Five (Elemental Enmity: Book 1) by Christie Rich

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Publication date: August 10th, 2011

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Fae, Romance, Magic, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural

Series: Elemental Enmity Series

Fae Trials—Book 0

Five—Book 1

Dark Matter—Book 2

Genesis—Book 3

Horizon—Book 4

Purchase Links: Amazon


Goodreads synopsis:

Rayla Tate dreams of escaping her ordinary world for a bright future in the art world. Throw in an overbearing aunt who is keeping major secrets, a disgruntled best friend tagging along to college, and a bunch of fae warriors waiting in the wings to claim her the minute she leaves her sleepy little town, and Rayla’s dreams are about to shatter.

She soon discovers she is a coveted Elemental with power she never knew she possessed–a power that could change the world. Everywhere she turns another man tries to woo her. The weird part is she’s drawn to each one of them. Who are these strange men, and what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using any means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.


My review:

What I liked about Five:

  1. That is was about the Fae. I love stories involving them. Don’t know why, I do (must be the Irish in me). The Fae in this book were written differently than other Fae stories. It was darker, edgier and I liked that.
  2. The Fae Lords. At first, they came across as seductive/power hungry but the more you read, the more you get attached to them. Zach and Luke were my personal favorites.
  3. That there was a pegasus!!!!! Even if it was a demon, it was still cool to have one in the book.

What I disliked about Five:

  1. Nicole, Cassie, and Jennifer. The new friend, the best friend, and the girl in the same dorm. I thought Nicole came across as very shallow, Cassie as needy/boy crazy/insane, and Jennifer as a bitch.
  2. Rayla’s attitude at first. She was such a brat!!!! There were sometimes when I wanted to reach into the book and give her a good hard slap upside the head.

Someone to Believe In (O’Neil Family: Book 1) by Kathryn Shay

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Publisher: Kathryn Shay

Date of publication: September 6th, 2005

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Series: O’Neill Family

Someone to Believe In—Book 1

Close to You—Book 2

Taking the Heat—Book 3

High Stakes—Book 4

Always and Forever—Book 5

The Reckoning—Book 6

Purchase Links: Amazon


Goodreads synopsis:

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in jail, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves. But when Bailey and Clay are thrown together on the mayor’s task force, the impossible happens—they’re attracted to each other. Their passion erupts early on, and only grows stronger the further they get into a relationship. When they fall deeply in love, their conflicting views drive a wedge between them. Both the Street Angel and the Senator must find a way to deal with their differences in order to make a life together.


My review:

What I liked about Someone to Believe In

  1. Two words: Romance Novel. This wasn’t your typical romance. Bailey and Clay met when he put her in jail 11 years before. They are at odds because of their different views on kids in gangs. Bailey wants to try to rehabilitate them and Clay is the opposite. And of course, sparks fly.
  2. Speaking about sparks, once Bailey and Clay got into bed, it got hot and steamy.
  3. The brothers (for the most part). Having 3 brother’s myself, I sympathized with Bailey.
  4. The backstory about why Bailey started her organization. Not giving anything away but it was heartbreaking.

What I didn’t like about Someone to Believe In:

  1. The sub-story with Taz. Not that it wasn’t good, it pulled at my heartstrings. Taz’s home life was awful and her gang life was worse. The twist in this story actually made me cry for her.
  2. The ending seemed a little rushed to me. I wish the author had carried over Bailey and Clay’s relationship to another book. Because the relationship itself wasn’t typical.

City of Rogues: Book 1 of the Kobalos Trilogy (The Koblas Trilogy: Book 1) by Ty Johnston

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Publisher: L.M. Press

Publication date:November 26th 2013

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Koblas Trilogy:

Blade and Flame—Book 0.5

City of Wars—Book 1

Road to Wrath—Book 2

Dark King of the North—Book 3

Purchase Link: Amazon


Goodreads synopsis:

Kron Darkbow seeks vengeance, and he plans to have it no matter the costs. Returning to the city of his birth after 15 years, he hunts down the wizard responsible for the deaths of those he loved only to find out another was responsible for the murders. That other is Belgad the Liar, a former barbarian chieftain who is now boss of the city’s underworld.

