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Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire by Kate Meader 

25111048Description: From popular romance author Kate Meader comes the second novel in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!

As the only female firefighter at Engine Co. 6, Alexandra Dempsey gets it from all sides: the male coworkers who think she can’t do the job, the wives and girlfriends who see her as a threat to their firefighter men, and her overprotective foster brothers who want to shelter their baby sister at all costs. So when she single-handedly saves the life of Eli Cooper, Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor, she assumes the respect she’s longed for will finally come her way. But it seems Mr. Mayor has other ideas…

Eli Cooper’s mayoral ratings are plummeting, his chances at reelection dead in the water. When a sexy, curvaceous firefighter gives him the kiss of life, she does more than bring him back to the land of the living—she also breathes vitality into his campaign. Riding the wave of their feel-good story might prop up Eli’s flagging political fortunes, but the sizzling attraction between them can go nowhere; he’s her boss, and there are rules that must be obeyed. But you know what they say about rules: they’re made to be broken…

Review: I really relished this book. Female firemen are the best! This book made me want to reread Jennifer Bernard’s Bachelor Firemen series. While I haven’t read the first books in this series, I did just buy the first one when it went on sale. I’ll probably end up buying the novellas too. I really liked Alex’s family and I want to read more about them. I especially like that one of the stories involves a gay couple. LGBT romances are relatively new to me and I tend to read them more if they’re part of a series I like, i.e. Lover at Last from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Cloak and Silence from the League series, or Hard to Be Good in the Hard Ink series. So I’m excited when I find a series I like that has LGBT romance as well.

Despite enjoying the book, it took me a while to warm up to Eli and Alex as a couple. They had the whole enemies to lovers, with a side of steamy attraction, thing going but I questioned their believability as a functioning couple. Part of that was because I wasn’t a fan of choices either of them made within the relationship. For example, Eli for tricked Alex into a pretend relationship. And when Eli finally revealed his secret to Alex, I didn’t like how she reacted to it. I seem to be reading a lot of contemporary romances with politicians in them lately. I did like the politics and public side of Eli and Alex’s relationship and how she wasn’t afraid to disagree with him. Overall, this was an entertaining read but not a stand-out romance.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Top Ten Authors Duos You’d Love To See Write A Book Together

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Dous You’d Love To See Write A Book Together.”

  1. Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter! 

    I want a Immortals After Dark/ Lords of the Underworld crossover!

  2. Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward

    Dark-Hunter/ Black Dagger Brotherhood crossover!

  3. Eloisa James and Julia Quinn

  4. Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas

    Writing about competing gambling halls

  5. Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins

    That book would be hysterical!

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Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR”. I took this to mean books released this fall that I want to read. I really enjoyed this list because now I have an idea for when the books I’m looking forward to are going to be released.

  1. Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Born of Betrayal (The League, #10)
    Release Date: November 3, 2015

  2. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

    Cold-Hearted Rake
    Release Date: October 27, 2015

  3. Forever with You by Jennifer Armentrout

    Forever with You (Wait for You #5)
    Release Date: September 29, 2015

  4. Base Instincts by Larissa Ione

    Base Instincts (Demonica, #11.7) (Lords of Deliverance, #6.7)
    Release Date: September 14, 2015

  5. All I Want by Jill Shalvis

    All I Want (Animal Magnetism, #7)
    Release Date: October 6, 2015

  6. Falling Into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath

    Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham, #1)
    Release Date: October 27, 2015

  7. Mad About The Man by Tracy Anne Warren

    Mad About the Man (The Graysons, #3)
    Release Date: October 6, 2015

  8. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

    The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal and Scoundrel, #1)
    Release Date: December 29, 2015

  9. Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase

    Dukes Prefer Blondes (The Dressmakers, #4)
    Release Date: December 29, 2015

  10. The Striker by Monica McCarty

    The Striker (Highland Guard, #10)
    Release Date: November 24, 2015

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Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is a freebie so I decided to do “Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry”. I’m one of those people who adores books that make me cry so I figured, why not.

  1. Midnight Pleasures by Eloisa James Midnight Pleasures (Pleasures, #2)

    This book makes me sob. Not just cry. Sob. I’m actually not the biggest fan of this book’s plot but whenever I pick it up, I know the emotions I will get from it and that’s why I keep coming back to it.

