Oct 25, 2014

Seeds Of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers, #4) by J. A. Redmerski

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Genre:
Thriller/ Romantic Suspense

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Victor Faust’s new Order is growing. Business is good as there is no rest for the wicked in an underground world of hardcore criminals and contract killing. Relationships among the operatives have changed little over the past year—but things are about to change now, and all six high-ranking members of the new Order will be blindsided by an unlikely enemy. 

Loved ones whose only ties to Victor’s organization are their relationships with its members, are abducted. The price to get them back safely—the six must confess their deepest, darkest secret to this mysterious young woman named Nora, who is as deadly as she is beautiful, and who seems to know more about each of them than they know about each other. And although no one has any clue about who Nora really is, it becomes clear that she also isn’t who she appears to be. 

So much more is at stake than secrets and the lives of innocent loved ones; with each member that Nora forces to confess, the truth about their dark pasts and their present objectives will cast suspicion, pit some against each other, and may tear others apart. 

Before the game is over everyone will know who this woman is and why she is here, but the damage she will leave in her wake could be the beginning of the new Order’s destruction. 

Whose dark secret will be the darkest of all? And can Victor’s Order survive any of them?

RATING:


***MY REVIEW***

"Love makes a person vulnerable, even the most skilled, most intelligent, most unbreakable human being."


Everyone has secrets. Some secrets being deep-buried, darker and more dangerous than others if they ever come to the wrong hands. Imagine then the weight and depth of secrets of  5 agents of one underground organisation.

After the heart-breaking ending of the previous book which shattered the world of Victor Faust's order things seemed finally getting back to normal, but as we all know- nothing good lasts forever. Their lives, relationships and trust is tested yet again after the arrival of a new character- Nora Kessler, if that's her real name.

"Who the fuck are you, you insane bitch?" he demands.
"Oh, love," she says whimsically, "don't rough me up too much or I might just fall in love with you."

Nora is beautiful, sensual, provocative and one of the most dangerous people they came across.  Nobody knows who or where this woman came from or what are her true motifs, but she has something of theirs and they are forced to do as she commands. She will give them what they want, but first, there's one indisputable condition they have to fulfill: reveal their deepest, darkest secrets and when those secrets begin to reveal all hell will break loose.

Dark, gripping, suspenseful thriller.


One word: perfection. I liked Fredrik's story, but this installment was mind-blowing! I was hooked from the first page and the suspense kept me on my toes til' the very ending. In this story you'll find out more about the background of all main characters (Izabel, Victor, Niklas, Dorian etc.) and some of their secrets will leave you speechless. While I more than enjoyed every book of this series, there was always *that little something* missing for me to rate it 5 stars, but this book deserves 10 stars and more! The writing was superb, the characters were amazing (btw. big girl-crush on Nora) and the last page and that heart-wrenching epilogue left me in awe. Whose secret is the darkest? Whose secret has the power to divide the whole organisation? Buy the book & find out! I highly recommend this series to all fans of dark, suspenseful, romantic reads.

Beatrix, you were right- this installment is  the best in the series so far and one of the best books I read this year in general. Thank you J. A. Redmerski! I'll be impatiently waiting and counting days until the next book.

"We do everything together, my love, my devil, my dark prince.
We seek vengeance together. We fuck and we love and we damn and we destroy together until the day we die together."


xoxo

Oct 24, 2014

Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Contemporary Romance/ Suspense

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Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run. 

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

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***REVIEW***

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"Haunted, I'm being haunted. All the denial I own won't change my reality."

If I had read this book 2-3 years ago when I still enjoyed books with themes similar to Fifty Shades Trilogy I would have probably loved it, but nowadays I feel like I just overgrew these type of stories. I would even go so far and say that this book is better written and with more focus on the plot than sex scenes in comparison to FST, even though there's fair share of steam here, too. It started out promising, I really thought that I might like it, but my first impression and excitement lessened with every next page.

