April 16, 2014

Review: Julie Ann Walker’s BORN WILD (Black Knights Inc Series #5)

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Pub. Date:  November 5, 2013 Publisher:  Sourcebooks, Incorporated Sold By:  Barnes & Noble Format:  NOOK Book, 384pp  Series:  Black Knights Inc. Series ISBN-13:  9781402282737

Pub. Date:
November 5, 2013
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 384pp
Series:
Black Knights Inc. Series
ISBN-13:
9781402282737

Wealthy heiress Eve Edens has been abandoned, used, or manipulated by almost everyone she’s ever met. So now she lives by 3 simple rules:

1. Trust no one. After three botched attempts on her life, she can no longer ignore the truth-someone wants her dead.

2. Avoid bad boys at all costs. Eve may have hired William “Wild Bill” Reichert, the wonderfully sexy boy who abandoned her years ago, to help her discover who is behind the attacks, but she’s not going to be tempted into breaking rule #3…

3. Never fall for the same ruse twice. Eve may trust Bill with her life, but her heart is too big a risk.

I seem to gravitate towards the stories in which there’s a group of guys doing undercover-under-the-government-radar-but-disguised-as-something-else. Especially when it’s a series and you know that each guy in the group is going to get his own story.

This is one of those kind of stories and I’m totally loving this series by Julie Ann Walker. From the outside, these guys appear to be biker boys that make custom Harleys. But that’s just a cover.

Readers are first introduced to Eve in IN RIDES TROUBLE, Book 2 in the series. She and the main character in that book are best friends and are taken hostage at sea and the Black Knights come to the rescue. Eve and Bill have a history, and it’s a rocky one. To the point where he avoids her as much as possible, and is rude to her when he’s in her presence. He’s the last person she wants to go to for help, considering their history, but she knows someone’s trying to kill her.

And no one believes her. Don’t you hate when that happens? The police have brushed aside her previous reports, but then when an incident occurs that leaves her nearly dead, she’s got to swallow her pride and go to Bill for help. That’s when things get interesting and the person who’s trying to kill her is someone you’d never suspect.

So far, THRILL RIDE, Book 4 in the series, is my favorite. Only because the main dude in that book is Cajun. <sigh> I love Cajun men. It’s the accent.

But I digress.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I’m enjoying this series, but this one didn’t do much for me and it’s because the characters took too long to connect; or reconnect, as it were. Eve’s father is a controlling fucktard and because of that, Eve hurt Billy bad. To the point where he couldn’t forgive her. True, they were young, college age, but still…Eve should’ve grown some ladyballs early in life and should’ve done some pushing back. Billy had a hard time letting it go, so even while he and his crew were trying to figure out who was trying to kill her and she was in his space on a constant basis, he still kept her at arms length.

Which in turn meant that it took them forever to have sex.

At various points, it would seem like Billy would be thawing and then he’d remember what she did to him and he was back to being an ass. I wanted to reach through my screen, bitchslap him and yell, “What are you, twelve? Suck it up and get over it, for crissakes!” When the dirty deed finally happened, it was a little anti-climatic. There may have been a drop or two from the Sweet Hole, but the fact that I can’t remember is telling. Billy’s long grudge made me hold a grudge against him and that was a bit of a buzzkill for me.

BORN WILD Wet Panty Rating:

Evolet

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April 14, 2014

Review: Laura Kaye’s HARD AS YOU CAN (Hard Ink Series #2)

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Pub. Date:  February 25, 2014 Publisher:  HarperCollins Publishers Sold By:  HARPERCOLLINS Format:  NOOK Book, 384pp  Series:  Hard Ink Series ISBN-13:  9780062267917

Pub. Date:
February 25, 2014
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Sold By:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book, 384pp
Series:
Hard Ink Series
ISBN-13:
9780062267917

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can—and never let go.

The things you do to keep your family safe. Wow.

I read the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to get a hold of Shane and Crystal’s story because I could feel the chemistry poppin’ even then. It practically blows up. Shane and his group of friends are trying to clear their name when they’re now deceased commander gets them into some serious shit. We first encounter Crystal in Book #1 when Shane and his crew come into the club where she works as a waitress to rescue a friend being held there. She instinctively helps them get away and when the trouble they’re trying to dig themselves out of has connections at the club where she works, Shane offers to go back in and see what he can find out.

