domenica 26 marzo 2017

Recensione: Hot Wednesday di Taylor Kinney - Hot Wednesday #1




Veramente bello! Amo i racconti brevi, anche se come in questo caso sviluppano la storia come in un romanzo a puntate. Personalmente credo siano una vera e propria sfida per un autore, perché in poche pagine deve riuscire conquistare i lettori, facendoli entrare in sintonia da subito con i personaggi e la sua storia. Va molto di moda dire sui social in questi giorni "sfida accettata", beh sfida accettata e vinta alla grande dalla sua autrice con questa prima parte della serie di racconti "Hot Wednesday". Mi piace leggere i libri di genere BDSM, ne ho letti moltissimi, soprattutto di autrici straniere, ma adoro come sa scrivere questi racconti Taylor Kinney, tra le autrici italiane è una delle mie preferite.
Ma veniamo alla storia...
Julian è un escort, per diversi anni è riuscito a mantenersi e a studiare grazie alla sua professione e tutto è andato bene fino a quando uno dei suoi clienti, Gabriel, ha cominciato a diventare qualcosa di più e il giorno dedicato ai loro incontri, il mercoledì, nella vita di Julian ha cominciato a rappresentare qualcosa di diverso, ma proprio per questo ancora più proibito ai suoi occhi.
Poter leggere la storia attraverso il punto di vista di Julian è la cosa che mi è piaciuta di più. È stata una vera e propria rivelazione poter entrare nella sua testa e scoprire quello che prova per Gabriel, perché dal suo modo di comportarsi perfetto, controllato e imperscrutabile , nella sua relazione Dom/sub, non sarebbe mai stato possibile intuirlo. Julian mi ha sorpreso e mi ha conquistato dopo pochissime righe.
Un'altra cosa che mi è piaciuta è stato trovarmi di fronte nel racconto a scene BDSM inusuali, molto hot, non volgari e che mostrano momenti particolari in un rapporto di Dominazione e sottomissione, scene magari anche un po' forti, ma sempre consensuali, che dopo la loro intensità lasciano intravvedere l'altro aspetto stupendo, dolce e profondo nel rapporto che lega un Dom al suo sub: le sue attenzioni e la dolcezza che mostra nell'accudirlo.
Non vedo l'ora di leggere la seconda parte della serie.


TITOLO: HOT WEDNESDAY

AUTRICE: TAYLOR KINNEY

SERIE: HOT WEDNESDAY #1

SELF-PUBLISHING

LINGUA: ITALIANA



giovedì 3 novembre 2016

Recensione: Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 di Barbara Venkataraman



Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including: 

"Death by Didgeridoo"-Winner of the Indie Book of the Day award. Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit. 

"The Case of the Killer Divorce"-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It's business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie's client becomes the prime suspect. When she can't untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client's name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father. 

"Peril in the Park"-There's big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn's boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can't figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.


Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law as the protagonist of this books Jamie.
I think that this series is particular both for the choice of female main characters than for the structure of plot.
From the start of reading I have thought that the story was set  as a TV film at episodes, because the chapters are very short so it is as see a scene change.
While Jamie isn't the classic and usual heroine of book , also if cozy mystery book. Unfortunately, this didn't  work for me and this peculiarity make me to not like  Jamie very much as the short chapters make my head spin.
 Jamie remember me the ispektor Columbo from namesake series tv. Smart yes , capable yes, but also sloppy and messy. We meet her in a hard moment of her life, when she is grieving her mother's death (in the first book) , and we come to know she has studied Law for lack of better ideas and attitudes: " God, I hate being a lawyer" as she frequently complains,not like her friend Grace that seem motivated in her job ( nice side character however).
Anyhow she escape her depressed state with her first homicide case and she is very good to look up clues as seek the help of PI Duke( funny and interesting side character). So the mystery is very good in all three books, because the reader understands and follows  the investigations .
I liked more the second book of series, sure more of third , when magically we discover that Jamie and Kip are a couple. But while she is happy and brillant, not so Kip that not seem so  close-knit with her(  and his next trip to australia ,at the end of book, not bode well).
In the end , I think this might be a "It's not you , it's me" situation , because the books are good but I could not connect with the main protagonist.

