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Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay Book 2) - Rhys Ford

3 ⭐️ 

 

I’m not really sure how to rate this one. While there were parts that I enjoyed, it didn’t fit into my really like category either which is a disappointment because I Rhys Ford’s work usually.

 

There is a lot going on and when it held my attention it was good and enjoyable, but I did struggle with it holding my attention. I found myself actually watching the TV and chatting online rather than reading at times, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why. 

 

I loved Angel and Rome, the brothers had such a great relationship. Rome was well portrayed with his struggle to believe that Angel wouldn’t leave him. I thought Angel was hard but fair. Their joking at times reminded me of my own family. 

 

But I struggled with West, I thought he was a jerk early and it hard to alter this even when his attitude improved. I loved his relationship with his bodyguard and Aggie. Neither took his rubbish. I just never really understood why he was the way he was. It probably was explained I just didn’t get it.

 

I’ll read more from this world

 

Ok

Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay Book 2) - Rhys Ford

3 ⭐️ 

 

I’m not really sure how to rate this one. While there were parts that I enjoyed, it didn’t fit into my really like category either which is a disappointment because I Rhys Ford’s work usually.

 

There is a lot going on and when it held my attention it was good and enjoyable, but I did struggle with it holding my attention. I found myself actually watching the TV and chatting online rather than reading at times, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why. 

 

I loved Angel and Rome, the brothers had such a great relationship. Rome was well portrayed with his struggle to believe that Angel wouldn’t leave him. I thought Angel was hard but fair. Their joking at times reminded me of my own family. 

 

But I struggled with West, I thought he was a jerk early and it hard to alter this even when his attitude improved. I loved his relationship with his bodyguard and Aggie. Neither took his rubbish. I just never really understood why he was the way he was. It probably was explained I just didn’t get it.

 

I’ll read more from this world

 

Fish Stick Fridays - Rhys Ford

3.75 ⭐️

 

Re read

 

The parts I loved the most about this one was the main 

characters. I loved Zig. Her and Deke’s interactions were well done. He had a great way of dealing with her, as she was not an easy kid due to her history. I also loved the way she took over Lang’s cats. So typical of cats. 

I liked Lang and how he and Deke were together and how good he was with Zig. He showed strength to move on after his past.

While I liked the guys together it kind of felt like it came out of the blue, maybe because there was a lot of other things going on at the same time, but it felt like they met and then the next interaction they were each other’s corner stone. 

I liked the flow of the story and how it progressed. The secondary characters were all well fleshed out and made me want to continue with the series 

Fish Stick Fridays - Rhys Ford

3.75 ⭐️

 

Re read

 

The parts I loved the most about this one was the main 

characters. I loved Zig. Her and Deke’s interactions were well done. He had a great way of dealing with her, as she was not an easy kid due to her history. I also loved the way she took over Lang’s cats. So typical of cats. 

I liked Lang and how he and Deke were together and how good he was with Zig. He showed strength to move on after his past.

While I liked the guys together it kind of felt like it came out of the blue, maybe because there was a lot of other things going on at the same time, but it felt like they met and then the next interaction they were each other’s corner stone. 

I liked the flow of the story and how it progressed. The secondary characters were all well fleshed out and made me want to continue with the series 

Better on the reread

— feeling amazing
Nowhere Ranch - Heidi Cullinan

4.25 ⭐️

 

Wow this one was one I have been meaning to revisit for some time, as my tastes towards BDSM in books have changed over the years. I’m so glad I did because this one was so much better than I remembered. 

Travis and Roe are some kinky boys. I love that Travis is unapologetically kinky and that Roe works his issues out throughout the book to accept his kink and to accept friends and be able to make a home. 

I love the side characters, Haley is a treasure. So nice to see a strong female without her being a Bitchie character. Roe’s family while the villains grew and evolved throughout the book. 

I now look forward to reading this one again at a later date. 

Enjoyed it

His Consort - Mary Calmes

3.5 ⭐️ 

 

When this one came out, I saw a lot of my friends didn’t like this one, and I’m laughing at myself now because I knew I was going to go against the grain. I think it was because I gave it time and wasn’t expecting too much. Yes it reminds me of A change of heart at times, but you know what, I loved A change of heart series, so I didn’t mind. 

 

I liked Jason and how he was portrayed. He didn’t allow them to walk all over him, but at the same time he gave in sometimes a little bit easily for me, I was glad we got to at least see his thought processes. 

