Skin Deep (I-Team 5.5) by Pamela Clare

Skin Deep (I-Team, #5.5)Skin Deep by Pamela Clare

Title: Skin Deep
Author: Pamela Clare
Series: I-Team 5.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal E-book purchase
Sexual Meter: Sex scenes, acts of sensuality

Broken on the inside

Megan Hunter has worked hard to get back on her feet, leaving the nightmare of her teenage years behind. The last thing she wants or needs in her life is a man. But when she is attacked by someone from her past, a scarred stranger intervenes, saving her life and that of her little girl. Looks can be deceiving, for despite the man’s rough appearance, she feels safe with him. And for the first time in her life, she knows the stirrings of desire.

Broken on the outside

Nathaniel West paid a high price serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. He returned to his family’s ranch in the Colorado mountains to heal—and be alone. Disfigured as he is, he has put all thoughts of sex and romance aside. But something about Megan brings him back to life, heats his blood, makes him feel like a man again. As danger pursues her, and the truth about her past is revealed, he vows to protect her—and to heal her wounded spirit.

But confronting the past is never easy—especially when it’s carrying a gun. Megan will have to learn to trust Nate to survive and to claim a passion that is much more than … Skin Deep.

Includes a Bonus Story, Marc & Julian Make a Beer Run

Ride along with Marc, Julian, Zach, Gabe, Reece, Nate, and Joaquin as a beer run turns out to be more than they bargained for.

I saw this book as I checking out the lendable books that were available from my Nook Friends.  The premise of the story sounded so good that I just had to have it.  I’ve read one other book in the I-Team series and I really enjoyed it very much.  If you haven’t checked out this series I highly recommend it. 🙂

We actually meet Megan in an earlier book in the series, one that I haven’t read yet and I actually didn’t know this until I was reading reviews for this book on Goodreads.  Megan has her own set of demons that she’s dealing with most of them stem from events that happened to her when she was younger. Megan is also a single mother who is trying to do right by her little girl Emily.  But Megan does have 1 big problem and his name is Donny.

Nate West is a former Marine who is dealing with the burns that came from an IED.  He has always admired Megan from afar but when Megan is attacked in the parking lot on her way to pick up Emily from pre-school he steps in and rescues her.  After reading a little bit about Nate you learn that he’s been “burned” by women before and he really wasn’t ready to through his hat in the ring yet when it came to dating but Megan saw past his burns and he eventually gets over himself.

The romance between Nate and Megan starts off pretty slowly and escalates pretty quickly once Megan takes Nate up on his open invitation.  I really enjoyed all the secondary characters that are in the book very much.  Every character adds a little something extra to the book to make it just that much more appealing.  The drama and suspense kept building through out the story as well.  The only issue that I had with the book was you know at the beginning of the book who the bad guy is.  That slightly detracted from the story for me.

Rating: B


Virgin River (Virgin River #1) by Robyn Carr

Virgin River (Virgin River, #1)Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Title: Virgin River
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Purchase

Sexual Meter: sex scenes, acts of sensuality



“Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.”

When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.

But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans…and a former marine cements them into place.

Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.


I downloaded the first 4 books of the Virgin River series onto my Nook a long time ago.  I just hadn’t gotten around to reading them until just recently. Then I’ve been in a reading/reviewing dry spell.  So now here is my review, better late than never 🙂

Mel Monroe moves to Virgin River after the death of her husband to help out the aging town doctor.  When she get’s there she finds that the Doc wants nothing to do with her and is trying to force her out.  She also meets Jack Sheridan, bar owner, former Marine and overall good guy.  Just watching Jack and Mel fall in love is so much fun.  Add in all the secondary characters that make Virgin River what it is and you  are in for an endearing and sometimes comical read.

The drama that is added to this story and the authenticity of the midwife scene’s really made me enjoy this book even more.  I guess my only quirk with the book was that at some points I just felt that there was a little bit too much information being provided.  I also thought that in some of the scenes with Jack and Mel there was a tich to much “cheese” added.

Overall, Virgin River is a great start to this series and I’ve already continued on.  I’m on the 6th book in the series and I’ve only found 1 book in the 6 I’ve been through that I didn’t care for at all.  Please check out this series.  It’s way worth the investment 🙂

Rating: B

First Grave on the Right (Charlie Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Book Stats:

Reading Level: Adult
Genre: PNR/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: EPUB file
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Series: Charlie Davidson #1

Source: Nook Lending Group on Goodreads

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

I had read so many great reviews for this series of books that I had to get my hands on a copy of them.  When they were first released they didn’t really trip my trigger because I wasn’t reading a lot of PNR at the time but now I’m reading significantly more and I’m really glad that I gave this series a shot.

