February has been a good month to me. So many great new releases AND I found some pretty great reads on Kindle Unlimited.
What I read in February:
Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?
Man, I love this author collaboration. I mean I love them separately, but together… MAGIC. I’ve been looking forward to Bryan and Eilish’s book since I read the teaser at the end of The Player and the Pixie. I kind of wondered how they would redeem the Cad (aka Bryan), but I shouldn’t have worried because OF COURSE they pulled it off beautifully. Also, I’m not usually a huge fan of secret baby romances, but I think this one worked for me because the secret was revealed within a reasonable amount of time.
The Verdict: Y’all need to one-click this book asap. And if you haven’t read the previous two books in the series, go ahead and one-click those too.
A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.
In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.
As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?
I was in the mood for mystery, suspense this month so I scrolled through the recommendations for readers of Karin Slaughter and this book popped up on my radar. I’ll admit the combination of Iraq war veterans, railroad police (which I didn’t even know existed) and a K9 partner kind of sealed the deal on my downloading. And it worked for me. I loved the fact that Clyde, Sydney’s K9 partner, plays such a huge role in this book, and not in a what a cute side character way, but in a dependable partner who helps save the day way. I enjoyed the heroine, the setting was interesting and the mystery had me glued to the page right up until the big ‘aha’!
The Verdict: I’ve already put book two on my TBR list. Can not wait.
For seasons, I have waited for her – my perfect mate.
In a tribe full of happy couples, I am alone. But I am not content to remain this way. There are no eligible unmated females left, so I will do whatever it takes to bring females back to our tribe…even if it means doing something wrong. Even if it means I must purchase my mate on the intergalactic black market. I will do anything to possess her, to claim her as my own
But will my ruthless move turn my female against me before we ever meet? Can she ever forgive a male that bought her freedom?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know that I love me some big, blue, horny aliens. This is Bek’s book(FINALLY) and it was probably one of my favorites out of the whole series. Who know Bek was such a sweet, loving, patient guy.
The Verdict: Keep ’em coming.
Something wicked is brewing in New York.
“A month ago, I watched in horror as six of my fellow initiates died after sipping the Nectar of the gods, a heavenly drink that either grants you magical powers or kills you. I can’t believe I’m coming back for seconds.”
Leda Pierce has survived the gods’ first test and gained entry into the Legion of Angels, but the fight is far from over. Someone is poisoning the supernaturals of New York. Suspecting witches, the Legion sends in Leda to investigate. To save the city, she will need magic she doesn’t have—and gaining that magic might just kill her. Now her survival depends on accepting help from the darkly seductive angel Nero, but that help comes with a price she cannot afford to pay.
Hmmm… this is the second book and this one ⇓ is the third, so hold on and I’ll review them together.
When gods and demons clash, mortals bleed.
Leda Pierce’s latest mission brings her back to her hometown at the edge of the Frontier. But things have taken a turn for the worse in the six months since she left home to join the Legion of Angels in New York City. Crime lords now rule over the town, and the beasts’ numbers are exploding just beyond the great magic wall that separates humanity from the plains of monsters.
Together with the fiercely seductive angel Nero, Leda guides a group of pilgrims across the monster-infested expanse to the ruins of the final battle between gods and demons. What begins as a pilgrimage, however, soon turns into a treasure hunt for an ancient weapon that could tip the balance of power between heaven and hell—and spirals into an intrigue that pits Leda and Nero against a rogue member of the Legion, a legendary angel as powerful as he is black-hearted.
Okay, so if you’ll remember from last month I had a few issues with the heroine and how I thought the reason she joined the Legion of Angels kind of got forgotten.
That hasn’t changed.
But I enjoyed the world building so much I went and head and picked up both the second and third books in the series. And yeah, this series is interesting. I like the pacing, I like the secondary characters, I really like the world building, plot and series arc, BUT THE HEROINE DRIVES ME BANANAS. It’s her sarcastic comments at totally inappropriate moments… I just want her to shut up and take some shit seriously, not everything is a joke or needs a comeback remark. Lawdy.
The Verdict: Yes, I’m reading the next book. But, man I hope Leda learns to listen more and sarcastically talk less in book four.
What’s Up Next:
Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.
As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…
This is my suspense/mystery read for next month. Doesn’t it sound interesting?
Their destinies have been set in motion by their ancestors.
Taylor Marlowe Bartholomew carries three of the most notable names in New Orleans society. She hoped to forge her own path in the world as an Assistant District Attorney, but that dream is dying as obligations pull her into the family shipbuilding business. In Taylor’s final days in the DA’s office, she receives a murder assignment that could unravel her perception of reality.
Ghosts of the past shadow every step they take.
Brandon Morrissey is haunted by demons that force him to keep his life simple and detached. He pours all of his energy into his thriving legal practice, until, overnight, he becomes the single father of an infant. For the sake of his son’s future, Brandon searches for a killer and faces the truth about his family’s unfortunate past.
Together they have to find the truth…before it’s too late.
Someone is willing to kill to use the past for their own ends. Thrust together, Brandon and Taylor have different views of their families’ intersecting histories. As they confront a sea of uncertainty, one thing is sure…no one is safe until they discover where the truth lies.
And if I’m still in the mood for some suspense I plan on reading this next.
I dig. It’s what I do. I’ll literally use a shovel to answer a question. Some answers, though, have been buried too deep for too long. But I’ll find those, too. And I know where to dig—the Blackwood Estate on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Garrett Blackwood is the only thing standing between me and the truth. A broken man—one with desires that dance in the darkest part of my soul—he’s either my savior or my enemy. I’ll dig until I find all his secrets. Then I’ll run so he never finds mine. The only problem? He likes it when I run.
I kind of got distracted by cads and aliens and angels this month, but don’t worry this is still on my TBR list. Also, I just like to look at this cover. Yum.
He’s found his mate and he’s keeping her.
Jacole is supposed to leave in the morning to start training at Quantico. Instead she’s been kidnapped by asshole space pirates who are about to sell her and the other women they’ve captured as sex slaves to the highest bidder. Oh hell, no. Jacole vows they’ll soon realize they’ve caught the wrong damn human. She organizes a mutiny to take down the f*kers who’ve kidnapped them…but the plan is interrupted when someone blows a hole in the side of the ship.
A seven foot tall lethal warrior emerges from the rubble with a weapon in each clawed hand. Jacole is speechless before this display of manly glory. This Bounty Hunter is easily the handsomest man (alien) she’s ever seen. Her panties are instantly wet. He touches her, kisses her, throws her on his ship and claims her, and vows she’s the female he’s waited all his life to find. His Bride!
What the hell?
Well, he might be a lover like no other and an aggressive and driven male she could actually…admire, but Jacole doesn’t do forever. In order to earn her love, he has to earn her trust
I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed.