Getting Rowdy

Getting RowdyRowdy Yates had everything he needed in the bar but he could not get the bartender. He always asked but was rejected. Things change and soon she wouldn’t be saying no but Rowdy will find that Avery is hiding things.

Avery Mullins has wanted Rowdy since she saw him but she has taken a step back and denied him. Her life was too complicated to add another but soon she will find that will be unavoidable as her past catches up.

Getting Rowdy is the third book from the series Love Undercover by Lori Foster. So I had said before that I liked Rowdy and I still do but from the first scene in the book where he was with yet another woman, not Avery, it kept getting hard to warm up to him. You wanted him to stop messing around with other girls. He is a player through and through but it is nice when he turns all his attention to Avery. Avery I wanted to know more about her. You knew that she was running but from what or from who. Then clues start to show up and the danger is starting to be revealed. There is also the heat between her and Rowdy which does not extinguish anytime soon. There is non-stop attraction, desire and yes eventually sex that gets down right steamy but with Rowdy involved there was no doubt.

It was interesting to learn more and more about Rowdy and Avery’s past. It was not all laid out for you to know. Their background left the reader with a new understanding of their characters and Foster did a good job keeping them consistent.

The villain was pretty obvious from the start but there was a surprise villain that also took part. The motives were clear but it was pretty clear the other villain lost their mind. A happy ending does come into play with all three couples and now with the little boy Marcus who is in the group.

I had said that I was waiting for the book to come out thinking I was finishing the series. Now Dash will have his own story which I really can’t wait to read especially with Margaret who is not exactly the straight laced Lieutenant she displays. I am now wondering if Cannon will have his own story afterwards. I really liked his part with protecting Avery and being another tough guy who could hold his own. Well whatever the case I can’t wait to read the next book coming in March, Dash of Peril.

Against the Sun

Against the SunJake Cantrell was not one to take orders especially from the people he watched over but Sage Dumont did just that. He would stick with his job no matter how attracted he was starting to feel towards Sage, but that will be pushed to the side when the threats start getting closer to her.

Sage Dumont was a strong businesswoman and did things her way. She will be furious with her grandfather for making her have a bodyguard because of the deal she was about to make, but Sage will soon learn that have Jake Cantrell was not a bad thing.

Kat Martin’s sixth book, Against the Sun, is from Raines of Wind Canyon keeps up the action with some foreign visitors but a similar plot with threats coming close to the woman that these Ranger men seem to get attached too. Now the characters of Jake and Sage to me were very much alike with their need to be in charge, so there is a little battle but soon they find a way to handle the situation. I liked Sage and the strength she had in the business world but she also wanted to help those who couldn’t like the daughter of the sheik. Then there was Jake who was a fantastic bodyguard. He was someone you wanted protecting you especially from the bad guy who was not someone I was expecting.

I loved the fact that the guys from previous books are mentioned and come into play with the story and more are added. With the way that Martin adds characters this series could keep going for a long time which is not a bad thing.

Against the Night

Against the NightJohnnie Riggs is on assignment when he finds a dancer he wants. Exotic dancers were never his thing but this woman pulled him in with begin confident on stage and almost shy on the floor. He will find that Amy is not all she seems to be and in way over her head.

Amy Brewer took her sisters job in hopes to find a way to locate her sister who disappeared. Amy will be out of her element when dancing and investigating but will find help with Johnnie. They will keep going with the clues they find even with danger breathing down their necks.

Against the Night is the fifth book to Kat Martin’s series Raines of Wind Canyon. I keep going with the series and with every book Martin keeps the action, romance and the adventure continuing with those tough guys you love to read about. Johnnie was no exception to the rule. He was a tough man who knew what he wanted and that included the woman Angel or really Amy. Now Amy’s character is a contradiction and really fun to read about. She has fire and naivete all in one.

Now for me I think this had a little more violence in this one but there was a good plot and good characters. There was also a good amount of sex but the action of the situation kicks up and the plot becomes intense. There are some very intense scenes that will have you biting your nails and wonder what will happen next. The scenes become gritter when it comes down to the sister, Rachel. You weren’t sure throughout the book what would happen and if she was alive. You find out half way through the book and what happened to the sister is horrific but there will be justice seen for the villain of the story. Against the Night will be next.

Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

A great book to read and really lets you see what it is like in the other persons shoes.

Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else.  She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm.  They’re considered the “freaks” of their high school.  But when Jade’s smart mouth lands her in trouble-again-her principal decides to teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.

Taken to a remote location where she is strapped down and sedated, Jade wakes up in an alternative universe where she rules the school.  But her best friend won’t talk to her, and the people she used to hate are all Goth.  Only Clarik, the myterious new boy in town, operates outside all the cliques.  And only Mercedes, the Barbie clone Jade loathes, believes that Jade’s stuck in a virtual reality game-because she’s stuck there, too, now living the life of a “freak.”  Together, they realize they might never get back to reality…and that even if they do, things might never be the same.

I liked this book.  It was quick, funny and enjoyable to read.  Showalter does a good job setting the stage of a typical high school then twisting everything around.  It was predicable but enjoyable to read.  You knew that the characters would end up the way they did at the end but it was sweet.

The disturbing thing about the book was what the principal did to get those results, to teach them a lesson.  That was a little extreme.  Intriguing idea for the plot though.

Oh My Goth had humor, witty characters and a moral to the story.  A good book for the young adult collection.

Fatal Tide by Iris Johansen

Melis Nemid is treading in dangerous waters and she’s about to be dragged under.  As a marine researcher, Melis knows all to well the dangers that can lurk under even the calmest surfaces.  But not even she can guess how deep the darkness runs.  Only one oceanographer ever came close to discovering the deadly mystery that lies beneath the sea and he’s disappeared from the face of the earth.

Now Melis is the last one who knows the truth.  And someone is determined that the truth will die with her.

For what Melis knows about the deep-sea mystery is only part of a nightmarish past torn by violence.  She thought she had put that past behind her when she arrived at her Carribbean island home to research dolphin behavior.

But her peace and her life is about to be shattered by the arrival of a savage killer.  Someone-for reason unknown even to Melis-is cutting a path of destruction and death that leads directly to her.

Only one man can save her-a man who claims to be a fellow oceanographer.  He will seek to gain Melis’s trust, getting close to her secret and her life.  But what this enigmatic man really wants, Melis may not discover until it’s too late.  Because whoever is after her knows her nightmare intimately, and soon she will be forced to relive them all over again.

Except for the final nightmare.  The one she can’t possibly survive.

I was blown away when I finished reading Fatal Tide.  Johansen did an amazing job conceptualizing the characters of the book and plot to make this book something that is powerful.  Something you don’t want to put down to the very end.

The character Melis was perfect.  She had a haunting past that still was not resolved but she was still a very strong woman.  I love the fact that the past finally did catch up to her but she was getting stronger to beat it.  Didn’t hurt that Kelby helped along.  Another strong character but gentle for Melis.

The two together created the story with the added character Archer the villain.

There was tragedy, betrayal, love, strength, fear, and understanding.  All of these attributes created a fantastic book in Fatal Tide.

Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen

Sophie Dunston knows all too well how dreams can kill.  As one of the nations’ top sleep therapists, she specializes in the life-threatening night terrors that her ten-year-old son, Michael, suffers from.  But she is also an expert in another kind of terror-the kind that can turn on a dream life into a living nightmare in the the blink of an eye.

Someone is watching.  He’s a shadowy figure from out of her darkest fears and he hasn’t gotten her.  In one shocking moment of violence, he’d shattered Sophie’s world forever and left her with only one thing to life for: her son.  But the nightmare isn’t over for Sophie Dunston.  It’s just begun.  He’s been waiting.  Sophie was supposed to die the first time he’ll make sure that not even a miracle will save her.

It wasn’t a miracle that saved Jock Gavin, but it was pretty close.  A semiretired hit man, commando, and jack-of-all-deadly-trades, he knows what Sophie is up against-and that she’ll need help.  But the man he’s chosen for the job is an unpredictable as he is dangerous.  Matt Royd is a wild card-hard, cool, merciless-and putting him into play changes the game completely.  But to whose advantage?

Sophie will soon find out.  She will have to trust Royd because she has no choice left.  Because the bogeyman haunting her dreams is all too real and he’s on the hunt again.  Because the nightmare he’s got planned for Sophie won’t end when she wakes up screaming.  I won’t end. Ever.

