lundi 22 janvier 2018

Moon Cursed (Reluctant Werewolf Chronicles1) by Tori Centanni

Hello to all,


             Today, i'm sharing with you my opinion on a new release, first in a new series, Moon Cursed by Tori Centanni.
I must confess that i nearly gave up on this book as the heroine really got on my nerves so i had to take a break but i'm glad i continued as the story in itself is quite good and the book got a lot better as it progressed....but let see that in more details:

Happy Reading

Publisher: Bad Blood Books
Publication: 2018
Genre: urban fantasy
Violence: strong
Language: mild
sex: none ( allusion LGTB)
Public: 18+


Description from goodreads :

 My name is Charlotte Lear and I didn’t want to be a werewolf. But thanks to circumstances totally beyond my control — okay, mostly — that’s what I am. Now every month the Full Moon turns me into a hairy, angry, smelly wolf and all I can do is make sure I’m contained so I can’t hurt anyone else.

I’m trying my best to live a normal life (well, as normal as possible when you’re a werewolf and your best friend is dating a vampire). But when the wolf who turned me insists I go to a mandatory wolf pack meeting, everything changes. Before I know it, a group of militant monster hunters armed with silver bullets have me in their sights.

With the help of an annoyingly dogged (but admittedly kind of sexy) werewolf named Raff, I have to stop the hunters before they kill me and every other werewolf they can find.

Moon Cursed is book one of The Reluctant Werewolf Chronicles, a humorous urban fantasy series with lots of suspense and a little bit of romance.

My opinion:
          Hard...really it wasn't easy to get into the story at first as i really disliked Charlie...she is really immature and  so annoying that she got on my nerves. However , if you can read  through these first chapters until the story and investigation really starts  you won't close the book after until it's finished but yes you need to go over the first chapters first.

Charlotte, aka Charlie, is intelligent, she can really be focused on her goals and when she wants something she goes to big end to have it....it could be an advantage but the way she is it's also the opposite as she get too close minded as a result. She wanted to become a vampire....so she studied them in great length, managed to find some real ones and their address when it's not a well know fact they exist to start with....she put years in this project and  for that i can admire her. Now when things don't go as planned and she becomes a werewolf...she doesn't study it, she isn't trying to understand no she just flatly refuse it, shackles herself, refuse to meet other werewolves and keep thinking they are all mindless beast.....
After spending so much time on vampires i can see why she got disappointed but really 3years and more of this childish behaviour? really? complaining all the time, being jealous of her best friend because he could still become one....not even trying to research a little what she has become? For me that was too stupid and childish!
Later in the story we learn a bit more about her reason but still it was hard to warm up to her.

Raff is the opposite, it was hard not to get attached to him, he is courageous, funny and quite patience to cope with Charlie. I really loved him and Michael is an excellent friend as  well.

I really loved when the story really started with attempted murder on Charlie and other cases, the way she is put in the middle and doesn't have time to really overthink made it very interesting as she is discovering by force what she never wanted to see ( and how wrong she was).....the investigation is fast and we can imagine the next trouble that will arise which make it even more tempting to jump already on the next book ( but not available yet so patience it's needed)

There is a little humour yes but also dark moment and lots of actions. There is the presence of some Lgtb allusions ( Damien and Michael, Jessica and her girlfriend) but as it wasn't the focus on the story and just allusion it didn't bother me.


all together i did enjoy it and i'm very curious to see how the author will process for the rest of the series and see if Charlie will mature a little.



Score:  3/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book

lundi 15 janvier 2018

and 2018 starts : Appalachian Prey by Debbie Herbert

Hello to all!!


                    So, already 2018.....i can't say that 2017 was an excellent year so i do have hope for this new one especially since it started quite well as i'm bonding with our new family member..i so needed him. Now i think i can hope for some balance or at least i hope so  to reach that i'm avoiding unecessary stress so if i didn't manage to complete your christmas gift on time i'm sorry i was too overwhelmed but  i will do my best to 2018 an excellent year.

