Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Shifts
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, #8
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 352

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

I have to say for the record, I never in a million years thought I would be disappointed with a Kate Daniels book, EVER! I swear that 2015 is not my year. I have been disappointed in almost every highly anticipated book of 2015 on my list, but a few. I don't even know where to start with MAGIC SHIFTS. Basically I assumed this book would be different, I mean in the previous book, Kate met her father, Roland and she claimed the city. But, Roland demanded that she also could not be in a position of power that she gets by being the Beast Lord's Consort. So she needed to leave the pack, but she could not leave the pack and still be with Curran, because he is the Beast Lord, so he decided to leave it all. So in this book we are experiencing how it is like for Curran and Kate leading somewhat peaceful lives since the are not apart of the keep any longer.

“Why, of course, Your Majesty. What was I thinking? I will go and do this right away, just please don’t look at me.” “Kate, get in the car.” “Maybe you should growl dramatically. I don’t think I’m intimidated enough.” 

Do I believe the book wasn't as great as the others because Curran and Kate were no longer apart of the keep? Yes and no. I think I was so used to the keep and Curran being Beast Lord. And I don't care what anyone says, Curran will always be the Beast Lord! I mean Kate still calls him, his majesty! I miss the craziness of a lot of the pack members you got in the previous book by driving Kate and sometimes Curran nuts. But we still get to see a lot of the pack members, because the do come and visit Kate and Curran. And anyone who decided they want to leave the keep with Kate and Curran may also do so. Everything just fell so out of place with this. I guess, I just don't like change. Haha!

What really had turned me off was the plot and storyline. A lot of the time it is the focal point of the book, so if the plot is no good, I have trouble even being interested in the book in the first place. This is the first time in a Kate Daniels book that I wasn't into the book because of the plot. It was so fucking boring that I found my myself skimming! Skimming a fucking Kate Daniels book! I don't do that! And this book made me want to do that! And I do feel like this book was a filler book. It felt like a filler book to me because of the nonsense of the plot and the plot had to happen to discover something that is vital to the continuation of this series. Oh, and what the fuck! Did Hugh get written out or something? He's mentioned, but I want my crazy psychopath back!

I would kill him. “Just so I get it right, Jim calls you and says, ‘Hey, we found a horde of ghouls in the MARTA tunnels,’ and your first thought was, ‘Great, I’ll take the kids’?” 

But that does not mean that I did not like the book at all. I semi-liked it because I did love the character developments and great dialogue that Ilona Andrews is famous for. We got Kate, Curran and Julie trying the whole dynamic family thing. Cute. We had pack members who remain completely loyal to Kate and Curran still no matter who the new Beast Lord is. And (view spoiler) And I don't care what anyone says, the best moment in this whole book is when George (aka Mahon's daughter) and Curran totally BURN Mahon! He's finally getting a taste of his own medicine on how much a asshole he is! Oh, yeah! Like I said, Best.Moment.Ever. And we do get some Roland, like one freaking scene. Yeah, Daddy's crazy! And Kate finally finds out what he's after and she plans to do everything in her power to prevent it!

All and all, I did like MAGIC SHIFTS, but I didn't love it. I don't expect to love every freaking book in every one of my favorite series, there's bound to be some duds. This one wasn't freaking horrible, it was just okay and didn't pack the punch that the rest of them did for me. This one basically felt like a filler book and felt so unlike the rest of them. But it had great Kate Daniels moments and great dialogue. You'll still laugh and enjoy it. I just want the next one, because of that ending. Things are definitely getting interesting and I can't wait for Kate to grow stronger with her magic being a key factor.

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Review: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

Title: Ride Steady
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos, #3
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Pages: 640

The ride of her life . . . 
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . . 
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .

