The Journey Begins

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I’m an avid reader, who started writing little notes about the books I read and kept them organized on a spreadsheet to help me remember the stories. Several years ago I started to share this spreadsheet with a yahoo group for Lora Leigh. I was surprised so many folks enjoyed my commentary and encouraged me to continue month after month. Then I found Goodreads, and imported all my reviews and notes there. My profile at Goodreads is https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4169697-tinamarie

I hope you will enjoy my reviews and follow my blog, I suspect from time to time I may post on topics I feel strongly about, but this is mostly all about the stories.

Five star rating system for books.

  • 5 – Loved it, would highly recommend
  • 4 – I liked it, a good read
  • 3 – Okay read
  • 2 – Didn’t care for the story, may have significant editing problems or story issues
  • 1 – Did not like at all

Five star rating system for heat level

  • 5 – Heat level is high, extremely detailed, adults only
  • 4 – Sensual, steamy, some things are left to the imagination
  • 3 – There’s intimacy but the details are glossed over, minimal details
  • 2 – Very little details, there may be intimacy but it’s either not discussed or glossed over
  • 1 – No sexual encounters, or nothing more than light affection

The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey W. Hill

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Story 5 of 5 stars

Heat 5 of 5 stars

Series – Vampire Queen

Hero – Jacob Green

Heroine – Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth

TRIGGER WARNING

Jacob has wandered most of his life until he see’s her, while on a vampire hunt and everything changes for him.

Elyssa is the vampire queen, a born vampire with a Fey father, she commands immense power and yet she is dying. Betrayed by her husband, she prepares to face her death alone until her previous servant sends her Jacob. Lyssa doesn’t want to lose another servant, nor take him with her when she dies but Jacob will do anything to be with her and protect her.

Wanting to serve a vampire Queen, who is an intense dominant, isn’t easy Watching an alpha male who only wants to protect and serve find a way to submit and yet not, is not always easy to watch but it is fascinating.

These are not glittery vampires, they are deadly and they like their sexual games. There’s lots of hot steamy sex, heavy BDSM, and pushing the limits of consent versus submission, interwoven into an amazing story of love and devotion. LOVE this couple, you’ll want to have ‘The Mark of the Vampire Queen’ handy to continue their story.

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Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis, narrated by Vivienne Leheny

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Story 3 of 5 stars

Heat 4 of 5 stars

Series – Heartbreaker Bay

Hero – Caleb Parker

Heroine – ‘Sadie’ Mercedes Alyssa Lane

Listened to audio narrated by Vivienne Leheny.

Caleb is brilliant, runs a successful company now, but growing up was tough, he was very ill and his family struggled to get by and pay all his medical bills. He was bullied and beat up until he found his sensei, whom he know takes care of.

Sadie is a tattoo artist that never fit in with her family, struggled growing up with cutting and making bad choices leading her to close herself off from relationships.

While Caleb’s family pulled together over his problems, Sadie’s family alienated her so that when these two come together they have a ton of hurdles to overcome. Thank goodness for a three legged dog bringing them together. While I didn’t really buy into why Sadie wanted to lay claim to the dog, it made a good excuse for these two to keep interacting.

This was just an okay read for me, there was too much angst and not enough chemistry between these two for me to believe in them. Caleb is Mr. Wonderful, helping everyone and being so supportive and Sadie is constantly being biting, negative and judgmental. While Sadie does get a little better as the story progresses it just wasn’t enough to turn it around for me.

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Execution Style by Lani Lynn Vale

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Story

Heat

Series – Code 11-KPD SWAT

Hero – Miller Genuine Spurlock

Heroine – Mercy Diane Shepherd

Former Navy Seal now SWAT team member Miller witnesses Mercy being publicly raped by her boyfriend. After rescuing her she turns to him.

Mercy struggles with the rape in different ways but with Miller’s support she manages to get to therapy and manage the ugliness. With the possibility of being pregnant, and unwilling to take the morning after pill she asks Miller to sleep with her so there will be the possibility the child isn’t her rapists. Then she has to deal with her crazy ex’s mother and the nosy public.
The story touches on a lot of sensitive topics but there are also a lot of laugh out loud moments with his and her crazy family.

