Review: Mortal Danger (Immortal Games #1) by Ann Aguirre

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Title:  Mortal Danger
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher/Year: Square Fish 8/4/15
Length:  400 pages
Series:  Immortal Games #1

Overview

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

In Ann Aguirre’s Mortal Danger, Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who–or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind.

My Thoughts

Well, when i saw this new series from Ann Aguirre, i figured that it had to be good since her Razorland series was rather creative and thought out.  We’re not let down with this one, and i think that it’s rather impressive that she’s able to come up with yet another really well detailed and thought out series.

In this introduction to the series, we find ourselves thrown into this ‘game’ of sorts, yet we don’t know what the point of it is, just that there are two sides, one that’s bad and one that’s worse.  all trying to control the future and destinies of people.  The pawns that are used in the game are people who are so far gone down the path of self hate that they are about to kill themselves, and that’s when one of the sides swoops in to save them and grant them 3 wishes of sorts, in return for their indentured servitude.

We meet Edie on the night that she’s planned to jump off a bridge, and just when she’s about to step off, she’s saved by the most beautiful looking boy that she’s ever seen.  Turns out that he’s been sent to save her and offer her this deal to be on his boss’s side.  Edie’s desire to be beautiful and then to seek revenge is exactly what is needed, and the path that her story takes is quite interesting.

Of course, what she learns along the way is that the people that were so awful to her had their own issues as well which is something that she was never aware of and it makes the idea of revenge against some of them not so sweet.  The issue though is that because she’s wanted this revenge, horrible things start happening.  People are dying, and Edie quickly learns that there are others that are out to get her and that’s where we spend much of this story.

Kian, the guy that’s sent to save her, grant her wishes and protect her finds himself in an interesting position as well.  He’s far more invested in her than was ever expected and while that’s a good thing for the couple, it puts him in a tough place where he barters things away in order to keep Edie safe.  That’s where we’re left off in this first installment, he’s given away his freedom, and while we know that there’s going to be more to his story since he’s supposed to be killed by his boss and that’s just not going to happen, we don’t know what it’ll mean for Edie and the game since there’s still so much to be determined.

Personally, some of the most interesting things to me here are that while i expected others in the story to be ‘non human’ – i think that learning that some of the characters that are ultimately involved is a surprise.  We’re given hints throughout that there are some that are on the wrong side, but there were a few surprises which makes me wonder who else is going to show a dark side.

The other questions though are around what Edie’s destiny really is supposed to be and will she be able to fulfill it.  I think that before she became ‘beautiful’ – there was a chance, but her paths changed a bit and i think that it’s going to be tough.

The final bit too that i’m curious about is who else is going to die before the game is won (or lost) and what is that going to mean?  i still can’t figure out who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy – but i think that we’ll get more answers in the next installment .  so – on that note, have a great day all!

Review: Stepbrother, Mine (Stepbrother, Mine #3) by Opal Carew

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Title:  Stepbrother, Mine
Author: Opal Carew
Publisher/Year: St Martin’s Press 8/11/15
Length:  51 pages
Series:  Stepbrother Mine #3

Overview

Unable to let Dana slip away again, Mason bids on the one thing he’s always wanted–even if it is completely forbidden. He’s fantasied about having Dana to himself for years, touching her smooth skin, tasting her sweet lips. But Dana is off-limits…or is she? All it takes is just one kiss to find out…

My Thoughts

The finale that we’ve been waiting for – i think that it’s safe to say that we were all curious to see how things would end up given that Mason’s father was out for revenge, blood and well – Dana.

That’s not the focal point though for much of this third installment.  What we get here is Mason’s attempt to push Dana away by showing her what it is that he likes in a sub – and how much he needs more than vanilla.  what he doesn’t expect though is how tenacious Dana is and how far she will go to please him.

Throughout this final book, we get what Ms. Carew is great at yet again – the heat and passion, but the interesting bits of BDSM brought to the story line in a way that’s also very tasteful.  I think that there’s something to be said about showing the lifestyle in a way that’s very subtle but that still shows us that the people get what they need in their own way.

