Reaper’s Property – a review

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Reaper’s Property is the first book in the Reapers MC series. It is about outlaw bikers in southern Idaho and one of the best examples of MC romance going, IMHO. The second book is Reaper’s Legacy and I’ll post my review of it shortly.

Blurb:

Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.

Maybe.


I freaking love this book, and the series as a whole. Horse is scary and possessive, passionate and exciting. He is the ultimate rough and tough manly-man, but I love how he is also sensitive to Marie. I see a lot of myself in her, in mannerisms if not life experiences. Her tendency to stress out like crazy and unintentionally pick a fight as a result is certainly familiar. At one point in the book, Marie starts freaking out and he just pulls her in, forehead to forehead and sweetly tells her “you got to stop, babe”. Its such an emotionally intimate moment between the two, it really stayed with me. Horse is exactly the type of man I want.

One of the best things about Wylde’s writing is that she is a GODDESS at letting a story naturally unfold and balances the needs of the main couple with the abundance of secondary characters clamouring for a piece. In doing so, she creates a rich world that feels completely real, and interactions that are organic.

The author strikes a great balance between entertaining drama and maintaining a story that still is believable. It isn’t so over-the-top that I said “this is ridiculous” and tossed the novel aside. And yet, this is a drama-filled world where stuff is always happening, some of it pretty crazy. Wylde does a fantastic job at letting the drama move the story along instead of shoving it in for the sake of it. The bit at Marie’s trailer, then at the Silver Bastard’s and Reaper’s Club Houses, and finally the end scene were awesome.

And I know I’ve already said that but I really mean it and am running out of things ways to tell you how good this book is.

Just go read it!!!

Favourite Quotes:

My heart stopped when I saw that bike, right on the end. I wanted to touch it, see if the leather of the seat was as smooth as I remembered, but I wasn’t stupid enough to do that. I didn’t have the right. I really shouldn’t even be excited to see him, but I felt a rush knowing he was right inside my trailer. Things weren’t smooth between us and I honestly didn’t know if he’d even acknowledge me. For a while he’d seemed almost like my boyfriend. The last time I’d seen him, he’d scared the crap out of me. Even scary, the man made my panties wet.

and

My baby brother knelt in the center of the room, beaten raw and dripping blood all over the carpet. Four men wearing Reapers’ cuts stood around him. Picnic, Horse and two I didn’t know— a big, built hunk of a man with a mohawk, tattoos on his skull and about a thousand piercings, and another who was tall and cut, with light-blond hair in short spikes. Horse studied me with the same cool, almost blank expression he wore when we first met. Detached. Picnic studied me too. He was tall with short, dark hair that looked far too stylish to be on a biker and bright blue eyes that pierced right through a girl— I’d met him at least five times. He was the club president. Oh, and he also stood right behind my brother with a gun pointed at the back of his head.

I love me some Joanna Wylde! I’ll be posting reviews to the other books over the next few weeks, as a count down to the fifth, which comes out in November.

PS The author just released a novella called Reapers and Bastards.
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Among other things, it includes portions of Reaper’s Property re-written from Horse’s perspective and a short story about Horse and Marie that is current day, updating us on their lives. I enjoyed it and would recommend you check it out. Reapers and Bastards does not contain any spoilers for the other books in this series.

Edit: I just discovered that there is a FREE preview of the prologue from the book’s goodreads page. Click the link directly under the cover photo:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18076876-reaper-s-legacy?ac=1

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Fear Us – a review

** I received a free advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fear Us is the third book in the Broken Love series.  The first two books were about Kieran and Lake, and this book picks up four years after the events of Fear You to tell the story of Keenan and Sheldon.

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KEENAN
It’s been four years since I ran away—from home, my brother, and my maybe father. I created a life free of expectations while pretending I wasn’t being hunted by all of the above. I managed to stay under the radar all this time… or so I thought. When big brother shows up and saves my ass, I’m forced to face everything I left behind, including her.

SHELDON
It’s been four years since I became another statistic. I made a lot of mistakes when it came to Keenan Masters. The first was loving him at all. He took something from me the night he left, and when I told him I still loved him, he told me he’d always hate me. After that, I learned how to be okay… until he came back. Gone was the boy who always knew how to make me laugh, and in his place was a cold, arrogant monster.


