Rachel's books

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




Ascension - Caris Roane
Alison has always been different. As she gotten older, these abilities have progressed and she starts to have weird dreams. Kerrick is a immortal vampire warrior; a Warrior of the Blood. His job is to protect Alison from those who would harm her. 
This was an interesting and different concept of vampires. Certain groups of humans, who have abilities get a "call" to ascend and become an immortal vampire. With wings (these take time to grow). First Earth AKA Mortal Earth is, well, earth. Second Earth is where the vampires live and is earth, but another dimension of earth. Vampires who chose to kill their victims/prey are called death vampires. The Warrior fight these vampires. There are different levels, some characters are power hungry and will go to great lengths to get power.
I found myself more intrigued by the baddie, Darian Greaves then Alison or Kerrick. I was curious to learn more about him and his own motivations. Paranormal romance has a shortage of badass warrior women who don't give a fuck what anyone says and have power. That's Endelle, the leader/head of the Warriors. She's interesting too; I wanted to learn more about her. 
Alison, fairly cookie cutter, has soooo much power and is perfect. She's attracted to Kerrick, but feels she can't have him because she might hurt him. Kerrick wants Alison, but can't be with her because Reasons. He's also the typical Alpha-hole how thinks "MINE, no one touch or look at her.!"
Not bad, not great. Average. Feel like book (461 pgs) could have used a trim.


Secrets at Midnight

Secrets at Midnight (Psy-Changeling Novel, A) - Nalini Singh

Bastien (one of Mercy's brothers) scents his mate, but gets frustrated when her scent vanishes. Kirby, is an orphan, having grown up in the foster care system. She moved to CA and is a kindergarten teacher.
I enjoyed this one. I loved how Bastien wasn't overpowering and how slow he went with Kirby. I also really liked Kirby and how strong she was. Enjoyable read. I love, love this world!

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo - Amy Schumer

I am going to come right out and say it. I'm a fan. I LOVED Trainwreck and her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. I know her humor isn't for everyone. I happen to love it. That being said, I do admire her, even if she is a bit too blunt at times. I do think women (in general) can learn a lot from her- she loves herself. Just. As. She. Is. And THAT is the big take away from this book. I bought the book from Target when it was on sale, but then realized she narrated the audio book. So I got the audio book from the library and this entertained me on my commute for the last 1 and 1/2 weeks.

Sirena: An Undersea Folk Tale

Sirena - MaryJanice Davidson

This was a nice short story. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it flowed, considering the length. Both Jack and Neomi are likable.


Netherwood - Michele Lang
So this sounded interesting. But, it was just weird, and not in a good way. In the future, it's all corp owned. There's the very popular "the Grid" (virtual reality) and the (boring) "Real" world. There's AI, different robotics, and "carbon-based" (that would be humanity). The rich don't need to die and can live forever by having their consciousness uploaded to the Grid. 
This just didn't work for me. I wasn't invested in the story. I could have cared less about Talia and Kovner. Maybe I would have liked it a little more if there was less tech. (Or been less moody).


The Goblin King

The Goblin King - Shona Husk
After reading the novella, which I really enjoyed, I was really looking forward to this one. I was a little disappointed in this one. I enjoyed that it was different- a goblin as the romantic lead. Roan was a decent hero. I did think he was too mopey (for lack of a better word) at times. 
I was disappointed in Eliza. She was very meek and passive. Yes, Steve was an asshole and I'm glad he got what was coming. But, Eliza gave him too much power for too long. I wanted Eliza to grow a pair and take charge. By the end of the book Eliza was a little better, but only a little. I just wanted more.


The Little Book of Feminist Saints

The Little Book of Feminist Saints - Manjitt Thapp, Julia Pierpont

This is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn about some of history's fabulous women. The timing of this is perfect for Women's History Month. The only think "wrong" with this is there were so many great women to pick from. How do you narrow it down? 
There are some absences in this one. However, that is countered with women who the average person has heard of (Yayoi Kusama, Forugh Farrrokhzad, Maria Montessori, and The Mirabal Sisters anyone?). Then, of course, the NAMES (Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai ) that everyone has (*should*) have heard of.
I liked the portrait and the little details about each women. I think back at history and mourn what has been lost to time (deliberate actions and accidental), Sappho's poetry or Hypatia's writings.
This is an excellent starter for someone with an interest in learning something new that they otherwise would have never known. This is appropriate for kids and adults.

eARC courtesy of Random House and NetGalley.
Published on March 6, 2018


Sharpshooter  - Cynthia Eden
Gunner and Sydney's story picks up right where the last book left off. Sydney is the lone woman in this alpha group of guys. She is strong and capable. Gunner is a good hero; however, I thought he took the whole "I'm not good enough" too far. That's for Sydney to decide, right?!
This is a strong 3 for me because I liked both characters and the story flowed and kept me engaged. And for why I didn't rate this a 4, it's because it's too transparent who the "big bad" is. I also didn't like how two (presumably) intelligent adults had sex without any talk of protection and then were shocked (SHOCKED!) when something happened.


