Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lady Killer by Jamie Rich


Illustrated by Joelle Jones

Summary
Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer! She’s balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American Dream life is in danger!


A brand-new original black comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.

“LADY KILLER is just as much splash-page gore as it is a biting commentary on American society, creating a well-balanced work for both fans of horror and of smart political thrillers.” -fangoria.com

Series Overview: Not a series, Lady Killer is a one-shot black comedy that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.

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Funny, lethal with gorgeous illustrations.

To be honest, there is nothing special in the plot or the dialogues but the illustrations are amazingly well detailed. It's a cool art work and you return in the 60's following this lovely psycho killer in disguise inside a perfect innocent housewife.

I've really enjoyed it because of the art. Like the 60's and the fact that the lady is a bloody cold assassin in with a killer look! :-)

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

One Scandalous Kiss by Christy Carlyle

Summary
When a scheming marquess' daughter offers her one hundred pounds to publicly kiss a nobleman, a desperate Jessamin Wright agrees. She believes the money will save her failing bookstore and finally free her from her father's debts. But when Jess bursts into an aristocratic party and shocks the entire ton, she never expects to enjoy the outrageous embrace she shares with a grim viscount.

Lucius Crawford, Viscount Grimsby, has never met, or kissed, anyone like the beautiful suffragette who unsettles him with a single touch. He has always strived for control and avoided passion at all costs. Lucius is determined to protect his title and restore the estate he's unexpectedly inherited, but Jess' appearance in his life poses a threat to his plans and his heart. After a country house party brings them together once more, neither can resist temptation, and both find that one scandalous kiss just isn't enough.

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It has been a long time since I've read an historical romance and I thought the plot has some potential to make an entertaining read.

If the character are nice, I thought the story was lacking of rhythm. It's a short one when as soon as the dare is issued and the kiss is given…the reader will have to wait until the last pages to have some action.
Romantic action or some twist… A bit too look as I'm not patient and prefer a fast pace in my stories.

It's not a bad story just one that will not mark me.

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright

The Phoenix Pack Vol 3

Synopsis
A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.

Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.

Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.

Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac. 


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I was really waiting for Nick and Shaya story as the author was teasing us with this future couple from volume 2. Let's say that is the first volume where I was not eagerly turning the pages.
It's not that the story was not interesting. It's just that Shaya giving the cold shower to Nick during half the book was getting tedious.

In the meantime, the background story was cool with the extremist and the memories of Derren and Nick in juvie. The reader learns a lot of new details about the Nick and discovers new characters like Rory, Kathy, Kent…

But, even if it's less gripping, I was still excited enough to reread the volume 4. Just to be able to remember all of Rory and Marcus adventures.

It's a so so story.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Misfit Economy by Kyra Maya Phillips and Alexa Clay

Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal Entrepreneurs

Synopsis
A book that argues that lessons in creativity, innovation, salesmanship, and entrepreneurship can come from surprising places: pirates, bootleggers, counterfeiters, hustlers, and others living and working on the margins of business and society.

Who are the greatest innovators in the world? You’re probably thinking Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. The usual suspects.

This book isn’t about them. It’s about people you’ve never heard of. It’s about people who are just as innovative, entrepreneurial, and visionary as the Jobses, Edisons, and Fords of the world, except they’re not in Silicon Valley. They’re in the street markets of Sao Paulo and Guangzhou, the rubbish dumps of Lagos, the flooded coastal towns of Thailand. They are pirates, slum dwellers, computer hackers, dissidents, and inner city gang members.

Across the globe, diverse innovators operating in the black, grey, and informal economies are developing solutions to a myriad of challenges. Far from being “deviant entrepreneurs” that pose threats to our social and economic stability, these innovators display remarkable ingenuity, pioneering original methods and practices that we can learn from and apply to move formal markets.

This book investigates the stories of underground innovation that make up the Misfit Economy. It examines the teeming genius of the underground. It asks: Who are these unknown visionaries? How do they work? How do they organize themselves? How do they catalyze innovation? And ultimately, how can you take these lessons into your own world?



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As I've received this book from Edelweiss in exchange of a fair review, I've also been allowed to read it during a certain amount of time. Unfortunately, I was busy and it's not the same to read an entertaining story before going to bed than reading a serious book. So I wasn't able to finish this one.