I think that as we go through this story, we keep wondering what’s going to happen next.  i mean, we know that Chas wants to take Mason down and also get his hands on Dana.  but the other question of course too is that Maria’s a wild card.  She’s got this past with Mason of course, and she’s married now to his father – but i feel like there’s still a pending twist.  I hope that we get to see that play out.

The struggle that they deal with though as a couple is that there’s a bit of a scandal that comes out with the media saying that Mason’s sleeping with his sister and no one wants to clarify that point.  There’s also the point that Mason’s going to protect her with everything that he has and that means sending her to Paris.  That distance can do horrible things to a couple, so it’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.  And finally, the final chapter – where we see there’s a shift in power, the Dom becomes the sub.  interesting no?  On that note, it’s a great series and you should definitely check it out.  Have a great weekend all!

Review: Stepbrother, Mine (Stepbrother, Mine #2) by Opal Carew

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Title:  Stepbrother, Mine
Author: Opal Carew
Publisher/Year: St Martin’s Press 8/4/15
Length:  51 pages
Series:  Stepbrother Mine #2

Overview

Meet Mason. He is used to getting what he wants. The head of his own corporate empire, he has wealth, means, and no shortage of beautiful women ready to fulfill his every need. But despite having it all, Mason is bored. Until he comes face-to-face with a woman from his past—one who will do anything to get what she wants. But is her desire for Mason worth the risk?

My Thoughts

And the story continues – we are at a point where Dana has pushed Mason to the point that he’s going to give in to her, but at what cost.  And so we see how their feelings are still a point of contention, how they are obviously attracted to one another, but Mason will go to any length to keep her at arms length.

While expected and predictable, i think that there’s an element of depth to this story since we continue to get the flash backs and return to present day.  Things become clear as to why Mason left the house and why Dana felt rejected – and why she’s acting as she is.

Ms. Carew – our gifted author continues to keep us really interested in the heat and passion between these two, even when it’s taking quite some time to get ot the point where Mason fulfills the contract.  It’s not until the last few pages that we see things get interesting.  He calls her Sylvie – the name of one of his subs, which of course raises questions, and then there’s the reappearance of Maria – the maid that ruined everything back all those years ago.

The point where we’re left – well it’s a bit nuts.  While we expected to see the outcome a bit, i think that it’ll be even more interesting to see what happens since their worlds are going to get flipped upside down.  Dana’s professed her love and admitted that she’s more invested than she wanted.  Mason’s got an emotional tie to her, but won’t really act on it.  and there are all these outside factors that are about to wreak havoc on them.  on that note, i’ve downloaded #3 and i’ll have to dive into that in a little bit.

Review: Stepbrother, Mine (Stepbrother, Mine #1) by Opal Carew

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Title:  Stepbrother, Mine
Author: Opal Carew
Publisher/Year: St Martin’s Press 7/28/15
Length:  52 pages
Series:  Stepbrother Mine #1

Overview

Dana’s always had a clear vision of what she wanted out of life. But when her father dies during her final year of college, Dana’s whole world threatens to topple down. In desperate need of money, she comes up with an idea. It’s scandalous. It’s HOT. And it’s got everybody talking. . .Is Dana really going to auction off her own virginity? And at what cost?

My Thoughts

Well Opal Carew is one of my favs, and this is yet another example of what a good story can start out as.  In this first novella installment, we are introduced to our lead, Dana who’s in a tough spot where her mother’s cut her off and she needs to pay for college.  At the same time, we also meet Mason who’s quite successful and a Dom, and is finding himself bored with his many subs.

Where their paths cross, well that’s what Ms Carew does really well.  In this story, we’re getting a bit of past and present in the mix.  We see how their lives are going right now in present day, yet we also get to see how their paths actually intersected in the past and that makes things all that much better.

It’s not until Dana does what her best friend suggests and puts herself up on this site that sells your virginity for $50k, and ironically it’s Mason while he’s bored that browses the site and comes across her profile.  Knowing that he doesn’t want anyone else to deflower her, he buys her contract and that’s where this story takes us .

