Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Title: Beautiful Bastard
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard, #1
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Pages: 305

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. 

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office. 

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other.

“I want you to watch. And tomorrow when you're sore, I want you to remember who did it to you.” 

Okay, wow. I definitely did not expect to love this book because of all of the negative nancies out there, but BEAUTIFUL BASTARD was just the book I needed. Now this book was full of sex scenes one after another, and most don't like that, and sometimes I don't even like that, but there was just something about this book that rubbed me in all of the right places.

“Totally serious. I want to be the only guy who fucks you against windows, and also the first person you see in the morning-from where you lie, having stolen my pillow. I'd also like to be the person who gets you lime Popsicles when you've had bad sushi. We only have a few months left where it's potentially complicated.” 

BEAUTIFUL BASTARD was a typical office affair. There is Bennett Ryan the asshole boss and Chloe Mills, the intelligent and capable intern who collide with each other and have really hot sex off and on and can't seem to stop and by the end of it all, fall for each other. Now this was definitely a guilty pleasure book for me, had everything I love in these types of books: lots of sex, public sex, hot alpha men, and dirty talking! HAWT! I loved it all!

"Oh, god, Bennett," she moaned. "Say something else." 
Fuck. My girl got off on dirty talk. 

Oooohhh! And I completely forgot to mention that this book is in both Bennett and Chole's POV! Yes! I love books in the guy's POV! But overall, I completely loved this book, the characters, the hot office affair and I cannot wait to read more from this amazing author! I have found a new favorite author! A new guilty pleasure author! See ya, now I'm onto Beautiful Stranger!

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Review: Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet

Title: Hell & High Water
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: The Thirds, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: July 06, 2014
Pages: 297, kindle edition

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

I had seen this book everywhere for a while and needs a new M/M book series, correction! a Fucking Fantastic New M/M book series. 

There is so much I loved so let's break it down! 
A M/M book with Shifters! Hell to the Yah!
Military Men! I love my men in uniforms!
Lots of characters to fall in love with!
Dex! Dex! Dex! 
Humor like this is always welcomed!
The relationships!
The sexual tension and HOT SEX! 

There were only a few things I hated 
These racist bastards! (not gay racist, shifter racist!)
The treatment of Dex in the beginning by new teamates!
Dex's personality was different in beginning! (confusing)

This was great for the first in the series and I am really definitely looking forward to the rest of these books! Onto the next book....

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Review: Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Feverborn
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever, #8
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Pages: 436

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.
Now I went into this book extremely nervous, because I hated the sixth book, and I neither liked or disliked the previous book. Basically the previous two books, weren't up to Karen Marie Moning Standard. But, now she has upped her "A" game. Finally, Karen Marie Moning is back!

FEVERBORN was 10X better than the previous two books, but there were still some things that needed work that made me drop a star, but still incredibly AMAZING! I think we're finally getting somewhere with the new story-line. Thank god for that because I was getting bored! And be Warned! This book is full of spoilers! No way not to review the book and not talk about them! Haven't read the book! Don't read my review!

Mac/Barrons Okay! So many people are getting sick of her, but honestly I'm not! I love that KMM switched these books to multiple POV's, b/c I Just love being in Mac's world and inside her head and probably b/c I get to see more of her and Barrons together. I was highly disappointed in the previous book w/the little Mac/Barrons stuff. But motherfucker we get so much more of it in FEVERBORN! I love their talk during sex! Yum! Thank you for that KMM!

Ryodan/Jada For the most part Jada aka. Dani is still being a little prick through most of the book. I would love for her character to develop more at a faster pace. By the end of the book, Jada had lowered that shell of her a bit and I loved what I saw, but I want more of that! And Ryodan! Since it seems like Barrons has softened a little bit due to Mac, I love seeing your bad ass, won't take shit from no one attitude! MOAR! And Ryo, That teddy Bear scene was HILARIOUS!

Alina Are you fucking kidding me?! Seriously?! The return of Alina is one thing I AM NOT ON BOARD WITH! We don't know if it's really her or what. It's assumed that without Mac's knowledge she brought back Alina from the dead with the help of the book. People die for a reason. It makes it seem like everything Mac went through in the original books aka. 1-5 was pointless and for nothing because everything she did was to avenge her sister! WTF?! Don't bring Alina back just for the sack of no more original plot/story-line! Her being back better have a point!