  2. Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia QuinnThe Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1)

    This is one of my favorite Julia Quinn books. I think that’s because most of her books are so happy that I was knocked off my feet by the emotions in this one. Case in point, my other favorite Julia Quinn is Romancing Mister Bridgerton, which has similar themes but leaves me grinning the entire book.

  3. The Bollywood Bride by Sonali DevThe Bollywood Bride

    I just read this book recently and I’m pretty sure I sobbed from start to finish.

  4. Dream a  Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsDream a Little Dream (Chicago Stars, #4)

    A lot of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books make me cry but I decided to include the two that make me cry the most.

  5. Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Kiss an Angel

  6. Styxx by Sherrilyn KenyonStyxx (Dark-Hunter, #12)

    Oh god. There aren’t words for how much this book makes me cry. It doesn’t matter what I’m in the middle of doing, just the thought of the scene where Styxx is poisoned and dreaming of Bethany and their son. I’m tearing up right now just typing that.

  7. Acheron by Sherrilyn KenyonAcheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)

    I’m still emotionally scarred from that book.

  8. Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa KleypasBlue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2)

    This is my favorite Lisa Kleypas book and I cry through the first 100 pages over what Haven has to suffer through.

  9. Enslaved by Virginia Henley Enslaved

    The scene in the arena where Marcus has to send Diana back. Sobs.

  10. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini SinghHeart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling, #12)

    This book tore my heart out and then pieced it back together.

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The Hotter You Burn

The Hotter You Burn (The Original Heartbreakers, #2)The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter

Description: Beck Ockley is ruthless in the boardroom…and the bedroom. He’s never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck’s home—her ancestral estate—for food, she’s shocked by his early return…and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.

For the first time in Beck’s life, he can’t get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he’ll have to break her heart…or surrender his own

**Warning- This review has spoilers! 

Review: About halfway through this book, tears streaming down my face, I realized something: I didn’t actually like the book I was reading, and crying over. Despite this, I finished the book, staying up a little too late on a work day. I then spent my entire commute into work the next morning trying to pinpoint what bothering me so much about this book. And it did bother me. I had read the novella and the first book of Showalter’s The Original Heartbreakers Series and really liked them. And the first book left me intrigued for Harlow and Beck’s story as well as the third book, West and Jessie Kay’s story. However, The Hotter You Burn left me questioning why I liked the first book and whether it would worth it to read the third. Honestly, I’m a fan of Showalter. I love her Lords of the Underworld Series, her Alien Huntress Series, and even her Atlantis Series, though I read it a while ago. I think that’s why I’m so surprised I didn’t like this book.

This book is mostly character driven. In terms of plot, not much occurs. Beck, as learned in the previous book, bought a house in Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, with his two best friends. This house previously belonged to Harlow Glass and her family but Harlow lost the house after her mother died. Harlow was the town mean girl and basically everyone in the town hates her. She is homeless, jobless,broke and secretly camping on Beck’s land. They meet when Beck catches Harlow breaking into her former house and stealing a pie. The rest of the story revolves on Beck being attracted to Harlow, giving her job and a RV to live in. Harlow is trying to make amends with a town that hates her as well as wanting to create a home and stability, which totally goes against Beck’s One Night Stand policy.

Okay, so let me try to break down my issues with the book. Basically, it’s a lot of small things combined which put me off this book.

  1. Harlow’s life- We learn, in Harlow’s backstory, about why she was a mean girl in middle school and high school. However, halfway through high school, Harlow is injuried and home-schooled. Then, a time later, her mom dies and Harlow loses her house. That’s it. Harlow is presented as in her 20’s. What did she do between her injury in high school and her mom dying. Didn’t she get a job? Go to college? There’s a giant piece of her life, one which places her in the position she’s in at the beginning of the book, that is completely blank.
  2. Harlow’s job with Beck. Beck gives Harlow a job designing characters for video games. That’s fine, he’s seen her art work and knows she’s a good artist. But he essentially gives her his office at the company and moves into West’s. And then, when they break up, she’s basically fired and homeless again. So she moves back into the woods. Wtf
  3. Harlow and the Woods. Okay, I get the poverty plotline. But living in the woods because you won’t leave the town you grew up in, a town whose people actively hate you, seems a bit ridiculous. And when she goes back into the woods a second time, she has friends, somewhat, or at least people who might be willing to help her. But no, she goes back to living in the woods.
  4. Random odd things that Beck does- He sets up a trust for her early into the book and doesn’t tell Harlow- even after they break up and she moves back into the woods
  5. Beck the Man-Whore – I get the whole childhood sexual assault and friend-went-jail -and-its-partly-my-fault and abandonment by family thing but I’m not sure if that all justifies his fear of commitment. And if it does justify his fear of commitment, I’m not sure his and Harlow’s relationship is enough to get over that.
  6. How easily Harlow takes Beck back- this might be a preference thing but I really like when there’s a good grovel scene and when the heroine doesn’t automatically forgive the hero.

