Monday, August 31, 2015

Pursued by the Rogue (Fairy Tales of New York #1) by Kelly Hunter

This was such a sweet and sad story; Dawn Turner hasn't had an easy life growing up, after being sent away by her parents and then being sent to a boarding school by her aunt and uncle, she's always felt unwanted. The only person she ever felt wanted with was her friend's brother, Finbar Sullivan. Years later Dawn knows why her parents sent her away, but it's never made the pain any easier; after a reunion with her old friends from high school she re-encounters her teenage crush and first love.

Finbar "Fin" Sullivan grew up to be a famous musician and have a great life, but there is one girl he never forgot. Years later they are brought together again and this time he's not letting go. There is just one problem, while Fin is thinking of forever, Dawn is only thinking of right now.

The whole story, you want them to come together, but with Dawn knowing certain things about her family and what it might entail for her future she becomes the biggest obstacle for their happily ever after. Fin I loved, he was such a caring guy; and everything he does to show Dawn he'll stand by her no matter what.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Laid Out by Sidney Halston

Perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and Cecy Robson, Sidney Halston’s scorching new MMA romance proves there are no holds barred when it comes to seduction. Growing up an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command. Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.

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She was kicking a rock out of the way when Cain grabbed her hand and pulled her to a nearby tree, causing her to yelp as she struggled to keep her balance. At nineteen, Cain was thin and lanky—all limbs. She was still short and stumpy. He turned her around brusquely and pressed her back against a tree, the bark digging into her. She looked up at him and saw an intensity in his eyes she’d never seen before. His cheeks were flushed and the vein by his neck pulsed. Suddenly she became nervous. He’d never looked at her this way—the way the cute guys looked at the pretty girls.

Lately she’d felt flustered when Jeremy was nearby, with his mess of curly dark brown hair and dimpled smile. Feelings that hadn’t been there before were now creeping in. In fact, she could’ve sworn Jeremy had been flirting with her lately—complimenting her clothes and hair, brushing against her “accidentally,” inviting her to the movies without Cain around. But these brief flirtatious moments were with Jeremy. Not with Cain. Never with Cain. Cain was just her friend. A little gangly, a little quiet, a lot overprotective.

That was until now.

Suddenly there was an awareness that had never been there before.

When he licked his lips, her pulse sped up. A foreign feeling—desire—began to take root.

He reached toward her hair, and she flinched a little before he tucked a stray strand behind her ear. The tender action surprised her. For the first time, she noticed how clear his blue eyes were, how his hair was so blond it almost looked white. All of a sudden, he didn’t seem like just this boy who was always around. Unfamiliar feelings began to erupt throughout her body. She felt her cheeks flame and her heart race.

When he finally spoke, his voice shook a little. “I’m your friend because I want to be your friend. Not because of your parents or your dumb threats. I don’t like it when you call yourself fat. You’re not fat.”

She nodded and murmured, “Okay.” She drew her lower lip into her mouth and nibbled as her wide eyes gazed at his. Cain reached over and pulled her lip out of her mouth. “You’re nervous.” It wasn’t a question. He knew her well enough to be aware of her tells.

“I . . . uh . . . what are you doing, Cain?”

“I don’t want you to kiss just anyone to get it outta the way.”

Words failed her, so she just nodded again. There was a moment where neither spoke. He just looked at her as if trying to decide on his next move.

“I should be the first person you kiss,” he finally said as his tongue flicked out a little and wet his lips.

She gasped and looked up into his eyes nervously. His eyes never left hers, but his reddened ears and neck showed that he was also nervous. She too knew him well.

Like a fool, she bobbed her head up and down mostly because the words were stuck in her throat. It felt like he stared at her lips for an eternity until he finally leaned forward, causing her to press herself further back against the tree, her hands gripping the bark. He tilted his head to the side and she imitated the action.

Should I open my mouth? Leave it closed? What about my tongue? What should it be doing?

