Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Revenant (Demonica #11; Lords of Deliverance #6) by Larissa Ione

HELL HATH NO FURY . . .

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her . ..

Revenant is reeling from having his memory restored after thousands of years. He goes from being all alone, causing havoc in hell, where he grew up and now lives, to having a family, a twin brother and a history that includes him being an angel, and not with the “fallen” before the title. His twin brother Reaver and he don’t exactly get along, there’s a ton of bad blood and misconceptions between them so while Revenant is now living with the full impact of his entire history, he’s still seen as the enemy by his family. He comes off as a snarky, sarcastic asshole but the rejection he’s still getting from Reaver, Heaven and the Horsemen cuts him deeper than he lets on. And then he meets Blaspheme and wants her. In bed. Against a wall. Doesn’t matter, he wants this female and sets out to get her.

Blas is hiding her own huge secret. She’s believed to be a false angel, but really she’s one of the most hunted people by both heaven and hell. The daughter of an angel and fallen angel, her kind is killed, no questions asked. She’s been living under a masking spell for years but it’s wearing off and she doesn’t know what do to. It’s during this time she meets Revenant and doesn’t give him the time of day at first, but he’s a pest and keeps showing up making it impossible for her to ignore him. Once she starts to learn more about Revenant, what’s he’s been through and what he’s currently going through, she starts to open her heart to him because fighting it was getting her nowhere.

This book confused me. Not in the story sense, I always love getting back into the Demonica world and seeing past characters come back to life on page. Story wise with the fight between heaven and hell and Revenant being right smack dab in the middle of it was interesting and the final battle is bloody, and an ultimate fight to end the threat to everyone we’ve come to know and love over the course of this series. Revenant, this guy had me cracking up. Some of the things he said and did, he’s ruthless but really only because he doesn’t trust easy and he’s never had anyone for thousands and thousands of years actually care about him. Blas does, she cares and she worries and it knocks Revenant for a loop and I liked seeing some good come into Revenant’s life. He starts and ends the book with snippy sarcasm, which I got a kick out of, but he’s actually living by books end, even though the final battle with Satan takes him right to edge and even over it.

Where I was a little let down was with Blas. I can’t put my finger on what it was about her that I didn’t connect with, but there was just something missing. I didn’t fall in love with her like I have other heroines in this series and I often found myself frustrated by either her actions or the things she’d say, especially to Revenant. Their relationship was good, but it felt almost like they fell into it. I needed more relationship between them and that might be where my disconnect with Blas came in.

While Revenant had both hit and misses for me, I would recommend this book if for no other reason than to get to know Revenant. His life has been miserably hard and seeing him start to have some good come into it was a fun, satisfying journey. I especially loved the scenes between Revenant and Reaver – brothers who needed to work through a lot to get to a better place. I’m not sure if this is a stand out in the series for me, but Ione always brings the humor which I enjoy and if you love a snarky tortured hero, look no further than Revenant.


Rating: B-

Release Date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: Darkness Falls (Dark Angels #7) by Keri Arthur

New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur brings her Dark Angels series to a breathtaking conclusion as half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones treads a knife’s edge between the salvation of the human race and its total annihilation.

The search for the last key to the gates of hell has begun, and half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is in more danger than ever—and one misstep could prove ruinous. It's only a matter of time before Madeleine Hunter, the dangerous head of the vampire council, begins her hunt for complete domination. And for Risa, that comes with an alarming ultimatum: hand over the last key to Hunter or, one by one, her loved ones will die.

Now, it’s a race against time for Risa to save those she loves, and to stop Hunter's apocalyptic plan to open the very gates of hell.

It’s finally here, the final showdown between Risa and her two enemies – a sorceress hell bent on finding the last key, and Hunter a crazy, vampire/maenad using the power of her God to be virtually unbeatable. She’s also intent on getting her hands on the final key – a key that would take down all barriers to hell. Add in that Risa’s pregnant and is willing to do anything to keep the man she loves safe as well as their unborn child and she’s in for the fight of her life.

