Monday, January 30, 2017

Seconds To Sunrise by Nico Ross (Black Ops : Automatik #3)




200 Pages | Carina Press | Thriller| Black Ops : Automatik #3 | 1/16/17



April Banks won't stop looking for the notorious hackers who took everything from her website that supported war widows. When the hackers take their antics offline and hire hitmen to take her out, April finds herself on the run. Luckily  Automatik, is looking out for her and sends former special forces agent James Sant to protect her. Together they are going to take down the hackers once and for all. But can James be April's hero before his dark past catches up with him ?

Seconds To Sunrise is third book in Ross's Automatik series and it follows the basic formula each of the books in this series has; we get a quick introduction, some small undercover scenes to establish sexual tension, awkwardly shoving in the characters from the previous novels and of course a fast paced ending where the bullets are flying. So many bullets.

This one was just okay. The tech stuff just didn't work for me. I just wasn't sure all the tech stuff. I also didn't understand the story ? Like why did the hackers wanted to kill her, she didn't seem like that much of a threat.. Also  April is a self-taught in web design and encryption, but her computer skills seems to be. . . Whatever is necessary or the plot to work?

April and James romance didn't really sizzle, it just felt like a forgone conclusion. I was way more interested in James' past as point man for a notorious hitman (cause he can't be too bad) I liked that he had to come to terms with it in the course of the novel. Everything else just felt like filler.

A predictable romance with some interesting characters, decent action but a plot that never really picks up.

SIDE NOTE

  • If you are looking for  Multicultural romance, this novel features an East Indian hero and Half Korean heroine.




Saturday, January 28, 2017

Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery (Fools Gold #14)



Rating: ★★★ | 05/27/2014 | Contemporary Romance | 8 hrs 57 minutes | HQN 

It’s the job of a lifetime for event planner Dellina Hopkins when she gets asked to plan a weekend party for Score, a local sports PR firm. The only problem ? Her contact for the event is Sam Ridge, Score’s VP of finance, former pro football player….and her Valentine’s Day one night stand. Dellina just wants to plan a party, but love has other plans.

Now, you may be wondering why a sports PR firm run by three former NFL players is located in a small town in the foot hills of the Sierra Nevada. To that all I can say is. . . you must be new here.

My first Fool’s Gold was Hold Me and it holds one of my lowest review on this blog and just re-reading that review made me mad all over again, but as much as I hated Hold Me's plot I was charmed by parts of Fool’s Gold and wanted to dig back in. Before We Kiss brings back that setting that grabbed me and has a wonderful balance of humor and romance as Sam and Dellina build a very slow burn romance that worked waaay better than the one in Hold Me.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dark Mafia Prince by Annika Martin





 Dangerous Royals Romance #1 |  Suspense Romance | 06/26/2016

The moment is now.

For years Aleksio Dragusha has secretly trained to be a “machine of pure revenge and violence” for the moment when he can reunite his lost brothers, avenge his parents murder and ascend  to his rightful place leading the Black Lion Clan. He's just going to have to kidnap his childhood best friend, Mira Nikolla, to do it.

Mira's father murdered Aleksio's parents and separated his brothers all those years ago. Once Aleksio kidnaps Mira, he quickly catches feelings for reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me ? The romance between Aleksio and Mira didn't work for me and had a lot of the "ownership" stuff that I just can’t with.

Luckily, Dark Mafia Prince, has a lot  more to offer than just a lukewarm romance.  I was engrossed by  all the twists and turns as the hero and heroine race to find the missing brother. And as much as I don’t buy Aleksio and Mira falling in love after a few days together, I do think they have good chemistry and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

I really liked Mira as a heroine. She’s been trying to separate herself from her father's mafia life and works as an advocacy lawyer in the Bronx because Foils. When she gets caught up in the cross-hairs of the mafia world she really holds her own. Even as she starts to build a relationship with Aleksio she still takes every opportunity to try and escape, because she knows she has to look out for herself above anyone else.

I am really coming around on these darker and grittier self-published romances. Indie published "bad boys" are allowed to be much edgier and morally ambiguous than the "bad boys" in traditionally published romances. You never know how far the author will push the envelope which makes for compelling reading.


SIDE NOTE
I am still super on the fence about mafia romances because I'm kind of uncomfortable with the bowlderization of the mafia in general.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz


224 Pages | Harlequin Blaze | Contemporary | Men At Work #2 | 10/18/16
I've heard so much praise for seminary student turned erotic romance author Tiffany Reisz. Since I’m not really a fan of erotica this vaguely lumbersexual holiday romance series looked more my speed. My favorite thing is that these books are set around  Halloween and Thanksgiving--holidays that don’t regularly make appearances in romance novels.