MsMichaels' Take...

Reading is my passion. I love nothing more than to get lost in a story. Whether that be a fantasy story or one true to life. I love being able to share my experience through reading it.

With a Prince: Missed Connections #2 - Jeffe Kennedy

I was very surprised here.  Once I got past the first 5 chapters.. I liked it :)

Beast (Twisted Ever After #1) - A. Zavarelli

WHOA!!!!!

Twisted Elegance... That's all I have to say about this one.

Many triggers here. So proceed with EXTREME CAUTION.. But it ends beautifully.
I'm so glad I pushed through with this one. It was hard to watch many times, but I refused to look away.

Javier & Bella took my breath away. They really did.

I would definitely recommend this one for my Dark Romance Lovers.

This story is going to stay with me for a long while.

Intense Reading :)

The Bad Guy - Celia Aaron
Solid 4.5 Stars

Okay so this story & Sebastian was just crazy intense! I loved him. Was scared to death of him. And oh so lusted after this man. This story is wicked hot. Yes it is. ;)

Sebastian really broke my heart in many ways. I would say that he and his Dad weren't really operating with a full deck, but hey, you do what you have to in order to survive. To have some semblance of normalcy. Things hoped for. So I get and love how Sebastian and his father, & their relationship was shown to us. How things from the past bled into and shed much needed light on the present.

I loved how strong willed Camille was. I don't think she faltered quickly AT. ALL. There were times when I was wishing she'd just break already. But it all happened when it should have and at the right time. Made things much more passionate & heartfelt for me as well.

What I didn't like, and what kept this from being a 5 star read for me was the latter parts and ending of the book.. Just given how intense and dark this book was from beginning and a little ways past the middle of the story, I felt how things wrapped up and were put into their boxes so neatly felt off to me. It gave the feel of a completely different story. Things were closed so easily and simply it just threw me off. The story and the characters just felt completely different than what you got in the first 70% of the book. Had this not been the case? 5 Stars definitely.

To close, this was a great read for me. I would certainly recommend it for my dark romance lovers.

Happy Reading :)
 
 
 

 

Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy - J.R. Ward

What can I say?
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I liked this one :)

Happy Reading

 

The Dark Princes: Scifi Alien Romance (The Ravager Chronicles Book 2) - Sara Page

Very good follow up.
I was VERY concerned about how this would go, considering I was dead set on Drek the Prince being Ameia's one and only. Their connection in book 1 and the beginning of this book just blew me away.. But Striker's devotion to her, especially when things were uncertain, and the resistance from Ameia & of course the reluctant surrender from because it was their culture; made this all very believable for me. I got it.

And I loved how many things played out here with her step brother & others. How certain things were brought to a close and how others are just beginning.

Curious about what will be revealed and how those reveals come about in book 3.

I'm very surprised so far with this series. I'm loving it. I would recommend it.
On the surface, some things in this series are quite similar with what you've gotten in this genre before. But what I love are the unique layers here with regards to the cultures & the events. And how everything unfolds. So in this regard, this series is a breath of fresh air & quite intriguing.

And did I mention oh so very, very hot & sexy? ;)

Happy Reading :)

 

Very good follow up.
I was VERY concerned about how this would go, considering I was dead set on Drek the Prince being Ameia's one and only. Their connection in book 1 and the beginning of this book just blew me away.. But Striker's devotion to her, especially when things were uncertain, and the resistance from Ameia & of course the reluctant surrender from because it was their culture; made this all very believable for me. I got it.

And I loved how many things played out here with her step brother & others. How certain things were brought to a close and how others are just beginning.

Curious about what will be revealed and how those reveals come about in book 3.

I'm very surprised so far with this series. I'm loving it. I would recommend it.
On the surface, some things in this series are quite similar with what you've gotten in this genre before. But what I love are the unique layers here with regards to the cultures & the events. And how everything unfolds. So in this regard, this series is a breath of fresh air & quite intriguing.

And did I mention oh so very, very hot & sexy? ;)

Happy Reading :)

Princess SOS - Sara Page

THIS was awesome!

I need to get to book 2, pronto ;)

Happy Reading :)

Master of Crows - Grace Draven

WOW!!! O.O

I LOVE this freakin book! Read it People!

Now it took me a minute to get into this one. I think it was mainly because I knew there was something to love and revere about this story. So I was truly impatient with learning just what that was. Once I reached the 30% mark of this book though, I was hooked. No turning back for me.

