Jane Henry-Tully

Tully is the last book Jane’s Irish mafia series, and as it goes, I think it works really well. It ties everything up in a nice way, but not in an overly neat way, and I think that there is enough room so that Jane could still stick in some updates in there, if she wanted. And it’s not like I would complain if she did. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading her world.

So, we have Tully. We’ve seen him in other books. He’s screwed up in the past, but now he’s one of the trusted inner circle of the McCarthy Clan. (I wasn’t sure of the elapsed time of the series, but there’s a decade between the first book and now.) The Clan has been through a lot, and Tully has been there supporting his clan and his brothers through that. Now, he’s still doing everything he is supposed to, but he’s also fascinated with McKenna.

McKenna is a teacher at the Clan’s school, teaching world history. Her mother was married to a member of the Clan before he died. Now McKenna and Tully have an on again and off again relationship. They are combustible when they are put together, and when I say combustible, they might as well nickname them Nitro and Glycerin. McKenna has a temper, and she’s really independent, and doesn’t want to be owned by any man, so while she really likes Tully’s dominance, it does cause them to have arguments.

They are heading into an on again right now, as McKenna meets Tully at the Craic. They start their encounter, and then Tully leaves the room. He plans to come back, as it’s part of the fun between the two of them, but when he gets back to the room, she’s gone. Of course, being a man of the Clan, Tully is worried that she’s been taken, so there are all kinds of people looking for her. What really happened is that McKenna snuck out and was planning on getting into a cab and showing up at Tully’s house. What she didn’t plan was Tully bribing the cabbie and basically kidnapping her and having his way with her. But, while he was having his wicked way, other, more dire, things were happening to the Clan.

I really like McKenna, most of the time. I understand wanting to be independent, because, well, that’s me to a T. But there are times when being independent isn’t a good thing. Or at least, not so headstrongly independent. I think that there are times when her independent streak hurt her, and may have made McKenna more naive and blind than she might otherwise have been. She was so steadfast on doing what she wanted, she didn’t pay attention to anything else or she just disregarded how her actions would affect others. See above shenanigan for example. She likes Tully and what he does for her, but she doesn’t always like his highhandedness, or what she sees as that.

Tully is a good man. He isn’t just a good man by Clan standards, which he is that, but he’s also just a good man. He’s concerned about his family and friends, about his community, and he will do what he needs to do to keep everything safe. And he consideres McKenna his. The one problem with that is that McKenna doesn’t always agree with him. He is, I think, a smidge more dominating than some of the other brothers, and I think that he’s also a bit domineering at times, and yes, I think there’s a difference.

OK, that’s all for this one. Nothing below the pic today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jane Henry & Shanna Handel-Forever My Babygirl

Shanna and Jane put out Forever my Babygirl a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a nice story to read. It’s the latest book in the Vegas Daddies books, and I think that it’s the last one. Of course, my crazy brain may be crazy and remembering things that don’t really exist. It does happen. Anyway, this story is Rawley’s story. He is the brother from the first book, so it all ties in. Of course, everyone ties in with each other in here, in one way or another.

First, we have Rawley. He was with his brother’s ex, Tiffany, until she tried to screw over his brother, and her kicked her to the curb. And, she’s a serious piece of work and quite nasty. He’s decided that he’s going to give up his playboy ways and give up women. And so he does, for a little while. But then, he decides that he’s going to go to his friend Miranda’s escort service, Sugar Daddies, and pay for one night with an escort. He’ll get his rocks off and won’t catch feelings.

Then we have Emmeline. She’s a struggling med student, and struggling is the word. Her school is all paid for and she’s in the homestretch, but it’s all the other stuff, like food and rent, that she is having problems with. Her best friend Lexi’s sister, Miranda, runs an escort agency, and Emmeline figures she can do just one night, which is all she can fit into her schedule, and then have the money that she needs, especially if she moves in with Lexi. Which is what she’s going to do, and it’s almost all good, except for the fact that Lexi is incredibly allergic to cats, which means she can’t take her old cat, Mr. Whiskers, with her.

Anyway, Emmeline goes to Miranda and begs for one night, and since Miranda had just gotten a contract for just one night, that night, she says OK. So, Emmeline goes home and gets ready for her appointment with fate, who is named Rawley in this case.

I love Emmline’s confidence in this case. She showed up at Rawley’s door in a long coat, knee high boots, and lingerie. That is some supreme confidence. And she has no problem with the whole Daddy thing and acting seductive, until she falls into the hot tub. But, Rawley is there to make things all better.

