Thursday, June 9, 2011

WOW: Wolfsbane

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event I am joining, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Wolfsbane (Nightshade, #2)
Andrea Cremer
Releases July 26, 2011

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended–Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer–one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack–and the man–she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: Savor the Danger (#3 Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series)

By Lori Foster
Releases June 28, 2011
Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley for review.

The one woman he couldn't have was the only woman he desired…
She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can't forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty—with no memory of what happened—he knows he's been drugged… even if Alani doesn't.

After she was kidnapped, Alani swore she'd never trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. As Jackson hunts downs a mysterious intruder, he swears he'll move heaven and earth to keep Alani safe. But what really happened that night? And will the truth bring them closer than they ever thought possible—or put Alani squarely in harm's way again?

We met and learned Alani’s horrible human trafficking story in When You Dare which basically started this whole series. Alani is loved by her big over protective brother Trace and his pseudo-big brother Dare and they are doing all they can to take out anyone involved in the human trafficking circles. One of their partners in crime is the sexy, cocky Jackson Savor. So many questions readers wanted to know in Trace of Fever when Jackson made his appearance with his entertaining banter with Priss are answered in Savor the Danger.

Can’t really stay much because it is such a great book that I would hate to spoil it for anyone. In Trace of Fever readers easily see Jackson has had a thing for Alani. Readers also know something will happen between them but not so quickly. The opening scene is Jackson wakes up in bed with a naked Alani. Alani is in next-morning bliss until she realizes Jackson doesn’t remember anything. How horrible for her, how horrible for him. He has been trying to get in Alani’s pants and now he succeeds, he can’t remember any of it. Why can’t he remember? What happened to him? Is Alani safe with him?

There are some new characters, a feisty twenty year old bad ass with a trucker’s mouth. I love the dangerous, mysterious man who is immediately interested in this chickie. Some very fun scenes involving these two readers will greatly enjoy. I hope they have a book next.

Favorite Quotes:
“We have to figure this out, Jackson, so leash the lust.”
His chin went up as he stared down at her. “Woman, you ask the impossible.”
“Do it anyway!”

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Trace of Fever (#2 Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series)

By Lori Foster
Releases June 2011
Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley for review.

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….

After Trace’s sister was taken by human traffickers he has made it his mission in life to kill all involved. He is very protective of all women; he doesn’t want any to suffer like Alani did. He uses his skills to become the number one bodyguard for the evil Murray Coburn. He is very good at his job because being around Murray tests one’s control and skills. He is a sick, twisted individual with an equally sick, twisted girlfriend, Hell. Yes a very appropriate name for her. It was extremely easy to hate these two.

A major wrench in Trace’s plans is a woman who claims to be Murray’s daughter, Priss. Trace tries everything to protect her but she is determined to kill Murray and is not going anywhere. Unlike the other women in this series, she wasn’t taken by human traffickers, her mother was. She wants revenge for her mother. Trace and Priss have major chemistry and even when Murray orders Trace to find out personally if Priss is as innocent as she seems Trace won’t disrespect her. He plays his role well by getting Priss slutty clothes and takes a picture just to get under her skin. Hopefully to scare her off to get her away from trouble, it doesn’t work Priss is determined.

Priss drives Trace absolutely nuts, the way only a man in love can be by the women he loves. Priss is brave and puts herself in danger. He tells her to stay and she moves, he tells her to shh and she talks. I love their relationship. Priss had a sheltered childhood so Trace is her first for many things. However, Matt, the gay hairdresser is her first dance. I love Priss and Matt’s friendship even though Trace might kill him. Trace is surprised by his possessiveness but cannot stop. Poor Matt, I do love him.

We get introduced to the cocky Jackson Savor who we can already tell has a thing for Trace’s little sister Alani. Jackson looks like a beautiful beach bum but he’s just as dangerous as his partners, Dare and Trace. He is reliable backup for Trace when he needs it for Priss. One of the funniest scenes is Jackson saving Priss right out of the shower. Oh yes! I am very excited for Jackson’s book Savor the Danger.

Trace asked Jackson, “Why the hell are you even here?”
Jackson looked far too uneasy for Trace’s peace of mind. “I know you didn’t want me here. I got the message loud and clear when you cut the call. Thing is, your little lady was damned insistent that I do something.”
“Like get stunned and tied up?”
“You try planning with a hellcat breathing fire in your ear, making demands, prodding you-“
“She’s a terror. That name doesn’t suit her at all.”