Monday, August 24, 2015

Books, books, and more books for August

Books, books, and more books for August:

Riding Dirty (Dirty Eleven #1)

My review of RIDING DIRTY by Jill Sorenson:

First the blurb:

He's her weapon of choice...

Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole "Shank" Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband's killers—members of Cole's rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it's already too late.…

Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell them out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she's evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body… until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they'll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that's dangerously real.

What I thought:

This was my first read by Jill Sorenson, and I'm hooked. Compelling characters. The sex is smoking hot.  It's fast paced and loaded with all the feels. I will definitely pick up the next one in this series. I highly recommend for those who like their romance on the steamier side.

I give it four red-hot stars **** and can't wait to devour the next in the series.

Buy it on Amazon or find more links and reviews on Goodreads.

The Heartbeat Thief

My review of THE HEARTBEAT THIEF by A.J. Krafton:

First the blurb:

Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.

In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her.
But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death—and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.

So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible—he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it…

When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death—but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.

It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever. From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…

How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?

What I thought:

I wanted to love this. The cover is gorgeous and the premise sounds great, but it was just too slow for me. The writing is edited--no typos--but the narrative is mostly exposition. I kept waiting for action that never happened. The pacing never picked up and I just couldn't get into it. For someone who likes a slower pace, maybe this would be a good fit, but for me it was only two stars.

To check it out, find it on Amazon or go to Goodreads for more reviews and links.

And then tell me what you think. I'm always looking for recommendations, so drop me a comment with your favorite reads or find me on twitter @ChellyPike.

Happy reading,

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