Review: Thread of Death by Jennifer Estep

Thread of Death (Elemental Assassin #5.5)

Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab’s funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland’s most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab.

Title: Thread of Death
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1451685327
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: January 31st 2012
Number of pages: 100

 
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Another novella in this series but this one was different because showed different POVs during the events of Mab funeral. We can see Gin, Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid thoughts.

This was a fast and full of action scene. We can see several underground bosses trying to occupy Mab’s place, but for one day the decided to play nice and visit the funeral. Including the one second hand of Mab, Jonah McAllister, now unemployed and looking for a new boss.

Everything was going fine when a sniper decide to sharp shooting at Gin and a few other Bosses, so of course everyone ducked for cover and Gin did her best. But unfortunely he didn’t share the name of his employer.

Things are not over and after Gin says her final words to the finally deceased Mab Monroe, a few dwarfs decide to finish Gin. Another attack and we can see Gin in action. Phillip Kincaid was still on the area and is now convinced about the Spider real name. looks like trouble is coming in Gin’s way.

 

SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 –
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#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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Review: The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary by Susan Mallery

The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary (Desert Rogues, #10) (Silhouette Special Edition, #1723)

The wedding of my dreams was only days away…until I discovered my fiancé had a nasty habit of unfaithfulness. So to mend my wounded pride, I turned to the most eligible man I knew: my boss, Prince Rafiq of Lucia-Serrat! Although the dashingly handsome prince had enticed dozens of women, I had just one thing in my mind when I proposed becoming Rafiq’s mistress: revenge on the man who’d humiliated me.

It was easier than I’d expected to go from Rafiq’s chaste secretary to his lustful lover. What I didn’t expect was to fall head over heels for a man who could give me anything I wanted, except for his heart…

Title: The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373247230
Genre: Romance
Release date: December 1st 2005
Number of pages: 256

 
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I loved this story. It was strange to jump into this sheikh story without a desert around, but Rafiq is actually very romantic in his own way, plus it was fun to see how he reacted seducing his secretary. She’s sweet and virgin, just like that happens in this short of books.

I actually liked these two as a couple, they work really great and Rafiq was good about waiting and following the rules. Plus he’s rich and fun to have around. And I just loved the day he bought a puppy for her. So perfect!

Learning about his problems with his father and the way they tried to work together to patch things up, made me realize these sheikh’s need to learn a bit more about what a child needs. But everything turned up just fine at the end.

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

Review: The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No by Susan Mallery

The Sheik & The Bride Who Said No (Desert Rogues, #9) (Silhouette Special Edition, #1666)

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PALACE HAD ALWAYS INTRIGUED HER

Including the incredibly handsome crown prince himself. There was no denying that Murat was a man of mystery, power and many talents. But for a husband, Daphne Snowden wanted more. Sure, future "queen" sounded lovely, but she wanted someone who saw her as more than a woman to bear the next heir to the throne. Someone who respected her. Someone who loved her.

Still, there was that niggling burning desire and unfinished business between them. And though time had changed him, it had not erased her interest in the only man she ever loved. But obey his demands and marry him? Never!

Title: The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373246668
Genre: Romance
Release date: February 1st 2005
Number of pages: 256
 

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Not my favorite book in this series. Murat needed a serious neck smack. He kidnapped, keep stranded and even married a woman with an head injury. He seriously has issues with being the crown prince and having everything on his way.

I liked Daphne and completely understand her reasons to leave on the first place. Okay, she loved him, but also tried to move on. She had a normal life with a very dysfunctional family bugging her about choices, still she always made everything right, until her niece accepted a wedding with Murat and Daphne had to return and show him things would be different this time.

I liked when Murat finally realized he needed Daphne in his life and how much she actually meant for him. But he deserved to suffer a lot more.

 

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

Top Off Tuesday #48

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What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading, and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see the covers that made you swoon! Feel free to play along and show us your favorite covers. Button made by Missie.

New Year and I decided to continue with my harlequin books. I think they deserve to be exposed, now look if those abs could ever be hidden.

Blazing Bedtime Stories, Volume VII: The Steadfast Hot Soldier\Wild Thing

It’s bedtime—and bestselling authors Rhonda Nelson and Tawny Weber have two deliciously wicked tales to tell you…

The Steadfast Hot Soldier by Rhonda Nelson
Army ranger John "Bear" Midwinter has two rules when it comes to the ladies—no tiny women, and no dancers. So why does petite ballet teacher Veda Hayes turn his blood into liquid fire? Still, the heat between them won’t be denied. Will this soldier melt…or burn up?

Wild Thing by Tawny Weber
Compared to her beautiful siblings, groomer Andrea Tanner always felt like an ugly stepsister. But when she’s left tied up and fuming, her prize pooch, Medusa, stolen, Andrea can’t help hoping her prince will come. And he does. Hunky P.I. Percy Graham arrives in time to save the day—and to remind her that he hasn’t forgotten the naughty night they once shared….