First off, I was beyond confused at the start of this book. It picks up right where the prior book left off and unfortunately, that read for me was long enough ago that it took me a good 20% to get comfortable with the story and the past events that eventually started coming back to me. It just meant that instead of getting right back into the action, the first part of the book left me confused and trying to figure out who was who, what part they’re playing the story and in Risa’s life and there are a lot of things recalled from past events. But by the midway point the story picked up, the pace was fast and I finally “got it.” Not sure if it taking to the midway point is a good thing, but by then I was back in the story and ready for the big final showdown that’s been building since book one.

Risa’s grown so much since the series started and in the end, while it takes different people to help her in various ways, whether it’s providing information or items in her preparation for the final fight against Hunter. It ends up being a fight that will only be Hunter against Risa, no one else. Honestly, with the HUGE buildup this has, I was expecting something a little…more. I can’t say it’s a fight that’s over fast, but in a way, it kind of was. Is the ending satisfying? Absolutely, but I was left feeling a little underwhelmed with the climax of not only the book but the series.

Aside from Azriel, the supporting characters weren’t major players here. For their safety, Risa convinces nearly everyone to escape and hide, putting themselves out of Hunter’s path. It makes sense as this is Risa’s final battle to face herself, but with the, in my opinion, major thing that happened to her best friend Illiana in the last book, it was pretty much shoved aside. Maybe it’s a case of it happened, and that’s that. But I wanted a little more for her friends who have been with her on this dangerous and crazy ride rather than just a few sentences to wrap up their stories.

I’ve been a huge fan of the romance between Risa and Azriel from the start. And yes spoiler alert, they get their happy ending. Which isn’t so much of a spoiler as it’s been clear over the past couple of books that’s where they were heading. I missed some of the steamy, sexiness they brought earlier in the series though. Their romance takes a backseat to everything else, but they do provide some very sweet scenes together.

Overall, I enjoyed this series very much. I’ve watched Risa grow up from the young girl we first met in Riley Jenson’s series to a strong, fierce heroine who grew into a woman not to be messed with. I only hope that Keri Arthur spins off this series yet again, as I’m not ready to let any of these characters go.


Rating: B

Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Signet
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels) by Sarah MacLean

She is the most powerful woman in Britain,
A queen of the London Underworld ...
But no one can ever know.


He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth,
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

The mysterious Chase, a person feared among the men of the ton. Chase created a gaming hell with three partners where the price of membership is a man’s secrets. Chase has been collecting secrets for years and uses them ruthlessly and when it suits him, his business and his partners. Only Chase isn’t a man bending and twisting other men to his will. Chase is Lady Georgiana, in one of the best reveals (No Good Duke Goes Unpunished) I’ve read in a long time and she’s created a life for herself and her daughter. But while Chase is feared yet faceless and unknown to society, Lady Georgiana has lived in the middle of scandal for years, becoming pregnant and unwed, she and her now nine year old daughter are cast out. Georgiana could care less but she wants more for her daughter than to be the butt of comics in the weekly scandal newssheet. She plans to marry for a title, which won’t make their past go away, but it will hopefully give her daughter a better future and chance at happiness. The man Georgiana has selected is in debt at The Fallen Angel and should he not come around to ask her to marry him, she’ll blackmail him with the secrets Chase knows. But to do that and to sway society’s opinion of her, she needs Duncan West to stop publishing those negative comics and to start painting her in a better light. People will believe anything they read and she needs West to paint the proper picture for her.

Duncan West has secrets of his own, ones he’s desperate to not let get out. But he too has lived under another man’s thumb for far too long, bending to his will. But everything he’s done has been to protect his sister. When his enemy starts calling in more dangerous “favors”, West is tired of it and wants dirt on Tremley so he can turn the blackmailing around and live free of Tremley and his threats once and for all. This all turns into a dangerous triangle with West/Chase/Tremley and when you toss in Georgiana and her other alias, the prostitute Anna (I love this heroine!), things really get interesting with all these various power players holding their own secrets as well as secrets that others have or are trying to hide.

