Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Slip Point by Karalynn Lee

Slip Point is a sweet love story set in the futuristic society of space.  Shayalin and Jayce met as children on an outer 'homesteader' planet while watching the supply ships dock at the space port.  They are drawn together by their love of space travel and their desire to join the Corps and become space pilots.  They are in love and waiting to apply for the corps together as soon as Shay becomes of age.  However, Shay isn't accepted into the corp because her long thought dead father is actually a very alive notorious space pirate.  Shay is so shocked by the revelation that she runs off embarassed and stunned.  Jayce is abandoned and left to go through his dreams alone.  Shay cannot possibly return to her home planet and face her mother who has lied to her for 18 years.  Instead she bargins her way on to a cargo ship and comes up with a plan to meet her father.  Once she meets him she demands he give her a ship and teach her to fly since it is his fault her dreams were crushed. 
10 years later, Shay is a notorious pirate in her own right.  Her father accepts a smuggling mission to get a special government official's wife off a medical planet and through a barricade.  The corp pilot assigned to the mission is none other than Jayce.  Sparks fly as he realizes that his Shay is actually the legendary pirate Lin Bailey. 
This was a novella of a 100+ pages and a quick read.  I enjoyed the premise and thought the romance between Jayce and Shay was sweet.  There are what I would call tame erotica.  There are sex scenes but they are very sweet and loving.  I really wanted to give this 3.5 stars.  I would recommend it as a quick read for anyone who enjoys a futuristic romance.  The only criticism I have is that it could have used some expansion on background for the characters and space society.  It sort of felt as the the world was very well though out but I was reading a book that was part of a bigger series that I had picked up out of order.  It does stand alone but I wanted more character development of Jayce and Shay.  I also would have liked to understand more about the governing body and spokes of the space travel she describes.  This is a good start for a relatively unknown author.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Last Breath (Morganville Vampires 11) by Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine never fails to provide a roller coaster of action.  I always know when I sit down with a Morganville Vampire book I am in for a ride.  Last Breath starts with the engagement of Eve and Michael.  The town is torn by the impending engagement because the last Vampire-Human Marriage ended badly.  There is also a surge of Human Pride that is shunning Claire and Eve as traitors.  Prejudice tempers the climate in Morganville but this is not the only danger brewing.  There is something coming that has even the most ancient and powerful vampires scared enough to run away from it.  Shane almost gets killed just because he and Claire were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Claire feels betrayed by the vampires she trusted most.  Vampires and Humans alike are vanishing and stores and businesses are being forced to close.  Morganville is like a disaster zone after an apopcolypse. 
I honestly don't want to say much more because that would ruin the ride.  If you are a Morganville fan, this book will shock you to the core.  Any fans of Urban Fiction will love this series.  This is one for the keeper shelf.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Marked (Delacroix Academy 2) by Inara Scott

The Marked continues the story of Dancia and her fellow students at the Delacroix Academy.  The book opens with Dancia pledging into THE PROGRAM.  Dancia has an earth talent which is rare and will begin her training early due to events that happened near the end of the first book, The Canidates.  On one hand, Dancia is relieved to be in on the secret at Delacroix but totally unprepared for how to keep the it from her friends.  Dancia is a very strong level 3 talent that works on the forces of gravity and begins to train in her focus classes.  Dancia and Cam can finally begin dating in public since Cam will no longer be her Watcher. 
Dancia thought things would get easier but instead keeping secrets is eating at her.  She had to hide her bruises and injuries from training.  She also finds that Delacroix hasn't given up all it's secrets yet.  Not only is there an opposing sect of talents called the Irin but the violence keeps escalating and so does her training. 
The Marked is a roller coaster ride of action and emotion.  Dancia is falling in love with Cam but still feels a certain loyality to Jack.  Jack stays in contact with her even though they are on opposing sides.  Dancia knows something is rotten in The Program but isn't sure to trust.  Cam is so embedded into the team that he won't believe anything is amiss. 
I love the Delacroix series.  From the very first word, I am drawn into the story and rooting for Dancia to uncover all the mysteries.  In Book 2, Dancia begins to understand and come into her own power.  It was nice to see her transform from the ackward young girl into a confident young woman.  She also develops a sense of her confidence in her decisions.  She works out her loyalties and stands on her own convictions.  I would highly recommend this to any fans of the paranormal YA Romance.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thicker than Water (Briar Creek Vampires 2) by Jayme Morse and Jody Morse

I was so glad to be able to read Thicker than Water right after finishing Kiss of Death.  I actually liked this book better than the first.  This one was 602 pages and felt less hurried than the first one. If you haven't read the first book, stop reading right now and go read it as I am going to try not to spoil but because the story picks up after quite a cliffhanger in the first book, it will have to be given away a little bit.

