Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review of the complete "Hot SEALs" series - Cat Johnson

(Hot SEALs #1)



Ten years of dedication to the Navy taught SEAL Jon Rudnick one thing—he’s not afraid to risk life and limb for his country. But when navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy it makes Jon question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the woman he can’t get out of his head. When Ali’s life is threatened and military rules won’t allow him to intervene, Jon decides it’s time to take back control.



(Hot SEALs #2)

Zane Alexander was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but the rebellious bad boy traded it, along with his share of the family fortune, for a Navy SEAL trident and freedom from his controlling father.

Ten years later, Zane’s teammates are depending on him to secure the startup capital they need to open their security company and he’s gambling on his skills at covert operations to get it. For a million dollars he’ll fake interest in Missy Greenwood, the Senator’s daughter his father wants him to date in exchange for the investment.

When Missy is kidnapped and Zane and his team are sent to Nigeria to rescue her, there’s no more faking it when the danger and the emotions turn very real.




(Hot SEALs #3)


As a combat hardened Navy SEAL, Thom Grande has fought terrorism around the globe, but he can’t fight is his ex-wife. Or her lawyer. Or the alimony payments. Just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, bad luck smacks him up side the head—literally. Now he’s got a traumatic brain injury and can’t remember his own name. The good news? He can’t remember his ex-wife or the woes she’s causing him either.

Virginia Starr has the worst luck ever with romance. But maybe her luck is changing because one hell of a hot man just showed up at her door in the middle of the night. One problem—he can’t remember anything, including who he is. The more Ginny sees, the more she realizes, that might not matter all that much.


(Hot SEALs #4)

Retired SEAL Chris Cassidy knows the bro code—no messing around with teammates’ sisters. However, Chris never was one for following rules. Besides, his teammate Rick’s gorgeous sister Darci is worth breaking the rules for.

Darci Mann is tired of being alone. Since Zane, the bad boy SEAL she formerly had a crush on, fell in love with someone else and her best friend Ali found her own happy ending Darci’s feeling her single status extra keenly. Though she suspects her brother’s buddy Chris would be willing to change her status . . . if she decides to let him.

When a routine assignment turns deadly and Chris switches from charming joker to capable trained warrior willing to kill or die to save Darci’s life, she might have to reevaluate her feelings about the perpetual bachelor and her own future.



-----> Review <-----
The premise of the series was very intriguing. I admit, between the covers and the synopsis of the stories, I purchased the entire set. However, the potential for a great series didn't occur. For me, Cat seemed to drag the stories along until the final chapters. Then, I felt she hurried up the tales to end it. Too quickly in my book. 

Examples: 

Night with a SEAL: Jon doesn't stay in contact with Ali after they have sex and she gives him a goodbye blow job but after she's held hostage at the bank, he now wants her. Again, the declaration happens at the end. Talk about Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am. Why did she have to take him back after he treated her so coldly? Ever hear of playing hard to get. SHEESH! 

Saved by a SEAL: Another book featuring a man giving a woman the brush off only to have the heroine (or in this case, damsel in distress) take him back without batting an eye. I know Missy had a crush on him for years but, seriously, let him work a little bit to prove he won't hurt her again. 


SEALed by Midnight: Thom shows up at Virginia's barn with amnesia and she welcomes him into her "home". After a single PG night together, he wakes up with his memory intact, returns to his team (without her knowledge), and then ventures back to her. Suddenly he doesn't remember or care why he avoids relationships. One night and BAM he wants a future with a woman he's only known a couple hours. I call FOUL!  He takes her to meet his parents on day two together and she agrees to try the long distance thing. Again, I say FOUL. Wouldn't you want to be close to a person during the honeymoon stage? As a reader, I couldn't find this believable or how he suddenly got over his fears of the bitch ex. How desperate is she for a man that she'd agree to this. He's basically a freaking stranger. 

This story didn't seem plausible in the least. The characters didn't click for me. 

