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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 


Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.


A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish


updated July 9, 2015

Currently reading

Operation: Endgame (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 6) (English Edition)
Philippa Ballantine, Jeanne H. Ballantine, William Morris
Just You and Me (A Contemporary Romance Collection)
Fiona Miers, Caitlyn Lynch, Liz Durano, Deelylah Mullin, Cate Farren, Jacquie Biggar, Vicki Batman, Kate Richards, Brenna Zinn, Dalton Diaz, Tierney O'Malley, Desiree Holt, Nicole Morgan, Ashlyn Chase
Bitter Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 14
Audible Studios, Jennifer Estep, Lauren Fortgang
Progress: 27 %
Seduced by the Storm - Sydney Croft I really didn’t think that I could like this series more than I already did, but this book pushed my love over the top! At first it seemed to me that I’d get another great story with new players. The action was exciting - a category 5 hurricane ready to slam into New York City... Our heroes must stop it! The players are sexy and fun, each with their own issues and secrets.

But this book takes the normal way of doing things in a paranormal romance story and tosses the script out the window. The play between Faith and Wyatt is wonderful. Each with a history of being hurt and each having to bare his/her soul in order to survive. And it doesn’t end there... They have to make life-altering decisions about the mission and their relationship, and what is unique to this series and this story particularly, is the characters don’t always take the path you would expect.

This book really picks up about halfway through when the couple actually retrieves the ITOR weather machine (a storyline from the previous two books) and gets away from the ITOR agents. What a twist - really... it’s always good guys vs. bad guys, but in this story, the main couple has to get through their own issues from the past to be together. I admit that a tear came to my eyes a few times before they finally got over all the hurdles. The emotional ride is worth the read.

But the story is so much better than Faith and Wyatt. For those that have read my reviews of the first two books, Riding the Storm and Unleashing the Storm, will know that I love the side stories that are so masterfully woven into these books. First up: Annika and Creed... We get some major break-throughs in this front. Annika must confront her past and work through her emotional barriers that she has always had in place. Their story is so touching and worth the time it takes to develop over three books.

And then... There is Dev and X (the name of his true love will remain unknown so that those that have not read the earlier books will not be spoiled). Let me just say: OH. MY. GOD. There is a scene in Seduced by the Storm that now ranks in my top ten book scenes. It is so powerful. So full of just the right descriptions - scenery, emotion - oh, it is amazing. Their story is the true heart of ARCO, and well, I just don’t know where it will all go next. (Someone hurry up and read these books so I can discuss them with you!) I am quickly picking up the fourth book now!

This book is amazing. This series is worth a read. But in order to get the most from the books, you really need to start with the first one. Go do it. Now.