Review: Savage Hunger (Savage Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Hunger
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/17/19
Length:  185 Pages
Series:  Savage Trilogy #1

Overview

The first book in a new savagely intense trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

Rick Savage, but they call him Savage and for a reason. He can make you laugh and then rip your heart out. No one knows that more than me, Candace Marks, the woman he left bleeding from the heart. I loved him. Lord help me, I’ve never stopped loving him.

Now, I’m engaged to another man, a brutal man I’m trapped into marrying, when to my shock, Savage returns home. Savage who I haven’t heard from in years. I want to hate him. I have ever reason to hate him, but I can’t. I still love him and I fear he will save me just to leave me bleeding one last time. He stirs my desires, a dark, delicious, and dangerous man destined to hurt me and leave me. This time I’m not sure I’ll survive.

My Thoughts

i LOVE Savage – you all probably know that by now from all the endless stories from LRJ that have anyone from Walker involved. He’s mysterious sure, but he’s got this amazing sense of humor that comes out at all times, and he’s loyal to a fault. We saw him get close to someone sort of in a previous series, when he was protecting a girl from a man who everyone thought was dirty CIA, and now we see why he’s so quick to defend and protect.

We pick up this series when the Walker guys are blowing off some steam at a bar, and someone from Savage’s past that he’d rather keep there comes around, cashing in a favor that he feels he’s owed from their shared days in black ops. Mind you, this guy Tag is dirty and everyone knows it. Savage decides that he can’t say no to this debt because 1) it’s a blood oath of sorts that he can’t back away from and 2) he needs to protect Walker from his past and this is the only / best way. So this mission that Tag needs him to go on, sends him straight back to his past in San Antonio, to kill someone, and to dig up all the ghosts from his past in the form of his family and his love.

This is where Candace comes in – the one woman that Savage ever loved and the one woman that could break hm. There are clearly still feelings between them, and feelings that neither can deny, even though Candace feels so betrayed and angry at him for leaving her all those years ago.

The irony of all this is that Savage starts to connect the dots that his mission is tied directly to the man that is engaged to Candace now, the man who also is a dirty ex CIA and politician, and a man who seemingly wants her father dead, and has connections that even the Walkers can’t dig up . And yes, the entire Walker firm is behind Savage on this as they protect their family.

In this first installment of Savage’s series, we see him reunite with his love, a woman that he’s not willing to let go again, and we see him still unclear on the motives of Tag and who he wants Savage to kill. There are so many unknowns and as a result, so many different angles that they need to explore in order to keep everyone safe until they get instructions and clarity.

This of course all comes to a head where we are left off in this book with a car chase and no clear idea of who’s behind the wheel of the other car.

In true fashion of our author Lisa Renee Jones, we get quite a bit of emotions in this story. We have intense chemistry and passion between Savage and Candace, we get deep rooted family hatred between Savage and his father. We have mystery and intrigue with the idea that we don’t know what these guys are walking into and we have anxiety since there’s so much illegal connection making going on that there’s no way that everyone will come out unscathed. I’m bummed that i have to wait until the end of Feb for the 2nd book since i’m completely tapped in, but i guess i’ll have to be patient. Enjoy!

Review: Strange New World (Brave New Girl #2) by Rachel Vincent

Title: Strange New Girl
Author:  Rachel Vincent
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 5/8/18
Length:  272 Pages
Series:  Brave New Girl #2

Overview

Dahlia 16’s life is a lie. The city of Lakeview isn’t a utopia that raises individuals for the greater good; it is a clone farm that mass-produces servants for the elite. And because Dahlia breaks the rules, her sisters–the 4,999 girls who share her face–are destroyed. She and Trigger 17, the soldier who risked his life for hers, go on the run, escaping into the wild outside the city walls. But it turns out Dahlia has one remaining identical, one who shouldn’t even exist.

Waverly Whitmore is teenage royalty, a media sensation with millions of fans who broadcasts her every move–including every detail of her wedding planning, leading up to the day she marries Hennessy Chapman. Waverly lives a perfect life built on the labors of clones like Dahlia. She has no idea that she too is a clone . . . until she comes face to face with Dahlia.

One deadly secret. Two genetic sisters. And a world that isn’t big enough for both of them.

My Thoughts

This story continues as we see what it’s like living outside Lakeview and trying to keep things a secret. Waverly is quite possible the most noticeable face out there and ironically the Administrator doesn’t even know what’s happened – meaning that Waverly has 5000 identicals. This story takes us from seeing Dahlia and Trigger try to escape Lakeview, to getting ‘discovered’ by Waverly’s friends as a means to get out of Lakeview (without even knowing who Waverly is mind you) and then figuring out how everyone can move forward once everything comes to a head.

We left off book 1 seeing the car pull up to the Witmores house and seeing Waverly in shock, her mother Lorna freak out, and Hennesy and the others really confused. From there, we see eyes become open, and we get to see things unravel and yet get pulled together all at the same time.

Lorna is forced to explain what she went through with her husband years ago to have a child, giving Waverly’s father a shock of a lifetime since the decision wasn’t his to go the route they did. We watch Waverly come to terms with the notion that she’s a clone and as a result, she’s not able to have children, and she has an expiration date. We see her also being forced to take a back seat to her wedding etc since there were events that have taken place that force Dahlia into the role of lead.

There’s also the undertone that continues here of young love – Trigger and Dahlia have a story line of their own that we want to root for, that we want to see flourish since they are a couple that’s fighting the odds to be together. They still don’t know what the future holds for them, but what they feel for each other is real. Just what Hennessey and Waverly have.

Then there’s the political bit of the story. Knowing that the Administrator has recalled all of Dahlia’s genome, 4,999 girls to be euthanized, yet we learn that the intention isn’t that at all. It’s for the girls to be sold at a discount price now since killing them would mean a significant loss of revenue. There’s a battle between what Waverly’s mom means to do with them and what Lakeview will do and we have to hope for the best since we know that neither can be trusted.

At the same time, we see Waverly truly come to terms with what she is, and what that means for her once the truth is out. She’s not the original, so she essentially is a clone with no rights, and that means that whatever she wants to do isn’t possible. She also has her eyes opened by the other clones in her family’s employ to the notion that clones are fully capable of free thought, of being unique and of being normal, and it’s a quest that she takes on to help prove her point. When Dahlia inadvertently forces her hand to make a grand statement that they want to make clones people, well the crap hits the fan yet again.

From this point on it’s a rollercoaster. There’s a plan crafted to make everyone in the world know the truth about clones and that they are fully capable of being the same as everyone else. there’s the education to the folks in Lakeview that what they’ve been told their whole life is very far from reality and that they should have a chance at something more.

Trigger, Dahlia, Hennessey and Waverly take it upon themselves to try to change the world, and that’s not an easy pill to swallow. There’s going to be destruction. There’s a high chance at failure, and we know that there’s no way for a complete happy ending. At least we should hope for the best, and if you read this second book of the series, you’ll get to watch how it plays out. Enjoy!

Review: Brave New Girl (Brave New Girl #1) by Rachel Vincent

Title: Brave New Girl
Author:  Rachel Vincent
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 5/9/17
Length:  272 Pages
Series:  Brave New Girl #1

Overview

In a world where everyone is the same, one girl is the unthinkable: unique. A high-stakes fast-paced series launch from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent.

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.

Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him she realizes she’s flawed, too.

But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different? But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be destroyed, ONE BY ONE BY ONE. . . .

My Thoughts

I was looking for something different to read and I have to say that t here are times w hen good cover are really manage to get me sucked in. This cover though seems to remind me of something else that I’ve read over the years, I’m just not able to put my finger on what exactly yet.

Anyhow, just like the summary tells us, we are in a time when people are manufactured based on genomes, with the intention to make the best of the best for an entire generation of sorts. Essentially 5,000 girls and 5,000 boys in each year, created for a specific purpose. No one knows exactly what, but that’s part of the intrigue.

we follow Dahlia 16 from the time she was Dahlia 6 i think until now, when she’s grown, she’s showing traits of being the best in her age group and she’s got pride for that – she’s competitive and proud. Yet, that’s a problem since the genomes are developed so that there’s no competition, that no one feels better than anyone else. When she’s recognized for her gardening ability, the way that she’s able to grow better fruits and vegetables faster and of better quality than almost anyone else. That’s when things go in a different direction for her. She’s called to the management bureau and there she’s given the proposition of being an instructor, which is an interesting proposition for her. It means that she wont’ go into the work force like her identicals, but it’s a prestige role. On her way out of the office though, if she felt that her life hadn’t changed enough, she gets stuck in an elevator with a cadet. Trigger17 and that is what throws her path completely off.

Trigger17 is the best in his cadet class, and that’s allowed since Defense personnel are supposed to have competition and pride. When there’s an immediate attraction between the two, and we know that Dahlia’s not supposed to talk to anyone, we can only imagine what is going to happen next.

The balance of the story is intense. We watch how these two can’t stay away from one another, but they know that it’s too dangerous to be together. They also find out more about Dahlia’s history and make-up which completely changes everything that we knew. We’re left on such a cliff hanger of sorts seeing how things have evolved and the trouble that’s occurred. There are mass killings, hope is lost, fugitives, an entirely unknown society and town. Everything that people knew from Lakeview their town proves to be something completely different.

