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Taking It All (Surrender, #3) by Maya Banks

Taking It All
Taking It All by Maya Banks

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was the story I was waiting for since the first book in the trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book, Letting Go, with Joss and Dash and it did an excellent job of introducing the characters for the next two books. I wanted book two to be Chessy’s and Tate’s story because their situation was so compelling. It wasn’t obviously, but Giving In, Kylie’s and Jensen’s story was excellent and I learned more about Chessy and Tate in it. Finally, with Taking It All, I get their story.

And I didn’t like it.

Okay, I liked it, but it wasn’t the story I hoped for. I thought some of the dialogue was stilted and didn’t flow like Maya Bank’s normal writing. The scene for the anniversary dinner could almost have been lifted from another book by Banks, Stay With Me, which by the way is an excellent book. There were differences of course, but the basis was still the same.

I had a really hard time liking or believing in Tate. Even after he realized he was losing Chessy, he still was too wrapped up in his business. The scene where her life was threatened went too far. I can’t say much without spoilers, but there were other people who would have intervened to help her sooner than they did.

Even after all that, the story was satisfying. Not only did I get to see how things worked out between Chessy and Tate, but I got to see the development of the relationships between Joss and Dash and Kylie and Jensen. I feel like I have read one long book rather than three individual ones. Everything flowed together so well.

Read this book, but only if you have read the first two of the trilogy. They really do make a great story and you will like how everything works out for the three couples.

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Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens (Ghost Seer, #2)

Ghost Layer
Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in Robin D. Owens’ Ghost Seer series and I think I like it even better than the first. Clare has accepted (okay, pretty much accepted) her gift. She sees ghosts and can help them crossover. She’d still really rather just be an accountant, but that is no longer possible.

She has also realized that without her gift, she probably would never have met Zach and that is too terrible to contemplate. Zach “gets” her. He understands she is not crazy and is willing to help and protect her. And in Ghost Layer, the protection needed is from the living, not the dead.

Not to mention, they are really, really good together in bed.

Zach’s skills in criminal investigation are unquestionably needed because not only does he have to discover who killed the gold miner, someone might also be out to hurt Clare. He really wants to lock her in her room to keep her safe. Of course, if he tries it, he will be the one in danger . . . from Clare. Kevlar, maybe kevlar would work.

One of my favorite scenes from the book is when Clare is talking to J. Dawson, the ghost. He was and still is a lady’s man.

I will show you where I was killed. That’s what we need to find out before you can lay me.

Clare choked. “Lay you?”

There are such things as ghost layers. Ghost seers and ghost layers. He winked.

“Uh-huh,” Clare said. “I prefer ‘ghost seer.’”

As I said, J. Dawson is a lady’s man. At least, he wants to be.

And yes, Enzo the ghost dog is still a major character. He comes across as a overgrown Labrador puppy. He just happens to be a ghost and can advise Clare on being a ghost seer.

Nothing odd about that, is there?

Make sure you read book one, Ghost Seer, first. You will need it to understand Ghost Layer. I am already anxious to read book three, Ghost Killer, which is due out February 3, 2015.

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The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3, Harmony, #11) by Jayne Castle

 

The Hot ZoneJayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, has done it again. I love her books under whatever name she writes, but I have a special place in my heart for the dust bunny books. In Hot Zone, the third of the Rainshadow Island series, we meet Lyle, the newest addition to the dust bunny cast.

 

Unlike some of the other dust bunnies, Lyle does not have a fetish for jewelry or antique clutches or dolls. Lyle likes to sort things, whether they are pieces of candy or pieces of amber. He arranges and rearranges them to his satisfaction. You have to love an OCD dust bunny.

 

Oh yes, the humans.

 

Sedona Snow is a descendent of Arizona Snow who you may know from JAK’s Eclipse Bay series. Hundreds of years later and light years away, we finally learn why Arizona was such a conspiracy theorist.

 

With that background, of course Sedona ends up with a Jones. Yes, one of those Jones . . . of the Arcane Society.

 

Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss for Rainshadow Island. Rainshadow has never needed the Guild before, but with newly discovered tunnels and monsters coming out of the Preserve, they are definitely needed now.

 

Of course, a Jones always has more than one motive. Cyrus is actually there looking for Sedona. Seems she has recently escaped from a mad scientist who kidnapped her and injected her with a secret Arcane formula. Yes, Arcane fans. It’s Sylvester Jones’ formula showing up once again and we all know how well that is going to turn out.

 

With all that going on, how could I not love the book?

 

You really don’t have to have read her contemporary or historical Arcane books to follow the plot, but it adds so much to the story if you have. I felt that I was meeting old friends throughout the book.

 

I highly recommend this addition to the Harmony/Rainshadow series. As always, the author delivers with an alpha male and a strong willed female and romance and humor abound.

 

Oh yes, and don’t forget the dust bunnies.

The Hot Zone

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