I really like how caring Rawley has. I think that he really wants the best for Emmeline, and he’d really like that to be him. But from the very start, he really is protective and caring. I think that he’s defintely a born Daddy. He seems to take to it really well.

I really, really, really hate Tiffany. Really hate her.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Shanna Handel & Jane Henry-Always My Babygirl

Shanna and Jane have gotten together and given us a new Daddy story. Always My Babygirl is a mostly sweet story with a woman who is trying to do everything she can to take care of her family and an obsessive man.

So, we start with Miranda. We’ve met her before. She runs the Sugar Daddies escort agency, but she doesn’t go out on any of the dates. She’s also helping her sister pay for her wedding. Because Miranda is so busy, she doesn’t always remember to eat. And today isn’t any different, so when she gets to the gym and goes to her spin class, she just doesn’t have anything left in her tank, so she passes out and falls off the bike. The next thing she knows, she’s waking up in the hospital, but she’s kinda sure that she’s dead right now. But then, she hears Gabriel Lord, and discovers she’s not dead.

Gabriel is so attracted to Miranda. He’s sooooo attractive to her that he’s obsessed. He knows everything about her. Ev.ery.thing. (well, except for one thing…) He really wants to be with her forever. For.ev.er. But they’ve never even spoken, at least until now. He goes with her to the hospital, and while he’s there, he finds out exactly what her business is, and he bribes her assistant to set it up so that Miranda has to go on a date with him.

And it’s while they are on that date, that everything starts to go pear shaped. All the things.

I like Miranda. I understand where she’s coming from as the oldest sister. You end up taking care of all the problems, and trying to make everything better. And Miranda really does do that. She’s also determined, stubborn, and driven. She’s been running her own business for years, and it’s in high demand. That doesn’t just happen out of nowhere. She has an awful lot to be proud of.

Oh Gabriel. I think that he just meant well, but I don’t think the man understands a line or boundary. Or maybe he does, but he has no problem stomping all over them. As we go through the book, we learn why he does what he does, but yeah, it borders on the creepy AF line. I do, however, think that he’s a good man, overall. He just wants to make Miranda’s life so much better.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Tiernan

Tiernan is the latest book in Jane’s McCarthy Clan books. It might actually be my favorite right now.

So, Tiernan is adopted into the Clan. His older sister is married to Nolan, and she brought him, their younger sister Fiona (who is also married to a man of the Clan), and their baby brother. As a teenager with a lot of anger and a huge chip on his shoulder, Tiernan was sent to the Clan’s school where he learned how to fight, among other things. Now, as an adult, he is a valued member of the McCarthy Clan. He does a great many things for them, and everyone trusts him. He gets asked to go back into the ring for a huge fight, with loads of money and the chance of having a night with a high-class escort. So Tiernan talks to Keenan about it, and decides to fight.

Aisling was Fiona’s best friend, but life happens, and now they have fallen out. She is now down and out. She’s strung out and works for Vivian, as a call girl. It’s not a good life, but it is a life, which could be a lot worse. On this particular morning, she wakes up, needing a hit, in the bed of a strange man. He tells her she has about 1 minute to get the hell out, so she rushes away and gets into a cab. When she gets to her shared house, it turns out the asshole stole from her. But that’s OK, her friend and roommate has hooked her up to be a prize at a big fight that night. Yeah, do you see where this is going?

Aisling and Tiernan do come together that night, but it’s not in the way that you might think. There is a whole lot of other moving parts going on at the same time that the fight is happening. In fact, there are a lot of moving parts all over this book. One thing happens here, another thing happens there. Sometimes it seems like the parts might not be connected, but they are.

So, OK, here’s why I think that this one may be my favorite so far. It’s because of Aisling. She is an incredibly flawed person. She goes into this book with some serious problems. I don’t think any of the other heroines went into their books with as many problems as Aisling does. But, she is able to find love, and she is able to be healthy, which is a sign of hope for everyone. That’s why I like her so much.

Tiernan is patient, which seems to be a weird thing to say, considering who he is, but if you watch how he is with Aisling, even when he wants to smack her ass, you can see how he is willing to wait for her and give her what she needs. I really liked that, and it’s a change from angry Tiernan when he was a teenager.

Ugh. That headmaster, right?

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Lachlan

Lachlan is the latest entry in Jane’s Irish mob series. This one crosses the ocean a little bit, so we aren’t only in Ireland, but we’re also in Boston for part of the action. Boston, especially South Boston, has a huge Irish population, and a lot of Irish mob history, so it makes sense to cross the ocean a little bit. We’re also 5 years in the future from the last book, so there is just more family to love.