**I received this copy from Barbara Venkatarman in exchange for my honest review.

RATING: 3 STARS



Series: Jamie Quinn Mystery - Books 1-3
Publication Date: September 3, 2014
Publisher: Barbara Venkatarman
Genre: Mystery Anthology
Print Length: 361 pages
Available from: Amazon


 Barbara Venkataraman è un avvocato e mediatore specializzato in diritto di famiglia, come la protagonista di questo libro Jamie.
Credo che questa serie è particolare sia per la scelta del personaggio principali femminile che per la struttura della trama.
Dall'inizio della lettura ho pensato che la storia era impostata come un film TV a episodi, perché i capitoli sono molto corti: è come vedere un cambio di scena.
Mentre Jamie non è l'eroina classica ed usuale dei libri, anche se di libri gialli. Purtroppo, questo non ha funzionato per me e questa particolarità non mi fa  piacere Jamie molto e i brevi capitoli mi fanno girare la testa.
 Jamie mi ricorda il tenente Colombo della serie tv omonima. Intelligenti si, capace sì, ma anche sciatta e disordinata.Noi la incontriamo in un momento difficile della sua vita, quando  sta soffrendo per morte della madre (nel primo libro), e veniamo a sapere che  ha studiato legge per mancanza di  migliori idee e preferenze: "Dio, odio essere un avvocato "si lamenta spesso, non come la sua amica Grazia che sembrano motivato nel suo lavoro (personaggio secondario ma bello ).
Comunque lei  esce dal suo stato di depressione con il suo primo caso di omicidio ed è molto brava a cercare indizi utili e l'aiuto di  Duke, un investigatore privato (personaggio divertente e interessante ). 

Il mistero è molto buono in tutti e tre i libri, perché il lettore capisce e segue le indagini.
Mi è piaciuto di più il secondo libro della serie, sicuramente più del terzo, quando magicamente scopriamo che Jamie e Kip sono una coppia. Ma mentre lei è felice e brillante, non così Kip che non sembra così affiatato o innamorato con lei (e il suo prossimo viaggio in Australia, alla fine del libro, non promette nulla di buono).
Alla fine, credo che questo potrebbe essere un "Non sei tu, sono io"  situazione, perché i libri sono interessanti ma io non ho potuto connettere con la protagonista principale.


VOTO: 3 STELLE

Recensione a cura di LIDIA


lunedì 11 gennaio 2016

A Taste of Shifter Geekdom by Annie Nicholas

Darrel is a weapons geek.
Guns, knives, nunchakus, throwing stars, he’s deadly with all of them. 

While all seems set for him to pass his upcoming boot camp armory exam, life quickly becomes complicated when curvy, outspoken Julia invades his personal space. 

If she doesn’t pass the weapons test, she’ll be sent home and forced into an arranged mating. 

That will happen over his dead body. 

He has three days to teach her, but she can’t hit the side of a barn in broad daylight with a laser guided missile. 

To make matters worse, her intended mate makes an unannounced visit. He’s rich and suave. Everything Darrell isn’t. 

Pity Darrell is determined to get in the way of his plans. 




"I received an ARC of 'A Taste of Shifter Geekdom' from Annie Nicholas, in exchange for an honest review. 

I enjoyed very much this new story by Annie Nicholas.
It's so different from other stories about shifters I usually read.
We are facing a group of werewolves who undergo a training camp to become killers.
They are selected and come from different packs, they aren't the cream of their groups, powerful and natural born killers, instead they have flaws more or less,that make them weak and they must learn to defend themselves and defend their packmates.
Undergo a tough training, under the supervision Pallas, a vampire, who is relentless in subjecting them to harsh trials to select who will remain in the group.
 I lovedthe story, as well as the main characters  and the rest of the group. They're so close to each other, they always try to overcome difficulties together, helping esch other.
I liked Julia a lot, how she wants to give a try and tempts the fate; she's smart, sassy, passionate, combative and she tries with all her strength to turn the wing her life and follow her heart.
And I loved Darrell  so sexy, protective and even highly vulnerable due to the humble beginnings of his pack, but he loves them and try to improve their fortunes.
It's a sweet snd very hot story, but also full of action.
What really intrigued me was Pallas, he's compelling , and I don't fully understand what are his motives in helping this group of shifter.
I was intrigued also with the fireworks that arise when Pallas is near the local Sheriff, a human woman. There is a palpable tension between them and Pallas loves to taunt her. I hope to find something more in the future on them.
A beautiful story, recommended for those who love the paranormal romance.



RATING: 4 Stars

TITLE: A Taste of Shifter Geekdom
AUTHOR: Annie Nicholas
SERIES:Vanguard Elite #2

sabato 9 gennaio 2016

Intimate by Kate Douglas

From bestselling author Kate Douglas comes the first book in a sensational new series set in California wine country—a place where love is always intoxicating...

HER BEAUTY IS POWERFUL.

They call her Kaz. She's a gorgeous model with a good head for business—until now, at least. Kaz has just been fired from her latest photo shoot for having the wrong tattoo in the wrong place at the wrong time. But a chance encounter with photographer Jake Lowell could make everything right again . . . if Kaz is willing to accept his proposition. What does she have to lose?

HIS DESIRE IS DANGEROUS.