I’m sorry to say, but I didn’t love this book. I know. Disappointing.

I loved the first two. They are deliciously dark, the hero on the edge of being unredeemable. Keenan stepped over that line for me though. There really wasn’t anything wrong with this book per se, and you might love it. I don’t want to hate on a new author, especially after the first two books were so much fun, but Fear Us did not work for me.

Here’s why.

The plot of this book makes it take a very different turn form the first two. If you remember, back then all the characters were in the twelfth grade. Four years have passed without anyone having contact with Keenan. They are only 22 or so but each of the characters seems really jaded and bitter about life and still as immature as their high school selves.

*** minor spoilers ahead ***

This plot begins with Sheldon having raised her and Kieran’s 3yo daughter alone (gotta love that breakup sex). He doesn’t know she even exists because they couldn’t find him after he took off.  Right before he comes back to town to make peace with the past, the little girl is kidnapped. Now this is the main crux of my beef with the story.

I didn’t love the whole kidnapped child plot. It just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t feel like it was advancing the story, just the opposite in fact, and in terms of locating her, there’s no news no news no news, oh look we found her! (there’s that minor spoiler). But there isn’t any narrowing down of the suspects or clues leading into that, they pretty much just stumble across her and she is perfectly fine and not scarred at all from her experience.

Um Hello?!?! Not believable at all.

Unfortunately, that was a large part of the tale. At the time I was reading this story, another little girl the same age had been kidnapped in real life and it was all over the news. Unfortunately, she and her family did not have a happy reunion. It was pretty much the worst outcome possible. So as I was reading Fear Us I kept seeing that little girl’s face, and imagining her family. Definitely took the pleasure out of the romance.

Keenan and Sheldon couldn’t draw me in. Their scenes didn’t keep me entertained. So much so that I had to go back and look up their names to write this review, even though it’s been less than a fortnight since I finished reading it. The drama was overdone and unrealistic.

The interactions between the characters didn’t feel sincere or legitimate. I detest the way that the little girl was characterized (see, I have to write “the little girl” because I can’t remember her name and don’t want to go back and look another name up). She isn’t at all scared of this strange man she has never met and instinctively knows that he is her Dad. Even when she witnesses him treating her mother poorly, she is Daddy’s Little Girl. This kid just survived a traumatic kidnapping! I’m pretty sure she would be clinging to her mom for quite a while, not too trusting of strangers (especially big scary male strangers) and wouldn’t cheerfully stay with a series of babysitters.

Sorry, B.B. Reid. I just didn’t like this one. I’m still read Willow and Dash’s story and hope I fall back in love with this series. But Fear Us was Save Us in my opinion.

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Capture Me Cover Reveal and Blurb with Excerpt

I am a huge fan of the Twist Me series by Anna Zaires. She has a companion series coming out the end of this year and early 2016, following the story of Lucas and Yulia. I was lucky enough to score some advance info and be a part of the cover and blurb release party today.

There’s also an excerpt from Capture Me. Here’s the good stuff:

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Title: CAPTURE ME

Author: Anna Zaires

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: December 8, 2015

Cover by Najla Qamber Designs

http://www.najlaqamberdesigns.com

Photo by Lindee Robinson Photography

https://www.facebook.com/LindeeRobinsonPhotography?fref=ts

Models: Sarah Stroven and Adam Stroven

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26179088-capture-me

Blurb

A new dark romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Twist Me.
She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She
survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may
be the most dangerous of them all.


One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and
get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be
the end.

Instead, it’s just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her. Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him. 

Now she will pay.

Author’s Note: Capture Me is the first book about Lucas & Yulia and has a cliffhanger-ish ending. It’s a long novella/short novel of approximately 45,000 words (about 200
pages) and is a spin-off from the Twist Me trilogy. It’s not necessary to have read
that trilogy to enjoy Capture Me, but the book does contain major spoilers for books
2 and 3 of Twist Me.