Fiona has just this very minute turned 18. She’s been looking forward to turning 18, because hopefully that means the man she has loved for years will actually come to her. She’s been waiting for Lachlan for what seems like forever, but she hasn’t been an adult until now. So, she goes to her big surprise party, which probably wasn’t all that big of a surprise, considering, and while she enjoys it, she keeps looking around to see if she can find Lachlan. When she finally finds him, she goes over to talk to him, and he gives her a present that he tells her to open in private. When she gets a minute, she discovers it’s a locket with a picture of teenaged her in it, and a note that says to see herself as he sees her, love Lachlan.

After her party, she heads out with friends, and they end up going to the Craic (pronounced crack and basically means fun), the local bar and BDSM club. While she’s there, she sees Lachlan with another woman in his arms, kissing her. So, she rushes home and tells Nolan and Sheena that she’s going to go to school in Boston.

Lachlan has spent years working for the Clan. He’s well trusted, and respected. He’s been doing international jobs for Keenan and the Clan, but he managed to be home for Fiona’s birthday. He gives her his present, and then heads out with some of the men to the Craic to get a drink. They talk him into going to the back, where the club is, and some woman literally throws herself on him. Just as he gets rid of her, he looks and thinks that he sees Fiona, but surely it’s not her.

I think Fiona is going to be most favorite heroine of the series, at least thus far. And after Maeve, but Maeve doesn’t really count, since she’s a secondary in all the books, not the primary. But Fiona is just fiesty, and spirited, and sassy. I think that she might get more up close and personal with Clan business than most of the other heroines do, and she manages to accept it and move on. Of course, I think it helps that she’s kind of a new generation of women to marry into the Clan. She’s seen Maeve, her sister, and all these women that she respects as wives to these men, so she may have a little better feel for it. Or maybe I’m just talking out my arse. It’s totally possible either way.

Lachlan, like all the other heroes in this series, is a good man who follows a strict moral code. It’s not my code or your code, but it’s his code, or rather that of the brotherhood, and he adheres to it. Which makes him a good man. He’s bossy and dominant, but Fiona tends to like that, so it works. I think that he’ll keep her grounded, but he won’t take away her fire and spirit, and oh my, does she have a whole lot of that.

OK, with the attacks on the Clan, I have to wonder if what happened to Sheena is part of the attack. I hope not, but Jane never really says.

That’s all for today. Go check it out. Happy reading!

Loki Renard & Jane Henry-Dirty Look

First of all, please forgive any weirdness that may show up in posts over the next few days. WordPress is rolling out a new editor, and I’m not used to it yet. I haven’t had the time to sit in play with it yet. Probably this weekend. 

OK, now that’s been said, let’s talk about today’s book. Today we have Dirty Look, whch is another collab between Jane and Loki. Now, you know that I like both of these ladies, as they have shown up here before, and I’m totally down for a good collab. 

So, let’s talk about the story, shall we? We start with Mia. She has left the family nest in Italy and is now in Boston, so that she can go to college. Huge change. She is as far away as she is because she wants to get away from her family and the Family. Her father is the big boss, and he has kept her in a protective shell her entire life, so going away to college in another country is a huge bit of independence for her, especially since she’s all alone. (Or so she thinks.) All of a sudden, she finds out that she’s not. 

Enzo was specifically tasked to go to Boston and watch over Mia. He had failed his boss once before, and this is his chance to redeem himself. He’s been watching over Mia very carefully. Very, very, very carefully. When he sees a man in Mia’s apartment, he rushes over from his apartment across the street, breaks down her door, and throws the guy out. Then he and Mia get up close and personal. Which only gets worse when it turns out he’s her new prof. 

I think that Enzo is very protective. Very protective. I think that he should’v or could’ve backed off a little bit. I get making sure that his boss’ daughter is safe, but she should get to make some mistakes so that she can learn. But, that probably wouldn’t have been as good a story, so, I guess I’ll take it, lol. 

I think that Mia did go a smidge wild, but I can’t blame her too much. She’s never had the chance to make mistakes and screw up, and if this isn’t the time to do it, I don’t know when is. I think that she is a lot stronger than she has been given credit for. 

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There is a fantastic line in the book when the boss asks Enzo why he has his daughter’s name in his naked mouth.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Carson

Jane is back with the newest book in her Irish mob series, Carson. This book takes place 2 years after the last one, but that’s OK, we get caught up enough in the first chapter to know what happened in those two years, so don’t worry about missing anything.

