immortal alien prison falls for a dish towel heroine who isn’t really but how would we or he know.

 

They take forever to have sex which makes sense given the prison revolt and all but it is still super odd in terms of romantic love.

 

A more fog rolls in but the action picks up.

 

The tone has a lot in common with horror romance but not.

 

So, I was compelled by something to finish the book and was happier by the end but disgruntled feeling that writing played games with me and I never attached to anything.

 

Then, I read the next book in the series which is much clearer.

 

So, I wouldn’t recommend this book. I some how got sucked in the vortex of trying to figure it out but didn’t enjoy myself and I need joy.

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Iron (Rent-a-Dragon #2) by Terry Bolryder Review

Iron (Rent-A-Dragon Book 2) 2 Stars

A Dragon Mechanic? Unheard of.

Unless you’re Magnus Ironside, a metal dragon who just awakened in the modern world and happens to be obsessed with cars and their inner workings. Add in the fact that his mate just walked in to hire him to work at her auto shop, and Magnus is one happy dragon. Now he just has to flex his pecs, show her his huge ‘axe’, and everything will work out, right? Wrong.

Lindy Dunn doesn’t have time for a relationship, not while she’s working herself to the bone trying to make ends meet. She doesn’t have time to notice the huge muscles or gorgeous, jade-green eyes of the oddly sexy handyman she just hired. No matter that he’s seriously good with cars, and fun to be around. With someone sabotaging her dad’s shop, it’s not the right time to fall into any man’s arms, even if it’s someone as capable as Magnus.

Magnus knows he can win over Lindy, as long as he doesn’t move too fast with talk of dragons and destiny. The heat between them is too blazing to deny. But though Magnus thought he’d left the past far behind him, one big storm is still approaching, bringing a dark figure that threatens to destroy everything the iron dragon holds dear,

 

Review

I wanted to like this book. Dragon Shapeshifter. Mechanic heroine and hero. Good Stuff!

But the writing style just doesn’t work for me despite being full of fun fated mated cat nip. The prose is too jumpy and there is too much telling rather than letting characters develop.

Sigh.

Size Matters (A Perfect Fit #1) by Alison Bliss Review

    Size Matters (A Perfect Fit) by Alison Bliss

Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she’s sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren’t enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper – or the fact that he just told her mother that they’re engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah’s date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay “just friends,” and make Leah’s family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah’s decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren’t going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he’s for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

Review

This book has all sorts of cat nip for me with a curvy heroine, friends to lovers and a fake engagement.

However, all that fun could not overcome a lack of a body positive point of view and tedious self esteem issues around weight that kept popping me out of the story.

I just couldn’t settle in because I was hoping for a book that had a richer understanding of size.

Sigh.

Darkness Blooming (The Dems Trilogy #2) by Devi Mara Review

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Darkness Blooming: (The Dems Trilogy #2) - Devi Mara

Rissa was born and raised in the darkest parts of Sinmer. She is single-minded in her focus and willing to do anything to achieve her goals. She can take care of herself and needs no help from anyone. Least of all, Prince Lonan.
It is not up for negotiation.

After centuries of punishment, Lonan has regained his title. He has never had any use for humans. Aside from his brother’s queen, Sarah, he considers them a waste of space. So when a tiny spitfire stalks into his life, he wants nothing to do with her.
Or else.

With failure a very real possibility, King Farran is taking no chances. The Dems’ fight against the Revolution is building and the group seems intent on wiping out a portion of humanity. With her people threatened and danger building every day, Rissa must work with Lonan for the good of all or doom them all to death.

 

Review

 

Rissa was born and raised in the darkest parts of Sinmer. She is single-minded in her focus and willing to do anything to achieve her goals. She can take care of herself and needs no help from anyone. Least of all, Prince Lonan.
It is not up for negotiation.
After centuries of punishment, Lonan has regained his title. He has never had any use for humans. Aside from his brother’s queen, Sarah, he considers them a waste of space. So when a tiny spitfire stalks into his life, he wants nothing to do with her.
Or else.
With failure a very real possibility, King Farran is taking no chances. The Dems’ fight against the Revolution is building and the group seems intent on wiping out a portion of humanity. With her people threatened and danger building every day, Rissa must work with Lonan for the good of all or doom them all to death.

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Alpha Geek by Milly Taiden Review

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Alpha Geek - Milly Taiden

Lioness shifter Scarlett Milan hates that she wants her boss more than her next breath. All she thinks about is how his black-rimmed glasses and bow tie are sexier on him than any other man. But since he’s human, she’s afraid she could break him, even kill him, during a night of wild sex.

Knox Daniels, wimpy bean counter, has lusted after Scarlett since the moment he met her. The fact she’s his best friend’s little sister has stopped all dirty thoughts. Well, almost. After he breaks up with his girlfriend, getting his hands on Scarlett is the first thing on his to-do list. Being murdered was not.

A vicious attack almost kills Knox, but science comes to the rescue. Now he’s no longer the weak human Scarlett was afraid to touch. Actually, no one knows what he is except possessive, aggressive, and demanding she be his. They’ll have to team up to keep him alive while figuring out if he’s a deranged killer or just the most powerful alpha ever known.

Review

 

 

This is fun read. I love the hero and the heroine seems pretty cool.

The problem is we just get a quick sip of everything in this book. The love story, character development, and overall plot. I liked it but it wasn’t fulfilling without further development.

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Playing It Cool (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #2) by Amy Andrews Review

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Playing It Cool - Amy Andrews

Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but herstepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie,Dexter Blake, witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. Infront of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it’s not for reals,but Dex won’t take no for an answer.

Dexter Blake’s life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule:no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he’s focused on hiscareer for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chickhe’d been secretly ogling. What’s a guy to do but ask her out? It’s just alittle revenge against a poser, and then he’ll get his head back in thegame.

But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. Andthe next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes rightoff.

Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…

 

 

Review

 

I love Amy Andrews and I love rugby sports romances. What could go wrong?

 

There were many good moments in this book and a basically liked the characters but I think this being a brazen book pushed the sexy times to take up space needs for relationship development and character development.

 

Sexy times can do that but mainly these love scenes didn’t work that way for me.

Sigh.

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Bear Necessities by Selena Kitt Review

2 Stars

IVY
The world has moved on, but Ivy just can’t. Besides, she has everything she needs on her sustainable-living wooded homestead, and no desire to brave this grim new world.

Until the day a massive bear chases her into an isolated cabin and she discovers she’s not alone.

With a giant bear prowling outside and a gruff, bearded, half-naked savage inside, Ivy finds herself cornered. The man, who calls himself Caleb, says he’ll take her home, but she doesn’t trust him, his offer, or herself with this giant, bronzed, mountain of a man.

He might be able to protect her from the sinister enemies lurking outside—but who is going to protect her from Caleb?

CALEB
Shifter by nature, drifter by choice, Caleb is uniquely designed to survive in this dark, new hell-on-earth, where the rule of law has been replaced by brute strength.

His scars may be deep but his secrets are deeper, and until he meets feisty, sinfully curvy Ivy one fateful afternoon, he’s not sure there’s much left worth surviving for.

Finding himself unable to resist the tempting, scrumptious morsel who lands on his doorstep, he realizes she’s the one he’s been craving, and she’s more than worth fighting for.

Caleb is determined to keep her safe from everything dark and dangerous outside. But can he save Ivy from herself?

Review

Selena Kitt is a good writer and I love Bear Shifters so I am in.

Everything that is here is good but all the development is missing. For every chapter that is here, we need another one to really have worthy character development, plot, setting, and romance.