Softly, almost feather light, his lips brushed against hers. Her eyes instinctively closed tight, and she stopped breathing. It was less than ten seconds but it was forever. In that moment she fell into the category of girls who’d had their first kiss. She kept her eyes closed for far too long, and when she opened them he was standing upright, his face even more flushed. Her own tongue snuck out of her mouth to taste her lips. She swallowed and looked at him, her eyes as wide as saucers. What just happened?

Then, with the same intensity in his expression, he leaned back down, but this time he pressed harder against her lips causing her lips to part slightly. His body moved closer to hers, and then she felt his hands grip her waist and his tongue touch her lips before it moved into her mouth and brushed hers for a brief second, his fingers digging into her skin at her waist. She instinctively melded into him, her body seeking him out.

Again he moved away and looked at her. His expression never changed, and neither did hers. Her eyes were wide; she touched her lips, as if to determine whether the kiss had really happened. They just looked at each other, neither saying anything, her heart beating so loudly she was sure he could hear it. Finally she spoke and said the only thing that came to mind.

“Wow, my cup runneth over,” she whispered. It was a phrase he teased her about constantly, but it was exactly how she felt: she could barely contain her happiness.

He chuckled, and the smile did her in: she threw her arms around his neck and kissed him. Hard. He wrapped his arms around her waist and walked them the half step back against the tree again. Their noses bumped. It was awkward, but as first kisses went . . . it was perfect.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, Vi.” It was the last thing he said to her before leaving for war.


This was a sweet second chance romance; you spend all your time rooting for Violet and Cain to come together even when Cain is being your typical dumb guy.

I did want Violet to put Cain through his paces a bit more, but all that can be forgiven since both Cain and Violet pull you into the story and have you flipping the pages like crazy. If you read one romance this summer, definitely check this one out, plus the hottie on the cover really does help persuade you.

Rating 4 out of 5

Author Info

Sidney Halston lives her life by one simple rule: “Just do it.” And that’s exactly what she did. At the age of thirty, having never written anything other than a legal brief, she picked up a pen for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming an author. That first stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in South Florida with her husband and children.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unblocked by Marni Mann

Bestselling author, Marni Mann, brings readers, the Unblocked Collection. These steamy novellas take you on an erotic journey with Derek Block and Frankie Jordan as they navigate secrets, professional boundaries, and a connection they cannot seem to avoid.

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One taste was all it took...
Derek Block seeks revenge. 
Frankie Jordan seeks professional dominance. 
He wants her, she wants him. 
Lines that can't cross begin to blur. 


Derek Block demands more. 
Frankie Jordan wants to run. 
Pleasure complicates business. 
But some passion is just too hard to resist.
Things are getting hotter as real estate gets real…


Derek Block confronts his past. 
Frankie Jordan's past pursues her. 
Secrets threaten to keep them apart. 
They want to let go of each other, but can’t. 
Their passion is too hot to resist. 
Things are scorching as real estate gets real… 


Derek Block is ready to fight. 
Frankie Jordan must make a decision. 
Their pasts are demanding attention. 
Confessing the truth may not be enough. 
But can their intense passion sustain them? 


Derek Block needs to protect those he cares about.
Frankie Jordan fears the loss of those she loves.
Darkness drives them.
But could it drive them apart?

This is Episode Five, the final Episode in the Timber Towers Series.


WOW! Just WOW! The story was to die for. The twist and turns; I had to reread scenes just to make sure I read it correctly. There were scenes that had your jaw dropping and going OMG.

I don't know why I envision Derek looking a little like Hugh Jackman in the Wolverine, you know the scene where he's working as a lumberjack. 

If you love drama and jaw dropping scenes, you'll love this collection.

Rating 5 out of 5


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Perfect Marriage (Silhouette Intimate Moments, #621) by Laurey Bright

1328650You can't even use the decade as an excuse for the horrible storyline and characters in this garbage. The characters are pathetic; Max and Celine have been married for 12 years and then one day he says "hey, I'm banging Kate the girl that works in my office".

From the point on the things just go from bad to worse, through the whole ordeal Celine spends her time pining after Max and begging him to come back, while he spends his time stringing both the wife and mistress along.

