Fever by Maya Banks

Fever (The Breathless Trilogy #2)

Maya Banks

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Fever was… ok and that surprises me. I have always enjoyed Maya Bank’s books and consider her one of my favorite authors. But when I finished this book my first thought was “eh”.  I read it a second time and found a few more things to enjoy about the book. But overall the story was just ok.

Jace sees Bethany at a party and is instantly attracted to her. He wants to pursue her; the only hitch in his plans is that he shares all his women with his best friend Ash. With Bethany, Jace doesn’t want to share, which is a totally new concept for him. In order to get Bethany to spend the night with in Jace reluctantly has Ash join them. After a fulfilling evening, Jace wakes to find Bethany gone from the suite. Jace now scours the NYC to find her. He does and can’t believe what he finds out about her. Jace moves pretty quickly and sets her up in an apartment and has her collared right after that. That is pretty much the entire book in a few sentences (this is pretty much what is printed on the back of the book).

What I did like was Jace and Bethany in bed together. Maya can write a scene that is very steamy! And there are many of them in the book. But I feel that Bethany was just not the right match for Jace, or she could have been if she was a different person (sounds horrible I know, but if you read you will understand). I found her very, very needy. Considering her background I could understand why she was needy…but she just didn’t do it for me. Bethany seemed to take to the BDSM part of their relationship because it provided her with the stability that she needed in her life. I found Jace to be domineering with her to the point of the extreme. He acted like a jerk to Bethany and Ash several times throughout the story.  He needed to be pushed back a little bit and I think if Bethany was a stronger character she could have done that.  I think Bethany could have been a great character if she had risen from her background before she met Jace rather thinking of herself as a better person because she was with him. Maybe I am asking too much, it is fiction after all.  I also felt like this book was a more glamorous version of Colter’s Lady as both Heroines’ in the story have a very similar background.  It felt like the same story just a different place setting.

But like with any story everyone has their own opinion. I am still looking forward to Ash’s book because I do think that Maya is a great author.

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Waiting for Wednesday by Mari Carr

Waiting for Wednesday (Wild Irish Book 3) by Mari Carr

       

My Review:

It’s Wednesday and Tristan Collins works at his family’s Pub, like he does every Wednesday. He has been in a foul mood for a while because Wednesday evenings were the one time a week when is good friend Lane would come and visit with him.  Lane left town without a word about a year ago and Tristan is finally ready to believe that she won’t be coming back. Tristan is looking forward to closing the bar any minute and he becomes annoyed when the door opens and he has to serve another customer. He looks over and sees Lane sitting in the same seat she had.

Lane has decided to return to Baltimore, she has missed the seasons, her sports teams and most of all she missed Tristan Collins. Its Wednesday night, so Lane has come to see Tristan at the bar and have her usual glass of wine with him as he tends bar. She catches Tristan by surprise as he hasn’t been expecting her. She can tell that he is hurt by the way she left town.

Lane is not looking for another relationship but Tristan but finds herself immersed in the Collins clan as she begins to take care of their father. Tristan is thrilled to have Lane in his place and slowly begins the process of breaking down the wall Lane has built around herself. While Tristan and Lane navigate their relationship they have to overcome Lane’s past that is not yet ready to let her go.

I absolutely loved this book. I really think it was well written and the characters were great. I really enjoyed the dynamics between Tristan and Lane. Tristan is a wonderful character who wants to show Lane that she can be independent while in a relationship. When I read about Lane’s history I was so glad that she found her way into the Collins’s clan!  The sex between them is smoking hot!

The book continues to show the Collins Clan and it makes me wish I was part of it and hang out at the pub. Can’t wait for the next book!

Author Website:

www.maricarr.com

Synopsis from Book/Publisher:

 Wild Irish, Book Three

Tristan Collins knows Lane Bryce is strictly hands-off. She’s smart, funny, kind… and married. But he still looks forward to her once-a-week visits to the family pub where he tends bar. When she fails to arrive one Wednesday, Tris is concerned. When he learns she’s in the hospital, brutally beaten after attempting to leave her unhappy marriage, he’s enraged. Tris vows to protect her, but doesn’t get the chance – Lane checks out of the hospital and disappears without a trace.

A year later, newly divorced Lane is back, and enjoying her independence too much to embark on a relationship. Tris intends to prove she can have freedom and love, and he’s not above using seduction to do it. The more she resists, the more he sets her body ablaze with pleasure the likes of which she’s never known.

After a lifetime of disappointment, trust doesn’t come easily for Lane. But when her ex-husband reenters her life, threatening her independence, her happiness, she could discover too late that Tristan is the one man worthy of not only her trust, but also her love.

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.

