Jennifer Ashley is back again with my favorite series the Mackenzies & McBrides. I have followed this series from the beginning and this one, A Mackenzie Yuletide, is full of fluff but I loved it. The ever growing family has gathered for the holiday and with this family comes mischief, especially from Jamie who is Ian and Beth’s oldest son. Jamie is on a quest to get the necklace for his father who is also looking for it to give to Beth. Jamie does not want to beat his dad, but to show him that he is just as smart, which would make his father proud. Now of course Ian is proud of all his children and by the end of the story Jamie will once again be reassured that his parents are proud of him.
Within the story there are a lot of offspring that comes from these families and it can get a little confusing but I think Jennifer Ashley does a good job. I thought that the story was very simple but it was great for the holiday season with the celebrating of Christmas that includes a little mystery with a theft and ghost. I am really looking forward to having the children who are all growing up to have their own story.
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.
Mary Cameron, a Highland widow, was helping her best friends daughter get out into society. Mary missed her home in Scotland but she wanted to help. She will shocked to see Valentin, who was a man and something more. She had helped heal him back in Scotland and never thought she would see him again.
Baron Valentin, a Nvengarian bodyguard, was sent to be a bodyguard for an Ambassador and his wife of Nvengaria. He was on a mission but that will not take his complete attention away from searching for Mary. He wanted to find the woman he loved.
The Longest Night is the fourth story to the series Nvengaria by Jennifer Ashley. It had been a while since I read the other three stories from the series but I was quickly brought into the novella and enjoyed it. I wish it was a little longer. I wanted Mary and Valentin to get more to their story but what they got was enough to make a great story.
Mary was a widow and a woman in her thirties. She thinks she is over the hill and too old to be running away with a man. She was afraid to step out of place, but she was stronger than she knew. I liked that she became more brave and took that chance. Valentin was a bodyguard and a shapeshifter. He was loyal to the Prince and Grand Duke, although that was not always the case which was shown in the previous books. I really liked Valentin, he was a good match for Mary to shake up her stiffness and let her enjoy life and not be afraid of passion. It was also interesting to learn about him and the tragedy that feel upon his sister.
The mystery of who was shooting after who was intriguing and it kept me invested in the story. I wanted to get answers and find the villain. The Longest Night was a great addition to the Nvengaria series.
Vampires in America, The Vignettes Vol 2 is a collection of stories from the series. D.B Reynolds had written Vol 1 several years ago which were very enjoyable. Vol 2 was also very enjoyable and most of them were very steamy. I liked some stories more than others. Most of the stories were very short. There were a couple that were a little longer but again very short.
Cyn and Raphael’s stories are of course some of my favorites. Then there was one with Jared, who is Raphael’s lieutenant, which was very sweet. The one that I was looking forward to was Luci and Juro’s story. The story was a short story at the beginning of their relationship.
I am now waiting for the next installment of the series which will be Quinn.
Raphael has decided it was time to bring the fight to the Europeans. He needed to send a message especially after the most recent attempt to harm his vampires and his Cyn. He will travel to Paris and bring the fight to Laurent who had taken over after Mathilda.
Relentless is a novella, number 11.5, of the series Vampires in America by D. B. Reynolds. I really loved this novella though maybe not as much as the others. The beginning certainly pulled me in with the shooting. There were several parts in the middle that were a little slow for me but the fight scenes were good. It is always amazing how much power Raphael truly has. What I loved was the interplay between Raphael and Cyn which is always something I love to read.
So part of the book was introducing Quinn who will be the next Lord of Ireland, which will be the next book that is coming out this year. I am interested in learning more about Quinn in his book. Though what intrigued me greatly was the woman he had followed at the end of the story. I am sensing that she will be like Buffy the vampire slayer, but time will tell.
I am reading Vampires in America: The Vignettes Vol 2 next.
When Raphael was released from Mathilda’s magical cuffs, Cyn made a promise to Nick that she would help find them. Cyn will be confused about Nick as everything she knew about him had been a lie, but a promise was a promise. Cyn, Raphael and Nick will search together to find the magical cuffs which will lead them to a dangerous collector.
Compelled is a novella, number 10.5, to the series Vampires in America by D.B Reynolds. This one took a turn and was focused more on magic with Nick as a sorcerer, which was interesting. I liked this one, did not love it, but certainly liked it.