Kristen Ashley is always a hit or a miss with me. But I have to say I am quite surprised that I freaking devoured this book. I'm not a huge fan of biker books. I have read a few and hated them, but there has been a few I have liked. And I didn't really like the first two books in this Chaos Series all that much. But, This one was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

RIDE STEADY was so much more than a biker book. It was a story about two people with tortured pasts who have been in love with each other since High School and now it's there chance to finally be happy with each other. Carson Steele aka "Joker" had a abused childhood. Mother left early on and father beat him, abused him physically and mentally. His plan was to get out as soon as he could and he did and became part of Chaos.

Carissa Teodoro married the High School Jackass, I mean jock, had a baby boy with him and now she's divorced. He won't her at all and is fighting for custody, He's basically abusing his power his family has as a great lawyers. he cheated on her many times and left her for a model and now that she's with Carson he's trying to win her back just to win and prove to Carson that he can. Again I say, JACKASS!

It was lovely reading Carson and Carissa come together. It took a while. Carissa was the last person Carson saw before he left town all those years ago and upon meeting again she doesn't remember him. So he plans dumb, goes by the name Joker now and is very distant towards her even though she obviously wants to be with Joker. And even when they get together he still doesn't tell her that he is Carson. That was annoying. I thought he should've told her from the start. And he is so sweet too wanting to wait to have sex with her. Every time it's like she's the horny one wanting sex so bad. It was funny.

Anyway, RIDE STEADY was a very heartwarming story. It has your typical Kristen Ashley formula. Beautiful Heroine, Bad ass Alpha Hero, Funny as Hell & Nosy Family and Friends, and a Jackass Ex trying to screw up shit for the heroine. Books that end up loving by Kristen Ashley makes me so happy that she publishes more than 2-3 books a year. Thank god for that!

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Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux

Title: Ball & Chain
Author: Abigail Roux,
Series: Cut & Run, #8
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Pages: 288

Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

I was so FREAKING EXCITED to pick up this installment of Cut and Run because I missed my Ty and Zane so damn much! I was definitely doing a re-read before this release. BALL & CHAIN was definitely different from precious books because we have different POV's alternating between Ty and Zane and Nick and Kelly. I didn't mind it so much. I don't think it took away from the story too much, but like a Ty & Zane fangirl for life I wanted more of them because this is Ty and Zane's book and we probably have one more book left for them where Nick is getting his own books, so save that for his book please!

Ty is back and Ty and Zane's relationship have finally been found out and Ty refuses to live away from Zane. He wouldn't be able to survive it. And Ty's brother Deuce is finally having his wedding, so of course Ty and Zane go, but bring Nick and Kelly as back up because there have been threats on The bride's side of the family. I hated the mystery as usually. I mean I didn't hate it in the beginning, the the middle and end seemed to drag on like we got nowhere.

I enjoyed the Ty and Zane storyline. This happens early on so no point hiding it. Ty asks Zane to marry him and this goes on throughout the book because Zane turns him down repeatedly. I love that Zane turns him down, because then I get to hear Ty ask over and over again. It was funny. There were definitely funny moments for these guys, but not enough because the focus became the murder/mystery they were solving and Nick and Ty's problems.

I did enjoy this book very much, but hopefully for our last book we can stick to the main focus being Ty & Zane. The first part was amazing, but the second half fell flat for me. The ending was amazing. Ty, you got it right! Looking forward to the next and final book to Ty & Zane's story!

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Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Burned
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever, #7
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Pages: 475

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. 

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

I better get rolling on my review before it never gets written and while the book is still in my mind. BURNED took how many freaking years to write, two years or something and my most anticipated book turned out to be such a disappointment. Don't get me wrong it was still good, semi-halfway decent, but really?! This is the turnout of the book I was waiting so long for? I am so not impressed! I think my thing was compared to Fever books #1-5, this book was so different compared to those, that my expectations were so high. But it wasn't that bad. Let's just say it was half and half good and bad.