Kissed by a SEAL: Chris is jealous of the attention Darci gives to Zane; her attraction to him. However, during the last pages of the book, he seems to forget how she's wanted Zane all this time. He doesn't address it at all. WTH. I know he wanted her for years but wouldn't any sane person wonder/question if her heart still belongs to another man. No, in this case, Cat has the couple talk for about 5 minutes, announce they are together to his brother and hers, then they begin shagging. Come on, really! 

So much potential......

Man, I hate writing a bad review. I like to say something positive since I know the time/love/dedication writer's place during the creative process. With that said, Chris was a total lovable guy. His humor made him a likable character. All the "cast" were likable in their own way. 




Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤



Night with a SEAL - Kindle / Paperback / [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

Saved by a SEAL - Kindle / Paperback / [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

SEALed by Midnight - Kindle / Paperback

Kissed by a SEAL - Kindle / Paperback

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review of "Season of Strangers" - Kat Martin

Dedicated, driven real estate agent Julie Ferris is enjoying a day at the beach with her sister Laura when a strange, almost undetectable charge fills the air. Then, under the hot Malibu sun, time stops altogether.

Neither sister can explain their “lost day” —nor the blinding headaches and horrific nightmares that follow—but Julie chalks it up to the stress she's been under since her boss’s son took over Donovan Real Estate.

Patrick Donovan would be a real catch if not for his notorious playboy lifestyle and matching attitude. But when a cocaine-fueled heart attack nearly kills him, Patrick makes an astonishingly fast—and peculiar—recovery. Julie barely recognizes the newly sober Patrick as the same man she once struggled to resist. Maybe it's the strange beach experience fueling her paranoia, but she can't help sensing something isn't…right.

As Julie's feelings for Patrick intensify, she's about to discover how that day at the beach links her newfound happiness with her wildest suspicions..



-----> Review <-----
As a comic book lover, I find nothing wrong with a human falling in love with an alien. Hello, Superman rocks! However, when I found this book in the grocery store, I didn't realize it was sci-fi. The summary doesn't elude to it being one. But with that aside, I still didn't find myself enjoying this book as much as I hoped I would (based on the blurb).  

For me, I think it's rather creepy that.....Two sisters get abducted by aliens and get probed. Very thoroughly, I might add. Ugh!

The older sister, Julie, does fall in love with the alien scientist. Of course, at first, she has no clue he's merged, taken over, Donovan's lifeless shell. The same alien who had her probed on the ship later does some "probing" of his own ---- human style. *laughing* 

But Donovan, or Val (depending who he is at the time), does show more humanity than his "human" counterpart. He does become a better "Donovan" than the actual "Donovan". 

Man, reading that last line back sounds kind of creepy. 

Are you intrigued even a little?

If you answered yes, then scroll below and click on the purchase links I provided for you. :) 




Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤1/2

Purchase Links -----> Paperback or on Kindle

Friday, March 20, 2015

Review of "Brazen" - Maya Banks

 



Jasmine left the Sweetwater Ranch and the Morgan brothers, no longer able to bear the painful dilemma of loving them both. After a year away in which she gains new perspective, she returns home with one goal. To make Seth and Zane Morgan hers.

Jaz may have left an innocent girl, but she’s returned a beautiful, sensual woman. Seth and Zane aren’t prepared for the full on assault she launches and each are battling an attraction they’ve fought for years. She wants them both, but Seth has no intention of sharing his woman. It’s up to her to change his mind because she can’t and won’t choose between two men she loves with equal passion. For her, it’s all or nothing.



-----> Review <-----

I think Maya's intention was to portray Jaz as a strong woman who'll do anything to acquire the loves of her life. However, I didn't see her that way. I found Jaz to be needy, desperate, and (sorry to say) rather pathetic. For me, this story was a big miss. 

Positive note: I'm glad Jaz overcame her fear of water. 




Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score:







Monday, March 16, 2015

Review of "Quarterback Draw" - Jaci Burton

Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.

Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.

Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance.



-----> Review <----- 

I can sum up my feelings on this story using words starting with the letter "F".........

- FUNNY AND FUN
- FLIRTY
- FABULOUS
- FLAWLESS
- FREAKING FANTASTIC!



Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