The Master is book two in Ms. Cole’s The Game Maker series, and while I liked the first one, I really wasn’t all that blown away with it. I decided to give the next book a shot though, because I do like her style of writing and her interesting characters, and I am glad I did.
The Dominator starts us off as a 19-year old girl named Athena “Tia”. She is a foster kid who just graduated from high school, and has a promising future that she is looking forward to. For the past five years, she had been staying with a wonderful family, though she has been in foster care since the age of nine due to her father’s neglect and inability to be a father and her mother dead from suicide.
Gianna is the polar opposite to her sister Aria. She isn’t well behaved, she speaks her mind, rebellious, and after seeing her sister obediently marry a stranger because it was expected of her, she made a decision not to have that happen to her. She wanted the freedom to choose her own path in life and the ability to fall in love and marry whoever she wishes.
Once again I was sucked into Ms. Reilly’s world of the Mafia and the men and women caught up in between their sense of duty to the Family and their desires for their own lives. In Bound By Duty, it isn’t any different. Like the couple in the first book, the two main characters are put together not entirely by choice, but because of a sense of duty. While the men in these books seem to have a little more freedom in their decision making, the women do not, and are forced into these arranged marriages where they have to just hope for the best.
There seems to have been a trend among authors to write trilogies. I don’t mind this as much as the next person, largely because I rather have well written, flushed out plot, than a rushed through series of loosely held together plot points (I’m looking at you Beautiful Disaster!). I came across this book when I was looking for a good Mafia-like story to read and it was pretty good.
The Professional is a quick-yet-steamy story about a woman named Natalie, a grad student who works hard everyday so she can uncover the mystery of her absent biological parents. Her answers come, but not in the way she thought they would, when Aleksei, on the orders of his Boss (who is also Natalie’s father), shows up to collect her and bring her back to Russia. Her father is in the middle of a power struggle, leaving her a weakness he can not let anyone exploit, so he wants her under his protection so she can be safe. He also wants to introduce himself to her, explain the reason why he had been absent in her life, and get to know her better.
I was in the mood for a mafia-type book so when I came across this one in the Kindle store for free, I snapped it up. Bound by Honor is book one of the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles and despite the series awful name, the book was pretty decent.
Reap is a story about yet another abducted boy-turned-fighter, 221. He was raised as a prototype for a drug that makes him carry out any order. He lives to serve, and his master uses him to kill any who stands in his way, until Luka finds him and frees him from that life.
This book is a definite read if you have read the first one, and a excellent conclusion to a great dark story. It isn’t sweet, and makes no apologies, but I think that is why I liked it so much.
Monster in His Eyes is about a college student named Karissa. She finds herself taking a philosophy class with her close friend and dorm-mate. What they thought would be an easy grade, was far from that due to their teacher Mr. Santini’s harsh grading scale. It seems nothing Karissa turns in gets her above a C, with is a BIG problem because she is at the school on an academic scholarship that she will lose if she gets anything below an 89 for the class.
As much as I liked Nero, this one didn’t do much for me. There was probably only two things that I can say I honestly enjoyed about this book, the eyes on the man in the cover, and Lucca’s cameos. It seems the over-the-top style that I am guessing will be this new author’s trademark, while was entertaining in the first book, wore a little thin for me in this one.
This was a buddy read with my sister-in-law (and fellow bibliophile). Despite the cover, which looks like he either is preparing to give someone a stiff fisting or is holding back a demon that has possessed his arm, the book was pretty decent for Sarah Brianne’s first novel. It was short and easy read, though it had some editing issues, but it wasn’t to the point where I got irritated. I think that is mostly due to the nonsense I read yesterday (see Real), and comparing the two made this one almost a literary masterpiece.