Genre: Thrillers

Twined Bond by Emma Hart

Posted November 17, 2016 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Twined Bond by Emma Hart

I have loved this series from the very beginning. I love the moments that make me laugh out loud, I love the moments of tenderness between Drake and Noelle, I love the times I’m sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next, and so much more. When I found out this book was going to be the last book in the series, I have to admit that I wasn’t excited about reading it, because honestly I don’t want this series to be over. But I buckled down and read it, and I have never been so happy to love Emma Hart as an author, I think she did the characters so proud, and at the end I felt sad that it was over but happy with the outcome (which honestly is rare for me when a series comes to an end). So much of this book is a spoiler, and I really think if you are a fan of the series, that you need to experience this book without knowing the spoilers ahead of times. So basically this is going to be a hard review to write because I don’t want to spoil anything. So if you have gotten this far in the series you know that Drake and Noelle are super solid at this point, they are engaged, and I couldn’t be happy for them. This book really brings them even closer together in more ways then one, which I loved. These two of […]

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

Posted October 2, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

I started reviewing books of the urban fantasy persuasion, before I fell over heads with romance. But every once in a while I like to dive back into urban fantasy and the paranormal, especially if a synopsis really intrigues me. I have to admit that when I read the blurb for this book I was beyond intrigued. I loved the cover art, I loved the whole Vikings and Valkyries theme, and I love when these themes are set in modern day. This book is book two in the series, but honestly I think it can be read as a standalone, you’ll see the couple from the first book in this one, but the author does a great job of world-building within this book, so you can without a doubt read it on its own. So I really do kind of love Astrid. Astrid is a warrior in every sense of the word, and when the book starts she is sent on a mission to go pick someone up. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal, so she’s sent by herself. It’s clear from the beginning that Astrid doesn’t think all that highly of herself. She wants to prove to everyone that she is worthy, but no one doubts her like she doubts herself. I will admit she occasionally makes some decisions that she really shouldn’t have because she doesn’t want to be seen as weak or like she can’t do the job own her own. But regardless of her […]

Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner

Posted October 1, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner

So we are back with the final installment from Jane and Dallas. Things have really changed with these two since the first two books, and if you are thinking you can walk into this book without reading the other two first, you are sadly mistaken. You do get some more fun cameos from other characters from J. Kenner’s books, so be on the lookout for that. Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the second book yet, spoilers from that book are in this review. So once we pick up in this book Jane has gone missing and to say Dallas is going out of his mind with worry would be an understatement. Dallas and Jane are finally out in the open, their parents have cut them off financially, and the media is all over their story, but these two don’t find happiness right away. Thankfully Jane doesn’t stay missing for very long, but it puts all the more pressure on Dallas and Jane to figure out who was behind all these events in the first place. There are some heartbreaking scenes with these two as the book continues. Certain people become implicated in the plot, people that both Dallas and Jane are close to, and seeing how they react to those things, how they handle it is sometimes very sad to read. Also the strained relationship between Jane and Dallas and their parents is also hard to read, especially with their dad. I mean I wish he would […]

Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

Posted July 21, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

I read the novella for this series a while back and I remember enjoying it, so it was an easy choice for me to pick up this book as well. I don’t know why but the idea behind the whole rescue diver thing is just super cool for me, and even better is this is cold water stuff. I don’t know about you guys but I in no way ever want to have anything to do with being under water when the water is that freezing, so already these characters are a bunch of superheroes to me. So the cool thing about this book is that it really is kind of a murder mystery with a suspenseful someone’s out to get me plot. I liked the investigative elements in this book a lot, and I liked being on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. So our heroine is Lou, and she is pretty awesome. She’s complex, she left her life behind in Connecticut to strike out on her own and really find herself and stop being under the thumb of her family. At first I though she was awesome and cool, a little messy, but funny, and super dedicated to the dive team. Plus it’s not like being on the dive team is a full time job so she’s also a barista in town. But later on in the book you find out how educated she is and the life she could […]

Redemption River by Lindsay Cross

Posted October 21, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Redemption River by Lindsay Cross

So this book appealed to me for a couple of reason: I love books with military guys (they are just super hot and I love a guy who can handle himself and protect the people he cares about), I really like books with a thriller/suspense element to it, I love books where the main characters have a past together, especially when that relationship didn’t end on the best of terms, and lastly, I love books where there is an element of revenge involved. So when the book starts its seriously kind of heartbreaking. Hunter is our hero and he is a member of a special ops teams, and in the middle of a mission he ends up losing one of his guys, and you can tell the whole thing is just so hard for him. Especially since he was injured and he can’t go back out to look for his guy. So while he is recovering, half of his team gets sent back to Hunter’s hometown, there is intel saying the attack and the weapons smuggling they were investigating is coming from back there, and omg his ex might be involved. When the book starts, Hunter has a lot of anger built up, and he isn’t really looking forward to spending time with Evie, but he is looking forward to getting some kind of payback on her, on taking her down, both for justice as well as kind of payback for her cheating on him. I actually liked Hunter, you […]