Reading Iris Johansen I have come to love her style of suspense and action mixed with passion which is built up until it is ready to burst.

Killer Dreams was intense to read.  I love the scientific aspect with the formula to help night terrors.  I thought that was interesting.

It was fantastic to read about Jock and Jane.  They are two of my favorite characters in Johansen’s books.  They are repeated and it is fun to read from when they are younger and to see how they are developed through the books.  Jock’s role is intriguing in the books.  He plays the mercernary with a heart but still very confused.  Because of this his character is enduring.

Royd and Sophie’s dynamics were perfect together.  They hated each other but there was so much passion there on the surface.  It was fun reading to see how long that tension would last.

A lot of action and sabotage.  And the beginning of the book gave you a preview of just how intense the book would become.

With this Ring by Amanda Quick

Beatrice Poole may be a vicar’s daughter, but that doesn’t mean she’s a stranger to the darker passions.  Indeed, she knows enough about gothic terrors to have carved out a highly successful career penning “horrid novels.”  But now the talented authoress finds herself in the midst of an ominous adventure that rivals anything she’s ever written.

Her beloved Uncle Reggie is dead, his house has been ransacked, and Beatrice suspects that he was murdered-all because of his keen interest in a fabled treasure that may not even exist.  Rumors abound that the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, said to give their possesor the most unnatural powers, have surfaced in London.  Yet Beatrice needs more than rumors to uncover the truth.  That’s why she’s braved the wilds of Devon to seek out a leading authority of antiquities and ancient legends: the famously eccentric, unquestionably reclusive, possibly dangerous Earl of Monkcrest, a man believed to dabble in the supernatural.

But bearding the Mad Monk of Monkcrest in his den and dangling the possibility of uncovering a fabulous artifact before him may be the biggest mistake of Beatrice’s life.  For suddenly she finds herself joined in an uneasy alliance with a man who is every bit as fascinating as one of the heros in her novel.

Five minutes in her company-that’s all it takes for Leo Drake to realize that never has he met a woman more stubborn, more infuriating…or more likely to rescue him from boredom than the alluring Beatrice Poole.  So when the daring widow insists upon haring off after a mythic treasure that has no doubt lured any number of  men to their doom, Leo refuses to let her go alone.  Yet keeping Beatrice out of mischief-and in his arms-won’t necessarily keep her safe.  For somewhere in the netherworld of London, a villain lurks, waiting for the loves to unearth the Forbidden Rings-knowing that when they do, that day will be their last.

This is one of the books in the Vanza series by Quick.  They are addicting to read.

I liked the characters.  Beatrice is indeed a widow not playing one but is passionate with her writing of horrid novels which is fantastic.  Leo is fascinating with his new view on life as Beatrice shows up.  He is still a man who does what he wants but now he wants to help Beatrice.

I love their passion which is thrown into the book at the very beginning and how it escalates as the situations because more dangerous.

It is intriguing how the rings are the main mystery behind the book.  Interesting to find out the mystery at the end and to see what was causing all the problems.

Quick delivers With This Ring with her normal style of writing, witty characters, intriguing plot, danger, passion and a little mystery.

Affair by Amanda Quick

Charlotte Arkendale was quite sure she knew all there was to know about men.  After all, she’d made a highly lucrative career out of steering marriage-minded woman way from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex.  But nothing in Charlotte’s considerable experience had prepared her for the arresting stranger who appeared on her doorstep to apply for the position of her new man-of-affairs.

He claimed to be a respectable gentleman-discreet, unassuming, ordinary to the point of being dull.  Yet something about the set of Mr. St. Ive’s broad shoulders and the unrelenting determination that smoldered in the depths of his amber eyes warned Charlotte to be wary.  For the strong-minded beauty was already embroiled in a wealth of danger.

Two months earlier, Miss Drusilla Heskett had become one of Charlotte’s clients.  Now the woman was dead, murdered in her own home, and Charlotte feared that the killer may have been one of the suitors she herself had advised Miss Heskett to reject.  Still, with the right man by her side, Charlotte was certain she could uncover the truth and bring Drusilla’s killer to justice.  But was the enigmatic St. Ive’s Mr. Right…or Mr. Wrong?