Publication date: 3/17/2010

Ruby Tuesday by Mari Carr

Ruby Tuesday (Wild Irish Book 2) by Mari Carr

My Review:

Teagan Collins is content with her life. She sings in her family’s Pub, she teachers music to kids and volunteers at the senior center.  Sky Mitchell is a rock star hiding out in Maryland. He needs some time to himself as he contemplates the next step in his career, which is most likely a solo career.  He hears one of Teagan’s songs and wants it to be his first solo recording. But Teagan won’t sell him the song because he wants to change.   After a bit of squabbling the two start working together on Sky’s solo album. What they don’t realize is that someone does not want Sky to leave the bad and will stop at nothing to make sure he stays. While they are writing music they are also falling for each other.

The banter back and forth between Sky and Teagan is great. I laughed out loud many times while I was reading the story. I think this is a great story about taking the time to look at someone and not judging them by their looks.  Teagan comes across as a folksy singer that wears bright colors. She is looking for a guy that will see beyond the colors and the music. Sky is that guy!  It was great to see Teagan have her chance at becoming a star. Not only do Teagan and Sky make great music together (literally) they burn up the sheets as well. Sky took things slow with Teagan and I thought that was great. Again it was great to read more about the Collins clan, I can’t seem to get enough of them! Ruby Tuesday is a great addition to the series and definitely worth reading.

Author Website:

www.maricarr.com

Synopsis from Book/Publisher:

Wild Irish, Book Two
Sky Mitchell is hiding out in Baltimore, seeking peace and solitude while he struggles with a career decision. Lead singer of popular rock group The Universe, he’s thinking of going it alone. Wandering into an Irish pub, he’s ecstatic to discover the breakout single for his solo album-but the songwriter doesn’t want to sell. One musical challenge later, not only does he win the song, but also a writing partner to complete the rest of the album.
Teagan Collins has never aspired to fame and fortune. She’s content taking care of family, friends and neighbors, and singing in her family’s pub. Working on an album with Sky tests her patience . . . and her libido. The hot rocker plays her body like a fine instrument, their desire deepening with each song they write.
But someone doesn’t want Sky to go solo, and is repeatedly trying to sabotage the couple’s efforts. Undaunted, Sky wants Teagan to join him onstage at his farewell concert to sing her original, Maybe Tomorrow.

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.

Publication date: 12/23/2009

Come Monday by Mari Carr

Come Monday (Wild Irish Book 1) by Mari Carr

                       

My Review:

Kiera Collins has been taking care of her family (Her Father, 6 brothers and sisters) ever since her mother pasted away. She is a beautiful young woman that hides in conservative clothing and ponytails. At 27 she is working at Pat’s Pub, the family’s pub and restaurant and has finally gone college to get a degree in business.  After taking all general education classes, she finds herself in an English class with Professor Wallace.  In her class she is frustrated with her continual grade of C on her papers.  She finally works up the nerve to talk to her professor about why he keeps giving her such low grades. For someone who is usually outspoken she is not so with him. Kiera is wildly attracted to her professor and is a little intimated as well.

William Wallace (yes, that’s the characters’ real name!) is Kiera’s English professor and can’t seem to get her out of his mind. Will offers to help her rewrite all her English papers so that she can receive a higher grade. Kiera is the one student that he finds himself attracted to and he can’t believe that he has offered to tutor her alone!  Once the semester is over Will tracks Kiera to her family’s pub and ask her for a date.

Will is dominant and brings her into his world and realizes that she is a perfect fit for him. Kiera struggles with giving up control and allowing someone else to be in charge, but when she does the rewards are so sweet. Will knows that she is the woman for him, know just has to make her believe it too.

I really liked this story; I only wish it was longer! I enjoyed seeing Kiera become her own person with a little push from Will. For so long she took care of her family while losing a little bit of herself in the process.  She takes to the dominating aspects of her relationship with Will and learns that she can still be a strong woman while being with him.  The scenes between them are HOT! I liked that he took it slow and explained to her what he wanted from the relationship. In addition Kiera and Will’s story it was great to read about the Collin’s clan. They are loud, funny and such a great part of the book. Through all the descriptions of the pub I truly felt that if I closed my eyes I was there. This looks like it’s going to be a  great series!

Author Website:

www.maricarr.com

Synopsis from Book/Publisher:

Wild Irish, Book One
Monday’s child is fair of face . . .
After the death of her mother years prior, Keira Collins became a surrogate parent to her six younger brothers and sisters, her own dreams put on hold. At twenty-seven, she’s finally pursuing a college degree. Between classes, working at the family pub and still tending to siblings, she’s no time for romance. So why is she spending all her rare free time fantasizing about hot Professor Wallace bending her over his desk?
Will Wallace recognizes Keira’s unfulfilled desires, her habit of hiding her beauty, her obsessive need to command every aspect of her life. But Will has needs of his own-and they run far darker than Keira’s. As he initiates her into his lifestyle, offering sweet punishments and sweeter rewards, Will’s sexual authority slowly strips away some of her precious control. The one thing Keira’s not ready to relinquish . . .

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.

Publication date: 11/6/2009