At the beginning, Lexi is having a dreamlike experience where she sees her Mom and Austin.  Both have been issuing clues and warnings.  Lexi wakes in the hospital and pretends she has amnesia about the events leading up to the accident.  She hides her true feelings about Dan but also tries to avoid dating him anymore.  Her Aunt and Uncle seem to treat Lexi better immediately after the accident.  However, her aunt insists that Lexi goes right back to work which seems strange but then Violet is a total wack-job.  Gabe is missing from the accident scene and although Lexi is glad he's alive she can't help but feel he tried to kill her.  She begins getting helpful hints from an anonymous friend.  Lexi knows about Gabe being a vampire and suspects others but this book begins to unravel the secrets of Briar Creek. 
Dan is still around and Lexi tries to avoid him.  Aunt Violet insists that Dan drive Lexi to and from school.  Everyone at school wants to be her friend and talk about the accident.  All the guys she meets seem fascinated with her and ask her out.  Lexi is wary of everyone and her instinct tells her that they are lying.  She is alone and has no one she can trust.  The story continues to build until Halloween Night. 
Gabe reappears and is shocked to find Lexi lived through the crash.  Lexi immediately confronts him.  Gabe is in hiding from the rest of Briar Creek and he has to be careful about anyone seeing him.  He manages to meet with Lexi and most of the story unravels thanks to Gabe.
Thicker than Water has me sold.  I enjoyed Kiss of Death but loved this one.  I can't wait for the next one.  The Morse Sisters do have a wicked sense of a good cliffhanger which leaves you immediately wanting the next installment.  This is an awesome series and I can't wait to read more.

Kiss of Death (The Briar Creek Vampires 1) by Jayme Morse and Jody Morse

I found Kiss of Death as an Amazon Suggestion. The synopsis looked interesting and I admit it the cover is pretty. The story drew me in immediately and had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing which is hard to do.  The only reason I didn't give this five stars was because certain parts of the story felt like they happened too quickly such as parts of the romance. But I would recommend this for anyone who likes vampire romance with mysterious storylines.
Lexi Hunter and her Mom come home to Briar Creek after years away for Lexi's cousin, Austin's wake.  Austin was supposedly killed by a wild animal to Lexi this just doesn't add up.  As her Mom and her stay with her Aunt Violet and Uncle Tommy, Lexi asks around about Austin's death.  Everyone in Briar Creek is odd and there are so many secrets that keep you glued to the book.  Dan, Austin's best friend, shows interest in Lexi but so does the mysterious Gabe from across the street. On the night before, Lexi and her Mom as planning to go home, Lexi gets attacked and Lexi's Mom is killed.  The autopsy says that Lexi's Mom died from E.Coli but since she was a vegetarian, Lexi is sure her Mom was murdered.  Her Aunt and Uncle become her Gaurdians and become very controlling.  Lexi is frustrated by her Aunt's lies and insistance that she date Dan.  Although she likes Dan, Lexi feels swept away by Gabe who her aunt forbids her to see.  Gabe and Lexi still manage to connect here and there but to me it seemed as though Lexi just suddenly climbs in his lap and is all over him.  Dan is very creepy to me and the fact that her Aunt makes her date him made me root for Gabe.  But you can never really tell who is on Lexi's side.  Aunt Violet continues to control Lexi's life by grounding her, not turning on her internet, shutting off her cell phone, and forcing her to work and give them all her money. 
I really don't want to give too much away except this is an excellent read and be sure to buy the next book, Thicker than Water because there is a heck of a cliffhanger.  I was glad to be able to go on.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

At first glance, the cover definitely grabs your attention and makes you pick up this book.  I expected a hot romance with a sports stud but I wasn't expecting it to be such a great sweet romance.  Mick Riley is nearing the end of sports career but still on top.  He has had it all: hot women, money, fame,etc.  But when he approaches Tara Lincoln at the team party event she planned, not only does Tara politely refuse him but walks away.  Mick can't seem to get the natural beauty out of his mind and they spend the night together.  Tara is a driven business owner who has a 14 year old son who doesn't need a man or a relationship getting in the way.  She expects never to hear from Mick again.  So when he looks up her business and walks in to ask her out, Tara is thrown off kilter.  Mick and Tara have great chemistry and the romance is sweet and perfect.  Mick falls for Tara and is a great friend to her son, Nathan.  Tara continues to be cautious and worried about the 2 different worlds they live in. 
One of the best things about this book was the fact that the romance and relationship was allowed to build without all the drama.  Yes, Tara and Mick are world's apart in lifestyle but both are drawn together.  I like that Tara although scared didn't let Liz bully her and didn't freak out and act on her fears.  Mick was sweet and treated both Tara and Nathan with respect and love.  The only turn off for me personally was the use of a few certain words.  Personally, I don't find the F word sexy or a turn on so all the sex talk was a bit raw for me.  Don't get me wrong--I enjoy a good erotica but I appeciate it with a little more finesse than "F me hard".