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An Innocent Ride

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Innocent Ride by Alethea Robertson

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

 

I was provided a free copy for an honest review.

Innocent Ride is about young woman named Candace who is looking for her Romeo. Her Happily Ever After. She goes to a witch to have her Astrology read. Shortly after she comes into contact with 2 men, one of which she feels an instant connection with and the other she feels nothing but friendship.

During the story, Candace goes through many trials and tribulations where her feelings are tested and she is challenged to change her ideals on love and life. The reason I gave the story 4 stars is mainly because I felt some characters could have been more defined and situations better explained. For instance, Robbie confused me the whole time. I get that the connection was supposed to be magical, but his mood swings are never fully developed. Eventually you find out what is wrong with Robbie, but I felt like when those particular moody instances happened, it was a bit of a turn off because there was no follow up for majority of the book. The back and forth with the emotions for Candace was a tad whiny after a while. Now, I totally understand what it feels like to be heart broken and question another person’s feelings and motives, but it felt like half of the book was this scenario.

This book is lighthearted, quick to read, and unique. The main premise really holds around motorcycles and riding with her “prince.” I found myself engrossed with Candace and her determination to achieve her dream. I enjoyed the other characters as well. Oliver was definitely a favorite!!! I bumped the rating up on Goodreads because I felt that the book was original. There are not many scenes in the story, but that is okay. The descriptions were well done and I still enjoyed the entire story regardless of how the back and forth feelings made me feel.

This my first book by Alethea Robertson and I will definitely read more of her books in the future.

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Kick The Candle

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Kick The Candle by Genevieve Jack

Narrated by Brittany Pressley

Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars

Narration Ration: 5 Stars

Kick the Candle  is the second installment of the Knight Games series by Genevieve Jack. Kick the Candle  was a great follow up to the first book The Ghost and the Graveyard in that a lot of issues were resolved, and new issues presented itself.

This riveting follow up had the right amount of every element needed to make a successful paranormal romance: steamy sex scenes; horrible scary monsters; the friendly big bad wolf; a lot of asskicking action, and a whole lot of suspense. Listening to the book had me intrigued throughout the book, though I will admit, the beginning started too slow for me. I listened to the last 3 hours of the book on a work trip, in which I was driving, and let me say, if you plan on listening to this book, do not drive a vehicle!!! I kept gasping and clenching my steering wheel trying to maintain control over the car!

I gave it 4 stars because I did feel that some concepts were over sold or dragged out. There were times I felt Grateful was too whiny. This is not a YA, and not NA either. It is a woman who has made some bad love decisions, discovering she is a witch reborn over centuries, and trying to come to terms with her Caretaker. I understand that is a lot to hold on her shoulders, but no need to beat a dead horse.

My favorite character in this book is Poe, her Raven familiar. I thought he was fantastic. His wit and charm is catchy, while also maintaining his heroic ferocity! I also enjoyed the newer characters that were “hidden” in the first book. I found the Leprechaun very entertaining, even if he was the bad guy.

I do not want to give away the end, but I am happy with how it ended. I am curious and excited for the next installment and what the next adventure will be with Grateful and her delicious Caretaker, Rick.

I highly recommend the series, and if you like Audiobooks, I equally suggest listening. Pressley is a great narrator. She strives to create a voice profile for each character that is enamoring and charming, striving to match the character’s personality.

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Mermen

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Mermen by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Mermen, a paranormal romance, is about two individuals (unknown to each other) who get lost at sea in various accidents and show up on an island that NO ONE knows about. The island is alive, has magical healing powers, and the men that live on the island are descendants of the first beings that came out of the ocean and turned into humans. Liv, the leading lady, is found drifting just off the island by one of the resident mermen. Liv is saved by Roen, who was stranded on the island from a helicopter crash, who happened upon the strong man dunking Liv’s face in the ocean water. The two become inseparable and Roen starts wanting to stake his own claim on her.

The rest of the story is basically Roen trying to find a way to get Liv off the Island and save her life. The story ends on a cliffhanger…one bad enough that I had to get book 2…I will probably start it soon.

The romance is there, but it is more like a day dream or thought, and not an actuality. There was only 1 scene where there was some kind of contact. I do like Roen, and I really hope Roen and Liv make it through the end. (This is not a spoiler FYI).

This book is a quick, short, read and flowed pretty smoothly, even if some parts were repeated over and over again.  It was pretty good, my first book from this author. I bought one of her books in 2014 when I first got to Texas, and now I am intrigued at reading it and other works of hers.

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The Alion King- Mount TBR Challenge

 

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The Alion King by Milly Taiden, Narrated by Lauren Sweet

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Narrator Rating: 5 stars

I had listened to previous books in this series a while ago with my mother, however, I stopped and the series kept piling up. My mom went nutso and BOUGHT all of Milly Taiden’s books on Audible, which is actually MY audible. My mom has taken over my account it seems sometimes, I can never find books I put in the wishlist, they are always hers. So, part of my TBR challenge will be to clear out what I can of the Audible books my player seems to have gained from my mother’s shenanigans, which, she has good taste, so it is not that big of a chore!

