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Review: The Best Kind of Trouble (Hurley Brothers, #1) by Lauren Dane

The Best Kind of Trouble

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She has complete control…and he’s determined to take it away

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton’s world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly–especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there’s a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved–and the only compromise is between the sheets!

I loved this book. LOVED.

I can’t put my finger on exactly what touched me so much about The Best Kind of Trouble. Like Mary Poppins, it was practically perfect in every way. The Best Kind of Trouble is a reunited lovers story – the best kind, at that. Natalie and Paddy didn’t break up on a sour note and they shared great times together. The Best Kind of Trouble is a rockstar story – which I normally avoid – but the story takes place in a small town that shelters the group from the constant attention of the paparazzi. The Best Kind of Trouble (and the entire Hurley Boys series) follow a rock group…but the series seems to be more about family than about stardom. OMFG. LOVE.
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Review: What a Goddess Wants (Forgotten Goddesses #1) by Stephanie Julian

What a Goddess Wants

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Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is desperately fighting off a malicious god, but her powers are weakening. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her strength. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary.

Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample hearts after they’ve had their fun. But there’s something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa, and he knows he’s her only chance to escape the encroaching darkness.

 

 
What a Goddess Wants is the sixth book I’ve read using the Scribd service and the first book in the Forgotten Goddesses series. This book is currently on sale at Kobo for $10.09. Stephanie Julian is a new to me (NTM) author that I discovered using the Scribd recommendation engine.

I’m not sure what made me decide to read What a Goddess Wants – it surely wasn’t on my radar. Once I cracked open the book I was a little hooked! There are a lot of things to enjoy about the Forgotten Goddesses series and I have a special soft spot for mythological people/creatures pulled into the modern era.

What a Goddess Wants starts with Caligo catching a beat-down of epic proportions. We learn that Caligo is one of the famed Cimmerian warriors (i.e. Robert E. Howard’s Conan) and he is experiencing the rewards of those who deal with the Roman gods: betrayal. The experience hardens Caligo toward gods and goddesses so he was decidedly upset to arrive home one day to find a sleeping goddess – Tessa – on his couch.
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Review: Love Irresistibly (FBI/US Attorney #4) by Julie James

Love Irresistibly

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HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS…

A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER.

A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love . . .

The final read in my Julie James glomming.

So. Now that I have read all the books in the FBI/US Attorney series, I can say that I found this book to be…one of the more boring of the group. It’s not really memorable so I had to go read the blurb to remind myself of who, what, when, where and how. O_o

And the biggest transgression? Plot Moppet! Accck! James gave me a plot moppet in the middle of a contemporary romance series that stars career singles with no children. Along with a “forgive family anything” ending. I almost threw up in my mouth. O_O
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Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James (FBI/US Attorney #2) *Light Spoilers*

A Lot like Love

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The FBI wants her cooperation…

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her…

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

The Julie James FBI/US Attorney series glomming continues!

This one was good. I enjoyed it but not as much as books #1 and #5. It was good. Not great but good.

Of course, some of my trepidation maybe related to the fact that I dislike deception in Romance books. I don’t know why, it just makes me all squirmy. While I understood the reason and nature of the deception (Jordan and Nick pretend to be a couple in order to get information to stop mafia related corruption), it still bothered me. Especially since Jordan has to introduce an undercover Nick to her friends under a false identity. She felt bad about deceiving her friends and I felt bad about it, too. I actually took quite some time (for me) to finish reading this one – I kept putting it down due to the deception – but since the deception wasn’t between the hero and heroine I was able to finish the book with too much squirming.
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New Ilona Andrews ARC Release Announced: Clean Sweep

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Dina Demille runs a Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town and tries her best to pretend to be normal. Her broom is a deadly weapon, her house is a sentient magic inn for otherwordly visitors to Earth, and her only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, normal can be a little difficult.

Now something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth begins hunting dogs in her neighborhood. Feeling responsible for the welfare of her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with an alpha-strain werewolf and a cosmic vampire, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’d ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

Please excuse me while I do some fangurling. 😉

OMG. I’m a HUGE Ilona Andrews fan. HUGE. I’ve all of her books (in print, thank you very much) and I’ve even gone and bought the books that hold her printed short stories. She’s one of my (very) few autobuy authors. 😀
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Pack Rogue (Were Chronicles #4) by Crissy Smith

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Book four in the Were Chronicles Series The Rogue meets the Alpha…and their worlds explode.Rogue Kiley Palmer doesn’t have a pack. Although deep down, she does want to be part of one, she tries to convince herself she doesn’t need pack life. But that all changes when she meets her new mate…an Alpha.Austin Winters is visiting a friend when he runs into the one person he never thought he would find-his mate. Convincing Kiley she wants him? Not nearly as difficult as getting her to accept her position in his pack…Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

This book is a short story, not even a novella. And it doesn’t have a true ending, just an almost HEA. Those factors make it difficult to rate.

Kiley is a rogue werewolf – she does not truly have a pack – and Austin is a Alpha wolf. Kiley doesn’t have a pack because her father was an Alpha and he forcibly gave her to another Alpha as a mate. It seems that the Alpha she was given to mistreated her, raped her, and I think kept her locked in a room. Then the Alpha was killed when a new (nicer) Alpha takes over and he frees Kiley. I say “it seems” and “I think” because the story relies heavily on the fact that the reader has read the previous books (novellas) in this series serial. I hate it when authors do that.
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Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island #3) by Nora Roberts

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Mia Devlin knows what it is like to love with your whole heart – and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared – and determined to live without love.

The new owner of the island’s only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia’s affections. He is puzzled when she greets him with icy indifference – for the chemistry between them is still sizzling and true. Angry, hurt and deeply confused, Mia refuses to admit that a passion for Sam still burns in her heart. But she’ll need his help – and his powers – to face her greatest, most terrifying challenge. And as the deadline for breaking a centuries-old curse draws near, they must take the first steps toward destiny – and come together to turn back the dark…

So…not sure what I want to say about this book. I hated Sam. Hated him. Hated him so much I could not really enjoy the book.

What do you say to a man who leaves you simply because you love him? He left – for 11 years – because how dare this woman love him with her whole heart without any reservations? /sarcasm
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