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Aimee

I grew up reading books like The Babysitter Club and The Boxcar Kids. Now I read Romance, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian and any mixture of these all depending on what my mood is. I love Stephen King, Michael Connolly, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs and many others.

Must Love Otters

Must Love Otters - Eliza Gordon This was a great book to read on a gloomy rainy day. I loved the characters, the shenanigans and the otters. Definitely worth reading and repeating.

Rock Star Ex

Rock Star Ex - Jewel Quinlan This was probably a three star book but because of the great performance by Josh Goodman who narrated this book, it popped up a star. I was entranced at his voice and it made it a bit sexier with his deep voice ringing in my ears. He did the voices really well, the girls, the guys, everyone had their own voice.

I don't know what it is about a male voice reading an erotic book such as this, but it totally rocks my boat. Josh Goodman is on my list of narrators to look out for.

Jagged

Jagged - Kristen Ashley There is a specific formula that this author writes with. All of the books so far have been the same story, just different characters. Normally, by now, I would be exasperated with it and call it quits. But there is something about these characters that keeps me coming back for more. I've devoured all of these novels in a matter of weeks and I'm ready to move on to the next. While that surprises me, I'm glad that the series hasn't declined to the point where I give up on these books.

At first, I was a bit disappointed that the next few characters weren't directly in the lives of Nina and Max. These books are written in one county, three small towns. So we are able to get multiple stories, while in some way connected, but with fresh characters. After reading through to this book, I've enjoyed the jumping around and eventually coming back to see characters from previous books.

So far, these are good reads. On to the next!

The Gamble

The Gamble - Kristen Ashley I was surprised after reading this. I was expecting a cute little book that was a quick read and a light romance. This was not the case. It was a quick read, but this is not your ordinary fluffy romance novel. It had well developed characters who I could connect with and it had a great story. I almost didn't read it because the cover wasn't really catching my attention and that would have been a big mistake.

This has quite a story, I really liked this. At first it felt like there were two stories playing out and I enjoyed watching them play out and unfold. I enjoyed watching them all come together at the end. I enjoyed the internal struggle Nina had with both her current situation of a time out adventure and the hunk who is trying to convince her to stay.

I live in the Rocky Mountains and I really enjoyed a book that was set in the mountains I love. I could imagine the view from the bluffs and I could imagine what it would look like sitting on the back porch watching the sky change colors as the sun set. I think the author did a great job of showing off the landscape that Max had.

The only thing that bugged me was the nicknames. A few that felt weird were darling (I could be wrong, but I had always thought this was a southern nickname, not much for us in the west) and my lovely. But, they were small things. Endearments that just seemed weird.

But really, I'm excited to move on to the next novel, even though I had hoped it would continue with the characters we already met, but I'm sure it will be just as good.

Home to Stay (An Anchor Island Novel)

Home to Stay (An Anchor Island Novel) - Terri Osburn This was the one I was waiting for. After reading the first book and getting a glimpse at what would be Will's book, I wanted it. I wish I could say it was amazing, but there was nothing here that was earth shattering. It was predictable to a point and anti-climatic climax fell a bit flat.

I like Randy and I like Will. But Willow's back story wasn't quite what I had imagined and it wasn't quite as dangerous as the author made it out to be. I was waiting for the suspense part, where her past came rushing to meet her present in a clash worthy of a good romantic suspense novel. That clash never happened. There was no hero to save the heroine. The steps the heroine took, she could have done years before and saved herself some heartache.

While the back story fell flat, I liked the romance in this one. Will was still a bit skiddish around Randy, but he saw the longing in her eyes and decided to go for it anyway. What a man! While I wish the story behind Will would have worked out better, I'm still glad to have read this. Even if I was never head over heels for any of these books, they make for a good escape. And hey, that should count for something.

Murder of Crows

Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop I don't seem to have the words to express just how much I loved the second Others book.



I'm in love with this series. I love the terra indigene, I love the world, I love the Meg, I love Simon, I love Henry, I love Tess... I love everything in here. I'm super excited for the next book to release.

