Lady Heather's Sexy Kickass Book Reviews

Love books that have über-alpha-kickass males, and strong, sassy, loyal kickass females. My favorite books have to have a "Happily Ever Ending".

Manhunting - Jennifer Crusie Really good story!
Loved Kate!
Jack certainly took his time getting his head out of his ass, but in the end it well worth the wait!
The Texan's Wager (Wife Lottery, #1) - Jodi Thomas

I really enjoyed this story, and it was not at all what I expected.

This is the first book I've read by Jodi Thomas, and I'll definitely continue on with the rest of the series (because now I have to know what happens to the other two girls).

The writing and story were solid, and the main characters were sneaky..I wasn't quite sold on them, and then suddenly they were under my skin and I ended up loving them.

The sexual tension in the story is well written, and that's the beauty of the story because it is a 'clean' book (so no hotter-than-hell sex) and it worked. I didn't feel that the author had to rush and put a descriptive sex scene at the end to give a 'huge bang' (pardon the pun *grin*).

It was wonderful reading how Carter and Bailee got to know and trust one another, and finally fall in love.. forever.

Favorite Quote:

“Be my wife, all my life.”
For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands, #3) - Shona Husk I would LOVE to do a review for the whole trilogy of this series, because even though the books were individual stories, they continued on from one another and 'flowed' so well together.
Three Wishes - Kristen Ashley
First read: April 28-30, 2012

Re-read April 11, 2013

Dear Diary,
I've been thinking about Lily and Nathaniel for awhile now, and I've FINALLY given in and re-read their story.

Once again, I was hooked right from the start.

The Beginning...

The year is 1943, and this is a beautiful tale of Sarah, a school teacher living in Indiana and her little three year old daughter Rebecca. Sarah is waiting for husband Jim to return home from war.
Months go by, and she receives a package from her husband that he sent to her from England. She opens the package, and inside is a beautiful bottle. A couple of weeks later she is informed that her husband is dead. Sarah realizes that this bottle is the last thing her husband ever touched (for her), and the last present she'll ever get from him...ever.
She begins to vigorously rub the bottle, until it almost turns obsessive compulsive. Until finally, a genie pops out of the bottle and tells her he can grant her three wishes. Sarah thinks she's gone mad, and packs up Rebecca and leaves to stay with her mom for a couple of days. After a couple of days, she returns to find Fazire (the genie) waiting for her.
What seems like for-ev-er, Sarah finally believes that Fazire is a genie, and the only thing she wants back is her husband... one of the few wishes Fazire CANNOT grant. Sarah then says she'll pass her wishes onto her daughter, and Fazire says, "that could take forever". To which Sarah say, "I know'.

Rebecca grows up, marries a man named Will. They are truly in love, and desperately trying to have a baby. Unfortunately, after many years of trying, and many miscarriages Becky asks to be able to have a healthy baby, it didn't matter if it was a boy or a girl. It doesn't have to be perfect, just someone to love.
This is the first wish to be used by the family.
But Fazire didn't do exactly what Becky wanted. "He did make her perfect. He made her bright and funny and very, very talented. He made her sweet and thoughtful and very, very caring. He made her generous and kind and very, very loving.
He decided not to make her beautiful, at least not at first, because she should know humility and not grow up with conceit. Though, she would become a beauty, a splendid beauty beyond compare. Just...Later."

Many years later....

Lily is 14 years old, and lately she's been really sad. The reason being Fazire realizes that he should have made her beautiful a lot quicker. He didn't realize how cruel children were at human schools. Though Lily was not ugly, she was plain. And being so smart, she made the other children think she was strange, and they made fun of her.
Today in particular was the worst. A boy she really liked called her fat. And today she was going to use the second wish.
Lily's wish is as follows: "One day, I wish to find a man like in my books. He has to be just like in one of my books. And he has to love me, love me more than anything in the world. Most important of all, he has to think I'm beautiful.
He has to be tall, very tall and dark and broad-shouldered and narrow-hipped. And he has to be handsome, unbelievably handsome, IMPOSSIBLY handsome with a strong, square jaw and powerful cheekbones and tanned skin and beautiful eyes with lush, thick lashes. He has to be clever and very wealthy but hard-working. He has to be virile, fierce, ruthless and rugged. And he has to be hard and cold and maybe a little bit forbidding, a little bit bad with a broken heart I have to mend or one encased in ice I have to melt or better yet... both!
We have to go through some trials and tribulations. Something to test our love, make it strong and worthy. And.. and... he has to be daring and very masculine. Powerful. People must respect him, maybe even fear him. Graceful too and lithe, like a... like a cat! Or a lion. Or something like that.
And he has to be a good lover. The best, so good, he could almost make love to me just by using his eyes.
...Don't forget the part about him loving me more that anything on earth... and the part about him thinking I'm beautiful!"


