The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook


My Thoughts…

First of all ….. I like the german cover better



OK … having said that …

My rating is



This book was meant for 4-5 stars …

The world building was amazing, I loved the description of the artifacts, ships, machines, everything. The idea of the nanoagents was original … and … hell I like the concept … a lot… my mind was all the time imaging the scenery and ships …

The heroine, Mia, is strong, intelligent and down to earth … she was not running wipping and screaming at the hero, she respected herself, and when she thought Rhys was lost for her, instead of crying she just keep on living, no self pity, no depression.

The hero ……… this is the reason this book got 3.5 stars… allow me to quote:


“At that point, Rhys had to force his thoughts back to shagging her …..”

“Thoughts of the Terror and of shagging receded…”

(Terror is the name of the ship)

“The first opportunity he got, Rhys was going to shag her blind…”

Do I have to go on??? This guy, Rhys is a good looking totally hot pirate … I get it … but “shag” as you can see … was all that was on his mind … ok maybe not at all times … but most of the time …

With all that “shaggin” all I could think about was Austin Powers … Remember the first movie with Heather Graham as Felicity Shagwell???

In conclusion … yes … I read the next book Heart of Steel … just because Lady Corsair and Archimedes Fox were so funny and didn’t get along in The Iron Duke. Hearth of Steel was superior to the Iron Duke, I’ll post the 4 star review later.

The story is never boring, its full of adventure, evil machines, weird and ingenious artifacts, amazing ships, interesting characters and a good plot, for a romances, it is very good, my only problem was the Iron Duke :/




Fall with Me by Julie Particka


My Thoughts

This is a very light and cute read, I was looking for something relaxing and funny, and I found this book.

The story is typical romance, Jenna is betrayed by her fiance, Adam, and her best friend, Lacey, she goes back to her hometown since she just graduated from college, doesn’t have a job and used to live with Adam. She starts working construction with her father but Sutton, Lacey’s older brother and former Jenna’s crush, is also working with him, you can imaging from there how the story develops.

I’m glad Jenna got rid of Adam, he was an *sshole and she wasted too much time in him, I was surprised by Lacey behavior, she was supposed to be Jenna’s best friend since forever and her attitude and actions didn’t explain how or why they were BFF, there was a point I thought Jenna was a complete doormat…

Jenna and Sutton relationship is really relaxed and funny, they have their sexy moments and at the end they end up together (sorry for the spoiler but it’s pretty obvious, it’s that kind of book) nevertheless I felt that the book would benefit from an epilogue or two more chapters or something like that.

Overall it earns  3starstribal , it was sweet and fun but not memorable.

Side note: this cover I also similar to several books, I’m beginning to think we should do a post about it…

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley


My Thoughts

I haven’t really read military themed books, just books about PTSD after deployment, since this one was about teenagers going to military academy it had a different context.

Sam McKenna it’s one of the first 4 teenage girls about to enroll in a really prestigious military academy, she’s military legacy since her father and both older brothers are also military but that doesn’t matter since almost everybody it’s against the idea of changing the academy to a co-ed program. That doesn’t stop Sam, she wants her father’s approval and to complete her oldest brother dare (he died after he dare her to do it and it’s mentioned several times that she never backs out of a dare).

Needless to say she’s subjected to a lot of abuse from her peers and her family doesn’t support her, she’s trying to deal with her brother’s death and the cruel and hostile environment doesn’t help with her mental and emotional well being.

I’ve to confess that through out the whole book I was always afraid and expecting Sam to be gang raped or something like that, every time there was a sense that something was going to happen I was pleading with myself “please just don’t be sexual assault, please, please!” Nevertheless there was a lot of physical and mental assault for poor Sam. She develops friendships but she’s also really stubborn and didn’t accept help without a fight, she wanted to prove herself and didn’t gave importance to her safety.

There are a different subplots and interesting characters that made the story compelling and entertaining, overall I give it 4starstribaleven though I was sad because the ending has just a partial HEA.




Plausibility by Jettie Woodruff


My Thoughts

This story is really creepy and unlike its title really implausible, the story starts with Aquilla Chavez a.k.a. Quill, she’s a teenager part of a wealthy family but with secrets and threats since her father it’s in the drug business as well as chattels girls (a nice way of saying sex slaves even though they mention it isn’t coerced and the girls are paid and released at the end of their contract, call it like you want but let’s not kid ourselves…). At first she’s kind of oblivious about everything even though deep down she really suspects about it, yes! she lives in denial land…

She has a brother,  Julius Chavez, seven years her senior (I forgot to mention: they aren’t related even though their father pretends they’re) for whom she develops feelings and attraction. They give into their feelings and lust and have a relationship but then everything goes up in flames when the FBI raids their house, kills their father and detain her (Julius manages to escape).

That’s when everything becomes complicated because the truth about her origins is revealed, her whole world changes she doesn’t know what to believe or whom to trust and she just wants to be with Julius but he’s MIA.

I think the intention was to have an edgy and controversial book but it felt short, like I said it’s not plausible, logical or believable, therefore I give it only 3starstribal

On a side note the book cover has the exact same picture as another book I just saw on GR but didn’t paid attention to the title, I hate when that happens…