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Fallen Empire

Dirty Empire Book #4

by

Nina West/K. A. Tucker

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Following hot on the heels of book three, Fallen Empire continues the story of the Easton Family and Gabriel and Caleb’s efforts to free themselves from their father’s (Vlad Easton) world of drugs.

Gabriel and Caleb want to free themselves from Vlad’s world so they can focus on their club and perhaps buy a Casino.  Although in jail Vlad gets wind of this and has Mercy Wheeler (Gabriel’s girlfriend) kidnapped by Bane, a rather unsavoury character, to say the least, in order to force Gabriel into doing as Vlad orders.  Vlad still has a long reach even from behind bars.

As the body counts mount it becomes clear that being related to, or working for the Easton Family is a dangerous pastime.  Particularly when Father Vlad is ordering the hits from his prison cell.

How and will Gabriel and Caleb be able to safely escape their father’s control? Or will one or both become part of the body count?  What will become of Mercy?

A rather gory but enjoyable finale to the Dirty Empire series.  I noticed in my book 3 review I had mentioned that the bedroom (Books 1 & 2) was not overshadowing the storyline.  A similar comment is applicable to Fallen Empire (Book 4).   Whilst the bedroom is mentioned not infrequently, that’s as far as it goes.  Fallen Empire is all about business.

I found Fallen Empire to be another page-turner

from the pen of Nina West and rated Fallen Empire as a three-star read

 

I rated

Fallen Empire

as a


read.

***

At the time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers

have awarded

Fallen Empire

an average of 4.00 stars

from 2,294 ratings

and 146 reviews.

*****

Fallen Empire

can be purchased online at

Fishpond, and Amazon

Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

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Surrender to Me

(The Wolf Hotel #4)

by 

Nina West

AKA – K. A. Tucker

 

 

I have just finished Surrender to Me for the third time.  Not because the book was a ripper to read, no it seemed my memory was failing me because the morning after I had completed my read I had forgotten the plot. 

This time around, however, I realised why I kept forgetting the plot.  It was simply a case of there wasn’t one!   That is unless explicit sex/bedroom scenes are considered part of the plot.

The only saving grace is that Surrender to Me, like the rest of the series, is an easy read.   There is a funeral, a game of golf and Henry had a gold mine collapse on him during an earthquake.  Even the gold mine collapse was told from Abbi’s viewpoint and from the safety of Wolf Alaska.

The ending to Surrender to Me was abrupt; however, it has left the door open for book 6, which I would happily read as I believe the scope is there for an ending to, or continuation of, the series.  And it should also be a quick read.

 

I have rated

Surrender to Me

as a three-star read.

At the time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Surrender to Me

an average of 4.31 stars

from 7,440 ratings

and 540 reviews.

Surrender to Me

can be purchased online at

Amazon‎

Booktopia, and Fishpond

 

 

 

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Teach Me

(The Wolf Hotel #3)

by

Nina West

aka – K. A. Tucker

        
Teach Me
(Wolf Hotels #3), by Nina West, continues after Abbi’s father has had a farming accident.   Leaving her job at Wolf Cove to fly home to Pennsylvania, she has resigned herself to spending the next twenty hours on planes or in airports.  Arriving in Homer she steps off the ferry and immediately finds she is being offered a ride to the airport.  Not the airport she was destined for, but a private airport.  The Wolf Airport.

Once home Abbi again has to face her mother’s wrath, conveniently overlooking all the good Henri had done for the Mitchell family in their time of need.   Mother Mitchell (Bernadette) only had eyes for Jed as a life partner for Abbi, not caring that Abbi and Jed had split because Jed cheated on Abbi.

By this stage, the editing was beginning to annoy me.  Simple words were being left out of the text left right and centre.

For example; straight from the text this sentence reads;

“I smile as reach up to unfasten the top button of my dress.”

Whereas I think either of these alternatives reads much better and makes more sense:

“I smile as (I) reach up to unfasten the top button of my dress.”

“I smile (and) reach up to unfasten the top button of my dress.”

I have one final question to put to the panel;

‘How did Henri acquire rough, calloused, hands?’

There are several references to his calloused hands, however, the only times I have ever seen callous hands was after heavy manual labour and I have chopped enough wood in my life to know that he did not get callouses from the bit he chopped up in book one.

Teach Me moves along at a good pace, however, there were many times when I felt that there could have been a bit more to the plot other than lengthy descriptions of Abbi’s and Henri’s ‘bedroom’ antics.

I have rated

Teach Me

as a three-star read.

At the time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Teach Me

an average of 4.13 stars

from 6,352 ratings

and 399 reviews.