And Fazire granted lovely Lily her wish.

Eight years later, London England. Lily meets Nathaniel

Lily's went to university in England (Oxford) on a scholarship, and has decided to stay.
One day Lily is walking down the street when a boy snatches her purse.
Nathanial McAllister is also walking down the street with his father, when he witnesses Lily's purse being snatched. When his eyes move to Lily, he freezes. While he's drinking in the vision of Lily, nobody moves into help her (not even him) to get her purse back.
Lily finally gives up screaming and asking for help (because no one's helping her) and charges right after the boy. Then Nate watched in stunned surprise as Lily jumps onto the boy's back. The boy staggers back, and then slams Lily up against the side of a building. Her head snaps back so hard, you can here it crack.
That is when Nate moves.
He grabs the boy, and slams him into the building, then moves his hand to around the boys throat, lifting him until he's wheezing.
"Drop the bag," Nate orders. The boy drops Lily's purse.
Lily says, "I'll call the police."
When their eyes meet, Nate is drawn into her eyes, and Lily looks at him as if she recognizes him.

This is when Lily realizes she's met 'her wish".



This is the beginning of Lily and Nathanial's heartbreaking, volatile, inspiring, courageous, loving journey.
I laughed, I cried (the last chapter in the book.. again had me a blithering idiot).

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I was frustrated to no end with Nathanial at times, and yet I understood his pain.
I loved reading about Lily's strength, sacrifice, courage, and love for Nathanial and Tash. (Read the book and you'll find out who Tash is)

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... and I fell in love with Lily and Nathanial all over again!

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This is my favorite Kristen Ashley of them all (so far). I don't know why, but something in the story just 'digs deep' because it's also a story about second-chances and redemption....BEAUTIFUL!!

Highly recommend!
READ THIS STORY!!
Extreme Exposure - Pamela Clare First read: September 29, 2010

I wanted to take a couple of day to think about this book before I posted a review... well a couple of days have passed and this story still 'pops' into my head.
To start with.. Reese is PERFECT! The man can cook, clean, has excellent taste in food, and wine. He was (and plans to be once again) a teacher who ran for Senate because his students challenged him to prove what he was teaching them 'that anyone can run for office and make a difference'. Reese has a conscience and He's an idealist who stands on what He believes in. He is protective yet not overbearing. He works out (buffed and ripped) and according to the book is amazing in bed...what more can I say...He's every woman's fantasy and every man wants to be him.
Kara on the other hand grew up without a father, and the first man she fell in love with dumped her when she became pregnant so she was left to work, and raise a child on her own....hence there is a trust issue between her and Reese.
Only a character like Reese's could break the barrier that Kara has put up.
Now to the story...AMAZING! Kara is an investigative reporter who 'gets right in there' to get the story. She risks her life in order to protect the innocent and make the world a better place for her little boy.
There is action, suspense, mystery and of course a brewing romance between Reese and Kara.
I highly recommend this book and will continue to read the rest of the series.

Second read: May 10, 2013

Amazing! Loved this story more the second time I read it! Still LOVE Reece, and Kara is still my hero!
Still 5 shiny stars!
Magic Strikes -  Ilona Andrews First read April, 2011

Second read June 11, 2013
Creed (Unfinished Hero, #2) - Kristen Ashley

I just want to start out by saying that I was a little skeptical about reading this story (hence the reason it took me forever to give it a go). The reason being the mixed feelings/reviews towards Sylvie. Some people hated her, while others thought she was "d'bomb".
I'm going to have to say that my opinion lies with the latter group.

