27 April 2013

Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound #2) by Jennifer Ashley

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.}

Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound #2)

When half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray flees an abusive would-be mate, the only way she is allowed to relocate to the Austin Shiftertown is if a Shifter there claims her as mate. 
Sean Morrissey, the Guardian of his clan and all of Shiftertown, is mateless, lonely, and has a tough job--to send the souls of deceased Shifters into the afterworld. He volunteers to claim her, sight unseen, but doesn't realize that one look at the gray-eyed, dark-haired Andrea will stir the mating frenzy in him. Even though the mate-claim isn't finalized, official, or yet blessed, Sean will do anything to get Andrea into his life and keep her there, forever.

Hi all! I'm back with my review on the second book in the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley called Primal Bonds, read by Cris Dukehart. The reading was fine, a little off putting with the rhythm, but not the worst I've ever heard, fairly mediocre. Actually, everything about this book was mediocre. It wasn't spectacular and just run of the mill. I'm actually looking for something pretty spectacular right now... After finishing this one, I attempted to start book 3 which started out slightly different, but is read by the same person as this one was, so it kinda, right from the start put me off thinking I was going to stay on the same mediocre train... I'm just not feelin' it for this series. Book 1 started out interesting enough, I think I called that one run of the mill as well, and book 2 was pretty just meh. Nothing too exciting happened, other than the predictable 'mate frenzy'. It had it's ups and downs, I guess, a tiny bit of who done it / action, but nothing that kept me on the edge of my seat, or reaching for my mp3 player at all hours. It was sort of a snooze fest! LOL! The 'shifting' aspect is pretty cool, but after the first book, it's all pretty predictable and sorta kinda 'meh'. Not the worst book, not the best book, and def didn't blow my socks off. I'm in desperate need of something to blow my socks off at this point because the last several books I've listened to, I've been overwhelmingly under impressed! :(

I gave this one:

...and I'm not really sure what I'm going to start next. I gave a wee listen to Book 3 in this series, but got kinda meh'd out, so I started Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning... not sure which I'm going to go with at this point... ho hum!

See you next time!

22 April 2013

Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound #1) by Jennifer Ashley

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.}

Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound #1)

CALL OF THE WILDTo most, they are animals even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair.
It is her job to defend those in need. But there is absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can t disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed.
Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She'll let him claim her for her protection, for her pride, and for a passion that knows no bounds.

Hello again visitors! I just finished up Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley, read to me by Traci Odom. Lucky me, right? Meh, not so much! The reading was very monotone and dead pan, unfortunately! It sort of made the story LESS THAN for me in this particular case, too. Which sucks when it happens, but oh well! It's life! Not every book can be read by someone magnificent! LOL! At first, I really liked this story, I was feelin' it, getting into the few steamy scenes and enjoying it! By the middle, I kinda lost a bit of interest and by the time the end was upon me, I found myself going "whew, it's over!"... I am going to read the second book just because I think it's going to be about who I'm hoping (Liam's brother! *wink*) I think his story might be worth listening to! Otherwise, the "falling madly in love" and "mating" happened extremely fast, I was like "Whoa! That escalated quickly!" LOL! It was like literally what? A week, a week and a half? And the two were "mated" by shifter laws/ways. It was very rushed feeling and kinda meh! But it wasn't completely and entirely awful, it had a good story, although a pretty transparent plot, it was an alright listen, and I'm giving book 2 a chance! ;)

I gave this one:

And I'll be loading up shortly:

See you next time!

20 April 2013

Bonds of Trust (Wicked Play #1) by Lynda Aicher

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.}

Bonds of Trust (Wicked Play #1)

After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members' night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated…
At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers she is seeking fulfillment after years of denial, he's intrigued—and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she's been missing.
Her first encounter with Jake is everything Cali has always craved, and more; she's not prepared for the feelings he inspires in her. And Jake is just as surprised by his overwhelming attraction to Cali. As their play intensifies, so does their bond. Now, Jake doesn't want anyone but Cali—but is he ready to officially claim her? And will she submit to being his forever?

Hello visitors! I just finished the above book- Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher, read by Emily Cauldwell. I had put down on my last post that I was going to start the Fever series Karen Marie Moning, but put those aside a little because I was told they don't contain any real sexy sexy, just a lot of "sexual tension"... and well, I'm just in the mood for sexy sexy right now! So all books w/o such content go on the back burner! :P And I came across this book while browsing around and thought I would skinny dip back into the BDSM scene a bit! As you know, from my reading history, that I'm NOT a newbie to the genre of books, and some of them are good fun and interesting too! This one, yeahhhh, I just dunno! It was super corny to me, unfortunately. I mean, who uses like REAL safe words in the BDSM scene? Really? Apparently, I must be naive or something, but I've read other books who're all like "We don't need no stinkin' safe words!" and then this one where the whole 'safe word' concept was crammed right down my throat! No... pun. Right? *wink* But I dunno, I guess the type of book I'm looking for right now needs to be much more gritty, less fluffy and cheesy. This was lots of cheese, lots of fluff. I mean sure, he spanked her, sure she ended up loving it, but the 'falling in love' thing just happened way too fast (like within 2 months?) and it all sort of "Well, that escalated quickly!"... I dunno! There were parts I really did like, and parts that I thought could have been explored more (...like when she confronts her ex husband!) and just over all more intensity and detail. Might have been the monotone way the reader, Emily Cauldwell, read the book as well, her voice was a first for me apparently, she's not on any of my labels/lists, so yeah... she was kinda just even keel, no real excitement of shifting tone in her voice for the different characters (a tad bit to differentiate the males from one another, but even then, only slightly) so yeah. This was just kinda middle of the road for me. It had some steamy moments, but the female character was painfully bland and boring, and the main male character was just OK for me! I guess if you want a boring plot but a few steamy naughty, spanky scene's that sounded like someone just sat around and google'd BDSM, then sure, this book will be for you!

