Archive | June 24, 2014

Elly In Love, Colleen Oakes


Elly In Love, Colleen Oakes
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I hadn’t read book one, but it seemed like each part was complete so that I could still enjoy this one. That was right, it’s easy to pick up and follow along the story arc. Elly was great, human, flawed, trusting and prone to self critisism – much like many of us πŸ™‚ I could identify with her straight away, and then I met Snarky Teenager. Oh how well she was portrayed, mums of daughters, sisters, friends with nieces etc will be nodding their heads at ST’s actions. I loved her, she made a terrific foil, that quiet, sharp wit, talent and yet underlying teen insecurity crossed with teen overconfidence. They lurch from one to the other constantly! Elly’s friends – great bunch, Keith – wow what a man…..and then Dennis, and once again mums, friends, family who’ve had one of these will recognise so much in him. I’ve has both – an ST and two Dennises…thankfully long past that stage but some bits were so so familiar!
So, poor Elly, just when she’s picked up the pieces of her life, embryonic relationship with Keith going well ( he is such a romantic!), business finally in the black, home life seems to have settled and then…. everything seems to be lurching once again, problems with family life by way of Dennis, problems with business by way of The Celebrity Wedding, and problems with Keith – oh that part was heartbreaking but faced with that scenario I’d hope I’d do the same thing. She’s been caught out once, doesn’t need it again. I just couldn’t understand what Keith was doing – he loved her that was clear so why???
So, its a humorous romp through Elly’s life, wrapped up with drama, pathos, emotion, and lots of tears… I so, so wanted everythng to come through for her, she deserved it to be right,she was loyal, loving, hardworking, so why on earth did eveything keep going wrong for her.
It’s a fun read, packed with action, people who feel very real, and I’m looking forward to the next book and where her journey takes her. Of course as a gardener and flower lover the descriptions of those has me fantastising about them…wondeful mental images. It’s part of a series but could be read as a stand alone as its a complete tale.
Stars: Four, great fun.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.

Darkness Bound, A Night Prowler Novel, J.T. Geissinger


Darkness Bound, A Night Prowler Novel, J.T. Geissinger
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I love paranormal romance series, especially ones like this where each book has a complete romance, but for which there is an additonal main story linking all the installments.
This time, though I enjoyed this read, it didn’t grip me quite as much as the last one. I wasn’t convinced by Jack’s response to Hawk. OK he was hot but….she’s been so, so anti shifter, so publicly biased, so long entrneched in her beliefs I just wasn’t convinced by the speed of her mental shift. I found it off she accused her dad of being a bigot and yet didn’t think she was herself?? Likewise Hawk was so convinced of her bias and then…a few words of explaination, add in the searing attraction they have and … Still, it led to some hot and spicy sections πŸ™‚ That Hawk sure knows how to sweep a lady off her feet ( and onto the nearest surface!!)
I loved the build up to the problems, enjoyed seeing the others again, but the actual climax was – well, – anticlimatic for me. It seemed to be over very quickly. Not that I enjoy actual battle scenes, but I’d expected more problems from the way it had been set out. I’m pleased by the references to the larger problem, and the updates on it and I’m very curious to who exactly is behind it – who is the Chairman, and what’s his motive, other than absolute power of course !
Overall another good read, and a great addition to the series, but just not quite as solid for me as the last one.
Stars: Four, a good paranormal roimance and a great addition to the series.
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Awakening, Cassandra Carr


Awakening, Cassandra Carr
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
This is classed as Erotica, and also BDSM, but it’s not extreme in either genre, so if you’re a romance lover don’t let that put you off. I really enjoyed the story, though at one point in the last quarter I found Vanessa’s behaviour very OTT, and didn’t understand why she was doing it. I though she must have some other motive in mind but no, she really was just that Brattish that night and – I felt – very rude to both Will and his friend who’d been really supportive to her. That part just didn’t fit well with me, but it is only a small part of the story and the rest seemed very real life.
Will, he’s a great guy, been burned before by a lady so he’s very cautious and keeps his playing as just that, one offs at the club only. Nothing serious for him. He’s got a tough job as a hostage negotiator so blowing off some steam after a job is essential, and this is the way it works for him. And for the Subs I guess πŸ˜‰ as he’s a Dom of the best type, one that’s out to give them pleasure….Then he meets Vanessa. She’s a mature student, 22 to his 31, and doing a paper on BDSM for her degree. It’s something that interests her but she knows very little about it. She’s come to the club for info and she and Will have an immediate attraction.
I loved the way she mulled over the pyschology of BDSM – that’s something I find interesting, just why people act as they do, why we all have different needs, how what happens in our pasts can affect how we act in the present, and what we need. Not just in the BDSM world but in everyday lives. Vanessa used her pyschology knowledge further on too, when something serious had happened, and she needed to know more about what to do and how to help.
So its not just a romance, but one that touches on the actions and wants of two people one could find in everyday life. It’s easy to relate to them, to understand why Will felt maybe he was too old and jaded for Vanessa, to empathisise when she was worrying about school, money, and what she needed to do next. They felt just like people we could know, and that meant I could put myself in their position and really get involved in the story. And Love wins out – and that a winner for me too…
Stars: four – a beautiful romance with some extra spice and plot.
ARc received via Netgalley.

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