Thursday, November 27, 2014

Dark Wolf Returning by Rhyannon Byrd

Dark Wolf Returning 

Bloodrunners #6

When werewolf Eli Drake is banished from his pack, he leaves a devastated and heartbroken Carla Reyes behind. Three torturous years later, she tracks him down to a hole-in-the-wall Texas bar—the pack is in trouble and war is on the horizon. Carla needs Eli’s help, but wants nothing more to do with him—even though he’s as ruthless, domineering and sexy as ever.

Eli hasn’t forgotten Carla. And the partial bite he gave her their last night together has had him lying awake nights imagining her sumptuous curves and supple lips. And the scorching passion that almost consumed him that night. But Carla wants their bond broken, no matter the cost. Now, as he joins forces with Carla to save his pack, dare Eli hope that he can change her mind and claim a future he never dreamed possible?

Kathie's Review:

While there is another book (Blood Wolf Dawning) in this series, Dark Wolf Returning ties up the major story arc for the series. The bad guys need to get their comeuppance and they surely do. 

Eli hasn't wanted to return to the Pack, but Carla hunts him down and convinces him it's the right thing to do. They have a history that includes a partial bite that gives them a partial bond. Just enough to make them both crazed for the other.

All of the characters from the previous books are front and center here. Makes it feel like old home week! I always like that in a series.

What I wasn't so fond of was the, um, how can I say this politely? The c*ckblocking here was astonishing. Carla and Eli are right on the cusp of having sex...about a dozen times. Something always came up, and it wasn't in a good way. With each successive time, I started counting instead of enjoying the UST. It went way beyond UST, that's for sure. At least it was for this reader.

I did like seeing most of the threads pulled tight, and happiness for most of the inhabitants of the Alley. Book 7 is coming out on January 1, 2015. 

Thank you, NetGalley and Harlequin, for the opportunity to read this book

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Dark Wolf Rising by Rhyannon Byrd

Dark Wolf Rising 

Bloodrunners #4

April 15, 2014
Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females—preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister.

Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything—her body and soul—to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity…if they survive.
Kathie's Review:
This is book four in the Bloodrunners series by Rhyannon Byrd. I haven't read the first three, but I quickly was brought up to speed as to what was going on. By reading this book first, you will be spoiled for what went on in the previous books. That doesn't bother me, but it might for some.
I was quickly pulled into this shifter world. Eric Drake is a very hot alpha Lycan, with a few control issues. Chelsea is a determined human, determined to find her missing sister.
I really enjoyed the first part of the book. Fast paced and kept me guessing. Once we knew what was going on (the bad guys really are pretty hideous) and Eric and Chelsea were getting closer, that led to some very steamy scenes. I didn't quite understand the whole "dark wolf" thing, though. 
I wasn't as fond of Chelsea's sister, Perry. She seemed very flat and unlikeable. And some scenes where some emotion could have been shown, were just skimmed over. Chelsea was all about finding her, and then a band-aid was slapped on and I was left feeling: What the heck?
The Pack confrontation (not a spoiler, as you know there is going to be one) was very well done. 
I felt the ending was tied up rather neatly, but with loose peripheral ends so that there can be more books in the series.
It was a pretty steamy way to spend a few hours.
Thank you, NetGalley and Harlequin Nocturne, for the opportunity to read DARK WOLF RISING.

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My review of Book 6 will post shortly

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Must-Have Husband by Ginny Baird

Must-Have Husband 
Summer Grooms #1
by Ginny Baird 
February 27, 2013

Fall for Love. Take a Chance...

A sweet comedic tale about love and taking chances. Based on a true tradition!

Book 1 of 4 in the Summer Grooms Novella Series

City girl Connie Oliver has a hard time hanging on to men, grooms in particular. Just nine weeks before her wedding, she’s seen another one slip away. To make matters worse, her ailing grandfather’s eightieth birthday is approaching, and he has one final wish: to see his last granddaughter married in the historic wedding gown that was first worn by his late wife and has been a family tradition for years. When her sister takes Connie on a girls’ getaway in the wild to soothe her latest heartache, she quips that Connie wouldn’t know a decent man if he fell on her. So, when a handsome stranger drops out of the trees, Connie’s got to wonder whether he’s some sort of madman – or an answer to her prayers.

Rugged outdoorsman “Mac” McCormack is down on his luck after having just lost his camping store in a forest fire. So he hits the trail to forget his woes and plot his next move. Little does Mac expect the fates to deliver an angel with a predicament in need of his skills. With Connie desiring a groom and Mac requiring a down payment, their meeting seems fortuitously timed. But how far will Mac be willing to go once he learns play-acting for the Olivers is not such smooth sailing? Despite the mishaps and mayhem that ensue, can Connie and Mac achieve an authentic happy ending? That all depends on whether both of their hearts can take a chance.

Kathie's Review:

Ms. Baird put a lot of heart in just a few pages (59 I think). This was a funny romp through the woods and on the dance floor. Connie and her sister are really not great at the outdoors stuff and they need saving. Too bad they guy they find appears to have been trying to hang himself (he wasn't). Their fear of the great outdoors was just the start of the laughs. There's a scene with THE WEDDING DRESS that had me laughing out loud!

Mac needs that down payment and it seemed like such an easy way to make a few bucks. Connie's family are pretty shocked when she brings the woodsman into the house for her grandfather's birthday. The mishaps continue to pile up, and the fun continues to grow.

Yes, a short story, but a totally fun way to spend an hour with a nice cup of tea.

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