Jake has been searching for the perfect model to pose for a body-jewelry shoot—one that will leave no room for modesty. Is Kaz, who is nothing if not professional, ready to bare it all for a man she is not sure she can trust? It's an offer that's too good to refuse . . . and as Kaz finds herself growing more comfortable with Jake, the attraction between them reaches arousing new heights. But while the artist and his subject learn more about each other in the intimacy of wine country, evil lurks in the shadows—and soon it becomes clear that someone else has designs on them...



Book very hot and full of sensuality and absolutely perfect for me as I love tattoos and piercings.
I really loved the setting of the book, the history and the bond that arises between the photographer and her model and how they decide to live at full, no holds barred, their relationship knowing that it's a story that will last only as long as the photo shoot.
Jake in the beginning omits information about himself which he knows could be a big problem with Kaz. Because of his past howeveatee knows he can't build a future with her, he can have her only few days so he conceils everything even the risk of being targeted by a stalker who appears to be obsessed with him.
The plot becomes a bit repetitive at one point because it is based primarily on their strong attraction and from mid book onwards it becomes a bit more focused on the mystery stalker who pursued them.
 I enjoyed the story, it's a good hot read.
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the book.

RATING: 4 stars


Libro pieno molto hot e pieno di sensualità e assolutamente perfetto per me che amo tatuaggi e piercing.
Ho amato molto l'ambientazione del libro, la storia e l'intesa che nasce tra il fotografo e la sua modella e come decidano di vivere il tutto liberamente c'è senza freni, sapendo che è una storia che durerà solo per il tempo del servizio fotografico.
Jake sin dall'inizio omette informazioni su di sé che sa potrebbero essere una brutta scoperta per Kaz. A causa del suo passato comunque sono destinati a non avere un futuro, ma pur avere la possibilità di stare con lui solo qualche giorno tace e le tiene nascosto anche il rischio di essere nel mirino di uno stalker che sembra essere ossessionato da Jake.
La trama diventa a un certo punto un po' ripetitiva visto che è basata soprattutto sulla loro forte attrazione e da metà libro in poi la cosa diventa un po' più incentrata sul mistero legato allo stalker che li perseguita.
Il libro mi è piaciuto abbastanza nell'insieme.
Ringrazio Netgalley e la St. Martin's Press per il libro.

VOTO: 4 stelle

TITLE: Intimate
AUTHOR: Kate Douglas
SERIE: intimate Relations #1
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Press

mercoledì 30 dicembre 2015

Dark Alpha's Claim by Donna Grant - Reaper #1


Dark Alpha's Claim is the first in an exclusive new series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...

My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death's bidding. I've seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I've never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she's yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.



Good start for this new series of Donna Grant.
I love her writing and her characters. I would call it more a spin-off derived from her Dark Kings series.
In this series the protagonists are the Reapers, a select group of Fae, either Dark and Light, who are real killers, their tasks is about  completing the sentences from Death, against other Fae guilty of  terrible crimes.
The Reapers are chosen by Death herself - yes she is a woman and a beautiful one - and they must follow a strict set of rules to be part of the group, if they fails they're condemned to death.
An enemy despite the absolute secrecy surrounding the identity of Reapers and Death decided to enact his revenge against them, involving them in a real war.
The story is fascinating and well written as always, with characters sometimes somewhat mysterious, compelling and you want only to know more about their past.
In this story the mani character is Baylon, and because of the deep attraction he feels for a female half human and half Fae who must protect, Jordyn, he goes against one of the strict rules of Death, but the bond they feel between each other is too strong to deny it.
A story  very hot, full of action, twists and magic.
To appreciate it fully, I think readers should know and have read the Dark Kings, because somehow they are sides of the same coin.
Thanks Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the book.

RATING: 3.5 STARS

lunedì 28 dicembre 2015

Bound by Sin by Jacquelyn Frank -Immortal Brothers #3


From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes a blazing-hot novel in her thrilling new series featuring four immortal warrior brothers whose fate lies with themselves as much as with their stars.
 
After being chained to a star to burn endlessly as punishment for stealing immortality from the gods, Jaykun has been unshackled to wage war alongside his brothers, in the name of a goddess. But his freedom comes with a price: Each night Jaykun must still suffer—his body burning from the inside out. One early morning, recovering from his torment, he encounters a beautiful stranger on the beach. Naked from her midnight-black hair down to her sandy toes, she approaches him with starry-eyed innocence and the unmistakable full body of a woman.
 
Soon Jaykun is swept up with the force of a comet, his desire for her hotter than any sun. His brothers fear he is blinded by her radiant beauty, that she has been sent by their enemies to seduce and destroy him. Jileana is indeed from another world—one Jaykun cannot begin to imagine. But will their passion burn brightly enough to light their way through the darkness that threatens to consume all in its path?