This story truly scared the sh&t out of me. I loved it! It was haunting. Beautiful, sexy, erotic, funny, and romantic.

I definitely recommend this read.

Happy Reading :)

 

That One Night in Vegas - Brindle Chase

What Tha What?! O_o

Paid Companion - Nia Forrester

I think this one would have been a 5 star read for me, if we would have been shown the conclusion of what actually happened between Blake & his Father.

With so much emphasis put on what would happen if their father knew the truth, and why Lia was put in place to begin with, I felt it lacking that we didn't get to see what actually unfolded when the truth was finally told. I felt cheated out of that reveal & the revelations that came later because of that. It all was treated and told as an after thought. I didn't like that.

Though it was great to see how the siblings got over their issues that had been present since they were children. I did love how Lia eventually came to fit into their mold, having her own valid place with each of them individually. I liked that. But it all seemed lacking because of the one missing element with their father & Blake

Also I wish I would have seen how their father and mother remained married and went on to have Nicki Considering all the ugliness happened years before her birth. I would have liked to see how they got passed all that & still remained together after all these years.

But, overall, this was a good read. I liked many things about the layers of these characters. What kept them together & all the things that threatened to tear them apart.

Happy Reading :)

Solid 3 *** Stars

His Flower Queen - Lena Hart
Grip - Kennedy Ryan
YES! YES! YES!

This is what I'm talking about. THIS is how you write an awesome story.
I must say that in order for you to get the full scope of the dynamic between Bristol & Grip, and all that they encounter here, you MUST read the Prequel, "Flow" first.
DO NOT dive into book 1 without reading the Prequel beforehand.

Now, I just loved both books. I had to immediately start book 1 after reading that Prequel.
What I love about this journey with Grip & Bristol was the rawness here. You can't tell a story such as theirs' without going to that place. The Truth. NOTHING was sugar coated or glossed over. It was real. It was open. And it forces you to not only look but truly see, understand, and empathize with what's going on.

The social structures addressed here within our society. How they affect everything, from what we see, think, feel presume etc.. And sadly how we love. Who we choose to love. I love how everything was approached here. How real and raw. Just the honesty here. It's beautiful.

What I love the most about this story is how we are forced to face the negative here. The truth within that darkness, but how that darkness never over shadows the positive. How yes, we all need to be aware of these things. Stop trying to act as though these things don't really exist. But also how we should never cease in striving for the positive. The beauty & all that brings to our lives. What is right. What is pure. What True love and compassion really look like.

I love how all of this was woven so well, into a very passionate, inspiring love story.

I HIGHLY recommend this read. I strongly urge you to read the Prequel "Flow" and then come here to "Grip" These are awesome reads

Happy Reading :)
 
 
 

 

Flow (GRIP Prequel) - Kennedy Ryan

OMGOODNESS!!
That ending though.... I really enjoyed this Prequel to Bristol & Grip's story.
I must run and read book 1 at once!!!


Happy reading :)

 

Alien Mate - Cara Bristol

Yes. I liked this one. And it was just what I needed right now.

Happy Reading :)

***Solid 2.75 Stars***

The Chosen: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward

Yes, had to change my rating from 3.25 stars :(

Okay.. So I attempted my re-read, I got to chapter 38 and decided I knew exactly how I felt about this book. First, let me start with the odd things that I liked. This won't take long considering there's only one thing that I wasn't totally upset or confused about..

Trez/"Selena"/Therese
I was not happy AT. ALL. when I learned that after all the heart wrenching Ward caused me in the "Shadows", that she was actually bringing Selena back, and so quickly. THE NERVE! But amazingly, this angle in this book, was the only thing that I liked and had absolutely no issue about where it appears to be going. I love Trez. I hate that he's suffering and I found that I just want him happy. I hope it turns out well and unfolds in a way that's beautiful, intense, & real.