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Excerpt

Author’s Note: This is from Yulia’s POV. For those of you familiar with the Twist Me
series, this scene takes place in Moscow, when Lucas & Julian were there to meet
with the Russian officials.

He steps into my apartment as soon as the door swings open. No hesitation, no
greeting—he just comes in.

Startled, I step back, the short, narrow hallway suddenly stiflingly small. I’d
somehow forgotten how big he is, how broad his shoulders are. I’m tall for a
woman—tall enough to fake being a model if an assignment calls for it—but he
towers a full head above me. With the heavy down jacket he’s wearing, he takes up
almost the entire hallway.

Still not saying a word, he closes the door behind him and advances toward
me. Instinctively, I back away, feeling like cornered prey.

“Hello, Yulia,” he murmurs, stopping when we’re out of the hallway. His pale
gaze is locked on my face. “I wasn’t expecting to see you like this.”

I swallow, my pulse racing. “I just took a bath.” I want to seem calm and
confident, but he’s got me completely off-balance. “I wasn’t expecting visitors.”

“No, I can see that.” A faint smile appears on his lips, softening the hard line
of his mouth. “Yet you let me in. Why?”

“Because I didn’t want to continue talking through the door.” I take a
steadying breath. “Can I offer you some tea?” It’s a stupid thing to say, given what
he’s here for, but I need a few moments to compose myself.

He raises his eyebrows. “Tea? No, thanks.”

“Then can I take your jacket?” I can’t seem to stop playing the hostess, using
politeness to cover my anxiety. “It looks quite warm.”

Amusement flickers in his wintry gaze. “Sure.” He takes off his down jacket
and hands it to me. He’s left wearing a black sweater and dark jeans tucked into
black winter boots. The jeans hug his legs, revealing muscular thighs and powerful
calves, and on his belt, I see a gun sitting in a holster.

Irrationally, my breathing quickens at the sight, and it takes a concerted
effort to keep my hands from shaking as I take the jacket and walk over to hang it in
my tiny closet. It’s not a surprise that he’s armed—it would be a shock if he
wasn’t—but the gun is a stark reminder of who Lucas Kent is.

What he is.

It’s no big deal, I tell myself, trying to calm my frayed nerves. I’m used to
dangerous men. I was raised among them. This man is not that different. I’ll sleep
with him, get whatever information I can, and then he’ll be out of my life.
Yes, that’s it. The sooner I can get it done, the sooner all of this will be over.
Closing the closet door, I paste a practised smile on my face and turn back to
face him, finally ready to resume the role of confident seductress.
Except he’s already next to me, having crossed the room without making a
sound.

My pulse jumps again, my new found composure fleeing. He’s close enough
that I can see the grey striations in his pale blue eyes, close enough that he can touch me.

And a second later, he does touch me. Lifting his hand, he runs the back of his knuckles over my jaw. I stare up at him, confused by my body’s instant response. My skin warms and my nipples tighten, my breath coming faster. It doesn’t make sense for this hard, ruthless stranger to turn me on. His boss is more handsome, more striking, yet it’s Kent my body’s reacting to. All he’s touched thus far is my face. It should be nothing, yet it’s intimate somehow.

Intimate and disturbing.

I swallow again. “Mr. Kent—Lucas—are you sure I can’t offer you something to drink? Maybe some coffee or—” My words end in a breathless gasp as he reaches for the tie of my robe and tugs on it, as casually as one would unwrap a package.

“No.” He watches as the robe falls open, revealing my naked body underneath. “No coffee.”

About the Author

Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught
her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always
lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her
imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a
science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their
works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna
spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In
2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing
romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing.

Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.
In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong,
anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long
walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her
through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too
often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at
http://www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

Connect with Anna at:

Facebook: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6550220.Anna_Zaires

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnaZaires

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Website: http://www.annazaires.com

Limitless (television)

If you remember, I talked about the new show Limitless awhile ago, which is co-created by Bradley Cooper. It follows up on the events of Scarlet Johansson’s movie Lucy, in a world where NZT is still very mysterious and unknown, but news is slowly leaking. Suddenly, the FBI is running tests on experimental replacement NZT drugs and trying to devise plans to control a criminal element that is increasingly smarter than they are. The good guys need a new weapon to even the playing field.

