Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Paige Tyler's X-Ops and SWAT Series.. WOW!

Okay, so I have been getting Tyler's books on NetGalley for a couple of years. I read the first, and thought they were meh, but my sister was reading them and loved them so I kept getting them. Fast forward to August 2017. On a whim, I grabbed all the books in both series and sat down with them and HOLY CRAP. I finished each series in less than a week. They were fantastic!

I love the strong female characters in both series. They don't take crap lying down, they fight for what they want. The men are equally awesome, because they see the women as their equals. Not like some series like these where the men are all alpha and the women lay down and take it. That drives me insane. 

The X-Ops series is about a group of people that are shifters. Now, they don't completely shift into animals, they only have claws, fangs, and the super human abilities. Men and women can be shifters, and apparently its a slight mutation in a persons DNA that has them become one. They are recruited to work for a secret government group, and throughout the series you can see that someone involved in the organization is trying to either take it down or take it over. 

The SWAT series is a series about a pack of werewolves who make up a Dallas SWAT team. Werewolves don't bite people to become a werewolf. It happens after a horrible traumatic event. All of the SWAT team were either cops or soldiers that experienced a traumatic event where they lived but became werewolves. And its a huge secret, too. 

Both series are really great and I hope that y'all take the time to read them!

The Troubleshooters series is back, another hot Navy Seal with a massive problem when his daughter disappears. Romance writer Shayle to save the day!

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

I have never thought Ms Brockmann's books needed any introduction. I have been waiting years for a new Troubleshooters book. This series is so incredibly awesome. I think I started reading her sometime around 2002. In fifteen years, I have never been disappointed by a Brockmann book, and that still stands true.

Peter Greene is an instructor at the Navy Seal.. academy? School? He unexpectedly gains custody of his daughter Maddie when her mother dies. He tries his best, which maybe is not his best, but Maddie doesn't seem to be acclimating to her new life or new school and one day she disappears.

Shayla Whitman is driving along one day and out in the street pops a seriously hot guy. He flags her down and begs her to follow a car that he is positive he saw his missing daughter in. Although probably meant to be more serious, Shayle and Peter's journey to find Maddy has major ups and downs and plenty of humor. Shayla writes romance novels and her main character speaks occasionally in her head.

What they don't know is that Maddie's supposed friend has gotten her in a heap of trouble and she and her little friend Dingo are trying to solve it without dying or involving anyone else.  

I shouldn't have to say, "Hey, you need to read this!" because, well, its Suzanne Brockmann.. we should all know by now!  Anyways, I think there was just enough humor in this book to keep me from getting too worried about Maddie and her situation. It was really hilarious when Shayla's character talked to her, especially regarding the hot Seal next to her. Wowsa! So, obviously, I really enjoyed this book, so as soon as it is released, everyone run to the store!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Roar by Cora Carmack

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Pavan and its neighboring countries are mauled by devastating storms day in and day out. A rare few have the magic to be able to contain the storms and steal the heart of the storms, to use to keep their lands safe. Aurora has been isolated for years from everyone outside of the Queen. After the death of her brother, she is the Pavan heir, but she has no powers to protect her country. Her mother devises to a plan and Aurora is betrothed to the second son of the neighboring country, someone who can use his magic to protect Pavan from the horrible storms. At first he is intimidating, but then she learns the truth of his actions. She follows him to a forbidden market and meets a crew of storm hunters who go out and protect the lands as well as trapping magic to be used to help people. She takes on the name Roar and stages her own kidnapping to run away with the hunters and learn about how they control storms. Without storm magic, she feels she can learn from them how to do it to protect her lands. 

But there is much, much more to Roar than meets the eye and when the storms start rolling by, Roar has an intense reaction to them. So a search begins to find out what is special about Roar and why she reacts the way she does. 

I loved this story! I had never heard of this author, and then I saw on a post on facebook from a book review page and thought it sounded good. I was excited when NetGalley posted it and couldn't wait to read it. This is a Young Adult book, but much more for older teens, as it does have some sexual scenes, much as the Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas. I enjoyed Roar's character, and alternately wanted to smack Locke and hug him. The hunter crew of Duke, Bait, Jinx, Sly, and Ransom were all very interesting characters, though I am not a fan of Sly. I am interested to see where the storyline goes with her.

All in all I thought this was really a fantastic new young adult fantasy book. The cliffhanger, though. Gah!! Authors keep doing this to me!

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts June 2017

Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax's floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father's side, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who's been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards' Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana's uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead--with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart-if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

Tilla has always just wanted her father's approval and to become his heir. Instead, she is a bastard daughter who is treated fairly well, but not as well as his wife and legitimate daughters. However, on the day of a visit from the monarchy, Lyriana, the princess, goes beyond convention and sits herself at the bastards table. Wary of her, but sensing her innocence, a friendship grows. Tilla, Lyriana, Jax, Miles, and Zell sneak out at night to visit the beach, but while there they witness their parents kill Lyriana's Mage uncle, betraying the throne to start a war for freedom of their lands. Now wanted, they flee to find help from Lyriana's father in the capital. As they near freedom, a betrayal from one of their own stops them in their tracks and derails their plans.

That's all I got. LOL! This really was a great book. I was leary of the title, however I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to a sequel!