Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) by Stieg Larsson

The Girl With the Dragon TattooThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

My Thoughts and Review...

I have to say that a friend recommended I read this series at the time she was reading The Girl who kick the Hornets nest and she said I should start from the beginning.These are the kinds of books that I don't normally read but, I gave it a chance.I have to say from the very beginning I was wowed and hooked.The intrigue in this book was unbelievable.I normally don't like the kind of violence Lisbeth went through and read about it but, I was part of the story that made Lisbeth who she was and what she was capable of.Mikael got of love him!I felt so much heartache for Lisbeth what she went through as a child and as a young adult.I am glad she had the chance to meet a work with Mikael. These two made and exceptional team together trying to find out what happen so many years ago on why Harriet disappeared. Was it murder ? That's what the need to find out. They pool there resources and drive right in to the case on the aspects they are both good at. Lisbeth is great with computers and finding anybody and The two start finding all sorts of information that can help solve the case.The two start a simple affair while they are hunting clues for the case. Lisbeth slowly comes out of her shell bit by bit and seeing a little bit of happiness in her messed up life brought some tears my way..The other characters in the book where interesting along with there pasts.Lisbeth and Mikael are in so much danger they need to watch each others back somebody doesn't want them finding out what really happen so long ago.. The both seem to solve the case at the same time but, separately with the information they have uncovered There are tons of twists and turns along there adventure. A series killer and Natzi and the missing Harriet are they connected ? Danger is lurking at ever corner for both of them.What a surprise ending didn't see that one coming. Loved it!

This book is not for the faint of heart as the is rape and hot sex involved .But, if you want to sit on the seat of your pants kind of book this is the book for you filled with tons of intrigue and very suspenseful and spies. A Recommended read!

The Mane Event (Pride, #1)The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the book:

One of the hottest new voices in paranormal romance, Shelly Laurenston knows how to do it all, delivering tales that are wickedly funny, action-packed, and scorch-your-fingers sexy. With The Mane Event, she proves just how delicious love can be once you unleash your inner beast...
Christmas Pride
How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes--as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her...and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her--in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel...
Shaw's Tail
Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl--even one who runs with a Pack--can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again...

My Thoughts and review

Both stories were about shifters. There were the lions, wolves, and hyenas. The first story focused on Mace who was a lion shifter. He knew he had found his mate in Dez, the girl he knew when he was 14. After being in the military he returns home knowing he needed to find his mate to be happy.  Dez is in the area and she's an NYPD cop investigating his sister for murder.These two had wonderful chemistry it was like reading and erotic novel super hot and wonderful sex scenes. This is not a author who holds back with her descriptions she wants you enjoy yourself and make you all hot a horny too !  Wow, I still can't believe how good this book was, a paranormal romance but really erotic and super Hot!. The story had an amazing plot and with a surprising enemy, which you never realized who it was until the very end, those are the kinds of mysteries I like! They keep you guessing to  the last few pages.Dez was one bad ass chick with commitment issues and quiet the sexual appetite she put Mace through the paces for sure. The chase was well worth it and and we went along for the enjoyable ride..

Shaw's Tail - The way that Lion-shifter Shaw falls so completely for Ronnie Lee, a former wild child wolf-shifter, is really endearing. Their courtship is somewhat a whirlwind kind they dance  Shaw stalks and pounces and then retreats so that Ronnie Lee won't feel trapped and flee she is always fleeing. Both characters have a great sense of humor, and are playful both in and out of bed.  Ronnie with her commitment issues and Shaw needs to proceed tactfully without scaring Ronnie off.Her issues of becoming attached stem from her mother and her home life.Shaw is just the person to help her overcome her fears.

All the characters in both story's we awesome, funny, lovable, bad-ass and very funny intriguing and a whole lot of fun! Who says cats and dogs don't mix?This is what I love about this author she pairs mates with unlikely candidates that you can't seem to imagine being together because of the rare breeds not staying within the own breed o own kind.Fascinating !Very enjoyable and fun read.

Looking forward to reading all the books in this series and then going to conquer her next series. A recommended read for this book and its series!