Teach Me

can be purchased online at

Amazon‎,

Booktopia, and Fishpond

 

 

 

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Break Me

(The Wolf Hotel #2)

by 
 

Nina West


Break Me
 (Wolf Hotels #2) virtually commences the day after Nina West’s Tempt Me ends.  Abbi continues with her duties as Henry Wolf’s personal assistant leading up to the opening of the Wolf Cove Hotel, a new addition to the Wolf Chain of Hotels.  An opening where many of the guests are gorgeous and drooling after Henry.  This coupled with Henry’s brother Scott and his lies all create a perfect storm to fuel Abbi’s insecurities and she becomes insanely jealous.  Particularly, after Abbi, sees Henry escorting not one, but two lovely ladies back to their accommodation.  

After the opening and after a predictable argument, Henry cuts his summer short and leaves Alaska, but not before he has transferred Abbi to her first preference; the outdoor crew.  There she reconnects with Ronan and Connor, her workmates for the rest of the summer.

 

It appears all is over between Abbi and Henry until Abbi receives a phone call from home that turns her world upside down.  And that is where Henry, and his resources, step in to ease her pain.

 

Break Me moves along at a good pace, however, there were many times when I felt that there could have been a bit more to the plot than the characters portrayed.

 

******

Other Goodreads readers

have rated

Break Me

an average of 4.12 stars

from 5,057 ratings

and 398 reviews.

***

I think

Break Me

is a


read.

Break Me

can be purchased online at

Amazon

 

Not Available: BooktopiaFishpond 

 

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Running Wild

(Wild,#3)

by

K. A. Tucker

***

In K. A. Tucker’s Running Wild Calla and Jonah, stars of previous books in the Wild series, only play supporting roles, to veterinarian Marie.   Marie was keen on Jonah Before Calla arrived in Alaska; however, her feelings were never reciprocated.  Jonah simply looked upon Marie as a good friend and upon Calla’s arrival, Jonah looked no further.

When a new musher arrives in town Marie is adamant that she will never find anyone like Jonah.   Tyler is handsome, arrogant and spiteful.  In fact, his only redeeming feature according to Marie is his love of is dogs.

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race provides an ideal backdrop for veterinarian Marie and musher Tyler to overcome that initial first impression.   With first impressions behind them, you would think that the road to true love was a smooth transition.  This could not be further from the truth.  And with her biological time clock working overtime, Marie has to decide if Tyler is the man of her dreams and, therefore, worth the wait?  Will Tyler be able to overcome his past and love Marie the way she loves him?

As with previous wild books Running Wild moves along at a cracking page-turner pace.

I rated

Running Wild

as an enjoyable

five star read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Running Wild

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Running Wild

an average of 4.28 stars

from 4,968 ratings

and 887 reviews.

***

Forever  Wild

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 ***

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Tempt Me

(The Wolf Hotel #1)

by 
Nina West

 

Nina West’s Tempt Me commences in a small town in Pennsylvania where 21 year old, Abbigail (Abbi) Mitchell has been dating or friendly with the Minister’s son, Jed, forever and both sets of parents are expecting to hear the sounds of wedding bells sometime in the future.

It would be fair to say that Abbi and Jed think along those lines also as they have decided to save themselves for their wedding night.  Although, discovering Jed in bed with another girl does change that for Abbi.

Both sets of parents justify Jed’s actions as sowing his wild oats.  Even Abbi’s overbearing and pious mother tells Abbi she should stick around until Jed finishes sowing his wild oats.

Abbi, however, has other ideas and applies for a summer job with the outdoor crew at Wolf Hotels’ new hotel in Alaska.   Abbi sets of for the Alaskan wilderness not knowing what to expect and finds herself working and living with an extremely active group of people her own age, and working for Henry Wolf the Wolf Hotels C.E.O., as his personal assistant with no experience whatsoever.

 

Circulating rumours about Henry’s sexual appetite are soon proven to be true.   However, is everything different this time?  As Abbi hopes it will.  The amount of time spent describing (in detail) Henry and Abbi’s romps, is a bit over the top, in my opinion.  However, I guess the publishers wanted some padding without which Tempt Me would be a simple romance of the short-story variety.  Or….am I getting older and showing my age?

I have rated Tempt Me as a three-star read.

 

*****

Other Goodreads readers

have rated

Tempt Me

an average of 4.07 stars

from 6,675 ratings

and 576 reviews.

*****

I think

Tempt Me

is a


read.

Tempt Me

can be purchased online at

 

Booktopia, and Amazon

*****

 

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Five Ways To Fall

(Ten Tiny Breaths #5)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

Five Ways To Fall is K. A. Tucker’s fifth novel in the Ten Tiny Breaths series.  Again Ms Tucker has focussed on one of the original characters.

