2nd Review: and Able by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

and Able by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758211767
352 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 03
Last Book in the Mercenary Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Claire has never had a passionate lover. However, when her life is in danger from something she has no idea about, Hotwire comes in to rescue her from it. Will they both be able to face their true feelings for each other before her attacker makes another move?

This book is a little less amusing than the other two books in this series, but it still had great descriptions and events. However, the indecisiveness of both Hotwire and Claire made their personalities different from how they are in the other books. Though, the other characters’ personalities are still all right. I found both of the main characters a little whiny and very annoying. :|

Yeah, I really didn’t like the main characters, but the descriptions, events, and smut were the only things I really liked about the book. The smut scenes were very yummy to read. *DROOLS* *SPOILER* It didn’t have any condom scenes like the last two books, but it did have a lot of arguing about him forgetting it. >.>” *END SPOILER*

Anyways, it still had a good blend of suspense and romance, but I could have done without the whining and the feelings conflict between Hotwire and Claire. It also had a pretty good ending for the book and the series, so I was pretty satisfied with how the series ended.

This is the last book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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2nd Review: Willing by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

Willing by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758208758
320 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5


2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Josie feels attraction towards Daniel (Nitro), but she thinks he hates her. However, she will soon learn that is not the case, when her dad’s mercenary camp blows up and he goes missing. Will they be able to figure out who is trying to kill her dad? And will they both be willing to face their passionate feelings for each other?

For this series and book, the plot is kind of normal for a romantic suspense novel. But like in the previous book, it had everything it needed to make it unique from being too normal. I still love the descriptions, events, and the personalities of the characters. :D

There are also a few scenes with Josie and Nitro interacting with Lise, Hotwire, Josh (Wolf), and it is still amusing and a little funny when they interact with each other. I find it interesting how Hotwire and Wolf try to ruffle Nitro’s feathers and his temper by using Josie, especially when Hotwire does it. ;)

Another thing I like is how the suspense in the novel makes Nitro realize his feelings for Josie. Also, this book seems to have more “feeling” issues than the first book, mostly because of Nitro’s past.

One more interesting thing is that, like the last book, it has condom scenes, which not many romance books (that I have read) mentions putting on a condom. Also, the smut scenes are very yummy, and the ending is pretty good.

This is the second book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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2nd Review: Ready by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

Ready by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2005
ISBN 0758208642
304 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Lise has been acting very strangely. And when she cancels her plans to go visit her family in Texas for Thanksgiving, Joshua decides to do something about it. However, when he gets there, he discovers her problems are right down his alley. Driven by his former Army Ranger and mercenary skills, he decides to take care of Lise’s stalker. But will they both be ready to face their passion for each other?

The plot is pretty much normal for a romantic suspense novel, but it doesn’t make this novel any less sweet. :) Even though the plot is kind of predictable, like most suspense novels, it had it’s own special spark.

One of the things that made the book enjoyable are the descriptions, events, and characters’ personalities all made this book much more enjoyable (and took it away from the norm a little bit). Another thing I enjoyed is some of the interactions between all of the characters in the book. I even laughed at some of the interactions, conversations, and thoughts. Some of it was definitely amusing to read.

The love/smut scenes were also enjoyable since the author did a pretty good job at describing them and other scenes that are in the book. One more interesting thing is that, it has condom scenes, which not many romance books (that I have read) mention putting on a condom.

Also, it had a nice blend of suspense and romance since it focuses on how the stalker brings their unresolved feelings out in the open. The ending is pretty good, but it was pretty much an average romance (and romantic suspense) ending.

This is the first book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Mated by Anna Leigh Keaton

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Book Information:

Mated by Anna Leigh Keaton
Cobblestone Press, LLC
Published in 2010
ISBN 9781600884672
118 Pages

Series Information:

Woodland Magic Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

After Sheridan loses her sister, Tina, to the fairy prince, Aislan, she begins to feel lonely. However, Barachus and Dresden, guards to the fairy king, will not let her feel that way for that much longer. But, there are a few problems before they can be together. One, the fairy king won’t allow their relationship. Two, Sheridan doesn’t like/allow males touching her. Will their feelings be strong enough to keep them together?

Okay, this book is much better than the first book in the series. It’s hardly the perfect book, but much, much better than the last one in this series. :) Oh, there might be spoilers in this review as well. ;) Just warning you ahead of time. :D

A couple of notes first before I actually start in with what I like. Don’t worry there are only one or two general notes that I would like to point out first. ;)

Remember how I said, even though the first book is kind of bad, you should still read it? Well, here’s the reason why you should. This book starts off with some parts of Chapter Nine of Fated, but it changes to what happens to Sheridan after Tina leaves with Aislan. Why the author didn’t just combine the two books into one general book with different POVs (point-of-views), I don’t know, but that’s what happens sometimes. Anyways, that was the first note.

