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Tempted by Midnight by Lara Adrian #AfternoonDelight

Tempted by Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novella (1001 Dark Nights) - Lara Adrian

Tempted by Midnight by Lara Adrian
Series: 1001 Dark Nights, A Midnight Breed Novel #12.5
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Published on October 14, 2014
Pages: 140
Format: eBook
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Lazaro Archer finally gets his story after having been dealt a horrible blow when his Dark Haven, Breedmate and family are massacred twenty years ago. Dedicating his life to the Order, he vows to never fall in love again, nor let anyone get close to him. A Gen One, Lazaro is one of the most powerful of the Breed.

 

Brokering a peace treaty secretly, he is blindsided with when a Breedmate accompanies her father to the meeting. When the covert mission goes terribly wrong, Lazaro is tasked with protecting the one lone survivor, Melena Walsh. The last time he saw Melena, life had been good and she had been a child. No longer a child, she evokes emotions and desires he no longer wishes to feel. Spurning Melena is hard, but necessary to his emotional survival.

 

Melena Walsh remembers the time Lazaro saved her as a child. The man he has become now is so different. Desire draws her to Lazaro. She doesn’t want him to forget his family, but to forgive himself for what happened and to move forward. But there are threats close to home that can destroy her before Lazaro can get his head out of his ass.

 

Lazaro has been a minor character, but a steady one, throughout the last few books of this series. I felt so bad for him when he lost his entire family except for a grandson. He devotes himself to the Order, but really doesn’t have a life. Melena awakens his desires, his need to protect and love. It was a powerfully short story that I recommend to anyone who loves the Midnight Breed series.

 

Delighted Reader Afternoon Delight

Literary Pickers: boat/ship

Source: http://delightedreader.com/tempted-by-midnight-by-lara-adrian-afternoondelight

Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

Unraveled: The Mastered Series - Lorelei James

Probably just me, but I am not interested in Domme stories, even if she is a good one.

Serial story....not going to read more

Claiming Their Royal Mate: Part One - Andie Devaux

while the premise was silly, I didn't realize until the abrupt end that it was a serial stiry. Free part 1 but expensive to continue. Nope, not that interest to invest more time or money to finish it.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

The Dream Hunter - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Not really getting into this story. Not sure if it really is part of the Dark-Hunters series, but it is in the book order list on the authors site.

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Rival Clubs, Escape and Justice … Rough Justice by Sarah Castille #Review

Rough Justice (The Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club) - Sarah Castille

The Delight

Strong heroine meets Alpha MC President. Fireworks from page one, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering if they will give in to love or travel their own paths in the life they have been dealt.

 

You never really quite know what you are getting into when you pick up a MC Romance. It could be violent or sweet (yeah, I just read a sweet one). It can pull at your heart strings while also making you cringe at the violence. Well, this one slanted to the violent side with rival MCs trying to take over the town they live in. Truces? A thing of the past. Betrayal? Abounds. Love? Doesn't come easy.

 

Arianne Hunter has been given a raw deal in life. Daughter to an MC President, sister to a druggie who she is trying to get out of the club and a dead mother who she is sure was killed by her father. When a fateful night of escape comes, Arianne's brother is gone, but so are the fake IDs they needed to escape. Out to save him from a job he is doing for the club, she inadvertently becomes the one they blame. A dead club member of a rival club, no one else to blame and evidence stacking up she was involved, "Lucy's" got some explaining to do :)

 

Alpha to the bone, Jagger Knight runs his MC, Sinner's Tribe with an iron fist. Fair, but also brutal, he takes what he wants and says to Hell with the rest. When a beauty pops up as the bad guy, he can't really believe it, but he is also attracted to her. But the shit hits the fan when they all find out who she really belongs to.

 

While there is violence in the story, it is of the milder kind that what I have read in other MCs. These two have the added problem of being from rival MCs with a warrior about to explode. In the end Arianne just wants freedom. Freedom from her father, MCs, the town she lives in and the life she has no choice in. That desire fights with the internal voice that says Jagger is her soulmate. I understood her vulnerability and the need to get out, but at times she held onto her dream for the sake of holding on when something else better might be there for her.

 

Jagger *sigh* while really rough around the edges is a man with huge amounts of honor. While not everything is wonderful about him, he does support Arianna when no one else will. The balance between getting what he wants and respecting her needs often battles within him. Breaking his heart if she leaves he still gives her the choice when no one else will. He really grabbed my heart, but I wanted to Gibbs smack him a few times. The Sinner's Tribe are criminals. Not going to lie to you.