Which is where Crystal comes in.

This girl…man she’s got some serious ladyballs. Her father ends up owing a debt to the owner of the club and she’s the one that has to be pay it back. But she does it to keep her younger sister safe. This girl’s got some scars, both inside and out, and it’s all she can do to keep her shit together. Crystal is the most badass heroine I’ve ever read about, but she’s not a typical badass. She’s brave for what she’s endured–and continues to endure–until Shane comes along. He’s determined to protect her, to keep her and her sister safe, and Crystal does her best to keep him at arm’s length. But Shane’s persistent and as we all know, when a gorgeous, badass mofo with a fuckin’ awesome tattoo on his back (see above pic) does his damndest to wear you down, just give in. Lie back on the bed, open your legs, and let him do what he will. Yowza!

I’m becoming a fan of Laura Kaye and I have to say that, so far, I’m really enjoying this series. I’m looking forward to reading about the other guys in Shane’s group..including the guy that owns the Hard Ink tattoo shop.

HARD AS YOU CAN Wet Panty Rating:

Evolet

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April 11, 2014

Follow Friday #63

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Question this week from Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.
How does this work? You follow a blog, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! With that being said, please review my Follow Policy before making any rash decisions.
Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible).
There were a couple recently, but the one that disappointed me the most was Olivia Cunning‘s TAKE ME. You can read why here.

Evolet

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April 11, 2014

Booking Through Thursday/Friday #52: Mark-downs

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Brought to you by Booking Through Thursday:

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This week’s question: Does the price of a book affect your decision about buying it? Do you wait for cheaper editions of books you want?

In a way, yes. I have a Nook and the books I tend to buy are between $.99 (special deals) and $9.99. I like to keep 6 books in my Library at all times, but when I’m low on funds, I look for the ones that are priced between $.99 and about $2.99 and buy those.

What about you?

Evolet

April 10, 2014

Random Sex Thought Thursday #15

It’s been a long-ass time since I’ve done one of these, but I finally had to post something because I wanted to see what the general public had to say about Nookie in the Morning.

I’ve noticed that in the majority of the books I read, the couples wake up and have morning sex.

How can you have sex–and full-on French kiss someone–the minute you wake up in the morning?

My first thought would be “Are you out of your gotdamned MIND? A skunk up and died in my mouth last night, mister. No kissing will be happening here until my mouth has been brushed and disinfected.” LOL.

I can count on one hand where one of the couples in the story–typically the female–put the brakes on a morning kiss due to bad breath. I think about shit like that. I realize this is fiction, so liberties will be taken. As a newbie writer though, I just know that all of my characters are going to give a damn about bad breath  when it comes to Morning Nookie.

What about you? If you write romance novels, do you write in or write out the morning breath thing? What about in the books you read? Do you cringe when couples have morning breath sex or have you not noticed? This inquiring mind wants to know.

 

Evolet

April 9, 2014

Review: Kristen Ashley’s MYSTERY MAN (Dream Man Series)

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Pub. Date:  December 11, 2012 Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing Sold By:  Hachette Digital, Inc. Format:  NOOK Book, 400pp  Series:  Dream Man ISBN-13:  9781455599172

Pub. Date:
December 11, 2012
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Sold By:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book, 400pp
Series:
Dream Man
ISBN-13:
9781455599172

While drinking cosmopolitans, Gwendolyn Kidd meets the man of her dreams. Then she takes him home. Then she wakes up alone. But her fear that she lost her dream man turns into a relationship with a mystery man when, night after night in the dead of night, he comes back for more. Hoping it will blossom into something real, she lets him.

But she doesn’t even know his name.

Gwen’s struggling with the decision to end their crazy non-relationship when her sister-from-hell, Ginger’s best friend pays a visit and warns Gwen that if she and her sister don’t get smart, they’ll both get d-e-a-d, dead. Gwen has no clue what’s going on but she’s used to Ginger’s antics and decides to lay the problem on her sister’s biker boyfriend’s doorstep. Bad choice. She hits the Denver Underground radar with a big, loud ping.

