Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The MacKenzies: Dane, Thomas, Riley, Cooper (The MacKenzie Family #1-5) by Liliana Hart

This is a collection of the 5 super short novellas in the MacKenzies' series, they are not for young readers but you have to read these so you can get into the whole series and trust me, when the cloaks and daggers begins in the next section of the series, it gets good.


I got this one for free from iBooks and I had mixed feelings, and by mixed feelings I couldn't decide who I wanted to smack more Dane or Charlotte. Dane left town and a young Charlotte pregnant (granted he didn't know), Dane decided he wanted to follow his dreams and all. In the years he's been gone he occasionally thinks of Charlotte (yet he has no issues being with other women). Dane move bank to town and learns that Charlotte has also moved back and now runs an auto shop. I hate that despite Charlotte's supposedly tough stance she immediately has sex with him. Dane later learns he might have a son and goes to confront Charlotte, they have sex again.

I hated that Charlotte basically lived her romantic life in stand still since the day Dane left. This is what I hated about her, Dane had no problem moving on (even temporarily) and she turns down pretty much everyone until Dane comes back into her life.

Rating 1 out of 5
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This novella was more fun, I like Cat and Thomas more. Thomas is a doctor and Cat is a thief; the story starts off with Cat stealing something. Cat flees once she steals an artifact, but she's shot, yet somehow she makes it to Montana and ends up at the MacKenzie farm. Obviously, Thomas tends to her wound and well things get heated. After handing the artifact over to the proper authorities (yeah, she steals things from criminals, how Robin Hood) she returns to Montana to be with Thomas. I would have wished the story was longer and we had more back story on Cat.

Rating 2 out of 5
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This story is a little longer than the others and a little more interesting, Riley is a professor and he meets Maggie who has a stolen artifact (no she didn't steal it, it was sent to her by a colleague). Well bad people are after the artifact so Riley takes Maggie to Montana; they stay at Cooper's (Riley's brother) apartment and things get very heated between Riley, Maggie and all the toys Cooper has in his apartment. Eventually, the bad guy comes for the artifact and Riley and Maggie take care of him and they get together. Its fun, it's interesting and it was nice.

Rating 3 out of 5
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Of all the MacKenzie novellas this is my favorite. Cooper is way into BDSM and Claire has been in love with him forever. Cooper has a thing for Claire, but he doesn't act on it because he's 10 years older than Claire (what an idiot love doesn't have an age). Anyway, Cooper is helping in a drug investigation and the main baddie is is a BDSM club and is chatting up Claire, Cooper interferes and things get crazy from there. This one is my favorite because its a preset to how the rest of the MacKenzie series go. The other MacKenzie's are active military or some sort of undercover government agents going after cartels, so there is a lot of action.

Rating 4 out of 5
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This one is just a feel good cute story; Grant is in love with Annabeth and Annabeth is in love with Grant, except neither knows how to tell the other. But, hey its Christmas eve and miracles do tend to happen and when Grant heads home and sees Annabeth accidentally fall into the lake she was skating on. Grant saves Annabeth and they finally tell each other how they feel and have themselves a very Merry Christmas.

Rating 3 out of 5
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