Juuli's Bookshelf

Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon

Barbarian Mine: A SciFi Alien Romance (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 4) - Ruby Dixon

This was more interesting than the previous books. The world got bigger and this story had some very realistic problems which needed solving. It's nice to see how the series keeps getting better.

Fat Louise by Jamie Begley

Fat Louise (Biker Bitches Book 2) - Jamie Begley

I didn't like Cade, he was such a jerk, but Jane impressed me. She actually threw a grenade to blow up the bad guys. The story went downhill after they got back from Mexico. It felt like part of the book was missing. I wanted Jane's point of view and instead there was this stupid time jump. 

Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

Lover Unleashed - J. R. Ward

More like 3.75 stars. Some things really bothered me, like how brotherhood played with Manello's brain and how Butch was forced into a specific situation. Sure, he was a great friend but was it fair to force him as your friend to do something he actually didn't want to do. 
It also felt like a fill the hole book because Payne and Manello's story wasn't very important. There were so many other storylines that their romance took a backseat almost through the whole book.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

This was amazing. The story was exciting and so entertaining. I loved Sage and how witty he was. This book had danger, friendship, humour, and so much more.

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Two of a Kind - Susan Mallery

Easy and simple read. I liked but didn't love it. Felicia wasn't as interesting as I thought her to be. The edge was missing. The kid storyline was unexpected but rather good. 

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words (Fool's Gold, #12) - Susan Mallery

A lot better than the last book in this series. Isabel and Ford were cute together, they had their history and it was interesting to read her letters. The second couple was good as well. I liked this pairing although Consuelo was a bit annoying with her "I'm not good and normal enough for him" attitude. Still, a good book.

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

Lover Mine  - J.R. Ward

I'm just so happy right now. This was almost a perfect book. It had everything: romance, action, suspense, heartache. Yeah...amazing couple and a great story.


Cash's Fight by Jamie Begley

Cash's Fight - Jamie Begley

I was a bit disappointed because I hoped this book would be the beginning of a longer story arc.
And Cash also behaved like a jerk. He didn't turn out to be the hero I expected him to be. 
Rachel was wonderful as always and her gift was amazing.

Ynyr by M.K. Eidem

Ynyr (Tornians Book 3) - M.K. Eidem

Too similar to the previous stories but still quite enjoyable.
3.5 stars

Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward

Lover Unbound - J.R. Ward

I finally read Lover Unbound which I skipped by mistake some years ago. It was quite good and a lot of things make sense now. I loved parts about John, Blay and Qhuinn. Their friendship and adventures are the best part about this series. 
Vishious and Jane's relationship developed too fast and was to much about sex. So, I didn't like it and although the characters were smart, independent and at times funny, I didn't connect with them.

My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannan

My Viking Vampire (Sanctuary, Texas Book 1) - Krystal Shannan

I liked the world building but the small town sex club with nymphomaniac seers and dragon shifters was so ridiculous I lost interest in this series.


Cracked & Crushed by A.J. Downey

Cracked & Crushed - A.J. Downey

Too tired and confused to write something sensible. I liked some parts of the story and disliked the others. The hero was scary as hell. The heroine's tears actually turned him on. And he hugged her when she really needed it. And he liked knives. And he drove nine hours to save her from a bad situation. And he was such a sweetheart. And a total bastard. 
I believe this book goes to the "mindfuck" category.

Broken & Burned by A.J. Downey

Broken & Burned - A.J. Downey

A lot better than the first book. It was a quite interesting NA book, which didn't have much of the MC stuff. The heroine cried a lot - she cried when she was tired, she cried when she was hurting, she cried when she was confused, she even cried when she felt relieved and it got very annoying. I also was disappointed because author didn't give the characters enough time to fall in love. It just came too quickly to be believable.
But I still liked it a lot more than the first book.

Shattered & Scarred by A.J. Downey

Shattered & Scarred - A.J. Downey

I'm in a weird reading slump. I'm still reading books but those aren't the stories I picked out for March. These are random books I had no wish to read. But as long Anne Bishop's book hasn't arrived I can't see the situation changing. Shattered and Scarred was one of those stories I had no intention of reading. 
So, let's talk about it. 
Should I really believe that the man in the cover is thirty-six years old? Sorry, can't do this. 
The beginning of the story was interesting but after that it had so many ups and downs I started skipping pages until I got to the interesting part again. 
I actually liked the characters but at times I didn't understand them. After everything Ashton went through she was very quick to trust strange men. I thought she needed therapy but apparently sex with two men was all the cure she needed. And it made the romance between Ashton and Trigger so unbelievable. I liked how author showed both the gritty side and the emotional side of the characters but the singing part and all the musical stuff was too much for me. 
The story also had too many typos. I had to read sentences again and again because I couldn't understand them and realized then that the comma was missing or the word wasn't right.

King by Jamie Begley

King - Jamie Begley

I'm a little upset and not because of the book (I actually liked the story) but because of the opinions I read on the net. It seems that some people just decided that Evie was a ... (I'm not going to type that word) and didn't deserve her happily ever after. Their main reason seemed to be that Evie slept with Shade and now was after King. Well, maybe you should have read the book before making up your mind. Or at least avoided the name calling when you decided you didn't care about the characters and therefore wouldn't read the book.
I've liked Evie from the start and I actually don't care who she slept with. They were adults and knew what they did. I liked her because she was loyal and a good friend (she actually regretted the incident with Beth and never repeated her mistake). I also liked how her character developed throughout the story.
Still, I give it only three stars because King was so out of his element. This book also didn't have that warm community feeling The Last Riders books have had. 

The Hero by Robyn Carr

The Hero - Robyn Carr

I'm so sorry to say it but I was bored. The whole story sounded like a retelling of the book - not enough dialogue for me. I actually forgot the main characters' names and had to check them before writing about the book in my blog and I had just finished it. It also seemed like some parts of the story were missing, like Jacob finding Devon and so on.
The beginning of the story was quite good but the book should have started earlier. I wanted to read about Devon and Laine's friendship and how they lived on the farm. And although Devon's escape and living in Rawley's house was rather good, her romance with Spencer was dull.