This book got, from me:

And I actually think I'm going to load up, since the book before this one dealt with shifters and I really liked it:

18 April 2013

A Hunger So Wild (Renegade Angels #2) by Sylvia Day

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.}

A Hunger So Wild (Renegade Angels #2)

Sylvia Day draws us back into the shadows of a seductive underworld where lycans, vampires and angels vie for supremacy...
Elijah Reynolds is the most dominant of lycans, a rare Alpha whose skill on the hunt is surpassed only by his primal sexuality. When the lycans revolt due to the iron fist of angelic rule, he steps into command, becoming both enemy and coveted ally in the conflict between vampires and angels.
Vashti is the second most powerful vampire in the world, a lethal beauty with a path of devastation in her wake. Tasked with proposing an alliance between vampires and the lycans who killed her mate, Vash approaches Elijah, whose need to avenge a friend demands Vash's death even as his passion demands her surrender.
Soon, their enmity erodes beneath an all-consuming desire. Elijah has never encountered a woman whose warrior spirit and fierce sexual appetite rivals his own, while Vash is faced with the one man strong enough to be her equal. But as war looms, each must decide where their loyalty lies--with their own kind or with the enemy lover they can no longer live without. 

Hello! I'm just a few minutes out from having finished the above book; A Hunger So Wild by Sylvia Day. It's book 2 in her Renegade Angels series and was read to me (I feel so special heh!) by someone whom I've not heard before, Rachel Vivette, who did a magnificent job! I actually recall not really preferring book #1 in this series, I remember feeling a little 'meh' about it and not rating it very high. I had been putting this sequel off for some weeks now, thinking it would probably be just as unimpressive as its introduction book... BOY! WAS I WRONG! LOL! I actually absolutely LOVED this book. I loved everything about it and was really happy with Day's choice of whom the main characters were! We had touched on them very briefly in the first book, sort of got to know them, but definitely got to know them better in this second book! I loved the way the reader did the voice of Elijah, it was smokin' hot and the temperament and attitude of his counterpart, Vashti, was freaking awesome. She was bad ass and he was bad ass too! Lots of badassery going on in this book LOL! Oh, and it was steamy hot too, which is always a bonus! ;) I'm really glad I finally gave this book a listen and didn't let the fact that I wasn't fond of the first book in this series deter me! I'm thinking that the third book is going to be JUST as awesome, and I'm definitely looking forward to it! :)

I easily gave this book:

I am loading this one up today, mp3 player is charging right now hehe!

15 April 2013

Inferno (Chronicles of Nick #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.}

Inferno (Chronicles of Nick #4)

The heat is on, and a new threat to humanity has risen…
Nick has his driver’s license and he’s not afraid to use it. But turning sixteen isn’t what he thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he’s been told will ultimately kill him.
But life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. And those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. As the old proverb goes, fire knows nothing of mercy, and if Nick is to survive this latest round, he will have to sacrifice a part of himself. However, the best sacrifice is seldom the sanest move. Sometimes it’s the one that leaves your enemies confused, and you even more so.
And sometimes, you have to trust your enemy to save your friends. But what do you do when that enemy is you?

Hello, hello! I'm back with another review! So soon? Well, kinda, yeah! This book flew along relatively quickly, just like my last book! Inferno is the 4th book in the Chronicles of Nick series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and is read by the oh so lovely Holter Graham (his voice is to die for!). I've listened to the 3 previous books to this one, so throughout the other books there is a lot of back story and whatnot. You kind of have to read other others to be down with what this book is all about, it's one of THOSE types of books/series- which are the books that I love! And not to mention that it's by Keynon, whom is one of my top 5 favorite authors of all time! :) Her books are outstanding. This series is VERY YA (young adult) though, which is sort of surprising for people who know me through the books I listen to, I've always been pretty severely against YA books of any kind, but it's Kenyon for Pete's sake! I HAVE to give it a listen and I was hooked at the very first book in this series. Although the book isn't in the Dark Hunter series per say (another completely outstanding series by Kenyon), there are several of the characters from the series in these books and that is what drew me to these ones even though they are "young adult". There's no hanky panky, no even MENTION of anything "mature" that I'm used to, but the characters are just so near and dear to my heart that I am so very fond of the tale they tell, so I will 'grin and bear' it hehehe! The main character, Nick is just so fantastic and spunky and all of the other characters are so very familiar, it was just a comfortable, nice little listen. Like getting together with an old friend over coffee! A little bit of chit chat, catching up, hearing a few of their stories and moving on with life until the next time you plan a date and catch up! :D Like most of Kenyon's books, as I mentioned earlier, this was read by Holter Graham and boy oh boy, if you've followed this blog long enough, you'll know that I'm a serious mega freaky fan of his narrating skills! LOL! His voice is perfection and he's very familiar with the characters and the books, you can tell, just by how easily he reads everything and gives each person their own 'sound'. I'm pretty intrigued in general by people who read audiobooks, quite frankly! :) Anyway, I'm sure anyone who loves Sherrilyn Kenyon is quite familiar with these books and have read and enjoyed all of them, just like I have. If you aren't familiar with them, I would start with book 1 and go from there. But in all honesty, I would start way way back with the Dark Hunter series, then move onto these ones! :)

Inferno got an easy:

...and even though I wasn't TOO impressed with book one of this series, I have this second book cued up and ready to give a listen to later tonight:

A Hunger So Wild (Renegade Angels, #2)

Talk to you all soon! :)

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