That being said, a year can't be good without good books so it's time i start giving you my opinion on the first book of the year: a romance suspense by Debbie Herbert: Appalachian Prey.

Happy reading!!


Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Publication: 2018
ISBN: 1335638962
Genre: romantic suspense
Violence: strong
Language: normal
sex: mild
Public: 18+

Description from goodreads :

 Star-crossed lovers on Lavender Mountain…Danger awaits them both.

After her father’s murder, pregnant Lilah Tedder dreads facing deputy Harlan Sampson, her child’s secret father, who left her heartbroken. Though she still wants him, Lilah knows his professional ambition won’t let him associate with a moonshiner’s daughter. But when a killer targets Lilah, Harlan becomes more than her protector. Now they must uncover old family secrets or pay the ultimate price.

Star-crossed lovers on Lavender Mountain…Danger awaits them both.

After her father’s murder, pregnant Lilah Tedder dreads facing deputy Harlan Sampson, her child’s secret father, who left her heartbroken. Though she still wants him, Lilah knows his professional ambition won’t let him associate with a moonshiner’s daughter. But when a killer targets Lilah, Harlan becomes more than her protector. Now they must uncover old family secrets or pay the ultimate price.

My opinion:
          Very good! This book was perfect to start my year as i really loved it. It's a second chance romance if you want ( i'm not fond of those but in this case no cheating was involved only misunderstanding or something like that) but more importantly a romance suspense and i LOVE those! really when it's cold or raining outside staying in front of the fire immersed in a good investigation is a real pleasure. In this case it's even better as  there are several cases open on which our characters are investigating which make the story even more interesting.

Debbie Herbert wrote very realistic characters and we wouldn't be surprised to meet them at the turn of a street but it also make us want to stay on their side. Lilah is a wonderful woman, she grew facing difficulties but she didn't gave up and despite being from a family on the verge of the law ( to say the least) she became a good citizen. The fact people judged her because of her family sounded very unfair and made her even more admirable for staying true to her beliefs. She was hurt by Harlan while she also understand his reasons and because of that she was willing to let him free.

Harlan has big goals, he want to become sheriff to clean the area from crime.....more importantly he want to become a good man and not repeat the errors of his father however to do so he gets too easily influenced by public opinion so when his superior told him that a relation with Lilah would look bad on him and diminish his chance to be elected he just stop seeing her without explanation....on that side i  didn't like him. He is intelligent as we can see during his investigation but he also lacks courage for what is more important. I did appreciate to see him think about the past and what he really want and what he is willing to give up for that.

the investigation(s) led to some discoveries which added to my pleasure as i don't like guessing everything from the start and with several investigations it wasn't the case.

it's really a good romance suspense that i recommend with pleasure



Score:  4,5/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book

jeudi 21 décembre 2017

Brazilian Surrender ( The Brazilians 3) by Carmen Falcone

Hello to all!

         The year is not over yet so you may still get a few review in 2017 however i must admit that since i'm really behind in my handcrafted gift making ( supposed to be finished before christmas^^) this is my priority as long as my health allows it and  these days it's not cooperating so i'm posting this later that i wished.

Anyway i got the opportunity to try a new to me author Carmen Falcone for her latest release Brazilian Surrender and while it's part of a series you can definitively start by this one as it's a perfect stand alone.

Happy reading

Publisher: Entangled Publishing. LLC (Ignite)
Publication: 2017
ISBN:  1640634347
Genre: romantic suspense
Violence: mild/strong

Language: normal
sex: very steamy
Public: 18+

 Description from goodreads :

  Psychology student Camila Duarte is finally on her own, living in NYC and away from her overprotective brothers. Her serenity quakes when she receives terrorizing letters. When the threats ramp up, she hires the best problem solver in the business to protect her and look for the criminal.

