Book Review – Move the Sun (Signal Bend #1) – Susan Fanetti

This is officially my newest addiction!

I’ve been in a book rut of sorts for months now. I’ve read a few good books, one excellent book and many mediocre ones in between. I’ve been looking for a new author, a new series… anything to get me out of my rut and I dare say I found it! I’ve had this series on my kindle for weeks now and just the other day I decided to give it a go… one word: Brilliant! I honestly can’t wait to finish this review so I can dig into book #2!

So what’s it about? Lilli Accardo has had a tough life. Life has definitely not been kind. But Lilli has never been one to wallow in self pity… not for long anyway. She moves to the small town of Signal Bend. A mysterious move that catches the eye of none other than Isaac Lunden. Isaac is the President of the Night Horde Motorcycle Club and de facto protector of the town and its citizens. See, the town is slowly dying, and the only way to keep it afloat is through the protection of the Night Horde and their not quite legal dealings. Signal Bend is one of those towns where time stood still. Everyone knows everyone… nobody moves into Signal Bend… most people move out. So what exactly does Lilli want with the town?

What a refreshing book! I mean, how many MC Biker series are out there? Having read some of them, I can honestly say that this is the most refreshing one yet. It’s different. It does not conform to all the other standards set by the more known Biker books. It keeps the authenticity of the biker world while maintaining a different sort of identity.

I am admittedly not the biggest fan of the ‘Biker ‘MC’ Genre.’ I mean I’ve loved some of the books and absolutely love how uninhibited these bikers are… makes for the best kind of erotica in my opinion ;) However, since reading my first ever biker series, I haven’t felt like the rest have come close to dethroning it. A lot of imitations out there. Dirty mouthed bikers and uninspiring female leads… gets monotonous. But for some reason I wanted to read Susan Fanetti’s take on things and I was not disappointed.

First, the female lead is strong and intelligent. Most female leads in biker books tend to not have a career or much of an education. They’re bossed around by the alpha male leads and well… let’s just say, they are not memorable. Lilli on the other hand was intelligent. Graduated summa cum laude and knew her way around protecting herself. I loved that she gave as much as she took, and that she kept Isaac on his toes.

Isaac is also not your typical MC President. Yes, he’s sexy as all hell BUT, he wasn’t just a hot body and a dirty mouth. What surprised me the most was how honest he was. How sweet he was. He was secure enough to love Lilli, even when things looked like they might not work out. He just stole my heart. That and the fact that he absolutely turned it on under the sheets… and everywhere else. If, just like me, you’ve been looking for well written erotic scenes, then this is it! And they are not few, let me tell you :)

So there is love and there is perfect perfect steam… but there was also conflict. I mean it IS a biker book in the end. Isaac and Lilli are both keeping secrets from each other. They’re attracted to each other, they can’t keep their hands off each other, and yes, they’re falling into something deeper… but they both have things to do in Signal Bend. They can’t risk involving each other… and that’s where the line between trust and threat stands.

Again, I absolutely loved this book. I loved how action filled it was. How I couldn’t figure out the mystery until the author laid it out for me. I hate it when I know what’s happening before I’m meant to. And worse still before the unsuspecting heroine. There was no unsuspecting heroine here. Just a lot of mystery, a lot of sex and a whole lot of loving.

An absolute must read!

5 stars to the love that moves the sun and other stars!

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Book Review – Ruin (Songs of Corruption #2) – CD Reiss

I was both excited and apprehensive when I got my review copy of Ruin. I couldn’t remember much of what had happened in Spin (Book #1) so I worried that I wouldn’t get the story. And it happened. I was very confused in the first few pages. But I kept reading on because, one it’s CD Reiss, a certified favorite, and two, even with the confusion, Antonio and Theresa were just so… intense… addictive! You want to know what happens to them…

So Ruin begins right in the middle of what I’ll call the Paulie mess. Antonio feels guilty for bringing Theresa into his mafia world, but regardless of this, he can’t stay away from her.

Every time I touched her, she lost a little more spotlessness and came closer to me. Closer to the animal I was. The moral choice would have been to leave her, but I couldn’t. Not because of guilt, even though I had a little of that. But her pull on me, and mine on her made it impossible for me to leave her, even for her own sake. I never felt so helpless in the destruction of graciousness as I did with my Contessa.

