I read several of these years ago when they were first coming out and I enjoyed them… I waited as a couple more came out and read them when they did, then life got in the way. I had other things going on, other books, kids, you know how it is.
Then I started writing.
I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I did before I was writing.
But over the last couple of weeks, I’ve spent a good chunk of time in the car as I got the old man ready for deployment, so I borrowed the entire Hollows series from my library and listened to it. All the way through, even the one that just came out this year.
I still love them. I still love the characters, the storylines and the imagery. I still miss Kisten and laugh out loud over Jenks. There are moments I want to pull Al into a hug and tell him it will be okay. There are moments I want to smack Trent and tell him he’s come a long way but there are some things he still needs to fix about himself.
Do I recommend the series? Yes. 100%. Go read them. They are amazing.
I recently went to work from home, so my ‘reading’ aka audiobook time has been dramatically cut (but hey, it’s meant way more time for writing) but I made a trip over the weekend where I got in a couple books (I listen at 2.5x speed, so they go faster) The best one was Overcome by Lora Leigh.
This is actually three novellas in the Breed series. I had read all three before but the audio versions added a depth to the stories that hadn’t been there before. I really enjoyed them. If you get a chance, pick it up!
This week I ‘read’ Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon.
My rating is 3 out of 5.
It was a decent story, though much of it was very far fetched (but let’s face it, it’s an alien smut romance, I never expected it to be believable.)
So suspension of disbelief aside, Ice Planet Barbarians was enjoyable but not a can’t put it down romance. It’s the start of a series that I don’t feel driven to read the next book of. In my opinion, it’s one of the major things that keep it from being rated better. It’s just not gripping enough to keep me reading once I’ve finished this story.
Stay tuned for the next installment.
Spider Woman’s Daughter ~ Anne Hillerman
Bernie Manuelito, Navajo Police Officer and wife to officer Jim Chee witnesses a shooting, not of just anyone but to Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. A man who ‘s been like an Uncle to both her and her husband. She swears to catch the person responsible, and intends to keep her word, but she’s taken off the case and has family responsibilities she must deal with. How can she solve Leaphorn’s shooting while still dealing with her mother and sister?
My ranking? 3 howls.
I liked the extension of her father’s stories, but it wasn’t perfect. There was a lot of unnecessary geographical details that I would have skipped (and I give more than a lot of authors…) I liked the back and forth between Bernie and Chee (even though there was a lot of head hopping, with no obvious marking that you were switching). It was a good story, but could use improvement.
Lost in the Nowhere by Christine Howard
I loved this book. While it’s not in the same category as most of the things I read, I really enjoyed it. It pulled me in and kept my interest late in the night. I quickly fell in love with the characters and wanted to find out what happened to them.
Check it out on Amazon
This is the sixth book in the Colorado Mountain series.
When old friends become new lovers…anything can happen.
Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at “hello.” His relationship with Emme’s best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that’s ever happened to her?
It isn’t easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she’s a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme’s always been the one; she excites Deck’s body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme’s past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she’ll let him . . .
What did I think:
I’ve waited for this book for a long time. It was good, not what I expected but really good. I enjoyed it.
My rating, 4 howls
Rule Breaker is book #29 in the Breed Series.
Lion Breed and enforcer Rule Breaker has just a few rules he doesn’t break. Not for anything. Not for anyone—like never have sex with a woman outside his own breed, especially a human woman. Especially someone too helpless, too fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone help him to protect her.
If the damned animal inside him insists on a mate, then why pick her? A woman who is an easy target and who can be used as a weapon against him at any time.
But what he suspects is mating heat may not be that at all. Just his animal instincts rioting, pacing, irritated whenever he’s away from her.
Okay, he can handle that.
What ensues is a fiery affair that breaks all the rules of mating heat and will eventually endanger his mate with the very rules designed to protect the Breeds—for she’s possibly been working against them…
What did I think:
Lora Leigh is one of the few authors that I will stop whatever I’m doing to read a new release. This one was well worth it. I settled in with the book and I had a hard time putting it down until I’d finished it. After waiting so long to find out Rule’s story, it was well worth the wait. I loved the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good steamy romance.
My rating: five howls.
Unlike most shifters, Tiger was created in lab. No one is sure who did it, or why, but his life, until his recent release, was not good. Now the people in Shiftertown are trying to protect him and teach him to live among them. He knew he was different, that he didn’t belong, but he didn’t know where he should be. Until he met Carly. From the moment he caught her scent he knew she was his mate. It was a struggle to keep from hauling her off and hiding her away. Could he manage it?
What did I think? ~
I’ve been reading this series for some time, I love it, this one is no exception, it’s a great next installment to the series.
This is the first book in the Red Team series.
After more than seven years on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan, Rocco is out of the military now, but he’s haunted by things he can barely remember. He doesn’t sleep because the nightmares will come, but they don’t always stay away when he’s awake either. When his friend and buddy, Kit, asks him to back to their hometown, Wolf Creek Bend, Colorado, to check into some trouble his sister is having, he doesn’t want to go, but he owes his buddy.
Mandy wasn’t thrilled that her brother sent someone to check up on her, but she soon realized that he needed to be there as much as she needed the help. She knows that with patience and persistence, she can help him to deal with the past that haunts him, but will he let her? When her brother’s troubles make her a part of them, she’s more thankful to have him there to help her, but is that all there is to it?
What did I think? I loved it. It showed more of the darker side of what some of our returning soldiers are dealing with and what it takes to help them back. At the same time there was an intriguing mystery and a good romance. I can’t wait to pick up the next one in the series.