Genre: Animals

Hold Me Until Forever by Christina Phillips

Posted July 15, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Hold Me Until Forever by Christina Phillips

I read the second book in this series, and liked it, so it was an easy choice for me to pick up this book. This book apparently has a bit more of BDSM element to it, after all our hero owns a BDSM club, so I was mildly concerned. My big issue with these kinds of books is that they are often done quite poorly, but in this book I would call BDSM-lite. While Alex is a bit of a control freak, and they use some of the lingo, there is very little actually BDSM in this book. So if that’s a hang up for you, fear not, this book is safe. More about our hero, Alex. Alex has a tragic past, his father was abusive, and one night when he was quite young, he killed his father while his father was basically in the middle of trying to kill his brothers. I think its safe to say that anyone would be affecting by having something like that in their past. And it has resulted in Alex being unable to trust himself or others, and through this has spent his life trying to control every single aspect of life, all the time. He likes Ella, our heroine, but he doesn’t trust himself with her, so he avoids her. I feel bad for him, clearly he is messed up from his past, and while there are occasions in the book where he comes off as being commitment-phobic, the reality is he […]

Say You’ll Stay by Corrine Michaels

Posted June 23, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Say You’ll Stay by Corrine Michaels

Man I was in no way shape or form ready for the way this book started, I mean seriously, it seems like just an ordinary day in the day of a woman who could be just about anyone, and than WHAM, the unthinkable happens. I mean I was in shock. I was also really happy with how well the whole thing was written, it felt authentic, it felt painful, and it was exactly what the subject matter needed it to be. So Presley is our heroine, and man oh man, do I feel for her right from chapter one. The unthinkable happens to her, and basically her whole life blows up. I can’t imagine what it would be like going through your day thinking you have such a great life, great kids, great business, great friends, great husband, and then in an instant it all just blows away. I mean could you imagine? Picking up the disarray of her life means taking her twin boys back to where she grew up, because she had no other options. With debt piling up and basically being homeless, she had no other choice. As if dealing with what had happened wasn’t hard enough, it turns out the reason why she hadn’t returned back home was because she was avoiding a very painful memory for her, in the form of an ex, Zach. Now Zach, I liked him. I will say him and his brother Wyatt are a little bit pushy when it comes […]

The Puppy Proposal by Katie Meyer

Posted September 13, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Puppy Proposal by Katie Meyer

As all of my readers are aware of, I love animals, specifically dogs, so when this book came my way and I saw the title of the book, I knew I had to read it. Another thing that really stuck out to me about this book was the setting, I haven’t spent a lot of time in Florida, but I have spent a lot of time in small towns, and I think they make awesome settings for books, especially when that small town way of life is threatened by the big city businessman who wants to come in change it all. So I guess I was expecting Nic to be like big time business man from NYC, you know kind of rough around the edges, only concerned with the bottom line, I totally didn’t expect him to be so conflicted about things. When he shows up on Paradise Isle, he is looking to buy a hotel and some land, so he can put a big sky-scrapper hotel and turn sleepy little Paradise Isle into a tourist stop complete with chains and nightclubs. But being on the island really showed him what he was missing in life, the way of life is such a slower pace and he is finally feeling like he can relax for the first time in years. Plus he meets Jillian who is super attached to the island the way it is, and oh man does Nic feel conflicted about his plans. As for Jillian, she’s really […]

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Posted August 22, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

So I’ve had this book in my pile for a while, and I wanted to read it way back when I first picked it up, but then life got in the way and I forgot about it. I am so glad that I found it and gave it a go. So truth be told, I have never seen an Indiana Jones movie, but I love the idea of archeology (I was after all a history major for a while). But the idea of a disgraced archeology student turned thief just sounds like a lot of fun, especially when you add in the supernatural as well. So urban fantasy is really my first love, and I seriously enjoyed this one. One of my favorite things about the UF genre is the world building. And I have to say I love the way this book wove in the world building with the story, it didn’t feel like any one part of the book was heavy with too much information, it was more like finding out really interesting facts about the world while being in the middle of some really exciting situations. So one of the things that I both liked and found a tad bit annoying sometime is how clueless Owl sometimes seemed to be. I mean she is a really intelligent woman, she knows way more about history they I do that’s for sure, but when it comes to supernatural things, she is wildly unprepared (heck, even when she is prepared […]

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Posted August 2, 2015 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