Theresa loves the fact that she ‘lives’ when she’s around her capo. She feels the danger surrrounding him and it intoxicates her… She loves this man. She would die for this man. And she might have to…

“I’ve never been loved the way he loves me. He loves me recklessly, to the misuse of everything else in his life.”

Other than the initial confusion, I got into the rhythm of the story. I love the intensity between these two characters. How much they want each other and how much they are willing to sacrifice to be together. But Antonio is a mafia prince of sorts. He has obligations that he can’t ignore. In book #1 I wasn’t quite sold on the mafia world but like she promised, CD Reiss gets more indepth in this one. We get more of Antonio’s background: how a Consiglieri became a Capo. The author then creates this amazing East LA Mafia World that had me enthralled.

I’m a huge fan of mafia stories having watched every (good) movie available, every series and mini series and read most Mario Puzo books… I loved what CD Reiss created. I kept thinking what a wonderful mini series this would make, especially when the danger kept rising and the deals with the Sicilians were made… I loved it!

For those in for the steam and the love story, you will not be disappointed. While Antonio is a hard man, he reveals himself with Theresa.

No man has ever loved me like he does. If love is a part of our better natures, he’s a saint. And if it’s part of our basest instincts, he’s an animal.”

It was incredibly sweet how they loved each other… and steamy as only CD Reiss can make it… But for me, it was the unfolding plot… the anticipation and the unknown that made this a must read.

4.5 stars!

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 I’d like to thank the author for providing this ARC for my review.

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Book Review – Reaper’s Stand (Reaper’s MC #4) – Joanna Wylde

This series is a guilty pleasure of mine. Dirty talking bikers who ride hard and love even harder… yup, definitely my cup of tea!

Reaper’s Stand is the story of Reese ‘Picnic’ Hayes. We know him as the President of the Reaper’s MC. He lost his old lady to cancer and since then turned into a complete man whore. He also vowed never to take another old lady, he’s happy with the club whores… or is he? Lately he finds himself drawn to one woman, London Armstrong. Not that he thinks its love or anything…. but lately not even club whores can satisfy him. He wants something different, and poor London has no idea whats coming for her.

London owns her own cleaning company and is dating a local cop. She knows all about the bikers and their alleged business and is determined to stay away. However, they’ve offered her the biggest cleaning contract and no way can she turn that down. So now she has to see Reese Hayes on the regular. Not bad for the eyes but she knows he can’t be good for the heart. And so their story begins.

As I said, I love this series. We all know that Joanna Wylde has done her research when it comes to the MC life and therefore everything rings authentic. The books are unapologetic and real… no shying away from what these bikers actually do… from easy women to murder, it is all spelled out. That being said, we get their softer sides as well. And I definitely enjoyed Picnic’s softer side.

I’ve had a crush on him for a while… despite his whoring ways ;) He’s older, mature and in charge… and when he decides to take London, no one can stand in his way. Not even London herself. I enjoyed their love story… though I wished it had been steamier. The steamy moments were there but nothing that made me bring out the fan ;) They also fell in love too fast… I am not totally against instalove but I love it when I actually know what it is, other than lust, that drives two people to this emotion. I didn’t quite feel it here as I wanted to.

That being said, it is a well thought out story. The challenges they face are real… and boy were they exciting! It felt almost movie-like with the explosions and the shoot outs. Definitely my kind of book in that the adventure and the love story complement each other. Did I wish for more? I did. More oomph. More OMG-That-didn’t-just-happen moments. Maybe more longing between the characters…

All in all, a great addition to the series… and Ruger maintains top spot as my favorite Reaper!

4 stars!

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I’d like to thank the publisher PENGUIN GROUP Berkley for providing this ARC for my review.

Series Reading Order

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Book Review – Dreamfever (Fever #4) – Karen Marie Moning

“I was no longer sexually vulnerable to the death-by-sex Fae Prince. Jericho Barrons was my poison now.”