This means Gwen’s Mystery Man, Cabe “Hawk” Delgado has to step in to keep her safe. But when Hawk gets a dose of Gwen in the daylight, he makes the decision that he finally wants real with Gwen. However when Gwen gets a dose of badass, bossy, straight-talker Hawk in the daylight, she decides she’s done.

Thus begins the head-to-head of the Commando vs. Cosmo Girl as Hawk woos Gwen in his own unique way, Gwen survives firebombs, drive-bys, kidnappings, hot pursuits by biker hotties and gorgeous police detectives and discovers the heartbreaking reason why Hawk kept her at arm’s length.

And as all this happens, Gwen finds that her sister’s troubles are serious trouble and she must decide who to keep alive: her sister-from-hell or the man of her dreams.

So, this girl walks into a bar…just kidding. It sounds like it would be a dirty joke, but it’s not. It’s more along the lines of, “so, this dude walks into a bar…” The one thing I didn’t like about this plot is how they met. I mean, people meet in bars and hook-up all the time. If it ends up being a one-night stand then so be it. But if you want to keep seeing each other, I think you would exchange numbers, call one another, and y’know, date. Gwen and Hawk did the one-night stand.

But the one-night stand turned into a weekly nightly thing that lasted a year and a half.

And by that, I mean, once a week, Hawk would break in? Sneak in? to Gwen’s place, they’d fuck for a few hours and then he’d slip away before the light of day.

And this continued for a year and a half! She never knew his name until her half-sister got involved some shit and pulled Gwen into the middle of it. Seriously. I don’t understand why it went on that long, because I can tell you right now, if the sex was that good, I’d want to get to know this guy in the cold light of day to see if he could be The One. But for a year and a half, Gwen was basically his booty call. And let me tell you, honeychile, Miz Eve is NO ONE’S booty call. Let alone, a booty call that lasts a whole fuckin year and a half.

As gorgeous as Hawk sounds, the fact that he acted this way and lived his life this way ever since he suffered a heartbreaking tragedy, rubbed me the wrong way. I even lost a little respect for Gwen for letting it go on so long. If Hawk liked you enough, he investigated you–thoroughly–and then apparently picked a day to make his nightly visit. If you wanted more, he dropped you like a hot stone. “You don’t say it’s over. I’m the one who ends it,” he declares. Arrogant ass.

In this story, you’re introduced to Tack from MOTORCYCLE MAN and Mitch Lawson, from another Dream Man Series book, LAW MAN.  I think this book is first in the series, because when they’re introduced here, both of these guys are single and are both vying for Gwen’s attention. Then, of course, there’s Hawk, who’s acting all “Me Tarzan, you Jane” when it comes to Gwen. The sex scenes are hot and I’m intrigued by the thirteen guys Hawk employs in his security business. I’m wondering what that’s all about and if there’s going to be a spin-off series about them.

Overall, I was unimpressed. I couldn’t get past the whole relationship thing and it’s unconventional beginning. And Hawk’s continued arrogance was a bit of a joy suppressant for me.

MYSTERY MAN Wet Panty Rating:

1/2

Evolet

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April 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #23

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! 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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from my current read, Susan Mallery‘s CHASING PERFECT (Fool’s Gold Series #1)

Her eleven o’clock meeting was with Pia O’Brian, something she’d been looking forward to ever since Sheryl had put it on her calendar

Evolet

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April 4, 2014

Review: Kristen Ashley’s MOTORCYCLE MAN (The Dream Man Series)

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ISBN-13: 9781455599233  Publisher: Grand Central Publishing  Publication date: 12/11/2012  Series: Dream Man  Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.  Format: eBook  Pages: 400

ISBN-13: 9781455599233
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Series: Dream Man
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: eBook
Pages: 400

 

Stuck in a colorless world, Tyra Masters decides to chuck her old life and starts searching for something. She doesn’t know what it is until she meets her dream man. The goateed, tattooed, muscled, gravelly voiced motorcycle man who plies her with tequila and gives her the best sex of her life. But she knows it isn’t the tequila and sex talking. He’s it. He’s who she’s been daydreaming about since she could remember.

