Archive | August 24, 2014

Own, (Command Force Alpha), Katie Porter, plus Rafflecopter giveaway for a COACH bag.



Own, (Command Force Alpha), Katie Porter
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I do enjoy a romance with something extra to lift it – in this case there was the subtle BDSM angle, the need for control Evan had allied to the need to be controlled that Kat had, even though she wasn’t fully aware of it. She’d made some tentative enquiries in that direction in the past, but been put off by what she’d learned. Evan wasn’t professional but he knew what worked for him, and was able to translate that into what Kat needed.
Kat ( Katsu) – was a lovely lead. Part Japanese, multi – lingual and fiercely independent. She loves her father, has always accepted his career came first though and has very loving memories of her mother who died when she was young. She’s done a bit more sneaking into her father’s career that he knows though, not realising just how dangerous that can be given who and what his his work involves. She loved Evan, even though they only has a six week relationship before he left her four years ago, dropping her like a hot brick to work for her father. Now he’s second in command, and back with orders to look after Kat til the current crisis which threatens her is over.
At first they are very edgy, Kat is still full of resentment at the way he left, while Evan doesn’t really understand why. He thinks he did what was best, leaving that way, not realising that with the loss of her mother, and with her father being away so much Kat needed more from him. But hell, he’s a bloke Winking smile thinking isn’t always their strong point! Now he’s back, and the attraction between them is as strong as ever. Forced into 24 hrs. a day contact he can see what she needs, someone to take control and it pulls at his instincts to protect through order and discipline. Soon they’re into some heavy and sensual sex, with a kind of D/s feel to it, although it’s only fringe effect, careful orders, gentle punishment. What will happen once life is back to normal though? Will Kat be left distraught as she was before, will Evan just go ahead and do what he thinks is right without talking to her again? Even if they could reveal their secret relationship this time and move forward how will Kat cope knowing his life is in constant danger. She’s borne that burden with her dad all her life, and its affected her badly emotionally, could she cope with another person she loves facing death daily? Along with their relationship puzzle there’s the physical danger to them both via her dads organisations enemies, with her dad still very ill in hospital, and the people who shot him still at large. Its looking like what they’d tackled was a larger danger than expected, and it’s always possible that there’s a leak in the organisation….no-one is quite sure of what’s going on, not least me, as there were so many twists and turns in who was what, and where they fitted in to the puzzle!
I loved Evan’s strong attitude, the take charge Alpha male bit of him, and yet was so frustrated at the same attitude that couldn’t let him see just how badly he’s damaged Kat by leaving as he did. Her dad was terrific, and I loved the way she told him she was 22 now and should be allowed to make her own decisions about who was in her life. I couldn’t see a compromise for her and Evan, she had coped, but barely, with knowing her dad could be killed at any time and yet knew because of the secrecy needed in his work she may never know any details, or even if he was dead or just labelled as MIA. How could she accept someone else she loved being in that position, and yet how could she not be with Evan, their pull was so strong. Evan – even if he offered to leave his work for her she knew eventually he’s regret it, it was so important to him, and she didn’t want him to feel she had made him leave something he needed to do.It seems like a catch 22 situation and yet…was there a way through? I couldn’t see one but Evan had some really good ideas, and I loved the way that part played out, the way it was explained made so much sense to me, and I could see how it would work – if Kat would let it, but would she?

Its a complete novel, a stand-alone one,  which after all the part books and trilogies is great to read.
Stars: Four, a solid and sensual suspense novel.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers

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One day he’d find peace here.


Like the kind he’d found, so briefly, when Katsu had knelt before him. When she’d bowed her head. When she’d obeyed his commands — not just to the letter, but with such alm, orderly precision. Watching had been hypnotic…and so sexy that had she defied him, stood up and stripped naked, he wouldn’t haven turn on. Sure. Of course he would’ve. But he also would’ve been disappointed. He admired her strength, lived with equal parts admiration and frustration when it came to her stubborn streak, and knew she was one of the whip-crack smartest people he’d ever met. To have that strength humbled was not about bringing her down, but about giving them both a moment of tranquility.

Control and obedience.

Dominance and submission.


Katie Porter is the award-winning co-writing team of Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty, friends of nearly seven years. After wishing, scheming and planning, they finally share an office in the Chicago area.

Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two daughters aren’t appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love when she screams like a little girl around spiders.