Celine was such a pathetic, sorry excuse for woman with no backbone that I find it inconceivable that this crap of a story was written by a woman.  

Rating 1 out of 5 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Wife in Every Sense (A Europe's Hottest Billionaires Novel) by Joanne Walsh

Kate Burrows has had a crush on her womanizing boss Aleksei Aleksanou for quite some time; Kate decides that the only way to get over it is to quit and go travel. Before she leaves Kate and Aleksei hook up and unbeknown to them someone else comes along.

Kate spends her entire vacation sick and after a run-in with a thief and a subsequent trip to the hospital, Kate learns she's pregnant. Although surprise, Aleksei also finds out she's pregnant and he is soon issuing marriage demands. Kate and Aleksei marry and now have to try and make a go of it.

The story was good and what really saves it for me is the last two chapters; throughout the whole story Aleksei runs good guy / jerk. You get his story and you're like okay I can see why he's like that, but come on Kate is super nice and sweet.

Kate is very introverted in the beginning, but as the story progresses you see her character develop and grow into a strong woman.
Overall, it was nice how these two grow as characters and as a couple and are able to reach their happily ever after, even though they have to overcome a bump or two.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Escort by Laura Marie Altom

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In Laura Marie Altom’s scorching new Shamed novel, perfect for fans of J. Kenner and Tracy Wolff, a broken heart pushes a rugged loner to the breaking point—until a not-so-innocent affair changes everything.

When the woman he loves marries billionaire Liam Stone, Nathan Black swears off dating and playing by the rules. He’s also tired of being broke. His new gig as a male escort isn’t exactly legal, but the cash will help him build a solid future. Then there’s Carol Moore, Liam’s personal assistant. She and Nathan always seem to get paired up at Stone family functions—and always seem to end up in bed together. She’s definitely intriguing. But how could a good girl like Carol settle down with a screw-up like Nathan?

After Carol’s dreamy boss gets hitched, crushing any chance of them getting back together, she finds herself hooking up with the bride’s best friend. Nathan is hot, adventurous, and just a little bit dangerous. But when one of their sexy games goes too far, Carol discovers how out of control Nathan’s life really is. And before long Carol is forced to choose between her safe old life and the bad boy who makes her feel like the woman she’s meant to be.

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“I, Ella, take you, Liam, to be my lawfully wedded husband . . .”

If I heard one more word of the happy couple’s vows, I’d fucking hurl.

I stood on the fringe of their big event with my hands shoved in the pockets of the khakis I’d picked up at Goodwill. Why wouldn’t I want to look my best for the love of my life getting hitched to a billionaire who’s actually perfect for her, and can give her the kind of life of which I’ve never even dreamed?

Everything about the beachfront nuptials was perfection.

Gently lapping surf—check.

Violet-streaked sunset kissing the ocean—check.

Pillar candles lining the aisle and practically an entire freaking orchestra playing powdery-soft Vivaldi—check, check. Toss in thousands of white orchids and roses, wandering flamingos, a champagne fountain, a tent with tables heaped with food and a vodka-ice-luge carved into an enormous E & L, and the scene was straight out of a circus freak show of flashy wealth. Only the thing about Liam was that I truly believed not a bit of this was for show, or to prove he’d win a wedding-of-the-century dick-measuring contest, but because he loves Ella so much that in ways, he’d reverted to a little kid, eager to prove his love by buying her every single toy on her Christmas list—only it was July, and knowing Ella, the only thing she’d ever really wanted Santa to bring was love.

In Liam, I knew she’d found that and more, and the fact was killing me.

Seating for the hundred or so guests was an assortment of gold-toned sofas, love seats and chairs that had no business being on a beach, but somehow seemed as perfect as the rest of everything Carol—Liam’s longtime assistant—and a pricey wedding planner had thrown together.

I saw her now—Carol—standing on the opposite side of the aisle from me.

Her pale blue eyes shone with unshed tears. The barely-there breeze stole strands from her elegant blond updo, streaming them like golden seaweed across her mouth, but she stood stone-still, as though if she froze, maybe time would, too, and this wedding wouldn’t happen.

