Worth Fighting For is a novella from the series Warrior Fight Club by Laura Kaye. I have only read one of the book from the series but liked it. This book focuses on Tara and Jesse.
Tara is a commercial diving instructor who had nearly lost everything when she was in the Navy. After her accident she was honorably discharged. She survived with the help of the Warrior Fight Club but she is still not over everything. Then she will meet Jesse who will be a one night stand but will turn out to be much more.
Jesse was a Navy deep sea diver and was drifting through life. He believed that he always let everyone down which led him to be without attachments. Then he will meet Tara. He wants more but knows that he is not ready until he gets his head on straight.
I liked this book as it was all about second chances for Tara and Jesse. Since this was a novella it was on the short side which I didn’t really feel an issue until the end. I loved how the ending happened but it would’ve been better with some more detail. More detail would have the book a little longer which would not have hurt the story.
Laura Kaye writes her characters to have grit and who have tragic pasts that have shaped them to be the people they are now, which makes the story more interesting especially with it being a novella. I thought she did a really good job on showing her characters having PSTD which is common for those men and women in the military service.
Worth Fighting For was a solid story in the series.
Cora Campbell had been running when she found a way out with the help of the Ravens. She gets a shot at starting a new life with Slider who has her working as his kids nanny. Things will get complicated when she starts to have feelings for Slider.
Sam “Slider” Evans had been burned by the love of his life. He lived his life now only for his children. He will start to live again when Cora becomes part of their life.
Ride Wild is the third book to the series Raven Riders by Laura Kaye. I liked this book. It was a fun, fast, sweet, and steamy book.
Cora was sweet and looking for a second chance. I liked her character, she was ready to begin a new chapter for herself and I really liked that she wanted to do the things on her own. She wanted independence but was not afraid to ask for help. Slider’s character was a great dad but he needed help. I liked that he softened up when Cora was around especially when he let go of the past.
Within the story there wasn’t a lot of action. There will be some trouble with the Raven and some bystanders will get into trouble. The Ravens will have to help the ones they love.
The other characters of Sam and Ben, Slider’s son’s, were adorable. They wanted the best for their dad and they were a cute addition to the story.
Theirs to Take is the forth story to the series Blasphemy by Laura Kaye. This is a series all about the BDSM world that Laura Kaye has created. I have been enjoying these books as the author writes interesting characters that were either new to the world or coming back to that world.
Within this novella there are three characters that are coming together to become a menage. There is Hartley, Jonathon and Cruz. Jonathon and Cruz knew each other from the Navy and had feelings towards each other but both were to scared to pursue anything. It will take Hartley to bring the men together with her in the mix.
Alright now in all honesty I did like the story. It was steamy and very quick to read but it wasn’t my favorite. I wanted more on the story, more detail. I think that if the story had not been a novella there would have been more time to really develop the characters. In novellas everything just goes fast and even though I love a good happy ending I wanted more on the characters. There needed to be more detail to really get the characters developed and to make it believable of this change in all of their lives.
Wolf Henrikson had been waiting on a potential meeting but was stood up. He will be alright with the situation especially when he meets Olivia. He will save her from a bad date and whisk her off, and thing will only heat up from there.
Olivia Foster wanted the date from hell to end but she wasn’t able to be saved by her friend. Then she will get saved by a man who will have her wanting more, even though they had just met. Olivia will follow her feelings which will lead her down a path she never thought to follow.
Eyes on You is a novella in the series Blasphemy by Laura Kaye. Wow is the word when you read this. It was steamy and will make you wish you had Wolf in your life. I really thought Laura Kaye did a great job with this novella.
Wolf’s character was a dream man. He was protective, funny, hot and knew how to work his body and his partners. He was also kind and thoughtful to help someone in need. He was one of the masters of the club and his kink was voyeurism. Now with the kinks that are part of the club voyeurism has to be the least threatening one that would cause any harm to one person. The scenes between Wolf and Olivia are very steamy and written well. I liked Olivia’s character for taking a chance on the wild side. She had once expressed a fantasy to an ex and he laughed at her. That broke her desire to tell others. I liked that with Wolf she felt safe with him to express her desires.