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A Curse Awakened: A Weird Girls Novella, Cecy Robson


A Curse Awakened: A Weird Girls Novella, Cecy Robson
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Having just requested the latest book in this series while not having read the earlier ones, this was a really useful book. At 49p for 94 pages its excellent value too. It introduces us to the four sisters and how they gained their unique abilities, while still giving us an exciting and engrossing story. We also get to know the girls personality types too,not just their special abilities,  and see how close they are to each other. They’ve learned to rely on themselves, having been scorned and ridiculed by peers at school, and cast out by their parent’s family so have become very close knit as a result. Danny, their long time friend who is still close to Celia, needs their help and they discover in order to rescue his father from the vampires they need to know more about their origins. Luckily Danny is a scholarly type and used to research, so with his help they end up back at their roots – and straight into some real dangers. Throw in Danny’s fathers capture and its a short but fully packed read.
Its a great introduction to this world and I certainly want to read more from this author.
Stars: five, great escape from reality.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

Escape, Part One, Sydney Holmes


Escape, Part One, Sydney Holmes
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

I enjoyed this read but found the mystery behind it – who was Rowan really, and what was she running from, what was she hiding, really frustrating. To be honest I like  some mystery but this was a bit too in the dark. I really needed a bit more information. It was difficult to empathise with her, to understand what was going on when half the people we heard about via telephone, conversations or Rowan’s inner thoughts are still a mystery even at the end of the book.
I loved Shane, and his colleagues, and the way he felt for Rowan right from the start – and when they got together that was seriously hot…yet as a P.I. wouldn’t he have looked up some of the mystery about her – even if he just told himslef it was to help protect Rowan, as its clear she’s worried about something or someone?
There was a lot I found problematic – Rowen is only 31 and yet her son is 18? And he’s an expert at housebreaking, self defence, guns etc at that young age….so good that even the very expericened P.I.s are in awe of his talents..I really needed more on how this all happened, as it was it just felt too fictional and unreal, and for me I need to feel the people and the situations are or could be real.
At the end of the ARC the author notes state that books two and three will be out in August. Its 23rd Aug as I write this and though part two is out I can’t find any reference yet to part three. Hopefully its in the works, I hate to wait long between parts of a book. That brings me to my next point. This book is 144 pages, book two is 124 pages, and I’d prefer it all to be one book, rather than three!! I’ve noticed this happening a lot – books being released in sections and I’m sure there are those that love it – just not me! Partly because I’ve read so many part books where authors have never completed the series, and that’s really frustrating.
Stars: Its difficult, I think if I had the whole series as one it would be a four to five star, but as it is it feels so unfinished and I’ve so many unanswered questions that its a three from me. Good but not great.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

Flight From Hell, Yasmine Galenorn

Flight from Hell (An Otherworld Novella)


Flight From Hell, Yasmine Galenorn
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

I took a real gamble with this novella. I knew it was part of an existing series, none of which I’d read but….didn’t realise it was book 15.5!! Ah well, a challenge

So, I plunged straight into a complex world where there were demi gods, sorcerers, vampires, dragons shifters of every colour and people that were more than one thing….thankfully in the main paranormal authors stick to a few standards for each type of creature such as the vampires v stakes and fire. That makes it easier to follow the story, as did the brief explanation of how Shimmer came to be outcast from the paranormal Other-world down to the human one. She’s been stripped of many of her powers and is working under the guidance of Vampire Alex who’s a friend of the Dragon Overlord. Shimmer though has been acting strangely and her new boyfriend is concerned. His friends talk to her employer Alex and find out she’d been odd there too…and done something that would break her probation and get her sentenced to death!
I really enjoyed this, found the story easy to follow despite not knowing the characters…It’s a novella but at 126 pages had enough length to make a complete and realistic ( within fantasy bounds of course!) read. I love the mix of different creatures, enjoyed the snippyness of Menolly, and found Alex a potentially very interesting character. He’s the age on him to have accrued lots of secrets, and he’s not a toe the line, always play by the rules person. My favourite sort! Its a solid story too, with real danger, and showcasing the talents some of the people have perfectly. Its where having lots of different types comes in well, the author can really go to town on the adventure side and let rip into all sorts of dangers, knowing someone had the skills needed to get them out – its a matter of fitting the danger and outcomes together realistically while entertaining the reader. This book did all that and I’m keen to read more from the Otherworld series.  I don’t know how I’ve missed such an interesting and unusual author.
Stars: four, a perfect quick story to take the reader out of the real world for a brief time.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

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