Saturday, 30 April 2011

The Darkest Hour: Reviewed

By Maya Banks

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications:
High intelligence, rock hard body, military background.
Mission:
Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he's built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond… until he receives anonymous information claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

What would you do if the lover and spouse you thought was dead and buried was alive and being held hostage? That is exactly the situation we are in at the beginning of the book, Ethan's grief is killing him when he receives a mysterious package containing photos and coordinates. Luckily as a former SEAL from a military family he has resources to call on, but all is not what it seems. Not only do they need to find Rachel, rescue her, but they also need to keep her alive, someone wants her dead, but who?

The story covers more than the rescue and we meet the whole Kelly clan as the book introduces us to the KGI world, all of them have to deal with shock and grief, why would anyone do this to Rachel and is this because of something they did. As guilt begins to eat away at Ethan he tries to rebuild hid life, but what is he hiding from us?

My friend Sparklybearsy (I ♥ you Bear for telling me about Maya Banks) introduced me to the books, and I am now addicted, if you are expecting the erotica of the Sweet series or the Colter's don't, I am not saying these books are not HOT they are, but they are also more action packed and if you love a man in uniform they could be the books for you. The Kelly's are an interesting family and Rachel turns out to be a strong heroine, even though she seems fragile on the outside. But to survive what she has been through she needs a core of pure titanium! It is a story about rebuilding a relationship and finding your home and a thoroughly good read, so grab yourself a cuppa, your sunglasses and a copy of the book and head out on the deck and read in the sun. I am onto No Place to Run and I have just ordered Hidden Away and that is just what I intend to do! Happy reading. 

I give The Darkest Hour 4 frilly knickers out of 5! A great summer read!

Friday, 29 April 2011

Crave: Reviewed

By JR Ward

The battle between good and evil has left the future of humanity in the hands of a reluctant saviour and his band of fallen angels. Seven deadly sins that must be righted. Seven souls that must be saved. While his first task was success, Jim Heron is battling a demon that can take any form for the soul of someone he must identify on his own. If that weren't enough, his old boss Matthias wants Jim to assassinate an AWOL member of The Firm - Isaac, the man Jim is pretty sure he is supposed to save. Jim knows first hand that once you're in The Firm, there's no getting out. But when Jim finds Isaac to warn him, he has been picked up by the police for illegal street fighting, and it is clear that Isaac is falling for his gorgeous public defender. Is their love the redemption that will save Isaac's soul? Or has the demon Devina set an elaborate trap?


 

Would it be wrong to say I really didn't mind this book? I don't know, but it would be truthful. However I do accept they are not everyone's cup of tea; if you read this expecting The Black Dagger Brotherhood you will be sorely disappointed, but if you look at this as something completely different you may be pleasantly surprised. In many ways I liked Crave much more than Covet, why? Grier Childe, I found the heroine of this one much more compelling and the first part of the story was fast paced and really exciting. We are introduced to Isaac Rothe, former black ops and team mate of Jim's when he is arrested for illegal cage fighting, Grier is his public defender and no stranger to dealing with rough and ready types. As a result she stands up for herself and does not back down. Their attraction is HOT and potentially deadly for both of them as Isaac is AWOL and the target for an assassin. Enter Jim and his angelic sidekicks in shit kickers. Jim needs to save them from the demonic Devina for team heaven, doesn't he?

This really started off as an intriguing read, we find out more and more about the Angels, and just what they have been through at the hands of Devina and what they must do to keep themselves sane. The action is tense and at times exciting. Why only 3 stars, I don't know, the second half for me wasn't as good as the first, I guess it gets a bit busy, if that makes sense, the relationship becomes secondary as the plot takes over and in some ways the sweetness of that complicated relationship gave the book its character. However it wouldn't put me off reading the next book when it comes out.

Give it a go, you might be surprised, but don't expect BDB! I give Crave 3 frilly knickers out of 5.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Dreams of a Dark Warrior: Reviewed

By Kresley Cole

HE VOWED HED COME FOR HER . . . Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.
SHE AWAITS HIS RETURN . . .
When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.
TO SATE A DESIRE MORE POWERFUL THAN DEATH . . .
Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?


 Another great Immortals After Dark installment, one which returns to my favourite beings, the Valkyrie and and the Berserkers (if you want to know why I love Norse legends go here, I try to explain) there is a lot of overlap time wise in this book and Demon from the Dark, but don't ever let that put you off, we do see some of the same events but from a completely different perspective which only goes to make our understanding of the break out even stronger. I really enjoyed were this story went, and the fact it challenged us the reader to consider our own biases, in the previous book Declan Chase was definitely a bad guy not to be trusted, but i this we learn so much we do feel for him, we understand why he made those choices and even when they were wrong choices we long for him to put them right.

What we have in this are two thoroughly interesting protagonists and I use interesting in the best possible way, we want to know more! and through the flash backs of memory we begin to build up a picture of both their past lives, the longing which goes with it and the disappointment when it goes wrong. We meet some new characters and learn more about some of the established characters, Lothaire and Nix in particular. Nix is as funny as ever and now she has a pet bat whose bottom needs spanking before he returns home. Her words not mine. Nix clearly has a plan in her head and I can't wait to see where she is going to take us.

For me this was a great read and a book about more than just Regin and Declan getting together, it is a book about ascension, controlling who you are and redemption.

I can't wait for the next book. I just hope it is soon! I need some summer reading.

A great read, hot, funny and engaging. I give Dreams of a Dark Warrior 4 frilly knickers out of 5, this should definitely be added to any summer book pile!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Dark Enchantment: Reviewed

By Anya Bast
A sultry dream can become a real-life nightmare…
Tax consultant Charlotte Bennett isn’t the type to lose control. Until she’s seduced in a dream by a handsome, rugged man named Kieran. In her dream state, she decides to let loose, letting pleasure and desire lead the way. But she quickly discovers her “safe” night of passion has dangerous repercussions.
The lust-driven dream was in fact a magick illusion that’s left Charlotte indefinitely bound to a controlling fae named Kieran. Under his order, she must find the last piece of a powerful relic. Only Charlotte knows the location of the bosca fadbh, but the knowledge is hidden deep within her bloodline—and only wicked magick can draw it out.
Forced to work with the enticing Kieran, she finds it hard to escape their seductive chemistry. Even though he’s harboring a deadly curse, one that puts Charlotte in danger—and could make this attraction fatal…

I have made it no secret that I think Anya Bast's Dark Magic series is one of the best new series out there. With Shadowfever came the end (for now) of KM Moning's Fae and Anya Bast has filled that gap in my opinion. These books are interesting and a new take on the Fae genre where the Fae are known to the human world, not only do they face their own prejudices, Seelie vs Unseelie but they are imprisoned together in Piefferburg, subjected to monitoring and attack from their enemy the Phaendir all whist being filmed for the reality show Faemous.

It is to me a fascinating take on the traditional myth one which incorporates modern society and its obsession with reality TV.

The first two books were great and this is another fabulous installment. We got to know Kieran a bit more in Cruel Enchantment but in Dark Enchantment we find the softer side behind the gruffness and begin to understand his family history. He is really very unique in the fae world and at times we do wonder if and how he will ever begin to overcome the curse falsely laid upon him. He is gruff and irreverent and downright sexy. His relationship with Charlotte does not get off on the right foot, they have no reason to trust each other and Charlotte is pulled to him through the erotic dreams they shared. Charlotte's family has it's own secrets, secrets which are held even from her and when shown to the light of day threaten everything she has ever known, including her safety.

Both Kieran and Charlotte are likeable characters, you want things to work out, even if the Gods are against them, you feel the heat coming off them and as usual this story as more twists and turns than a monkey puzzle tree. We are reunited with many of the faces from the previous books and throughout it all we again get a more fleshed out vision of the fae world, we also get to meet the Goblins in more detail and learn about their past. When we hear about what happened t the Faemous film crew when they went into the black tower I laughed out loud, in fact this book made me frequently laugh, hold my breath, long for success and grip the book so tight I almost crumpled it! The only down side, I wanted MORE! Selfish of me I know. Naill's book is next and I can't wait for it to come out.

I know this isn't the most indepth of reviews but all I can say is, if you want to take one series on holiday with you, take this, it is the perfect holiday read, it has it all! Trust me! A hot summer read, I give this book 5 frilly knickers out of 5!
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