This is the 6th installment of the Paranormal Dating Agency series by Milly Taiden. It is a BBW paranormal romance/erotica book. Now, the sex scenes are steamy, however, in each story, there is a lot of jam packed action happening.

In this installment, Geri and her new assistant go to the planet Nova Aurora to help the Lion King (yes…you read that correctly) find his mate. His mate turns out to be Geri’s assistant. Instead of introducing himself as the king, he makes her believe he is someone else, so that she can get to know the real him. (Obviously this is going to piss her off eventually…) Ultimately, two alpha wolfs from the Ice Mountains decide to kidnap her because she is the matchmaker’s assistant and they hope that kidnapping her will make the matchmaker stay longer in order to find them their shared mate for their alpha triad. All in all, we know how it ends because Milly Taiden’s endings are always what you want in a sappy, sexy, sometimes smutty, romance, so I will not divulge any of those details.

Was this my favorite in the series? No. Was it still immensely enjoyable? Yes. Do I recommend this series? Yes. Am I glad I checked this off my list? Yes!!! Bring on the next….

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Nash

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Nash by Jay Crownover

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

I want to say, as much as I love the Marked Men series, I feel like 4 stars is generous, that the actual rating is more like 3.5 stars.  I like Nash, but I didn’t like Saint. As far as the females in the Marked Men series, Saint is my least favorite.

In the Marked Men series, there are very real life issues that the relationships face, but with Nash and Saint, Saint has so many issues I am surprised that Nash stuck around. Most men would have head for the hills. Saint created her own issues back in high school. Instead of ASKING him, or attempting to find out, she automatically blamed him for something that she believed he said because she walked by and overheard a conversation. Now, I am sure, at some point in time, everyone has walked by a conversation and assumed it was about them, regardless of the situation and if it was or was not actually about that particular person. But in this case, Saint had created some random event in her head and instead of ever asking, talking about or mentioning, instead assumed. Turns out, Nash was deeply hurt when Saint randomly started to avoid him in high school because she was the only thing that made him truly smile. Nash thought she was too good for him to associate with, she was too smart and would amount to more than he could ever be. Saint on the other hand, thought she was disgusting and fat and not worth a moment of Nash’s time. A little bit of conversation could have gone a long way! Now, I have to admit, I am writing this review from a 30 year old mindset. So I have to attempt to think back on whether or not, I would have mentioned something if this were me in this situation, if I would have said anything? Unfortunately for Saint, that answer is still yes! I have always been that person to ask or point out or make others have emotionally draining conversations until I get to the bottom of whatever the issue is.

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Geek Bearing Gifts

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Geek Bearing Gifts by Milly Taiden

Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

Audible Rating: 5 stars

Out of the entire series, thus far, Geek Bearing Gifts is my favorite. I am officially in love with WereBears. I already loved them because of Ramsey (Jessica Sim’s Midnight Liaisons series), but Ky….mmmm :). One thing that I did not like was that Nita did not figure out that the man she was set up with by Gerry was the same Ky she knew growing up. I am not sure how she did not connect that the werebear she knew growing up, Kyle, who lived in the same area she was heading to meet the man named Ky for a weekend date, MIGHT have been the same person. I was also aggravated that Ky went the whole time NOT telling her who he was!!! That would have pissed me off as much as it did Nita also!!  This book is full of hot sex and sweet romance that makes you fall in love with a super sweet man. It is based on a past life between two people that meet again when they are adults and one does not realize while the other does. Ky knows that it is Nita because Nita is his mate, but Nita does not realize it is Ky as she is human.

One of my favorite parts about the book is the epilogue, in which Gerry reads a letter or has an interaction that sets up for the next book!

Short and sweet review, for a short and sweet book.

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Twice the Yuuuuummmmmm

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Twice the Growl by Milly Taiden

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Audible/Narrator Rating: 4 stars (Lauren Sweet)

I have noticed that my Audible wishlist is PAGES long, primarily due to my mom continuously adding books after books after books she finds and adds. This particular book, Twice the Growl, was discovered in this list and I thought it sounded like a good quick listen. It did not disappoint.

First off, Gerry is very entertaining, and if I wasn’t a happily involved young lady, I would happily have her set me up with one of her hot hunks ;). These books are very short and very sweet, yet a lot of story is packed between the sheets…pun intended.

I will admit, I do not always read or listen to, books that include multiple partners, which is weird, because I have read every single Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book, but this was a very specific book in which I have not been exposed to. In this particular story, Gerry needed to set up a wolf “pair” with a female to complete their alpha triad. In order to complete the triad, each wolf/man would need to be in agreement with the woman. Their wolf had to accept the woman as the third as much as the man does, if the wolf does not accept the mate, then the triad is not complete.

One issue about this book, due to it being a shorter book, falling in love tends to happen quickly. Everything happens instantaneously. However, the admitting it openly to each other happens at a slower, more realistic, pace.