 

While I am not a huge fan of MC romances, mostly because of the criminal aspect, I do find the men to be oh so yummy and the women the fiercest protectors.  There is a wide variety of story lines in MC romances and I would say this had it really violent moments and lightly violent moments, its really cheesy moments and its very loving moments. As far as MC romances, I would say it runs the middle of the road. Not too watered down, but then not over the top.

 

Rough Justice also splits ways with other MC romances....it's not in 1st person POV. Seriously that alone made me happier than a boy figuring out he has a penis. I got two sides of the story and then some, but I loved seeing each perspective without all the I, I , I, me, me, me going on.

 

For a good time, don't call a number, pick up this book and enjoy a romance that isn't easy, but has lots of passion.

 

Books 'N Tunes

Trenches by Pop Evil

Literary Pickers

Item Found: Purse/Wallet

New To Me

Author and Series

Source: http://delightedreader.com/rival-clubs-escape-justice-rough-justice-sarah-castille-review

Not interested in more

Wild Horses - B.J. Daniels

Just not what I was expecting.

Cowboys for Christmas by Jan Springer #review

Cowboys for Christmas: A Contemporary Western Erotic Romance Menage (Christmas Encounters) - Jan Springer, Julie Naughton

Christmas is over, but you never really want to let go. So I picked up a book I thought would be a good way to say good bye to the season, but it fell flat even with a good premise.

 

JJ is serving time after killing her abusive stepdad after finding her mother dead by his hand. A lousy defense and 10 years of parole hearings have left her rotting in prison. With over crowding in the prisons, the Canadian government needs a way to reduce population in the form of a Freedom Run. JJ signs up never thinking she will be accepted until she is and now life gets to start over.

 

Extremely claustrophobic, JJ is medicated for the flight out to a remote ranch where she will cook, clean and help three cowboys run an organic beef ranch. She doesn't think being stuck on a remote ranch will help her problems with a fear of closed in spaces, but she is free on parole so she will do anything to keep that.

 

Brady is a former lawyer, Dan a chiropractor and Rafe a jack of all trades. They set up this remote cattle ranch and love every minute of it. Including the tons of snow that seems to be falling all the time. Brady instantly falls for JJ, but he wasn't expecting woman. That throws a wrench in his plans. It doesn't take long for Dan and Rafe to also fall hard for her.

 

So life goes pretty regularly for a bit with JJ creaming her panties over these men just looking at them. (Have I ever mentioned how I hate the word cream used like this...well I do.) They hear her masturbating in the shower and they all steal kisses from her. Within no time at all, they seem to be falling into bed with the great menage on Christmas Day.

 

I really wanted to love this story. It had such heart for a young woman who was really wrongly convicted. You want happiness for her, which she gets, but it all seemed very silly. In three days she puts in 3 different sized butt plugs for the grand finale. She wears them for what seems to be long lengths of time. I wanted to ask the indelicate question of when did she have time....to well...go if you get my meaning.

 

The story ends abruptly. Just bang. Done. The sex was kind of boring. Yeah, she gets pounded by three different cowboys, then all three at the same time, but I just couldn't get into it. I ended up skimming to get to the end...and bang it was there like I made a wish.

 

So if you are looking for a menage story with a little heart, then you have it. If you are looking for a great menage story, then I would head over to Nothing Between Us for a deeper look into love in a triad.

Source: http://delightedreader.com/cowboys-for-christmas-by-jan-springer-review

A demon, a witch and Lucifer walk into a bar....A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais #review

A Demon and His Witch - Eve Langlais

A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais
Series: Welcome to Hell #1
Genres: Demons, Paranormal Romance, Witches
Published by Self Published
Published on June 4, 2012
Pages: 159
Format: eBook
Amazon | B&N | ARe | Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars

 

The Delight

Eve Langlais knocked me over with a wonderfully funny romance between a demon, a witch and the matchmaker, Lucifer. These two (or three) can’t be serious for any amount of time, but when they finally get down and dirty, they blow me away to the damn mortal world. *sobs*

 

Let me introduce you to a demon named Remy. He is a man whore, loving women and leaving them…and if they don’t leave he introduces them to his crazy mom. Then there is Ysabel the witch, burned at the stake by her lovers mother. Upon her death she made a pack with the devil for revenge on five souls. Then there is Lucifer, who is trying to build up is big badass army after fighting Lilith. While he is truly evil, he does have a softer side for his wife and daughters. But back to the big badass army. Lucifer need more than grunts, so now he is in the matchmaking business so these woefully lovers can start punching out babies.