Bound by Sin is the third and penultimate book in the series Immortal Brothers by Jacquelyn Frank, which tells the story related to four brothers who dare the wrath of the gods by drinking the water of a fountain that made them immortal. They must face a terrible punishment: each of them is condemned for eternity to a different kind of torture from sunset to sunrise.
The protagonist of this story is Jaykun, the youngest of the brothers. He has no wish to further infuriate the goddess Weysa, who holds in her hands the fate of his brothers, and he agrees to take the command of the army led by the brothers.
Their mission is to conquer new cities, where they could build temples in honour of the goddess of the conflict to keep alive her cult.
This is perhaps the book I liked a little less than the other.
The setting is charming and particular, between mythology and fairy tale , since the female protagonist Jileana is a sea creature, a selkie.
I loved her character for her spontaneity, her adventurous spirit, which causes it to cross a portal between her world and the humans' one. She wants to try to experience the freedom that is denied by her family. She is a creature very open and artless in a way, but at the same time stubborn.
She is fascinated by Jaykun and having witnessed his greatest secret, seeing him as he turns into a human torch, she becomes one of the few people capable of giving him comfort with her company.
Jaykun devoted himself body and soul to his task as a fighter, and for once he decides to let go and live this adventure "with borrowed time" along with Jileana, before returning to his mission of conqueror.
Initially, the story is pretty focused on their physical attraction and the enthusiasm of Jileana to find out all she can about the world of humans. Subsequently is Jaykun to venture into the world of Jileana, to try peacefully to convince the Empress of the selkie Island to build temples in honour of Weysa.
I cannot say  I didn't like absolutely the book, at the beginning I really enjoyed getting to know Jileana and see her reactions quite unusual, while living her adventure, but then I found the story a bit too repetitive and monotonous and I went on more slowly with the reading of the book.
I wasn't impressed very much with Jaykun as character, I preferred his brothers in the previous books.
I adored the first book in the series, the second quite so, this is a "ní".
I am however curious to read the final book, about the last of the four Immortals Brothers  to discover his story and his destiny and above all, see what the gods have in store for them all.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for the book.

RATING: 3 STARS

domenica 27 dicembre 2015

Ruin & Rule by Pepper Winters - Pure Corruption #1

"We met in a nightmare. The in-between world where time had no power over reason. We fell in love. We fell hard. But then we woke up. And it was over . . ."

RUIN & RULE

She is a woman divided. Her past, present, and future are as twisted as the lies she's lived for the past eight years. Desperate to get the truth, she must turn to the one man who may also be her greatest enemy . . . 

He is the president of Pure Corruption MC. A heartless biker and retribution-deliverer. He accepts no rules, obeys no one, and lives only to reap revenge on those who wronged him. And now he has stolen her, body and soul.

Can a woman plagued by mystery fall in love with the man who refuses to face the truth? And can a man drenched in darkness forgo his quest for vengeance-and finally find redemption?



Amazing story that captured me and didn't give me respite until I finished reading it, although I didn't appreciate the cliffhanger at THE end of it.
It's an intense story, a great love story that has transformed the lives of the two protagonists in a real hell when fate gave them a terrible surprise.
In the eyes of Kill, Cleo, the girl he was deeply in love with was killed and his life since that day has known only one purpose: to get his revenge.
Arthur/Kill the dear and sweet boy who loved Cleo became the President of motoclub, unscrupulous, violent, a man filled with rage. The pain did change him and when he findinni self in front of a stranger woman without memory, but who reminds him of the girl he loved, he loses control of himself and the suffering almost didn't give him peace, his pain for Cleo's loss is untenable.
He's lead by anger, while he feels inexorably attracted to this woman, and he  is overwhelmed by guilt because he feels to be unfaithful to his beloved.
A story that, despite its tough, violent and explicit content in sex scenes, it remains for me a bittersweet story, full of romance.
It's a book with two faces.
The past of Kill and Cleo and the present, and who they have become because of what they have been through.
Because yes, the girl with no memory is Cleo.
A veil of mystery shrouding their entire story because there are terrible secrets that Kill conceals and does not have the courage to tell Cleo for fear of losing her again and this time forever, but theirs is also a fight against time and against their enemy who in the past attempted to divide them.
I say it's a romantic story because seeing the connection that binds them despite the weather, things happened and the love and heartbreak that feel and how deeply Kill is tormented is very moving.
I loved the beginning of each chapter with Kill's POV, on what he's experiencing and feeling, a sort of small diary that reveals what happens when Sara/Cleo comes to disrupt his life.
A book written in a unusual way, with many flashbacks and many mysteries to be discovered, but certainly nice and exciting to read.
A must read ASAP THE next book!
Thanks to Netgalley and Forever for the book.

RATING: 4 stars