True Deceptions by Veronica Forand

Posted October 19, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
True Deceptions by Veronica Forand

I really like my romances to have a touch of suspense, and I really like books with spies in them, so when I saw that this book was about MI6, and looked like it was full of suspense, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I also kind of really liked the idea of the tortured hero, early on in the book you realize how jaded Simon is, and really how much he doesn’t want to be involved in that world anymore, but how he is being really forced back into it. So I really have mixed feelings about this book. It’s like it had all the elements that it needed for me to like the book, but it just didn’t work for me. Really I think it kind of comes down to Cassie, she never really worked for me, and I never bonded with her as a character so it made it hard for me to be invested in the story. So Cassie is a smart girl, she has some really strong specialties that should make her an asset, she’s also an attractive girl. But she is also amazingly naive. She is in no way shape or form prepared to be out in the field with Simon (the actual spy), and I am honestly amazed that they didn’t all just die. Cassie is really kind of awkward to me as well, she wants to be good at her job which somehow translated into getting into bed […]

Sins of Her Father by Kathleen Mix

Posted September 20, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Sins of Her Father by Kathleen Mix

I have to admit I had some serious mixed feelings about this book, I wanted to like it a whole lot more then I did. I really loved the premise of the book, that our heroine is the product of a rape, and after her mother dies she finds out about it. So what does she do, she seeks out to get revenge on the man who raped her mother. Of course, once she gets there things never go exactly to plan do they? Like I said, I liked the premise of the story. So our heroine is Faith, and I didn’t really bond with her. I don’t know if it was because of the character, or because I felt like early on in the book, when I was first getting to know her the writing kind of dragged for me. I could understand her motivations behind wanted to make sure her biological father paid for his crimes. It seems like growing up with her mother was not exactly the ordinary upbringing most people have, her mother was really damaged by the rape and because of that had strong views about sexuality and how to dress and act, which is understandable given her trauma. And of course this new information gives Faith a whole new insight into her mother. I just had a hard time with Faith, she really didn’t have the right personality type for her agenda of revenge/confrontation, and she was really kind of bad about hiding her […]

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 […]

Firewall by Sonya Clark

Posted August 21, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Firewall by Sonya Clark

I picked up this book a while ago, and unfortunately it was one of those books that made its way to the back of kindle and I forgot all about it. Lucky I decided to dig deep and look at all the books I forgot about, and found Firewall. Now as I have said before I am always leery about picking up a book mid-series, but the synopsis of this one just pulled me in. I have really been in the mood for urban fantasy lately, or really anything with a magical twist, so this is exactly the kind of book I was looking for. So first off the thing that stuck out to me the most when it came time to pick up this book is that its about witches, and I love me some witches. Also this book takes place in the U.S. but way in the future (okay not that far in future, I mean it’s not like we are in space or something, but its still the future). In terms of world building, I really liked the whole oppressive version of the U.S. and how the magic laws have effected so much of the population, it’s interesting to think about the U.S. being under economic sanctions from other countries because of how they treat their citizens (and can I just say I hope it never comes to that). Anyway, Clark does a good job painting a picture of the protests and the way the people living […]

Black Dawn by Cristin Harber

Posted July 13, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Black Dawn by Cristin Harber

I love books with hackers, I am sorry it’s just my thing, give me a computer nerd everyday of the week and I’m happy, especially if they are built and can carry a gun (just saying). I love a good romance under fire, I mean who doesn’t love some added suspense in their romance? So we start off with Lexi meeting a guy at a bar, and talk about a bad decision, I mean seriously. This guy, Matt, well he turns out to be bad news. Two years later, she engaged to the guy who is beyond abusive and threatens to hurt her dog. Honestly that part killed me. I know what it is like to love an animal so much, to feel like they are the only friend you have and then to have that animal threatened. I mean seriously there is a special place in hell for people who threaten and hurt animals just because they can. From the beginning I just wanted Lexi to get the heck out of dodge. And it’s so hard to read sometimes because she is such a smart girl, clearly has the resources to leave, she has just been broken down slowly over time and her desire to belong and be loved is being completely used against her. Seriously my heart just broke for her. And then we have Parker. Oh sweet Parker. Who doesn’t love a hacker who works for the good guys, is built like a rock, and can protect […]