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If we are all made in God's image, does that mean God is gender fluid.....

I love my family, I love my friends, I love all kinds of music however I am addicted to my books. I love reading. I love romance. I love angst.

Kiss of Danger (SWAT—Secret Werewolf Assault Team #1) - Anitra Lynn McLeod It was listed as a 'probably not' for me. But I decided to give it a try. It was better than I imagined it would be.
It was a little like other shifter stories but 'the kiss' was especially sweet and I liked that part.
I wonder who is next??
Accidental Alpha (Pack Partners) - Poppy Dennison It was quick but good. I liked it.
Catch a Ghost - S.E. Jakes Just started and laughed 4 times in first chapter.
The Mark Of The Dragon - Derek Adams Weird wacky stuff...
A Heart Without Borders - Andrew  Grey I hate, hate, hate to say it but this is probably my last Andrew Grey book.
There were so many disconnects here, the romance, the adoption and the spy business. None of them were gaining enough ground to keep me interested. The romance came literally out of nowhere. The adoption part was alright but short sighted. After listing all the reasons the adoption couldn't possibly happen, it felt like a serious miracle (Deus ex machina) was going to have to happen. I am not sure what the spy stuff was all about but then again I didn't care enough to keep reading. And Anthony's driver of 5 years dies (in an apparent spy fight) and the whole scene is 3-5 sentences and then Anthony states 'he wouldn't know what to do if something happen to Wes' and they've been whatever they are together for like a couple of weeks (face palm, shakes head.
Strength of the Wolf (The Tameness of the Wolf, #2) - Kendall McKenna This wasn't what I expected. It wasn't bad per se but it wasn't what I was looking forward to either.
There was a lot sex. So much that it almost felt like filler. There was a line that was repeated so often that I started to play a game in my head. Whenever there was a sex scene at the end of the paragraph I would say 'and he pulled away from the kiss with a smack'. It was literally in every sex scene.
The growth of Jeremy was 'behind the scenes'. I would have like to see more of his maturing. Instead I was told he seemed and acted better. There was no relationship details of Jeremy's family. None. He was cast out but, I am guessing here, his family stayed within the pack he was cast from?? I would like to have known a little more about Jeremy.

Tim didn't seem to me to be the same person he was in Strength of the Pack. Obviously he is going to somewhat different because it's his story however he was so intuitive and helpful in SotP and he almost seemed lost at the beginning of this story. I was thinking he would have been the one being leader here. Everytime Tim said 'what the fuck' because he didn't understand what Jeremy was doing/experiencing it felt false.

The ending 'battle'.
Jeremy had to fight the old alpha to take his rightful place. This whole scene was confusing. The 'trials' were not explained. What were the trials? There was some info that stated the trials were like a verbal quiz but that's all I got. So Jeremy and the old alpha do the 'were' version of Jeopardy and guess what the old alpha wont concede the fight. (Cause that would have been he only way Jeremy would win is if the old alpha says, wow I did not know that, you win).
Then, because EVERYONE knew the old alpha was going to cheat, all the wolves get involved. Then the wolf fights and I had no idea which wolf belonged to who. If the old alpha was such a rotten bastard I can hardly believe there wasn't some ancient wolf rule that would make the guy/wolf go the hell away.
Then because it had to happen, I guess, Jeremy gets to design the war memorial (and still no parents/family to celebrate and he's the new alpha). I am sure Jeremy is just an awesome architect but that just seemed too much.


I will read the next one, no doubt. I so hope this was just a one off because in order to move the story along we needed this one first. And I am ok with that however I can't tell I am not disappointed.
Learning Curve (Life Lessons, #4) - Kaje Harper It was good to be with Jared and Mac again.
There was something missing. I don't know what it was but it nagged me the whole time.
I am going to let it rest for a bit and read again.
Spook Squad - Jordan Castillo Price Another fantastic PsyCop.
Chase The Sun (Stories from Sapphire Cay, #3) - Meredith Russell,  R.J. Scott It was going so well....