I’m excited to see where this story goes since we’re now in a completely different place both physically and mentally than where we started and this means that there’s an opportunity to see these teens grow and learn things for themselves. We don’t know who we can trust and who’s going to go against us. There are so many questions and so few answers to this point, but the notion of the wild, freedom, and teen romance is enough to keep this story going at full speed. Enjoy!

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Review: Wish List by Sylvia Day

Title: Wish List
Author:  Sylvia Day
Publisher/Year:  Sylvia Day LLC 12/02/05
Length:  39 Pages

Overview

When Nicholas James draws Stephanie Martin’s name in their law firm’s Secret Santa exchange he knows he’s in for a merry Christmas–if he can figure out what to give the woman he’s wanted for months. When he works late and finds a crumpled piece of paper listing Steph’s personal wish list, he knows he’s in luck. Because all Steph wants for Christmas is him, in a number of naughty ways.

And not-so saintly Nick is going to make every one of her wishes come true.

My Thoughts

It’s been a while since i’ve been in the land of Ms Sylvia Day, and this novella reminded me of what i enjoyed most from her. She’s straight to the point, and packs a punch in a way that makes even a forty page book something that you feel like you’ve been able to sink your teeth into.

This story is so appropriate given the time of year, which i’m guessing is how it came onto my radar. Steph and Nicholas work together at a law firm and we know the kind of personalities that usually run in those places. People who are driven and who often put themselves aside so that they can take care of work and others is the alpha. Both of our leads really fall into that space. But of course, the story is deeper and more complex than even just that.

During Secret Santa, Nicholas is given the chance take action in something that he’s wanted for a long time but thought he’d never have. Steph on the other hand is the recipient of something that she’s not inclined to admit out loud that she wants, so when she gets it, it creates all sorts of problems.

Nicholas, on a silver platter, to serve her fantasies exactly as she’s laid them out. And that’s almost too much to handle.

The story progresses over a matter of a weekend and then several days after where they have no choice but to take action on what’s being offered in front of them, both with the hope that it will scratch an itch that they’re feeling. The challenge though is that this has been building up for so long that there’s really more than meets the eye and that means that someone’s likely to get hurt.

Nicholas pulls out al the stops for Steph, and she doesn’t hesitate to let the fantasy come true, for just a moment. And when that happens, she’s quick to make an exit because she has far too many complications in life that this doesn’t need to be another one. We don’t know much about these complications yet but i think that they are significant to send her running.

When she runs, the trajectory of the story changes and it’s a quick sprint to watch things crumble and send Christmas up in smoke. It’s no surprise and i think that the way that our author writes it shows the reality.

In true form of Ms Sylvia Day, we get to see the intensity and heat shared by this couple, and to watch how quickly they take flight and then crash is on par with the dynamics of other couples that we’ve read in series past. It pulls you in so quickly and makes you not want to let go. I’m not off to find something else to enjoy as a pre-holiday read. Enjoy!

Review: Two Together (Naked Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Two Together
Author:  Lisa Renee Jone
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 11/19/19
Length:  228 Pages
Series:  The Naked Trilogy #3

Overview

The thrilling conclusion to the Naked Trilogy. He came into my life. He took me off guard, consumed me. Claimed me. But there is more to Jax North than meets the eye. There is more to this man than the way he makes me tremble, sigh, and even smile when I didn’t believe I still could smile. And as it turns out the two of us together are far more than fire and passion. The two of us together threaten to expose a secret about Jax, and our families, that not even we know. A secret that someone doesn’t want exposed. A secret that someone will do anything to hide.

My Thoughts

This story is one that is so full of twists and turns that i’m never quite sure what i’m going to get as this final installment takes us on it’s journey. We’ve left off in a complicated space with Jax and Emma. They were brought together by less than savory motives, but they seem to continue to have forces outside of them trying to tear them apart. They are no closer to finding out what happened to Hunter and who was behind it. They don’t know the motivations behind what Chance and Randall are doing, and we know that there’s going to be massive amounts of loss before this book is done.

We pick things back up during the Harvest, when Echo (the long time caretaker of the castle) has gone missing, without a trace. Emma has received a letter that discloses that Hunter is actually her half brother, meaning that he’s not Jax’s full brother but his half brother as well, so there’s even more complexity in their family back story.

We see Jill and Brody continuing to go after Emma, and we see that Chance wants her back home at all costs. This gives the opportunity of success for romance barely a fighting chance. The good thing is that Jax and Emma are true to themselves and true to each other and are willing to be open minded as they see what’s constantly thrown at them.