Since it’s a first installment and novella, we don’t get too far into their relationship, but it’s set up nicely, with an understanding of the basis that Dana’s had a crush on Mason since she was 16, and Mason’s always found her exciting, but won’t really go there.  The question is what is it going to take for them to actually make some progress and who’s going to get hurt while it happens.  Apparently Mason has some relationship ghosts that Dana may know about, and Dana has her own insecurities to deal with.  I think that we’ll get something great here so i’m off to get #2 and continue the story.

Review: Monster Chef by Margaret McHeyzer

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Title:  Monster Chef
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Publisher/Year: Book Enthusiast Productions 3/18/15
Length:  208 pages
Overview

Holly Walker had everything she’d ever dreamed about – a happy marriage and being mum to beautiful brown-eyed Emma – until an accident nineteen months ago tore her world apart. Now she’s a widow and single mother to a boisterous little 7-year-old girl, looking for a new start. Ready to take the next step, Holly has found herself a job as a maître d’ at Table One, a once-acclaimed restaurant in the heart of Sydney. But one extremely arrogant Frenchman isn’t going to be easy to work with…

Twenty years ago, Pierre LeRoux came to Australia, following the stunning Aussie girl he’d fallen in love with and married. He and his wife put their personal lives on hold, determined for Pierre to take Sydney’s culinary society by storm. Just as his bright star was on the upswing, tragedy claimed the woman he was hopelessly in love with. He had been known as a Master Chef, but since his wife’s death he has become known as Monster Chef.

Can two broken people rebuild their lives and find happiness once more?

My Thoughts

First off i should thank the folks at Netgalley for getting me a copy of this.  I’m a sucker for good cover art and that paired with the title – i was hooked as soon as i saw it.  What we have here is a very expected yet sweet story of our two mains who are both very broken from a similar situation, finding that they can heal one another if they allow it.

Holly is a single mother who’s moved in with her mother in law after her husband was killed in a car accident about 2 years prior.  She’s doing everything that she can to raise her daughter Emma properly, and while she doesn’t need to work since her husband provided enough for her, she’s going back to it – at a restaurant in the city.

Enter Pierre, the hard to deal with head chef who’s won and lost a michelin star in a matter of a year and while he is an AMAZING chef – he’s chasing the ghost of his wife who passed away a few years prior from cancer.

Of course you know though that upon meeting, and seeing that Holly won’t stand down, well things are going to combust, and i’m glad in the way that they did.  See it’s not the tension that gets to them, although there’s one night that Pierre actually accosts her at the restaurant, it’s a situation that Holly is faced with by a drunk diner that puts Pierre back in time to the night that he met his late wife, and from there our story unfolds.

It’s not terribly deep and complex, but i have to say that i didn’t need it to be.  The story developed on it’s own in a nice way – you see that Holly is a realist of sorts and is semi afraid to let what she’s feeling for Pierre happen since she’s so protective of her family, but you also know that Pierre is going to get what he wants since he’s a ‘passionate Frenchman’.

It’s really not until the latter 30% of the book that we get any twists and turns.  We knew that there was a great bond between Holly and her mother in law and the ending that we see happen there was unexpected.  Then there’s a link between Pierre and Holly’s late husband that i wasn’t expecting at all.

So all in all, a predictable story – but one that was well written.  It was the epilogue that i have to say i really enjoyed.  We get a fast forward about 10 years when Emma is grown up and i think that the glimpse into things that we see is something that makes things resolve as needed.  On that note – happy sunday all and have a great rest of your weekend!

Review: Under My Skin (Stark International #3) by J Kenner

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Title:  Under My Skin
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year: Random House Publishing 9/1/15
Length:  255 pages
Series:  Stark International #3

Overview

Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot new erotic trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, andComplete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose.
 
Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape.

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both.

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.

My Thoughts

i LOVE this series and i love the one that it’s a spin off from.  When we left Sylvie and Jackson, they had managed to come to terms with what they were to each other, yet there was something major about to happen.  We knew that there was a past with Sylvie and Reed, a director who photographed her when she was a teen-  he was blackmailing her with the pictures – and the same man wanted to make a film of a story that was Jackson’s past that he didn’t want made.  Well, apparently he had a lot of enemies, as we find that he’s been killed – and Jackson is suspect #1.

