Surrender to Me (Wicked Lovers #4) by Shayla Black

Book Description:

Published: March 1, 2011

Format: Audio/Audible

A secret fantasy.

Hunter had everything until a bullet put his career as a Navy SEAL on hold. Restless and uncertain about his future, he accepts an intriguing proposition: share an acquaintance’s girlfriend and fulfill her fantasy of a ménage. It should have been just a night of sexual adventure between three consenting adults. But Kata is like no other girl Hunter has ever met. By turns audacious and sexy, then vulnerable and aloof, she’s a heartbreaker he’s determined to master. But he needs more than one night. And he wants to do it alone.

An uncontrollable obsession.

Kata never expected to leave her comfortable relationship and explore something so dangerously forbidden with a stranger. Hard as she tries to resist, the guilty pleasure overwhelms her, and she surrenders herself, inch by inch, to the hardcore man who wants her for himself. Consumed by blazing desire, they’re soon threatened by the shadows of the past. And now to keep Kata safe, Hunter makes her a bold proposition of his own. Saying yes will destroy her heart. But saying no could cost Kata her life.

Review –

This is the fourth book in the Wicked Lovers series and I loved the character of Hunter, a hunk of dominant alpha male but Kata did things that just got on my last nerve. 

Kata meets Hunter at her birthday party in Vegas and her male friend with benefits has asked Hunter to help make her fantasy of a menage come true. He agrees but soon realizes he wants her all to himself, so he gets the other guy drunk so he can’t take part. Later, neither her or Kata are feeling any pain and on a whim get married.

In the morning she doesn’t remember that part and wants out. Hunter says NOT SO FAST, he can see that she will be a perfect submissive for him. He just has to convince her and he doesn’t have much time. His military medical leave will be up soon.

Hunter is an all-or-nothing kind of guy, so he expected a full surrender from Kata. But Kata just kept resisting and resisting until it just got annoying. I understand her conflicts with her stepfather, who demeaned her mother, and her independent nature, but all her crying and whining started to get to me.

She didn’t want to submit, so she gives Hunter  divorce papers and he said he would sign if she would give him one more romantic night without any BDSM kink (which is what she said she wants) But then she realizes that she doesn’t want that and insist on doing things Hunter’s way. And let me tell you, when she surrenders completely, it’s worth it all for Hunter.

The last few chapters of the book were the best. The sex scenes were somehow hotter, the pace picks up and I just thought it made up for Hunter’s sometimes scary dominance and Kata’s whining.

This was a VERY HOT read. Loved it!

 

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Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

Book Description:

Published: April 26, 2016

Format: Audio/Audible

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

Review –

This book has been on my TBR list ever since it was released but I just never seemed  to find the right frame of mind to read it or listen to it. But Friday afternoon I decided to listen to it and once I started I found it almost impossible to stop.

I’ve always been a fan of Sci-Fi, not the fantasy type but the alien monsters type, so this book hit my mark right away.

The author had a way with describing to the reader exactly how the pieces of the “Giant” looked and felt. I could see it plainly in my mind’s eye and I loved the use of interviews and journals to see into the minds of the characters.

There is a lot of covert actions and hide and seek with the “Giant” and it was fun to wonder what would happen next. At one point the “Giant” ALMOST walked across the border into North Korea (oh yes, it can walk) and started another World War. The author has an amazing imagination.

I was very surprised when one of the main characters was killed off but I figured she/he  had fulfilled their  part of the plot but at the end there is a GIANT cliffhanger and low and behold the character is back missing four years of her life.

Overdrive didn’t offer the second book, Waking Gods, in audio-so I used one of my Audible credits to buy it and will part it as soon as I post this to my blog.   Can’t wait.

Five stars!!!!

 

Second Surrender (Ranger Heat #2) by Caitlyn Lynch

Book Description:

Published: March 12, 2016

Sequel to First Submission, this is an exciting erotic adventure as Selina decides to go looking for the Brody, the Dom of her dreams! But will Brody be happy to see her, or was she just a one-night-stand he’s already forgotten?

Review –

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This book takes place three months after the first and finds Selina arriving in Savannah from Dallas and finding Brody Seemingly at a loss for words when he sees her. She’s afraid he had forgotten about her but that’s not the case, he is just super surprised to see her. In reality, he’s never quit thinking or dreaming about her.