After losing his wife and kid, Jaeger Bauer left the NYPD and has one simple rule: don’t get attached. A job is just a job. Working close to Camila, however, puts his remarkable self-control to the test. He wants to pursue her, even though they are complete opposites and want different things. As the stakes get higher, Jaeger needs to choose between protecting his client…or surrendering to desire and jeopardizing the entire mission.


My opinion:
          This is my first story from this story and i must say that i hope it won't be the last because this book is part of a series -but can be read as standalone without any trouble at all- which i didn't know at first and now i would love to check the other books in it.

But  one thing at a time and now it start with Camila, she is a very kind and loyal  girl but she longs for anonymity and freedom so when she start receiving threats she chooses to find help outside her family and enter Jaeger who has his own security firm.... While Camila is very open and still naïve Jaeger is closed, still hurting from the deaths of his wife and son; he is very talented at what he does, very professional but his work is his own way to hide. So when he feels attraction for Camila at the first sight he hesitates before accepting her case but her innocence and persistence make it impossible to refuse.
When discovering that the threat is even more deadly he decides to even  take her home for her protection despite his attraction growing and his difficulty to hide it.

Camila is really resilient, we learn of her life before she had money and all what happened...still she always fought for what she believed in ( like studying despite dyslexia) and i found her admirable...this time too she will have to face a lot and she still will try to help Jaeger who isn't making things easy and will slowly open himself to her a bit.

The story is really steamy but i prefer not to explain why as it's kind of  part of the story in itself but i prefer to inform those who would prefer sweeter level. The investigation is well done, i appreciated that Jaeger had doubt  because of what happen it made it more believable but there were still some very dark and sad part ( hard not to cry a little for Torto)

All together it was really a good read and the fact it can be read as standalone is even better so if you are looking for a good steamy romance suspense i recommend you this one.



Score:  4/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book

jeudi 7 décembre 2017

Magic Aflame ( The Peacesmith series 3) by Carly Hansen

Hello to all,


                       I wanted to post this a few days ago but i came accross technical difficulties added to bad news that took me down ( since then a wonderful news changed the whole situation thankfully) so i'm late and i'm sorry for that. I do plan to read more before the end of the year so you will get more posts but for new i must tell you about a new release in a series i follow with a lot of pleasure: The Peacesmith series by Carly Hansen


so without waiting longer here is my point of view on Magic Aflame

Happy reading.
Publisher: Carly Hansen
Publication: 2017
Genre: urban fantasy YA
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: earc

 Description from goodreads :

  The third book in a gripping, action-packed fantasy series readers are describing as "enchanting" and "a breath of fresh air".

When Fenix's fellow gang member Twain sneaks away and gets trapped in a dilapidated building, she races off to rescue him.

But she's not the only one seeking her fallen colleague.

Enemies stewing with grudges against Alda and the gang are out to exploit Twain's misfortune.

On a collision course with powerful forces hell-bent on revenge, Fenix has to draw on both her emerging magical powers and her fighting skills if she's to stop their deadly schemes. But the price she has to pay is high and she finds she must decide how far she'll risk her own life to save a friend.

My opinion:

           A series of quality....it's not always true that  series keep the same level of quality in the writing and in the content but so far with this one i haven't been disappointed at all; it still really well written and the suspense is still there making us want more...it's even slightly better i would say.

Fenix is maturing but not too quickly which is good seeing her age and the  time between each book, poor girl keeps having things throw at her and she sure adapts better that i would. She is conscious of her responsibilities but she is also able to ask for help when needed and i really loved that about her. More importantly she is very loyal.

 i loved to see her ready to fight for what she believes in and at the same time preferring if other solutions were possible.  We learn a bit more about her powers in each book as she is discovering them or learning from Gaius however i would said that this time we do see her practice and  start believing in her powers more but we learn more about the villains for once....

