The Naughty Stepbrothers

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The Naughty Stepbrothers by Trinity Blacio

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

 

I received The Naughty Stepbrothers from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

The Naughty Stepbrothers is the 3rd installment of the Naughty Angel series. I felt this installment was an afterthought, however, if more books are to come in this series, these particular characters needed to be introduced into the story. The story is very short, around 50 pages. Everything moved very fast paced which means there were things that we don’t get to see as the reader.

I am not really sure who the stepbrothers are, paranormal wise. In the beginning of the book, they are wolves, but later find out they are part Fae part demon. I felt that logistics weren’t thought out and I often felt a little lost. I also hoped the big scene with the evil step mother would have been something spectacular, however, we weren’t even present for it and had to hear about it through the alpha males in the series. The story left me confused more than provided any information to further the series along.

That being said, there was only one sex scene in the short 50 pages, and that was right after the wedding ceremony. I found it both steamy and fell short at the same time. I like many of Blacio’s sex scenes and I felt this scene could have had more umph. I am still unsure how I feel about Xena. I felt that, based on Annabelle’s reactions in past books, she should have reacted in some way when Xena was checking out Annabelle’s mates.

In this book, Annabelle also had a set of twins since book 2. We did not get to see any of the 5 children in the story. I look forward to seeing them more in future books. I am curious to see where Xena will end in the story line, and if her character has some legend as well.

The Naughty Angel and Her Three Very Wise Men

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The Naughty Angel and Her Three Very Wise Men by Trinity Blacio

Goodreads Rating 5 stars

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I have really enjoyed Trinity Blacio books. This one wasn’t much different. My main issue with the story was that Marcus and Lance were controlling, not DOMS. I was in an abusive relationship, and this really borders abusive. Marcus and Lance have some SERIOUS issues that never really get addressed in the book. But I am not going to rip apart that part of the story for now. The other issue I have with Trinity’s books is that she needs a better editor. There are some crazy editing issues. I have never read a single book of hers that was not poorly edited.

So why did I give it 5 stars? Looking past the editing issues, and trying to look past Marcus and Lance’s behaviors, the story was good. The sex scenes were smoking hot. I loved Annabelle. She was fiery and hot. I think it was a great start to a new series, and I hope to read more about Annabelle and the growth of their legend.

What I would REALLY love to see is crossover between the Wicked Sisters series, the Naughty Angel series, and a continuation of Hot for Xmas.

When Mockingbirds Sing

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When I first discovered this book on Goodreads, I felt I had to read it. Last year, I read a couple of books that were about kids that had different issues that made life a bit difficult. (Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks is absolutely wonderful, I highly suggest it). When I finally bought the book, it took me a while to actually read it. So the other day, I said okay, it is time. 

From the very beginning, I was enamored by the character sketches; each character with their own story lines, their own flaws, their own inner demons to face. It was beautifully written. I felt like I could connect with each character. I grew to despise Reverend Goggins, his jealously over the possibly spiritually touched young Leah was interesting and what drove him to his ultimate conflict.

At first, I had absolutely no idea that this book was categorized in the Christian fiction genre. This book is based in a small, rural, Southern, country town. Where everybody knows everybody. If you look the wrong direction, everyone knows. In communities like these, the focal point is usually a church. Which is why I had no clue about the genre. Do I fault it for that? No, not at all. Even reading this book, I never really felt like it was categorized correctly. My heart broke for Leah, the little girl, who was visited by the Rainbow Man on the day of her birthday party. The Rainbow Man stayed with her, through every conflict, every emotional event, urging her to keep telling people they had to believe in the Maybe. Leah even told her friend Allie that things were going to get really bad, and she had to know Allie wouldn’t leave, she wouldn’t stop believing in the Maybe. Each picture the Rainbow Man had her paint, dictated events that rattled the town. People became horrified, angry, some even lashed out and physically hurt this little girl. Out of fear. At one point, her father begged her to tell him and her mother about a particular incident that occurred, and Leah told him that he had to believe because he believed on his own, not because she told him what it is he already knows. Nothing anyone did, could prevent Leah from trying to save the town, even if they didn’t believe, even if they didn’t listen. She knew ultimately, those who chose to believe would be saved. And those who refused to believe, because they couldn’t see, because they were afraid, those people did not make it.

By the end of this story, I had tears. The strength that little Leah had when everyone was against her. Her persistence to keep going, because she knew only she could save those who needed saved. It truly was a wonderful story.