Donna Reads: Unleashed (The Amoveo Legend, #1) by Sara Humphreys


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4001C208-DC6F-4377-BC80-B314FBB479D1.jpegSamantha Logan is half Amoveo (a race of shifters), but she doesn’t know it. Raised by a grandmother who only wanted to keep her safe after her parents were killed, she doesn’t have a clue she’s different. She moves home to live with her grandmother when she fails as an artist in New York City, and when she meets her new neighbor things begin to change.

Malcolm Drew is full blooded Amoveo, and he has always known that Samantha is his lifemate. If she were full blooded Amoveo, she would’ve known him on sight, too. Since she isn’t, he is forced to date her like a human. As he gets to know her, and they begin to develop a bond, he realizes someone is stalking her. Someone is trying to destroy the Amoveo.

I liked this shifter romance. It was different than I expected. It was romantic, and the world building was well done and interesting. I liked the characters, and the supporting cast is clearly being developed to star in future installments. I would recommend this one.

Donna Reads: Rock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick, #2) by Kristen Ashley


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13918CB4-8A3D-4823-97B1-FF312CF1C8BE.jpegThis the second book in the Rock Chick series. First off, what is a rock chick? I have no idea. I guess they think they are bad ass and cool. I still don’t get it.

Our heroine here (Henrietta “Jet” McAlister) had a LOT of promise. She was someone who was living in a situation I am very familiar with. Her mother had had a stroke (both my parents had strokes), and Jet was taking care of her Mom. Her mother had only recovered so far and was struggling to get better. I liked all that about Jet. She worked two jobs, she didn’t have much of a life, but she loved her mother.

That was what I liked about her.

She didn’t have a lot of confidence. I can understand that, too. Her sister was a mostly naked calendar model. I guess that would be enough to give anyone an inferiority complex.

Our hero is Eddie Chavez, a vice cop. I really liked Eddie in the first Rock Chick book where he really had a thing for the heroine, but he didn’t get the girl. I was excited about hearing his story. Eddie is tough, and Eddie is hot. We hear that over and over and over in this second installment. Everyone thinks Eddie is gorgeous.

What I didn’t like about this book is that Eddie didn’t have a lot to do. He was ineffective. I kept waiting for Eddie to have his big moment and do something really cop tough or something really bad ass to save Jet. He didn’t get that moment. Poor Eddie didn’t even get a big “I love you” moment.

It’s obvious that Eddie is crazy about Jet, but he never once utters those three little words. As a romance novel reader, I felt cheated. I wanted Eddie to tell her. The closest he ever got was calling her “mi amor” and saying two or three times “you really don’t have a clue, do you?” Come on, have him say it if she was that stupid.

I did get irritated with the supporting men in this second installment (they are future series heroes). They kept hitting on Jet even though they knew Eddie was crazy about her, and they were supposedly his friends. It didn’t say a lot about their characters. It just made them douchebags.

As in all KA books, she has the women do all the heavy lifting. Jet ran around with Indy (the heroine from book one), and she wore skimpy clothing and high heels and took on all the bad guys. I can understand one lucky kick to the crotch working, but there is no way in hell that every time a woman goes toe to toe with a man that she’s going to come out on top. Even if the criminal/crook/bad guy is a total loser, normal women do not punch out normal men. Sorry. It doesn’t happen.

In this story, Jet’s father is a bum. He’s in trouble with various criminal gangs. He basically puts her in the line of danger, and she allows herself to stay there. She doesn’t ask for help. She doesn’t tell anyone half of the stupid stuff she’s going to do.

I am in fear here of losing interest in this series. I gave up on Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series because it was all the same book with the same jokes and storylines over and over. I got five books into Plum and decided the grandmother’s hijinks weren’t funny enough to keep me reading. Each book was the same story with different bad guys.

I keep reading KA because I really like the heroes. I just wish they were more heroic. The women don’t need to save the day every time. It isn’t realistic.

Donna Reads: Mystery Man (A Dream Man Novel) by Kristen Ashley


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85272934-5E75-4686-B05C-E8D6D7434541.jpegI’m starting to wonder if Ms. Ashley’s books are all a variation on the same theme. She seems to write great heroes who don’t get a lot to do in the story with ditzy dames as their female leads. The women are all hot, and they all dress slutty. All the male characters in the story want them. The heroines go off and get into all kinds of ridiculous situations trying to save the day themselves instead of letting the hero take care of them. I guess I just don’t get the whole slapstick/Lucille Ball thing. Not all women are monumentally stupid.

The heroine in this book, Gwendolyn Kidd, only sees the hero (her Mystery Man) at night, sleeping with him for a year and a freaking half and she doesn’t even know his name! (That’s not disgusting). She lets him continue to break into her house whenever he feels like sleeping with her, and he leaves before dawn. She also tongue kisses any man who kisses her and has an instant spark and sexual reaction. Seriously? Come on! What a floozy.

Gwen was several long steps over the line into skank territory which was a shame because she could’ve been such a great character. She was sweet, funny and charming. I would have liked her a lot more if she’d just said “no” and kept more of the men at arm’s length.

Gwen was stringing along four hot men even after she’d been sleeping with the hero for a year and a half. She’s sleeping with her mystery man (hot guy #1) nearly every night and one day her horrible half sister (who should have been disowned by TSTL Gwen years ago) gets into really bad trouble. Gwen turns to the local motorcycle gang since she remembers her sister dated one of the bikers. She attracts the attention of the motorcycle gang president (hot guy #2). This infuriates her mystery man and he finally comes to her in the daytime and becomes a bigger part of her life. At one point she talks to a police detective (hot guy #3). Then she also finds out her best guy friend (hot guy #4) is also in love with her. They all confess they want her and make a play for her even though they barely know her. I think it was based on the fact that she wore dresses that barely covered her fantastic body, sleazy sky high heels and flirted with and kissed them all.

She spends most of the book getting into trouble and kidnapped. She also sleeps in a bed with the biker for several nights after she’s had a fight with the hero who she was living with. I just did not like her (or her lack of a moral compass). Our hero, Cabe “Hawk” Delgado deserved so much better.

I have another nit to pick with this book. We didn’t find out that Gwen was a blue eyed blonde until the EPILOGUE! I kept trying to figure it out throughput the entire book, looking back several times to see if I’d missed it somewhere. I like to be able to picture the characters as I read, and I couldn’t here.

My overall opinion? If you like silly stories with great heroes and preposterously dumb, over the top sleazy but well-meaning heroines, pick up a Kristen Ashley book. For now I will continue to read them. I’m just not sure I “get” them.


Prayers, Please


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Ever sat in the car in a traffic jam and thought you couldn’t stand it a minute longer?

Try sitting there for eighteen (18) hours. I couldn’t do it. I’d have gone crazy by now.

My hubby is a trucker. He’s currently stuck outside of Tannersville, Pennsylvania on Interstate 80 about eight miles west of the New Jersey border. He’s been there EIGHTEEN hours, folks.

There are about 1500 trucks involved. All are stuck as a result of the big snowstorm we just had that blew through here (Rochester, NY) from late Thursday night until midday Friday. We got about a foot of snow in twelve hours.

That’s my car in the driveway.

Poor hubby ran into the same snow on the road in Pennsylvania midday Friday. There are accidents all around him, and the National Guard has been called in.

Please, pray that he moves soon. He says,

“I’ve got plenty of food plenty of water plenty of fuel I’m warm, playing video games.”