Charlie is the Grim Reaper.  Meaning she can see the dead and they pass through her on their way to the other side.  Charley is also a part-time PI and with her skills and “gift” has helped her father and her uncle, who are/were cops, solve numerous cases.  Charley has a wicked sense of humor too.  She’s been having some issues recently with someone invading her dreams and having their wicked way with her in dreamland.

Then there is Reyes.  What is Reyes?  Well I’m no going to tell you, you’ll just have to read this book to find out.  Though I can tell you that he is TOTAL Alpha male and sex on two legs.  And he keeps Charlie on her toes in dreamland.

Overall, I was beyond impressed with this book.  I’m kicking myself for not getting to this series sooner.  It’s chock full of humor, action and a kick ass heroine.  I don’t know about you but I like my heroine’s strong and if they are kick ass that’s an added bonus!  Each character in this book brought something to the table, even if they were little itty bitty secondary characters.  Beside’s Charlie and Reyes my other favorite character was Angel.  He’s one of Charlie’s partners in crime.  Seriously, if you haven’t read this book pick it up NOW!

Rating:  Break The Bank! (4)

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Keira Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Selection by Kiera Cass

Book Stats

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Format Reviewed: Finished Hardcover
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24, 2012

Series: The Selection #1

Source: Personal Purchase

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The Selection how do I LOVE you?!  Well, you know those cupcakes with the delicious frosting piled on top?  You know the one’s that you know you SHOULDN’T have more than one of but by the time you’re done you’ve had 3 or 4 and you still want more?  That is how much I LOVED The Selection.  Not only was it delicious, I was left wanting MORE!  Now I have to wait for what seems like an ETERNITY for book 2!   😦

What I really liked about this book was that it’s classified as a Dystopian novel but it didn’t really have a Dystopian feel to it at all.  It had “shades” of dystopia but not hardcore like say Legend or The Hunger Games.  Yeah for A-Typical dystopian’s!

In the beginning I was sure how I felt about America.  I kind of felt that at the beginning of the book America was maybe a little bit naive about some things…Mainly men and relationships.  Then I thought that there were some things that America was right on the ball about…Life outside the palace walls, especially for lower caste citizens.  Though as the book progressed I saw a lot of growth in America.  Which made me really happy. 🙂

Can we talk about Aspen for a minute?  I’m NOT a fan.  I felt that in the beginning of the book Aspen was using America because she was a caste above him.  She had a little more food readily available and she was more than willing to share, so felt he took advantage of the situation.  Then things happen later in the book and as a result I’m EVEN LESS of a fan.

Maxon!?  I’m definitely Team Maxon, all the way!  When the ladies of The Selection move into the palace Maxon is WAY out of his element.  To the point of being adorably awkward.  Then America catches his eye and I want to be America.  He showers her with a lot of attention and experiences several firsts with her.  Even though Maxon is clearly attracted to America he does end up doing right by the other girls in The Selection as well.

Overall, I was BEYOND impressed with this book!  It exceeded my expectations and I can hardly wait for the next book to come out.  It has it all!  Drama, romance, evil characters you just want to reach into the book and slap, and action to name a few things.  If you haven’t picked up The Selection and read it yet DO SO RIGHT NOW!


The Paper Shredder Files #1

I have decided that since I’ve read a couple of books lately that I just could not bring myself to finish I am going to do mini-reviews for them in what is now going to be called The Paper Shredder Files.  If you check out my review policy, Paper Shredder is a DNF for me.  But just because these books didn’t work out for me doesn’t mean that they might not work out for you.

EdenTitle: Eden
Author: Keary Taylor
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopia

My Thoughts:  If you check out the Goodreads page for Eden you’ll see  a lot of really favorable reviews for this book.  A lot of the reviews compare this book to The Hunger Games and books like the Uglies.  Some say that they were sucked in from the first page.  It just seems like everyone liked if not LOVED this book.  Then there is me…

The problem that I had with Eden is that I didn’t connect with ANY of the characters in the short little bit of the book that I did read.  I NEED to connect with at least 1 character to continue on reading. I did not find that in Eden.  I also found the pace of the portion of the book that I did read to be to slow for my liking.  I don’t need breakneck, I just need something a little faster than I got from Eden.

From the short little bit of the book that I did read, the most positive thing that I found was the beginning of the book.  It maybe absolutely morbid but I LOVED how the author started this book off.  I’m not going to tell you exactly what that is because that would be a spoiler and I don’t do that here 🙂

A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River, #4)

Title: A Virgin River Christmas
Author: Robyn Carr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Virgin River #4

My Thoughts:  This is another book that a lot of readers seemed to enjoy a lot too.  Personally, I LOVED the first 3 books in the Virgin River series.  And to be honest this one had promise.