Review: The Sheik & the Princess Bride by Susan Mallery

The Sheik & the Princess Bride (Desert Rogues, #8) (Silhouette Special Edition, #1647)

YOU’D BETTER GET MOVING, BIG GUY…

Prince Jefri of Bahania had just been bested…by a woman! And not just any female, but Billie Van Horn, his gorgeous, take-no-prisoners flight instructor who was more than a match for this ultramasculine male.

Well, she might be an ace in the air, but when it came to romance Billie was determined to keep both feet on the ground. So why did the sexy sheik make her feel as if she were soaring high above the clouds? She knew that when royal honor called, her high-born lover would fly from her side forever…unless Jefri defied his destiny and chose love..

Title: The Sheik & the Princess Bride
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373246471
Genre: Romance
Release date: November 1st 2004
Number of pages: 256

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We never heard much about Jefri in the other books, only passing scenes where he’s called the funny and carefree guy of the family. I believe people say this because he’s the youngest and has no chance of assuming the crown, but his also the expert of flaying in the family. He’s very passionate about planes and the desert, which made him the perfect person to be responsible for the new Air Force that has been the talk for the last few books.

Billie is actually the perfect girl for him, because she’s carefree and her job is to teach pilots the offensive maneuvers in the sky. She spent her life flying and loves everything connected planes, but she’s very girlie and also loves shopping.

I liked this couple and how Jefri accepted his love and had to fight to be together with Billie. She’s just a normal regular girl and he had ordered a marriage of convenience and now had to deal with a fiancé and the love of his life.

The best part to me was discovering that the king was behind these love stories, it made me remember another romance series that I love written by Nora Roberts, Macgregor’s.

 

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

Review: Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)

Old habits die hard for assassins.

And I plan on murdering someone before the night is through.

Killing used to be my regular gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very, very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly matters: Mab Monroe, the dangerous Fire elemental who murdered my family when I was thirteen. Oh, I don’t think the mission will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more problematic than expected. The bitch knows I’m coming for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters Mab hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keeping Bria safe is my first priority. Taking Mab out is a close second. Good thing I’ve got my powerful Ice and Stone magic—and my irresistible lover, Owen Grayson—to watch my back. This battle has been years in the making, and there’s a good chance I won’t survive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s coming with me . . . no matter what I have to do to make that happen.

Title: Spider’s Revenge
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1439192642
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: September 27th 2011
Number of pages: 367

 
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Finally the big finale for the revenge Gin Blanco is planning against Mab Monroe. I have to say that I’m surprise the author decided to make the fight so soon in the story, but it was full of emotion and so powerful. We can see Gin doubt during the book but I was pretty sure she would end up on top with her name still intact.

Owen was my favorite character during this book, he’s so sweet and loveable in a very manly way. He’s strong and so in love with Gin that we can see him fighting giants just to protect her. He proved several times that he’s perfect for her and we also discovered her life was connected with his way earlier than Gin had considered.

We can also see Bria coming to terms with Gin job and finally giving in to Finn, although for me it was at the wrong time, but she deserved someone carefree like him to chase the ghosts of her past away. Also several of Gin friends make an appearance on this book, like Roslyn, Jo-Jo.

Everyone was really important to make possible the grand finale against Mab, but the only way Gin could win, was once she accepted her dual elementals and learned how to fight with them in her favor.

Oh, and a very special appearance for me was the perfect way the author managed to include Fletcher on the end. He was very important to help Gin became the best and make possible her attack on Mab.

 

SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 –
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#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)

Review: The Sheikh & The Princess in Waiting by Susan Mallery

The Sheik & The Princess in Waiting (Silhouette Special Edition, #1606)

"I’M WHAT.?"

No, not pregnant, thank heavens. Emma would have known that. But married? Well, if the man standing before her–the very love of her college life–was to be believed, she was. And suddenly he was claiming to be a desert prince, too. Sure, they’d had a "pretend" ceremony and honeymoon in the Caribbean. But it was pretend, wasn’t it?

Prince Reyhan claimed his father, the king, had decided it was time for him to marry. There was just one little glitch–Reyhan was already married. So, the king ordered Reyhan’s wife–Emma–to a two-week trip to paradise before he would grant a royal annulment. But wasn’t paradise the perfect place for love?

Title: The Sheikh & The Princess in Waiting
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette Books
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373246064
Genre: Romance
Release date: April 1st 2004
Number of pages: 256

 
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I liked Emma, but hated her parents. Its one thing to protect someone you love another really different is to suffocate someone. And reading things book, following how Emma discovered their lies was so sick and twisted love. I just don’t get why they would want their kid to suffer and live alone.

But I liked Reyhan and after all those years he was still looking after Emma, plus he still loved her and cared so much that he didn’t want another marriage. I understand it must have been an awful experience in college when everyone knew he was rich, so Emma with her kindness and so naïve made things more real;

They are a great couple and I loved seeing them finding the truth and learning about their relationship again.

 

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride
#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride