Juuli's Bookshelf

Reaper's Legacy by Joanna Wylde

Reaper's Legacy - Joanna Wylde

 Sophie is a struggling single mother. When Noah's temporary babysitter turns out to be a pothead with a pedophile boyfriend, her only choice is to move to Ruger's house. Ruger is Noah's uncle and belongs to a motoclub. Sophie is not sure what to think about the world she has stumbled into. It's wild and dangerous but also very seductive with friends and family she has been missing so much.

I wasn't quite sure what to think of Sophie. She was annoying at times. I guess, she knew what she wanted, but her heart and brain were constantly fighting and so she changed her mind all the time. And then she told Ruger the truth and I couldn't believe how smart she really was. The end was even better. I didn't see it coming and I know it sounds weird but I was proud of her.
Ruger was such a jerk, however to my surprise I immensely enjoyed every minute of it. He actually thought he couldn't be faithful and refused to lie. It was so obvious how much he cared about Sophie and Noah and still he acted like the biggest man whore in the history.
The story was humorous, hot, and exciting with colorful characters and interesting twists. I'm looking forward to the third book.

Oh, Marie and Horse got married in this book and it was hilarious.

Law Man by Kristen Ashley

Law Man  - Kristen Ashley

I liked the story but again it was too long and there were moments I got bored. Like really bored and annoyed. Mara had a colleague called Roberta. Throughout the book she was referred to as Roberta. Suddenly in the last part of the book there was Bobbie in the story and it took me some time before I realized Bobbie was actually Roberta. Why was it necessary? To confuse the reader or is it so obvious that Bobbie is a version of Roberta?
The kids were great and I liked how Mara and Mitch gave them a good family. I even liked the Trailer Trash Twins with their attitude. They were hilarious. Mara was a dork but also really amazing. I admired how she created herself a new life. That took guts.

Wild Man by Kristen Ashley

Wild Man  - Kristen Ashley

I still wonder, how it's possible that I really dislike the first book but love the second book of the series.
Great story with wonderful characters. Tess and Brock were such darlings and I enjoyed their journey to happiness a lot. Finally, I found a heroine who loved clothes but didn't describe her every outfit. I was so happy about it, I had tears in my eyes. Tess was also very independent and had brains.
Brock was an alpha male but he wasn't a jerk and there was an explanation for everything he did. So, it was easy to forgive him his mistakes. I didn't get why everybody else called Brock Slim. I know it was a nickname, but every time I read it, I thought of mobsters.
I decided I have to give a chance to all author's books even if I don't like the first book(s) of the series.

One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands

One Lucky Vampire - Lynsay Sands

How do you rate a book, you have been waiting for but while reading, it doesn't make you feel anything?
I didn't hate the story but I didn't like it either. Lust was believable, love - not so much.
I didn't laugh, not once during this story. And the "nanos are never wrong" talk was really old. I want them to be "wrong". I want this series to have an odd couple. And I'm sick and tired of these immortals reading lovers' thoughts. It's rude and most of the time they don't seem to realize how awful it is. Well, block it and if you are not capable, then keep your mouth shut.
Also, this cook/housekeeper storyline seemed really familiar. I'm quite sure, there has been a hero in this series, who pretended to be a cook but couldn't even boil water.
Although I'm rating this with 2 stars, I'm waiting for the next book and hope I'll like Marcus's story more.

Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Regret  - Kristen Ashley

Sadie Townsend is known by all as The Ice Princess and she’s worked hard to earn her reputation. Her father, a now-incarcerated Drug Lord, has kept her under his thumb her whole life and she’s learned enough from living in his world to give everyone the cold shoulder. But one inebriated night, she shows the Real Sadie to the undercover agent she knows is investigating her father, the handsome Hector Chavez, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Hector makes one (huge) mistake; he waits for Sadie to come to him. Tragedy strikes and Sadie’s got a choice, she can retreat behind her Ice Fortress or she can embrace the Rock Chick/Hot Bunch World. Guided by Hector, the Rock Chicks, the Hot Bunch and her new gay roommates, Buddy and Ralphie, Sadie negotiates a life out from under her father’s thumb, a life that includes poison, arson and learning how to make s’mores.

