Rachel's books

I'm a registered nurse.  Reading gives me that escape I need.  I read primarily romance in all genres.



For the Love of a Goblin Warrior

For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands) - Shona Husk

The best of the trilogy! I enjoyed how the story-line wrapped up in this one. Nadine's mom was murdered and Nadine witnessed part of it. Her dad was accused of her murder and found guilty. Nadine was sent to a series of foster homes. She grows up, becomes a nurse and that is how she meets Meryn. 
Meryn comes in to Nadine's ED, confused, disheveled, and speaking a foreign language no one speaks anymore. He sees empathy and compassion in Nadine. They connect. After getting care, he sets up a camp in one of the parks. Gradually, and with some help from Dai, he learns the new world. They connect again while Nadine is on a run after work. 
I really liked both characters and how Nadine's background ties in with Meryn's. I thought Nadine's father was selfless in his choice to let the past go and focus on now.

Possessed by a Warrior

Possessed by a Warrior - Sharon Ashwood Chloe's uncle was murdered. She is one of the executors of his estate. A diamond encrusted wedding dress and how Jack came to have it is one mystery she needs help solving. Enter Sam, the other c0-executor of Jack's estate and Jack's trusted friend. I thought that Chloe was smart and resourceful. I liked how she could read people which works in her line of business (wedding planner). I didn't like how Sam tried to keep her in the dark at first. I thought this had a strong start, but then fizzled for me about 100 pages in and I started to lose interest.

Forged in Steele

Forged in Steele - Maya Banks

Steele, like Rio, was a character whose story I really wanted to read and I looked forward to it. But, like Rio's, I was disappointed. For the "Iceman" I didn't buy it. He's an asshole one moment, then incredibly sappy another. I got whiplash. What woman wants to be called an "idiot?" Really? Surly there could have been a better middle ground for Steele's sappiness. 
Maren, I liked. She's got a career. She's competent. I didn't care for a certain trope. Then, let's give her a psycho admirer and get her kidnapped! And have to be rescued. *Sigh*
The final, eye-roll came towards the end. Someone is CRITICALLY injured and bleeding out, but let's check the MEDICALLY STABLE pregnant woman to make sure she is not having a miscarriage. 
I was set to give this a 2. But, then, Steele was willing to put Maren and her career before his own, move anywhere she wanted, and, if needed or necessary, give up his career at KGI. While that didn't make my issues or disappointment with this book go away, if softened it a bit. So, a generous 3. 
I do think I'm done with this series.

Dark Desires

Dark Desires  - Eve Silver

I really enjoyed this one.  Darcie is a survivor and has been through tragedy.  She finds her sister, Mrs (Abigail) Feather, who runs a brothel.  Abigail is also a survivor and has made the best of her situation.  She directs Darcie to seek employment with Dr Damien Cole.

Damien is a mystery.  There was certain moments where his motives and character where questioned.  Darcie, at first cautious, gradually trusts and throws caution to the wind.  Not everything is as it seems.  

I admired Darcie for her escape from a harrowing event.  She shares her story with Damien.  Damien finally comes clean with his secret.  There were times that I thought Darcie was a little too meek, but then she'd shrug it off.  She did have one TSTL moment at the end.  But, hey, the killer was unmasked.

What I really liked about Damien was his being able to see women as equal to men.  "There are not women in medical school, " Damien repeated.  "Yet."  

He's So Fine

He's So Fine - Jill Shalvis

After the last book, I was really looking forward to Olivia's story. I was curious what her past was. It was satisfying. Cole was awesome and a really good fit for her. I enjoyed Cole and his interactions with his sisters. I liked that Becca was in this a little and Callie was introduced. Have to say, I'm looking forward to Tanner and Callie's story (even if Tanner is my least favorite of the 3 guys. Cole would have to be my favorite). Just sayin.

Kiss of the Goblin Prince

Kiss of the Goblin Prince: Shadowlands series - Shona Husk
I liked this better than The Goblin King. After the first, I was intrigued about Dai and wanted his story. Overall, I enjoyed the slow burn between Amanda and Dai. I wished Amanda had realized much sooner that she really wasn't living. I understand losing someone, but to not move on after it's been years, was a bit extreme. 
Dai, too, took along time to get over his fears and desire for vengeance. Amanda was good at reading him and giving him some suggestions. I thought his background and abuse was dealt with well, along with his PTSD and acceptance of his body- scars, tattoos, and all.
What kept this from being a 4 was the slow-burn. There were moments that were so slow. And I wanted more of a payoff between Dai and Amanda at the end. (But I think the ending was realistic and if both were running to the alter at the end, it wouldn't have been true to their characters). And, yes, those last 2 sentences contradict each other:-)


Ice Games

Ice Games (Games, #3) - Jessica Clare

I adore figure skating and I liked the previous 2 entries in this series. I ended up disappointed. The inaccuracies bothered me (triple axel anyone?) when it came to Zara and her skating. While what she did at the Olympics was funny, it also would be something unlikely to happen. Then not getting a second chance later? (If she was doing the triple axel, she would still have been very competitive). That aside, I liked Zara. Ty? Not really. I didn't like him. I didn't like his whiny-ass at the beginning. I didn't like how he thought it was okay to get into bed with Zara without asking. (Hey, he was drunk, so I guess he gets a pass? Yeah, no). That ruined the whole romance for me. And I could not get on board.
Now, I liked how the show played out. And I liked the ending. I was pleasantly surprised. Zara does get some respect and redemption.

Glitter and Gunfire

Glitter and Gunfire - Cynthia Eden

This explains so much: Cassidy is an idiot. I was interested in Cale's story, but this was just a disappointment.

