Review: Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)Title: Spider’s Bite
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1439147973
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Release date: January 26th 2010
Number of pages: 395

My name is Gin, and I kill people.

They call me the Spider. I’m the most feared assassin in the South — when I’m not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I’m out for revenge. And I’ll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I’m still one of the bad guys. Which is why I’m in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I’m battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction…especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.


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I liked this book and it’s not a surprise since I loved Jennifer Estep Mythos Academy series, but what made me giddy for the end was Gin to fully accept her life and try to live with her past.
 
She’s an assassin and a damn good at it, but what made her this way is simply the only thing she can not forget, her family was murdered and she was tortured but the killer is still a mystery and she tried to survive on the streets and the only person to help her, transformed her in a killer.
 
She’s also an elemental, but what I liked was the fact she doesn’t use her powers to kill, only her body and she’s really good in the killing part, almost merciful. I liked how honest she is and that her jobs are usually with the lowlife bastards that got unpunished by society.
 
This book Gin was trying to save herself and discover who killed her mentor. She was caught in the middle of a crazy game and she was not happy about it, but I liked the way she handled things and how smart she is. Detective Caine was a pleasant surprise and I was happy with his motives. People were also trying to kill him and Gin decided to help him and of course it was a lot difficult, because they have a bad history behind.
 
There’s also a bit of steamy in the book, between the detective and Gin, but will definitely see more of him and his thoughts. He’s too good and doesn’t believe people can be bad, sometimes. He clearly doesn’t exist.
 
I liked the book and the investigation was fast and complete. Gin was awesome. A strong girl and decided.
 
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – Spider’s Bite
#2 – Web of Lies
#3 – Venom
#4 – Tangled Threads
#5 – Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 – Thread of Death
#6 – By a Thread
#7 – Widow’s Web
#8 – Deadly Sting (Expected publication: March 26th 2013)

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Stacking the Shelves #11

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Stacking the Shelves is a *new* weekly meme to feature all the books that have made their way into our homes this week!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I had an easy week and decided to buy very little. Since the Fool’s Gold is going to be read shortly I bought the books that were missing and another series from Harlequin. I love princes.

Bought

The Casual Vacancy A Fool's Gold Christmas (Fool's Gold, #10) All Summer Long (Fool's Gold, #9) Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) Sister of the Bride (Fool's Gold, #2.5) Only His (Fool's Gold, #6) Royally Romanced (Harlequin Blaze, #638) Royally Claimed Royally Seduced
That’s all for this week. What you got to show? Leave me a link and I’ll come to visit.

Review: All Jacked Up by Lorelei James

All Jacked Up  (Rough Riders #8)Title: All Jacked Up
Author:  Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders
Publisher:  Samhain
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1605046841
Genre: Erotica
Release date: November 2009
Number of pages: 251

Keely McKay knows Jack—and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. The lone girl in the prolific McKay family, Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic—and prove she’s left her wild-child days behind. That means dealing with buttoned-down, uptight Jack.
Jack is this close to securing a career make-or-break project, until he learns his lack of marital status puts him out of contention. When the notoriously hot-tempered and hot-bodied Keely begs him for help, he proposes a crazy idea. He’ll oversee her project—if she acts the part of his loving fiancée.
Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots—but outside the bedroom they’re as mismatched as ever. The McKays remind Jack of the humble upbringing he left behind, and cowgirl Keely feels she doesn’t measure up to Jack’s big-city lifestyle.
When the dust settles, Jack and Keely must face the fact they’re not fooling anyone but themselves—or they’ll risk losing the real deal.


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This is Keely book and she’s being waiting for her happy ending since book one and it was not a surprise for me when jack finally managed to get her.
 
This was such a good book and Jack is really good in the bedroom, or the floor. He’s definitely has charm when you through the exterior of polished greatness. Keely is a great girl and has no problem in creating a mess, she has five older brothers and had to stand up for herself.
 
The relationship between these two is growing since the last three books, but I never realized jack was so good, it was kinda boring to me compared to the cowboys, but he’s a good person and deserved to have a nice ad normal life after what his ex-fiancé did to him.
 
It was fun how these two decided to pretend an engagement to help in Jack’s job and how everything ended so good. Sparks fly and these two are great in getting back together.
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – Long Hard Ride
#2 – Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
#3 – Cowgirl Up and Ride
#4 – Tied Up, Tied Down

#5 – Rough, Raw and Ready
#6 – Branded as Trouble

#6.5 – Strong, Silent Type
#7 – Shoulda Been a Cowboy
#8 – All Jacked Up
#9 – Raising Kane
#9.5 – Slow Ride
#10 – Cowgirls Don’t Cry
#11 – Chasin’ Eight
#12 – Cowboy Casanova
#13 – Kissin’ Tell
#14 – Gone Country (Expected publication: December 2012)
#15 – Redneck Romeo (Expected publication: May 2013)

Bloggiesta Starting Line!

