Saturday, August 30, 2014

Good Together (Carrigans of the Circle C #2) by C.J. Carmichael

This was a really emotional story. Mattie has been married to Wes for 20 years, their twin daughters have gone off to college; you would think that now that their daughters have left they would have more time to do the things they used to talk about.

But, Wes blindsides her by telling her, he's leaving; just like that, no why no, nada. After 20 years of marriage, Wes acts like a coward and just leaves. Mattie is heart broken and in pain, she believes that things will work themselves out, that Wes is just going through a midlife crisis. After Thanksgiving when Wes doesn't show, Mattie has to tell their daughters that Wes has left her.

Mattie eventually learns why Wes the Weasel really left and is furious and shattered. Worse, Wes has the nerve to act like Mattie hunting his lying ass down is an inconvenience. Through all this Mattie has the support of Nat, a friend and neighbor, and really the best and sweetest guy ever. Mattie and Nat's friendship evolves and eventually they do get their happy ending, even if Mr. Such a Sweet Guy needs to be knocked up the head.

I also like that towards the end we learn Wes has had it rough and somehow I got the impression that he had a lot of regrets for ending his marriage.

What really bugged me about this book is how long it took Mattie to lawyer up, especially after all the cheap shots Wes took. Remember ladies, if your husband says he's leaving you that you guys can talk later, don't believe him, run to the best divorce lawyer you can find, hell's, speak to every divorce lawyer you can find. Even if not hired, once you consult with an attorney there is a conflict of interest if your ex tries to go to them. 

The story was very realistic and therefore made it enjoyable. Things like this often happen and I felt that Ms. Carmichael did a great job in capturing these types of events. She did a great job of creating relatable characters and life events.

Rating 5 out of 5

Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell by Ted Naifeh

This is the final volume in the series. Courtney, with the help of her former teacher Calpurnia is on the run from the Coven. Things look bad, especially when she thinks even her uncle Aloysius has turned on her as well. 

The ending has such a great twist and the art is incredible, very goth. The writing is good, the story is engaging and captivating. This was a good ending for a series and for some reason I feel like there may be a new series for Courtney in the future.

Rating 5 out of 5

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Game of Fear (Montgomery Justice #3) by Robin Perini

What do you do when your super smart little sister disappears and the only clue is a note, you are 100% sure your sister didn't write?

If you're Deb Lansing, you go ask for help from the good looking, former cop, bartender. When Deb's little sister Ashley disappears, this tough as nails, former Army pilot teams up with Gabe Montgomery to find her sister.

Gabe is currently working undercover, but when Deb comes to him for help, he'll do anything to help the woman he's been crushing on for months. Soon, Gabe learns that his investigation is intertwined with Ashley's disappearance and a murder that happened many years ago on the night his father fell from grace.

Deb and Gabe end up running for their lives, trying to stop a major conspiracy and save the day. The story was good, the characters, despite their very over the top skills were likable. The only thing thing that I did not like, is that we don't get enough details on the villain; here he is pulling what could be considered the greatest crime in history and we know nothing about him other than he like Gucci. If you like action packed, crime solving books, you should check this one out.

Rating 4 out of 5

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Age of Darkness Volume 1 by Patrick Shand

I love villains, they always have such great, twisted back stories, not to mention they get really cool colors and they always sound so dramatic, oh and best of all they always have really cool powers.

So, this book follows the return of the Dark Queen and her quest to eliminate all the highborns. It was good, the graphics were great and my favorite was by far the scary tooth fairy. She eats human teeth and she also eats human bones. How awesome is that? 

The Grimm Fairy Tales graphic novels put a fun and grizzly twist on the characters Disney made too frilly. Definitely get yourself a copy and continued to check out this series.

Rating 4 out of 5

Monday, August 25, 2014

Legends of Red Sonja by Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, and Marjorie M. Liu

I think the most funny part in this book was when Gerd, one of the minor story tellers in this book suggest to Sonja that wearing a metal bikini as armor, saying that it will make her faster and that it will distract the enemy because they'll be too busy looking at her curves.

The story follows a group of bounty hunters on the hunt for Red Sonja; through their journey, they encounter many people who tell them about her greatness and her exploits, not knowing that Sonja has following them along and picking them off one-by-one; she's been leading them to where she wants them.

The entire book is basically an entire collection of short stories, it was an okay book, not great, but okay. Would I recommend it, you bet your iron bikini I would. It's always great when a woman kicks some he-man ass.

Rating 3 out of 5

Lady Rawhide Volume 1 by Eric Trautmann, Joseph Michael Linsner (Illustrations), Milton Estevam (Illustrations)

Think El Zorro, but instead of man, a woman in a skin tight outfit. This was entertaining, it follows an old west style storyline set in Old Mexico; which based on the story is the period following the Mexican-American War. Lady Rawhide, whose name actually fits because with that outfit she'd have ridden her hide bare on a horse, is a vigilante trying to help the people of Mexico being oppressed by a corrupt government. 

The story was appealing and fun; it had everything that make anything old west related fun; the guns, the horses, the bandidos, the dirty army and the one honest soldier. I would have added more depth to the characters, like El Capitan and The Sisters of the White Rose.

My only problem with this novel was her outfit, it didn't even have any support for her breast, guys won't get this but even running without some support will hurt; other than that it's definitely worth checking this one out.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

Friday, August 22, 2014

Keeping Her (Losing It, #1.5) by Cora Carmack

This is continuation of book 1; like, obviously its #1.5 in the series.  Loved it, this book is short and gives you the meet-the-parents horrors. 

There's very little to no drama in this mini-novella but it's all good, we get a little follow-up to the popped question. Perhaps the most important thing of this book is that it answers so many questions about Garrick's family in England.

Rating 5 out of 5