Friday, August 24, 2018

Review: The Reaper - Barbara Devlin

The Reaper by Barbara Devlin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After fleeing an unscrupulous business partner, who lured her into a perilous trap in order to steal her fortune, Charitye Vanderley is assaulted and left for dead. Saved by a less than honorable, altogether vulgar but handsome hero, she must survive in a foreign land, surrounded by strangers, and she knows not who to trust. Desperate, she places her fate in Blade Reyson's callused hands, as she has no one else to defend her, but her errant knight is not what she believes. Alone and afraid, she takes a leap of faith on her unconventional champion, sets sail for Virginia, and prays Blade will not disappoint her, but she does not guard her heart.

The last in a legendary line of motely pirates, Blade 'Reaper' Reyson sails the seas in search of prize and booty, but he knows the world is changing, and his days as a buccaneer are numbered. When he rescues a young woman floating in the waters near the docks in Port Royal, he turns to an old friend for help. The beautiful widow relies on Blade for comfort and security, and it is a powerful enticement for a man with no prospects. To shield his lady, he embarks on a new path and signs a pact that will guarantee a full pardon for past offenses, if he fulfills the terms and commits no further crimes.
What happens when old adversaries threaten to destroy the future Blade and Charitye covet?

Just when I thought Devlin could not surprise me any further, she did just that. Devlin wrote a serial! Well, as of right now it's just the first installment, however, as with every other one of her books, I could not put it down. Although tame in comparison to her previous work, there was never a lack of chemistry between Charitye and Blade, her savior. Even though this was just the first installment, it read as a full story with only a mystery to be solved. I cannot wait to see what happens with Charitye and Blade next!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review: Gone With the Ghost - Erin McCarthy

Gone With The Ghost (Murder by Design, #1)Gone With The Ghost by Erin McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…

Ryan claims he didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan’s counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.

An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan’s former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.

This story did not turn out the way I thought it would. I love that Bailey believed and stuck by Ryan even when it becomes very apparent that Ryan is undeserving of her loyalty. However, she comes across as a bit of a doormat. Not just with Ryan, who tends to fly off the handle at any given moment and still expect her to drop everything to help him, but a doormat to everyone else. I just wish she womaned up more often

Review: Protected by my Boss - Tia Siren

Protected By My BossProtected By My Boss by Tia Siren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My secretary needs my protection. 
I’m a billionaire. I’m used to taking what’s mine. 
But Joanna is the one woman I’ll keep out of my bed. 
Don’t get me wrong. She’s hot. 
Curves that make a man hard - and the purity of an angel. 
But a man like me doesn’t crush angels. 
Her psycho ex is coming after her. 
I’ll hide her away in my mansion out of town. 
Just me and her – and my desire to f*ck her. 
But I won’t touch her. 
I won’t take advantage of her. 
She wants to show me her gratitude. 
Begs to repay me. 
I’ll let her strip for me and then picture her body later - imaging it’s her hand on my c*ck. 
That’s as far as I’ll let it go. 
But who the hell am I kidding?
I’m hard - but I’m not made of steel.

It was a good story, but I had some serious issues with the timelines being off and the grammatical errors. How can someone have just gone missing 8 hours prior, flip a cou[ple pages and it's been 2 days, go forward a couple more pages and suddenly it's back to having only been 8 hours? Unless someone's got the use of a time machine, that's just not possible. And if they did, this would have been a completely different story.

I was getting aggravated with our so-called heroine's wishy-washy behavior and lackadaisical attitude when it came to her own safety, but I had to keep reminding myself that abused women are often hesitant to leave or even press charges when they do, so I gave her some leeway. But I have to admit, even keeping that in mind, she was really pushing my buttons.

Overall it was a good story, but it could have been better