We start with Father Finn telling Carson about the fact that his dead wife, who everyone thought had died in a car accident, was probably murdered, but Father Finn doesn’t want to go to Keenan with it, because it would turn into war, and Finn works very hard to walk the line between being a member of the Clan and being a Catholic priest. So, he gives Carson just as much information as he can, which really isn’t a lot, just enough to get him started on finding out what he needs to do. This eventually leads to him working on his computer at his wife’s grave on a Friday night, the night before a big Family wedding.

Megan is celebrating Sheena’s hen night with all the McCarthy wives. She’s really happy that her cousin Nolan has found the love of his life, but she’s a little lonely. All her cousins are in happy long term relationships, but she’s alone. There is one guy that she used to really think about, a man of the Clan, but life got in the way and now, for reasons, she feels like she can’t do anything with him, even though she still would really like to. After all, Carson is still getting over Eve’s death. She decides that she’ll go out for a walk, and walks over to Eve’s grave, where she is going to talk to her friend, only Carson is there, and he finds out that she walked there without a guard, which causes all kinds of trouble.

They end up having to be paired together at the wedding, and it kind of leads to another kind of pairing, iff’n you know what I mean. Megan enjoyed herself, but she’s worried about being involved with a man of the Clan and Carson really enjoyed himself, but he’s worried about being involved with Meagan because her cousins will pretty much beat the living hell out of him. They both know that it might not be the smartest idea to hook up with each other, but they also both know that there is no way that they can’t be together.

I’ve liked Megan from the very beginning. She’s funny, sassy, loving, smart alecky, and just a pretty fun person with a huge heart. I would love to get to know her better, because she just seems like fun. I think that she’s wonderful with Breena, and is definitely a brave and bold person who will do what she needs to do to help her family. I’m happy that she is getting her own story and her HEA. She deserves it.

Carson is a good guy. All the men of the Clan are. Good doesn’t necessarily mean on the right side of the law here, because they really aren’t that. I do think that he, and all the men of the Clan, are just as well as good. Again, just and good aren’t necessarily the same thing, and proper justice doesn’t always align with what the law says. He’s a brilliant father, witnessed by how loved Breena is. He’s a definite asset to the Clan. I think he’ll be so good for Megan.

I can’t wait for Lachlan’s book.

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Oh, Eve’s story broke my heart, and what we find in her diary was hard.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Jane Henry-Nolan

Jane has another book in her Irish mafia books, this time with Nolan. This is the 3rd book of the series, and Nolan is the youngest of the brothers, well those related biologically, there are others that our guys consider brother and call brother who aren’t biologically brothers. We’ll get into them in the next book. This one is Nolan and Sheena’s.

Nolan, who at his youngish age, is a recovering alcoholic, and is trying to prove to Keenan and Cormac that he is a good man of the Clan, and is responsible, and all those good things. And he’s mostly doing it, but one of the things that he needs to do to prove himself is to handle the investigative reporter, Sheena, who has been trying to get dirt on the family and has recently been writing some very nasty articles in the paper, which is ruffling feathers in the village and causing problems. Nolan has handled her once before, when she caused problems and trespassed on the grounds, and now he needs to do it again. But, he hasn’t seen her in a while, and she hasn’t shown up at The Craic, the local sex club.

Meanwhile, Sheena has been doing what she can to find out info on the Clan. She wants revenge, and she has a plan in place. She is going to bring them down, and they will pay for what they’ve done to her family. She’s also trying to balance caring her younger siblings, 2 brothers and a sister, while trying to keep their mother from causing too many problems. So, tonight, she’s going to go to the club and try to attract Nolan, without him knowing that it’s her. Hopefully, she’ll be able to trick him so that he will take her home with him, and she can get her story. Only, of course, it never works that way.

Sheena is rather ruthless, I think. She will do just about anything to get the information that she wants, and she has done just about anything. I think that some of it bothers her, but there are parts about it that don’t really bother her much, I think. She’s very laser focused on her plan and on her goals. I think that without that singular focus, some of her choices might’ve been harder for her and on her. I think that she also has a very, very loving heart, witnessed by the way that she takes care of her siblings, even though she hates her mother so much.

Nolan has more to prove than his brothers did, I think. I mean, he not only had to measure up to them from a baseline measure, he had to overcome his drinking problem and a reputation of carelessness. I don’t know how much of proving himself he had to do to Keenan and Cormac for real and how much he had to prove himself to himself in order to feel like he measured up to his brothers. I think that he’s a good man of the Clan, and definitely follows their sense of honor. I think that he’s excellent with Tiernan, which he really needed.

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A spy? We shall see.

OK, that’s all I have to say bout this one! Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Jane Henry-Cormac

Cormac is the second of Jane’s Irish mafia books. It follows the second of the McCarthy brothers, Cormac, and Aileen.

