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The Chief - Monica McCarty I really liked this book. The slow build of the relationship was nicely written. My only problem was the amount of side characters. I know this is the foundation book for the series so I understand it was necessary, it was just a little distracting. Also, no hint of a highlander brogue, at all? "Lass" and "Aye" were the only ones that I saw. I'm such a sucker
A Rogue by Any Other Name - Sarah MacLean I can't place my finger on it but there was something missing that led to my scoring. I understand MacLean was trying to show a damaged character coming back to his childhood friend but he was just so mean. I didn't feel like his character and actions were so mean to Penelope. I don't know. I've read many of the "can't be too close to you and push you away" types of novels but this one rubbed me the wrong way.
Shooting Scars - Karina Halle I love this series. Something very entertaining in Karina's ability to show such dark and gritty characters. I love that you're constantly rooting for Ellie and Camden, even when they make mistakes. Ellie's constant battle of being good or following into a "bad angel" is heartbreaking and I can't give up on her. This was a fast pace story that never wavered.
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean I loved this book. It was a fresh and a new approach to a genre that I enjoy reading.
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews The Kate Daniel series is one of those I anxiously wait for the newest release. I took my time with this one. I didn't want to miss a thing. This book was everything I needed and more. The pace of the story and the interaction between the characters is spot on. Kate continues to become a stronger individual and it's nice to see how she's being stronger by depending on the people she loves. Awesome addition to the series. I can't wait for the next one!
Stray - Rachel Vincent I think I"m going to like this series. Only problem with this book was the last chapter. It didn't mesh with the storyline. I guess the author was trying to set up the series and leave you wanting to move to the next book. It just felt out of place
Lover at Last - J.R. Ward I came into this story already braced for the shear size of this book. I heard the rumbles and grumbles through the grapevine and put this one off, for various reasons. I agree that Blay and Qhuinn's story felt cheated. Yes, there was interaction and development between the two but the shear volume of other stories that were happening in between theirs, I felt like I couldn't stay focused on them. I don't have a problem reading a novel that helps progress the entire series. This was abundantly the problem with this book. I felt like Ward was trying to write two, possibly three books in the future, that she robbed us of the story here and now. The ending was rushed and I didn't like it at all. It felt like a slap in the face to these two characters.
Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs I've decided this was my favorite of the series. There was never a dull moment. Yes, there were lots of characters involved, but I found it all flowed very well together. Brigg's writing style and character interaction are amazing. This series just keeps getting better and better
The Mane Event - Shelly Laurenston The factk that this was actually two stories and not one fully length novel hindered my rating. I think they would have been good stories on their own but felt a little rushed. I wanted more development between the characters. There were some funny parts and I appreciated the humor. But, the Tennessee pack did drive me a little crazy. I currently live in South Georgia and I have never had to "listen" to so much "southern twang." Everyone had two names and said hoss..... really? It was a little much, after awhile.
Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill I can see the potential. There's a lot going on with a lot of people. I liked Merit but I wasn't crazy about all the side characters. I'm sure this book is just the basic ground work so I'll have to continue with the series
Come Alive - Karina Halle I don't think I can accurately articulate how much I love this series. Karina Halle's uncanny ability to bring her character's to life is amazing. I took my time reading this book because I wanted to totally enjoy it. It was well worth the wait. The relationship between Perry and Dex is always growing and moving in different directions. This book made me extremely happy, sad, laugh out loud and huff puff. An excellent addition to this awesome series.
Fair Game - Patricia Briggs I just love Patricia Briggs and her writing. Charles and Anna are one of my favorites. This was an excellent addition to the series.
If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy, #1) - Lisa Renee Jones I hate cliffhanger endings. It's a cheap shot. I have no problem buying the next installment of a series. I don't need a cliffhanger to help me make that decision.
The Art of Control (The Art of D/s #3) - Ella Dominguez There was a LOT going on in this book. I felt like the pace and plot never slowed down. The character development of Dylan was nice to read. He's always been able to admit to himself that he's an asshole but he actual made an effort to be a better person for Isa. As for Isa, I really felt like her character was very unstable throughout this book. I was constantly worried she was going to go off the deep end and never come back. Overall, this was a very good conclusion to this story.
Driven (The Driven Trilogy, #1) - K. Bromberg Spoilerish Points

- An adopted, wealthy, good looking man with a troubled childhood before his adoption.
- An "average" girl
- Communicating between emails/texts and songs
- An arrangement not a relationship because "I don't do the girlfriend thing"

I've seen this somewhere before.... and it wasn't that great the first time around.

The whole "Your mine" but "I don't date or do the girlfriend thing" is so irritating. Fine, you don't "do" the girlfriend thing but you claim absolute possession after a romp. That's a bit much and slightly stalkerish. Colton's behaviors are so all over the map. His stalkerish and overhanded techniques to see Rylee are absurd. I honestly couldn't find the appeal. His one liners made me gag and his dialogue drove me insane. Who talks like that? I can appreciate some sexy talk but he was just awkward.

The only good thing going for this plot was Rylee's job and Colton's attitude to help her.
The Men with the Golden Cuffs - Lexi Blake I think this could have been a solid 4 if there wasn't so much back and forth. I swear, for have two Dom's, they talked and fussed more than the heroine. I like character development but there was too much talking, not enough action.