The reasons why this book wasn't for me:

~ Indecisive, naive and annoying female MC

"I guess ghosts are like lies. They swim like sharks all around me."

The female mc of this story is Amy Bensen or better say that's one of her fake names. Throughout the story we are given little clues and snippets about Amy's true identity and that's it. We don't find out her real name (except in the synopsis where it says it's Lara) or more about her background in this installment. The one thing that's certain is that Amy is in big trouble. We meet her at the beginning of the story when she's unexpectedly leaving  NY and her life there and moving to Denver with a totally new identity and it's said that this is not her first time.

She's been running from city to city for six years already, since her 18th birthday, always casting glances over her shoulders to be sure none of the ghosts from her past are following. As I already said- the beginning was gripping. The suspense and mystery are going to keep you on your toes, well, at least until she meets Liam when most of the focus of the story shifts on accelerated building of their romance. I kind of lost my respect for Amy after she gets involved so quickly with a stranger (Liam) she knew nothing about considering her life/death situation and later on the way she always found some excuse for his caveman behavior. Her naive and immature behavior made me wonder how could a person like her survive for so long on the run? Highly unlikely, if you ask me.

~ Over-possessive caveman for a male MC

"Money breeds lies, baby. They swim like sharks around me."

The male mc of this story is a famous billionaire and prodigy architect- Liam Stone. Liam is intelligent, drop-dead gorgeous, provocative, cocky and  intense. One of those guys who can have everything and anyone his heart desires. While I admit that at the beginning of the story even I wasn't indifferent to his charm, soon enough with every next page his more expressed outbreaks of jealousy and possessiveness started to be extremely annoying. Remember Christian Grey? Well, Liam could be some type of his lighter version.

"He wants you. I want you. I can't walk away form you, Amy, and I have this sense you could bolt at any minute. And yes, you're right. I'm being barbaric. And intense. That's who I am and I can't be anyone but me."


~ Undeveloped mystery
The  best parts of this story for me were the beginning and the ending or better say the gripping and intriguing way the mystery/mindfuck started and the thrilling way it ended. Everything in-between was lacking in those departments and increasing when it comes to lame, over-dramatic situations. The story would have been much better in my opinion if the author was more imaginative and focused on developing the mystery and less on the romance.

I would recommend this book to the fans of authors like E. L. James and Sylvia Day. I'm positive that they will enjoy it more than I did.

xoxo

Oct 23, 2014

Release Day - Prisoner (Criminales & Captives, #1) by Skye Warren and Annika Martin


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Dark Erotic Romance



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"He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.

But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.

And you might crave him more than your next breath."


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xoxo

Rescued by Felice Stevens

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MM Contemporary Romance

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Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother's punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he's determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.

After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?

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***MY REVIEW***

I didn't realize how being with the right person could change your world and your outlook on everything, but you have to know you rescued me from myself. You've made everything in my life so much better from the moment I saw you.

Adorable puppies, GFY mm romance, raving reviews of friends- I should have loved it, I know, but unfortunately, my feelings about this book are rather mixed. I had trouble even getting into the story at the beginning, mostly because the dialogues didn't have that natural, realistic flow, but more of that this-happens-only-in-a-book flow, but then, after a few chapters the story started to get better and better.

The main reason for that is the sweet, slow-building friends-to-lovers/ GFY relationship between the MCs- Jason & Ryder. Their story begins after Jason adopts one of the dogs Ryder rescued and took to the animal center where he is working along with his two best friends. Their love for animals is what brought them together, but there's also palpable, scorching chemistry since the moment they laid their eyes on each other with one big problem: Jason is straight. Or is he really? Of course he's not, since this is a mm romance book and we all are turning pages and eagerly waiting for that moment when he finally gives in to his secret, deep-buried desires. I'm addictive when it comes to these gay-for-you mm stories, that's indisputable.