Now I said the author did really well with this novella, but there would be one thing I would change and that would be the length. There is a conflict within the book with her ex-fiance and I kind of wanted more on that story line. I think there was potential to write more which would create more tension. Though for the novella it was well placed and gave enough satisfaction with the solution.
The next story to this series will be coming out this September.
Piper Dove was trying to make something of herself and bring back Dove Investigations. She will get a job but will be found out quickly, though it will turn around when he hires her.
Cooper Graham was an ex-quarterback who had opened his own nightclub. He was living life but then Piper thrust herself into his world and it was forever turned upside down.
First Star I See Tonight is the eighth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I enjoyed this story. It has been about two years since I had read the seventh book. Luckily you don’t have to know the characters from the previous book, although they are mentioned, this could be read as a standalone novel.
Piper’s character was out there. She was a little crazy but really it was a defense mechanism to keep those around her at an arms distance. Even though she was unconventional she got the job done. When it comes to relationships she doesn’t want one as she knows it will lead to disappointment. I was glad that Coop was resilient. Coop’s character was a man who had gotten whatever he wanted and he liked it that way. Getting together with Piper was not in his plan but he went with it. I liked that Piper kept him on his toes and that he never truly gave up.
The rest of the novel is filled with strange friends, some thieves, kidnapping, and a buy out that was going wrong. There was a lot that was happening but somehow it fit and made sense.
Quinton Ross loved his job at Blasphemy but he wanted more. He wanted a partner in and out of the club. Quinton will find that with Cass but he will have to first help her fight her phobia.
Cassia Locke had been trapped in a cave for four days which created a phobia of the dark. For two years Cass tried to cure her phobia. She decided to come back to Blasphemy and ask Quinton for help.
Mastering Her Senses is the second book to the series Blasphemy by Laura Kaye. I really enjoyed this story. It was another look into the Dom/Sub but this one concentrated on sensory play. It also took a look into phobia which for me brought more to the story.
Quinton’s character was a fun loving guy who was kind of adorable. I instantly liked him when he was first mentioned. I will say I would be interested to know more about his background. You got to know some but just the facts. He was an interesting member of the club with the sensory play, I liked that he was able to help Cass with her phobia of the dark. Cass’s character was a young woman who was trying to heal herself. She was brave to try and help herself, but she pushed herself too much. I liked that Quinton was able to reel her back.
What I thought was interesting was Cass’s brother is a member of the Raven Riders which is another series by Laura Kaye. I wonder if Jagger will have his own story. I am looking forward to Maverick’s who will be in the second book of the Raven Riders, which I am on the list for.
The next story from Blasphemy will come out this June so I don’t have too long to wait.
Kyler Vance needed control in his life. He took that control and when he couldn’t he would visit the club he partially owned which would give him relief. Kyler liked his subs for one night and he moved on, but when he meets Mia he knows that one night is not going to be enough.
Mia Breslin wanted a dom to dominate her and she hoped this latest club would find her that someone. She will be thrilled when she meets Kyler but will quickly figure out that he will be wary of relationships. Mia knows she should walk away but can’t.
Hard to Serve is a novella in the series Hard Ink by Laura Kaye. When I heard the series was continuing with Kyler I was intrigued and definitely wanted to read the book. When I got it I didn’t even bother looking at the summary, I was just excited that Hard Ink series was continuing. So, basically when I started the book I was intrigued. This is in the realm of BSMD and as I am not really a fan of that I was thinking about putting it down but I am a fan of Laura Kaye. So, I decided to give the novella a chance and I am glad I did. I really liked the story. Yes it was a lot of sex and domination but it was an interesting look inside that world. Laura Kaye writes about the interactions between the dom and sub before they “play” together. It was interesting as you got to understand more of the rules that come with the territory. Not all stories that I have read do that so I thought that was interesting.
The character Kyler was a controlling man who did not do relationships but liked things in order. I liked Kyler from the first time he was introduced. Although getting to know him in this book he was a much darker character than I had thought. Though with his need of that lifestyle it would make sense. The character Mia knew what she wanted but it was hard to get for her. I liked that Mia tried and felt free to express what she needed, and that she was smart about it.