I have to say a big thank you to Shelly Laurenston for writing this book, I have been wanting to read a good urban fantasy for a while now. Urban fantasy is really what got me back into reading and to launching review site, but I have been so romance focused lately I feel like I have been missing out. But when I try out new authors in the UF field I feel like they have been missing the mark. I picked The Unleashing for a couple of reasons, first I looked it up on a couple of review websites that I trust and they seemed to enjoy it, and secondly because I don’t think I have read a good Norse mythology book that I’ve totally fallen for before. I am so glad I picked this book. I loved it from beginning to end, and more than that it reminded me why I loved the genre in the first place. I really can’t wait to read the next book in this series.  So to begin the book starts off really strong in my opinion. Ker has just died and woken up in a house she doesn’t know and the action just starts right off the bat. Normally I don’t like action to start right away because I feel like I am missing out on something, but in this case the confusion of what was going on was shared by both the reader and the character. And at the beginning of […]

Close to Heart by T.J. Kline

Posted July 13, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Close to Heart by T.J. Kline

I kind of love the premise of this book, woman is leaving her husband and finds sanctuary in a new place she’s never been, the only hiccup in this is that this particular woman who is leaving her husband is pregnant, and I think we can all agree that kind of raises the stakes of the book. So Alyssa used to be a movie star, until she married her agent and then he slowly started to pull her away from her acting and then isolated her from all of her friends. Let’s face it the guy was a total jerk, and did I mention he was cheating on her with her best friend. Yeah real winner. So when her husband makes it clear that she can pretty much get used to the cheating or she can leave, she leaves. Only now she has to figure out how to live when she is about to have a baby, and her hubby has all the cash. I felt bad for Alyssa, and it took a while through the course of the book for her to really come to terms with what had happened with her husband. I will say I was really proud of her by the end, I think it’s a really hard thing to learn to stand on your own again and to stand up for yourself, so it was good watching her go through that and come out on the other side. Justin is the guy who rescues Alyssa […]

The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter

Posted July 12, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter

I have such a hard time with novellas, and I wish I didn’t. I don’t know why but I would rather sit and read a slow paced super long novel then a really good novella, I mean there is only so much character development you can do in such a short amount of time (the exception to this of course is novellas that go along with a series). But since I really love Mandy Baxter (aka Amanda Bonilla) I went ahead and gave this one a shot, plus I love a good cowboy. So right of the bat I will tell you what I didn’t like and why I gave this a three star. It literally all comes down to length. I mean the story is so fast paced that certain things come off as unrealistic. And example of this being that it only takes less then a day for these two to open up to each other about things in their past they don’t normally talk about with anyone. It’s just hard for me to believe two people can fall into such a relationship place in like a day, fall into bed together, sure, absolutely, but relationship, not so much. Also I like a bit more angst in a book, but that’s a personal preference. Now for what I did like. The writing style as always was awesome, the whole novella is well written, and it’s why I love her as a writer (I will admit there is a […]

Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis

Posted July 7, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, loved it, Review / 3 Comments
Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis

 I love this series, I loved the book just before this one, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. I have to admit in Hayley’s book I was super interested in what was going to happen with Jess and Cole, they seem to avoid acting on the attraction that they have for each other, which can only mean pent up tension and a great payoff at the end. So Jess was super interesting to me. She has more of a past then the other two women in this series, Kyla and Hayley, so in a lot of ways she was more interesting to me then the others were. She has such a hard history, her past is so sad, you can’t help but feel for the her and especially for the girl she used to be living in an impossible situation. I will say that I love her grandfather for doing the best he could, he really saved her. So while you get told Jess’s past in flashbacks throughout the book, her past is certainly not in the past, when the book starts and she is heading out for Hayley’s wedding, her past suddenly shows up in her mailbox. Cole in an interesting character. He is of course the hot cowboy that you remember from the other books in the series, but you finally get a good glimpse at him in this book. He’s dealing with a lot in his head, but he is […]

Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

Posted July 1, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

I have to say I was looking forward to this book quite a bit because I really loved the previous book with Gen and Wolfe. And honestly that book really was a great set up for Arilyn and Stone, you could tell that the two of them had some serious chemistry going on between them, if only they could get past the fast that they seem to annoy each other by simply breathing. Needless to say I was totally looking forward to their story. So Arilyn is coming out of a bad relationship when this book starts, and it’s kind of a sad situation. I mean she had been with this guy for like ever, but never called him by name to his friend, and she never introduced him to anyone, she was basically a mistress except he wasn’t married. I can’t imagine what that would do to someone, being shoved aside and hidden like that. I really wanted her to find happiness with someone who wasn’t afraid to put the two of them out there. You can tell early on in the book that she is really just a good person, and anyone who rescues dogs is good in my book (after all that’s how I ended up with my six dogs). But that’s not saying that she doesn’t have traits that kind of annoy me, she’s a little to hippie for me with the chakras and vegan agenda and crystals and all that. Sorry just not my thing. […]