Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: The Way Home by Cindy Gerard

Title: The Way Home
Series: One-Eyed Jacks
Author: Cindy Gerard
Read copy: eBook
Published: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN: 1476735220
ISBN-13: 9781476735221

Killed in Action—the most dreaded words imaginable for a soldier's wife. Jess Albert has been living with them for four years, since the death of her husband in Afghanistan. Finding blessed numbness in routine, she doesn't dare to look ahead, any more than she can bear to look back. Then Tyler Brown, a former special-ops warrior, shows up at her small general store in Minnesota North Woods, jarring her back to life. Jess knows better than to fall in love with another man who places duty to his country before love of his wife- but there's no denying the longing and the hope for a future that Ty makes her feel.

A world away, a man ravaged by years of captivity and torture, a man with no memories, finally escapes- clinging to life and sanity in a hostile land. In his darkest hour, he awakes in a lantern-lit cave to find a woman at his side. Dark-haired and dark-eyes, her touch is caring, despite the resentment he hears in her voice and sees on her face. Rabia is bound by honor to save the lost American soldier in her keeping, this broken warrior from a war that has brought so much devastation to her land. But is it honor igniting her compassion for her enemy, or is it something more?

While a Black Ops team plans a daring rescue mission to bring the solider home, two women on opposite sides of the world walk a dangerous path between betrayal and honor, and must find for themselves where to draw the lines between duty and love.


My rating:

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Four years ago Jess' husband was declared KIA and now she's finally ready to 'start living' again with a new man in her life and by her side. Unfortunately, right before the wedding, she receives some shocking news. Her husband is still alive. *gasp*


Unfortunately, this book committed 'suicide by blurb'. There's no other was to describe it. It's all there. The big twist. In the freaking blurb. And hence makes the book incredibly predictable. And incredibly boring. I just kept turning the pages (figuratively speaking, since I read an eBook), going "come on, come on, let's get it over with, bring the husband back".

It would've worked a lot better if the 'big twist' were kept hush-hush. The impact, the shock, and the 'gaspage' would've been much, much greater.

But instead I just kept waiting for the big news to break and the guy to be back...And, of course, the whole Afghani rescuer story was so utterly predictable it made my teeth hurt.

Still, it wasn't badly written, just badly 'blurbed'.




Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: Dominating BDSM Billionaires - The Complete Series Bundle by Malia Mallory

Title: Dominating Billionaires - The Complete Series Bundle
Series: Dominating BDSM Billionaires
Author: Malia Mallory
Read copy: eBook
Published: October 15, 2013
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
ISBN: 1301634417
ISBN-13: 9781301634415

His Need, Her Desire

Executive assistant Tabitha Quinn didn't come to Hawaii to be spanked. But when vacationing businessman Marcus Granger saves her from drowning, they begin an affair that moves from the beach to the bedroom and straight into an experience Tabitha's never had before: dark-haired, blue-eyed Marcus is a dominant, and spanking is just the beginning. The sex is intense, the emotion even more so, until they both must decide if this is a holiday fling or the real thing.

His Desire, Her Surrender

Tabitha Quinn's Hawaii vacation was anything but ordinary. Dominant billionaire Marcus Granger saved her life, swept her into his bed, and then left her heartbroken. Now she's back in New York, mourning the man she's sure she'll never see again.

Marcus may have left handprints on her skin, but Tabitha's left handprints on his heart: he tracks her down, and they resume the sizzling affair they began in the islands.

Tabitha belongs to Marcus body and soul in bed, but she worries she doesn't belong in his high-stakes world. They've already dodged a murder attempt, and now Marcus is fighting off a competitor's takeover. When the rival company obtains critical information, suspicion falls on Tabitha. She has to prove she's innocent--and worthy to wear Marcus's collar.

Her Wish, His Command

Doctor Anna Foster may just get what she wants: sexy fellow researcher Jonah Granger. She's been in love with him for years, but Jonah has always been more interested in work at his family's business, Granger Pharma, than romance. Now that they've admitted their attraction, Anna may even be able to tell him what she really wants: to submit to him.

But Granger Pharma faces a hostile takeover. Sensitive data and samples are missing from Anna and Jonah's lab; it may be corporate espionage. Everyone is under suspicion and, and they're even beginning to question each other. Anna must discover the truth if she's going to save both her job and her relationship with the man she dreams of serving.

His Passion, Her Temptation

Granger Pharma executive Monica Granger is hiding her relationship from her family. She has to. Her lover is the son of her father's biggest business rival. Ben Coron is more than Monica can resist; he's everything she's ever wanted—including dominant in bed.

But when Coron Health makes a play for Granger Pharma, Monica's relationship—and her life—blow wide open. She loses her job, and her family rejects her. Someone's stealing Granger's vital trade secrets, and worse, Monica's brother is dodging attempts on his life.

Their passion is too strong to keep Monica and Ben apart for long. They must thwart the takeover and heal the rift between their families. If they don't, they'll never trust one another enough to pursue the dominance and submission they both need.


My rating:

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

I just couldn't get into the story (stories), just couldn't. The voice simply didn't agree with me. The stories read more like a school assignment than a published work that's gone through an (extensive) editing process. I just couldn't get past the "she got up, went out, came back in, did this, did that". I couldn't relate to or empathize with the characters, and even the "erotic" parts seemed perfunctory at best.