Honestly, I’m just not sure if I like the characters either as individuals or as a couple.

Despite my previous rant, there are pros to the book.

  1. It made me cry- Also personal preference but I’m a huge sucker for books that make me cry. I’m talking to you Midnight Pleasures and Kiss An Angel and Styxx and Blue-Eyed Devil. I’m fan of down-on-their-luck heroines. And I have to say, as many issues I had with this book, there were emotional, poignant scenes which bought my opinion of it back up.
  2. Chemistry- For as many problems I had with Beck and Harlow, both individually and as a couple, Showalter sure knows how to create chemistry between characters. Never did I doubt their chemistry, not for a minute.
  3. The negative side of small towns- I’ve been reading a lot of small town romances, i.e. Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Series, and these books tend to present the positive side of small towns. It was a nice change of pace to see the humanity of Showalter’s Strawberry Valley, even if it was the negative side. It made the town feel more realistic.

Rating: 2 out of 5. I clearly had a lot of issues with the book and I’m not sure if I’m going to continue the series when the next book came out. But it also made me think. And cry. I really do have a soft spot for books that make me cry.

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From”. This was a really easy week. Once I find a romance writer I like, I tend to read their entire back-list.

  1. Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)

  2. Johanna Lindsey Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family, #3)

  3. Eloisa James A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)

  4. Julia Quinn Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #1)

  5. Nalini Singh Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter, #7)

  6. Susan Mallery Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold, #1)

  7. Elizabeth Boyle Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress (Bachelor Chronicles, #5)

  8. Lynsay Sands A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1)

  9. Christina DoddThe Barefoot Princess (Lost Princesses, #2)

  10. Lisa Kleypas Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)

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Dragonbane

Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Description: “Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.”

Review: When I learned that the new arc in the Dark-Hunter Series was going to be dragons, I was a little upset. These series has so many amazing books and such a detailed plot line. However, after 20 or so books, I was hoping we’d get to some major heroes. Like Savitar. Or Jaden. Or Jared. Or Thorn, especially after Son of No One! (I totally ship Thorn and one of the Devereaux sisters, though I can’t remember which one )  While Max-the-dragon-in-the-attic was intriguing, I want Savitar and a huge battle against the Gallu demons and Noir and Azura. In this book, I did some battles with gallu demons but just enough to prick my interest for more!

This book went into detail about the origins of Were-Hunters and how they were created. Most of the Were-Hunter books have a brief explanation of an ancient king who tried to thwart the Apollite’s curse by splicing his sons with animals such as wolves, bears, and dragons..  However, Dragonbane offered a first hand account of the creation of Were-Hunters, and the beginning of the Were-Hunter council, and why Savitar, cough, moderates it.

This seems to be my week for reunion stories. Two of the previous books I read, Thrill Me and Back To You, featured couples who had previously had a relationship, although their time apart wasn’t nearly as long as the thousands of years that separated Max and his mate, Seraphina. This is a true reunion story and what drove the split between Max and Seraphina was hard to read. Despite the torment Max went through in the hands of Seraphina’s Amazonian tribe, I did enjoy the flashbacks and insight into Amazonian life. It made me want to reread No Mercy, Dev and Samia’s book! The reunion between Max and Seraphina mostly focused on what she had done wrong in the past. Despite not liking her at first, I do think Seraphina was redeemed throughout the book and, what can I say, I’m a fan of tough heroines. Most of the Dark-Hunter books feature at least one ‘reunion scene’ where previous characters show up, usually to go into battle and this book was no exception! It’s always nice to visit old characters and I smile a little every time Acheron or Styxx appears.

This book made me want to reread other Sherrilyn Kenyon books! Max’s brother Blaise and the mentions of Avalon make me want to reread the Lords of Avalon series. I’ve been meaning to ever since I read Son of No One but keep forgetting. And once I finished Dragonbane, I made the worst mistake ever: I stared to reread Styxx. Not the entire book though, just from when he meets Urian and onward. Of course, 3 hours passed my bedtime, red eyes, and an whole box of tissues later (can a person get dehydrated from sobbing too much?) I acknowledged this was a bad idea.

Can we just talk about the picture of Max on Sherrilyn Kenyon’s website for a second? Yummy!!

This book was not on the level of Acheron or Styxx. But it did interest me in the dragon arc which I hope will be merging with the overall arc of Noir, the gallu demons, Apollo, and finally, with the Chronicles of Nick series.  The plot with gallu demons is progressing and leading up to a giant battle which will hopefully happen soon. Elements are coming together, such as the Hell-Chasers and Thorn, attacks on Olympus and  Noir and Azura searching for Braith (who I have some theories about) . While I will, of course, read the next two books in the dragon arc when they are released, I want a heavy-hitting book, like Savitar’s or Jaden’s, soon, to tie together some loose ends. I don’t like waiting.

Rating: 4 out of 5!

 

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Susan Mallery Books

Recently I went on a Susan Mallery kick. I’ve read a few of her series throughout the years but I’ve never been as addicted as I was in the last two months. During this time, I read her Bakery Sisters’ Series, her Buchanan’s Series and almost all of her Fool’s Gold Series. Honestly, I’m not sure how I got any work done at all.

I do these bursts of reading/addiction to one author happens every once in a while. I find an author I like and I’ll read his or her entire back-list. A lot of times, it’s with paranormal series, like Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling (my current kick) or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League or Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. By the end, I find myself needing a break from that author, a break which usually lasts until their next book comes out. However, because of the timing with my Susan Mallery frenzy, her most recent Fool’s Gold books started coming out just as I was catching up with the series. So I started her first book of this summer, Hold Me, and liked it. But now I’m reading her second summer release, Kiss Me, and can’t get into it. I was chatting with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books two weeks ago and was telling her about reading Fool’s Gold, she asked if the
books start to get repetitive. I acknowledged that I noticed, in the Fool’s Gold series, there is that moment where the heroine tells the hero ‘she loves him’ and the hero just walks out. Maybe once I finished rereading Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series I’ll go back and start Kiss Me again. Plus, I just got a copy of the newest Fool’s Gold Book, Thrill Me, from the library.

Anyone experience that predictability when
reading too many books by the same author?

Any recommendations for small-town romances, similar to Fool’s Gold, that I should become addicted to?

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The BedTime Book Tag!

Hi all! I’ve been tagged by Shivalika at Whimsy Journals to do The BedTime Book Tag! This is my first book tag and I’m really excited to participate!

A Book That Kept You Up All Night ReadingStyxx (Dark-Hunter, #12)Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

I adore this book and every time I read it, I end up staying up all night.

A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

This first time I read this book, I was 13 and ended staying up all night, partly convinced there was a crazy woman in the attic.

A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by R.H. Tawney. 

I had to read this book for a graduate class and honestly, I didn’t get further than the first chapter. The book just put me to sleep.

A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release

Born of Fury (The League, #7)

Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

I adore any Sherrilyn Kenyon book but I was really looking forward to Dancer Hauk’s book!

A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn 

I love Colin Bridgerton. That is all.

A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

I love Kate Daniels and Curran but I would not want to live in their world.

A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

Confessions of a Little Black Gown (Bachelor Chronicles, #4)

Confessions of A Little Black Gown by Elizabeth Boyle 

This book didn’t actually have a cliffhanger for the main couple but it set a cliffhanger up for the couple in the next book, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress. I spent a horrible month waiting for the next book to come out.

A Book That You Actually Dreamed About

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I once had a dream where Jamie Fraser and I were doing Scottish Reels (the dances! Get your minds out of the gutter!) The sad part is he was wearing pants and not a kilt 😦

A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

Forbidden Pleasure (Bound Hearts, #8)

Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh

Spoiler Alert: The bad guy was hiding under the bed!

I really enjoyed doing this book tag!

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