Confused yet? Never fear, I couldn’t do a proper recap justice, just roll with the fact that the infamous Chase is really Georgiana and playing this man is turning out to be more trouble than he’s ever been worth. Georgiana is desperate to give her daughter a better shot in society than she ever had, but Georgiana also never expected to fall in love with West, a man who’s very successful in his own right, owning various popular newssheets in London, but he’s without a title. That’s the one thing Georgiana is sure will secure her daughter’s future.

I simply loved Duncan and Georgiana together. Their chemistry on page is exciting and they dance around each other so much I couldn’t wait for each little secret they’d reveal about themselves to the other person. Of course the big elephant in the room is always Chase, a man that Duncan is jealous of due to his hold over Anna/Georgiana, and that’s the one truth that I was crazy to get to; the reveal to West about who Chase really is and it’s worth the wait.

While their romance stole my heart, this is Georgiana’s story to tell. How she pulled herself up from complete ruin in society’s eyes, to become a ruler that all men fear – I love that it’s a woman pulling the strings behind the scenes this entire time. She’s strong, fierce and desperate to belong to someone even though she’s certain it’ll never happen. The scenes between Georgiana and West are fantastic but I equally enjoyed seeing the play between Georgiana and her three business partners. It just made me want to go back and reread their books now that I know who Chase really is.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is a great final book to one of my favorite series. To get the full impact of Georgiana and Chase, read this series from the beginning. The payoff when you get this book will be well worth it.


Rating: A

Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Black Widow (Elemental Assassin #12) by Jennifer Estep

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

It’s finally happened – a big bad is hitting Gin where it hurts her most: her friends. The newest Monroe, Madeline, is making life hell for all of Gin’s friends. Whether it’s ruining business contracts, having them sued, accusing them falsely of crimes they didn’t commit, or even having them fired, no one is safe from Madeline and all the rotten people of Ashland that she has in her pocket. And now the nearly unthinkable has happened, Gin’s arrested. Needless to say, her experience in the big house isn’t what you’d expect. She fights, she causes mayhem, she escapes only to be caught in a fire that changes her life.

I have to say I was a little surprised at the overall story arc that took place where M. M. Monroe was concerned. Maybe I was expecting it to be drawn out over a few more books, similar to Mab’s presence earlier in the series. But while there is big fallout, an even bigger fight and a conclusion, there are more threads left hanging and possibly a new (old) direction that Gin’s life is heading in.

Sure, 12 books in there are some of the same elements that show up in every book. Gin gets beat to a pulp, Gin does the beating, the Ashland underworld is still gunning for Gin and her close group of friends. But what I really liked seeing was Gin use her powers in different ways. She finds new ways to escape deadly situations (box of peas, anyone?) and it’s always entertaining to see what trick Gin has up her sleeve to help her out of whatever jam she finds herself in.

The supporting cast is solid, as always. Gin’s core group of people make her stronger and while initially they’re her weakness, the way for any bad guy to get right to Gin’s heart, her people aren’t so easily beat and they all plan a huge con to get Gin in position to face down Madeline, once and for all. While the fight is great, the setting was almost even better, especially considering who their audience is! I always look forward to revisiting Gin and her ever growing group of friends and I found Black Widow to be a solid addition to the series.


Rating: B

Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Light My Fire (Dragon Kin #7) by G.A. Aiken

The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

Celyn the Charming is a personal guard to the Queen…and asker of endless questions. But what the charming dragon hides, even from himself sometimes, is the smart, strategic mind he has. Sure he may annoy his family to death with his constant curiosity and questions, but it’s all information he takes in and uses when needed most. He doesn’t just annoy his family, oh no no no. He also gets under the skin of a Rider, Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains (we shall just call her Elina from this point forward), who is sent by her leader to kill the White Dragon Queen. It’s a death mission since everyone knows Elina will fail and die trying to complete this task. But she has her honor, dammit, and she will take her death should it come. Yeah, it doesn’t. The dragons pretty much find her so adorable for even trying and when Celyn is asked to put her someplace safe he does. And then forgets about her for nine months. Now Annwyl needs her in order to get a meeting with the Mother of the Steppes Riders, Anne Atli, and she asks Elina to do this. Little does Annwyl know, this is another death sentence since no one from Elina’s clan will listen to her much less her clan leader, her own mother, who just needs one reason to be able to kill Elina. And she gets it but not before both Celyn and Elina’s sister jump in to help. Hell breaks loose and what follows is pure entertainment and mayhem: a dragon and a tough ass Rider mate, assassinations are attempted, Annwyl gets the crap beat out of her, and shows up back home bloody and carrying two eyeballs. It’s status quo for this crazy, hilarious, unique series by G.A. Aiken.