Micha the vampire is still trying to be a good guy but he has some difficulties which kind of make me even more curious about what will happen. He does open more to Fénix as well - something which she still should do-


This time we are confronted to Alda big enemy who allied herself with Micha's so a war is brewing , lot of action and fight and in the middle of that  the same two police officers are trying to get a grip of what is happening ( for one at least the other is more on a revenge path) while completely blinded by their short views or misconceptions.

it's really a promising urban fantasy that i take pleasure reading and next book will be one i will look forward to.

Score:  4/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book. Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review

samedi 25 novembre 2017

Murder on the Sugarland Express ( Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries 6) by Angie Fox

Hello to all,

                 i still have a another title in this series to review but i couldn't want to share this new release with you as it's my favourite so far..... because yes the series is only becoming better and better....so i won't be long as typing is painful....

Happy Reading!
Publisher: Moose Island Books
Publication: 2017
ISBN:  0373277210
Genre: paranormal cozy mystery
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: earc
 


Description from goodreads :

  Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it—without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…

On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train was stranded in the mountains and a young woman was found stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved, and a ghostly Belgian detective is still pursuing the case from the grave.

To Verity’s dismay, all of the ghostly suspects are back. And when history repeats itself and a new murder mirrors the old, it’s up to Verity and her friends to discover which of the passengers—dead or alive—could be behind the murders before the killer strikes again.


My opinion:

          Captivating! This instalment is perhaps the best so far, good intrigue with several twists, action, suspense, tension and a good dose of humour  simply perfect!!!

This is one of my favourite series and i love the fact i can still be surprised! Verity is really a good character and so loyal and kind hearted now she doesn't always listen to reason but we love her for that. This time all happen on a train journey which mean a specific place, limited suspects and still  a very complicated investigation as Verity must solve a murder in both time period 1929 and now....with the help of her boyfriends Ellis and her ghost Frankie who would prefer to woo his own girlfriend Molly......but Molly isn't that different from Verity so dear gangster is stuck playing good cop as to avoid the ghost detective on the case ( a Belgian one!^^) and impress Molly.

Really all is there,  the little allusion to Agatha Christie is wonderful ( i mean really when you hear "Belgian detective" you can only think of one); the characters are so well though as we discover new side of one we already know and some new one are easy to doubt, hate or love be it living ones or ghostly ones.

I don't want to reveal too much but let say that Ellis and Verity's plan to have a little vacation away from  everyone doesn't go as planned at all, Frankie is a lot more powerful as our heroine stay linked to the other side the majority of the trip and...Virginia still isn't on my "like" list but she sure can be pragmatic when needed.

I do recommend you to read the series in order though but  you won't regret it and i can't wait for book 7!



Score:  5/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book

mardi 21 novembre 2017

The Haunted Heist ( The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries 3) by Angie Fox

Hello to all!

                         My health got a turn to the worse, nothing dire but a bit incapacitating so reading wasn't easy and the mood wasn't into it either as well but  i'm starting to find way around it and with a new release ultra soon in one of my favourite series i couldn't resist and jumped on the occasion to review it .....but for that one you still need to wait a few day so while you wait i will give you my opinion on a precedent book in the same series


Happy reading!!!


Publisher: Moose Island Books
Publication: 2016
ISBN:  1939661358
Genre: cozy mystery, paranormal, southern
Violence: mild
Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: won

Description from goodreads :

  Just because she can see the dead doesn’t mean Verity Long wants to spend her days hunting ghosts. Instead, she’s over the moon to land a marketing job at the local bank…until she finds her new boss dead in the vault. Even her ghost friend, Frankie, knows that's no way to start a career.

Relieved to let the police take charge, Verity steps aside, bound and determined to keep her ghost sightings to herself. But when she learns the main suspect in the murder is a very crooked, very dead mobster, Verity knows it's up to her to solve the case.

She teams up with her ghostly gangster buddy Frankie, as well as the irresistible and charming Ellis, as the three of them search haunted mob hideouts, hidden passageways, and historic cemeteries for the facts behind the heist of the century—and a modern-day motive for murder.

Too bad uncovering the truth could very well make Verity the next victim...