She was like no other female lead KA has written before and because of her up-bringing and her tragic past, Sylvie's "badassedness" TOTALLY worked for me.

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I loved this amazing tangled tale Ms. Ashley weaved.
The characters had depth, and I was engaged right from the beginning. I find with each book KA writes she just gets better and better. One thing I really appreciate about her writing is that she always finds a way to incorporate "my favorite" characters from her other series', and this book was no exception (loved seeing "Hawk").

Creed & Sylvie together were volatile, amazing, heart-breaking, and extremely intense.

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I loved the past they shared (the first 11 years together), as well as the history and their experiences that made them into the characters they are today.

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The passion they had for one another was..

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... and one my favorite things that Creed said to Sylvie was, ".. and bring the oil"

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Creed was... amazing!
His loyalty, dedication, protection, and love for Sylvie was incredible to read and a wonderful thing to experience. The reader got the absolute sense that these two characters were just barely surviving without one another, and that they both needed one another just to "breathe".

They both realized at a very early age (Sylvie 6, and Creed 11) that they were "the one" for each other, and due to circumstances (and people manipulating their lives) it took them 16 years to get back to each other and finally know the incredibly tragic truth about what really happened all those years ago.

I absolutely LOVED this story, and I'd like to also point out that I REALLY liked the extra splash of eroticism, and bdsm Thank you for that Ms. Ashley!

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Hi all, my dashboard's going to be a little 'wonky' for the next couple of days as I'm re-organizing my shelves and putting my books where they truly belong.

 

 

 

 

Breathe (Colorado Mountain, #4) - Kristen Ashley

5 ++ stars to start... and then for the re-read,...and for the re-read after that.. and so on, and so on ....

I would just like to start off by saying that this is one of my favorite Kristen Ashley books (to date)... I have to say 'to date' because each time I read a 'new' KA book, well that one then becomes my new favorite.
I would also like to further say that my 'inner geek' was jumping-for-joy the whole time I was reading this story! The fact that I 'totally got' the Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and Supernatural quips was AWESOME, and AMAZING!

I can't emphasize how much I ADORED Faye! I loved her shyness, intellect, wisdom, integrity, loyalty, geekiness, and of course her temper...when she loses her temper, watch out!

My two favorite 'Faye rants' are:

The first: When she calls her parents house to talk to her dad, and her mom refuses to put him on the phone. Had me in stitches!

Faye: "Okay, and just so you know, I'm angry but still, if I found you were an unknown model of Cylon, I wouldn't kill you because you're my Mom. But I would find you a habitable planet and dump you there. I'm so angry enough to dump Gaius there with you (personally I would have dumped her with Balthazar, but hey to each his own).... So that tells you just how angry I am at you for not letting me speak my mind to Dad."

The second: When Chace share's his 'dark' with Faye and she gets pissed off at Chace's father on his behalf and compares the situation to Darth Vader and Luke's relationship

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She then goes on to say,
"And let's just say it's good I'm not a trained Jedi because I'd get my light saber, jump in my T-65 X-wing Starfighter and hightail my ass to Aspen and 'call him out' if I was."

I was literally laughing out loud reading this! PRICELESS!!

And then there's Chace.
Chace's character is tortured and broken. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. His whole life he's associated
love = protection. He sacrifices his life, and his career to protect his mother's fragile mind from his father's discrepancies.. until he gets to the point where He can't 'breathe'.. then he takes a stand for what's right and decides NO MORE!
The town makes him out as a hero, but inside all he sees are his faults, failures, and his weakness for not doing right from the very start.

Faye offers him love, healing, understanding, compassion, acceptance, and most importantly redemption. She see's Chace as a 'hero' and a 'knight in shining armor' and She knew when she was 16 years old that Chace would make her heart race, and she saved herself for him and never let go of that feeling... at the same time Chace knew when he first saw her in the grocery store shopping with a book in her nose that she was who he wanted. Circumstances prevented them from getting together then, but now is there time.

