Archive | May 20, 2015

Love Down Under Various authors .

 

Love Down Under  Various authors .

 

 Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

 

ROSALIND JAMES, – Just for You (Escape to New Zealand),
TRACEY ALVAREZ, – Melting Into You (Due South),
DIANA FRASER ,– The Playboy’s Redemption (The Mackenzies),
H.Y. HANNA ,– Playing to Win (Summer Beach Vets),
JOANNE HILL, – Falling for Jack ,
KRIS PEARSON ,– The Boat Builder’s Bed (Wicked in Wellington),
ANNIE SEATON, – Beach House (Bondi Beach Love),
SERENITY WOODS, – A Secret Between Friends (Treats to Tempt You),

Genre:  Romance,

Another romance bundle, all stand alone books, at an absolute bargain price. These are a great way to try out new ( to you ) authors without spending more than a small sum. I’d read a couple a while back as individual reads, and have caught up with two more of them since. They’re all fun reads, and give a real flavour of each authors writing style, in a summery, blue sky background. Think beaches, suntan lotion and holidays and you’re there. They are all complete novel, from a decent novellas length to full size reads.  Each have a “heat” label, though the two I’ve just read were labelled steamy they  really contained not much more than a few hot and heavy kisses and some indication of what would follow, so for me they’re not quite what I’d call steamy. If you like a novel where the story is paramount and the sex secondary, these are a great group. I enjoy sexy reads but for me the story always comes first and I’ve had fun with these.

Stars: Five, bargain bundle

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

 

 

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Witches Be Burned, A Magic & Mayhem Novel, Stacey Kennedy

 

Witches Be Burned, A Magic & Mayhem Novel, Stacey Kennedy
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance,
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

I had some issues with book one, but TBH first books in a sereis have a hard job to do with setting up a new world and characters and placing a good story so I like to try the second novel. Sadly for me I have the same issues here as in book one. Rookie Nexi is still the one with the answers all the while and yet the other Supernaturals have hundreds – probably thousands – of years of experience between them, and then my pet hate number two – she gets new powers and “knows” how to use them instinctively, just at the moment she needs them. I like my heroes/heroines to work for solutions, to use skills and powers we’ve already seen, and it just feels to me like a cop out when there’s an insta solution like this. Still, that’s my view and I’m sure other readers will have no problems with it. Kyden is a bit of an overprotective man here. I get he’s scared but this is Nexi’s job and she keeps having to remind him of that. she gets scared for him too – that’s natural and they have to work with it – everyone who cares for someone will feel this way, but it can’t get in the way of the job. I wasn’t really feeling the romance between them either – he’s over the top protective one moment, full on sex the next, but there doesn’t seem much build up, normal interaction that has that sensuality I enjoy. you know – the little comments and quips, the tiny connections that make up the day – its all or nothing with these two. The warlock – he doesn’t come in til close to the end, though I expected we’d see more of him. The overall plot feels a bit simplistic, and I struggled to stay interested. I guess its just a series that isn’t working for me, though its well written and will have many for whom it’s perfect. As ever not all books suit all readers, it’d be a dull world if they did.

Stars: Two, just didn’t work for me.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

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