Now we’re talking! The series finally moved to where I’d wanted it to go since the beginning :)

But first a synopsis. It’s finally Halloweens and all the creatures have come out to play. Mac is without her two protectors, V’lane and Barrons, which is how she finds herself in the control of the Lord Master. He turns her Priya (something of a sex addict to put it mildly) and is about to do more harm when she is rescued. But nobody ever recovers from being Priya. Unless they have Jericho Barrons to help them. And the help comes in the form on six erotically charged months (yay me!). And as all this is going on, the Lord Master finally has control of all the dark powers and has set them loose…

The first book was exciting, the next two stagnated in my opinion, this one umped things back again and I was glad I stuck it out. I have to be honest that the only reason I enjoyed this one more is because the relationship between Mac and Barrons finally turns sexual… And though the author is not one for graphic details, it was detailed enough to make me happy :)

The end of the world business also reaches its climax in this book. The inevitable, everything that Mac fought, has finally happened. Nobody could stop it if they tried. And they did try. Now it’s onto the fixing business. The world has been taken over by Unseelie, theyre not even bothering with glamor anymore. But somebody has to fix things, and that somebody is Mac.

Again, while the author is absolutely brilliant at world building, I am still not as invested in the end of the world stuff. It had its exciting moments but well… The last few chapters felt too drawn out for me. I can’t put my finger onto why I can’t stop reading though. Maybe I’m just stubborn and want to see how it all ends. Maybe the few pages that actually have Barrons in them are enough to carry the series… Maybe it’s the author’s insight into human nature that keeps me enthralled… Whatever it is, kudos Karen Marie Moning! I plan to read the last book in the series… and that massive cliffhanger at the end has me salivating!

4 stars!

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Book Review – Vanquish – Pam Godwin

I was anxiously waiting for this book and was surprised when one day I realised it had been released and I hadn’t heard a word about it. So of course I bought it immediately and prepared myself to be wowed!

Vanquish is Van’s story. You must remember him from Deliver (one of my favorite reads of the year!). Van is a kidnapper, a slave trafficker, a rapist, a murderer and has an unhealthy obsession with dolls. He is now out in the world and pissed off that Liv and the rest of the slaves are free, so he decides to find Liv and confront her. See, he is still obsessed with Liv… but instead of Liv, he gets Amber. Crazy, neurotic Amber with a million and one behavioural disorders. Van is fascinated. He has to have her.

He was a cold-hearted fuck with an appetite for blood, come, and tears. And he had the perfect girl to feed it.

So again, I was so excited to get Van’s story. Deliver painted him out to be the craziest of crazies and I wanted to know more about him. He was the villain I was rooting for, and for some reason wanted him to find his happily ever after. I expected the darkest of stories, at the very least a thrilling one. I got something completely different. I got a neat story all wrapped up in a bow and very predictable. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed large aspects of it, there was just nothing unexpected in the story.

Van’s story turned out to be a version of the ‘hooker with a heart of gold.’ He was no longer dark… he was just a man with a horrid past looking to make everything right. And so he did. They met, they fell in love, they had their conflicts, they had some sad moments and some (very) hot moments, and then everything came full circle.

To say I was a bit disappointed would be right. I love Pam Godwin’s books. Nothing is ever straight forward. Her characters fight to the messy end to get their Happily Ever After. I expected the same for Van. It however couldn’t have been more straight forward :/

I will say though that the steamy scenes were HOT. I had come from reading books with hardly any steam so I was looking forward to some erotica and on that front, Vanquish did not disappoint. However, we all know Pam Godwin as a dark Erotica/Romance/Thriller writer, this did not fall in any of those categories. I suppose if you go in knowing this then you’ll just enjoy the story. But if you go in looking for another Beneath the Burn or Deliver, you’ll be a tad disappointed.

3 stars.

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Book Review – Faefever (Fever #3) – Karen Marie Moning

This series is driving me insane! How can I be so annoyed by something yet cant seem to stop wanting more of it?

Let me first explain. Fae fever brings us back to Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh. She still doesnt know whether to trust Barrons or not, especially since he reveals nothing about himself. She therefore finds a third ally, V’lane. Both men want the book and both are vying for Mac’s…trust if you will. But while all this is happening, something bigger is brewing, and when it hits, no one will be safe.