Since her plans are up in the air Brody convinces Selina to stay with him and this short book is about Brody teaching Selina the ways of a submissive while he falls more and more into, what? Love, he doesn’t think so, but it’s something pretty strong.   END

While I enjoyed this book, it didn’t pack the same punch as the first one. The sex scenes were explicit and the dirty talk was there but there was something lacking.

BUT, I will read the third installment to see how the author is going to end the storyline.

 

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First Submission (Ranger Heat #1) by Caitlyn Lynch

Book Description:

Published: February 15,2016

Angry at her cheating boyfriend, Selina revisits an old haunt looking for distraction. She might have found a little more than she bargained for in the form of Brody, but the attraction between them is too sizzling hot to be denied!

Review –

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The above is a very short concise blurb which, to me, doesn’t do this book justice.

Selina finds a receipt in her boyfriends jeans showing drinks at an upscale hotel, comforts him, and when he doesn’t deny the allegation, she leaves and ends up at a club she used to frequent BM (before Mark).

She dances, drinks a couple of beers and is hit upon by men, all of whom she rejects. Then along comes Brody and she can tell right away he’s different, by the way he’s dressed and his mannerism, she figures military. They kiss and eventually end up in a back room and have rough  hot sex. Brody senses Selina liked it rough and was very submissive. He’s only in this city tis morning so he asks her to come back to his hotel and she does. He assumes that she IS a submissive and he is a Dom so he’s anxious for the night to begin when he discovers she doesn’t realize she is a submissive so with her approval sets out to teach her the basics and in the morning Selina wakes up alone in the bed with a note that says “Look me up if you are ever in Savannah” and she thinks to herself “I wonder how far it is to Georgia?”  END

OMG!!! There is no way that I’m not reading the next one in the series. Brody is very hot, sinfully hot and Selina realizes that she’s been missing something in her relationship with Mark and I know she is going to end up in Georgia sooner than late.

Fast read, very steamy explicit sex scenes, not love scenes, just sex and I can see a great story line building into the second book. Can’t wait to start it.

Five stars *****

                               

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Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline

Book Description:

Published: April 9, 2013

Lisa Scottoline’s Don’t Go introduces us to Dr. Mike Scanlon, an army doctor called to serve in Afghanistan, who is acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will bring his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but a healer.

However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. He’s a stranger to his baby girl, and his medical practice has downsized in his absence. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.

Grief-stricken, Mike makes decisions upon returning to Afghanistan which will change his life forever. It’s not until he comes home for good that he grasps the gravity of his actions, and realizes he must fight the most important battle of his life, to reclaim his life and his daughter. Along the way, he discovers that everything is not as it seems, and he learns ugly truths about those he loves the most, as well as the true meaning of heroism.

Review –

Although I rated this book four out of five stars, the narrator wasn’t the best and that irks me. A narrator is so important to the way an audio book is perceived and it’s like nails on a chalkboard if the narration isn’t done correctly, at least to me.

I enjoyed the storyline but thought that some of the characters seemed wishy-washy and flat.  I also thought that the story was predictable in parts and  so I would skip ahead a minute or two to get passed them.

I like Lisa Scottoline and her writing style but I think she needs to stick to the Rosato & Di Nunzio  series because that’s where she’s excels.

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Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Book 1) by Trent Reedy

Book Description:

Published: January 28, 2014

Danny Wright never thought he’d be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor’s orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission … but then Danny’s gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. And as tensions build on both sides, the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable: a second American civil war.

With political questions that are popular in American culture yet rare in YA fiction, and a provocative plot that could far too easily become real, DIVIDED WE FALL is Trent Reedy’s very timely YA debut.

Review –

I really didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to this book but the further into it I got the more i was hooked.  The narration was done by several people and that made the story really come alive.

The premise of Divided We Fall is frightening because it could all to well happen in our life time. I’m not one to spout political views but all you have to do is listen to the news and the talking heads to see that what’s happening in our country today would have been unthinkable even ten years ago.  Never say Never!

The main character, Danny Wright, is 17 and has enlisted with the Idaho National Guard, partly because his father died in the war. He has completed summer training, and until he graduates, his commitment will be minimal. Then the governor of Idaho gets into a squabble about sovereign rights with the president.