While I really liked the characters the story, I didn’t always feel that connection between them. A likeable read.

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Dreams of a Vampire Master by Joey W. Hill

Story 5 of 5 stars

Heat

Series – Vampire Queen: Club Atlantis

Hero – Wolf

Heroine – Ella

This is a short vignette offered free from Joey W. Hill’s website, you can click here to get your own copy.

Ella is deeply submissive and Wolf comes across her fantasizing in a bookstore the heat becomes combustible between these two, it makes me a bit giddy knowing their full story is coming out in less than two weeks. This little vignette is the perfect appetizer for their story, thankfully we don’t have to wait too long to read it Vampire Master.

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Enchanter's End Game by David Eddings, narrated by Cameron Beierle

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Story 2.75 of 5 stars

Heat 1 of 5 stars

Series – The Belgariad

Main characters – Garion, Belgrath the Sorcerer, Polgara, Ce’Nedra

Listened to audio narrated by Cameron Beierle.

The final chapter in the Belgariad series, with big battles, wizard battles and the final confrontation between Garion and the evil god Torak. There is loss and hints that only one part of the prophecy has been fulfilled and that there more to come.

I’m not sure if it was the narration or just the book itself but it just sort of seemed to amble along. Then there were the battles being fought in different areas which seemed to revive the story a little until the main characters are swept away for the final confrontation. In the previous book it seemed Ce’Nedra and Garion had matured and were growing but it seemed they slid back into younger behavior in this book, to the point where I wondered how is Garion going to defeat Torak and how can these two possible claim to love each other, there was no real connection at all in this book between them. It often came across as siblings squabbling.

I remembered loving this book when I read this in school but re-reading this now, I struggled with pacing, with characterizations and believability. While younger readers may enjoy this series, I’m not sure more mature readers will appreciate it the same way.

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Christmas time? CHECK

Smartmouth? CHECK

Hot businessman? CHECK

I wasn’t looking for anything considering I’m a pain in most people’s A–. Well, you get the point. What’s that mean? Enter the hot and sexy boss of my best friend. I don’t usually go for the suit and tie types. It’s not my thing but what’s beneath the suit?

I think we should find out, don’t you? I wasn’t looking for love but I think Dirty St. Nick might be throwing me a curveball.

Manipulate by Pam Godwin

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Story 5 of 5 stars

Heat 5 of 5 stars

Series – Deliver

Main Characters – Martin Lockwood, ‘Ricky’ Ricardo Saldivar, ‘Tula’ Petula Gomez

TRIGGER WARNING

Oh My God!

From the first chapter Pam Godwin drops you into the underbelly of the Mexican Cartel and corrupt militia/police force. I swear I could feel every thing Tula was feeling, from her initial carefree, indulge herself feelings in the beginning to her anger and worry for her sister and then the horror when she was taken and tortured.

That first chapter…. OH MY LORD!!!!! I saw it coming and I thought I new what was coming and I was wrong!!! I had no idea, it felt so real and intense that every time I think about it, I still shiver. Even after everything she endured, I loved that she didn’t give up, she kept looking for ways to survive, and fight through this story.

Ricky and Martin were both kidnapped and enslaved, now they work with others to take out sex traffickers. They go undercover in one of Mexico’s worst prisons to get all the information they can to take out the La Rocha Cartel and it’s leaders.

Ricky is openly bisexual and wants Martin so badly but Martin has been celibate since escaping slavery seven years ago.

Martin was horribly abused as a boy and the kidnaping and slavery damaged him in ways that he’s afraid to be intimate.

It is heartbreaking to know that these sorts of things are happening out in the real world, Pam Godwin doesn’t sugar coat anything, she brings you in, makes you feel all of it. As a survivor of abuse sometimes these things are difficult to read, but the way she does it has real meaning for the story and I appreciate that it wasn’t just an ugly scene tossed in to shock readers. I love the idea of the Freedom Fighters working to end human trafficking and I loved how these three connected and in turn took care of each other under impossible circumstances.

There’s so much happening in this book and surprises coming at you along the way that, if you can take the heat you’ll not want to put this down, plus the foundations for the next book which I can’t wait to read. I voluntarily received this book for an honest review.