She used to have a thing for Liam the way I did for Ella.

Judging by her solemn expression, the way her full lips turned slightly down at the corners, I guessed she pretty much felt the same as I did—that this whole event sucked balls.

The happy couple now delivered personally written, wholly heartfelt vows. Joy. I loved Ella. I should be thrilled for her, so why did I find myself gravitating toward Carol, then asking, “Want to get out of here?”

For the longest time she remained motionless—a pale-skinned goddess whose gold-satin gown reflected the sun’s last gasp.

“Carol?” The music swelled as if cued by Ella’s happy tears. How had Liam done it? Built riches so vast as to have his own wedding soundtrack?

Carol finally looked at me. Her pain contradicted her beauty. Silent tears fell, polluting her cheeks with wavy black mascara trails. “Fuck me.”

“No kidding, right? I’m happy for them, but for us, this whole thing seriously blows.”

“Agreed—but I mean it, Nathan. Fuck me. Pound me so hard I forget tonight ever happened.”

“Wait, what?” Gaze narrowed, I cocked my head. She didn’t flinch. “Oh shit, you’re serious.”

She grabbed my hand, then dragged me down the shore, away from the wedding and toward the deserted house. After pressing the call button for the glass-fronted elevator that had been built into the Big Sur cliff, she shoved me against the nearest rock wall, slashing her lips across mine for a kiss far more brutal than erotic.

But then I got into it, the whole anti-wedding, pissed-off spirit of the thing, and I returned her ugly kiss with bold strokes of my tongue. My dick roared, and I cupped my hand to her ass, tugging her against me. She was taller than Ella—a good five-foot-eleven with heels—and satisfactorily ground against my six-foot-two frame.

The elevator signaled its arrival with a discreet ding.

The doors opened and we plunged this shit show inside.

Now, I took the lead, banging her against the car’s mirrored rear wall. I gave her neck a rough nuzzle before pounding the up button, then helping myself to the deep vee of her gown.

She wore no bra and when I grazed her nipple, it hardened beneath my palm.

I dragged my lips up her throat and along the tender underside of her chin.

She groaned, grabbing for my fly, but the car lurched to a stop.

When the doors swished open, we tumbled out onto the hardwood floor of what typically was a combo movie/game room temporarily being used for wedding gift storage.

An ornate pool table with a red-felt top had been piled high with wrapped gifts.

I released Carol long enough to shove them aside. A few plummeted to the floor. Judging by the muted jingle of broken glass or clanging metal, they didn’t fare well. Fucking oops.

Right now, all that mattered was blocking pain with pleasure.

I barely even knew this woman, but for my purposes, she’d more than do. By way of returning her favor, I’d give her a fuck she wouldn’t soon forget.


This is book 3 in the Shamed series and follows Nathan Black and Carol Moore. While I still hold book 2 as my favorite, this one gave it a run for it's money.

Liam and Ella (from books 1 and 2) are now married and Nathan and Carol are crushed. Well, Nathan and Carol end up hooking up and decide to continue. Nathan has started working as an escort (wow, I know; but don't worry he only escorts, no sleeping with the client) to try and get his financial life back in order. Somehow through all this madness and crazy clients Nathan and Carol are able to make it work and get their happily ever after.

There were quite a few parts where I somewhat, okay absolutely hated Nathan, but any issues I had with his character were fixed and I found him enjoyable again. In the end, despite everything you want them to work things out, Carol was an enjoyable character and the drama between her and Nathan really get you hooked.

Rating 4 out of 5


Displaying Laura Marie Altom_Author Photo.jpgAuthor Info

Laura Marie Altom is the author of more than forty books in three different genres. Now that her kids are in college, Altom spends her days writing and chasing after a menagerie of pets: a mini long-haired dachshund named Cocoa, a Yorkie named Daisy, a mutt named Sweet Pea, and Domino—a black-and-white stealth cat she rarely sees. She’s happily married to her college sweetheart (go Hogs!), and when night falls, she steals a few romantic moments for herself with her own hunky cover stud.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lobo Vol. 1: Targets by Cullen Bun

We all remember Lobo the bounty hunter that has a runin or two with the man in blue; well in this new revamped publication we get a shift in the character story.