My level of tolerance of cheesy lines is getting lower and lower with every next book. This book had some of those, not too much, but still enough for me to roll my eyes a couple of times. I suck at romance, I know. What can I say in my defense is that I prefer deeds, not words when it comes to relationships and romance. If they had been together for a few years I could take it, but to proclaim such deep feelings at the beginning of the relationship- nope, not my thing. There were also some light, not enough developed dramatic situations which solved in the most convenient ways, but those ways were pretty smoking hot, so I didn't mind the drama that much, lol.

All in all, the book had its good and not so good moments. If you are mm romance fan who wants to read a sweet, light & emotional GFY mm romance and have a bigger tolerance for some cheesy content than me, then you should definitely give it a try!

xoxo

Oct 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #14


Waiting on Wednesday is weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Goal is to connect bloggers and readers trough their most anticipated upcoming reads. So, here is what we on Way Too Hot Books can not wait to grab.

One Love (Gypsy Brothers, #7) by Lili Saint Gremain 






"Will Julz complete her mission for vengeance against the Gypsy Brothers? Or is Dornan still one step ahead?

More shocking secrets will come to light and lives will be lost in this final, devastating instalment of the Gypsy Brothers series."







  
Expected publication date: November 2014

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Oct 21, 2014

Review: INCURSION by Aleksandr Voinov






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When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can't refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs-those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs.

Kyle's best lead is the Scorpion, a mercenary ship armed to the teeth. Grimm, the "Scorpion's" pilot and captain, fascinates Kyle. He's everything Kyle lost with his legs, and he's from the same home world. He's also of the warrior caste-half priest, half savior. But Grimm's been twisted by life as a merc, and Kyle's stuck undercover as a criminal on the run.

That doesn't stop Grimm from coming on to Kyle, or from insisting he's more than the sum of his past and his useless legs. But Kyle has other concerns-like tracking a dangerous morph who could be wearing anyone's face. And as if things weren't complicated enough, Kyle can't tell if Grimm is part of the solution . . . or part of the problem.





 
 My rating:  ✮✮✮✮


My review:



This was my first time reading sci-fi. It's weird I haven't tried it before since science fiction is something I like, but somehow I've never looked for sci-fi books. That could have gone on for a long time, but I am in the process of reading everything Aleksandr Voinov's ever written, and if anyone's going to get me to try something new, it's him. This book was an excellent start.

Incursion was a great novella. I expected it to be good, but it was better. True to myself, I haven't read the blurb before reading it, so it kept surprising me in the most bestest ways.

This may have been a story set in an alternate universe, with aliens, space travel, and very advanced technology, but it felt very real, and sadly, at times too realistic. As a species, humans are not the most... Oh, hell, why sugarcoat it: we can be quite despicable; the aliens are better off without us. Kyle Juenger can verify that.

Kyle (who I would love to read more about) was a wonderful hero. Scarred, alone, depressed, self-deprecating; I liked him from page one. Actually, I really, really, really liked him. With his situation, and the mission offered to him that could help him out, I just wished for him to successfully finish it so he could have the means to lead a better life; anything to make it easier for him. But, as I said, I didn't previously read the blurb, or else I'd have known that it was in his cards to cross paths with Grimm.

One of those "most bestest ways" this novella surprised me was Grimm. His character slowly but surely wormed his way into my good graces, and I am now his huge fan. I went from thinking of him as a character who would give Kyle a little fun, to him being a means to an end, and I ended up believing he was the end, a very nice end. What can I tell you: the guy grew on me. I loved him.

Aaannnddd, yeah, I absolutely loved Kyle and Grimm together. I didn't expect the story would go in that direction, but it was a welcome surprise. I hope it goes well for them.

Lastly, the world of Incursion seemed interesting and full of stories to tell, personal and political, so I'd be more than happy to read them. Seems such a shame creating a universe and leaving it at only one story. I'd like some more. Pretty please.


 
XOXO
 

Oct 18, 2014

Review: BLINDFOLDED INNOCENCE (Innocence, #1) by Alessandra Torre






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"I'm not sure what you have been told about me, but I'm not nearly as bad as they make me out to be." His deliciously deep voice carried a little bit of ego.