The heroine, Marcie, in this book started off really strong and didn’t take any guff off of the “hero, Ian.”  Then that  strong and “didn’t take any guff of the hero” attitude turned into needy and annoying.  Which turned into me losing interest in Marcie.  I NEVER connected with Ian at all.  I saw rough, gruff, mountain man and that is just not the image you want when your trying to connect with a character.

The upside to this book was that the same host of characters from the prior books are all in this book as well, at least from the bit of it that I read anyway.  I LOVE the people of Virgin River, I just didn’t understand this story at all though.

Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1) by Thea Harrison

Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1)

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Book Stats:

Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: May 3, 2011

Series: Elder Races #1

Source: Personal purchase

 Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful-and passionate-of the Elder races.

Why I read this book?: This series was recommended to me a little while ago by the lovely ladies who blog together on The Book Vixen.

What I liked?: I really liked how this book started off.  Pia has just stolen, which she was blackmailed into doing, from Dragos and is on her way to deliver the item to the “shithead” (aka her ex).  Once Dragos figures out he’s been stolen from he goes into a rage and that is when interesting things start happening.

Pia Giovanni, has spent her whole life trying to keep under wraps that she’s half-human and half-wyr.  She’s also spent her whole life purposely trying to avoid drama. She’s been on her own since her mother died when she was 19, she’s now 25. Then she meets Keith (aka the “shithead”) and that’s when her life starts to spiral out of control.

One thing that really drew me to Pia was that even though she is Dragos’ calming force she doesn’t take any of his handouts.  She wants to keep her life her’s as much as she possibly can under the circumstances.  She’s more than capable of taking care of herself and she makes no bones about showing that to Dragos.

Dragos Cuelebre has been around a long time, like since the beginning of the universe.  He’s demanding.  He’s also tall, dark and handsome AND VERY MUCH an Alpha.  He’s so used to getting his way that he completely flipped his top when he was stolen from.  Then Pia comes into his life and he’s thrown for a total loop because she won’t put up with any of his crap.

There is mystery and humor through out this book that kept it engaging and a total page turner for me.  Pia’s heritage is revealed in the book and it was a shock to me.  Though I will admit to being a little bit confused about whether Pia actually knew what her wyr-half really was.  She knew enough that she kept as much information about herself to herself but I wasn’t 100% on if she knew “herself” as well as she seemed to think she did.

The romance in this book was really great in my opinion.  In the beginning I thought it started on deceit but once Dragos and Pia got together things started to build at an even keel.  What I really loved about the developement of the romance was that Pia didn’t let Dragos push her around and forced him to go at a pace that she was comfortable with.

What I disliked?: I got nothing!

Overall Impression: I think that this book is an excellent start to this series and I really want to thank the ladies over at The Book Vixen for recommending this series!


The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympian’s #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Book Stats:

Reading Level: YA/MG
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology/Paranormal
Format Reviewed: E-book
Publisher: Disney Book Group
Publishing Date: May 5, 2009
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympian’s #1
Source: Personal Purchase

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

This first installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.

Why I Read this Book?:  I saw the movie shortly after it came out and thought it was alright.  Everyone I know who had read the books first then saw the movie told me to read the books because they were so much better.  So after many moons I finally read The Lightning Thief.

What I Liked?: I liked that even though this book has a male main character this book can be enjoyed by the female population as well. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE mythology?!  Especially Greek mythology?! There’s also plenty of action and humor in this book as well.

I really liked Percy.  He thinks he’s just your typical 12-year-old with Dyslexia and ADHD.  Little does he know!?  He’s actually a demi-god.  A son of one of the BIG three. He learns all this after being attacked by a fury.  He also learns that his best friend Grover is actually a satyr and one of his professors is actually a centaur.

Zeus’ lightning bolt has gone missing and Percy is being blamed for its disappearance.  Things get worse after Percy is claimed by his father.  Percy MUST find and return the lightning bolt before the summer solstice or WWIII will ensue.

Along the way Percy meets a whole camp of new demi-gods, one of which goes along on his quest to find and return the lighting bolt.  Makes new friends, makes a few enemies and takes out a bunch of monster’s.  He at times makes it look so easy!

What I didn’t like?:  I only had one qualm about this book…I thought that at times the pace would pick up then it would slow down and it kept up like this for a good chunk of the book.  That is all….

Overall Impression?:  Though it’s not my favorite book of the year, I think that The Lightning Thief is a great beginning to the Percy Jackson series.  I’m really hoping that the timing in future books evens out a little bit.

Rating: Break the Bank!