Xcor & Layla
*Le Sigh* Now I for one have been in love with Xcor since I met him waaaay back in Payne's book. Didn't want to love him, but hey, he got me. In that book it was clear to me then, at least where part of his story was going to land. And we FINALLY see those fruits in this book (He and Tohr), but I was highly disappointed with the lack of PASSION, push and pull, & intensity between Xcor and Layla. I mean come on WARD! Where was it?! All the intense, stolen moments in the past with these two was not even a blip on the pages here. I LOVED the devotion and sweetness between these two, because yes, we needed that. But I needed a balance here. These two were finally able to be together, but with the enormous threat of being ripped apart for so many MAJOR reasons. And none of that intensity or passion or fire was present here. In or out of the bedroom. So this chick here, was found wanting. MAJORLY wanting. #IFeelSoCheated.. *hangs head*

Now, I've always understood and liked Layla. Even when she appeared to be just a blank slate in the beginning. I got her. Every book she has been in, has confirmed my first impressions of her. She's growth personified. I'm proud of her. She gets stronger every time I see her :)

Xcor's back story I wanted more of this. I can't lie about that either. I felt like we were just given the Headlines & not the true "meat" of the story. Still, what I got broke my heart and allowed me to get a little more insight into him. Why & how he became who he became. And also how he could turn away from his initial road of darkness, destruction, & hate for the love of a good woman.

Xcor & Tohr The moment of reveals for these two was beautiful. I can't deny that. But I needed more. it all happened way too fast, very late in the game, so it was rushed. I didn't like that at all.

Qhuinn & Blay
I felt like their issues were warranted, but I felt more from them, than the main couple of this book. They sort of stole the show. I thought it was beautiful, heartbreaking and real what they were dealing with. But I felt it took center stage and again, that I didn't like. No balance.
Qhuinn pushed some hard buttons here. I knew he would. I expected it. But dang. Even I got a few black eyes from those verbal punches he was throwing at Layla & Blay
He threw the biggest dang tantrums of epic proportions. He really did. LOL!
But it worked out. So there's that ;)

Wrath
*Sighs* He's my man. He really is. He held it down here. As always. It's very hard to hate on that. I love him <3 But every time he gets a headache, I just want to punch people for him.

The Bastards
I loved seeing these males in their elements. Being in their thoughts, seeing them co-existing with Xcor and the Brothers. They are no longer faceless beings with weird names to me. I see the potential here and I'm very excited to learn more about each of these guys individually. I think they're awesome. And seeing them exercise their own personal code of honor while remaining loyal to their leader was touching.

Lassiter
I love him when he's a good mixture of the serious & lighthearted. He's just more compelling that way for me. I truly hope that Ward continues to development him more and more in this manner. He broke my heart with some of the things that was revealed here, concerning him and his "Learning Curve" with his new role. I can't wait to see more.

Vishous
WHY?!!! Just why? I'm truly not happy with this sad excuse for a drama plot. *Rolls eyes* And it had a nice long time on the stage in this book, too. Seriously Ward, either sh&t or get off the pot with these two. (Vishous & Jane)... I and the whole world that knows of this series, knows that you've never truly wanted these two together. It's obvious in the way these two have always been written. But why even take it here and now? Why? *shakes head*

Throe
OHMYGOODNESS!
WTHeck kinda fresh hell has he gotten himself into?
This was some dark mess. *shudders*

The Climactic Fight Scene
I really loved it. WOW. I thought it was great and I missed seeing this type of action in this series. Let's get back to awesome basics here. #LovinIt

The Ending
Bottom line I liked it, in theory. But I didn't love it, on paper. It was just way too sweet and too soon, and just too much right now, for all that was still lacking before it got to that point.

Overall, I was truly curious about what Ward was going to do with this book. I was hoping she got back to her awesome, poignant story telling here. I mean she had so many great things to work with. But sadly, it just wasn't what I had hoped. This was just an "Okay" chapter to this series for me. If you're committed to the BDB as many of us are, then yes, you still need to read it for yourself. Just be aware that your feels for this could go either way. Take you anywhere. You may find yourself stuck in this alternate universe like me, trying to figure out just what happened exactly & why.. OR you may actually love it *Shrugs*

~~I will always love this series simply for what it once was. What pulled me in and caused me to stay for so long. I will always have love & hate for the many characters involved here. But the truth is, it's simply not the series that it once was for me. The writing has changed. And honestly, that's not a good thing. It's a sad thing. At least for me.~~

Much Love, my fellow BDB Brothers' & Sisters'

Solid 3***

The Alpha's Mark: Claimed by the Pack - Part One - Kimber White

Just not a huge fan of this Author's writing style. So these were just luke warm stories for me at best.

This is the second book I've read by Ms. White back to back. I really wish we had the male's POV. This story, and "The Rogue Alpha" story, I felt would have been great reads had we had more insight on the male's thoughts & emotions. I mean after all, we are reading about male shifters and their world. I just walked away from both stories feeling like alot of the story and plot was missing because we only see it through 20 year old human female POVs.