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Into the Mist

by Maya Banks, Nia Partington (Narrator)
Audio EditionRead June 29, 2015

Original Release Date: February 5, 2008

Length: 237 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 of the Falcon Mercenary Group series

One woman’s mission to bring down a sexy elemental shifter turns into a battle of wills…and hearts.

Hostage recovery specialist Eli Chance has a secret. He was born a shifter. A freak of nature.

While on a mission, Eli’s men and their mercenary guide are exposed to a powerful chemical agent, and suddenly his secret has become easier to hide. Now he’s not the only one with the gift. But for his men, this “gift” is becoming more and more of a curse.

Tyana Berezovsky’s brother Damiano was the guide for Eli’s team and was the worst affected by the chemical. As he grows increasingly unstable, Tyana fears she’s going to lose him to the beast he is becoming.

Tyana will do whatever it takes to help him, even if it means using her body to go after the one man she thinks holds all the blame—and possibly the cure. Eli Chance.

Product Warnings: Violence, blood, guns, knives, ass kicking, people who do mean things, bad people dying, explicit sex and smart mouths.

My Take:

Maya Banks seems to be hit or miss for me. My favorite books by her were the Highlander books, but I wasn’t in love with Rush (see below). This one was kind of in between in the enjoyment level. It starts off with sex and seduction, it has some story, which is fun, then more sex and seduction. I kind of like Tyana, I would like her more if she wasn’t so inwardly weepy, but she’s an alright character. I like Eli, kind of, they are definitely two peas in a pod.

So Eli is a shifter by birth, his parents were not, he just happened to be that way. He happened to be in an ops group that were sprayed with a chemical agent that turned everyone in to shifters. They, however, can’t control themselves, have no control when shifted, and are being driven slowly mad. One of these guys is Tyana’s ‘brother’ and Tyana goes after Eli looking for answers. No one knows he was born this way, he just let everyone believe he was changed during the accident. So we have a bit of cat and mouse. We also throw in a super bad guy and lack of communication, then we have the chaos that is Tyana and Eli’s life. If you take out all the superfluous sex scenes, which are not that great honestly, then the story is pretty darn good. We add the sex and you’re just like WTF ARE YOU DOING PEOPLE! Both Eli and Tyana and the entire Falcon Mercenary group are ‘people without a country’. They all got kicked out for being dumb or mercenaries, or getting blamed for shit they didn’t do, but whatever. It’s a quick read, the narrator did a great job if you’re looking for a commuter book….just don’t turn it up in the subway or during a car pool, then it might get awkward.

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Rush

by Maya Banks
Kindle EditionRead May 26, 2014

Original Release Date: February 5, 2013

Length: 413 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 of the Breathless series

Gabe, Jace, and Ash: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Gabe, it’s making one particular fantasy come true with a woman who was forbidden fruit. Now she’s ripe for the picking…

When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.

Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s fourteen years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

My Take:

I had such high hopes when I picked this book up. I had several friends who loved the series, I have seen great reviews, so…high hopes. Plus, I loved the McCabe series that Ms. Banks wrote, it was fantastic. So again I thought, well…maybe this one will be as awesome as they say. Then I remembered those friends that loved this also loved the Fifty Shades series…and we all knowthat turned out well.

I was open-minded and hopeful, until the end of the forward, when there is already mention of a contract.

Really? Really? A contract. This was like a mind slap. I knew that this was already on a downward spiral. I kept reading. I did I read ALLLL of it. I did not like it, not one bit. Maybe a little, but it was weird, it just was so annoying! Don’t get me wrong, it was not as terrible as Fifty Shades. Maybe, if I had read this one first I wouldn’t have been as down on the whole idea of Gabe and Mia. Mia a grown adult who has lived through difficult times and was raised by her brother and his friends. Gabe was one of those friends. Mia has always been in to him, and he was in to her once it was legal to be in to her? Maybe, that’s how it sounded. Once she became womanly. So this was the same kind of book, not so much with the bondage as Fifty was, but Gabe is a jerk. A world-class jerk. I mean hey here’s my girl friend boys I’ll tie her up and walk away and leave her helplessly naked and vulnerbale…but you better not touch her, unless she says it’s ok. Yeah Gabe, that’s a smart idea. Uh, it was frustrating. You’d think he’d get a clue. I would never have stuck around with a guy who so obviously doesn’t give a crap about me. Oh, but NO! That just made the relationship better. It’s crazy, crazy I tell you.

I hear the next book is the best one. Luckily it’s not about Gabe, it is about Jace, Mia’s brother. Who seemingly only has sex with women along with his best friend. Which is weird…I mean I don’t know how normal it is to only have sex with your best guy friend and another woman, always….every time. I don’t know. I’ll read it, I read all of Fifty. I just need to walk away from everything for a while.

Quote:

“Just because it wasn’t physical adultery doesn’t mean it wasn’t emotional adultery. And sometimes emotional adultery is the hardest to get over.”

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Surrender Your Love

by J.C. Reed
Kindle EditionRead October 25, 2013

Original Release Date: March 11, 2013

Length: 324 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 of the Surrender Your Love series

Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.

Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.

When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.

A man who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross…and secrets laid bare.

My Take:

Why do I keep reading these books? Why Oh Why? I don’t like most of them, maybe I’m hoping for that one diamond in the rough, the book that I can’t stop thinking about even though it wasn’t the best ever but man it made me want to read the story over and over. I think I can say in the “New Adult” Genre only one book has stood out, this was not that book. In fact I read this book last week, and it took me a few minutes to even remember what this book was about. I read the description and was just thrown back into the blah factor.