Following his path for blood, Kron comes across the magical healer, Randall Tendbones, and accidentally reveals Randall’s darkest secret to the world. It’s a secret about the past, a secret that has kept Randall on the run for three years. Now it has caught up with him, and Belgad the Liar is suddenly the least of Randall and Kron’s concerns. The gaze of Lord Verkain, king of the dark northern land of Kobalos, has fallen upon Kron and Randall. And it is a gaze filled with madness.


My review:

What I liked about City of Rogues:

  1. The characters. While it took a while for me to actually connect with them, I found that they grew on you. My favorites were Wyck, Lucius, and Randall.
  2. It is a fantasy novel. I love fantasy novels!!!!!!

What I disliked about City of Rogues:

  1. I didn’t like that fact that the book was hard to follow in the beginning. There was another book written before that I didn’t read. It took me a couple of chapters before I got what was going on. A prologue would have been nice.
  2. The ending. It was too abrupt and too pat. It seemed that everyone got together at the right time and all the loose ends were taken care of.

**I voluntarily reviewed this book**

The Billionaire Wins the Game (Billionaire Bachelors: Book 1) by Melody Anne

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Publisher: Falling Star Publications

Date of publication: August 17, 2011

Genre: Romance

Series: Billionaire Bachelors

The Billionaire Wins the Game—Book 1

The Billionaire’s Dance—Book 2

The Billionaire Falls—Book 3

The Billionaire’s Marriage Proposal—Book 4

Blackmailing the Billionaire—Book 5

Runaway Heiress—Book 6

The Billionaire’s Final Stand—Book 7

Unexpected Treasure—Book 8

Hidden Treasure—Book 9

Holiday Treasure—Book 10

Priceless Treasure—Book 11

Ultimate Treasure—Book 12

Purchase Link: Amazon


Goodreads synopsis:

Joseph Anderson has decided it’s time for his three successful sons to find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his mansion, and he wants them immediately. His eldest son, Lucas, is successful in all areas of his life, except love, and Joseph begins matchmaking. He finds Amy Harper and deems her the perfect daughter-in-law. He just needs to get her and Lucas to both realize they’re made for each other.

Lucas Anderson is wealthy, sexy, and stubborn. He has no desire to have any woman enter his life, causing chaos, or using his family’s name. Many women have tried, and he’s been successful in finding out who they are beneath their false smiles.

Amy Harper was raised in tragic circumstances and doesn’t like pampered, rich men who have been handed everything with a silver spoon. She spent years finishing her education and then received a job with the Anderson Corporation. She instantly doesn’t like her incredibly sexy boss, who is arrogant and thinks every woman should fall at his feet.

When Amy becomes pregnant after one reckless night of passion, she’s scared he’ll take the baby and run. Lucas is demanding and used to getting his way, but Amy has just the right amount of spark to ignite his fuse and challenges him each step of the way.

Lucas’s father, Joseph, and his brothers Alex and Mark offer laughter, love, and support. With the love of Lucas’s family, who aren’t only rich and successful, but also kind and giving, Amy starts to realize that being wealthy doesn’t make or break a man, and starts to picture the happily ever after she never believed in for herself.


My review:

What I liked about The Billionaire Wins the Game:

  1. Amy’s character. She came from horrible circumstances and rose above it. She had an inner strength that I don’t see in 90% of people in real life. And that’s sad when I compare a fictional character to real life and real life comes up lacking.
  2. Lucas’s character: Again, another strong character and man did he fight falling in love. I loved reading the scenes with Amy and Lucas together because the sparks came right off the page. The sexual tension (and when they had sex) was great!!! A must have in a romance novel. 
  3. The backstories.They were introduced in such a way that you couldn’t help but like them and you want to know more about them.

What I didn’t like about The Billionaire Wins the Game:

  1. As much as I loved Amy’s character, her extreme stubbornness got to me. There were some points in the book where I wanted to reach through and bitch slap here. Example: When Lucas forced Amy into his car to give her a ride home and she gave him the wrong address. Which wouldn’t have been bad but she lived in the ghetto and it was the middle of the night.
  2. The whole “I got you pregnant so I have to marry you because I don’t want the child born out of wedlock and be a bastard” bit. It’s not Victorian England and not being married and having kids are the norm right now. A forced wedding (and when I mean forced, Lucas implied that he would take the baby from Amy) is not cool.

**I voluntarily reviewed this book**