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuor

The Hunt

                          The Hunt by Andrew Fukuor

Book Stats:

Reading Level:  Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Urban Fantasy/PNR
Format Reviewed: EGalley
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Series: Currently Untitled #1

Source: Netgalley

 Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?


Why I read this book?: I recently saw that this book was in a lot of IMM’s and I really thought that the premise of the book was very interesting.  I found that it was available on Netgalley and put in a request to read the egalley.


What I liked?: I really enjoyed that the premise of this story was completely different than anything I have read recently.  Usually we read about us humans being the hunters and the paranormal beings being the hunted, the roles are completely reversed in The Hunt.  I think that I was able to connect with the characters of this book because it was so different.  In the beginning of the book we don’t now what our main character’s name is, he’s known by a number really, it isn’t until later in the book that we learn that his name is Gene and he’s spent the vast majority of his life trying NOT to act like a human just so he can continue living.  The announcement of the last heper (human) hunt, humans are virtually extinct now, set’s the ball rolling for an action packed fast paced YA debut.  I think my favorite part of the whole book was the author took some shots at the Twilight franchise, I don’t know if it was intentional but I really liked it.


What I disliked?:  In the beginning of the book was I was worried that The Hunt was going to be another version of The Hunger Games.  There were a fair amount of similarities between both books but then there was a scene that changed my mind entirely.  I’m glad that scene was there, if not it would have affected my review and rating.  Have I mentioned that I have a growing dislike for cliffhangers?!


Overall Impression: My overall impression of this book is that I will for sure be buying a finished copy of The Hunt once it is made available to the general public.  I LOVED this book and I think it is a wonderful beginning to this series.




Recommendation: The Hunger Games

Lies Beneath by Anne Geenwood Brown

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood BrownLies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)

Book Stats:

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/PNR/Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: E-Galley
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 12, 2012

Series: Lies Beneath #1

Source: Netgalley

 Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother’s death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family’s homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there’s more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

Why I read this book?: I saw the cover for this book on a blog that I frequent and thought that it looked really pretty.  I’ve never read a book about mermaids before and I really wanted to check it out.  Thank you Netgalley for approving my request!

What I liked?: I really enjoyed how well written this book was. Being that I have never read a book about mermaids before I was instantly sucked into the story and had to keep reading until I got to the last page.  The overall plot of this book is something that really kept me interested in the story through to the end. I really enjoyed our main character Calder, he was one of those guys who follows his instincts rather than conforming to what everyone else is doing, which doesn’t make him popular with his sisters.  Lily was a very like able character and I got a little bit of a “James Dean” feel for her overall.  No Insta-Love here peeps!

What I disliked?: Nothing really all that terrible but there were times where I felt that the relationship between Calder and Lily had a bit of a stalkerish feel to it.  This is the main reason this book wasn’t rated higher.

Overall Impression: I was beyond impressed with my first ever mermaid book.  I will definitely be buying a finished copy when they are available to the public.

Rating: Break the Bank!

Recommendation: ?

Iron Crossed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs

Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, #3)

Iron Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Book Stats:

Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR/Fantasy
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback, 287 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 2, 2008

Series: Mercy Thompson #3


I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator…
Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

Why I read this book?: I’ve read the last two books in this series back to back, which is an extremely rare occurrence, and I really wanted to keep up with what’s going on in Mercy’s life so I just kept going.  I think I’m going to keep going until I run out of books:) 2013 you can’t get here fast enough!

What I liked?: As usual, Mercy!  She’s got this almost obnoxious sense of loyalty and when Zee gets into deep trouble she just jumps in with both feet to clear his name. That is also the point when shit hits the fan as well.  I really liked that in this book Mercy finally chose between Adam and Samuel. I really liked that in this book we learn more about the fae and their folklore, there were some pretty interesting stories that were mentioned in this book. The action and suspense were right up there with the last two books and I really liked how we were introduced to Adam’s “vengeful” side and more of the pack behaviors. Like in the first book, the bad guy wasn’t obvious until the very end and I was really surprised to see that Mercy was wrong about her suspicions.

What I disliked?: This book started off slower than I really liked.  It took a fair amount of reading and setting the book down before I got to the point that things started happening and the book grabbed my attention.  I also disliked that new characters and plot points were brought into the book but once introduced where never really expanded upon.  Maybe they make appearances in upcoming books but I would have liked to see a little more detail.

Overall Impression: This book is considerably more gritty than the last two books.  Even though it isn’t my favorite in the series I think it’s still a really good installment and I’m off to start Bone Crossed!

Rating: Wait Until Payday!

Recommendation: I recommend this series to anyone who loves a tough as nails heroine in their reading material.
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