Until he makes it clear she isn’t who he’s looking for.

Tyra slinks away from his bed, humiliated. The problem is, he’s her new boss. She just may or may not have forgotten to tell him that part.

Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. And he lets Tyra know that in his motorcycle man way. Tyra fights for her job and wins it using sass and a technicality. Tack challenges her that if she hits his bed one more time, she loses her job.

Tyra is determined to keep her job and keep away from Tack. But she makes a big mistake. During their head-to-heads, she lets it all hang out and shows Tack she is who he’s looking for. And Tack has had a good woman slip through his fingers, he’s not about to let that happen again.

Although Tack colors Tyra’s world with a vibrancy that’s blinding, being with him means she has to live in his Motorcycle Club world. Full on, no holds barred. And since Tack’s world, not to mention Tack, is a little scary, Tyra isn’t so sure.

It’s Tack’s job to convince her.

So the good news is that Kristen Ashley learned her lesson about excessive use of parentheses, and therefore the reader can enjoy the story without getting sidetracked. The other good news is that I like Tack. I love the name Kane, which is the name he was born with, but when you’re in a motorcycle club, you get to have a nickname. Kane’s is Tack (as in “as sharp as”) and Tyra’s is Red. Tack’s the President of a motorcycle club by the name of Chaos. They got into some illegal shit and he’s been slowly and steadily trying to get the club legal. He’s been doing that by becoming THE custom motorcycle shop as well as opening  auto repair shops. But there are some people who don’t like the fact that they’ve gone legit, so there’s tension within the club as well as externally. Shit gets interesting when Tyra sleeps with Tack and then has to fight for her office manager job the next day. What follows is the roller coaster ride of being part of a motorcycle club. Including when there’s blowback and shit gets serious when Tyra gets kidnapped. Twice. The second time A LOT more serious than the first.

The peek into the life of a motorcycle club is interesting. The one thing I liked about it is the sense of family. Once you’re in, everyone will protect you and watch your back. But, if you fuck up and screw one person over…you screw the whole club over. And you definitely wouldn’t want that. While the sex scenes were hot, I wasn’t a fan of the story as a whole. Tack was described as a pretty hot guy, but didn’t like the fact that he had a little gray in the temples and a goatee that was a little long. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like goatees, but I like them well-trimmed, not something you can tug on or braid. In general, men with beards, wearing bandanas, leather vests and riding Harley’s don’t appeal to me whatsoever.  I prefer Ducati’s and Ninja’s to hogs and leather vests only as it pertains to the costume of a male stripper. However, if you’re a fan of Sons of Anarchy, then this book is for you. As much as I like Charlie Hunnam, I like him better clean-shaven and not looking like he’s been living in the swamps with the guys from Duck Dynasty.

MOTORCYCLE MAN Wet Panty Rating:

1/2

Evolet

 

 

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April 4, 2014

Follow Friday #62

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 This week’s question:

Late April Fools. What was the best prank you’ve played or had played on you?

 

To be honest, I’m not a pranking-type person. I like to think that I have a great sense of humor–something I inherited from my Dad–but not the type of humor that involves pranking. And I’ve never been pranked myself as an individual, but it’s been more of a “general public” thing. I was reading something about Steve Nash (I forgot what it was about), but it turned out not to be true. And no, it wasn’t some gossip rag, but a respectable paper like the Phoenix Business Journal.

What about you?

Before Following me, please review the Follow Policy.

Evolet

April 3, 2014

Booking Through Thursday #51: And on that side note…

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This week’s question: Do you write in your books? Highlight? Make notes? Or do you like to keep your copies as pristine as possible?

When I was reading paperback books, I liked to keep them pristine, so I never wrote in them. I read them once, then put on them the shelf. When I needed more space, I would donate them to my local library. Which they loved, because they still looked like new. I have a Nook now and I know that there’s a feature where you can add comments, notes, whatever, but I’ve never used it. And never will. Once I read it, I delete it.

What about you?

Evolet