Now to my feelings about the book. Conflicted. That’s it in one word. I enjoy the world that the author has created. I’m absolutely fascinated by Barrons and I love that he’s such an enigma. I’m so curious about him and if I’m honest, thats why I keep reading. I’m not as enthralled with the ‘end of the world’ drama and Mac has started annoying me :/

Thing is, she does things that don’t seem logical to me. Like always planning meetings in the dark when we all know she’s afraid of it. As she should be. I get that the book would be boring if she were a coward but I just don’t think it all makes sense. The other thing is that she keeps asking questions and getting no answers. From Barrons, from V’lane and now the other sidhe seers. It seems to me she’s giving more of herself than she’s getting back and that would piss me off, but she more or less takes it. Sigh..

The brilliance of it all is that at 80% I already bought book 4 and 5.. So the author is doing something very right…

I have many disclaimers that I should add but for now I will say this, I prefer a 60/40 romance/suspense measure in my books… This one is more 20/80, 20 being the romance… So maybe, just maybe that’s the reason I am not super sold on the series…

That being said, the suspense is very well done and we’re left on a major cliffhanger…

3 stars.

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Book Review – Demon from the Dark – (Immortals After Dark #10) – Kresley Cole

Absolutely fell in love with this book! Malkom… sigh… who knew I’d love the caveman so much?!

Demon from the Dark is Malkom and Carrow’s story. At the end of book #9, we saw that immortals were being kidnapped and that Carrow from the house of witches was one of them. She finds herself in an island where the immortals are being held by an order of mortals. Carrow is blackmailed to go to a different plane to retrieve a reclusive immortal, Malkom Slaine. Malkom is a Vemon (or as Nix would say, a Dempire), a vampiric demon. Malkom thinks he’s an abomination and lives alone in the mountains.

This demon was raw, uncivilised – and he was making her melt.

But then he meets Carrow, his fated female, and he’s ready to forget his tortured background and follow her anywhere. What he doesn’t know is that, just like everybody else in his life, she’s about to betray him…

Malkom was so damned accustomed to loss, yet he knew he would never recover if he lost her.

I immediately fell in love with Malkom. He only spoke Demonish which means he couldn’t communicate with Carrow… sigh… it was so sweet to see them attempt. To see him protect her and learn from her. He was as caveman as it gets with his lack of showers and behaviour but she tamed him and they taught each other… him so tortured, her so brave… it was just beautiful.

While no immortal – or mortal for that matter – can take the place of Bowen, Malkom has just fought for a place next to him… sigh… definitely my second best in the series!

Add to their beautiful though conflicted love story, there is also a bigger story here. Since book #1 the good immortals have been aligning and it just might be time for a war. I loved seeing all of them get along, Mari and Bowen (my favorite) Sabine and Rydstrom, Conrath and Neomi…. it’s actually a big beautiful family now and such a joy to read.

I’ll end by saying that every time I start a new book and get bored, I read the Immortals After Dark series. It’s my go to series because it never disappoints.

5 stars!

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Book Review – Bloodfever (Fever #2) – Karen Marie Moning

I dove into this second book in the series immediately after the first. I was looking forward to seeing the evolution of Mac from a ‘barbie’ to the most powerful sidhe seer. .. I was also so excited to see how her relationship with the enigmatic Jericho Barrons would progress.

I was disappointed on both fronts. But first a synopsis. We begin right where Dark Fever left off. Mac is still on the trail of her sister’s killer.. Barrons is still by her side but only because he wants her help in locating the Sinsar Dubh. Their alliance is working well but Mac is also aware that she knows next to nothing about Barrons. How come he can walk amongst the shades? Why is he so keen on getting the Sinsar Dubh?

As you can imagine in a long series such as this one, none of the questions are answered. I knew it would drag on for some time and to be honest I’m still very interested in getting the answers to the many questions, but I got a bit tired of getting no answer at all.

While I was prepared to not find Alina’s killer or the Sinsar Dubh, I was hoping that the relationship between Barrons and Mac would progress. At least a little bit. It did. A tiny tiny bit. Sigh. ..