So where we are with this third installment is the roller coaster of did he do it, did he not, who did it if it wasn’t him, although there’s so much evidence and motive, and he won’t say that he hasn’t done it.  we also wonder what it’s going to mean to the happy couple since we know that they were hanging on by a string at times.

On top of that strife, there’s the issue that the resort that Sylvie’s leading is under attack from someone.  There’s another resort being built further south, and the wonder is whether they are behind all the pain, lies, damage etc that’s being done, but then the question comes up whether all the leaks etc are internal.  I personally had my opinion since day one on who it was, and i’m glad that we finally find out if i was right or wrong.

If that weren’t enough, there’s the issue of Jackson claiming his daughter, and deciding what would happen to her since no one knows.  IT’s hard cause he wants to protect her, doesn’t want her to stay in the hands of someone that won’t care for her properly, fears what bringing her into his life will do, especially since it’s a sure thing that he’s going to jail….and Syl doesn’t know if she’s ready since she’s got a crap example from her parents.

The good thing though, if you’ve read any other books by J Kenner, you know that in between all this, in the middle of it actually your’e going to get so much heat and passion that you have to forget about what’s going on.  The connection that Jackson and Sylvie have is amazing, you can feel it just from reading it and the way that they come together, it’s passionate, explosive, hot.  you can’t get enough of it.

I’m glad that we get a nice resolution of sorts for most of the characters, and some less than ideal for others.  The good news though is that on the last page, it notes that the next trilogy is Dallas Sykes who’s the bad boy investor that we hear a lot about in this book, so i can’t wait for that.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Review: Something Beautiful (Beautiful #3) by Jamie McGuire

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Title:  Something Beautiful
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher/Year: Jamie McGuire LLC 8/118/15
Length:  93 pages
Series:  Beautiful #3

Overview

America Mason, a sassy undergrad at Eastern State University, is in love with a Maddox–Shepley Maddox. Unlike his cousins, Shepley is more lover than fighter, but a road trip to her parents’ home in Wichita, Kansas could mean the next step, or the end of everything.

My Thoughts

We all loved America from the main story – and i think that it’s about time that we got to see a bit more of how she and Shep got together and what that would mean for them in the future.  What we get here is a little snippet that jumps through time a bit so that we can see where it all started, where it progressed, and then where it netted out.

There are bits and pieces here that are great – you get to see that initial meeting on campus when they were freshmen, but none of the drama that ensued. It’s nice to see how uncertain Shep was and how sure of herself America was.  That’s what we felt from the bigger story and that’s nice to see it run true here.

Then we get to see how things were a year later when Abby and Travis got married -and what that meant to how their own relationship would progress.  It’s nice to get the view here since in the bigger story, we only saw the break up situation once with this happy-ish couple, and it’s nice to see that there was maybe something less than rosey going on in how they wanted to approach things.

Then we get another jump ahead that’s about 3 years into the future to see how things are going, and we see that there’s been a bit of stagnation or rocky-ness going on.  It really humanizes the characters here and makes you wonder what’s going to happen since everything is uncertain.

Bring in a bit of weather terror, tornadoes ,couples drifting apart, and destruction leading to hospitals.  I feel like it’s an expected path where they went, but one that maybe helped find the right resolution since they honestly didn’t know.

What we get in the ending is a culmination of sorts for each person on their own.  Abby, America, Travis and Shep.  We see where they ended up at the end of this journey – and while i know that there’s plenty of content here waiting for the stories to continue with all the maddoxes, i feel like at least we know where these 4 ended up.  On that note – a quick read for sure and you guys should check it out.

Our lovely author has done it again with giving us just enough with the characters that we love, enough emotional investment to keep it going, anxiety and well, the expected and very unexpected ending.

Cover Reveal: Dynamis – Supernatural Chronicles

 

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Supernatural Chronicles: New Orleans

Beneath the brow of Bourbon and French architecture, the iris of New Orleans swirls with flecks of worlds and beings unknown to mankind. Come with us as we chronicle their journey—each supernatural race must hunt for an offering in hopes of saving their own. Skinwalkers, Wolves, Vampires, Dragons, Succubi, Witches, Necromancers, Cupids, and Asgardians are all in danger of losing control as an uprising darkness threatens to rip the veil that protects them all from the great beyond.

