Breaching the Contract (The Conflict of Interest Series book 1) by Chantal Fernando #bookreview

What should I say????? That this is a super short read? 

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…

Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?

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I was hoping for more but it’s kind of straightforward and fast-paced story. The characters are kind of one dimensional and the way Katerina managed to spot some loops in the cases which those seasoned lawyers might miss, makes me sees them as ‘Really?’

It’s about how Katerina and Tristan fall for each other in a short period of time. And suddenly they have this hurdle that they need to cross together and ‘THE END”.

BTW, the sex scenes? Seems extra to me. I hope that the next book would be better since it’s longer than this.

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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2) by J.R. Ward #bookreview

And yes! I’ve completed another paranormal romance book. And this is by J.R. Ward. I didn’t really enjoy the first story. About Wrath the blind king and his mate. But I definitely enjoy this better although I do have mixed feelings about it.

 

Lover Eternal

 

 

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships, is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. Her faith in miracles was lost years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…

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Let me further explain why the mixed feelings. Well, as per the book description, Rhage has an enormous appetite. Be it food or women. He went through women like changing clothes every day. And everyone thought this is Rhage. The playboy who wouldn’t want to settle down. But deep inside him, he’s hurting that he has to go through all these women and having different scent on him when he went back home. Until he met, Mary.

The way he first met Mary has my brow lifting and I will not delve into too much. So, why the mixed feelings? Well, he did have sexual intercourse with other women when Mary is with him. And I will not say too much. But I can say that he has no other choice. Or does he??

Compare to their blind king story, this one really breaks my heart in some way. And not to mention we finally can understand “Z” a bit. There’s a bit of his POV and me really “Z” a lot. He’s a good vampire who went through shit. 

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Claimed (Dark Protectors Book 2) by Rebecca Zanetti #bookreview

Oh yeah… I’ve completed another book. And I’m kind of enjoying my reading pace now.

 

Claimed

 

 

A Daring Rescue

Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick” …

A Deadly Decision

As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind …

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Emma has been playing the protector role throughout her life. She’s been protecting her younger sister, Cara, from their drunk abusive father. And she’s been protecting her and her niece when she discovered that her niece has some powers.

After rescuing Emma from the bad guys’ clutches, Dage couldn’t and wouldn’t want to leave Emma alone. Especially when she keeps repeating that she won’t stay after she finished her research for a cure for her sister’s virus. 

I enjoy reading the bickering between these two and I’m glad Dage refer Emma as ‘love’ and not ‘mate’ like his brother. It’s nice to see certain characters who will have their own stories soon. Although I do like to read about Jordan and Katie soon. But I know that I need to read about Conn and Moira since we know that there is a witch who’s helping the bad guys out there. And we don’t know who. Moreover, I really dislike Moira’s cousin and I hope that she’ll be dead soon in the next book.

As for our little Janie, more about her is being revealed. She’s the key to the supernatural world in the future. And not only that, she has some hidden powers and she’s only four. So I’m wondering how powerful she can get. 

Comparing to book one. I definitely enjoy this more but also we need to get pass the genetics terms that are showing up in the book.

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The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme Book 1) by Jeffery Deaver #bookreview

Have you read or watch this movie before? As for me, ya I admit. I’m kind of slow when it comes to reading books or watching movies unless it’s a horror movie. 😂 

I did watch this movie a while ago and I decided to read the book. And yes, I read this book sometime around last year I guess? It’s a well-written book which includes suspense and thrill. The adrenaline for chasing and hunting down the perp is great and I would not recommend reading this book before bedtime.

The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!

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Mind you, the book doesn’t give much description of what this book about. And either you watch the movie before reading or you spend some time reading the reviews by other readers. 

There are two main characters in the book. One is Amelia Sachs. She is a patrol officer who was called to investigate a crime scene and her fast reaction to seal the crime scene. The area that she sealed is huge and caused a huge commotion but Lincoln Rhyme is thankful to her. And Amelia plays a more important part in the investigation since Lincoln has her to act as his legs. 

Lincoln Rhyme is the main character. After an accident, he’s paralyzed from the head down to his legs. He’s been seeking ways to die but his caregiver wouldn’t give him any chance. But this case has attracted Lincoln’s attention since he’s very well aware that the perp they’re hunting is very smart. And he/she is leaving clues for them. 

There’s a number of big words in the book which has me refer to the dictionary. And some medical terms I don’t understand. What makes this book good is that it’s very hard to guess the perp. Isn’t that interesting?