A Wolf to Watch Over Me

A Wolf to Watch Over Me - Sela Carsen

Short and sweet. I enjoyed both Lauren and Hakon. I might have enjoyed it more had it been longer and more fleshed out. But, how often can you say this: Werewolves from outer space!
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Murder Most Horrid (Witches of Crystal Cove book 1)

Murder Most Horrid - Emma Watts

I could have done without the prologue. This was okay. Everything wraps up nice and neat. I assume Jane's mother's death will be dealt with at some point in time; it sounds suspicious. It would have been nice for the characters to be a little more fleshed out. Jane has an epiphany and very easily, quickly solves the mystery. It was over and done with very quickly. One thing that was good- no cliffhanger!
There were some things that did take me out of the story. There was the occasional, weird (IMO) phrasing, a few examples: "A gentle amount of snow was coming down." and "Jane pulled up in front of the low-income housing." There was a moment that goes from 3rd person, to 1st, and right back to 3rd. Then some inconsistencies; it's snowing heavily, then the sun is blinding. It's below zero outside, and a tire gets stuck in mud. 

Goddess With a Blade

Goddess with a Blade (Rowan Summerwaite #1) - Lauren Dane

Rowan is a vessel to Brigid. She was also raised by a very old, powerful vampire. She also happens to be a Hunter. She kills vampires who kill humans. She killed the old Scion of Las Vegas for killing a human and now has a new Scion to get to know. Clive is the new vamp Scion of Las Vegas. He and Rowan are both used to being obeyed and getting their way.
They both start out hating each other. So when they have sex the first time, it was weird. They both gradually develop a grudging respect for the other and that made the sex (I mean romance!) more believable. I liked Rowan much more than Clive. Clive was definitely missing compassion, he was too arrogant for my taste. 
Decent suspense and I liked the Celtic mythology with vampires.

To Charm a Naughty Countess

To Charm a Naughty Countess - Theresa Romain
I thought Caro and Michael fit each other perfectly. Sometimes slow-burn romances are nice and this one was. But, the journey to get there was slow at times. Both have issues. Said issues could have been dealt with much easier and faster had they just talked. Instead, assumptions were made. And you know how that goes.
One thing I really enjoyed: a beta, virgin hero! Michael also has an anxiety disorder that complicates things for him. Caro was experienced and that was also refreshing. The author's note at the end explaining the historical significance of 1816 (being one of the coldest summers/years recorded) was also interesting.
3.5*- not quite a 3, not quite a 4. For GR purposes I am rounding up. 
Looking forward to the last book in this trilogy; the heroine Miss Augusta Meredith made an appearance in this one and she's interesting.


Dewey's 24 Readathon Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Boise, Idaho.  Mountain time, 0600 start time for me (2 hours ago, I woke up about 0630 and just enjoyed laying in bed without having to get up and go to work).  Already starting the day behind.   Oh well!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Finishing my current one- To Charm a Naughty Countess

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I like it all.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Um, well, I'm offering a prize this time for the Dewey's hourly winners:-)

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I want to read a lot.  By that I mean 12 hours or more.  But. It. Never. Happens.

Participate in the Scavenger Hunt in the Goodreads Dewey's group.  And 1 Mini Challenge on the Dewey's page. 

Pretty When She Dies

Pretty When She Dies  - Rhiannon Frater

This had such a good beginning. This was brutal and dark. Amaliya is attacked and buried. She wakes up and digs herself out of her grave. Confused and starving, she kills. And she comes up with a plan to attempt to figure it all out.
It lost me with the cheating. Cian is engaged to Samantha. Amaliya shows up and quickly they are attracted to each other. It wouldn't have irritated me if Cian and Samantha broke up first. I'm not sure how old Samantha is, but all the petulant foot stooping got old fast and made me dislike her. Even though I didn't like her, I didn't like Cian's decision to sleep with Amaliya. I just couldn't get on board with Amaliya and Cian's relationship. No slow burn there.
Innocente, Amaliya's grandmother is the best thing about this book!

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly

This is going to be a hard book for me to rate. It's very technical and took me almost the whole month to get through. But, the story it told was an important one. I consider myself educated and this was a story I was completely clueless about. Not anymore. Dorothy, Katherine, Mary, and Christine's stories are out there now. Hopefully, more people will read this book and educate themselves. Hopefully, each gets their own biography since there is (I think) much more to learn about them as individuals.

Frost Burned

Frost Burned  - Patricia Briggs

This picks up after the events of Fair Game. Mercy is out Christmas shopping on Black Friday with her step-daughter Jesse. Mercy's beloved Rabbit gets totaled. None of the pack answers when she calls. They've been kidnapped.
This one was so much better than River Marked (thus far my least favorite). This one picks up full steam ahead. I liked the who-done-it. But, I thought it could have been a little more suspenseful. Jesse and the Sandovals disappear after a certain point. The mystery is still out there how the mercenaries were able to get their hands on so much of the formula that does, very effectively, take down werewolves. Who else knows about the formula? I loved that Tad and Stefan (and briefly Zee) were in this one. Kyle also had a decent toll to play too. 
One thing I wish were different: Mercy has people who, if not friends, are allies. But they are all men. The women in the pack (Honey and Mary Jo) don't like Mercy. Marsilia is a bitch. Ariana might be a possibility, but she's on the page briefly. That leaves Jesse. As much as I like Jesse, she's a teenager. Why can't Mercy have an adult female friend?
And this: Jesse's question to Mercy at the beginning on the book when they are out shopping. "When are you and Dad going to have a baby?" Mercy never had or got a chance to answer that. And I admit I'm curious.

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