 

 

Finally the series has a hero and not a chest beating caveman.
Hector was hot, dangerous, and wild, but he was also so patient and kind with Sadie.
Sadie the heroine of the story, and I write the word "heroine" with joy for the first time while reading this series, was the toughest and the strongest woman in the world. Well, I know I'm exaggerating a little bit, but just a bit. I was constantly amazed, how she used different Sadies to cope with situations while looking for the true Sadie. Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but if you have read the book, you know what I mean, and if you haven't, then what are you waiting for.
I cried a little bit, laughed quite a lot and the two reasons why I didn't read the book in one go - I had to work and I started reading Spark of Life: A Novel of Resistance almost at the same time and of course I couldn't put it down either.
It's possible, I'm going to add something later (my thoughts are jumping like Duracell Bunnies) but at the moment I'm just glad I decided to continue with the series.

Spark of Life by Erich Maria Remarque

Spark of Life: A Novel of Resistance - Erich Maria Remarque

509 has been a political prisoner in German concentration camp for ten years. He and  all the other living corpses live in a "small camp" -  an area for weak, sick, and dying. When the nearby town is bombed, 509 senses that soon the war will be over. If only he and his comrades could hold on a little longer.

 

 

I don't have words to describe the feelings I had while reading this book. It was sad, moving, infuriating but strangely positive. I cried a lot and it made me think about history, family, and the sad fact that people just don't learn.

The story was so good that after I finished reading, I took a sheet of paper, read favorite parts of the novel again and wrote down some quotes. Unfortunately I can't share those with you because I read to book in my mother tongue and I haven't found those quotes in English.

 

Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Reckoning (Volume 6) - Kristen Ashley

I have mixed feelings concerning this book. I liked the story, and I seriously adored Tex. He's my new favourite crazy dude. A man with many talents. Fantastic. :D
Ok, back to the story. I don't know what I expected, but reading Stella describing her band's performance was partly too mild and partly too weird. It
somehow felt  wrong to read these thoughts.
I really liked, that the book wasn't from Stella's point of view all the time, and other couples had their moments, too. I wasn't thrilled about the epilogue - there were too many children and way too much information that seemed more suitable for the last book of the series.

Beautiful Bad Man by Ellen O'Connell

Beautiful Bad Man  - Ellen O'Connell

I love this book. No,  I adore this book. This story has everything and even more. After I had read it, I was speechless for a while. It was a rainy day but I was sitting there with a smile on my face and dreamy look in my eyes looking out of the window.

Please, read this book. You won't regret it.

 

"Caleb, when we got married, what kind of husband did you think you'd be?"
"Rotten. I knew I'd make you miserable."
"I'm not miserable. Except for the trouble Van Cleve's caused, I'm happy. You're a very good husband."
At least that stopped the wriggling around.
"I can't be. You only just promoted me from evil to very bad."
"You're a very bad man, but you're a good husband."

 

The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell

The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander #4) - Henning Mankell

An old lawyer dies in a car accident. His son believes his father was killed and visits recovering Wallander in Denmark. Wallander refuses to help and some days later his friend is killed.
Guilt ridden Wallander goes back to work and starts investigating both deaths. Quite soon he has a suspect but no proof. So, he digs deeper. So far, so good. Story is exciting, characters believable and style flawless.
But then suddenly Wallanders starts acting like a moron.

Criminals leave a landmine into an old lady's garden, and they try to blow up Wallander and his colleague. How does he react? He sends civilians into the lion's den to gather information. And when the shit hits the fan, he plays Rambo taking the rookie as his backup. There's a whole team of policemen investigating the case, and he goes alone, without a plan to a place with heavily armed men, who like to shoot human sized dolls as a target practice.

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  I like Wallander a lot, but in this book he made me so angry, I wanted to kick his ass.

 

The beautiful cover of Estonian edition.

The man who smiled  - cover of Estonian edition

The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands

The Lady is a Vamp - Lynsay Sands

I'm glad Lynsay Sands is back with a great story because the last few books in this series have been a disappointment. I hoped it to be as funny as the first Argeneau books but it wasn't. It was really emotional with fantastic characters and interesting plot.
The only problem with the book was my wish to read about Jeanne's family - how they reacted to her kidnapping and how they started hunting the "bastard" who took her. Well, I guess we can't have everything. Still, I enjoyed the story very much.