We learn that the real Lobo, who by the way is also a bounty hunter has been locked away in a prison for some time and that the motorcycle Lobo we all know and love is an impostor (*gasp).

This new incarnation of Lobo has a lot of potential; we get a enough to keeps us hooked and tuning in to the next volume.

The character was re-imagined to be more sleek, still bad ass but less gruff. The one thing I wish they would have kept was that motorcycle; but who knows we might see it later on.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Killing Casanova by Kary Rader

25831128Jared "Casanova" Cassidy just told the biggest lie ever to his sick mother; he's engaged! Violet Murphy his assistant will be the perfect pretend fiance, now he just needs to convince her to play along. Like all pretend fiance/girlfriend stories, these two go from pretend to for real. 

The story would have scored higher for me except that the transition from one chapter to the next felt off; the reader is left to try and speculate what happened during the transition. The characters were okay, Jared at first seems like such a jerk but as you learn his back story you're like okay I can see your warped view. Violet was really nice and she can really go toe to toe with Jared. The way the characters play off each other made the story really entertaining.

Rating 3.5 out of 5 

Monday, August 17, 2015

When Least Expected (Blue Ridge Romance #1) by Allison B. Hanson

Alexis "Lexi" Montgomery thought she was happily married to Ian Montgomery; sure trying to have a baby was causing a bit of strain but overall, she thought things were solid. Then one day she comes home and finds divorce papers on the table. They proceed to get divorced and Lexi never really gets any closure.

When Ian's uncle dies and leaves a couple of provisions in his will designed to try and bring the couple back together; they try to go along with it and the trip turns into a romantic get-away. When they return, Ian converts back to being a jerk. Lexi finally begins to move on, only to learn she's finally getting the one thing she wanted more than anything.

The story has a happy ending for Lexi and Ian; however, the ending just was not good, Ian really hurts Lexi and he does nothing to be the one to win her back. The ending basically read like the author was tired at the end and decided okay I'm done, they live happily ever after. Up until before the end the story was good and the author's writing style was very engaging and emotive, that is why I'm hoping the next book in the series will be better.

Rating 3 out of 5 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Miss Goody Two-Shoes by Charlotte Hughes

25949189This was a sweet story; guy gets wrongfully convicted and spends some time in jail through his last year before being released when the truth comes out, he receives letters from a mysterious girl that give him hope.

Melanie "Mel" Abercrombie has been writing letters to Kane Stoddard for a year now and has never gotten a reply so when he shows up out of the blue in her small town, she freaks out and thinks Shawshank. 

Well, once Mel learns Kane didn't escape and these two get to know each other they form a really strong bond.

The chemistry between Kane and Mel was very present; however, what I didn't like was that Mel was just too good, her sister was such a Queen-B and Mel never stands up to her. Not only that, in general Mel was just too unrealistically nice; her mother abandons them and when they remeet, she doesn't shout or tell her off or anything. Even when her father is being unreasonable, she never gets mad. Kane I found more enjoyable, he seemed more realistic; guy grows up on the wrong side of the track bit of a hoodlum, but not a bad guy, gets wrongfully convicted for murder and has a bit of rage; more believable. 

The only reason I found the story enjoyable is because of the way both lead characters come together to complement each other.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Friday, August 14, 2015

No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West

18698371Well this totally sucks, you hook up with a hot guy the day before your first day of work and come Monday Mr. Hot Hook Up happens to be your bosses boss.

Well after listening to her friends, Cameron Lawson is in one hell of an awkward moment her hook up Aidan Truitt happens to be her boss (yeah, I think my jaw would be on the floor if that happened to me). 