I'm sure you are exactly as bad as they make you out to be….

Brad De Luca is used to getting whatever and whomever he wants. The premier divorce attorney in town, he's a playboy who's bedded half the city—including his own clients. And when the newest intern at his firm poses a challenge, his seductive prowess goes into overdrive.

Pre-law student Julia Campbell is fresh off a failed engagement and happy with her new independence. Even if she weren't warned away from Brad at every turn, she'd know he was bad news. The last thing she needs is a man who could destroy her job prospects, not to mention her innocence. But before she knows it, the incorrigible charmer has her under his spell. His deviant tastes plunge her deep into a forbidden world of sexual exploration…but her heart may not survive the fall.





 
 My rating:  ✮✮


My review:



My experience with Alessandra Torre's books has been a positive one, so it kind of came as a surprise to me that this book didn't continue that. This was the author's first book, but I am so glad it was not the first book by her I read, because it may have made me stay away from her work. Yeah, unfortunately, this book did not work for me at all.

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Going in I knew this book was first published in that dark time when a lot of erotic romance novels were influenced too much by Fifty Shades of Grey, and sure enough I could feel that while reading Blindfolded Innocence, another story about a young, innocent student and a hot billionaire with a secret.

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I'd say the heroines I've found in A. Torre's books so far were strong, cunning, they knew what they wanted and they went for it, and they were very sexually open--that was another aspect of their lives where they knew what they wanted and they went for it. So finding Julia in an A. Torre book was rather baffling. To tell you the truth, the best way I could describe Julia would be: annoying. The woman started getting on my nerves on page one and didn't stop until the very end. The way she talked about herself and others was infuriating. She described herself as a being practically a saint (in regards to her sexual history), and her friends basically as sluts. Julia's game was going home with various men, getting them all worked-up, desperate for her, and then stopping everything and leaving. Apparently she liked the power trip, but how long could she have done that before she ran into someone who wouldn't accept the party was over? That's some risky business there, and it wasn't the only risky thing she did. Also, she said that got her off, except she never actually got off (until Brad, of course), something I found very odd with Julia. The only thing I kind of liked about her was that she didn't seem to fall under Brad's charms too much. Kind of. Mostly, I found her annoying (which I already mentioned), judgmental, and very inconsistent. I wish that in the process of editing and expanding this book before its rerelease those mentions of her subconscious were deleted. They just screamed Anastasia Steele, and when subconscious smacked Julia, I wanted to do the same.

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Before reading, I have seen much drooling over Brad de Luca, so I was looking forward to meeting him. Sadly, his character left me indifferent. His traits and actions failed to get a reaction from me. His womanizing ways did manage to piss me off once, and it was the situation with him and Julia's boss's wife. That was so not cool. Other than that, nothing. Not even the fact he's into swinging got to me. With so many stories and rumors surrounding him I expected a man a lot different than the one that Julia spent time with. Like Julia, I found him inconsistent. Or maybe she was just too self-absorbed to see him for what he is. Whatever it was I didn't like it.

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Julia & Brad together... What can say about that? To make long story short, I thought they met too late in the book, got together too soon, moved too fast, got too personal too soon (and really who shares such personal information with people who are practically strangers to them), and just the flow of their so called relationship felt unnatural.

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The two of them, seemed to me like they were characters who were trying to break free from the mold that was popular at the time, and the roles that were making them miserable, all to become the type of characters I've encountered in later A. Torre's books, characters that felt much more comfortable in their own skin. I could be way off on this, but that's just the vibe I got.

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To be honest, the only person I liked in this book was Julia's boss, the hard-working man who everyone liked to call boring.

However, even with all of these issues, I am continuing with this series, and I will make it to the end. Why? Because I've read many reviews saying books two and three are much, much better, and since they were written much later that this one, when the author published some other books I really enjoyed, I'm inclined to believe those reviews. I hope I'm right.

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Let's continue!


 
XOXO
 
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