First of all when I first heard this book was going to half a dual Mac and Dani POV I was very excited, and also as well as Muliple POV's of different characters. We had Dani, Lor, Unseelie King, Christian, Kat. Either you know how to make the Multiple POV the fit or you don't. And obviously KMM didn't. It didn't work in her favor. The book seemed all over the place, with so much going on that it didn't not work at all and the book suffered because of it. Mac POV is the majority we get. And I have to say I probably wouldn't be able to get through the book if not for her. I love things from her perspective and it saved the book. Even with Mac being the center fold in this book, it still felt like it was all over the place and was a big huge mess with the POV's. And Dani? Really, KMM? How the hell can you say that the primary perspectives are that of Mac and Dani. Dani is basically in the first chapter and that's it.

The part of the book that really saved it all for me, was the second half, it was pretty awesome because you really get an inside look into Ryodan, Barrons, Lor and the inner working of Chesters and get to catch some conversation between the three which we probably never would've got. I mean, that is what I freaking live for. Learning more about the Nine. Please, KMM, keep writing more inside looks into the Nine. I need to know more about this mysterious group. And as a Mac and Barrons fan, I am disappointed with the so little interaction between the two. Out of the whole book, they had a few conversations. What the hell? Their whole Mac and Barrons dynamic that I loved in the Fever Series just disappeared. I just expected since they are finally together, we would get more, not less.

I suddenly can't find enough oxygen in Ryodan's office to breathe. My hand flies to my mouth as I stare, staggered..... 

And Please do not even get me started on that shit ass excuse for a cliffhanger. Really? You're gonna end it there? I know the next book is said to be out October of 2015, but come on. Do you honestly believe it will be out this year. Based on KMM, actions it could be out in the next two to three years. Who knows. With BURNED we were left with more questions than answers and incompleteness. At this point I don't even want to associate these spin off Fever books with my previous Epic Original Fever Series, but I have been nothing but disappointed thus far. I am begging. Please do not screw up Book #8! But me being me, I do have hope for the next book, even though this feels so different from the original fever series, I am open-minded for it being different and am excited to read more!

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Review: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Bound by Flames
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince, #3
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Pages: 342

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

“You aren’t just my weakness, Leila.” Vlad drew me next to him, one hand sliding along my jaw while the other caressed my back. “You are my destruction, because if I were to lose you, it would finish me.” 

I couldn't write my fabulous review without spoilers, so be warned. I swear the books in the Night Prince Series get better and better with every book. I am highly impressed. BOUND BY FLAMES has got to be my favorite in the series and at this point I am so glad that Frost decided to extend the series to one more book. Frost, let me tell you, just keep writing more, because you're doing awesome with the the World of the Night Huntress. I could definitely do with another book on Mencheres and Spade.

In BOUND BY FLAMES, Leila and Vlad and still on the hunt to find Szilagyi. Vlad finds out early on that Leila had been careless and reckless at one point to the hunt for Szilagyi and decides to permanently remove her from the situation, which enrages Leila. But eventually make up and finds themselves face to face with Szilagyi in the end only to find they have maybe an even greater threat than Szilagyi.

Compromise Lesson One: Pull a dick move, and your dick gets denied. Every woman knew that, and now, so did the vampire sitting next to me. 

Like I said before this BOUND BY FLAMES was so freaking awesome. We have Vlad trying to protect Leila for her own good and her being angered by what he did. I understand both sides, but once Leila hears Vlad's side of things, she understands and forgives him. Awwwww. Vlad can be quite the romantic vampire. I just love how much he loves her and is willing to endure her anger and hatred if it means she is alive.

At one point Leila gets kidnapped yet again, Surprise Surprise!, and had to undergo the ultimate torture. I have to say, the torture really got me, it was sickening to read, it was like I had to close my eyes like I was actually watching it. And, (view spoiler) Szilagyi is one sick fuck! And another thing too, all of this was being video taped and sent to Vlad. Thank god, Vlad reaches Vlad in the end and a bunch of awesome shit goes down. Like I said, great book and looking forward to the conclusion to the, Night Prince Series.

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