My opinion:
          Verity isn't lucky as soon as she get a new job proposal...a death comes to destroy her dream...that aside she is lucky to Have Lucy, Frankie and of course Ellis to help her uncovering the suspect.

I really love this series and we did get to see a new side of Frankie...he may want to seem like the big bad boy but he sure has an heart and does look out for his friend. Verity too is really loyal and we can have proof of that on multiple occasion in this adventure.
Adventures on the other side are full of actions and those leave us very few moment to rest but  at the same time we just want more. However it also leads to more questions: why Frankie powers are acting up for example.

Ellis' mother is still a bitch ( sorry no other words can be strong enough, you will see if you read this series she is too easy to hate) but there are other characters i wanted to slap or strangle.....

There is a lot of action, humour but also touching moments in this new instalment so i easily read it in one sitting and just want the next one. A series to continue


Score:  3,5/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book

mercredi 8 novembre 2017

Don of the Dead ( Pepper Martin 1) by Casey Daniels

Hello to all,

 i hadn't planned to be silent so long but my health had other ideas and it prevented me to read like i wanted. I'm not healed yet but at least one of the trouble is under control so i had to read a book that was waiting on my night table tempting me.

If you followed me this year you may have seen that i sure read a lot of cozy mystery especially some with ghosts ( Tonya kappes series, Angie fox ones etc) ....while the main center idea is quite similar (a girl solves mysteries for ghosts with their help sometimes) each has a specifity sometimes it's the light humour, the reccurrence of some ghosts, the emotionnal side etc..so when a friend recommended this book "Don of the Dead" i was curious to see which variation it would be and i'm not disappointed ...it's darker than teh other but still with humour and i do plan to see if it's continue like that in the rest of the serie

so without delay here is my opinion on Don of the Dead by Casey Daniels

Happy reading
Publisher: Avon
Publication: 2006
ISBN:  0060821469
Genre: cozy mystery, paranormal
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 18+
Source: bought


Short description from goodreads :

 She sees dead people

Beautiful, smart, and chic, Pepper Martin never had to work a day in her life -- until her surgeon daddy was convicted of fraud, her wealthy fiancé took a powder, and the family fortune ran bone dry.

Suddenly desperate, the inexperienced ex-rich girl was forced to take the only job she could get: as a tour guide in a cemetery. But a grave situation took a turn for the worse when a head-on collision with a headstone left her with an unwanted ability to communicate with the disgruntled deceased . . . and now Pepper has a whacked Mafia don demanding that she hunt down his killers -- and threatening to haunt her until she does.


My opinion:
          Very pleasing, now the idea of a woman seeing ghosts and solving mysteries isn't new but i loved the twist and humour in this one. Pepper is an heroine i could come to like a lot....she is persistent, she doesn't give up despite what life threw at her that i really loved what i loved a little less was her willingness to sleep with all the cute guys she come across ( fortunately a certain don made sure it didn't happen)... it's not that i want her to be prude but i prefer real relationship so i do hope she will mature a bit in that domain.

That aside so far from all the book of the genre i've read she is the only one who get something from her ghost client ^^;; i found that amusing especially how he made her react after. Gus may be her " client" and pester her from time to time but deep down he care and he watches over her. i really loved that because in this story they kind of "give" to each other...She helping him find peace he is making her live for herself, see what she is capable of and protect her the best he can ( teaching her the ropes of being a mafia boss^^)....i loved that because from the time he was alive he would probably have been a bit like that too....because he sure needed to seem stern and all for his associated etc but he still cared about his men and their family and had values.

The investigation was well done ( even if i guessed a bit too early to my taste the who and why)it was funny to see Pepper learn how to do that and there are still a few mystery ( like who Dan is really) and it balanced well between the darker moment and the humour ( quite dark at time)

Really it was a pleasing read and i'm happy to have book 2 ready to see if Pepper grows on me. If you want a paranormal cozy mystery a bit darker this is the perfect one.


Score:  3,5/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book