I will say that I still want to see where all this is going. I’m still in awe (if a bit grossed out) by the world the author has created. There are many players and many questions. I’ll move on to book 3, I’m hoping for something to progress… anything and maybe I just might stick out the entire series.

3 stars.

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Book Review – The Erotic Light – Nina Lane

It was no secret how much I loved The Erotic Dark. I was surprised and very excited to learn that there would be a sequel and devoured it as soon as I could.

The erotic light is the continuation of Lydia’s story. She is still at the Nouvelle Vie where she is to follow the commands of three men: Preston, Kruin and Gabriel. If you do remember, Preston is the insane one who gets of on humiliating Lydia, Kruin is the quiet one who gets of on spanking Lydia, and Gabriel is the sweet one who loves to converse with Lydia.

The three had by the end of The Erotic dark come to some sort of agreement which while not as smooth, was accepted by all. But things have started to change. Preston notices how much Lydia feels for Gabriel and he doesn’t like it. He is after all the one who saved Lydia and introduced her to the other men, so he wants Lydia to be his and only his. Because of this, their uneasy truce is broken.

I’ll start by saying that this book took a very different direction from what I expected. Because of how things ended in The Erotic dark, I expected the four of them to learn how to accept their weird arrangement. I expected that they would even start loving each other or at least, get along. But things change. Preston becomes more insane and gabriel becomes even sweeter, which leads to a battle between the two where Kruin is the referee and Lydia the collateral.

I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan of the direction it took. thing is, it moves from being dark erotica to something else I can’t quite place. It still has the humiliation and the punishments but it was clearly moving on to a lighter place, hence the title I guess.

I ended up enjoying large aspects of the book once I reconciled with the fact that I would not be getting what I wanted, but like a petulant child, it was still at the back of my mind and I didn’t let it go enough to enjoy this new direction. I don’t want to give away too much but I will say that if you loved Gabriel in book #1 then you will love this new direction.

To each his own, I say and I do hope to hear from fans of book #1. I’m curious to hear what you thought.

3 stars

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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Book Review – Dark Fever (Fever #1) – Karen Marie Moning

I’ve really been looking forward to reading this series! One of those books you keep in the back burner rubbing your palms together waiting for the right moment… Then I went on holiday and bought the entire series :)

Dark fever did not disappoint! I read it so fast my husband had to remind me of his presence :) so whats the story about? MacKayla Lane is a happy go lucky 22 year old southern belle. She loves pink, chilling at the pool and listening to her ipod. That all comes crushing down when she gets a phone call. Her 24 year old sister Alina has been murdered. Alina had travelled on a university exchange programme to Dublin. As far as Mac knows, Alina was just a more ambitious version of her, so why would anyone kill her? And so brutally at that?

Mac refuses to watch the case go cold in a difference country. She travels to Dublin intent on solving the case. There she realizes that things are not as they seem. Alina was in much more danger that anyone could have imagined. And not from humans but from a variety of deadly supernaturals. Mac, determined to solve the case, finds herself in the same deep waters Alina was in. The only difference is that Mac has someone helping her… Or using her… Or both… Jericho Barrons. An enigmatic hottie who is hiding more than he shares. Who or what is he? And what does he want with Mac? Can Mac solve her sister’s murder? And at what cost?

I can’t tell you how thrilling the whole ride was! It has been some time since I was addicted to a series (another paranormal one, go figure) so I desperately wanted to like this one. Turns out I loved it. The adventure, the excitement of whodunit, the wit, the sexy sexy Barrons but most importNtly, the world building. Incredible. Unlike anything I’ve read before.

I was never one to love Urban Fantasy which I felt included more supernaturals than my poor brain can handle… But recently I’ve been proved very wrong. It still takes time, but I’m more intrigued and excited than I am when it comes to any other genre.

More positives= the heroine was positively likeable. She was very girly which I thought would be a problem (I’m not girly) but she turned out strong and daring, plus the author’s voice gave her wit and brains. I loved that. Speaking of the author’s voice, I loved everything about it. The only thing missing from the book was sex. I’m an erotica reviewer so yes I missed it. I’m holding on to hope that subsequent books will have at least a bit of the sexy barrons seducing Mac :)

4 stars!

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