From how Laura Kaye wrote this novella it is clear that she is going to be writing more on this club especially with twelve “Masters” who bought the club. From how this novella was written I am definitely intrigued on the rest of the stories that Laura Kaye will be writing.
Rehvenge is a dangerous man that has worked with the Brotherhood but there is another side to his life. It is this life that will have someone approach him to kill the King. Rehvenge has to make a decision otherwise the life that he had been hiding will be uncovered.
Lover Avenged is the seventh book to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. Well I did like this one but I will say that at times I felt lost or maybe overwhelmed would be a better answer. There were a lot of stories that are being told which got overwhelming. This book was also the longest one so far in the series. So aside from being a little overwhelmed at times I did enjoy the story and this other world of symphaths.
Rehvenge’s character was a darker character as he was leading two lives and one of his lives would make him an outcast. His other side is a symphath which is someone who can manipulate feelings in others. He was not always a nice guy but when you got to know him better you know that there is more to him. I liked seeing the softer side with him when he met up with Ehlena. Ehlena was the other main character who was Rehvenge’s love interest. She was another lonely soul like Rehvenge, in her own way she was an outcast, which made them almost perfect for each other. Though it would never be an easy way between them until Rehvenge came clean to what he was doing and who he really was.
John’s story is coming up so his activity in the book is making himself known more. I hated what he was doing to himself, he was having numerous amounts of sex with woman he didn’t even like all because he thought he was not worthy of one. I want him to find that happiness with Xhex, though that will be in the next story. Although there will be a problem because at the end of this book something will happen that will make trouble for John and Xhex.
Miss Cecily Hurston wants to clear her father’s name which has been linked to a scandalous rumor. To gain access to information she must marry a club member so she can step inside the exclusive club. She will soon find herself enlisting the help of Lucas Dalton.
Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, did not intend to find an alliance with Cecily Hurston but it will work in his favor as his brother went missing in her fathers expeditions. Lucas will be driven to find out the truth with what happened on that expedition and with Cecily’s help they will look for the truth.
How to Dance With a Duke is the first book to the series Ugly Ducklings by Manda Collins. This is my first try with Manda Collins and I found myself enjoying the book. Collins will engage you with characters who were charming and were not the most popular, but wallflowers of the ballrooms.
Of course when it came to Cecily’s character she was a wallflower and a bluestocking especially when it came to Egypt, but she had spirit. That spirit came out when trying to protect her father’s name and her friend. She at times was clueless when it comes to a lot of things but she is brave when the time calls for it. Lucas was a determined man who wanted things to go back the way they were when he was not the Duke, but he can’t go back. I liked Lucas for his honor and determination. He was not going to change into someone he wasn’t just because he had a title.
Now the interaction between them is fun and filled with some banter that makes the dialogue lighthearted but when it comes to romance they will steam up the pages. Their will be a fire between them that is ignited and stays ignited through out the book.
The mystery behind these diaries and possible murder was intriguing and I wanted to know more with what was truly happening and where the diaries were located. I liked how this mystery progressed with more and more information being revealed.
Manda Collins continues the series with Cecily’s friends which I am definitely interested in reading.
Ash McIntyre had felt in a funk as his best friends have found women that completed them. Ash will be finding a new interest in Josie who promotes a new sense of lust that he hadn’t felt in a long time.
Josie was just drawing in the park when she will meet a man that will question everything that she thought she wanted. She will take a chance and find a new life style that compels her to become more with Ash.
Burn is the third book from the Breathless series from Maya Banks. The third installment was another very steamy, very illicit sex with the two main characters Ash and Josie.
It was interesting that Josie was already in a similar relationship that Ash was suggesting except that what she had with Michael was false. I liked that Josie found herself with Ash but it was not easy especially when Ash wasn’t being exactly truthful with a few things, nothing too bad. Ash you find a different side to in the book. He is still very charming and laid back but there is an intensity that hadn’t been there in the previous books.
There will be a villain in the book that will come back from the first book and want revenge on these men and their women. Josie will take the fall as she will be severally beaten by the person. Now these books have never been with a context that is easy as emotions run high with these powerful men but Banks will show how dysfunctional Ash’s family really is especially his mother.
With the Breathless series done I will have to find a new series to read from Maya Banks or a novel.