If you’re familiar with this series, and really I’d recommend starting at the beginning with this one, you already know that romance doesn’t take center stage. There’s no woo’ing, there’s no big romantic gestures, there’s really no romance to speak of. And Light My Fire almost takes that to another extreme. Elina is one tough woman, living in a culture where one woman has many husbands and having battle scars and being warriors is something that’s seen as strength and power.


Like most Daughters of the Steppes, she’d been taught that men served three purposes – breeding, child rearing, and trash removal.

But Elina is a bit of a black sheep. She’s tough, she’s strong, she’s blunt about what she wants, but she doesn’t have that kill instinct. She enjoys the strategy and was looked down upon in her clan for that. But now, being with the dragons who are all about the “soft, decadent life” as Elina calls it (and she doesn’t mean that as a compliment) she’s accepted for who she is. Annwyl especially takes a liking to her, for as much as Annwyl can like anyone, and Elina finds a home that she never expected to have with the dragons.

Elina and Celyn are tossed together when Celyn is ordered to accompany Elina on her journey back home to try and arrange the meeting Annwyl wants. It’s during this trip that romance blooms. HAHAHA, nah, it’s during this trip that they get down and dirty in the forest, because well for Elina, Celyn is right there and she doesn’t want her own hand to be tired with a fight on the horizon. I mean, really, this couple has straight up dirty sex, no sweet talking, no big lead up to the big moment. They have sex, they bond in a weird way and then, boom, mated! It’s by far, the least couple-centric story in the series. Celyn and Elina spend a lot of page time together, but as far as the “relationship” goes, it just happens, period. And in the crazy way of this series, it completely works.

What did take center stage was the world building storylines that led up to multiple assassination attempts on some of our favorite characters. War is still right out there on the edge, and at book’s end, Annwyl just learned of a new little twist that will swing the favor to her side. But we get to see what her now adult twins are up to (hint – it’s no good), what the younger generation is doing and the powers they’re coming into. If you thought Annwyl’s twins were scary, just wait until you meet Dagmar and Gwenvael’s 5 youngest daughters. One word – CREEPY. I still find myself completely fascinated with the series and this world as a whole. I love seeing how all the characters that we’ve come to know, as well as many new faces, are being worked into the mix.


Dagmar turned her head and came nose to leggings-covered cock with some male.

“By all reason,” she squeaked, slapping at the groin that had been right by her face.

“Ow!” she heard her mate snap. “I thought we decided you’d treat my hair and my cock like they were the most important things in your world…since they are.”

“I never agreed to that, and stop shoving the damn thing in my face.”


This series is laugh out loud funny. The things that are said, the crazy situations the dragons put themselves in have me laughing out loud. It’s a story and series full of snark, sarcasm and I’m sure I had a smile on my face during the whole book. It might not be the type of humor and story that everyone will enjoy, but this reader absolutely does. For a very different take on a paranormal world you must give this series a shot. Everything about it hits just right for me and it never disappoints when it comes to the fun, crazy antics I’ve come to expect from everyone involved.

Rating: A-

Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Zebra Books
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis

As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

One in a Million ended up being, easily, my favorite book in the last trilogy of this series. It felt like a return to the beginning in a way, with not only the way Jill Shalvis brought the characters to life, but with the characters themselves. A little bit quirky, a lot funny, and a story that made me smile.

I really enjoyed both Callie and Tanner, especially Tanner. He’s the guy who helps out everyone in his life, putting himself last and he’s doing it again, becoming a full time father to his teenage son, Troy. Their father/son relationship was one that I loved seeing play out on page. Tanner wants so badly to do right by his kid. His son wants so badly to find a home with his dad, and it’s bumpy, but it was definitely a stand out storyline in this book.

