The Heart of Christmas

The Heart of ChristmasEve Harmon was dreading another birthday where she would once again be alone. Though this year she would take a chance on the wild side and have a one night stand with a very complicated man that will change her life.

The Heart of Christmas is the seventh book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. First off I did like this book. Now it has been a while since I picked up a book from Whiskey Creek which was only because I was very angry with the story line that happened with Chey. Now I think I was able to enjoy this book because its wasn’t focused on Chey, though she was there in the book. I do hope that the secret will come out with Chey and that she is the one to tell Dylan so Dylan doesn’t feel all the way betrayed.

Alright enough with my frustration with Chey, back to Eve and Rex. I liked Eve who was a good person and always did the right thing. Eve was not necessarily a perfect person but she made herself out to be like that. I wanted her to get angry especially with Ted who was trying to be nice but to me he was getting annoying. She does stand up and address her feelings which I was happy for. Now the character of Rex was certainly a different type of character from those in Whiskey Creek. Rex was on the run from his past who were some pretty dangerous men. At first I will say that Rex was not a character I really liked. I thought he was too closed off and too cold to Eve. Then you get to know the man and realize there is more to his character than you think. Rex is a pretty complicated character that had a lot to deal with in his life. For Rex it takes him a really long time in the book to finally get that he should have a chance at happiness with someone like Eve.

There is the threat of danger in the book which comes from Rex’s past and I thought it was interesting with how it was handled and especially who had helped.

I decided since this book for me was a success I am going to follow it up with the eighth book in the series which I will be reading next.

Hard to Come By

Hard to Come ByDerek DiMarzio and his team are going after a lead which has them going after Garza. They know the best way to get to the ex-soldier is through the man’s sister, Emilie.

Emilie Garza was a therapist and good at her job but she had felt weak thanks to her ex-husband. She will feel alive again when a man, Derek, wants her. Though Emilie will soon find out that he doesn’t just want her but what information she can provide.

Hard to Come By is the third book to the series Hard Ink by Laura Kaye. I really liked this book.The story for me about the five soldiers is certainly moving along and looks like it will be over after two more books, unless more characters are introduced.

Derek is damaged like the rest of his team, he just had a bigger reminder with his leg missing. I liked Derek because he was a man that tried to make the best of things even in the worst of times. He will however make a mistake and lie to Emilie, which will be a problem done the line. Now Emilie is another strong woman that is in the book. Well she was fragile at times but overall a strong woman that was able to take all that was happening. I liked that there was not absolute trust after Derek screwed up as she had been burned before. If she trusted too easily it would not fit her character.

So the mystery of these soldiers betrayal starts to become clear with what had happened. They are getting more clues and a bigger break to find out what they need to know. There was a big reveal towards the end which I was not expecting but happy to read. I can’t wait to find out how that change of events will impact their investigation. I will hopefully find out something more when I read Hard to Be Good, which I will be reading next.

Sophia

Sophia is on a mission to find her Sire who has gone missing and trouble will not be far away as several vampires and their mates have been attacked or killed. Sophia will find help in Raphael’s group but will be stunned to find a man in the group she had left ten years ago.

Colin Murphy lives peacefully in the small town but now several attacks have been done to vampires and their mates. Colin will join the vampires to find out who is murdering them but he will be distracted as Sophia will be part of the group.

SophiaThe fourth book of D B Reynolds Vampires in America series is Sophia. So when I started this book and met the character Sophia I wasn’t really liking her especially as she tried using her wiles on Raphael with Cyn by his side. As Raphael and Cyn are my favorite I don’t like anyone who threatens to break them up, but I figured as she is the main person in the book I would warm up to her character and did. Sophia in her own right is a strong character as she has a lot of depth to her but its hidden and secret from those around her. I loved that she had a past with the tough Colin Murphy. Colin is an ex Navy Seals and is hard as nails especially as he closed up his heart ten years ago when the woman he loved died. Lust was driving the two characters which made the book spicier with those two heating up the pages once they got over the shock of seeing each other again. Of course lust wasn’t the only driving force as love swept in or that it never left them.

Sophia to me was bloodier than Reynolds other books. I guess as the plot dealt with death it was to be expected, but Reynolds does a very good job at the description along with the bad guys. The group of men who were doing the killing were lethal and deceitful.  She does especially good job at describing the tragedy that hits close to Raphael. It does not end fatal but certainly a close call which had my fingers tightening at the sides of the pages. Now Luicen’s character left me annoyed. He was a weak character to begin with and I was not unhappy with what happened at the end.

The fifth book to the series is going to be Duncan’s story which I can’t wait to read as he has been by Raphael’s side for more than two hundred years. It will be interesting to read where Reynolds will take Duncan’s story.