I knew the MC's were a former lovers so I was aware there would be issues. However, it wasn't so much the issues that DNF this for me as the lack of them. Scott and Adam were together for 6 months. Adam got arrested and sent to prison. 6 YEARS LATER and that's where I get lost. 6 years.. Not that that isn't possible but what stopped me dead was that all Scott could go on about was the 6 months of fantastic sex and knowing deep down Adam was lying to him. (I don't think there was a whole lot else they had really, even in the scenes of the past. It was either the police coming or one of them coming...) So ok, not really feeling this so far...then Kapow!
They have sex and immediately they both say 'I love you'. I'm gone. 6 months together, 6 years apart, one night fantastic sex does not equal I love you.
In a Dark Wood - Josh Lanyon I love Josh Lanyon.
I do.
Just don't read this at night if you are a scaredy cat like myself.
Glitterland - Alexis Hall I am fearful of reading more of Alexis Hall. Not because it wasn't good but because I thought it was spectacular. I simply couldn't put it down. I read and finished into the early morning hours.
Maybe its because I suffer from depression, although not bipolarism, I felt sympathy for Ash. And because my husband, who is not glttery, loves me even though I wonder why sometimes.

So to go back to my first statement. I am fearful to read more of Alexis Hall because this was so good that what can come afterwards? Well, honestly I can tell you that I will face my fear and read more. I just hope this wasn't a one off because I'm pretty sure Alexis Hall could be an auto buy for me in the future.
The Trouble With Tony - Eli Easton I prejudge. I know how shallow of me. Yada yada yada
Anywho, the cover is well, cheap looking. I'm a cover snob so sue me.
I am berating myself enough as it is. I was contemplating a 'dnf' because of the cover and the length but you know what 4 stars.
It was funny and enjoyable and hot and I liked the MC's and it was a solid read. It had a little depth to it. Happily surprised and can't wait for Michael's story.

P.S.
Who got hired to do that cover? If I take a class for Photoshop 101 at the local annex can I work for Dreamspinner?
Superhero - Eli Easton I liked it! A little wordsy.... found myself skipping after the first sentence in a paragraph.
The turn around was a little abrupt but it worked out.
Winter - Josh Lanyon I loved it. I will read again when the 'official' edition is released.

27/8/2013 update

Purchased the updated copy and the extra 10,000 words really did complete this story for me. 4 to 5 stars.
I cannot wait for more of Flynn and Kirk.
My Cowboy Heart - Z.A. Maxfield I really liked the beginning and middle of this book. However it was the ending and a mixed bag of emotions concerning the 'foster parents'.
2.5 stars


I really did like Malloy and Crispin and I enjoyed watching them fall in love. They were imperfect people and that was ok, better than ok. However....
The 4 ranch hands all being gay was weird but not totally unbelievable. What lost me was the way Emma treated Malloy after Crandall dies. The relationship between Crandall, Emma and Malloy didn't gel for me. Malloy was, at least from what we are told, the son of Crandalls heart and the son Emma didn't birth. Those are some heavy statements. Then to say she is leaving (after Crandalls death) and most likely selling the ranch from right underneath Malloy doesn't seem true. I'm not saying she should have left the ranch to Malloy because she would need income too but at the end it felt wrong. Malloy almost begged Emma to let him take over the ranch. And I felt even worse when it was just until one her grandkids took over.
(Earlier, while Emma is deciding what to do, Malloy and Crispin talk about getting their place and making their own plans. This seemed so true to me. This is what they needed. Staying at J-Bar didn't fit (without any ownership). So I wonder why Malloy and Crispin don't offer to buy or buy into the ranch with Emma at a family discount at least.)
I ended up not liking Emma or her daughter who got all snippy and continued to be snippy. And then the statement that Emma would let Malloy stay and she would deal with the fighting and whining. You know it would seem to me had Crandall and Emma treated their daughters like strays they would have reared better kids. (and don't get me started on the girls as teenagers flaunting their 'wares' at Malloy).
Wow, I didn't realize how much I disliked her until I wrote this review.
The other issue was Eddie and Jim. There seemed to be more going on there and we are left kind of hanging. Maybe there is another book coming??
An Intrepid Trip to Love - Charlie Cochet I liked the story. There was a lot of information here for such a short story. I gonna check out the next installment.