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.

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.

Solid 3 ***

Rogue Alpha: Wolf Shifter Romance (Wild Lake Wolves Book 1) - Kimber White
Their Alpha Kings: 5 Crazy Hot Shifter Novels!!! HER VIKING WOLF, WOLF AND PUNISHMENT, WOLF AND PREJUDICE, WOLF AND SOUL, HER VIKING WOLVES - Theodora Taylor

Solid 4.5 stars

This one was a very unique take on Shifters. Their society and origins. I have not read a PNR on this subject quite like this before. So on that note, I love this series. It was refreshing. This whole series has a bit of everything in it. SciFi-Time Travel, interracial love pairings, awesome historical factors woven in from the Viking eras, a lots more. It made for an awesome read. It certainly kept me from taking a breather in between books. So I savored this 5 book series nonstop. I did not want to, nor could I walk away until it was completed.

There are certain things that come off as campy when you don't expect it to. But this series has passion. Intense erotic passion. Heart. And characters you just get Their plights and circumstances and uniqueness, all make up for the "awkward, campy" bouts you encounter.

These stories are not extremely deep/complex. But they are interesting and have just enough danger, romance, heart and intrigue to keep you engaged.

I would definitely recommend this series to all of my PNR lovers, as well as those who love a bit of SciFi with their stories. It's present, but not to the point where it's overwhleming. It helps to make alot of things flow organically between the 5 books.

Awesome Reads!

Happy Reading :)

 
 
 


   

The Vixen and the Vet - Katy Regnery

I LOVE THIS STORY!

I haven't cried this many happy AND sad tears in a very long time. This one was just beautifully written. There's not much I want to say about this one because I don't want to ruin anyone's journey here, who decides to read it. Just know that your heart will break and be beautifully put back together in all it's glory. This was a true modern day fairtytale, indeed. One with a true pulse on love in reality and heartbreak and forgiveness.

Asher has my heart. Period. I love this man and his journey with Savannah.

In a word, it was Epic

I HIGHLY recommend you read this one. I will be reading book 2 soon :)

*FYI* Every novel in this series, are standalone books, with completely unrelated stories to one another.

Happy Reading :)

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1) - Kristen Painter
I have just one question.. How do you write a paranormal romance, without passion in the pages of the story??? It's been a long time since I've judged a book by it's cover, but maybe in this case, I should have. This one totally disappointed me and left me wanting.

There's nothing wrong with the quirkiness found here, it was quite refreshing. Or even the uncomplicated tones that played out throughout the book. There were also many interesting avenues the story appeared to be heading in. Including intriguing supporting characters. I just had hoped that with the general theme of this novel, and the way it began, that there would be more passion, fire, intensity with the characters, their plights, all of it. None was there though. Truly lacking.

And I don't think I've ever encountered a Paranormal novel that has fade to black love scenes. NO HOT, SEXINESS AT ALL
Though you did get a few PG-13 kissing sessions. Even the big event Turning scenes were HUGE let downs.

No. Sadly, I would not recommend this read to any of my fellow Paranormal Lovers.


 
 

 

Vehn (Exotic Ink Series Book 1) by L.S. Anders

Vehn - Exotic Ink Series: Book One - LS Anders, Paradox Book Covers Formatting, Ella Medler, Elfwerks Editing

OMGOSH! This turned out to be a great read.

So I had a hard time in the beginning & leading up towards the middle, with our heroine. I understood her misgivings/fears, I did. I just felt like certain occurrences should have jolted her out of her way of thinking a lot sooner. Then what she did or how she handled the big eff up 75% in the novel, I was soooo ticked at her. I mean I totally saw myself leaping into my kindle, into her living room and shaking the ever loving crap out of her & letting Vehn in her house, so he could explain himself. LOL!

This was a very sexy, sweet, emotionally driven read. I loved/liked all the main supporting cast here. Hints to some of their individual stories, seem intriguing. Got my nosy behind dying to know what the deal is.... Sorry but I laughed so hard when it was finally revealed how Brent died.
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I REALLY love Tegan To be quite honest, I was crushing on him way more than I was Vehn *Whispers* Sorry Vehn.

I think/hope given where Rayna & Tegan's story start here in this book, that their book will be off the chain interesting, intense, and beautiful. #CannotWaitForTheirStory.

Oh and Regina,
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This was a great intro to this series. I highly recommend that you read it.

Happy Reading :)

Unclaimed - Sara  Humphreys
I had high hopes for this one, but sadly it just didn't live up to my expectations.
IMO, this one is just an "alright" addition to this series. There are things that you need to know, that are revealed here for future books though. So I wouldn't recommend skipping this one.

I just wish I could have become more invested in the MC's. For me, there just wasn't much chemistry between them, and the dragging out of why the heroine didn't want to be with her destined mate, bored me.

When I met Dominic in book 3, I got the impression his character would have much more fire. And whatever plot would be surrounding him and his mate, would be off the chain.
Again, sadly, it just wasn't.

That being said, I still would recommend this series. It's entertaining, interesting, funny, romantic, and sexy... Most of the time.

Happy Reading :)
 
 
 

 

Torkel's Chosen - Michelle Howard

This one was a really surprisingly awesome read. I mean I had hoped it would be good, but I wasn't expecting certain aspects of this story to emotionally blow me away, but it did.

This is the first book to this series. And while it does open up doors for other characters to have their stories told, I'm still on the fence about diving into the other books. Simply because I felt this one was so good, I don't see how others could be better. Still deciding if I'll proceed further or not, but I HIGHLY recommend that if you're curious about any book in this series, please start here first.

Happy Reading :)