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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review: The Arrow By Monica McCarty

     As King Robert the Bruce of Scotland plots to retake his English-occupied castles, he needs the stealth and skill of his elite soldiers, the Highland Guard. Fearless and indomitable, no men are more loyal to their king, or more cherished by the women they love.
The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lie low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown-up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben

     A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his attention . . . and his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate’s identity is revealed?

I thought this was a wonderful historical Scottish romance with lots of historical details that made it so interesting. Cate has been thru a lot in her young life and this is a great story of how she grows up and how she becomes a young woman. The funny things she does and how heartfelt they are, are so sweet and inspiring. Such a great storyline.

I just loved how Cate did some unusual things like combat training which was a no for women.  Then her taking in children that seem abandoned and why she did it was so unusual.  The romance was there and seeing it all unfold was terrific.  Will be reading more books by Monica McCarty for sure.

Review: Stone Cold Lover By Christine Warren

 Bestselling author Christine Warren is back with the second book in a breathtaking new series about the tantalizing line between man and monster....
 Art restorer Felicity "Fil" Shaltis can read the magic in auras, but her fascination with a valuable statue her friend Ella Harrow asks her to locate is purely artistic.  At least until the fierce stone gargoyle comes to life as a powerful, and powerfully hot, immortal warrior, who promptly saves her life from a cultist set on destroying them both.  Suddenly "chiseled good looks" takes on a whole new meaning....

 Spar expected nothing less than one of the seven demons of the Dark to wake him--and instead finds himself the unlikely savior of a spirited human female who now bears the mark of the demon.  As one of seven Guardians created to vanquish the Darkness, Spar has no time for love--but he can't deny that his destiny is clearly entwined with Fil's. To battle the looming threat to humanity, first Spar must save the woman who summoned him....

Stone Cold Lover is the second in the Gargoyles series and is great to read in the series or as a stand alone novel. I thought the romance was amazing and the humor just made it so fun to read. I really liked the characters and how well they were described and all the different intertwined storylines involved.

            I liked how Fil was so enamored with the Gargoyle statue and kept on investigating to figure out what was going on. The romance with Spar was hot and steamy and yet so tender. Such a great book and series.

Review: Romancing the Duke By Jessa Dare

  In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love...
     As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too.  The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

     And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off.
     One by one by one.
     Ugly duckling turned swan?
     Abducted by handsome highwayman?
     Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
            No, no, and.... Heh.

     Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance.
She'll settle for a roof over her head.
What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six-year-old woman who's never even been kissed?

   This one.

I am not usually a fan of historical romances but this story was so sweet and fun to read that it made me rethink historical romances. The story was an unusual one, I thought, for a historical romance but it worked.  Izzy and Ransom were quite a pair that clashed and came together in a touching story.

I liked that it was an unusual historical romance in that you wouldn't think that a young woman would move into a castle by herself.  It was so touching how she felt about herself and that she wanted more and was not judging how Ransom was with his faults. This is a great book and I will be looking forward to reading the rest of the series in Castles Ever After.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: Owning Violet By Monica Murphy

             I've moved through life doing what's expected of me. I'm the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter.  The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family's business empire.  The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love.  We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.

            Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it's for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye.  But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary--perhaps even more so.  He's also ruthless. And mysterious.  I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I've never felt before.

             One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch...and I'm hooked.  Ryder's like a powerful drug, and I'm an addict who doesn't want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren't pure, and I believe him.  for once, I don't care.  I'm willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart.  My soul. My everything.

I think the book was a good one as the first in a series about Fowler sisters. I thought the story was interesting as it told of betrayal, a love triangle and finally Violet was able to love and be a success.

I really liked the parts where Violet was struggling with her past and then was able to trust again.  She wanted to do so much for her family's business and the struggle for that was a good story. I can't wait to read the upcoming series about the other sisters.

Review: Lead by Kylie Scott

Can rock n' roll's most notorious bad boy be tamed by love?

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it--now he's caught up in a life of hard partying and fast women. When a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant hired to keep him out of trouble.

Lena's not willing to take any crap from her sexy boss and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far, he just might lose the best thing that's ever happened to him. Can he convince his stubborn assistant to risk it all and let her heart take the lead?

 Ms. Scott, brings us the 3rd installment in the Stage Dive series.  It stands alone however.
Jimmy Ferris, is the lead singer for the band Stage Dive.  Although Jimmy’s life wasn’t easy and he is pretty self-destructive (he is recently out of rehab).  Jimmy is a world class jerk!  Though it really isn’t his fault he is the way he is, his childhood is the stuff nightmares are made of. 
Lena Morrissey, is in the right place at the right time and the band hires her as Jimmy’s assistant/babysitter/sobriety coach.  Lena is one tough cookie and she takes no prisoner’s including Jimmy.  Jimmy may look like and sing like and Angel.  He is a self-centered bastard.  Only, Lena starts to see the chinks in his armor and fall for him.  
Will Lena teach Jimmy to love?  Can Jimmy trust again.  You have to read this one to find out!
Ms. Scott’s characters are strong and well defined.  Most of the time I wanted to smack Jimmy, but Lena took care of him.  The supporting cast is amazing and well defined as well.
If you are looking for a hot, rocker book.  I would highly recommend this one.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: Immortal by J.R. Ward

The Creator invented the game, and the stakes are nothing less than the fate of the quick and the dead: seven souls, seven crossroads. Reluctant savior Jim Heron has compromised himself, his body and his soul, and yet he’s on the verge of losing everything...

...Including Sissy, the innocent he freed from Hell. Jim’s determined to protect her—but this makes her a weakness the demon Devina can exploit. With Jim torn between the game and the woman he’s sworn to defend, evil’s more than ready to play dirty.

Humanity’s savior is prepared to do anything to win—even embark on a suicide mission into the shadows of Purgatory. True love is Jim’s only hope for survival—and victory. But can a man with no heart and no soul be saved by something he doesn’t believe in?

Now THIS is paranormal romance! Action, drama, suspense, wit and more intriguing supernatural beings than we could hope for and becomes one of the best paranormal romances ever. This is an amazing addition to this wonderful series, one with plenty of well-rounded secondary characters to carry on what begins here. Jim is at once a rough, anti-hero alpha and achingly caring and sexy. He's very complex and he couldn't be better complimented by Sissy's sweet, yet not-so-biddable nature. She's weak in the beginning, yes, but morphs into a powerful, kick butt type the longer she interacts with our hero. She's smart, witty and possesses a timeless grace that others around her can only dream of possessing. I hate that Devina is gone,I think she would have been a great match for Jim. This is a very fresh, very consuming addition to the world of paranormal romance. Very much worth as many rereads as the book itself can handle.
Overall, it's a wonderful read! And it wasn't bogged down with sex--it had just the right amount. I loved the characters and this book makes me look forward to the next one, so I'll see how it goes from here! I would definitely recommend this book to Sherrilyn Kenyon fans or any other paranormal romance fans! I really love the concept of of Angels and Demons.


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