As for Callie, she’s an online wedding planner and a former bride who was left at the altar. She creates beautiful weddings and makes the bride and groom’s perfect day a reality, but she doesn’t believe in love. She was the forgotten child by her self-absorbed parents. She was the wallflower in school, never being noticed. She was left at the altar, the ultimate humiliation for her, so it’s completely understandable that she’s wary around Tanner. She doesn’t want or expect more than a good time but both Tanner and Callie need each other and being together ends up helping to heal past hurts on both sides.

As I mentioned above, this story reminded me of the earlier Lucky Harbor books. Callie was so charmingly crazy, in the best way! She seems to find herself in embarrassing situations constantly, she makes embarrassing wardrobe choices, she’s klutzy which results in causing scenes in her small town, and she can be a mess, but in an adorable way. Charming was the word that kept coming to mind during this whole book. It’s a sweet story, funny and filled with great, lovely moments between all the characters. Whether it was moments between Callie and Tanner, Tanner and Troy, Troy and Callie or Callie and her busybody Grandma Lucille, the various relationships were engaging and fun to read about.

I’m sad to see the Lucky Harbor series end, but Shalvis takes it out with a solid story filled with love, light hearted moments and two characters that grabbed me quick and held on.


Rating: B+

Release Date: October 16, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Not Quite Forever (Not Quite #4) by Catherine Bybee

The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she’s prepared to write him off…until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he’s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows he’s ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota’s doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?

Dakota Laurens is a well-known and extremely popular romance author who draws fans everywhere she goes. It’s at a book convention where she meets Dr. Walt Eddy, who’s presenting at his own convention on emergency medicine in disaster areas. They hit it off and as luck would have it, they both live close enough that dating is possible. With Dakota’s flexible writing schedule, they’re able to work around Walt’s demanding emergency room schedule and they start dating. Their first date is bowling (love that) and it’s a perfect first date for the type of low key, easy going people they are.

Dakota and Walt are both so likable, there’s nothing fake or high maintenance about either of them. Really the worst thing initially they have to deal with is Walt’s crazy schedule, but Dakota gets it, and Walt makes an effort on his side when he’s able to as well. Their dating goes along pretty smoothly until Walt has a patient die on the table who looks so much like Dakota it completely shakes him. This is really the only angst and problem our couple has to deal with. Walt pulls away right at a time when Dakota needs him most. They’ve both fallen hard for each other, but Walt becomes distant, trying to deny what’s already between them and it hurts Dakota so deeply that she goes home to her family to heal her broken heart and deal with some life changing news she just received.

Dakota has a very up and down relationship with her family, specifically her mother who’s more concerned with appearances in their southern town and that doesn’t include having a daughter who writes “smut” for a living. But Dakota’s so heartbroken, she doesn’t even care at the moment and stays with her parents, hiding from Walt.

Walt realizes too late what his reaction towards Dakota has cost him and he eventually finds out where she is and goes to get his woman back, much groveling needs to happen for this to be successful. He does his part, he has a long way to go to prove that he’s now in it for the long haul and Dakota, rightfully so, doesn’t make it easy for him. He has a lot to prove and he does it, day by day.

What I really found myself enjoying about Dakota and Walt’s story was seeing their relationship progress over a large amount of time. I like it so much more when a romance covers more than just a week or two. I find it to be more believable and it’s easier to root for a couple when I can see how things are going for them over the course of many months. And overall, both Dakota and Walt are engaging, they’re easy going, they don’t create problems or issues out of nothing (if you don’t count Walt’s emergency room freak out), and they’re there for each other. Dakota just gets Walt, and vice versa, and they complement each other. I found their relationship to be so easy and enjoyable.

Catherine Bybee’s writing, specifically related to her “Quite” series, is well-paced, the characters are all relatable and easy to enjoy because they’re likeable, there’s nothing about Walt or Dakota that I found to be off putting or annoying. There’s something real about them, like I’d want to be friends with them both and it made for a very nice, sweet read.


Rating: B

Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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