It is so trying to be all 50 Shades, but on its own. We have a sex contract, but not all BDSM sex contract. It’s a you’re my employee and I want to sleep with you so sign this document that says you won’t sue me or talk about us, kind of contract. You know that this guy is full of lies and deceit, when your boss wants to meet you in a strip club, well lets not put a big stake in that guy. Also, when said guy practically stalks you, that’s pretty weird too. There are so many lies and deceitful things going on that you wonder why women want to lust after a fictional guy like this. Oh we know in the next two books something will happen and he’ll redeem himself, but really, would you ever trust him again? Really? Ladies and Gentlemen let us hold higher standards for the people who are lust worthy, because these characters just were kind of pathetic to me.

That being said, you know I’ll read the rest of these, just like I read all of 50 Shades…maybe they’ll improve, maybe they won’t but man, the first one sure did annoy me.

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“The guy was a piece of sin. If he were the devil holding a contract, this would be the moment I might just give in to temptation and sign over my soul.”

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Never Love a Highlander

by Maya Banks
Audio EditionRead September 7, 2013

Original Release Date: January 1, 2011

Length: 305 pages

Official Description: This is book #3 of the McCabe Trilogy

Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Never Love a Highlander, the youngest McCabe brother uses sword and seduction to save his clan—and seal his heart.

Caelen McCabe’s young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother’s jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing.

As the sacrificial lamb in her father’s power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation. Despite everything, though, the heat in Caelen’s touch melts her defenses, and she craves the sensual delights of a husband who guards his emotions as fiercely as his clan. But when the ultimate battle for the McCabe legacy is upon them, Rionna’s true warrior spirit emerges. She will risk the wrath of her father, the fury of her enemies, and her life to prove to Caelen that his wife’s love is too precious to lose.

My Take:

This is it, the final book in the McCabe trilogy! I was happy to read this one, because I had enjoyed the other two. Instead of reading this I actually got the audio book because I had to go on a road trip all by my self so might as well get some ‘reading’ in if I was going to be in the car for hours! So I wasn’t loving this one as much as the others at first, because it seemed to be a little too much alpha male going on and super cheesy sex scenes. I mean it’s weird reading about wombs having feelings. Did the other books have that? Maybe I over looked it because I was reading them, or maybe we’ve gotten too clichéd being the third in the series of books about brothers. So once we get to the meat of the story and get past all the sexy times, I really started to enjoy the book, I liked Caelen, but not as much as his other brothers, but I liked Rionna better than the other girls. Why do I like Rionna? Well, she’s a warrior, she’s been rejected by two of the McCabe’s and she’s determined to make the best of the situation, she even try’s to become all proper and lady like. I like that she’s a warrior women, that she’s tough as nails but still soft. I love the relationship that blooms between Caelen and Rionna, and I think the ending had the most meaningful moment in the whole trilogy.

Now that this whole series is all said and done, I’m going to read Ms. Banks other Highlander series, because she writes highlanders really, really well. I don’t know if I’ll do the audio version, though the narrator did do a good job, but I think it kind of becomes awkward at times.

Quote:

“Love required sacrifice. It required trust and faith. It required making yourself completely vulnerable to the one you loved.”

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Seduction of a Highland Lass

by Maya Banks
Kindle EditionRead August 17, 2013

Original Release Date: September 27, 2011

Length: 354 pages

Official Description: This is book #2 of the McCabe Trilogy

In Seduction of a Highland Lass, an indomitable Highland warrior is caught between loyalty and forbidden love. Fiercely loyal to his elder brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires. An outcast from her own clan, Keeley McDonald was betrayed by those she loved and trusted. When the wounded warrior falls from his horse, she is drawn to his strong, lean body. The wicked glint in his green eyes ignites a passion that will follow them back to Alaric’s keep, where their forbidden love draws them deeper into the pleasures of the flesh. But as conspiracy and danger circle closer, Alaric must make an impossible choice: Will he betray his blood ties for the woman he loves?

My Take:

I really liked Alaric in the first book of this trilogy, he just seemed really interesting, but I’ll have to admit I thought it would be difficult to top Ewan and Mairin’s story. I actually thought that this book was a little better, I can’t put my finger on why, maybe it was the forbidden love thing, maybe it was the ups and downs that occurred periodically throughout the story. I don’t know what it is but I just really loved this book and I couldn’t put it down, this is one of those that I stayed up until I was finished with it. I love the setting that these characters are in, the loyalty, the ambition, the honor, and the women aren’t soft characters, they have substance. This is not often the case in historical fiction, often women are written as weak, in need of a man for purpose and I absolutely love that. Alaric was such a strong personality (IMO) in the first book I just knew he would be incredibly dynamic in his own story, which is a continuation of the plot in the first one with Duncan trying to be all bad, he sets off to do his duty to wed Rionin and gets injured and stumbles onto Keeley who’s a healer. They, of course, have an attraction but fight it because of Alaric’s upcoming nuptials. I also adore the side characters, I would love to read a story in the POV of Gannon (gosh I don’t remember if I spelled his name right), but he is one of my favorite side characters, I think he’d have an awesome story. So what else can I say? There are lots of ups and downs, some tear jerking moments, some people you want to drown in the loch, but this one was written so very, very well. Loved it.

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“Any lass who can muster the gumption to be contrary is surely not to die.”

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