Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lawked Flame by Erosa Knowles

I will admit ... The title ... I hated it. I almost didn't purchase based on the title alone. Well it wasn't JUST the title but the series name ... Lawke & Kee. I rolled my eyes so hard months ago. I also hate the cover. Anyone who follows my reviews or is a member of my goodreads group knows that I'm a cover whore and this one didn't spark my interest at all. Despite that, I'd purchased it during a time when I had nothing exciting to read. Summer was starting and I always liked to read during the school semester because it was a stress reliever. Seems like now that school is coming back around, I'm back to reading again ... Go figure.
It may seem like I'm about to start this review off horribly but no ... Hard to believe but I actually really enjoyed this book. It was a page turner for me. I saw the words 'cock' and 'pussy' and just kept flipping, lol.
Anyway ... Master Khayden Lawke is ... Well ... A Lawke. He basically rules a group of people who have settled on Earth from the planet Lawkmeria. Apparently, 200 years ago, their planet was overrun by some aliens called the Geleet, and they were forced to settle on Earth when Nature's Mother secured a Harven (small town that was unseen to human eyes) for them. You may be thinking 'well that was nice of her to do,' but no ... Nature's Mother is a bitch.
Lawke and Kee ... Basically ... Khayden needs to be 'unlocked' to reach his full potential and make sure his people flourish. Until he is unlocked, his people are kind of dull and grim looking despite smiling and being friendly. The way it was explained in the book is it seemed like their 'colors were muted.' One thing I loved about the book was that everyone was racially ambiguous. Well not so much ambiguous but completely screwed up. A natural blonde with asian eyes or a black man with red hair. Stuff like that. I thought that was neat. I like when you can't really figure people out, lol. BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING ... During this time that Khayden is waiting on his Kee, a human wanders into town. Alayna. Alayna is biracial, divorced and bitter. She quickly makes friends with Lorenzo, who takes the time to tend to her once she arrived in their Harven. Why? Keeping an eye on her. Skip through a ton of stuff and we find that Alaya is Khayden's Kee and they begin to unlock together slowly (not just sex, but power wise).
The big picture is simply the fight against the Geleet. They want Khayden out of the way and begin using Alayna against him. Apparently, their were things not considered when Nature's Mother decided to create human Kee's instead of Lawkmerian Key's.
Read the book for yourself. I won't give away anymore than I already have :-) The writing isn't a 10 but it isn't bad either. It's ......... Simple. Yea ... Simple. Some character descriptions were lacking. Some were not but I never could 'see' the person. I pictured Khayden as this big hulking figure but that's about it. I pictured Alayna much more brown than I think she was intended, and I still have no idea what Lorenzo looked like other than obviously handsome. Their were some tear-jerking moments that you will definitely feel as I did and a couple of awkward instances between a Lawke & Kee pair.
Still ... Check it out. Not sure how you would take to it but I liked it. I'm hoping the series continues as I'm a little bit invested in them getting back to Lawkmeria and how that would go once there.
3 Stars
IR: Alayna (b/w)

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Departed by Shiloh Walker

FBI Psychics, Book 2
Taylor Jones is an FBI Agent who leads a team of gifted individuals who help him find missing children and/or children in danger. Desiree "Dez" Lincoln can talk to the dead and is therefore a valuable asset to the team. We first see Dez in action, being almost lead by a dead girl to a live one in the house of a killer. It started off cool, but then she gets hurt and things go south.
Why do they go south? Because the hard as hell FBI Agent, Taylor Jones, as fine as he is, turns into a man who seems a little stalkerish over this woman. He's in love with her, she's in love with him, and no one will admit it until a night of passion.
Then I saw the words 'cock' and 'pussy' and I threw my Kindle across the room.
An hour later, I picked it up, skipped that part (even though it wasn't long or full out sex), and trudged along.
I actually hated them as a couple. I didn't feel that sexual tension that the author continued to convey. Sure, their was heat felt when one touched the other, but if that were me, I'd think it was food poisoning and not me being horny.
The cases that Dez picked up after she parted ways with Jones' leadership was actually pretty interesting ... Well ... The MAIN one ... I loved it a lot and that was the reason I continued to read the book. Although the weave wasn't overly complicated, it was still decent. The small arguments that Dez and Taylor had when too much time was spent together was annoying. The arguments reminded me of senior year in high school ... Your prom date dancing with the school whore and you're ready to go TELL him that this isn't the way things are supposed to go. Not the same context as the book but the same feel.
This is book 2 of the series, The Missing being book 1. I read this because of the interracialness. I don't feel like I wasted my time by reading it all, but probably won't give it much thought later.
2 Stars
IR: Dez (AA) Taylor (White)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jack and Djinn by Amber Sweetapple

Houri Legends, Book 1

I've had this book for a while and am finally finishing it up. My summer has been a lot more fun than I anticipated, lol.

Miriam is in an abusive relationship with Ben. It's a typical abusive relationship ... Pretty standard ... He beats her and she stays because she's afraid he'll beat her some more. But then Miriam meets Jack. An Irish boy from a big family who is immediately drawn to Miriam and vice versa. I always hated those 'I just met you and I think I love you' type of deals. Goes beyond love at first site and it was never believable to me, even in a book. That's what happens here. Now here comes the interesting part. Throughout the book, while we're going on about Miriam's life, their is a set of detectives investigating a murder that has to do with Miriam. The thing that I really like about this book is it's going on at the same time. If Miriam and Jack are in a scene where they're interacting with his grandfather, then in the next scene, the detectives go to interview him. Everything goes hand in hand. Yea it seems like something so simple that I wouldn't need to point it out but I looked forward to it. Back to basics ... Once Jack comes into the picture, that's where things pick up. Not only for their relationship but for the magic involved that we finally get a taste of. The information on what Miriam is, a Djinn, comes close to the end after we've kind of already figured out what's going on. It also gives us another character to look for more of in book 2.

Anywho ... Outside of the fact that this book is good, I'm not a fan of our lead character. Miriam Al-Mansur is a doormat. Usually when a woman is experiencing physical, emotional, verbal, and mental abuse, I always want her to come out on top. With this, I just felt like I wanted her abusive boyfriend to kill her and keep on going with his life. I felt no connection to her, nor did I want it. Jack is that hopeless romantic, mushy as hell, captain save-a-ho that I found myself rolling my eyes at. But in the end, they were made for each other. I mean literally ... With the way they are, no one else would be right for them so kudos for Amber Sweetapple for crafting a perfect pairing.

Book 2 is titled Djinn and Tonic and just came out last month. Be careful when purchasing because their is another book with that same title. Anyway ... I linked books 1 and 2 for you so make sure you go and purchase. I'm quite happy someone is finally tackling the Djinn.

2 Stars
IR: Miriam (Iraqi) Jack (Irish)