Favorite quote:
"I'll let you in on a secret, honey. The knight who has serious chinks in his armor but never falls is the true hero. That means he's won battles and doesn't waste time polishing his armor so he can good while he rides in parades that are tributes to his glory. He just drags himself back on his steed and keeps right on battling. And if he's the right kind of knight, he never rides alone. The best heroes inspire loyalty. The best heroes keep fighting the good fight, tirelessly, quietly. The best heroes always have scars. If they didn't, the heroine would have nothing to do. It's her job to help the hero let all that stuff go in order that her man can be strong enough to fight on but when he's with her he's free to just 'breathe'."

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I LOVED this story, the writing, the characters, and of course the epilogue!

If your a Kristen Ashley fan or even a fan of kick-ass-alpha males YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED in this story, and You can take that to the bank!



Second read: Oct 13-15, 2012

...better than the first time!!
I paid more attention to Chase's character (which is TOTALLY amazing!), as well as Deck's... and I gotta say, Deck's story is going to be friggn HAWT!! CANNOT. WAIT!!


Third read: September 6-9, 2013

..still one of my "favorite" contemporary romance - chick-lit stories EVER!



I am SO ready to read [b:Jagged|15817361|Jagged (Colorado Mountain, #5)|Kristen Ashley|/assets/nocover/60x80.png|21544285]...NOW! Better get ready Dorsey! *grin*
It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars, #1) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
WOW!

What an amazing read, and although I don't often read sports-romance books (especially football..hey I'm Canadian if anything, I'd read a romance with hockey..Eh?..LOL) this was really good!

This happened a lot while reading this story

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I really, really, really liked Dan. I loved his complexity, strength, loyalty, gentleness, and his own desire for a HEA.
He is not what I'm used to in a 'hero', but he was written beautifully! He just seemed SO real, with many layers.
I was wonderful to read how frustrated, and angry Dan would get when trying to talk to, or even relate to Phoebe

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.. and Phoebe, you were AMAZING! Your upbringing and what happened to you broke my heart, but GIRRRL.. YOU. ARE. A. SURVIVOR! You did what you had to do in order to survive and what amazed me about your character was that you did not become cold and bitter, but if anything you were insecure (but never let it show), and yet still so strong and able to adapt to any and all situations brilliantly!

All you ever wanted was to be accepted and loved.

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LOVED THIS STORY!

Definitely one of my favorites!
Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews First read April 12, 2011

Second read June 9, 2013 S
Still an AMAZING 5 STARS!!
Grounded (Up In The Air, #3) - R.K. Lilley I have to wrap my head around this story.

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3.5 stars

This is the third and final installment in the "Up In The Air" series, and I SOO wanted to LOVE it as much as I did the first two, but unfortunately, I didn't.

Somewhere along the line, I felt the author lost her amazing characters, and instead filled this story with a whole bunch of creative ways (and places) James could f*%K Bianca.

I LOVED James in the first two books, but not so much in this one. In this story he comes across way too obsessive and domineering (more like an extreme stalker or abusive spouse).

For me, BDSM is a relationship between two people (the Dom & Sub) that fulfills their needs. It is consensual, beautiful, and there is absolute trust that there is no abuse. Trust that their wants and needs will be fulfilled and respected without any shame or judgement. I didn't get that feeling from this story, in fact a few scenes in the book made me feel uncomfortable. ** When James put Bianca in the dark room by herself after she met with her half-brother for the first time and then,(still not talking to her) he pierces her nipples.**

The secondary story about Bianca's crazed father only really 'kick-in' in the last couple of chapters of the book.

The ending was really good, and the epilogue was friggen AMAZING, but it was the middle that disheartened me. There was no story, character/relationship building, but....just a LOT of sex. Don't get me wrong, I like reading erotica and BDSM, but this just seemed like 'filler' until the end of the story.

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I wanted more 'guts' in this story.

The WHOLE book should have been AMAZING!!


... and that's what frustrated me the most, this story had SO much potential, but I felt the author dropped the ball I'm sorry say.