The story literally had me cracking up, these two have to fight their attraction and work together. As they start getting closer to each other they also have to get over some hang ups. Both characters were likable and their issues made them very realistic; quite possibly the only thing that was in no way realistic is Cameron and her friends all finding jobs after graduating.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Baby's Got Bite (Take It Like a Vamp #2) by Candace Havens

This was a super funny and sweet supernatural romance. Linc Monahan's is at his best friend wedding and he just so happens to hook up with Bennett Langdon, a "human" (keep that in mind it will play a role later) and the brides' bestie.

When Bennett finds out she's pregnant she tell Linc who being a werewolf goes into shock because apparently werewolf's can't get humans pregnant. Now Linc has to break it to Bennett that she's pregnant with a supernatural baby and she may be supernatural herself.

The two characters were entertaining and the shocking story behind Bennett was jaw dropping. Though these two first come together as a fling and then for a baby, it's really sweet how their love develops. If you're a fan of supernatural romances and love hunky werewolfs, you'll definitely enjoy this one.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bridesmaid Blues by Boone Brux

25671707When things began to get too serious for Jamie Kingsland he moved to Florida and used the excuse of working at his father's company an ending.

Dani Brown was heart broken when Jamie just left; a year later her best friend is marrying Jamie's best friend and they both see each other again. Dani has finally started to move past her heartbreak, but Dani's friend has other ideas like maybe playing match maker and getting these two back together.

I kinda disliked Jamie during the story, I mean really you meet the on person that makes you happier than anything, but you can't tell your jerk of a father to back off. Jamie really redeems himself in the end, I won't tell you how because where's the fun in that, but it was such an aww moment. Dani was such a softy, she only contemplated murder for like half a day after finding out everything going on was set up by her bestie playing matchmaker. Overall the story was nice, but then I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Her Stand-In Boyfriend by Kelly Jamieson

25731675How blind was this girl? Like do you really not notice that your best friend is in love with you?

Lexi Mannis has been friends with Mac Northrop since college. When they met, they were both involved with someone else, but through the years, their friendship lasted. Mac has had a thing for Lexi but she never sees him as more than her best friend. Lexi and Mac finally hookup only for her to say let's be friends with benefits and crush poor Mac. 

I don't know how I feel about this story; this is the first story were I really hate the girl for being so blind and want to smack the main guy for not telling her sooner "hey, I like like you". I really liked it when Lexi finally got her head on straight and went after Mac and pours her heart out. Despite wanting to scream, you'll enjoy this story on the dangers of getting friend-zoned.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Simmering Ice (Atlantic City Hustlers #2) by Veronica Forand, Susan Scott Shelley

25731738Such a sweet story. Both characters have their own issues and heartbreaks but together they help each other heal and move towards their happily ever after.

Annie Davidson recently had her heart broken by her cheating ex so when hockey star Alec "Sequoia" O'Meara notices her she's a little skeptical. Despite being pretty and kind hearted Annie doesn't have much faith in herself, between the cheating ex, an absent father and a mother that can never say a nice thing can you blame the girl.

Alec "Sequoia" O'Meara lost his wife to cancer a couple of years back and when he meets Annie, he's finally willing to consider moving on. Alec falls for Annie and he pursues her in such a lovely way.

Both characters were really endearing, there was no ridiculous billionaire jerk thing going on; it was two down to earth approachable characters that really made you love the story.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Batman Eternal Vol. 2 by Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley, James Tynion IV, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, Jason Fabok, Fernando Pasarín, R.M. Guéra

25904501I'm throwing it out there but I'd never visit Gotham.

Things are getting worse in Gotham, we have a new baddy that is out to prove he's better than Batman. Hush, what a crazy villain name [like "This crime was committed by Hush" very dramatic] is out to burn Gotham to the ground and in the ashes rise as the king.

This action packed book will look a bit long but it is jam packed with grit and drama and fights that will have you flipping the pages like there's no tomorrow; and knowing Gotham, that just might be true.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1 by Peter J. Tomasi, Viktor Bogdanovic (Illustrations)

25241742In this exciting prequel to the critically acclaimed video game we have the Dark Knight questioning if Gotham still need the cowled hero and a dead Joker.

But just as there might be hope that Gotham will see peace, new threats arise some not so sinister and some quite funny. 