The second note is that there is a mention of rape and attempted rape. However, the author tries to put it as delicately as she can without it being too upsetting. Now, if you don’t reading about any kind of rape, attempted rape, or how a woman feels after she is raped, don’t read this book then. ;)

One last note, before I forget and gush over the smutty parts. ;) There are male x male smut scenes and male x female x male smut scenes. I like ménage and yaoi, so I don’t have a problem reading about it. But, I mostly know how most people react when they see homosexual relations, so just warning about those things.

Now that those notes are done, let’s move on to why I liked this book a lot more. One, the plot and character development is much more noticeable. I actually can tell what some of the character’s personalities are now. ;) It also has more emotion from the characters, rather than having just “sadness” like the first book did.

Another thing I love about the book is that there is more action. The last book had too much cuddling and crying for my tastes. ^^; And I like Sheridan develops her “claws” against her attacker and show how he (the attacker) can’t overpower her anymore. :D

The last thing I liked about the books is, you guessed it, the smut. I love how the author was able to make the male x male scenes and ménage scenes so yummy~ *COUGHS* I’ll stop that before I write all of the lovely, smutty scenes. ^^;

Overall, this book had a lot more development than the previous one, and the characters had more emotion to them. It was also pretty much a short, fast read. ;)

One more thing, if the author comes out with more Woodland Magic books, I might not read them. :(

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton

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Book Information:

Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton
Cobblestone Press, LLC
Published in 2010 (?)
ISBN 9781600883729
84 Pages

Series Information:

Woodland Magic Book 01

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

When Tina goes to visit her sister, Sheridan, she meets Aislan. Tina has never believed in fairy tales, but meeting Aislan, a fairy prince, has changed her mind. But will the fairy be able to save from a disease no one can cure?

This was a very short e-book, and one or two problems that caused me to not really enjoy reading it. >.>” I know, I like smut, but I like a little bit more plot and character development would have been nice. And the only reason why the rating is a two is because I like the smut in it. Oh, there might be some spoilers in my review. ^^;

Okay, now for the reasons why I didn’t like it. One, not enough plot and character development. Two, not that much in-depth feeling in order to make it a little bit better and longer. There, the personalities are so blah, and they don’t really develop until the second book. Correction, nothing really develops until the second book.

This part of the review might contain spoilers.

The basic plot reminds me of so many different supernatural HEA (happily ever afters) that have the main character suffering from an incurable disease in the human world, but the supernatural portion (vampire, fairies, etc) finds are way to cure it (usually by bringing them into their world). Then, they live happily ever after.

Now, that might be the HEA you like, but I usually like my climax with more action than finding a way to cure an incurable disease (unless it has some kind of twist).

End Spoilers?

Now for the things I liked it: the smut, of course, and some of the details. Also, it is a quick smutty read. That’s it. >.>”

Overall, if you want to pay $4.00 to $5.00 for an eighty-four-page e-book, go ahead. I mostly bought it because I love supernatural, smutty things. And, I loved the cover. Though, I would read it before reading the second book since it kind of goes over what happens in this book. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: Blind Date with a Vampire by Evangeline Anderson

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Book Information:

Blind Date with a Vampire by Evangeline Anderson
N/A
Published in 2011
ASIN: B005LT34G2
305 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

Samantha has been away from the dating world for far too long, or at least according to her friend Pinky. Through a dating site, she meets Nathanial, a guy who will be more different than she could ever imagine. And Nathanial finds out there is more to Samantha than what meets the eye. What will happen between the two of them when Nathanial’s “friends” find out Samantha has a special ability?