There’s darkness in this book. We see struggles with addiction, and what that turns into as a result of festering jealousy and hatred. We see excessive measures being taken in the form of kidnapping and where it leads is a very perplexing place. We’re challenged to understand why, who’s behind it and why the drop off location. Whomever is behind it isn’t who we thought.

The struggle is real here and what comes of it is a story of proving out what family truly is. That it’s not necessarily blood since they are the ones who will let you down, but those who chose to be in your life for the right motivations. Secrets on both sides of the coin are revealed and Chance clearly knows more about things than he let on.

Savage continues to play a great role and that’s something that i really love about all series that include a touch of Walker Security. He’s the man that i’ve wanted to see have his own story and a happy ending for a lONG time and based on what i’ve read in the closing notes by Ms Renee Jones here, i’m going to get my wish next week! book 1 of his series i think comes out on December 17th!

I also love that we got to see more of Grayson and Eric – they were favorites of mine from their own series and i’m glad to see that Grayson seems to be getting more to his story as well. So i’m going to sit tight knowing that while Jax and Emma have their closure, we get to see more of the characters that we love the most. on that note, enjoy!

Review: Enamored (The Accidental Billionaire #3) by J.S. Scott

Title: Enamored  
Author:  J.S. Scott
Publisher/Year:  Montlake Publishing 10/15/19
Length:  251 Pages
Series:  The Accidental Billionaire #3

Overview

Like his brothers and sisters, Seth Sinclair went from blue-collar to billionaire overnight, and he’s decided to invest in what he knows best: construction. There’s only one thing in his way—the endangered birds nesting on a piece of prime beachfront real estate. And fighting for the birds is Riley Montgomery, a stubborn, pain-in-the-ass, drop-dead-gorgeous environmental lawyer. The worst part? Seth will do anything to keep her around—even if it means hiring her to be his fake girlfriend.

With a cause to fight for, Riley agrees to Seth’s scheme. If she keeps the superficial women away from Seth, then he’ll leave the wildlife sanctuary alone. But pretending to be his girlfriend comes with ground rules: No ass grabbing. And absolutely no sex. Ever. The problem? The sexual tension sizzles when they’re together.

Seth isn’t so keen on Riley’s rules, but he’ll keep his word, at least until she decides otherwise. But bringing Riley into his circle has brought her past back to haunt her in ways that neither of them expected. Now it’s less about broken rules and more about broken hearts, and Seth will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves.

Overview

I really enjoy this series and the family that we’re following throughout each installment. The story behind the Sinclairs is one that is so complex, and watching how each family member’s own tale unfolds makes it that much more interesting. We’ve seen things work out for Jade, and for Aiden, and now it’s Seth’s turn to see what his path becomes.

Seth is a commercial developer who’s trying to build a resort on a beachfront property that now is apparently the home to an endangered species. This is where Riley comes in – a lawyer who’s personal quest is to ensure that the birds have a place to live forever. Riley has an ally on her side in the form of Jade since she’s always an animal conservationist, and watching the two women double time Seth makes for a great read.

The dynamic between these two characters is different from what we’ve seen in the series so far. They spent more time fighting with each other than is necessary, since Riley has walls that she needs to keep up while Seth wants nothing more than to break them down. We don’t know exactly what’s made Riley into the tough woman that she is, we only get a bit of the story, but we know that it has to be deep and that’s something that Seth’s willing to be patient with.

The journey that these two go on is an interesting one. Seth agrees to let the property go if Riley complies with a need that he has – to not only have an appropriate girlfriend on his hard in looks, but also as a means for him to get to know Riley better and see what’s there. He’s like all other Sinclairs in the sense that when he falls, he falls hard and that’s what happened when he met Riley. On the other hand though, Riley has no desire to be in a relationship, she’s shunned that for a while now and the innuendos that Seth puts on make her uncomfortable.

We go up and down with them during this installment, watching emotions develop but at the same time seeing what jealousy and distrust do as well. It’s hard to see how this can have a positive outcome, but we can only hope for the best. It’s only after a series of events lands someone in the hospital that we’re forced to see the bigger picture in how things should be. That may be apart though , and i think that as a reader we need to come to terms with it.

It’s a roller coaster but a good one! As was the case as well with the prior books, we get a tease as to what the next installment will be like. My guess – Noah. the eldest brother, the one who’s had to take on all the responsibility in the past to raise the kids and keep the family together, and that’s shaped him into a man who’s too serious and stressed and who thinks that there’s no one out there for him because he has no need to look. I can only hope that he finds a woman who will flip his world over and i’m sure that book will be intense. I can’t wait – enjoy!