Aside from the great illustration and coloring, we have some interest developments in characters like Harley Quinn. Is it wrong of me to cheer her on as a new Gotham underground leader? Obviously Batman would still save the day but still.

And lets not forget that great scene where Bruce Wayne shows some serious fighting skills at a press conference, just awesome.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Shadow Now by David Liss, Colton Worely (Artist), Tim Bradstreet (Artist)

23155448Like a bad dream a villain from the past has come back to try and kill The Shadow. Now The Shadow must work to save New York.

This iconic character with the black/red cape and scarf is out to show the baddies they don't stand a chance against his trusted pistols and wicked skills.

This is definitely a must read for fans of the classic, non-mainstream graphic novels. Plus look at that cape, how can you not like?

Rating 3 out of 5 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Stray Bullets Volume 1: Innocence of Nihilism (Stray Bullets #1-7) by David Lapham

22358463This was an interesting read. It reminded me of the movie Crash, how all the tragic events and characters interact with each other.

The way these uncontrollable events push and pull the characters really captivates the reader.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Krampus! by Brian Jones, Dean Kotz

23093378This was funny twist on the stories of Santa Clause, St. Nick, Father Christmas and all others. 

Krampus the big baddie that knew how to educate spoiled, misbehaving children has been locked away for quite some time. When the Secret Society of Santa Clauses needs his help, Krampus goes all over running into winter icons, discovering sinister plots and saving the day.

This book was inventive and gives us a look at the other side of Christmas; you know the side that involves a horned monster eating bad children. Plus his giant flying wolf Stutgaard just makes Krampus even cooler.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Monday, August 3, 2015

One Night with the Tycoon (Whiskey River Book 3) by Katherine Garbera

25784406Even though you don't have to read each book in order, it does help because we see the reappearance of previous characters. 

In this story we follow Wyatt Kelly and Juliette Rossi. Wyatt has a very weird and warped view on relationships, which can you blame the guy given who his father was. Juliette was sweet, very strong female lead. The way both characters played off each other kept you hooked on the story, plus the drama and Wyatt realizing he's wrong really helps. I can't wait for the remaining two books.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Magnus: Robot Fighter Volume 2: Uncanny Valley by Fred Van Lente

25934477This is why we shouldn't create robots that will make everything easier. One day we will end up in some post-apocalyptic world where robots want to kills us all.

In this volume collection issues #5-8 Magnus winds up in a substructure were we have some horrible animal like humans called Gophs. Of course we all know that if he ends up in a substructure with these "humans" there will be some fighting and some survival involved.

The book was pretty engaging and captivating; plus the art was good. Overall, this one is worth checking out.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Arkham Manor, Vol. 1 (Arkham Manor #1-6) by Gerry Duggan, Shawn Crystal (Illustrations)

23531233Yeah so Arkham Asylum is gone, but the baddies are still here with nowhere to go. Not to worry though Batman, I mean Bruce Wayne to the rescue; turning the iconic Wayne Manor into the new home of the criminally insane.

When the patients start turning up dead Batman has no choice but to go undercover and find out who the nutjob icing nutjobs is.

This was good read; I absolutely loved Victor Freeze in this one, something about the crazy finding great joy in the snow made me laugh.
Rating 3 out of 5 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Neighbors with Benefits (Anderson Brothers #2) by Marissa Clarke

25644427This was a really funny story; Michael Anderson is like super anal/OCD, he's like the guy that would freak out if lint landed on his suit.

Mia Argaropolis is very smart and very talented, but she's very go with the flow, let the universe lead the way.

Well, Mia ends up as Michael's neighbor and after a disastrous in person meeting, Michael feels bad so he comes to the rescue when Mia's jerk of an ex shows up. After Mia ends up temporarily homeless Michael takes her in and somehow they actually end up bonding. That was really sweet because they're like ultra opposites and it was really nice how they come together and how Michael starts to loosen up.

Oh and at the beginning there was a super funny moment, I won't spoil but I will say "loud". Enjoy. 

Rating 5 out of 5