"Asylum Harbor" by Traci Hohenstein

Asylum Harbor (A Rachel Scott Adventure) - Traci Hohenstein

I have to say it - Rachel Scott is like poor man's Eve Duncan. Throughout the book I found similarities - both lost a daughter, they are both trying to solve the case and they help other people find their loved ones. It's not a bad way to build a story and I liked it quite a bit but there were things that seemed off. For instance, Rachel has a whole team to find missing people but in this story we don't see them working. And a very weird part - Rachel finds a witness, asks her some questions and let's her go. In every cop series the investigators point out how crucial it is to find the person as soon as possible, but Rachel is ready to wait the whole day before she can talk to the witness again. I understand why the FBI agent was so mad at her.

"Taunting Krell" by Laurann Dohner

Taunting Krell - Laurann Dohner

The best in this series. It made me cry but there was also a lot of humour, fabulous action, and a hot romance.

The heroine of this story was amazing. It was so cool how Cyan stood up to the cyborgs and told them what she thought of their laws and society. Her jokes made me laugh out loud, especially the one about the puppy. She was also very blunt about her desires and hopes.
I also liked Krell a lot more than the previous heroes. He proved his worth in "Redeeming Zorus", so I couldn't wait to read his story. And it was even better than I dared to hope. I really hated how the other cyborgs belittled him. He was brave, honest, and loyal. How dared they say he wasn't good enough to have children. I had the desire to have words with some females after Coal's book, but after this one I wanted to kick some female cyborg ass. It's time for those arrogant bitches to climb down the pedestal the males have put them.
This book also seemed to have less sex and more emotions. I really appreciated it. Somehow the series, which started as a fun smut, has evolved into an exciting science fiction romance series.
4.5 stars

"Burning Up Flint" by Laurann Dohner

Burning up Flint - Laurann Dohner

I read a lot of Laurann Dohner books this summer. In July it turned some kind of an addiction. I had never before read about cyborgs. It was so fascinating I had to start another of her books as soon as I had finished the previous.

 

In "Burning Up Flint" I liked the world building a lot and I even liked the hero. Yes, there were times when he acted harshly, but I could understand his reasons. What I didn't get, was Mira's emotional blackmail. She repeatedly threatened her life to get what she wanted. Also, she wasn't very bright. I've read the second story of the series and Rena, the heroine of  "Kissing Steel" is much more intelligent.

3 stars

"Never Seduce a Scot" by Maya Banks

Never Seduce a Scot - Maya Banks

 

 

 

 

I am in love. 

 

I never believed that one day I would talk about "a-perfect-book-boyfriend". Well, now I do.

Graeme Montgomery is definitely the most amazing hero I have read about. He is a ruthless warrior, no doubt about it, but he is also a man with high values, kind heart and the sense of justice that puts others to shame. The way he treated his "daft" wife made me smile a lot. After all Eveline had lived through she deserved all the happiness in the world. Wonderful characters and terrific story. 7.5 stars

 

"Once Upon a Ghost" by Day Leclaire

Once Upon a Ghost - Day Leclaire

Rachel's granny had an accident and is now in a wheelchair. The medical bills are piling and there's a possibility they can loose their house. The only hope to get the money is to sell the book Rachel has written about their family's ghost.
Zach Kingston is a scientist who can't stand con artists, who have declared themselves as psychics, or make money selling people ideas of ghosts. So, reading about Rachel's book deal, he decides to debunk her and her ghost as frauds.

 

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I needed a book for a challenge and because it was less than 200 pages I picked this one.
I liked the main idea but not how it was written. There was no character development and Rachel had so many tstl moments it was embarrassing to read. She didn't act like a grown-up but like a ten-year-old. It really made the story creepy. This highly educated scientist who looks like an underwear model and a blonde with big blue eyes, pouty lips, and the mental capacity of the preschooler fall in love. Yeah, I can see that.

SPOILER ALERT!

"Summer Days" by Susan Mallery

Summer Days - Susan Mallery

I just can't believe it! 

How the hell did Rafe earn all that money? Ok, he makes a mistake once and doesn't read the papers but to do it twice and even the third time.... His mother bought an elephant ... an elephant, for crying out loud. The big doofus signs the papers and then is surprised to see the beast.
And what kind of friends suggest a crime as a solution for a person who already has problems with the court. How old are these women? Twelve?
And a thing I'm not sure I could follow. Heidi has 7 goats and she makes cheese and soap. She produces so much with her 7 goats she supplies nearby living families, some fancy shops in big cities and wants to go to Asian markets, too. With her 7 goats?