Written in Red

Written in Red - Anne Bishop It seems like it has been a long time since I was able to enjoy a book like I enjoyed Written in Red. I was hooked by the premise and immediately got sucked deep into the story.



It was weird at first to have different days of the week and such, but after the first few chapters, it didn't feel so weird. What I liked about this was it is set up like high fantasy mixed with urban fantasy. I don't think I have ever encountered something like this before. Bishop never took it too far. She never, at any point, renamed everything in sight for her world. A car was just a car, a spoon just a spoon. Continent/country/city names were different, as it was pretty much another world, but was basic enough to not make it difficult to follow along.

Normally, I wouldn't like characters like Meg. The ones where they are weak and always need saving. The Meg was different. Because of the way she was raised, she had a lot of learning to do and I found it fascinating to watch her try to figure things out and for the people around her to try to figure her out. The more I learned about her the more I rooted for her to win. I'm firmly in Meg's corner. Plus, her and Sam are so cute together. Adventure buddies unite!

I think Anne Bishop did an amazing job showing that Simon was just not human. He has a human shape but he doesn't react how a human male would. He was often confused on the actions of humans, and in particular, Meg. Meg stumped the poor guy. In how to talk to her, in how to deal with her and how to get others to deal with her. I even giggled at his response when Meg was becoming beloved by those that rejected many of his kind.

I'm excited to start on the next one and have found a great new series to enjoy. Well worth the money to buy me a copy for my bookshelf too.

The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12)

The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12) - J.R. Ward Well. Another BDB book done. The thing that starts to drag down this series for me is the number of narrators. I read another review that said there was 11+. It made me go back through my book and count. I may have missed a few but I counted 14. 14! So, I skimmed a lot of this book, which brings the rating to a 3.5. Too many meh moments.



I liked some of the book, other parts were so down right boring that I skipped or skimmed. Xcor, forget about it. I'm tired of this guy and want to vote this vamp off the island. To be honest, I skimmed all the first half except for Sola's part. The second half went much better, so I ended up skimming everything but Wrath (the current king), Beth, Assail and Sola and John Matthew. Everyone else was too boring.



I thought that JR Ward had dropped the ball on the Darius storyline. She finally picks it back up in this book, but like every other book, it only gets to the point where it is intriguing and nothing else happens. Frustrating. That probably means there will be another JM book, but if it goes like the way the more recent BDB books go, he'll have his part cut down to the bare minimum.

For a Wrath book, he didn't feel like the main attraction. Everything felt like a side story. I'm not sure how much of the book was on Beth and Wrath, but it felt like they had maybe half the book, not as much as I was hoping for. I keep saying that the next BDB will be my last. Somehow Ward manages to put just enough to keep me interested, but wary, for the next book.

Allegiant

Allegiant  - Veronica Roth I might have to think on this one a while. I enjoyed the first two books, but the third and final book left me feeling like the story took off in such a different direction. I understand now, now that I have finally read through the series, why people were upset with the last book.

I do get the overall theme. Selflessness. Bravery. Knowledge. Honesty. I get it. I even get where Tris tends to have most of these traits where others tend to only have the one. Something in the second book (or first, it's hard to remember, even now) where Tris said it took transferring to another faction to learn how to be selfless. This was a profound thought. She couldn't do it in Abnegation, where it should have been instinct. It took going to Dauntless, where she would put her body and mind through the ringers to learn how to be selfless. Dauntless, who admire bravery which was closer to recklessness, where bravery and selflessness could collide to make someone better. If I take nothing else away from this series, this will be the one thing that will stick with me for a long time to come.

Over all, I liked the first two. Very much. But the third was hard. And not just because things change and things end. It didn't feel cohesive. It felt like a different story entirely. It made the first two feel so insignificant that I wondered by did we bother to care about what happened if you open it up and everything is not quite on the same level. I almost didn't like how the third was so different from the first two. All of a sudden we get both Tris' side and Four's. I feel like a series should be consistent in the writing. That people shouldn't divide the narration after setting the first two books up. In the end, I guess it all works out.