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Protecting What's His (Line of Duty, #1) - Tessa Bailey WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS AN UBER-ALPHA, POSSESSIVE, SEXY-HOT, TATTOOED POLICE OFFICER.. WHO WOULD PEE ON His WOMAN IF HE COULD GET AWAY WITH IT TO MARK HER AS HIS!

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THIS. BOOK. WAS. SMOKIN' HOT!!
Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until I finished!

The story about a 23 year old Ginger who has been raising her 17 year old sister for a very long time because her mother is a prostitute and drug addict, and has literally abandoned them. When her mother comes home one night and passes out with a large amount of money falling out of her purse, Ginger sees an opportunity to escape and give her little sister a better life with a fresh start somewhere new. She takes the money, packs her sister up and they leave Nashville and head north to Chicago.
This is when she meets Derek, her neighbor across the hall, and also a Homicide Police Lieutenant.
The first time they meet is a disaster. Derek has to go to one of the officers under his command's funeral, and he's hung over. Ginger is moving (rather loudly) into the building, and this puts Derek over the edge and he yells at them, then proceeds to be a jerk to Ginger.
Regardless of not seeing each other for a couple of days, neither one of them can't stop thinking of the other.
Derek does a background check on Ginger and finds out a little of her history, and he also runs her mother's name, and finds out who Ginger grew up with.
They're next encounter is totally different. They find themselves both on their apartment buildings roof top patio. Ginger apologizes for the comments she made to Derek, and he also apologizes and tells her about having to go to a funeral that day. She tells him she just got a job as a bartender, and they proceed to flirt with one another.
Derek doesn't mess around and says,"Let me be clear, Ginger, since you insist on talking in circles. I want you underneath me in my bed. I want to be buried inside you so deep that I have to remind you of your own name. And I want those motherfuckers leering at you from the other side of the bar to smell me on you for a week afterward."
Hers eyes widen, and just when she's about to say something, Derek then says, "I just wanted to be up-front. Goodnight, Ginger."

That was only the beginning of them circling one another, until finally they can't take it any longer. Derek asks Ginger to be his date at a city function, by the time dinner is over they've both reached their sexual tension limit. Derek declares,"we're leaving now... Listen to me, baby. From the time we walk in the door to my apartment, you will have less than a minute before I put my cock inside you. No foreplay. No kissing. There won't be any time, because you've got me strung so damn tight I can barely think straight. I need you to keep yourself wet for me on the ride home. Starting now."

This is the impression you have of how Derek looks at Ginger:
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.. and this is what the reader is doing
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As there relationship grows, Ginger doesn't want anything other than a physical relationship with Derek, because she's terrified that if she starts to care for him, he'll break her.
Derek is falling, and falling hard. Right from the start he felt totally possessive of Ginger, and everything in him was screaming

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The rest of the story is intense and hot!

If the warning above doesn't deter you from reading this story, then I think you'll enjoy this story.

Once again, thank you so much Dorsey for the recommendation of this AWESOME story!
Waking the Dead (Mindhunters, #3) - Kylie Brant
This is the third book in Kylie Brant's "Mindhunter" series, and it was absolutely BRILLIANT!!

This book had it all... chills, thrills, romance, an über-bad-ass lead male, and a kick-ass-super-smart female lead.

The writing and characters were amazing, and the author had me engaged right till the very end trying to figure out "who did it".

By the end of the story I was like

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aarrrrrr... WHO DID IT??

... and then finally, the Author tied everything up nicely

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Can't wait to read the next book in this series!

Hunter's Season (Elder Races #4.7) - Thea Harrison

First read: September 20, 2012

Amazing novella to complement the "Elder Races" series!
Xanthe & Aubrey's story was wonderful to read.
The readers finally get the answers to the mystery of the tarot cards, and we get to spend time with Tiago & Niniane once again.


Second read: August 7, 2013

Loved Aubrey and Xanthe's story a second time. I really like how this story continued right where [b:Devil's Gate|13606133|Devil's Gate (Elder Races, #4.6)|Thea Harrison|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1334958620s/13606133.jpg|19201165] left off.. right after Duncan and Seremela dropped Xanthe off in Chicago.
Magic Bites -  Ilona Andrews First read April 6-10, 2011

Second read June 6-7, 2013