Deadly Pursuit

Deadly Pursuit - Nina Croft

This picks up where Break Out left off. I liked that the crew was there and they all played significant parts to the story. Jon and Alex were central to the story, but the interplay between all the characters are what I liked most in this book and in the previous book. They have all become a family, they go to bat for each other. Interesting development with Meridian. Callum is an intriguing character whose story is next, with Tannis's.


Bossypants - Tina Fey

OMG, I love Tina Fey! I got the audio (courtesy of my public library), so I had something to listen to on my way in to work. I took the long way home so I could finish it! 
I enjoyed hearing about her growing up, writing for SNL and being on SNL, 30 Rock, etc. There wasn't anything that I didn't like. I've got the paperback too, a keeper! 
I do recommend the audio; TF narrates it and there is a certain sketch she did in 2008 that I adored.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling

I've had this on my radar for awhile. Noticed the library had this on Overdrive audio and thought "I need to give that a try." So I listened to this on my commute this past week., narrated by Mindy Kaling herself. I found myself laughing out loud, she's got an excellent sense of humor. I'm a year older (yes, I'm turning 40 in April, holy shit!), so we can of age about the same time. Best of all, she came across as someone I can relate to. Bonus: she's nice, intelligent, talented, and opinionated. 
Bossypants is next!

The Player and the Pixie

The Player and the Pixie (Rugby Book 2) - L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
I really didn't like Sean from book 1. I thought he was an asshole. I wasn't crazy about Lucy either. Lucy was too dependent on her brother's generosity and blamed her mother for her stealing. Get therapy you idiot! I read this in the hope that I would end up liking both of them by the end.
Despite my issues (not liking either character to start, Sean not knowing how to get a woman off, etc) I kept reading this. I enjoyed the writing and the banter between all the characters. I ended the book not hating Sean anymore, so there's that. Lucy got some help and stood up for herself. A huge point in Sean's favor: He fell for Lucy. Just. As. She. Was.


If the Slipper Fits

If the Slipper Fits - Olivia Drake

Annabelle was abandoned as a baby. She knew nothing of her parentage. She's lived, worked, and taught at an all girl's school. While the school educated her, she's had to work for her keep. She's always been treated differently and doesn't have close friends. Simon was in love with a woman who then decided she wanted Simon's older brother. Simon, bitter, bought a commission in the army and left. He had no contact with his family for years. His brother and sister-in-law's deaths brought him back. Simon is the guardian of his nephew. 
Annabelle gets hired by Clarissa to be Nicholas's governess. She gradually makes changes and Nicholas comes out of his shell. I liked both characters, Annabelle is strong and outspoken. Simon is bitter, but comes out of his funk.
What I didn't "buy" was the romance- to a point. Annabelle and Simon didn't spend much time together, IMO. Simon does spend plenty of time "courting" Louisa. I didn't think the reveal of Annabelle's parentage was necessary. But all said, I did like it.

The Glass Mermaid

The Glass Mermaid: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella - Poppy Lawless

Kate is a mermaid and is the last. She buried her (mermaid) family decades ago. She lives as a human, collecting beach glass to sell, and hasn't been in the water for a 100 years. Cooper was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He opted to move back to his childhood home. He notices Kate on the beach. This was nice, short and sweet. The epilogue was important, otherwise I would have thought this had a completely different ending. A little more explanation would have been nice, but considering the length, didn't happen.

Magic Mourns

Magic Mourns -  Ilona Andrews

I wish I had read this earlier, my anal-retentive self *should* have read this in order. But didn't, oh well. I was glad to read an Andrea-centric story. However, having already read Gunmetal Magic, I didn't really get any new insight into Andrea. The only difference is she is still a member of the Order.

Sounds to Die By

Sounds To Die By (Sensory Ops Book 1) - Nikki Duncan

Ian is blind. Despite that disability, his hearing is extraordinary. He works for the NSA. Kieralyn is a FBI agent who is tired of not being taken seriously by her colleagues. She is working a series of kidnappings that she believes are connected. But her (male) colleagues disagree. So, she goes rogue and enlists Ian's help. Ian agrees because he hears and recognizes a code name on the recording Kieralyn brings him.
This has so much potential, but ended up being such a disappointment. I got tired of Kieralyn and her (for lack of a better word) rantings. If I liked her, I would have had more sympathy for her. She was quite stupid at times (not having backup, taking on a situation herself when she was outnumbered). She didn't act like a smart FBI agent. There were times I wondered how she got as far as she did.

This is the new cover.  Originally published in 2009 by Samhain.  And I've had this on Mt TBR since 2010ish.  I think.

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