Now things I hated in the last book were addressed in this one. The multiple POV's? It was better this time. It was toned down a bit. We had Mac, Jada, Christian, Lor and Cruce. The only thing I didn't like is when I'm maybe invested with Mac the POV moves to someone else which is annoying. And some POV are all out of order, like one event happened, but then they switch to a couple of hours earlier or something. I didn't like that.

Now we ended the book with a cliffhanger! Not really a surprise, but I have to say at this point I'm kind of sick of it. Every single one of her books end with a cliffy and I'm kind of over it and I'm not gonna go crazy with them like I used to, because it just ends up taking over my life. And most of the time her books take forever to release. It's ridiculous! Though, with that ending, I'm really intrigued with what's gonna happen now with Mac and the book!

So, FEVERBORN was a thousand times better and a major improvement compared to the last two books! Thank god, KMM is back! Now I can go back to being excited about her books! Who knows when the next book is coming out, hopefully no longer than a year from now. But I"ll be reading it because I adore this series and the fever world!

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Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Shifts
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, #8
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 352

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

I have to say for the record, I never in a million years thought I would be disappointed with a Kate Daniels book, EVER! I swear that 2015 is not my year. I have been disappointed in almost every highly anticipated book of 2015 on my list, but a few. I don't even know where to start with MAGIC SHIFTS. Basically I assumed this book would be different, I mean in the previous book, Kate met her father, Roland and she claimed the city. But, Roland demanded that she also could not be in a position of power that she gets by being the Beast Lord's Consort. So she needed to leave the pack, but she could not leave the pack and still be with Curran, because he is the Beast Lord, so he decided to leave it all. So in this book we are experiencing how it is like for Curran and Kate leading somewhat peaceful lives since the are not apart of the keep any longer.

“Why, of course, Your Majesty. What was I thinking? I will go and do this right away, just please don’t look at me.” “Kate, get in the car.” “Maybe you should growl dramatically. I don’t think I’m intimidated enough.” 

Do I believe the book wasn't as great as the others because Curran and Kate were no longer apart of the keep? Yes and no. I think I was so used to the keep and Curran being Beast Lord. And I don't care what anyone says, Curran will always be the Beast Lord! I mean Kate still calls him, his majesty! I miss the craziness of a lot of the pack members you got in the previous book by driving Kate and sometimes Curran nuts. But we still get to see a lot of the pack members, because the do come and visit Kate and Curran. And anyone who decided they want to leave the keep with Kate and Curran may also do so. Everything just fell so out of place with this. I guess, I just don't like change. Haha!

What really had turned me off was the plot and storyline. A lot of the time it is the focal point of the book, so if the plot is no good, I have trouble even being interested in the book in the first place. This is the first time in a Kate Daniels book that I wasn't into the book because of the plot. It was so fucking boring that I found my myself skimming! Skimming a fucking Kate Daniels book! I don't do that! And this book made me want to do that! And I do feel like this book was a filler book. It felt like a filler book to me because of the nonsense of the plot and the plot had to happen to discover something that is vital to the continuation of this series. Oh, and what the fuck! Did Hugh get written out or something? He's mentioned, but I want my crazy psychopath back!

I would kill him. “Just so I get it right, Jim calls you and says, ‘Hey, we found a horde of ghouls in the MARTA tunnels,’ and your first thought was, ‘Great, I’ll take the kids’?” 

But that does not mean that I did not like the book at all. I semi-liked it because I did love the character developments and great dialogue that Ilona Andrews is famous for. We got Kate, Curran and Julie trying the whole dynamic family thing. Cute. We had pack members who remain completely loyal to Kate and Curran still no matter who the new Beast Lord is. And (view spoiler) And I don't care what anyone says, the best moment in this whole book is when George (aka Mahon's daughter) and Curran totally BURN Mahon! He's finally getting a taste of his own medicine on how much a asshole he is! Oh, yeah! Like I said, Best.Moment.Ever. And we do get some Roland, like one freaking scene. Yeah, Daddy's crazy! And Kate finally finds out what he's after and she plans to do everything in her power to prevent it!

All and all, I did like MAGIC SHIFTS, but I didn't love it. I don't expect to love every freaking book in every one of my favorite series, there's bound to be some duds. This one wasn't freaking horrible, it was just okay and didn't pack the punch that the rest of them did for me. This one basically felt like a filler book and felt so unlike the rest of them. But it had great Kate Daniels moments and great dialogue. You'll still laugh and enjoy it. I just want the next one, because of that ending. Things are definitely getting interesting and I can't wait for Kate to grow stronger with her magic being a key factor.

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