Thursday, 10 September 2009

Review – McKenzie, Banks & Ballantine


Daring Deputy





Title – Daring Deputy

Author – Carol McKenzie

Publisher – Siren Publishing

By most people's standards, thirty year old deputy Blake McClellan is a hero. Across the cul de sac, he's eyed Kenna, and she's covertly watched him, too. It doesn't matter that she is ten years older or her skin is a shade or two darker than his. Nothing can douse the heat and passion that develops between them.
Kenna's ex, a dangerous con-man, reappears in her life and refuses to take no for an answer. Will Blake stop her ex's crazy need to wreak havoc in their lives?


My Thought….

Widowed and almost without a care in the world – Kenna gets on with her life as best as she can with the most exciting thing happening for her is the date that has become a stalker and trying to keep her eyes on her side of the fence – as she has the most mouth-watering neighbour.

Kenna is not a forward woman so she lust behind her window curtains and shares a giggle or two with her best friend – however said neighbour has on such compulsion and he is as forward as they come and just a tad younger than her.

This for me hits the spot – I read this two days ago and it was just one of those read that you just go along with got the ride. the cast had enough back issues, but with little or no angst this book was all about Kenna and her luscious neighbour Blake get past the kinks of making a relationship work.

DARING DEPUTY is an interracial book and it’s hold true to alot of what I am used to from Ms. McKenzie – concise romance with no punches hold sort of situations that she nips in the bud very quickly and gets on with the story at hand….






Title – Songbird

Author – Maya Banks

Publisher – Samhain Publishing

The voice of an angel, a husband who loved her⎯she had it all…until a tragedy took it away.

A Linger story.

They called her their Songbird, but she was never theirs. Not in the way she wanted.

The Donovan brothers meant everything to Emily, but rejected by Greer and Taggert, she turned to Sean, the youngest. He married her for love, and she loved him, but she also loved his older brothers.

Her singing launched her to stardom. She had it all. The voice of an angel, a husband who loved her, and the adoration of millions. Until a tragedy took it all away.

Taggert and Greer grieve for their younger brother, but they’re also grieving the loss of Emmy, their songbird. They take her back to Montana, determined to help her heal and show her once and for all they want her. They’re also on a mission to help her find her voice again. Under the protective shield of their love, she begins to blossom… until an old threat resurfaces.

Now the Donovans face a fight for what they once threw away. Only by winning it—and her love—will their songbird fly again.


My Thought….

The Donovan brothers have come into the city for one thing and one thing only - to get Emily their songbird.

Emily is hiding from not only the here and now but also from her dead husband’s brothers. After making some harsh choices years earlier she is  now feel guilty and like she has nothing let – Taggert and Greer have found her to prove her wrong. 

The brother are torn about a decision they made years ago and know they have to make it right and do it now. With Emily care and well being uppermost in their mind they throw caution to the wind and let her know all the things they wanted to tell her but never had the guts to do so.

Something had to give with Emily and hearing those words from Taggert and Greer is a defining moment – but is it one that any of these three can survive because something sinister is lying await just for the day that Emily comes back – and she is definitely back.

When I read Ms. Banks - COLTER’S WOMAN a few years ago I fell in love with her writing style as well as her gift for putting relationships together that seem not to have a ghost of a chance of survival…

I have been having a love hate thing happening with me and her  last set of books and SONGBIRD fall in the not “doing it for me” category. There was no way I was not going to read it though because, come on - it a Maya Banks – I had to read it…

The story was mostly centred on the emotional journey of Emily and the brothers pulling up their sock to realise that they had to do something about the gap in their life that only Emily can fill. I am not liking Emily alot – she was just too broken for my taste – That sound horrible, but I couldn’t sympathise with her after a while and only got interest in her when the smut started happening.

The men were typical Banks men – Alpha and know it all and yet knew nothing, but I likes them and their moments of bravado was not bad.

Fan of Ms. Banks work you have to read – new readers you’ll like her style and be out hunting for more from this author.





A Pair of Jacks






Title – A Pair of Jacks

Author – Blaze Ballantine

Publisher – Siren Publishing

When Marie Maxwell's cover as an international smuggler is blown, the Parisian operative is called back to Washington D.C. to be placed in protective custody. Jack Benson and Jack Reno are a pair of renegade federal agents assigned the difficult task of keeping her alive.
Although agency rules forbid romantic involvement between covert personnel, Jack, Marie, and Reno can't reign in the passion they feel for one another. Isolated from the world at Ghost Moon Ranch in Wyoming, both men realize they are falling in love with the sophisticated Parisian.

Marie has her hands full dealing with the two headstrong agents and her attraction to both of them. Knowing their relationship is as dangerous as the assassin hunting her, will she choose her career, or will she lose herself to the all-consuming fire they ignite within her? Ultimately, Marie discovers love, and the pleasure in holding a pair of Jacks.


My Thought….

Agent Marie Maxwell cover was blown and she can’t believe it  – when a man is shot in front of her there is little doubt left in her mind that her operation has been uncovered. Left in the care of renegade agent Jack Benson she has little choice but to hightail it to safety with him and hope for the best at this stage.

Jack is not only damn good at his job – he comes as a set – he has another Jack waiting in the wings as his backup guy and Marie wants them both, despite the danger that is nipping at her heels.

Not everything is smooth sailing and there is angst and tension before they can get comfortable with each other, but they must in order to survive the next few days or weeks depending on how long it takes for the hired guns to find her.

Jack Reno and Jack Benson are not know for doing the expected things and not only do they hide Marie but they make no bones about what they want from her. The men are however very good at hiding their true emotion because they want more than they are saying and one of these three people just might end up causing the worst heartbreak even before the assassin get to them.

From the moment I saw the cover on this book a few weeks ago I knew I had to read this book and I am so liking it. The book staff off with angst even before the main protags are introduced to each other and from there it only gets me edging closer and closer to the corner of the sofa…

I literally ate up the page of this book – everything worked in the plots favour because of the cast. Marie was not a wall-flower, there is and has never been anything shy about that girl – at one point I thought please don’t let this book go there – and it did …. Marie was a force to be reckoned with.

None of the Jack’s knew what they were taking on when they agreed to the assignment – thinking Marie was a pampered finishing school princess they thought a little country wouldn’t do her any harm – but the ranch and the solitude leaves Marie to get up to all that her heart desired and she was not backing down from going after it.

I totally enjoyed this read – it was written for sensual gratification and I certainly got that. If there were issues, I can live with those and enjoy Ms. Ballantine’s -  A PAIR OF JACK’S.


1 Speak To Me:

Cecile Smutty Hussy on 11 September 2009 at 00:20 said...

Okay... really getting in trouble with debit card now!!!
Wonderful reviews honey!
You find some very interesting reads!! Ones that I find myself writing in my notebook!! LOL!
I hope you are having a great night and have a wonderful tomorrow!