 

I liked the side characters and felt like i knew them all, Hadrian and Tiago were standouts as well as Ode and her family. I didn’t get the same feeling of knowing him with Varic. I felt like he was just there not as well rounded out as the others. I also got a little confused between the types of vampyrs. The made and born aspect was confusing and I couldn’t keep a track of who was who.

 

I enjoyed the setting of New Orleans, it is a place I have always wanted to go to and that hasn’t changed after reading this one. I hope we can see some more from this world as I would like to see how Jason goes when he is presented at court. 

Sweet Clematis

4.75 ⭐️

A Dandelion for Tulip - R. Cooper

4.25

 

 

Re read Jan 19 in preparation for Clematis’ story.

 

I love both David and Tulip even when they are driving me nuts by going around and around. I understand why both are wary but I wish they would talk it out and listen to each other. David’s loneliness and belief that no one wants him is hard to read at times. I liked that David questioned people perceptions and he was pushing the boundaries in his studies. Seeing Bertie and Arthur again, Bertie was as hilarious as always.

I also loved the secondary characters and especially David’s relationship with Flor. I hope we get to see more of him in Clematis’ book. 

Fae For All (The Cloverleah Pack Book 6) - Lisa Oliver

I love this series. Jax has always been a bit of an enigma. In this one we find out all of his secrets including the fact that he never intended to claim his two fae mates. Knowing the fae the way Jax does, he realises early that his mates will never see him as an equal so therefore he decides not to claim them. When Dean meets the two fae in the previous book, it opens a can of worms and has Jax fighting his wolf instincts to claim the two men. Only when other wolves decide to try and claim them does his wolf break free.

The first meeting of the mates doesn’t go well; in fact the first week together doesn’t go well. I liked that. I liked that it didn’t magically all work out easily because they were fated mates. Personalities got in the way.

The two fae Aelfric and Fafnir have been together for 300 years, and definitely are approaching finding their third with preconceived notions. But were quick to understand and apologise for thinking that their third would not be a pet that they could ignore.

Aelfric was a selfish character in the beginning and had a lot of growing to do. I felt for Fafnir, who finally had a chance of having someone to look after him. He showed great strength to go after what he wanted.

The fact that most of this pack are alphas, and alphas mated to other alphas the dynamics of this pack are at times hilarious. Especially when they are going into dangerous situations and everyone is trying to protect their mates. But underneath they are all a great family unit.

 

Darkness (New Species Book 12) - Laurann Dohner

I wanted to give it more. I really did.
I liked Kat. She is a strong female character that is both tough and resourceful without being a bitch. She didn't take any crap and walked when she realised she wouldn't get what she needed from Darkness.
My problem was with Darkness. He was a dick for most of the book. Actions speak louder than words true, but his actions gave me whiplash. Part of me was cheering Kat on as she walked away.
3 stars

Seventh

Seventh - Rachel White Review copy from Netgalley

4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this one.

Hynd Perrett is a royal scholar who is a survivor of a terrible disease called “Blight’s” that he was infected with at the age of 14. After spending a year in an asylum he was released when he went into remission. The disease has left him horribly disfigured with painful scars on his face and a deformed hand.

The author does a good job conveying his aloneness and embarrassment in the face of other peoples fear and disgust. Even with his gentle temperament he is no walk over. He doesn’t allow anyone to befriend him unless it is in the open, he will never allow himself to become the invisible friend. His relationship with his sister Alycia is also well developed. She is his champion in a world where unfortunately he needs one.

Hynd is writing a book about the mysterious disappearance of the Seventh Dragoon and while researching his sister Alycia introduces him to Julius Ocere a man who has a personal interest, due to his great grandfather being accused of their murders. Their first meeting ends terribly. Julius Ocere is a hard character to get a read on in the beginning. His reactions in the beginning are a pure human reaction. He is clearly wary and scared of Hynd’s disease but at the same time trying his best to move past it. He is upfront with Hynd stating that he only wants his knowledge and access to his materials, not a relationship.

Their relationship was well done. It was definitely a slow burn, which worked in this book. They became friends first, so Julius’s turnabout was easy to understand. He got to know the man not the disease.