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Sacred Evil: Book 3 in Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham #bookreview

 

Sacred Evil

 

 

The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body—a promising starlet—has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan’s oldest graveyards.

One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau: a re-creation of Jack the Ripper’s gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous…and unexplainable.

As the city seethes with suspicion, Jude calls on Whitney Tremont, a member of the country’s preeminent paranormal investigating team, to put the speculation to rest. Yet when Whitney and Jude delve deeper, what they discover is more shocking than either could have predicted, and twice as sinister…

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Although the books are standalone it’s advisable to start reading from the first book. Cos the book will tell you how all these members come together and how they form a team.

Let’s see. I did enjoy the pace of the story and although I did have some suspects on my own. 😆 

Whitney is the so-called tech camera girl on the team. She works well with Will, one of the members who are also in the tech team. But this time around, Whitney is the one who arrives at the crime scene first. If you read the first book, you will know Whitney comes from an impressive background. A mixed heritage. 

Detective Jude Crosby works more like a lone wolf especially when he witnessed his partner being gunned down. And now he needs to ‘babysit’ a team of FBI agents who seem to specialize in “Special” cases. Like this. A reenactment of ‘Jack The Ripper’. Someone is obsessed with Jack. Someone is reenacting the crime. And we have lots of suspects. Lots.

I enjoy the interaction between Whitney and Jude. But of cos, there are some unexplained scenes. And not to mention typo error too. 

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Second Chance Girl: A Modern Fairy Tale Romance by Susan Mallery #bookreview

It’s been some time and I’ve finished this book. And I might add. I’m kind of disappointed. It might be due to the narrator of the book. 

 

Second Chance Girl

 

 

Mathias Mitchell’s easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his “no promises, no pain” lifestyle. Yet he can’t stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes.

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she’s not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she’ll always come first in his heart?

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I dive into this book with great enthusiasm but it doesn’t live up to my expectations. 

I listen to the whole book and it brought me tears. And not tears of happiness but tears of boredom. 

The main characters in the book are Mathias Mitchell and Carol Lund. And Mathias is a manwhore who dates bridesmaids who came to Happily Inc, for the wedding but nothing more. And Carol is someone who thinks that she’s not special enough for anyone. And she has an animal reserve. There’s another story ongoing at the same time. Her sister, Violet Lund and an English Duke. 

The story about Violet and the English Duke started out nice but it starts to fizzle out the sparkles later on. As for Carol and Mathias? I felt nothing. Nothing more and nothing less. 

The narrator of this story tells the story using the same tone. Happiness, sadness, and anger. It’s like reading from the book. That’s all. And this makes me feel so bored towards the story. 

Another minus point for me is the relationship between Mathias and his mother. The woman who didn’t stand up for her sons and kept siding with her husband. And the ‘pain’ she speaks of???? Again, I felt nothing. 

Overall, I’m kind of disappointed with the story and will I enjoy it more if I read it instead of listening to it? Nope, I don’t think so. The characters in the story don’t leave any impressions except Sophie the dog and Millie the giraffe. 

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Sunset Embrace by Sandra Brown #bookreview

 

Sunset Embrace

 

 

No woman on the trek to Texas was more mysterious than Lydia Langston. No man was more stubborn than Ross Coleman . . . and both were running from the past. Lydia had vowed no man would ever take away her pride, while Ross Coleman stayed true to his wife, who had died in childbirth, the woman who had given him his son. Yet Lydia and Ross would find themselves together, fighting the same enemy and the same dangerous emotions building inside them . . . unable to stop the events that would eventually pit a man’s deadly vengeance against the strength of a woman’s love.

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I must admit that I didn’t know I was reading a historical romance until I realized the settings in the book are kind of old school. And the words they’re using makes me look back again and “OH! It’s a historical romance book.” Well, I’m attracted to the book cover as well as the blurb behind the book. 😂

While reading the book, I have mixed emotions running through me. As a reader, I know what really happens to Lydia. But the others don’t. So I’m kind of upset and mad when they start calling her a ‘whore’ or ‘white trash’. Especially when it comes to Ross Coleman. He never fails to remind me his late wife’s name. How beautiful or elegant or refine she is. 

In every book, there is always a bad guy. And in this case, there are quite a number of them. Bad guys or mean guys or mean women? There’s this very pitiful and sad woman who always like to raise hell if something doesn’t go her way or she’s just too jealous to acknowledge that someone is happy. And there’s this family who is really good folks since they’ve rescue Lydia and tend to her even without knowing who she really was. 

I did enjoy some part of the book and I did get mad at most part of the book. This is a very frustrating historical romance book that I ever read.

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