Friday, May 13, 2016

C791 by Eve Langlais

Synopisis via Barnes and Noble:
Machines aren't supposed to feel, but this cyborg can't help falling in love.
Assigned as a specimen collector for a captured cyborg, Chloe is intrigued by the machine disguised as a man. Kidnapped during his daring escape, he shows her that despite the chip in his brain, his humanity is not completely lost.Formerly known as unit X109GI, Joe is on a quest to discover his origin. While he doesn't find the answers he's looking for, he does discover that affection and lust aren't just for humans. But when it comes to a battle between logic and love, which side will the cybernetic organism-once a man-choose?Evaluating his feelings will have to wait though because the military isn't done with Joe. But their threats against him pale in comparison before the shocking discovery of project C791, the revelation of which stuns the rebel cyborgs-and ignites a fury for vengeance.

This was one book that  I could not finish. Now, I don't like to write bad reviews, but unfortunately, this was a bad book.
As any of you who have read my other reviews  know, I do not shy away from erotica. As a matter of fact, a few of my favorite authors write erotica. So what is the difference? I am glad you asked.

C791 is a book that reads and feels like the author had sex on her brain and tried to write a story around her fantasies. The story became so bad, that I would try to skip over the sex and try to find a story somewhere amongst the words. Alas, there really wasn't one.
If all you want is gratuitous sex, well, this is definitely for you. If you require a story to go along with the sex, keep looking.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Don't Lose Her by Jonathon King

Synopsis via Netgalley:

US district judge Diane Manchester has looked across the courtroom into the eyes of evil before. But today, as she presides over the extradition hearing of a notorious Colombian drug lord, she is also eight months pregnant. Her chair is uncomfortable, her robe is constrictive, and her due date is fast approaching. If she shows a single sign of weakness, Diane risks jeopardizing the biggest trial of her career and setting a vicious murderer free.

In seconds, her situation takes a harrowing turn for the worse. Walking to her favorite lunch spot, Diane is grabbed off the street, thrown into the back of a white van, blindfolded, and threatened with death. She has no idea who her kidnappers are or what they want. Maintaining a strict code of silence, they refuse to give her even the smallest glimmer of hope.

But Diane's captors have overlooked a crucial detail: Her husband, Billy, is the employer and best friend of Max Freeman, Philadelphia cop turned South Florida private investigator. Tossing off the rule of law, Freeman sets out to determine which of a rogues' gallery of suspects took Diane—and to save her and her unborn child before it's too late.

This was an interesting book. It took me from the courtroom to the marshes of Florida. It touched on the factor of danger that touches judges as well as the greediness and corruptibility that simmers just below the halls of justice.
One of the things I liked about this book was the insight into each of the characters' heads. Mr. King gives us a glimpse into how Max runs an investigation as well as the angst he feels about trying to find his best friend's wife. He also gives us a glimpse into the thoughts and fear of the kidnapped person. Between Max and Diane, he gives the reader a glimpse into the mind of the husband of the person kidnapped. Mr. King knows how to write suspense. He kept me guessing through the majority of the book. While I can say I guessed "who" before Mr. King revealed them, I can honestly say he did a great job of keeping the clues from being too obvious.
I will definitely read another book Mr. King writes.

A SEAL Forever (West Coast Navy SEALs #3) by Anne Elizabeth

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Special Operator Declan Smith was a dedicated U.S. Navy SEAL, a known player, and daredevil who loved pushing the limits. But on his last mission, an IED leaves him injured and angry as hell—and it changes everything. 

When a loud crash disturbs his neighbor, Maura Maxwell, she assumes the sailor next door is up to his usual bad behavior. But the man she finds covered in glass is far from the cocky ladies' man she'd grown to tolerate. Lying before her is a man fighting to rediscover his place in the world—and he can't do it alone.

Do you like sexy, strong-willed, determined men? Yes? Well, this is a book for you!
I once knew a Navy man who attempted SEAL training 3 times. What happened? He broke different bones each time and could not complete the training. I met him while he was recuperating from attempt #3 and he was going to go out there and do it again. SEALs are some tough, determined, and proud men. And they have every right to be that way considering what they go through to get to where they are.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with Declan and respected Maura. But throughout the story, it seems that Miss Elizabeth put most of her energy into Declan. While Maura wasn't exactly an afterthought, her evolution depended on  Declan's evolution throughout the whole story. She was never really her own "person".
I was very impressed with her attention to detail when it came to the military life. The way she created each SEAL was impeccable. She left no doubt about their honor, strength, intelligence, and will. With each personality came a common denominator: they were proud SEALs serving the country they love.
There was only one little part of the book that really bugged me. There is a female sailor who comes to Maura's gym and talks to her about teaching one of her classes. Miss Elizabeth depicts the woman as timid and unsure. This is not how a woman in the military acts. I felt she should have been sure of herself and basically have more of a military bearing. But, that is just my opinion.
I really think you will enjoy the story. This will definitely make you want to explore more of Miss Elizabeth's books.