It has been awhile since I have read this, but I guess it is a good thing I scribble down some notes about the books I have been reading lately, huh? :) Anyways, what can I say about this book that sounds kind of like a review? :P

This book is pretty much like any other vampire book I have read, but a little bit better. Even though the book is relatively normal for this kind of genre, I can still say I enjoyed it. Errr, well, since it’s smut, I can say I would enjoy it either way. :D I’ve read some of this author’s free reads in the past, and I can say this one is MUCH tamer compared to her other smut, so beware if you want to read her other works. :P Oh, and also, it is told by Samantha’s POV and Nathanial’s POV. :)

Anyways, things I liked about this book is that the author kind of puts in there about safe Internet dating like how Samantha brings her friend Pinky to the place of the date, so she can watch over Samantha (from a distance). I know most people wouldn’t think how the author put that into the book is a good thing, but I like to think there are hidden messages and advice in the books I read. :D

Second, the author actually describes her characters, including their hair color (most books just let the book covers do it). Also, I like how the main female character has a hair color that most main characters don’t have (red). Most books I read I either imagine the characters with blonde or brown hair, unless the author says otherwise. >.>”

Next, the author makes the shapeshifters kind of unique. They have three forms instead of just two (human and then their animal forms). Also, there were one or two animals I never read in shapeshifter novels, which was an otter and a kitten. *___*

The author also mentions several little things that I like or was amused about. Let’s see, she added in homosexual couples and male x male kisses (without the character being a “couple”). Though, I wouldn’t worry too much about it since there is only like one or two male x male kissing scene, and not very detailed at that. Also, she has a Nathanial who likes voluptuous women, uses old slang like swank and mod, Marcos somehow amuses me ♥, and how Nathanial talks like a grandpa telling you about the “old ways”. And lastly, how the author “mentions” how society is now more focused with sex now than in earlier days.

Okay, I am just going to list some things I didn’t like. The main female character doesn’t like her weight, which is so typical in many romance books. Everyone blames Thad, and I actually feel bad for him since he can’t get back together with the woman he loves.  Also, the smut started so late in the book. >.>” Oh, and the ending is kind of disappointing since the story kind of feels incomplete. And that’s about it for things I didn’t like. :)

Overall, it was an average book, but I mostly liked it. Though, before I end this review here are the warnings, there is a rape scene of a little girl and homosexual themes mentioned. However, both of these are not very detailed, so there shouldn’t really be a problem. Also, it feels like there will be a sequel, but I am not sure, since there are some things you really don’t know about like what happens between Thad and Isella.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: The Garden of Eden by Eve Adams

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Book Information:

The Garden of Eden by Eve Adams
Pseudonym for Stephen Coonts
St. Martin’s Press
Published in 2005
ISBN 0312323638
338 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

When Sam Neely graduates from State Police academy, he is assigned to the small village of Eden with the population of 47. He has been thinking that it is just a dull little town with nothing going on, but things suddenly get interesting when Ed Harris finds his wife in bed with his best friend, Hayden Elkins. Afterwards, Ed gives Hayden his wife and tells him that he now has two wives, but it then more things spin out of control. Can the community come together and bring peace back to their little town?

What can I say about this book? Hmmm… it was… ummm… odd – in the good way, I guess. Though, I really don’t know what genre to put on this book. It’s mostly about life in the village of Eden, which has a population of 47, and how the community can come together through mostly gossip and trouble. So, I guess, it’s mostly a slice of life genre. >.>”

The writing was almost like a diary telling the life of people in the village of Eden – missing on some details, skipping some parts that would make it more interesting, and a lot of gossip things. ^^; It is told through the point of view of several characters – Sam Neely, Ed Harris, Anne Harris, Hayden Elkins, Junior Grimes, Diamond Ice, and many more. :| For me, the book would have been better if it was told through the point of view of only a couple of them instead of so many of the residents. Though, through telling the story through several characters, they were almost like real life people and very believable, and at times, sort of funny. So it has a good point and a bad point – you got to know the personalities and descriptions through different eyes, but there were so many that it skipped some things that could have made the book better. :(

Also, I like the descriptions and details that the author used, and it seemed like there was enough, but it could have been more enjoyable. It felt like the author skipped some major scenes that would have made the ending have more sense. It feels like he was trying to write it as a way to understand women since they were pretty much the focus of the books – but didn’t succeed. :| Even though some people won’t believe that a spouse wouldn’t take their other half back after they cheat, I believe it because it happened with my parents. :D Though, I don’t think they pretend it never happened – like the characters do in the book. Though, since I’m their kid (no matter how old I am), they won’t discuss things like that with me ;)

So I like how he put the forgiveness in there, despite on how unbelievable it is. The author makes the characters seem human and not hold a grudge, but we all know that isn’t likely in real life. Everyone holds a grudge against something – whether it’s another human, country, animal, etc – sad, but mostly true. So, the no holding grudges and forgiving everything are not like real life, but kind of like utopia. Amazing thought, but with humans being unpredictable, it won’t happen anytime soon. :)

Things I didn’t like were the fast paced events, which didn’t really satisfy me, the off topic things, and kept on adding new problems instead of focusing on just one and build on that (and then add more problems), the amount of God in there – it’s mentioned, then it goes poof, then it appears again (like the author couldn’t decide whether or not if he should add God as one of the solutions to the problems), and how the author made the women’s personalities – gossips, cheaters, nagging, etc.

