Between Us: Reid and Lola’s Story

Reid McDaniels was in Vegas to make a name for himself, along with his brothers. Reid was looking forward to this new life and then everything stops when his life will be turned upside down by first Lola and then a blast from his past.

Lola Taylor was a showgirl but she wanted more. She was doing what she needed to do to make enough money to make the move to New York. She was doing her best but then she will get sidetracked when Reid comes into her life.

Between Us: Reid and Lola’s Story is the third story to Christine Bell’s series McDaniels Brothers. I really enjoyed this story. I don’t know if I have a favorite McDaniels brother because they are equally interesting characters but the all shared the traits of being kind and strong men. They are the ones you want in your corner.

Reid’s character was certainly a Boy Scout, as Lola referred to him, but he is much more. He is that sweet next door neighbor boy who had a bad boy streak. He wanted to do what was right even though it would hurt him. I liked that he was still sweet, his mother had not been successful in destroying the kindness in his soul. Lola’s character was another who had seen heartache and was doing to best to avoid that, though that shields her heart against truly making a connection to anyone. Lola will take the chance with Reid, her speech to him was sweet and it felt from the heart.

Sherri McDaniels story line for me was very predictable, but I have to say I would have been disappointed if her story line went any different. She was a vile character and it was shown through her actions perfectly.

I enjoyed reading each brother and the conflict they had felt from their tormented childhood. The McDaniels Brothers was very entertaining to read.

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Fighting Dirty

Fighting DirtyArmie Jacobson has wanted his best friends sister for many years but he has kept away. He didn’t think that he was good enough, then he will find himself playing protector to Merissa and things will start to change. He will find out that the woman he has wanted for years, wanted him as well. But there will be a problem and Armie will have to protect Merissa from being hurt when his past comes out.

Merissa “Rissy” Colter has loved Armie for years but she was always seen as a little sister. Then something changes. They will kiss and Merissa will become aware that Armie wants her, but he is still distant. Merissa will not let Armie go which means she has to pursue. Though Merissa will have a problem when accidents are happening around her and Armie’s past comes back.

Fighting Dirty is the fourth book to the series Ultimate by Lori Foster. I loved this book. So far, I’ve loved this series. Though as always I am a Lori Foster fan and I really loved that she went back to the stories with fighters, like the ones in SBC Fighters series. In this one she even brings back several of the main characters from the SBC Fighters series and Jude from the book Jude’s Law.

Alright, so Armie’s character is fantastic. He was not your typical hero. He was loud and known for his sexual exploits. But then he worked for kids and was sympathetic towards them. He was someone you could count on. Merissa was a woman who did the right thing and was just living her life. I liked Merissa but I wanted her to either take the chance and get closer to Armie or step away. Well she does take that step with Armie which I loved. Together they were perfect for each other because they completed each other. Armie was not that outrageous and Merissa was not that shy.

The problems that occurred were due to Armie’s past and Merissa’s. Armie’s past I had wondered about since the beginning of the series. I had a couple guesses and one of them turned out right. I liked that Foster will resolve the issue which helps Armie move on. Merissa’s problems weren’t from that long ago in the past, more towards the present. I thought that the problems they faced were well developed and it made me want to know more.

Lori Foster is continuing with the series but the next book comes out in January of 2017. So I have a bit of a wait but I have no doubt I will enjoy it.

Burned

BurnedRosie Miller had loved a man five years ago and felt her heart break when he had left. Now he is back and she is finding out that he wants her back.

Hunter Black never stopped wanting Rosie but their relationship needed space. After five years he will come back to find out if Rosie would take him back.

Burned is the second novella to this two book series Miller Sisters by Sarah Morgan. I really liked this book. It was sweet and steamy. I thought it was a good follow up to the first book which had first mentioned the man that Rosie had loved and who had broken her heart. As said this was a novella so it was pretty short but I felt that I got the important information, although at times it might have been a little rushed.

So Rosie was someone you wanted to hug, to tell her to let herself have that happy ending with Hunter. You wanted her to trust him again, to give him a second chance. I had a feeling that Hunter was not a bad guy for leaving. I knew that there had to be more to his side, and I was right. Hunter’s character was a man with an edge, a man who fought for what he wanted. You want to have someone like Hunter pursue you.

So I was getting annoyed, at least a little annoyed, with the book because I wanted to know more about Hunter. I wanted to know why he left Rosie five years ago. Well I get my answers, only it was pretty close to the end. The explanation let you get to know Hunter a lot better and you felt for him and his past.

I liked the ending of this book as what happened in the first book happened in the second book, only on a different holiday. The ending left me smiling.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

With a title like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies you can only shake your head. As a reader of Jane Austen I cringed at the idea of making this adaptation but at the same time I was intrigued. It was actually my parents who got me the book as a joke as they knew my love of Austen.

Not going to give up a challenge I read the book. This was the classic tale of Jane Austen but with a very big twist and that would of course be the zombies. Seth Grahame-Smith does a good job keeping to the story line as he added in his own creative twist.

I wasn’t sure I loved or hated this story in the beginning. I was indifferent to begin with but as I kept reading I started laughing at the whole idea of zombies. Then of course how the Bennett girls were trained in how to kill zombies instead of the piano forte or needle point. It was clever and strange at the same time. Smith even added in illustrations through the book which were comical to see in a novel but it kept the story going.

For people who haven’t read anything by Jane Austen this would be a good book to read as it’s like the parodies of films, but be warned that in the classic version zombies have no place with Austen.

I haven’t decided if I will try Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, the movie trailers are out in theaters as the movie is coming out. I have a feeling I will try the book just to see what is going to happen. Its the supernatural part in me, but it might be a while before I venture that challenge.