My first bloggiesta and I’m already late to the party. Read several mini-challenges and had some ideas for what to do, but will start slow and crawl my way out.

 

 

 

I have 11 books to review (12 if you count the one I’m supposed to finish today) and will schedule at least four to October and November.

Update my reviews on GoodReads.

Update my wishlist page.

Work on the Dreaming on It, Top Off Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday posts until the end of the year.

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Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)Title: Bared to You
Author: Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire
Publisher:  Penguin Group (USA)
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0425263908
Genre: Erotica
Release date: June 2012
Number of pages: 338

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.The bonds of his love transformed me, even as i prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

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I felt like this book was very much like 50 shades and after reading that and liking it, I decided to give it a try to this series after so much rave. Gideon is very handsome and more human than I thought at first glance.
 
The thing that kept me so engrossed n this story was the past of both characters. Because at first first the sound broken and barely alive, but the secrets are only disclosed after half the book and I was already intrigued by the sexual scenes. Gideon is still a mystery to me, but I keep waiting to know more.
 
I liked the relationship and how those two are trying and after awhile they realized that fighting is better than running. It took so guts for Gideon to keep coming back. Eva is a flawed character and he past is full of drama, but she still tries in life and love. Props for her.
 
One thing I didn’t enjoy was Cari. He’s relationship with Eva sounds more passionate than it seams and he doesn’t look like trying to survive, just hang by and it’s bringing Eva down with him. I hope he gets better in the next book and they can discover a normal friendship.
 
Now waiting to see how Gideon is going to handle Corrine and how Christopher is coming back to destroy Gideon “happiness”. Plus I think Nathan might return.
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – Bared to You
#2 – Reflected to You
#3 – Entwined with You

Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3)Title: Dark Frost
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy
Publisher:  Kensington
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780758280039
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: May 29th 2012
Number of pages: 336

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.
Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?
It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.


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Things are getting more dangerous than ever in Mythos Academy and now Gwen must find an artifact her mother hide. An again it’s the only way to save the humanity from Loki, problem is she has no idea where it is and Loki’s champion is also looking and it’s probably inside the school.
 
Gwen’s life is not easy and Logan is almost her boyfriend, because now she has reasons to stay away from him. Reapers are popping up from everywhere and nobody is save, but Gwen is improving in her abilities and also learning how to fight better. Double yay.
 
But the book is all about action and death happens, but this one was really good for the series. It explained a lot about Gwen’s family and also helped understand a bit more of this war.
 
Can’t wait for the next because now the bad guy is out of the cage and Gwen is trying to save herself.
 
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SERIES IN ORDER

 

#0.5 – First Frost

#1 – Touch of Frost

#2 – Kiss of Frost

#3 – Dark Frost

#4 – Crimson Frost (Expected publication: December 24th 2012)

#5 – Midnight Frost (Expected publication: August 2013)

Review: Because I Am Yours by Beth Kery

Because I Am Yours (Because You Are Mine, #8)Title: Because I Am Yours
Author:  Beth Kery
Series: Because You Are Mine
Publisher:  Berkley InterMix
Format: ebook
Genre: Erotica
Release date: September 18th 2012
Number of pages: 53

From the moment Ian and Francesca first met, the attraction was mutual—a purely, exquisitely physical charge that ignited between them. It couldn’t be ignored—only indulged, evolving into a bond of pleasurable subjugation. But Francesca’s open sensuality left her wanting more. Getting it from a man as mysterious and resolute as Ian was a challenge she never anticipated.
Francesca knows there’s only one way for them to move forward–to follow Ian to London and show him that she doesn’t want him to suffer alone. But when Ian’s past and inner torment is revealed, he experiences a nearly unbearable volcanic mix of emotions for the woman who has dared to love him, despite his inner demons. After exposing Francesca to the limits of his anguish, he wonders if he’s lost her forever. Can he bend enough to compromise to true intimacy…and something called love?


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It’s over and these were the last two chapters. I didn’t see much difference in Ian from the beginning, but I liked how Francesca managed to change and become more sure of herself during the book. The relationship was good for her and made her understand more about her needs and how to get what she desires.
 
Ian was the same. Still hiding in the glass and pushing people from his life. Couldn’t trust Francesca, even when she said the four letters word with the big L. He’s a great Dom, but I don’t think he’s good yet for a long term relationship, needs to learn and trust people.
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – Because You Are Mine
#2 – Because I could not resist
#3 – Because You Haunt Me
#4 –
Because You Must Learn
#5 – Because I said So
#6 – Because You Torment Me

#7 – Because I need to
#8 – Because I Am Yours

This is all on book that the publisher decided to divide in short novellas of two chapters, but I wanted to make short reviews of these novellas because I read them separately, one each week. Usually on release day.