I will only rate it a two star because it was an enjoyable read, but no higher because of the problems above, which irritate me the most. :| It is pretty much a good summer read since it won’t take that much time to finish it.

Oh, just a warning, there are some sex (smut) scenes, but they aren’t describe in that much details. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: Insatiable by Meg Cabot

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Book Information:

Insatiable by Meg Cabot
William Morrow (Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers)
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061735066
454 Pages

Series Information:

Insatiable Book 01

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

Meena Harper is a writer for the popular drama, Insatiable, but when her bosses tell her that the drama she writes for will change to something she hates, vampires, she goes crazy. Although Meena is not unfamiliar with supernatural things, since she can tell how people will die, she still doesn’t like it. Though, even with her small ability to tell a small part of the future, she still has problems with her love life because of her so-called “gift”. However, that is, until she meets Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince from Romania. They both fell in love at first sight, but is Meena in love with him or with the fact she can’t see his death? Also, does Lucien have any dark secrets that he is keeping from Meena?

Another vampire romance book. Oh, goody, but don’t worry it is kind of different from most vampire romance books out there.

Another vampire romance book, is it me, or are these vampire romance novels getting tiresome? In most of these novels, the women are wimpy and fall head over heels with the vampire. This book isn’t any different in that aspect, in fact, it is worse in that area. Several times while reading how Meena reacted to Lucien, I was banging my head over her antics. Not only is Meena’s personality similar to other books featuring supernatural things, the rest of the characters in the book were just as bad. *SIGH* They were too stereotypical for me to really enjoy the characters. I kind of wish she ended up with Wulf, instead of no one.

Also, although the details are kind of okay, the book isn’t really that enjoyable. Well, except the short parts of comedy in the book, which was kind of made the book a little bit more enjoyable. However, despite the fact I really didn’t like the book, the ending is unexpected for a vampire romance novel. Anyways, I don’t suggest reading if you don’t like the stereotypical characters in supernatural books.

*SIGHS* This book was such a disappointment. I like her young adult series The Mediator, but this book was kind of URGH.

I rated it a 3 star because of the funny parts and the unexpected ending. >.>”

Oh, I forgot to mention why it has the smut label. There isn’t detailed sex scenes, like most vampire romance books, however, there are scenes leading up to sexual intercourse. The actual sex parts are not mentioned, only the parts where it leads up to sex. >.<

I just looked up information about this book, and apparently, there will be a sequel in July 2011 named Overbite. *URGH*

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: and Able by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

and Able by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758211767
352 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 03
Last Book in the Mercenary Series

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Claire Sharpe has trouble trusting and relying on others, but after her life is threatened, she must learn how to rely on Brett Adams, an ex-mercenary, to protect her. Though, with this protection, something more might come from it…

Not a supernatural book, but that will change pretty soon. :)

This book is really good, and I can’t really review it without giving away some things in the book. So, I’ll just tell you to read it and be done with it.

There is nothing I really didn’t like about, but I like the book because 1) smut, 2) action without being to gory, 3) it’s interesting, and 4) I just like it because it appeals to me. ;)

Warning though, there are sexual themes and maybe themes that are not for sensitive people.

This is the last book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lucy Monroe
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Review: Willing by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

Willing by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758208758
320 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Josie McCall has never really wanted to be a solider, or mercenary for that matter, but she was raised as one by her father. After she leaves the mercenary world and her father’s mercenary school, she goes to school for a job in computers. However, now that someone blew up her dad’s mercenary school and her dad is missing, she goes back to her mercenary roots to find out who blew up the school and took her dad. And her dad’s new partner, Daniel Black Eagle, stays to protect her. However, there is just one little thing that might keep his mind off of his new mission — Josie. Will they be able to figure out everything before or after their passion ignites?

Not a supernatural book, but that will change pretty soon. :)

This book is really good, and I can’t really review it without giving away some things in the book. So, I’ll just tell you to read it and be done with it.

There is nothing I really didn’t like about, but I like the book because 1) smut, 2) action without being to gory, 3) it’s interesting, and 4) I just like it because it appeals to me. ;)

Warning though, there are sexual themes and maybe themes that are not for sensitive people.

This is the second book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lucy Monroe
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$New_Bullet Library Thing
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Places to Buy From:

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