Danny’s unit is called up to help contain  a riot in Boise; when a rock hits him, he accidentally shoots a protester.  As each side’s position hardens, Danny is caught in the middle, wanted by the feds, and protected by the state. As the situation spirals out of control, Danny’s choices become narrow and inevitable.  Danny tries to keep life normal with football, rodeo, his best friends and his devoted girlfriend.
At one point the Idaho border is closed and no one can enter. You leave but you can’t come back. Food and all things needed to sustain life in Idaho have been shut off and Danny’s mother is stuck in Washington state for a month, until he decided he has to go get her, All of his friends accompany him and they make it out of Idaho easily but coming back they were shot at by Washington troops and helicopter and Danny’s mother is killed.The ending comes shortly after that and was a complete surprise until I found out that there is a follow-up book that I will be listening to very soon. I rated this book five stars *****.
The author  does a very good job of presenting all sides’ opinions, especially through the tweets and news reports that end chapters. This has the dual advantage of giving readers an action-filled story that will also make them think. The ending came as a complete surprise until I found out that there is a follow-up book that I will be listening to very soon.
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Stung (Stung #1) by Bethany Wiggins

Book Description

April 2, 2013
Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered-her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she’s right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . . .
Review –
In the  post-apocalyptic world of Stung all bees are extinct and honey is used as currency.  Fiona wakes up not knowing anything that has happened for 3 or four years, since she was thirteen, so she sets out to find answers. She runs into Arris, who poses as a girl and survives by living in the sewers. He/she tells Fiona and she must hide the fact that she is female because there aren’t that many left and so she binds her chest and dirties her clothes.  Inside the wall, doctors are anxious to get their hands on Fiona for medical experimentation purposes. Dreyden Bowen, a former neighbor of Fiona’s, is now a guardian of the wall and when he is assigned a duty of watching her he realizes he cares for her and doesn’t want the doctors to get their hands on her because it would mean her death.
I rated this book five stars ***** and can’t wait to read the sequel, Cured.
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Plague – A Medical Thriller by Victor Methos

Book Description

August 14, 2012
THE DEADLIEST DISEASE IN HISTORY . . .A lethal pathogen appears on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Dr. Samantha Bower of the Centers for Disease Control is handed the case and assigned to investigate its containment and origins.

A MYSTERIOUS FIGURE WHO ISN’T WHAT HE APPEARS TO BE . . .

Dr. Bower finds a microorganism unlike any she has run across in her lifetime. The symptomology points her to the most destructive disease in human history. One man has offered her help. A man with insight into the disease who reveals nothing about himself or his past.

THE WORLD ON THE EDGE OF A CLIFF . . .

Dr. Bower discovers that there are forces at work she can’t understand. All applying pressure to use the chaos of an epidemic to their advantage. But there is one thing she is certain of: humanity may soon be an endangered species . . .

Review –
Okay, I will start out by saying that I read this before the Ebola outbreak came to the United States, but having said that, what happens in this story could all be coming true. It’s very scary. If you can handle doom and gloom and gore then read this series and see what may lay ahead of us.
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Bones of the Lost (Temperance Brennan #16)by Kathy Reichs

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Book Description

Publication Date:August 27, 2013
#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the Fox hit series Bones, Kathy Reichs returns with an unforgettable new novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a mysterious hit-and-run victim triggers an investigation into human trafficking.
When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse, police find an airline club card bearing the name of prominent local businessman John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific fire months earlier. How did Story and the girl know each other? Was she an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered? Was he?
Tempe must also examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities and the trafficking of humans?
As the complications pile on, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter, Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father, Pete, is growing frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America to Afghanistan and right to the center of Charlotte.
A tour de force of imagination, Bones of the Lost is a roller coaster of plot twists, punctuated by Tempe’s fierce wit and forensic know-how. “A genius at building suspense” (New York Daily News), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this sixteenth installment of the Temperance Brennan series. With the Fox series Bones in its ninth season, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.
Review –
I didn’t enjoy this installment of the Temperance Brennan Series as much as the others  because it seemed similar to a couple of her others books. Not the authors best work but still a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
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Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

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Publication Date: October 2, 2012

Set after Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me and before Unravel Me, the spellbinding sequel, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing
Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in
Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of …

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Review –

This novella is told from Warner’s point of view and we find out he’s mot the hard-ass he is pretending to be. He truly loves Juliette and hates his father and what he is being made to do.

Great cover.

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