Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe

Rating: 3 stars

Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #1

The cover for this is a bit misleading. The book is smutty for sure, but the cover doesn’t indicate that there is a darker side to the story although it wasn’t dark enough to consider it a dark romance. Annie and Dylan both had horrible things happen to them in their pasts. Annie had been married to a man who abused her. Once she finally thought he was going to kill her she ran. Dylan’s torrid past is unraveled slowly and isn’t entirely revealed in this novel.

Annie moved into a crappy trailer park. A cell phone was left at her place, and she answered it when Dylan called looking for someone else. Annie felt safe exploring her sexuality via the phone with Dylan because she could easily hide her secrets from him. They had good chemistry. Their relationship moved a little too fast for people with such deep issues, but it wasn’t a big deal.

Annie did annoy me a little bit at times. Sometimes she was very timid but others she was bold. She was trying to be different and overcome her past, which lead her to do some bold things. Sometimes if felt like too much too soon. And I didn’t understand how someone with her history had such strong beliefs that all people were good. She was shocked that bad people could do good things. She should have known that people don’t always reveal their true selves.

It ended with a huge cliffhanger. I hadn’t figured the book would end with that event, but I knew it would come into the story at some point.

I received this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Boundary Magic #1

This didn’t bring much of anything new to the table as far as UF goes. The one thing that really makes this world stand out is the people that are magical nulls. I don’t think I’ve ever read another series where a person is capable of voiding any magic that comes near them. Aside from the nulls it is standard UF, but I liked it anyway. This series takes place in the same world as the Scarlett Bernard series. There isn’t much of an overlap as far as characters go, so this can be read without reading Scarlett Bernard first.

Lex discovered that she was special. It’s an overused unoriginal trope, but it didn’t bother me too much in this. Lex seemed very normal aside from her powers. She didn’t have low self-esteem but didn’t think highly of herself either. She struggled with emotional issues from being in the military and from the death of her sister. The issues she struggled with about the death of her sister resonated with me since my only sibling died several years ago.

The side characters need more development. So far most of them seem nice but don’t have much personality. Characters with shades of gray are always more interesting, but all of them are lacking that. Quinn is a vampire, but he’s not very bad ass. I really want to like him, but he’s too boring so far. Lex has a few men in her life. I really hope this doesn’t end up delving into the territory of love triangles.

Wicked as She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson

Rating: 1 star

Series: Blud #2

It’s amazing that I even finished this book. It was awful. I had really liked Wicked as They Come, so I figured this would be good too. This was soooo disappointing. It’s a spin on the story of Anastasia but with vampires. Ahnasatsia was drained and assumed to be dead for years. She woke up weak and hungry and Casper happened to be there. She treated him like shit, and for some unknown reason he kept being nice to her. Treating people like scum was the norm for her since she was a princess, but it did not make for an entertaining read.

I didn’t like any of the characters. Ahna was a bitch. She was more appealing as the story went on but not enough to actually say I’d like her. She was way too selfish. Casper was a doormat. He just went along with whatever Ahna wanted. The romance was dull. I really could have cared less if they were together or not. Keen (Casper’s sidekick) was a selfish brat who served no real purpose in the story.

The storyline was lame. Ahna’s family was killed so she had to go back home to take control of Freesia from the person who killed her family. Through most of the book she was traveling incognito to get there. Half of the people she encountered knew who she was anyway. The big showdown at the end was short and highly anti-climatic. The enemy was too easy to overthrow. This book was a waste of my time.

Hunted by K.F. Breene

Rating: 3 stars

Series: The Warrior Chronicles #2

Chosen was surprisingly good, but I had such a hard time getting into this one. Maybe my mood was affecting my enjoyment of it? IDK what it was exactly, but it just dragged. There wasn’t much of a plot so it all felt kind of aimless. Everyone stumbled around doing whatever without a real goal in mind. The tone was different; it was far more somber. Jokes were still made, but in general it didn’t have the same lighthearted feel.

Shanti was around new characters for most of the book, and I didn’t really care for them. Rohnan was okay. His power could be useful in the right situation, but most of the insight he gave to people’s emotions were things that weren’t hard to figure out anyway. Burson annoyed me because everything with him is all about prophecy. I like it better when the characters are in control of their fate. Most of the time they listened to Burson’s advice rather than having to figure it out on their own. The whole story angle with Burson made the book boring for me.

I missed Shanti being with Cayan and her Honor Guard. It wasn’t the same when they weren’t working together. The level of sexual frustration was upped in this. Normally I love the slow build romance, but something about this series makes me want to scream just do it already!!! The best part of this book was Sanders. He really shined in this and was funny as hell.

The Drafter by Kim Harrison

Rating: 3 stars

Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #1

When I heard this was about time travel I was expecting:

In reality it was more like this:

Peri was a drafter, which meant she can go back in time. Sounds wicked awesome, right? Well not so much. Drafters can only go back and alter the last minute or less of time. It has serious consequences like major memory loss, which makes the drafter vulnerable to manipulation since they don’t remember anything. If she didn’t put herself in situations where her life were in danger and had to draft to save herself, the memory loss would never happen.

It was hard to feel bad for Peri sometimes. She had been mentally used and abused in more ways than she could count, but she put herself in this situation. Someone with her level of intelligence must have been aware of the possibility that she could be manipulated. Regardless of that no one deserved to be treated the way she was.

The beginning was a little rough. It took a little while before drafting was explained to my satisfaction. After a while I was invested in the story. Peri had been hurt by Jack, her anchor/boyfriend. The only side of Jack shown in the book was of him being a manipulative jerk, so I never really related to Peri’s love for him. Silas came into Peri’s life claiming to help her, but she didn’t know if he was trustworthy. Eventually the story got too repetitive. How many times could she learn the truth or some version of it to have it ripped away? Far more could have been explained in this book instead of rehashing the same crap over and over towards the end.

There are two more books in this series. If they are similar plot wise to this, then I don’t want to read them. I really did not like the surprise at the end of the book and the changes it will bring, so I’m really conflicted about reading the rest of the series.

Sideswiped by Kim Harrison

Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5

Sideswiped is the intro to the Peri Reed Chronicles. It was the standard boring short story that doesn’t give you enough info to care about the plot or the characters. Some people may like this, but I’m not a big fan of short stories in general.

The whole drafting thing is weird and kind of lame. They go back in time for a few seconds to maybe a minute. WTF is that? That’s barely even enough to consider it time travel. I was able to understand the basics of drafting but was still confused about many aspects of it. I assume all of that will be explained in The Drafter.

I didn’t like any of the characters. Peri had potential but not enough page time. Silas was pathetic. All of the constant dramatic statements about how he can’t bear to be away from Summer were annoying. For a short story we were beat over the head with this info. Yet Silas and Summer barely spent any time together and had no chemistry at all.

It was also mentioned like a bazillion times that Silas is a genius. He’s the best. Better than everyone else. Blah, blah, blah. Couldn’t he have actually done something intelligent throughout the story? He did one dumb ass thing after another.

This was not an impressive intro to the series, but I won’t hold it against the rest of it. Novels may give this topic far more depth than this story was able to.