 

Now days before her contract is up with Lucifer, the five souls she went after have escaped Hell prison. No one knows who or how they got out, but Ysabel now relives her death each day by burning alive. No damage is done, but she feels the pain of her death. For each day the souls are free, adds another minute to her suffering. Needing a tracker, Lucifer assigns Remy, his best, to help Ysabel.

 

Remy is one demon I would let eat crackers in my bed. His life of love ‘em and leave ‘em is well, boring. He can’t even believe he’s ready to settle down. And when he meets Ysabel, the sparks fly, but just not exactly the way he wants. See, she has trust issues with how her lover didn’t fight for her in the end and was just using her. So she is in essence a 500 year old remade virgin.

 

They spare, they duck, they kiss up against a wall and they fight each other to the end, but Remy has made up his mind the witch is his. Oh, *fans myself* I can’t get enough of Remy. He’s everything I want a demon to be and more. Never really serious, but knows all the right things to do to win his woman. Loyal to the end, he is just what Ysabel needs to restore her faith in men.

 

Ysabel is a bad assed woman that I would love to meet. She takes no crap off Lucifer. I mean the man is in charge of Hell and she gives him Hell as his assistant. Never giving into Remy, she tries to hide everything going on from him, because it’s her burden to bear. But she knows when a good thing is in front of her even if she doesn’t want to admit it.

 

Oh, and crazy parents make the best in-laws and it doesn’t hurt that Lucifer is in charge too.

 

This left me laughing and loving through the entire book. Now I really know what everyone turns to Eve Langlais for laughter, passion and a good dose of evil!

 

New to Me

Series (Welcome to Hell)

Literary Pickers

Item found: secretary (to Lucifer)

Books ‘N Tunes

 

If you are reading Welcome to Hell, you know Lucifer
has a humungous role in match making.
Well, he cracked me up throughout this entire story.
So I dedicate Books ‘N Tunes to him with
Who’s the Man from the Witches of Eastwick.
Source: http://delightedreader.com/demon-witch-lucifer-walk-bar-demon-witch-eve-langlais-review

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Under His Touch (Falling Under) - Jeffe Kennedy

OMG I need a cold shower now!

Messed Up...not romance...Her Master's Teacher

Her Master's Teacher - Lily White

Disclaimer: This is for the 18 and older crowd. It contains rape, abuse, murder, and so much more I don't want to remember. It is not a romance, it is a mind fuck. 

 

I don't know what I thought this was going to be when I bought it. I guess I thought it was all consensual. That Claire was part of the Society and wanted to be trained to be a courtesan. Boy was I ever wrong.

 

See Claire is a professor of psychology at a local college. Each day she is intrigued by a student, who is arrogant and egotistical. She is also scared of him, not knowing really why. But as spring break approaches, she looks forward to nothing more than going to Florida for a spa, beach and relaxation. We don't really know much about her other than she is a daughter, sister, friend and hopes to be a mother some day.

 

Holland Strong is the youngest Master in the Society. Or really the youngest Master being trained by Aiden, a respected Master in the Society. Together they kidnap women based on orders they receive (for lots of money). They break down these women, break they psyche and then build them to be the courtesan their new owners want them to be. Now how I have describe this in no way gives away just how diabolical this story is and how you will need therapy after reading it.

 

Holland kidnaps Claire and so the story begins of her rape, degradation, falling in love, humiliated and broken down to be the perfect courtesan.

 

This is not a romance.

This is dark, horrible and something that makes me want to throw up.

This is not something I ever want to read again.

 

And despite that, it was horrifyingly brilliant in that the characters never change. They stay true to who they are...except for Claire, who does change. Aiden is a horrible, sadistic bastard that I would have no problem putting a bullet through his brain. Holland, while somewhat more acceptable, still need to have the crap beaten out of him and to spend his life in prison. And this society shit...it scares the living crap out of me.

 

The brutality of this story is frightening. The rapes are horrible. The men are not even likable. Claire was the one shining reason I kept reading. I wanted so much for her to be saved. I wanted her to be able to heal, to get away. 

 

I fully admit I skipped a few chapter. Self preservation. I in no way could read all that was done. I found not enjoyment out of this book. 

 

No recommendation. I do not recommend this to anyone and will walk away from this hoping I can forget it forever.

Reading progress update: I've listened 505 out of 606 minutes.

Night Play - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Love Bride and Vane. *sigh* these two are perfect.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Quarterback Draw (A Play-by-Play Novel) - Jaci Burton

Not bad, but I am getting bored with the heroine.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Shifting Currents (A Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) - Lissa Matthews

Bear shifters....oh, my!

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The Book Vixen's 2015 Reading Challenges

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