I will admit, I hated the ending. I didn't feel the hope that the author tried to bring out with the rest, I felt like nothing had changed. There was no ultimate victory. I probably won't revisit this series.

Night Broken

Night Broken - Patricia Briggs The wait was agonizing. But thankfully, it was well worth it in the end. I love Mercy. I love Adam. I love the pack. Christy? I'm voting this bitch off the island.

Things don't tend to say quiet long around Mercy and the pack. It was interesting to see how Adam and Mercy deal with his ex wife, her stalker and a mission that Mercy doesn't know how to complete. While I enjoyed this novel, a lot, I'm hoping that Adam starts to make his pack behave better towards Mercy and that Christy gets what is coming to her.

Take a Chance

Take a Chance - Abbi Glines I was excited for this one. But now that I've read it, I'm not sure I want to continue on in this series. It had a great beginning, but now the story is starting to dwindle until I just can't figure out why I liked this series to start with. Meh. The story was meh. I am getting tired of the same sort of storyline over and over. I want something new and exciting. Take a Chance is not exciting nor new.

Killer Frost

Killer Frost - Jennifer Estep I think this was a good last book in the series. I'm a bit sad to say goodbye to Gwen, because she rocks, and Logan, because he's hot. While it sounds like everyone won't always be full of happiness and rainbows, we get an idea how things will turn out. And everything just might be alright.

This was a series I loved from the first, it caught my attention with the mythology focus. I think this series is one of the best that feature mythology in some sort or aspect and I think anyone who loves mythology should pick up these books. Great reads for adults and teens alike.

Loving Cara

Loving Cara - Kristen Proby This was cute and maybe a bit cheesy at times. I enjoyed it well enough, but sometimes I wanted a bit more build to the relationship. What I like best about this book is the heroine. She's not a model. I'm able to relate to that because, hey! I'm not a model either. So all the self image issues I was able to relate to and I connected to her immediately.

Overall, it's a fun, light read. I read it in a span of a few short hours.

Just For Now

Just For Now - Rosalind  James So, I've totally read this out of order. This was featured in a discount ebook email notice. I thought, for 99ยข I'd give it a try. And I'm glad I did. I was charmed by this book. I tend to hit a snag when it comes to romance novels. I love to see the relationship develop instead of just having tons of sex scenes that try to detract from the fact there really isn't much of an actual story. Just For Now had a fun and engaging story.

I admit, this was my first book that featured a rugby team. I've read others about soccer, football and such, but never rugby. And I felt it didn't hurt the story with my complete ignorance to the sport. Nor did the fact that I had skipped the first two books. It reads as a stand alone just fine. I was intrigued to learn about rugby along side Jenna, as her two charges educated her about her new boss. If I ever come across a match, I just may sit down to watch.

New Zealand is one of those magical places that I think just about anyone would love to visit. So I really enjoyed reading a book that let me visit such a far off place. Even better, the author has spent quite a bit of time in the country she's writing from and it shines through the novel.

For some, the romance might take too long to develop. If your looking for instant sexual gratification, this may not be for you. However, if you want to be swept off your feet and wooed by the best of them, give this a try.

Keep Me Still

Keep Me Still - Caisey Quinn Tried to get into this but couldn't. Hated the heroine for being spineless and the hero for being a walking erection. There usually is a mix between story and sex in new adult. This was all sex and some of which felt too much. The characters felt flat, as all they concerned themselves with, for the most part, was sexual thoughts.

I found it boring, stupid and ridiculous. Wasn't worth the money, even at a discounted rate.

Curran POV Collection

Curran POV Collection - Gordon Andrews I love this series. And stuff like this only makes me love it more. Ilona and Gordon share quite a bit for free from their works. Like all of these stories from Curran's point of view. Which is a great companion to the novels. There are things that I wondered about with Curran and this sheds a light on some of those things. Don't worry, it doesn't show everything, Curran still has a bit of mystery about him.