The story kept me entertained with the mystery of the Dragoons, with pieces of the puzzle fitting together nicely in the end. I will definitely be looking up more of this author’s work

The Dragon's Curse

The Dragon's Curse - Victoria Zagar Review copy from Netgalley

3.5 Stars

On the eve of war between their two countries, Lord Aidan of the Greenlands and Prince Varion of the Summerlands finally voice their feelings for each other. The two men have been meeting in secret for over a year trying to negotiate peace, but due to the warmongering of Price Varion’s father King Cendai this is not achievable
King Cendai is a vicious and cruel character who has fathered seven sons from at least 5 wives. His newest war is to try and take out the Dragonfolk, a people who are descended from Dragons. The dragonfolk live under a horrible curse that kills the Male once they mate, and King Cendai is after the knowledge of the Dragon power which allows anyone to turn into a dragon but at a cost to the person. To achieve this he uses two of his son’s Varion and Tiernon.
Varion is a kind and noble man, one who doesn’t fit into Cendai’s court. Somehow he has kept his humanity while growing up in this father’s court because everyone else we meet from this court is cruel. He is held captive by a deathbed promise he made his mother to look after his brothers and ensure they don’t turn out like their father. This promise is one that hurts Varion time and time again, Tiernon the only brother we meet, is already manipulative and cruel like his father believing that this is the only way to survive his father’s court, but Varion holds to his promise and tries help Tiernon regardless of the cost to himself.
Aidan is the nephew to the king of Greenlands. He is a brave character that will do anything to help the people he cares about. When we meet the two men Aidan offers Varion asylum which Varion refuses. When Varion and his father are in trouble he uses the dragon power to transform into a dragon at great cost to himself.
Even though it was a short book, the world the author built was enjoyable. It moved quickly through and each scene was fleshed out. I liked Aidan and Varion together, they were well suited and fought to protect each other.
My only niggle is that I felt the ending was rushed and care wasn’t given to some of the characters there was more emotion shown to the death of Niall than the death of Aidan’s father. At the time he just blinks and back onto research. Regardless of if it was expected, I still would have expected Aidan to at least react to the death of his father, not just dismiss it entirely

Fourth and Long

Fourth and Long - Michele Micheal Rakes Again too much going on

I liked the sports aspect of this one, but it nearly lost me a number of times throughout the book. There was just too much going on, and yet it just kept circling around the same issues.
I liked the relationship and how Irus fought for Jacks.
Aunt Bertula is one of the best characters ever
2.5 stars

Saving Kane

Saving Kane - Michele M. Rakes Not sure how to rate this one

I'm really not sure how to rate this one. Hurt - Comfort stories are my favourite. But this one I had a few issues with. There were good parts but my issues outweighed the good.
Garret the alcoholic paramedic. I understand his issues with PTSD but I can't believe someone didn't try and help him with the alcoholism earlier.
Kane I liked as a character, but there was so much back story. He was gang raped by 6 men, his past abuse as a child. Really one would have been enough.
I also had problems with how quick the relationship was with the two MCs. Kane had been raped and yet they are having sex so quickly after that, I don't buy it.
2.5 stars

The Biker's Pup

The Biker's Pup - Sean Michael A quick read

A quick read that was enjoyable, but at times predictable. I’m a sucker for guys with bikes. Being a short story the relationship moved along far too quickly. I would have liked to see this one longer and a bit more in depth

Truth in the Dark

Truth in the Dark - Amy Lane Recommended

This one was better on the re-read. No matter what I write, I will not be able to convey just how good this book is.
Knife is horribly disfigured and treated appallingly by the people of the town he lives in. In his pain and in an attempt to protect himself, his personality becomes abrasive and abusive. He only talks to his mother and sister, who love him unconditionally. When his sister turns down an offer of marriage to stay and protect him, Knife makes an agreement with Aerie-Smith, the cousin of Gwen’s suitor. Knife will spend a year on Aerie-smith’s island and then be returned to his mother and sister, wherever they are.
Aerie-Smith’s island is under a terrible curse that turns the inhabitants into animals that are slowly losing their humanity. When Knife arrives the curse has the opposite effect on him, turning him into the beautiful man he should have been. With the help of Aerie-Smith and his townspeople, Knife slowly learns that he is worthy, and his personality changes to what it would have been. He is beautiful both inside and out. His job on the island is to help break the curse and free the inhabitants from their animal bodies. During this time he gets to know the townspeople and uses his skills to help them creating bonds that will never be broken.
A beautiful book that I highly recommend.