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My biggest passion is reading romantic fiction. Doesn't matter if it's Contemporary, Historical, Sci Fi, or Fantasy. It can be intense or funny, dark or light, short or long. I am always looking for the Alpha male in a book as well as a heroine that has a backbone and a little common sense (that harder to find the you might think!!!). I watch TV for 3 hours a week, the rest of the time I have my e-reader in hand and I'm a happy camper.

Nice addition to the series

Smoke and Shadows - Victoria Paige
I received a ARC of this book in return for a honest review.

Having read and enjoyed the previous books in the series i was ready to dive into this latest one when I received it. I was not disappointed. The plot grabbed me from the start and let me said "action packed", more so then the previous books. The only drawback, in my opinion, was that so many acronyms were used that it distracted me at times. I did enjoy catching up with the characters from the previous books. I will not comment one way or another about grammar, punctuation, etc as I rarely pay much attention to it unless it's so bad it pulls me out of the story, which did not happen while reading this book.

I was very happy with how the author handled Viktor's character. I knew this book was going to be about him and in the previous books he came across as a man that was hard as steel and a total control alpha type. He still was, but he bent just enough for Marissa to make the romance total believable.

Marissa was okay. She was a strong character but it wasn't over the top and she was likeable. She only had one "too stupid to live" moment in the book and that was towards the end so I managed to plow through that part. I did drop a star on my review with that in mind as that is one of the things I really dislike in any book I read.

Over-all I did enjoy this book and will eagerly awake the next book.

After the Storm by Maya Banks

After the Storm - Maya Banks

I enjoyed this latest in the KGI series. Would not say it was the best book in the series but a visit to the KGI compound is always welcome. I read where others have noted that the instant love was a little weird and I have to agree. I often complain about the ending of a book being rushed but it was just the opposite in this case. Still a nice read and was able to catch-up a bit with the previous characters from the earlier books and had a peep at what's coming with Rusty and Sean.

 

   

Heart of Stone by Christine Warren

Heart of Stone - Christine Warren

I received a publisher's ARC of Heart of Stone by Christine Warren. 

 

Having read all of her books to date, I had very high expectations and was not disappointed. This is the first book in a new paranormal series so there is a bit of world and character building that is a necessary evil, but was handled well and didn't bog down the story. This is a series about defeating the evil demons and saving the world. The Gargoyle Guardians need to be awoken and each book is about one guardian and the heroine that awakens him.

 

Rees is a Gargoyle Guardian and falls into the Alpha category without a doubt. His saying "little human" this and "little human" that, was so funny and adorable. He is protective and works so hard at fighting his attraction to Ella. 

 

Ella is my favorite type of heroine. Not to stupid to live but not so tough that she feels there is nothing she can't handle. She was smart enough to understand what she was capable of doing and deferred to Rees when she wasn't.

 

The story flowed nicely and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.