Limitless premiered September 22nd and it is AWESOME! Every bit as good as I expected it to be. There are three things I think set this show apart from the pack.

First, it’s super fast pace. The only thing slowing down the events is that the creators have to go slow enough for the audience to catch up, or give us a quick recap. In some cases, the 15 minutes catching up the audience is only a couple of seconds for the main character.

Second, this show is smart. It breaks the rules of what we perceive to be the limits, the rules of the universe, and it does so so logically and simply that you feel stupid for not realizing these secrets all along. There are few smart shows on television; Limitless is refreshing.

Third, the premise and plot of Limitless set it apart. The supernatural, crime investigation and medical dramas rule your tv screen most nights. Limitless is different.

Check it out on Tuesday nights, starring Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Guest-starring Bradley Cooper.

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Ipads in the shower/bath?!

Not long ago I was on twitter, bemoaning the fact that I can’t read off my ipad in the bathtub or shower, the way I could relax in the bath with a paperback, once upon a time.

Well, bless you random stranger who tweeted me back, I guess off my hashtag.

He said if you put your touch-screen device in a sealed Ziploc bag, you don’t lose your touch screen abilities, but now of course, your device is protected from the water.

Well I tried it out and it works! Awesome. The screen goes a little funny if the ziploc is tight against it, grainy. But it’s just the view through the plastic, not damage to the actual screen itself.

Now I am back to leisurely baths with my books, and not worrying about dropping my device.

Hope this post helps some of you enjoy your e-books in a new way!

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Patterns

It’s funny how books that you read tend to come in patterns.

For awhile there, I was giving five stars to every book I read and had started to worry if it would actually detract from the legitimacy of this blog. If I have any.

Then I remembered that I don’t care.

I only write for me, and while I love that at least a few other people are getting something out of these words, I only write for me, not to please any one else. So I kept posting those positive reviews.

Now, I’m in a slump. I haven’t been posting reviews to the books I’ve read because I was worried that my personal life was colouring the books I was reading.

Was I too stressed to sit and relax, enjoy a good book?

Maybe I’m just being too negative and hard on authors, I’ve had a lot of my mind lately.

Maybe I’m just not in the mood? Have I read too many books in this sub-genre lately? This is just a slump, right?

Well, it hasn’t passed and I don’t think it’s me… at least not entirely. I am going to try to break out of the genre rut I have been in lately. And I am sure that there are a million amazing authors out there, even in romance/erotica, that I haven’t even heard of, but lately, it seems like I’ve read them all and they’ve peaked.

So fair warning, there are new reviews coming and not a one is * * * * *.

I have been re-reading some old favourites lately to compensate for the disappointing crop of recent finds, and I will post reviews of those as I go, since I read them before I started this blog.

And hopefully this bad run ends soon!!! I started listening to A Feast for Crows last week at work (George Martin), which is not exactly what one would call “romance”, so I’ll break out of the rut by force, if need be.

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An exciting surprise

I have some exciting news which I can only kind of-sort of share on my blog.

I mostly use my Facebook to follow different public personalities if you will, such as favourite authors, so I can keep track of their book updates release dates. But one of my favourite authors posted on Facebook on Sunday night that she was looking for anyone who had read the previous three books in her series and was a quick reader.

Suspecting she was looking for a proofreader, beta reader or something of that ilk, I immediately responded to her post and she private messaged me about it.

So I am ecstatic to be able to say I’ve already got the book, one I have been waiting for since 2014! And it’s not even available for preorder yet on Amazon 🙂

Obviously I can’t give away any details of the book, and I don’t even want to say the name of the book or author because I’m not sure she would want me to put that on my blog, but I read the book and I’m very excited for it to get released to all the rest of you.

This is the second time I’ve gotten something early. The first time was years ago when I was in high school and it was a bound copy of an ARC grom a brand-new author. This is the first time I’ve received an e-version or been asked to do something like proofread to help an author, and certainly the first time I’ve received one from an established author whom I’m a huge fan of.

So my evenings were very busy after work this week 🙂 I will definitely be posting a review once this book is released to the wider world.

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