Ten original novellas, following each supernatural race as they fight an elusive enemy, are written by New Adult authors Lila Felix, Kristie Cook, Brenda Pandos, Delphina Henley, Julia Crane, Jamie Magee, Morgan Wylie, Kallie Ross, S.T. Bende, and Rebecca Ethington. Come join them for the hunt and discover hidden treasures inside.

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The first supernatural chronicle will be release October 26th, and then weekly until the final release December 21st. Every week a different paranormal’s story will be told, and a relic will be revealed. Readers will be able to join in the hunt and win prizes. Whether you love witches, angels, or werewolves, New Orleans is being flooded with the supernatural this Fall. A boxed set will be available in early 2016, following the individual publications. Anyone that enjoys reading New Adult Paranormal won’t want to miss this release of novellas.

 

Titles Include:

Supernatural Chronicles: The Skinwalkers by Lila Felix

Supernatural Chronicles: The Wolves by Kristie Cook

Supernatural Chronicles: The Vampires by Brenda Pandos

Supernatural Chronicles: The Dragons by Delphina Henley

Supernatural Chronicles: The Succubi by Julia Crane

Supernatural Chronicles: The Witches by Jamie Magee

Supernatural Chronicles: The Necromancers by Morgan Wylie

Supernatural Chronicles: The Cupids by Kallie Ross

Supernatural Chronicles: The Asgardians by S.T. Bende

Supernatural Chronicles: The Noir by Rebecca Ethington

 

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Review: Unbroken (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #4) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title:  Unbroken
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 9/7/15
Length:  123 pages
Series:  The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #4

Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones comes the fourth and final part in the sexy, suspenseful The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series—finally revealing the long-awaited wedding between Amy and Liam. But with the explosive secret they’re hiding, will their enemies ever let them live happily ever after?

For six long years I lived on the run, in fear and devastated by loss. That began to change the day I met Liam Stone, who is so much more than his money and power, and even the protection he has offered me. He is passion. He is friendship. He is love and happiness, and the man who made my enemies his own. And now with his help, the secret that drove me into hiding is buried, our enemies contained. Liam and I can finally start our life and put this behind us. The nightmare is over. Unless…it’s not.

My Thoughts

After all the we’ve been through with this couple and the last installment that focused on Chad and Gia, i think that it’s about time that we get to see them having a happy ending, even if we know that it’s going to be a rocky road and too good to be true.

Where we left off in the last installment, Sheridan and Jared were taken away by the Chinese, and in theory that meant that things could start to settle and get back to normal for Amy and Liam.  The challenge of course is that Chad and Gia would still have to go into hiding for a bit since they had the cylinder to protect.  That’s something that we sort of continue to see play out and still don’t know what’s going to happen.

See we start this 4th book with the funeral for Chad – burying him all over again which is something that Amy knows is a farce, yet it still feels so real.  Liam’s forced to help Amy be strong but also sees it as a means to begin their new life together.  They’re able to go back to New York and go back to their lives – in the hopes that they can start their new chapter.

What’s quickly found out though is that what we expected – Meg is back to haunt them, and while we don’t know for sure who’s side she’s on, she’s back to causing trouble.  Jared as well – and he’s turned out to be a bit more complicated than we ever knew.  the 2 of them keep everyone off balance throughout the book, and you have to wonder who’s playing who and who can be trusted.

Liam and Tellar continue to build their own bit of security around their ‘family’.  they enlist the help of Josh who’s a business friend and amazing hacker to watch out for them like Jared was supposed to do.  They also hire Dante in the hopes that he can be the intel and keep any danger at bay.

Where we’re left here though is wondering if Liam and Amy will be safe for now or if they will continue to fend off attacks.  We know that Amy’s got a sense of when things aren’t right and she continues to get those feelings throughout the story.  We also wonder if there will ever be a time when Chad and Amy can be together without fear.  I don’t know that it’s possible since they are still trying to protect the cylinder and it’s power.

My question now becomes whether we’ll get a next installment and what that will include.  who it will focus on and all that.  We hear about the development of ‘The Circle’ who are supposed to protect the secrets of the cylinder, but that’s the extent of it.  i feel like we need to see that through a bit more.