So, here’s the story. The Martins killed Cormac’s father, who was the Clan Chief for the McCarthy family. That put the two families at war with each other, but Keenan, as the new chief, was able to negotiate a cease-fire, partly because the Martins offered a virgin daughter of their clan to the McCarthy clan for a bride. And since Keenan was already married, it was either going to be Cormac, the second son, or Nolan, the youngest son. Cormac knew that he had to do his duty to his family, and as the second in command, he would have to step into Keenan’s spot if anything were to happen, and you can’t be the chief for the clan without being married, so, he’ll do it.

Meanwhile, we have Aileen, who hates her family. She is the youngest of 6 daughters, all of whom have been sold off to be married to other people, none of whom are happy in their marriage. Her parents are nasty creatures, and her brother is a vile rapist, and I’m not lying on that one. The whole Martin clan is manky. So, she overhears her parents arguing, and tries to find out what’s going on. It turns out that she’s to be married on Saturday, and that night is Wednesday. She doesn’t want to be there anymore, and she definitely doesn’t want to marry someone from her clan’s enemy and someone who she doesn’t know at all. So, she does the only thing she can think of to do, she runs.

And no one tells the McCarthys until they show up on the day for the wedding. War nearly starts until Aileen’s brother says that he found her, but she needs to be punished before the wedding. Cormac steps in because both Blaine and Martin look a little too excited to punish her, and he says if anyone is going to do it, it’s going to be him because she’s his bride.

I like Aileen’s fire. I felt really sorry for her, because you can tell how her family traumatized her. She really didn’t have a lot of experience with the world outside her immediate family and the Martin Clan, so when she’s dealing with anyone else, she’s seeing them through those lenses, which makes it hard for Cormac to get to her a bit, because she’s way, way behind walls. I really liked her later in the book while she’s trying to figure out all kinds of things, because I think that she was slightly freer then, and not quite as guarded.

I had some issues with Cormac. I liked him most of the time, but there were a couple of times when I wanted to smack him into next week because he was being either very stupid or a raging asshole. Or, you know, both. I think that some issues could’ve been handled better if Cormac had looked more at Aileen’s side of the issue before he did or said anything. But, overall, I think that he was a pretty good man.

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You know, I don’t think I have anything I can safely put down here. So, go check out the book! Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Keenan

Keenan is the first book in a new series from Jane Henry. We’re in Ireland, and dealing with the clans. In this setting, the clans are basically the organized group families. In Keenan’s family, he’s the heir to the throne, so to speak. So, here’s our story.

Keenan is having a meeting with his father and their inner circle, including his father’s brother, the Father. At the meeting, the Father tells Keenan that he would find the answers he needs about a particular problem at the lighthouse. Now, the priest is a little obtuse, but he has to be, because he might be nudging the lines of confidentiality from the confessional. So, Keenan takes one of his men with him, and they go off to the lighthouse.

Caitlyn lives in the lighthouse. She’s never been anywhere but the lighthouse, in her entire life. Her father, who has been dead for the last month or so, always told her that there were people who would kill her if they knew about her, so she has always stayed in the lighthouse and stayed hidden. Which, she would be doing now, if only she could. But her father is now dead, and she’s eaten all the food in the house. In fact, it’s now been several days since she ate the last bit of food in the house. She’s searched all over the house, and there’s no money, no food, nothing. So, she decides that she needs to do something about it. First she decides that she’ll go to the shed to see if there is anything in here, and if there isn’t, then she’ll have to leave altogether, but she’s worried because she doesn’t even have shoes, and she doesn’t even know anyone there. But before that happens, some guys rush into the shed. She hits one and racks the other, and tries to get away. Too bad it doesn’t happen that way.

So, Caitlyn is really smart and she’s really insightful. I think that she sees things about people that no one else has seen about them. I think that’s because she spent her entire life alone, except for her father, so no one told her that she couldn’t see that, if you know what I mean. She’s very direct, and is willing to tell people exactly what she thinks and ask them questions that she really wants to know the answer to. I like the way that she talks. It feels a lot like Jane Austen or something, because of the way that she phrases things. It gives the book a very distinctive flavor.

I mostly like Kennan. He’s a good man who has to do bad things sometimes, but there’s a good man there. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t act like a jerk, and he doesn’t do things that hurt Cait, even if he doesn’t mean to. I think that he just isn’t used to dealing with someone who has a wold view like Cait does, and a lack of understanding of the world. But, I think that she’s really good for him.

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You know, I kept putting things in here, but then I’d change my mind, so nothing here.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!