And I'm very sad because it was very well written and interesting. What has piqued my curiosity at the beginning was hearing about success coming from people you don't really think as successful when they truly are in their innovative or unusual roads.

To be honest, I will not be able to go much further than that as I haven't read it entirely. But what I've started was really cool, informative and captivating. So I will purchase it and give it a proper review as soon as possible.

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright




The Phoenix Pack Vol 2

Synopsis
Despite having been besotted with Dante Garcea since she was a child, wolf shifter Jaime Farrow figures that it’s time to move past the crush. If he wanted her, he wouldn’t have ignored her flirtatious behavior, right? Hiding her intense attraction to him isn’t easy – especially now that they're part of the same pack again – but with bigger issues to worry about and with the submissive wolf act to maintain, Jaime is resolute on moving forward. Now if only the workaholic control-freak would let her…

As the pack Beta, Dante doesn't have the space or time in his life for a relationship. As such, he ignores his intense hunger for the willful – and sometimes crazy – Jaime. Yet when her flirtations abruptly end, Dante finds that he doesn’t like losing her attention. He finds something else too – Jaime's hiding something. Determined to uncover her secret, he sets out to break through her defenses, even though being around her intensifies his cravings for her. What he finds is a problem that Jaime is convinced not even a powerful Beta can solve.


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This second volume in the "Phoenix Pack" Series can be read by itself but since I'm reading all the stories, once again I was not disappointed.

Ok, you can see the author pattern in the way she builds her romantic love story and scene sex. But the background plot is always full of entertainment with fighting and humor. Dominic cheesy lines are always hilarious and he is my favorite character so far.

As for Dante and Jaime, they are a lovely couple. Like that the woman has some scars and that she needs to overcome some personal issues. This volume is darker but you learn about never to let go and stop fighting for the ones you love.

Really like the author imagination and way of attracting the reader to care for her personages.
A cool moment to spend with funny crazy touching lethal people.
Cool entertaining read.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright


The Phoenix Pack VOL 1

Synopsis
When female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks.

Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.

But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception.


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Few months ago, I've received Vol 4 and I've really enjoyed myself and the author writing. So I was curious to meet the other members of the pack and has decided to start the The Phoenix Pack Series.
And it was a really great decision! :-)
I've liked and was hooked by romantic and pack plots as well as the backgrounds stories.

In this first volume, we meet Taryn and Trey. I immediately found Taryn, sassy attitude, funny. She is a spirited female personage. She doesn't let herself be dominated, speaks her mind and hasn't problem to fight for what she wants and believes.
It's refreshing. Really like her.
Dominic flirty crazy lines were also hilarious and I appreciate the humor in the story. It's really like entering a family and discovering the dynamics. Never a dull moment in this story.

Of course, there is a lot of sex scenes but also fighting ones, humor, loyalty and family. Not necessarily the blood one but the one you choose and create for yourself with people you can trust.
Really cool read.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Kaze Hikaru by Taeko Watanabe Vol 23

Synopsis
In the 1860s in Japan, a new era is dawning. During this time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. This group became one of the greatest (and most infamous) movements in Japanese history...the Shinsengumi!

Sei is badly injured when she rescues Shoji in a surprise attack against the Shinsengumi. Though she seems to be recovering, Shoji is haunted by the incident and Sei's role in saving his life. His behavior is so unreasonable that Saito threatens to revoke his role as Vice Captain! Meanwhile, Captain Kondo returns from a disappointing trip to Hiroshima little does he know that some of his closest confidants are conspiring against him!

Impressions
Love this manga.
Always been a fan of Samuraï way of dealing with life: honor, rigor, death, value of given words, respect, poetry and training. Of course, there is corruption, betrayal, cowardise, villains…

The only thing frustrated is the pace at which it is released! :-)

In this volume, Sei has been injured and it forces Soji to understand the importance of her in his life. Of course, Soji being Soji… (The guy is dense!) He decides that Sei must not return to the Shinsengumi because she can lose her life trying to save him once again…

It's funny to see the guy reactions: him flushing, over thinking… And Sei temper! Lol! She is a spitfire!
The designs are cool and I like that you have history, tragic betrayal moment mixed with comical reactions. It's a real good manga to enjoy!

As always, after finishing a volume, I can't wait to put my hands on the next one!

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.


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