Review: Time Out by Jill Shalvis

Time OutTitle: Time Out
Author:  Jill Shalvis
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format: ebook (NetGalley)
ISBN: 0373796730
Genre: Romance
Release date: February 21st 2012
Number of pages: 224

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NHL coach Mark Diego’s plan to spend his off-season volunteering in his hometown goes awry when he learns that not only is he coaching teenage girls, but that the program is coordinated by energetic (and five feet two inches of trouble) coordinator Rainey Saunders, his childhood friend—and the woman he could never stand to see dating any other guy….

When their tempers flare, Mark and Rainey discover their fireworks don’t just burn angry—they burn very, very hot! But that’ll just sweeten the victory. Because Mark always plays to win. And with Rainey, he’s planning on playing very dirty, too.

My Thoughts

This book brought a theme that always made me fall in love. These two were friends as teenagers and grew up together and afraid of their feelings and how the other would react, the whole relationship was doomed.

 

Mark had the chance of a life time and took it by going to another city and working as a couch for the NHL, but after his players made some screw up, the only way was put them to work and the best place to do this is in his brother school.

 

Rainey went to college and after the fiasco her relationships went, let’s just say no man is good enough and usually is harder to even try to understand why they cant’ be Mark, not that his perfect, but she has her feelings for him since high school and after some truths one night, she regrets not having him in her life anymore.

 

I loved this author writing stile and I’m sure not alone but I do appreciate when a author can make us feel the romance in a book and even better can make us understand the mistakes and cheers for the couple to be together. Rainey and Mark together was kinda cute and I liked how possessive he was and that she put him to work hard on the field and to get her.

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“All you have to do is take a man at face value. Don’t go into it thinking you can change them. Men aren’t fixer-uppers, not like a house or a car. You buy them as is.”
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Review: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1)
Title: Simply Irresistible
Author:  Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Format: ebook
ISBN: 044657161X
Genre: Romance
Release date: October 1st 2010
Number of pages: 311

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Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover.

 

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

 

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

 

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

My Thoughts:

I love a little town romance and this one was spoken highly off. For months now I’ve seen around the blogosphere people talking how good Jill Shalvis books are. Last year for Christmas challenge I read an anthology that has a novella for this series and it was really good.

 

This is a great story with very emotional parts and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Lucky Harbor. Maddie made everything more alive. Her emotions were really high and it’s Christmas time in town. Everyone wants to find love and be with family.

 

Maddie is starting over and after her mother left an inn to her she decided to try and make things right. Her mother lived like an hippie and never raised her, so she grew up with her father and started working in his area, but when things go wrong Lucky Harbor is her fresh start.

 

Her sisters didn’t want to stay in this little town, but all of them has scars from the past and really miss a family  time. But love also happens for Maddie in this book. Jax is perfect, even thought he thinks otherwise.

 

I really loved this story and how much Jax helped her with past and the inn. He’s a great catch and so romantic. I loved how their relationship evolved in the book and he was a great part of her changing. Loved this romance and recommend to anyone who likes starting over stories with lots of tears.

 

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Books in this Series:

#1 – Simply irresistible

#2 – The Sweetest Thing

#2.5 – Small Town Christmas

#3 – Head Over Heels

#4 – Lucky in Love

#5 – At Last

#6 – Forever and a Day

Quote:

“If I looked like him,” Tara said. “I’d want to have sex with myself. All the time.”

Review: Noah by Jacquelyn Frank

Noah (Nightwalkers, #5)Title: Noah
Author: Jacquelyn Frank 
Series: Nightwalkers
Publisher: Zebra
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0821780697
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: September 1st 2008
Number of pages: 471
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The Nightwalkers have lived in the shadows of our world for centuries, gifted with abilities few humans can comprehend. For Noah, duty is all–until he meets the woman who is his destiny…

SHE WILL TAKE HIM BEYOND HIS WILDEST DREAMS.

As Demon King, Noah is dedicated to protecting his kind from their human and Nightwalker enemies. Yet for six months he has struggled with vivid dreams that threaten his very sanity. Every night he’s tormented by images of a woman both achingly real and tantalizingly beyond his grasp. And his bone-deep need leaves him no choice but to force her to leave the life she’s known and enter a world beyond her imagining…

Every day, Kestra risks her life in perilous missions that veer just shy of the law, but she instinctively knows that the imposingly sensual figure before her is a danger unlike any she’s ever faced. Kestra has sworn never to trust or need another man, but Noah’s lightest touch scorches her with fevered desire, branding her as his mate, blinding them both to the terrifying truth. For within the ranks of their own people lies an adversary growing in number and power. And nothing and no one will be safe again…
Desire awakens at night..

My Thoughts:

This was a long book and I find myself disturbed with the path this series has taken. For me the most important thing would be the couple and how they would deal with the passion and the situations this would lead them, but now it’s strange how the author pressed for the devil to find ways and destroy important places and attack again and again the most powerful.

 

I agree with that Noah should at least had tried to find his soul-mate, but knowing what would cause him and the path the destruction was leading him to, was a bit strange to see him forget about everything when he knew a way to save not only himself but Kestra also. I liked his presence and some choices he made on the previous books, but on this one, not the best.

 

Kestra was a bit strange since the start. I didn’t warm up to her and discovered that she could be better with another Nightwalker, because Noah needed a strong women but also someone that has a finesse too. And for me that’s not her. To make things go bum, anyone can do.

 

Not my favorite couple and a strange twist to the story line.

Books in this Series:

#1 – Jacob
#1.5 – Kane
#2 – Gideon
#3 – Elijah
#4 – Damien
#5 – Noah
#6 – Adam

Quote:

“I think there is something to be said for a well-publicized ass-kicking.”

Review: Damien by Jacquelyn Frank

Damien (Nightwalkers, #4)Title: Damien
Author: Jacquelyn Frank 
Series: The Nightwalkers
Publisher: Zebra
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0821780689
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: June 1st 2008
Number of pages: 358
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They are the Nightwalkers, mysterious beings who dwell in the shadows of our world, and Damien, the Vampire Prince, is among the most powerful of them all. But one woman will tempt him with a desire unlike anything he has known, and together they will face a terrifying and relentless foe…
HE’D NEVER LOVED. BUT SHE WAS IRRESISTIBLE.
As reigning Vampire Prince, Damien has tasted every pleasure the world has to offer–consorting with kings and queens and delighting in sensual adventure. Now, tired of such pursuits, he devotes his energies to protecting his people. The war between human necromancers and Nightwalkers has escalated, and when the enemy makes a daring move, kidnapping Syreena, a Lycanthrope Princess, Damien boldly follows. He succeeds in rescuing her, but is unprepared for the erotic longing her lush sensuality awakens in him.
Gifted with rare abilities, Syreena grew up in a cloistered setting and was forbidden to form attachments to others, yet the connection Damien feels with her is immediate, intoxicating, and impossible for either to resist. But claiming Syreena as his mate could have shattering repercussions for every Nightwalker–and leave their enemies more dangerous than ever before…
Temptation tastes sweetest at night.

My Thoughts:

Vampires can be really hot and dangerous but since I first read about Damien my thoughts were always about his humor. He’s fun and knows how to live and be happy about it. Of course he’s still their King so responsibilities and rules are part of life.
Syreena has know all about rules and duties, being a Princess for the Lycan made her life very boring while living with the monks, but now that her sister is the Queen, she can truly appreciate a little more freedom. After the Library was found things between the Nightwalkers became more easy and Syreena was sent to help the scholars. And that’s how the dangerous found her.
Damien was feeling some strange things for the Lycan Princess and after her found out she had been kidnapped his first thoughts were toward her safety.
I liked this couple and how these had to understand things together, plus discover some way to make people accept them. Syreena has wanted to find her mate for so long that Damien was a surprise and I wasn’t expecting this twist for the series, but they match really nice.

Books in this Series:

#1 – Jacob
#1.5 – Kane
#2 – Gideon
#3 – Elijah
#4 – Damien
#5 – Noah
#6 – Adam

Quote:

“She had told him that she loved him. He had known that, but hearing it in the traditional phrase had affected him in new and blinding ways.
Ways that made him believe that he could do anything.
Anything she needed or wanted him to do.
Because her loving him meant so much more than him loving her.”

Review: Elijah by Jacquelyn Frank

Elijah (Nightwalkers, #3)
Title: Elijah
Author: Jacquelyn Frank 
Series: The Nightwalkers
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0821780670
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: January 1st 2008
Number of pages: 360
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They are called the Demons, one of the elusive Nightwalker races living in shadow and struggling for survival against their human enemies. Their proudest warrior is Elijah, a man who bends for nothing and no one…until one woman brings him to his knees…

 

Some Feelings You Just Can’t Fight

He is known as the Warrior Captain–a master of every weapon, a fierce soldier sworn to protect his kind. Powerful, relentless, merciless, Elijah has always won every battle he’s ever taken on–until now. Ambushed by necromancers, he is left for dead only to be discovered by the woman who could very well deliver the final blow…Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen.

 

With three centuries of warring, little more than a decade of uneasy peace has existed between the Lycanthropes and Elijah’s people. Now, after a lifetime of suspicion, the warrior in Elijah is consumed with a different battle–winning Siena’s heart by giving her pleasure beyond all boundaries. What starts as attraction and arousal soon burns into a passion with consequences that will echo through the ages for both their people. And as would-be enemies become inseparable lovers, another threat approaches, one with the power to destroy them all…

 

Surrender to the night.

My Thoughts:

This couple was a surprise for me because I thought this series was about Demons finding their Druids, but them I realized that Nightwalkers is about several species and Lycan is one of them.

 

We got to see both Elijah and Siena in the previous books and they are great warriors, so for them to actually be together was a battle. Elijah was convinced really fast since demons believe in Destiny above all else, but for Siena things were a little difficult, especially because of her position as Queen.

 

I loved this couple, both are strong and still fear the unknown. Siena had a crazy father that made war just fro power so now she’s afraid to trust in men. Elijah has lived alone and as Captain in the war against the Lycan he’s pretty much hated, but still work to find his happiness.

 

Now we have a face to evil and it’s disgusting to think about the crazy demon attacking others just for power when he already had a lot. Still loving how in this time all Nightwalkers are working together to destroy the humans attacking them.

Books in this Series:

#1 – Jacob
#1.5 – Kane
#2 – Gideon
#3 – Elijah
#4 – Damien
#5 – Noah
#6 – Adam

 

Quote:

“But I must tell you that…" he paused and his voice filled with infinite gentleness and tenderness. "You are so very precious to me," he whispered against her neck. "You are my heart as it moves within my chest, my soul as it moves through my mind. The breath in my body that so fascinates you is your essence pouring in and out of me in a wave that drowns me over and over again until I cannot breathe for wanting you. Needing you.”

Review: Gideon by Jacquelyn Frank

   

Gideon (Nightwalkers, #2)

Title: Gideon

Author: Jacquelyn Frank

Series: The Nightwalkers

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

Format: ebook

ISBN: 0821780662

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release date: June 1st 2007

Number of pages: 337

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They’re called the Nightwalkers–proud, ancient beings who live in the shadows, existing just beyond the human world. But there are also dangerous humans who hunt them–necromancers who use the blackest magic to manipulate them. And for a Demon named Gideon, the battle against these evil forces will soon be all too personal…

AS A HEALER, HE KNOWS HER BODY. BUT IT’S HER HEART HE WANTS.

For a thousand years, Gideon has healed his people. And as the oldest surviving male of his race, his wisdom has always been respected without question. But Gideon knows that even he is vulnerable to the powerful, primitive desires that befall his kind during Hallowed moons–and nine years ago that truth was hammered home when he found himself claiming Magdalegna, the Demon King’s sister, in a wild embrace. Horrified by his lack of control, he left her wanting and furious–and then exiled himself for the better part of a decade. Now, with necromancers threatening his people–and Magdalegna nearly their victim–Gideon must face another truth. He and the beautiful, stubborn Magdalegna are destined to be together, to share a love as deep and old as time itself. But first he needs to regain her trust. Then he’ll have to save her life…

Every night holds secrets.

My Thoughts:

Ever since the first book we could see glimpses of Gideon and Magdalena but I never really saw these two together as a great thing. Maybe because Gideon sounded like a wounded animal hiding away after the Enforcer caught him with an human. Okay, it’s possible for pretty much all Demons since they need mates during the blue moons. But after I realized that Gideon knew who was his mate and didn’t even try to reach her at least to help her and let her know about their destiny together, he sort of fell in my eyes.

 

Magdalena is a great Demon and her brother is the King, but after thousands of years alive she still sounds naïve and constantly hiding. Not my favorite girl, but she does now how to fight and is kinda good to she her putting Gideon on his place.

 

Their relationship was better than I expected. And the dangerous is still lurking around. And they attacked Bella trying to make her lose the baby, plus the battle was really fun to read.

Books in this Series:

#1 – Jacob

#1.5 – Kane
#2 – Gideon
#3 – Elijah
#4 – Damien

#5 – Noah

#6 – Adam

Quote:

“I am going to devour you, Magdelegna,” he promised her, the darkness of his cravings coming to bear on her fully at last. “You wanted to know my passions? Allow me to introduce them to you.”

Review: Kane by Jacquelyn Frank

Supernatural (Lords of Deliverance, #1.5; Demonica, #5.5; Guardians of Eternity, #7.5; Nightwalkers, #1.5; Dragon Kin, #4.5)

Title: Kane (part of the Supernatural Anthology)
Author: Jacquelyn Frank 
Series: The Nightwalkers
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Format: ebook
ISBN: 142010988X
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: September 1st 2011
Number of pages: 50
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Kane knows Corrine was meant to be his… just as he knows that truly possessing the lovely human is forbidden. But on the night of the Samhain moon, the beast in every demon is stronger than reason, and Kane’s hunger is more powerful than any punishment…

 

 

My Thoughts:

This was a short story but we had already met the characters in book one, so is more like an inside look on their private moments (hot moments more like it).

 

I liked Kane and he’s still a child among the Nightwalkers so is really different from Jacob when we got to see him trying to be all grow up and loving while having to explain to Corrine that her life was save and absolutely different from the normal.

 

Corrine has suffered for a long time trying to find her happy ending but not even one man could be able to set her heart in flames like Kane was able to with one little touch.

 

I liked and it’s better to read this one after Jacob rather than stand-alone. But it was sexy and deep.

Books in this Series:

#1 – Jacob

#1.5 – Kane
#2 – Gideon
#3 – Elijah
#4 – Damien

#5 – Noah

#6 – Adam