4/5, puchased book, YA

my-soul-to-takeFrom the back of the book:

She doesn’t see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…

It’s been a while since I read a YA and I had forgotten how much I love them. My Soul to Take is the first in a series that introduces the reader to several characters. Kaylee a high school student who just wants to live a normal like, but finds out that she is a bean sidhe – a banshee. Nash Hudson, a high school jock who is interested in Kaylee. And Emma, Kaylee’s best friend.

This book offers a very different take on the paranormal. No vampires and shifters, but different characters from mythology and folklore. I loved the way Kaylee had to cope with all the changes in her life and found how it was written to be very realistic. She reaches out to the one person who makes her feel okay and leans on that person. I wish there had been more to the relationship with her father, but I expect we will find out more in the upcoming books. I loved the blossoming relationship between Kaylee and Nash and can’t wait to find out more about them in the second book, MY SOUL TO SAVE.

I’ll be giving away 3 copies of MY SOUL TO SAVE and posting my review tomorrow, so make sure to come back and comment for a chance to win.

the book girl gives MY SOUL TO TAKE  a 4/5

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, puchased book

33770845From the back of the book:

Department of Justice agent Shadoe Grayson is out to prove she’s no rookie, and eagerly accepts her first undercover assignment at a strip club in New Orleans. Working with the Wild Riders, a government agency of bad-boy bikers, her goal is to expose a corrupt DEA agent. All she has to do is learn to strip like a pro…

TAKING IT OFF…

Standing in her way is arrogant and smoking-hot Spencer King, her new partner and one of the Wild Riders. Spence thinks she looks more like a schoolteacher than a stripper, and doubts her ability to do the job. But when he teasingly challenges Shadoe to strip just for him, he finds out there’s more to the surprisingly sexy agent than by-the-book rules and Government issue pantsuits.

Now Spencer has to resist his baser instincts while Shadoe learns that taking off your clothes doesn’t always equal losing control..

I love the Wild Riders. These sexy men on bikes are some of my favorite heroes. Each book I read I fall in love with the hero, and Spencer was no exception. From the first sarcastic word out of his mouth I was hooked. Shadoe is the perfect girl for him – tough and vulnerable at the same time. It was a treat to read how these two characters fell in love. Posing as a stripper and her bodyguard they work together to find a rogue agent who is smuggling drugs into the country. The scenes with AJ and Pax at the strip club had me laughing out loud. This is a perfect romance with a bad boy, a not-so-good girl, and some really hot sex.

the book girl gives RIDING ON INSTINCT a 5/5

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5/5, Paranormal Romance, puchased book

33568962From the back of the book:

Forbidden Temptations

Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter – and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she’s been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality…as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn’t all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she womnders if she’s finally met the one man she cannot resist.

Fatal Desires

Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe – her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: He’s falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.

I love Wraith and Serena. This was a fantastic book. And, although I feel this way every time I finish one of the Demonica books, this is my favorite!! Wraith had seemed like a lost cause since the beginning of the series, but every once in a while there was a glimpse of caring that shone through. In PASSION UNLEASHED we get to see the real Wraith. I loved the changes his character made throughout the book in relation to Serena and his brothers. A new brother is introduced in this book, Lore. I’m not sure how I feel about this new brother, but can’t wait to read his story in ECSTASY UNVEILED.

In a previous review I said that I hoped Kynan and Gem would get their own book. I know this isn’t going to happen, but I have to say that they are one of my favorite couples in all of the books. Something about them is so emotional and raw – I love it!!

the book girl gives PASSION UNLEASHED a 5/5

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5/5, Paranormal Romance, puchased book

32024753From the back of the book:

Pleasure is their ultimate weapon…

Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn’t resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.

A Seminus Demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he’d seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever. As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts – or succumb to a madman’s evil plans.

Book #2 in the Demonica series is as fantastic as the first. I was very happy to read Shade’s story and love it. I hate when there is a character you really like in one book and when it was there turn to be the main character they aren’t the same as they were before. This didn’t happen with Shade. Although he does come across as a bit of a jerk to Runa, it is just a way of protecting himself.  I loved the relationship between Shade and Runa. It was complex, but meant to be. This book also showed more of the relationship between Shade, Wraith, and Eidolon. The only complaint I have, which isn’t really a complaint, is that I wanted more Kynan and Gwen. I’m hoping that these characters will someday have their own book (are at least a HEA).

the book girl gives DESIRE UNCHAINED a 5/5

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5/5, Paranormal Romance, puchased book

33348078From the back of the book:

In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life…

Tayla Mancuso is a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure – but fears it will always be denied her. Until she lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. but to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable – and let Tayla possess him, body and soul…

I am way late to the party on this series, but I’m so glad I finally read it. I actually bought the books last year and they have been setting on my bookcase since. I loved this book. The way Larrisa Ione writes is magical. I was instantly drawn into the story and couldn’t put the book down. Her characters are flawed (and a little evil…they are demons), but vulnerable and lovable also. The back and forth between Tayla and Eidolon is hot. Even in the beginning when they absolutely hate each other there is just something about their bickering that comes across like foreplay. From the very beginning I was rooting for the couple. I especially love the other parts to the story. The small glimpses of the other demons, Eidolon’s brothers and the co-workers at the hospital, helped to the world the book is set in seem real. I especially love Shade and can’t wait to read his book.

the book girl gives PLEASURE UNBOUND a 5/5

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4/5, Contemporary Romance, puchased book

38875528From the back of the book:

What could be more fun than a game between friends – or lovers? In these four sexy stories of mixed-up couples and mistaken identities, it’s not about winning but how much you like to play.

Includes a brand-new novella featuring Hart Winston, whose switch with his hot identical-twin brother has one woman calling foul play. You can bet that in the game of love no one is going to follow the rules…

This anthology features stories by Lori Foster, Deidre Martin, Elizabeth Bevarly, and Christie Ridgway. I enjoyed the stories by Lori Foster and Deidre Martin, but didn’t care for the other two. The Foster story, Hart and Soul, features one of the Winston cousins. I just love those Winston boys. The Martin story features her New York Blades hockey team. I have enjoyed all of the previous stories in this series and loved that this one mainly took place within the O’Brian’s pub. The other two stories fell flat for me. The Bevarly story, Double Booked, is about two acquaintances who are booked into the same condo during their vacations. I just couldn’t get into the fact that two people who disliked each other so much in the beginning could fall in love so fast. The Ridgway story, Original Zin, was okay but I think it would have worked better as a longer story.

The book girl gives DOUBLE THE HEAT a 4/5

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, puchased book

35778567From the back of the book:

THE DOCTOR IS IN DEEP

Wishful, California, is 3000 miles from Dr. Emma Sinclair’s last job in a New York City ER. IT may aw well be another galaxy. Here, running her father’s clinic for a summer, Emma treats bee stings, stomach flu, and the occasional pet cat. Plus, she has to contend with patients like Stone Wilder: gorgeous, laid-back, and irritating beyond belief. The man laughs at her. A lot. And Emma loathes him. All except that tiny part of her that wants to throw him on her examining table and break every doctor-patient rule in the book…

When Stone tries to help Emma learn to loosen up a bit, he pictures white-water rafting or scenic mountain hikes. Not a mind-blowing affair that shakes them both to the core. Emma’s sure she has no place in a town like Wishful, but Stone knows different. Emma belongs here – in this town, in his life. And convincing this strong-minded, stubborn, sexy woman of that fact will be a challenge no Wilder man could resist…

I love Jill Shalvis, everything the woman writes is perfect. I bought Instant Gratification when it came out and then lost it. Last week when I was cleaning and setting up my new desk I found the book. I immediately started reading it and read the whole thing during an extremely long doctors appointment. I found it fitting that I was reading a book about a doctor while at the doctor. Emma is my kind of girl. She doesn’t like the outdoors and is lost without take-out. She is transplanted into the middle of nowhere and cannot wait to get out, until she meets Stone. Stone is a manly man, who also has a sensitive side and helps those around him without taking any credit for it. I loved both characters and their combative relationship is both funny and sweet.  I especially like how he tries to make her relax and love the scene where he writes her instructions on how to relax step-by-step.  There is an appearance by TJ, Stone’s brother, and I can’t wait to read his story. Instant Gratification is a fantastic book!

the book girl gives INSTANT GRATIFICATION a 5/5!

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2/5, Erotic Romance, puchased book

27451664From the back of the book:

Daredevil stunts and dangerous accidents are par for the course in the adrenaline-fueled world of motocross racing. Just ask Alexia Spencer, who almost lost her high school sweetheart in a near-fatal accident. But when she asked him to give up racing, Jayden Michaels rode off without even a good-bye, leaving Alexia heartbroken.

Ten years later, Jayden’s back, and determined to prove he’s over Alexia. But it’s impossible to ignore the irresistible woman she’s become. And it isn’t long before Jayden finds himself on Alexia’s doorstep, driven by his insatiable desire, hoping he can tempt the woman he still loves into letting herself fell the heat…and taking a risk with her heart.

I felt like this book could have been shortened to novella length and been perfect. The conflict of the story has to do with something that happened in the past. A secret that Alexia is keeping. All she needs to do is share it with Jayden and there would be a happy ending. But even though she is sleeping and claiming to be still in love with Jayden, she doesn’t tell him. I found this fact very annoying. Unless you are looking for a story that has lots of sex and little emotion I would stay away from this book.

the book girl gives DRIVEN BY DESIRE a 2/5

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