I suppose I am biased because I don’t want someone coming in between Cyn and Raphael. Nick was very flirty with Cyn and I was happy that she was in no way reciprocating those flirts. Cyn’s heart belongs to Raphael. I was happy to read that he really did not want to get back with Cyn since they were really never together but he was lonely. Nick’s character does get better towards the end of the novella. He is still sarcastic but he is changed as he was determined to change. I will admit the story with his warriors was interesting, this also brings in four more stories that D.B. Reynolds will be writing. There are two of those stories already written for two of the warriors. I do hope that Nick will find his own person to love especially if he has been alone for thousands of years and I would like to know more about Nick and his powers. Also the war between sorcerers and vampires.
The collector was the dangerous element of the book. He was a interesting bad guy but it was a very short scene as it was a novella. What irked me was that Cyn has not learned to go into the dangerous places. She had caution a couple books ago but in this novella she was back to being reckless with no back up.
Christobel Smyth had grown up in a certain life style but after her father died they were not as well off as they had been. Christobel was still a lady but she was not looking for a suitor. Thanks to her sister that was what she was going to get when she attends a house party.
John Leyden had not wanted to go to the house party because then he would see Christobel. He had wanted her since he first had seen her but he was not in her class. He always felt out of place but with the house party he will see that he and Christobel could have a chance.
Swept Away is a novella by Kristina Cook. It has been a while since I read anything by Kristina Cook and I have to say that I liked the book but for me I did have a little problem with Christobel. Her character was a little annoying in the beginning as she was acting like she was better than John. What helped was she really did not mean anything by it. She acted first then thought about what she should have done. Once I got into the novella I got to see that she was kind and thoughtful. John’s character was not one to express his thoughts well. I wanted to shake him and just shout at him to talk to her, instead of just giving her an expression of annoyance. He does warm up but it takes a little time.
With this being a novella, a lot of things are happening quickly. I thought this would have been a good story to be a novel. I wanted more background with both of the characters which would give them more depth.
Paige Walker had been the sick girl in her hometown. Paige wanted a fresh start in New York and she was making it but then her dreams will be crushed. She will rely on her friends for help to get her dream on her own. She will get help from her friends, Frankie and Eve as well from her brother Matt. The one that she will be hesitant to ask for help will be the man she loved since she was a teenager, Jake Romano.
Sleepless in Manhattan is the first book to the series From Manhattan with Love by Sarah Morgan. I had seen this book when this series started but I wanted to wait for several books to be finished. I thought this was a sweet story. Its a story of second chances and your heart will melt when Jake finally realizes what he was missing.
I liked Paige’s drive for organizing. I am completely the same with organizing the things in my life. I thought she was brave to try and not because she survived surgery but because starting a business is not an easy task. I liked that she was nervous, excited and scared as hell throughout the story. It felt real. The romance between Jake and Paige was not there but that is because Jake could not let himself be with Paige that way. Though things will change and Jake will finally let himself want Paige but it will still take a while for him to open his heart up all the way.
I am interested in reading about Frankie and Eve who are the best friends of Paige and who are part of the business.
At the end the book there was another story, Midnight at Tiffany’s. This was a prequel to the series From Manhattan with Love. This book is about Matilda who is an inspiring writer who is looking to get a chance to get her book published. She is working as a waitress to pay the bills which is when her life will get changed forever. She will meet Chase the man whose brother has a publishing house but she did not know the man was Chase.
This prequel which is a novella is a sweet and very short. You get everything you want all wrapped up in a bow. I of course want more detail but I was satisfied with how the story was written.
The second book is Sunset in Central Park which I will be reading next.
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.
Juno Ashmore is a glassblower who is in desperate need of money. Her friend will convince her to enter in a contest to win the heart of a billionaire. With her being on the show she will automatically get fifty thousand dollars. Juno will be excited for the show but will want to back out when she meets the bachelor.
Heathcliff Forester had arranged an opportunity to get the woman he had loved back in his life. He will do all that he can to get Juno to understand he had never stopped loving her.
Pleasure Games is a novella within the series Games by Jessica Clare. I liked this novella but I was wondering if I wouldn’t. This was a version of the Bachelor if you could not guess. So, Heathcliff was doing all he could to get Juno back and he rigged the dating show to make sure that she would come to him. I didn’t like the lying but Heathcliff was doing it because he truly loved her, so I pretty much forgave him for the lying to Juno. Heathcliff was very suave but I liked to see a vulnerability when he was scared of losing Juno. Now Juno’s character was a girl who didn’t like handouts and had a problem with running away when she got scared. I wanted to laugh at Juno’s emotions at times because it felt real. She was fighting her attraction and claimed that she didn’t want Heathcliff but every time he talked to another woman she got jealous.
I was happy with the ending as Jessica Clare wraps up everything in a predictable way but nevertheless I wanted that ending.
I am reading Partner Games next which will complete the Games series.