There’s also the bit about Tellar and Coco’s history.  i feel like that could make for a great supplemental story since there’s a past and i feel like there’s a potential future.  I also don’t know that i trust Gia yet fully either – so we need to see that through.

While all this is going on though, we get what our lovely author is known for.  AMAZING chemistry, heat and anxiety.  What Liam and Amy share comes off the pages with such intensity that there’s no doubt that they will do whatever they can do make each other happy.

So on that note, i’m hopeful that we’ll get a book 5, and i hope you guys all have a nice weekend!

Review: Forsaken (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title:  Forsaken
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 8/8/15
Length:  234 pages
Series:  The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #3

Overview

n this third book in the sexy, suspenseful “The Secret Life of Amy Bensen” series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, we meet Amy’s brother Chad—and the woman who either loves him or wants him dead.

Six years ago, Chad’s hunt for a dangerous treasure turned deadly when his family home was set on fire, his parents killed. Faking his and his sister Amy’s death to protect her from further retaliation, he set her up in a new life with a friend’s help, letting her believe he’d died.

But now the men who hired Chad to find the treasure have found him, imprisoning and torturing him to learn where it’s hidden. A dark-haired beauty named Gia helps him escape, promising him access to his worst enemy. And as he tries to unravel the deep secrets of the past, he starts falling for her…only to discover she’s not what she seems.

Unable to trust anyone, Chad focuses on only two things: protecting his sister Amy and getting revenge. Is love even possible in the midst of heartache?

My Thoughts

it’s been a while since i’ve been immersed in this series, and i’m thrilled that we got a third installment, and the lead into a 4th and potentially final installment soon.  When we left off in book 2, Amy sort of found out that her brother Chad was actually alive – after thinking that he died in the fire six years before.

Well, of course things HAVE to get complicated – since this is Chad’s story, and we know that as a treasure hunter and the treasure being the reason for the deaths and having to go into hiding – things are going to get dicey.  The underlying issue here is trust – who can you trust, and what makes you feel like you can or can’t trust those people.  We find that there was mislaid trust in a few places,and quite a bit of fear and skepticism in others – but overall, we see that there’s a great dynamic for the characters that we meet and the ones that we ‘fall in love with’

At the onset, Chad meets Gia – who’s his captor of sorts, but who quickly complicates things when she creates a diversion and helps him escape.  As the overview tells us, we can’t quite figure out which side she’s playing and as the story unfurls, we see that there’s so much more there – throughout the whole thing, even to the last page, i’m not sure who’s side she’s really on.  She does a great job at convincing us that she’s on Chad’s side, that she’s against Sheridan, but i don’t know – something just doesn’t feel right.

Jared comes back into the picture – we had met him when he provided information and coverage for Amy, and now he’s helping Chad out again.  He’s the one guy that Chad’s felt that he could trust, and i guess that’s the question right?  When and if he’s captured – how far will that trust go.  Will he be turned?  has he been turned already?  that’s something that we find out.  We can only hope that his loyalty to his close friend and the fact that Chad will always protect him and compensate him will mean something.  \

There’s a lot going on in this story.  the budding romance between Chad and Gia which i;m not sure if it’s right or not.  There’s definitely chemistry, but not the sort of heat and passion that i’m used to from Ms Jones.  I feel like it’s more about the story with them than the passion, but that’s just my opinion.  We also see Amy and Liam pop back into this installment and those 2 are a couple that i love and adore.  I’ve always wanted to believe that Liam is a good guy, and while Chad’s trying to poke holes in him, i feel like we get to see the man shine through.  and the love and adoration between him and Amy – well that’s still something that we can feel and is truly tangible.

Then there’s the story about the cylinder that’s being hunted – who’s hands will it be in at the end of all this and will they ever be safe?  I hope that we get to see something good happen for these folks – although my guess is that we’re not going to get an easy go at it.  We’ve been waiting for Meg to pop back up again and she hasn’t so my guess is that’s going to happen in book 4.  we’re going to see Amy and Liam’s relationship field some hardship i’m sure – and i guess we’ll see if Gia and Chad are on the same team after all.  All in all, a great set up to the next book.  Happy Tuesday all and enjoy!