Archive | April 28, 2015

Midnight Ride, Cat Johnson

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Midnight Ride, Cat Johnson
Genre:  Romance.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well, romance and cowboys, a nice easy read. I did enjoy this, and the younger man angle was something different – why is it no one bats an eyelid if the man is 36 and the woman 24 – its all wink, wink and congratulations,  lucky guy, way to go etc. but when its the other way round there’s murmurings of cougars and how it can’t last….Janie is worried about that too – there’s real chemistry between her and Tyler, and though he’s a rep as a player and reckless, underneath that is a man that’s solid and responsible and knows what he wants. He’s done all the light stuff, playing the field with the one nighters and now he wants more, and he sees Janie as his future. Sadly though she finds it hard to believe, thinking all the negatives that are pushed the way of older lady – younger man…Tyler has his work cut out to persuade her what they have can be permanent, and that he doesn’t want someone younger.
I think my biggest problem with this read was the time scale, it all takes place over a couple of weeks and for such a big change in life, for Janie to understand she’s not a quick fling for him  I really needed it to cover months. I’d have a problem too, believing Tyler could change in the space of a week. After all they met when he was escaping from his latest would be sex for the night fling….
I really liked Janie as a character and Tyler – it was easy to see he’s more than he shows everyone, but I needed the time for him to convince Janie – I just couldn’t see that in a couple of short weeks she’d have such a mental turn around. Tyler – wow – he was definitely hot, and very mature when he showed that side of his character. He was loving to his family, responsible and loyal to his friends, and as evidenced by his giving up one night a week to help a local store owner who was sick, on top of what he was doing for Janie, ( round the ranch, not to her!!) he was hardworking. He actually felt a lot older than 24 going on 25 and I think that’s why it worked so well between them – he’d done the mad bit and was ready for more. Janie, well, her husband was older, and his illness had made him very sedate, he was loving but not a ball of energy. Someone with some life in them that could make her feel young again – as she was at just 36 – was just what she needed. They had shared outlooks too, with the animals and ranch being something they both enjoyed. It made for what could have been for me a great read if it had been spread over a longer timespan, and had a bit more drama added. As it was it’s a sweet, easy read but not one I’d re read.
Stars: Three, a good read but a bit lightweight
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

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Wicked Exposure, Katana Collins

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Wicked Exposure, Katana Collins
Genre:  Romance, Erotica
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I knew already from Katana’s Soul series that I enjoy her writing style but this one isn’t paranormal, so wondered if I’d like it as much as I do her fantasy books. I did, that’s the short answer, its got everything I like in it. A good story, great characters, suspense that’s not too overcomplicated but still makes me struggle to work out who could be behind things, and of course some very sensual and spicy scenes. I got sucked into this read very quickly. Yes there were some things I had issues with, such as how Jessica lets so much go without questioning, and esp the party stuff….but for me the best way was to shut down that line of critical thinking and just enjoy the story. I may not have liked Jessica being so accepting but it let the novel progress into areas it needed to go.
I like the way bits unfold carefully, the way there are parts and people that seem to fit the growing mystery,  and then something comes up to make me doubt them. The steam between Sam and Jessica – and the scenes – are scorching and very sensual and worked perfectly given their background. I enjoyed too that its a rocky road for them and not just pick up where they left off all those years before. Dane – he’s a mysterious character and I want to know more about him, he’s very enigmatic and I’m sure he knows much more than he’s saying but whether he’s actually behind things who knows…I can’t quiet see it but then?
The dangers start stacking up quickly and the body count grows. Just when I think I’ve worked out one possible angle it all changes. Add in the romance that’s on, off and then on again and its for me the perfect mix of sensual romance and addictive mystery. The only downside is my pet hate, cliff-hanger ending
Stars: five, a great read and I so wish the next part was ready now – I hate waiting, especially when it ends like this.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

Edit: I emailed Katana about the follow up. The final part is out Oct 27th 2015.

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