What a predicament he was in!   A dedicated man of science who worshiped at the alter of logic and reason, Baxter St. Ives couldn’t bloody well believe that he was actually masquerading as a man-of-affairs to get close to a maddeningly independed woman.  Hunting down a murderer under false pretenses was one thing, but discovering himself at the mercy of a fierce and highly illogical passion for his new employer was throwing his life into chaos.  It was enough to make a man lock himself in the sanctuary of his laboratory and never emerge.

Instead, St. Ive’s decides to conduct an experiment, a risky scientific exploration into the reckless alchemy of desire.  But even as the daring St. Ives sets out to seduce Charlotte, the mystery that surrounds them deepens.  For a twisted killer is still on the loose in london, plotting to part the lovers…or see them joined together forever-in death.

I liked this book.  Quick writes a good mystery and thrill in Affair.  She makes her romance novels more interesting through the thrill or detective work which she creates.

I liked the liaison between Baxter and Charlotte.

Affair is intense, suspenseful and romantic.

Play Dirty by Sandra Brown

Brown is known for her romance.  Play Dirty brings that intrigue and thriller aspect to the plot and characters.

After five long years in federal prison, Griff Burkett is a free man.  But the disgraced Cowboys quarterback can never return to life as he knows it before he was caught cheating.  In a place where football is practically a religion, Griff committed a cardinal sin, and no one is forgiving.

Foster Speakman, owner and CEO of SunSouth Airlines, and his wife, Laura are a golden couple.  Successful and weatlhy, they lived a charmed life before fate cruelly intervened and denied them the one thing they wanted most-a child.  It’s said that money can’t buy everything.  But it can buy a disgraced football player fresh out of prison and out of prospects.

The job Griff agrees to do for the Speakmans demands secrecy.  But he soon finds himself once again in the spotlight of suspicion.  An unsolved murder comes back to haunt him in teh form of his nemesis, Stanly Rodarte, who has made Griff destruction his life’s mission.  While safeguarding his new enterprise, Griff must also protect those around him, especially Laura Speakman, from Rodarte’s ruthlessness.  Griff stands to gain the highest payoff he could ever imagain, but cashing in on it will require him to forfeit his only chance for redemption…and love.

Griff is now playing a high-stakes game, and at the final whistle, one player will be dead.

I was impressed with Play Dirty it grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go.  At first when I was reading I got to the middle and seemed like it should be done.  But then something big happens and the action takes over.

The plot is intense to read.  When one of the characters is killed you suspect the other one of murder but did they do it.  It was intriguing to see how the plot panned out.  You didn’t know the murderer then you found out but it didn’t make sense.

Play Dirty brings many surprises, tragedy, and romance to the pages.

Into the Shadow by Christina Dodd

The lost brother is found but is he ready to come back.

Blessed-or cursed-with the ability to change into a sleek, cruel panther, and driven by a dark soul he’s accepted as his fate, powerful Adrik Wilder abandons his family and his honor to pursue a life of wickedness.  He excels at every vice, so he doesn’t think twice about kidnapping strong-willed Karen Sonnet to use for his selfish purposes.  But Karen’s spirit and passion make him question the force of his family’s curse, for she could be the key to their survival.  And when a new evil emerges, Adrik must choose whether to enact revenge on his enemies and redeem his soul, or save Karen from a fate worse than death…

I fell in love with Adrik otherwise knows as Warlord.  The first scenes with Karen and him were intense and hot.  Very steamy and fun to read.  I like that he starts to change without even knowing that he is changing by being with Karen.

I got angry that he was not always kind to Karen but that was who he was.  I hated the fact that Karen’s father pushed her away.  I felt bad for him for saying something he didn’t mean.  He finds his way back but it is towards the end when a daughter needs her father the most.

I like that Karen moves on with her life after two years but she never forgets Warlord and when Rick Wilder comes into the spa she thinks it is him but can’t tell.

Rick Wilder, Warlord, is back to his regular self and went to find what he had been missing and that was Karen a woman he couldn’t get enough of.

I like that it is not an easy task.  Karen is stubborn just like him but when they find themselves back it is just as passionate.

Meeting the family again was great because they are still the same.  The father is getting worse even when three icons are together.

I like the surprise with Firebird.  A new tragedy hits at the end of the book but how did it happen.  There is still hope at end.

The third book was very sensual, interesting and enjoyable to read.  Dodd keeps up the action in the third book of the series Darkness Chosen.