However, unlike previous offerings in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, Five Ways To Fall has but a tenuous connection to the prior books.  Five Ways To Fall reduces original characters to cameo mentions and appearances at parties and social occasions.  The only exception to this is Ben the good looking (and womanising) bouncer at Penny’s as he begins his career as a lawyer.

Reese, and Ben, meet in Cancun on Ben’s last night.  A night that could only be described as an unmitigated disaster that Reese wanted to forget and Ben wanted to remember.

Several months later they bump into each other…at work.   Reese now works as a paralegal, a brilliant one at that, at her stepfather’s law firm, where Ben has also secured a position at the firm.

Five Ways To Fall is a nice romance with an inevitable happy ending which most K. A. Tucker fans will enjoy.

I found

Five Ways To Fall

an enjoyable read and rated

Five Ways To Fall

as a solid

four star read.

***

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Five Ways To Fall

an average of 4.30 stars

from 14,581 ratings

and 1,223 reviews.

***

Five Ways To Fall

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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Four Seconds to Lose

(Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

Four Seconds To Lose is K. A. Tucker’s third novel in the Ten Tiny Breaths series.  Again Ms Tucker has focussed on one of the original characters.  This time it is strip club owner, Cain with guest appearances by all of the original Ten Tiny Breaths cast of characters  

 

Cain has a strict no fraternizing with the dancers policy which works well until Charlie Rourke casts her shadow over his doorway, seeking a job.   Being around Charlie sees all types of emotions stirred in Cain; basic, animal emotions which have lain dormant for many years.  In fact, Charlie is the only dancer which Cain comes out of his office to watch, each and every night.  

But Charlie is involved in shady dealings.  Her step-dad is using her as a drug mule and drugs are one thing which Cain wants nothing to do with.  As romance begins to blossom, Cain decides to air his dirty laundry for Charlie’s benefit.   He feels his hitherto unknown past may be holding Charlie back…what he doesn’t know is that it is her past, present and future which is stopping Charlie from committing to Cain.

Another easy read from K. A. Tucker which I enjoyed immensely.

 At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Four Seconds to Lose

an average of 4.20 stars

from 18,380 ratings

and 1,445 reviews.

***

I rated

Four Seconds to Lose

as an enjoyable

four star read.

***

Four Seconds to Lose

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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One Tiny Lie

(Ten Tiny Breaths #2)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

K. A. Tucker’s One Tiny Lie follows the fortunes of Livie, the sensible Cleary sister, during her first year at College. Livie is the planner of the two girls; college, exams, medical school and a good looking respectable husband.

All does not go according to plan and she soon begins to question her choices over the past few years.  Are her choices for herself or is she complying with her deceased father’s wishes?  With her love life a mess and her party life flourishing, straight A Livie begins her mid-terms with a C- for her favourite subject.

Has Livie turned into Miss Mediocrity?  Will she ever sort out her love life?  Will she cease her hard partying?  And how will her sister, Kacey react when Livie tells her what has transpired during the first few weeks of her freshman year of college?  Will Livie’s grades keep her at Princeton?

Surprisingly all of these question are answered if not directly, certainly indirectly.  As with all good authors there is a twist which helps Livie unravel many of the problems she faces.

I found

One Tiny Lie

an enjoyable read and rated

One Tiny Lie

as a solid

four star read.

And it appears many of K. A. Tucker fans

are like minded

with 82% of readers rating it 4 or 5 stars.

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

One Tiny Lie

an average of 4.27 stars

from 35,104 ratings

and 2,422 reviews.

***

One Tiny Lie

can be purchased online at

 Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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In Her Wake

(Ten Tiny Breaths #1.5, Novella)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

K. A. Tucker’s In Her Wake is not quite a sequel to Ten Tiny Breaths; it’s more like an addition to Ten Tiny Breaths. In Her Wake tells Trent’s side of the story right up until he and Kacey meet for the first time.

I finished reading Ten Tiny Breaths and immediately commenced In Her Wake where we hear of Trent’s back story where many How’s and Why’s are answered.  In essence we hear the other side of Ten Tiny Breaths.  Trent’s side, as opposed to Kacey’s pain and suffering.

In Her Wake joins the Forever Wild novella (also by K. A. Tucker) on my best novellas shelf.

Many other novellas have tried to be complete stories, end abruptly and left me wanting more.  In Her Wake wrapped up loose ends on Trent’s side of the ledger in Ten Tiny Breaths.

The ending to In Her Wake was spot on.  Another word or sentence would have been too much.

For the above reasons I am, again, breaking my three stars only for novellas rule and have awarded In Her Wake four stars as an addendum to Ten Tiny Breaths.

 At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

In Her Wake

an average of 4.1 stars

from 6,102 ratings

and 621 reviews.

***

I rated

In Her Wake

as an enjoyable

four star read.

***

In Her Wake

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***