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Hot Alpha SEALs Anthology Review: Unbreakable SEAL by J.M. Madden

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Maxwell Tate fights against a psychotic dream world, until he no longer knows what’s real. Lacey Adams knows she can’t save all of her cases, but can she salvage the unbreakable SEAL?

I both really enjoyed and was really irritated by Unbreakable SEAL.

Unbreakable SEAL deals with emotional trauma and recovery – and this aspect is where I was both intrigued and uncomfortable. The heroine meets the hero for the first time as he is having a hallucination (about spiders, I almost died). As a former Walter Reed nurse, Lacey could tell immediately that the hero was military and in serious trouble.

I loved the fact that J.M. Madden did NOT utilize the magical vajayjay. The hero’s issues needed real professional help and the author showed him doing just that. Max had to deal with flashbacks, hallucinations and the “minor” issues of being prescribed a shitton of psychotropic, addictive drugs. Unbreakable SEAL had another draw for me – one of my family members is currently experiencing flashbacks of his military days. The flashbacks have become overwhelming and he had to be hospitalized. Of course, being forced to go to the hospital has aggravated the condition – he’s now terrified that his wife will leave him due to his issues (she’s not, he’s just panicking). This family member was on my mind throughout my reading of Unbreakable SEAL.

What bothered me was the…quick relationship that developed between the hero and heroine. They really didn’t know each other well and most of the time the hero was a drugged out psychotic mess. It was difficult for me to understand the strong attraction heroine felt for the hero. It was so difficult that it pulled me out of the story quite a bit. Lacey is a major Mary Sue but the hero was such a mess…I could understand seeing that he was worth effort but the emotions between the main characters didn’t quite ring true.

The final chapters of the book showed some real growth in Lacey and Max’s relationship and I really appreciated that portion of the novel.

Sp, it’s a quick read but it’s not cute and it’s not really sexy. There’s a bit more emotion in this book than the ones I previously read – the author does not shy away from the very real and debilitating issues the hero has – but the shortness of the book left some plot holes and forced the relationship a little.

Review: Undeniably Yours (Kowalski Family #2) by Shannon Stacey

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One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly…

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child…

Well, this book just…felt like it went on forever. And it annoyed me greatly – well, the heroine annoyed the living shit out of me.

I really, really dislike books where the reason the hero and heroine don’t get together is because “reasons.” In Undeniably Yours the reason the H/h stay apart the entire book is because the heroine doesn’t want to do permanent relationships. Because her parents hovered and smothered. Although she has a good relationship with them. And she’s pregnant. And broke. Because reasons! And feelings!
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Review: The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron

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Eli Monpress is talented. He’s charming. And he’s a thief.

But not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age – and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners – a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls – he’s going to put his plan into effect.

The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start small for now. He’ll just steal something that no one will miss – at least for a while.

Like a king.

 

 
This one was a slog.

I bought this as part of omnibus based off of a great blurb. I started and stopped it a couple of times but I finally buckled down and read in starting in January.

It took me forever to finish this book – it’s not particularly small but it’s not that big, either. It’s well written and the writing is engaging.

So why was it such a slog for me?

I’d have to say it was the characters. Well, one character in particular: Eli. Eli Monpress is supposed to be rather charming. I’m guessing he’s supposed to give the reader a “gentleman thief” kind of feel – someone extremely likeable but untrustworthy – maybe like Pierce Bronsan’s Remington Steele or Scott Lynch’s Locke Lamora.
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Review: Midnight Indulgences by Alexis Ke

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It’s time for Lucia Waters to relocate. She wanted to start new. The last thing she expected was Fredrick Simms to change those much awaited plans. He’ll do anything to get her to resend her resignation and he has eight hours to do it. As the full moon rises, will he be able to pull out all the stops and convince her to stay. The clock is ticking.

 

 

 

 

Midnight Indulgences by Alexis Ke is the story of Lucia and Frederick. Lucia is the night shift Emergency Room head nurse at a local hospital. She has been working there for five years and has decided to move in order to make a change in her life. She is bored with the town and at loose ends since the break-up of her last relationship. Lucia has come to work to complete her shift and to turn in her two week resignation. Frederick is the security supervisor at the same hospital that Lucia works at. He has been infatuated with Lucia for over a year but never had the nerve to ask her out. When he finds out that she plans to resign he decides to do everything he can to change her mind.
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Review: The Italian’s Inexperienced Mistress (Ruthless) (Harlequin Presents, #2621)

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When Angelo sought revenge Gwenna Hamilton added another, delicious dimension. Innocent and pretty, she had no chance when the Italian tycoon offered her the devil’s bargain: pay for her father’s freedom with her body.

In her naivete, Gwenna thought that Angelo would tire of her and her innocence very quickly. But he had more in mind than just one night…

 

 

 

 

This one…kinda pissed me off. Maybe I missed something but…

It’s a typical Harlequin. You get exactly what you expect and this was no exception. Rich ruthless tycoon forces young innocent virgin to become his mistress in order to pay her father’s bills. He treats her like shit then they fall in love and live Happily Ever After. You know, your typical Harlequin fare.

What bothered me about this book was the heroine’s dog, Piglet. There were frequent comments about the heroine feeding and/or sharing chocolate treats with the dog. I was flabbergasted and completely distracted by flipping back and forth to verify that it was a dog and not a pig and that she was feeding him chocolate.

WTF? Chocolate is poison to dogs. AFAIK, 100% of chocolate is poisonous to dogs.

So yeah, that’s all I paid attention to. And it really bothered me.

Review: Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga #1) By Nora Roberts

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A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight…

After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together–or tear them apart…

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. REALLY, really wanted to like it more. And I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy parts of it – even most of it – but the reality is that while I enjoyed aspects of the book the romance fell flat for me. Flatter than Flat Stanley. I just did not believe the romance…at all.
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Premonition (Torrid Tarot Series) by Lynn LaFleur

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Kari Winchester considers her visions a curse. She can’t understand why she has visions when she’s never able to help anyone. This time, she prays Brenda Blackstone’s case will be different and she’ll find the teenager before it’s too late. Slade Blackstone left the Reno police force after ten years and started his own private investigation business. With his father owning the largest, most successful hotel and casino on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, he’s seen his share of con artists. Kari Winchester tops them all. He’s going to put a stop to her little scheme before she has the chance to get money out of his father. He hadn’t counted on falling for her with one look.

 

 

 

Another Vacation read.

This book was all:

Heroine: “I have visions and they make me sad!”

Rich hero’s sister disappears. *Gasp* Someone must have kidnapped her!

Visions!

Heroine: “I have visions! I will save her!”

Hero:
“You’re a crackpot. Or you kidnapped my sister. But you’re hot. I don’t believe you and think you are out to scam me & my father. But I’m going to have sex with you.”

Heroine: “Okay! Let’s do it! But I reserve the right to throw tantrums!”

Hero: “Deal!”

Visions!

Search!

Sexsexsex!

Accusations!

Heroine storms off! Hero storms after!

The sister is found!

Etc, etc etc

True Love is Proclaimed!

The End.