Short Reviews: May Reads

May 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lachlain MacRieve has waited centuries to find his mate and is shocked to find that very young, very innocent half Valkyrie/half vampire Emmaline is the one that he’s destined for. Escaping from the torture he’s been forced to endure, Lachlain isn’t about to let her get away. Emmaline, on the other hand, is searching for information about her parents when she finds that she’s being followed. She doesn’t make it to safety before a huge Scottish… werewolf gets her though, and when she learns that he believe she’s his mate, she does everything in her power to get him to leave her be. That is, until he starts growing on her.

A Hunger Like No Other is the first book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and proved to be a fun read. I absolutely loved the Valkyrie, and of course whats not to love about a big ol’ Scotsman? The characters, the story, the romance – certainly a bit steamy, A Hunger Like No Other proved to be a great book and I look forward to continuing the series.

Ella Tipton has spent the time since her ex-boyfriend nearly killed her recovering in more ways than one. Finally, with the near completion of her degree and a placement doing a job she loves working with people who are where she was Ella is ready to take the next step in her new life. Andrew Copeland has always been something of a playboy, but he’s finally ready to settle down, and he knows exactly who he wants. The self-defense lessons that Cope has agreed to give Ella bring the two closer than ever before and it doesn’t take long for them to find that together, they can handle anything that comes their way.

Lauren Dane’s Inside Out is the third book in the Brown Siblings series and is an excellent addition at that. While each of the books in this series are romance and very steamy, they each deal with some big underlying issue (or issues). With the first book it was learning to accept ones-self no matter how frightening you might think that is. In the second it was starting over in a new place. In Inside Out it’s Ella’s putting herself back together and Cope’s learning to love, plus the two sharing some family struggles and learning to deal with them. Inside Out continues a great story with two of my favorite characters. I’m very much anticipating the last book in the series.

When Lt. Garth Vale finds an abandoned baby aboard a Spy plane he knows he needs to develop a plan. The first order of business, find a doctor. What he doesn’t expect is the town’s new doctor to be the woman he met at his buddies wedding. Dr. Bronwyn Whitescarver realized that working in the ER is not the type of medicine she wants to practice. When she is offered the chance to become a small town doctor she jumps at it, excited for the chance to practice medicine the way she wants. When Garth Vale shows up at her house in the middle of the night with a sick baby she notices that his story doesn’t make much sense, but she’s determined to help the child, and the man.

I actually came across this book by chance – I had no idea that Daughtridge had released a fourth book in her SEALed series, but when I spotted this at the book store I just had to read it. SEALed Forever is another great romance read with great characters and an intriguing story.

Micah Sloane died several years ago after the deaths of his parents. Now he’s an operator on a top secret team that does what normal government agencies can’t. Risa Clay has struggled to stand on her own two feet ever since her own father arranged her kidnapping to be drugged and raped. When her friends introduce her to Micah she struggles to deal with her trust issues and the lingering effects of the drug she was given eight years before. Unfortunately, with Orion, a highly successful assassin after her, Risa’s got no choice but to let Micah and the others on his team into her life.

I’ve come to expect great things from Lora Leigh and Maverick certainly lives up to the expectations. The workings of the Elite Ops team, the danger, the sex, the characters… it’s all there. Maverick is quite simply another phenomenal story from Leigh.

Finn O’Connor hasn’t been to the Ledbetter’s beach resort in over a decade, but as he’s gearing up for another deployment and still trying to overcome the death of his parents, it’s time for him to go back to that place. When he finds out that Sunny Ledbetter, the first girl he ever loved, is covering for her parents that week, it’s seems meant to be. Sunny never forgot Finn, and now that he’s back she decides to make the most of it.

The Rebel is another of Rhonda Nelson’s romances featuring independent women and uniformed – or rather un-uniformed – men. A quick read about two lovers who were separated for years and found their way back to each other, The Rebel is a catchy story.

Mackenzie Stafford decided to head back home after her soap went off the air, but home isn’t exactly home now that her brother is gone. When her former flame Aidan Donnelly lends a helping hand she is quite adamant that nothing will happen, but thats not always how things work out.

I ended up reading Flashback because I wanted to know how things would turn out in this small town. The first book Flashpoint, which I read sometime last year, was quite interesting. With twists and turns I certainly did NOT see coming Flashback proved to be just as good as the last book and is certainly up to par with Shalvis’s other works. At this point, I can honestly say that I look forward to each Jill Shalvis book that I pick up.

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