Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: Dirty Angels by Karina Halle

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Momma's Rating
6 Fucking Insane Stars!
 Momma's Review

I seriously don't even know where to start with this book.  I was on the verge of uploading 100 gifs just to try and explain how I felt while reading this story, but even then it didn't seem to do it justice.  I'll start by saying that I am so in love with Karina Halle that it she hadn't recently gotten married I would be begging her to marry me!  From the moment I started Sins & Needles last year I was hooked and knew that I would be a fangirl forever.

Ok....I'm feeling better now.  When I first heard that Karina Halle was going to tell Javier's story in Dirty Angels I wasn't sure how I felt.  At first I was excited but then I started to get nervous.  We've all seen it happen before, an author has a successful series and then does a spinoff that isn't quite as good, something is just lacking. Karina Halle knocked this one over the fucking fence.  She took a character who, while a prominent character, was a bit of a conundrum in the previous books (yes I know, not including On Every Street).  We knew who he was, knew why Ellie hated him and loved him, knew the kind of person he was.  But we only got a glimpse of what he was really made of.  In Dirty Angels you finally get to see all of Javier, his need to control, his pain, his crazy thoughts.  And I absolutely fell in love with him all over again.
Can you tell that I absolutely LOVED this book?  It's the first book in a very long time that I haven't found a damn thing wrong with a book.  I'm trying so hard to write a well thought and eloquent review but all my brain is saying is Squeeeeeeee!

Momma's Reccomendation:

Ok, so I can admit that I have a problem.  I love fucked up characters.  I love the kidnappers, the murders, the tattooed covered MC badass.....but I'm ok with that!  And here's the thing, many people don't know what to expect with this book.  Did Karina Halle push the envelope, YES!  But I really don't think that she took it too far.  Everything in the book absolutely needed to happen, every gory, bloody detail needed to happen.  If you are not a fan of dark and disturbing then I can easily say proceed with caution. But if you happen to be like me, and like books like Captive in the Dark or Tears of Tess than I can easily recommend this book!
Momma's Favorite Quotes:
“But I saw nothing in her except this fire that burned deep within her eyes. I wanted to taste that fire on my lips, I wanted to fuck it with my dick. I wanted to feel it in every way I could. I wanted to bring the fire out of her.”
― Karina Halle, Dirty Angels
“He wore a mask of elegance and indifference, his unusually handsome features taking on the appearance of a sculpture. But I had no idea what the artist was trying to say: Here’s a man in denial? Here’s a man without a soul? Here’s a man who will build empires and legacies, whose pride shaped the land? Or here is a man who for once in his life, doesn’t know who he is?”
― Karina Halle, Dirty Angels

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Review: Acts of Desperation by Emerson Shaw

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Momma's Rating
4 holy suspense stars!

Momma's Review

I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Emerson Shaw, at the Cincy Author Event last month and I absolutely loved her.  So when I had chance to read her debut novel, Acts of Desperation, I couldn't pass it up.

Acts of Desperation is a great story, filled with suspense, drama, romance and a bit of heat to spice things up!  I absolutely fell in love with the characters and once I started reading I just couldn't seem to put the book down.  I needed to know what was going to happen next.  The story follows the main characters, Sember and Jax, but is also intertwined with the story of Sarah and her Narcisisstic asshole of a husband, Anders.  This was the part that really sucked me in.  The back and forth between all of the characters, the suspense of finding out who the real villain was and the surprise of a mysterious past all come together perfectly to keep you involved in the story from start to finish.
The book is inspired by true events, which the author describes in the end of the book.  But knowing that really intrigued me, especially after meeting the basis for Sarah's character.  It really made me want to dig in deeper. 
The Heroine
I absolutely loved Sember.  She's strong, smart and favorite things in a strong female lead.  When things go bad she stands up for herself and her family.  I only wish she would have had a chance to punch Anders in the face!  Because that asshole deserved it!  Not to mention I never once had to scream at my kindle "come on girl...get your shit together and stop whining!"
The Hero
Where do I start with Jax!  He's the perfect book boyfriend.  He's sweet, sexy, caring, helpful and a little bit alpha when absolutely necessary.  The way that he takes charge in certain situations made me love him even more.  I did want to smack him a little bit at one point, but doesn't that make him that much more realistic?
Momma's Recommendation
I highly recommend this book to all readers, especially any reader who is looking for something a little bit different than the normal story of insta love with a billionaire bad boy!
**This standalone debut novel was inspired by actual events.**
Sember is a strong-willed attorney who’s got it all: the budding career, the condo, and a marriage proposal right around the corner.
When her sister, Sarah, needs a new attorney, Sember is torn. She wants to help Sarah, but she is terrified her emotions could compromise the case. With so much at stake, failure isn't an option.
In walks Jax Alexander, a brilliant legal mind from New York who excites Sember’s body and mind. When he offers to take on Sarah’s case, he provides hope in a hopeless situation. Sember and Jax are thrust together as their passion ignites.
As a web of lies is exposed, Jax works tirelessly to reveal the truth behind Sarah’s case. But, he has a dark secret shadowing his past that threatens to destroy everything.
In the midst of so many lies, can Jax really be trusted? His secret could put Sarah’s case in jeopardy and could cost Sember her life. Will he risk it all to save them, or will he cut and run, leaving destruction in his wake?
Sometimes, desperate acts call for desperate measures.

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