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Saturday, February 18, 2017

5/5 Review: Dark Crime by Christine Feehan



I have all of Christine Feehan's Dark Series books in paperback, and have just finished purchasing all of them in Kindle format. I love her stories of the Carpathian Warriors who find their lifemates, and at once their world is in vivid color, where once it was shades of grey. Each plot is different, although the premise is the same throughout the series: Carpathian Warrior meets lifemate; sees in color; binds their souls, and then go off to fight the "undead". Undead are Carpathian Warriors who have lost their hopes of finding a lifemate, and have turned into nosferatu preying on human and Carpathian alike.

The book was awesome. It had everything anyone could need from a book. Action, love, darkness, betrayal, mystery, romance, and characters that you can fall in love with. To be able to see the profession of the characters from the beginning of the book to the end was a delight.

I highly recommend all of her series... you won't be disappointed!



Friday, February 17, 2017

5/5 Review: Mulberry Moon by Catherine Anderson






After a career on the rodeo circuit, Ben Sterling longs to settle down on his farm and start a family like his brothers. He’s searched all over for the woman of his dreams. Yet the only one to spark his interest is the new owner of the local cafĂ©. Getting her attention, however, won’t be easy.

Sissy Sue Bentley has worked hard to make it on her own, and she doesn’t need another man in her life. From her alcoholic father to the men she’s dated, who were after only one thing, they are nothing but trouble. Except Ben keeps showing up whenever she really needs help. Sissy struggles to deny her growing feelings for him—but soon Ben’s tender concern has her hoping for a happier future. Then her past comes barreling back into her life, and it will take more than the love in Ben’s heart to hold them together.

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Whenever I pick up a Catherine Anderson book I know I will have a wonderful time revisiting friends in Mystic Creek. She never disappoints me! In this awesome installment, life in Mystic Creek is about the romance of Ben Sterling and Sissy Sue Bentley.Ben Sterling is an ex rodeo star who is ready to settle down on his farm. Sissy Sue Bentley has worked hard to make it on her own, and she doesn’t need another man in her life. As crises continue to arise, she comes to rely on Ben’s support…and waits for the other shoe to drop. Because there is no way he wants only for which he asks—her love.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this town and felt like it was a place that I would love to visit. Sissy Sue, the heroine, seemed like a very nice person and one that anyone would like to know. However, I really didn't bond with her like I did with Ben. From the very first, I felt for Ben who just wanted a family. I loved how the relationship between Ben and Sue unfolded slowly and cautiously and didn't resort to the "love at first sight" and "immediate sex" that too many books are now calling romance. Too many times when the "hot romance" book ends I am left wondering how long the couple will actually be together. With this book, you somehow know that the answer to that question will be....forever.

Catherine Anderson is a great writer, able to make you laugh and cry as you read her stories. The emotions of her characters are real, the relationships ring true and the interspersed descriptions of Mystic Creek will transport you there for a great romantic escape! Give yourself a treat and grab a cup of hot cocoa and settle back with the folks from Mystic Creek! You won't regret it!





4/5 Review: Good Vampires Go To Heaven by Sandra Hill




WHEN HE WAS BAD . . .

Two-thousand-year-old vampire demon Zeb is supposed to spend eternity turning mortal sinners into bad guy Lucipires like himself. That way, they can grow their numbers and fight the vampire angels known as Vangels. But Zeb is a bad boy in a good way—secretly working as a double agent for none other than St. Michael the Archangel in hopes of one day earning his wings. Problem is, Zeb’s betrayal is discovered.

Hello, demon dungeon.

HE WAS VERY BAD . . .

Until Regina, a foxy, flame-haired Vangel witch on a rescue mission, busts out Zeb, along with three oddball Lucipire witches. Hello, temptation!

BUT TOGETHER THEY WERE VERY GOOD . . . !

Their escape unleashes a war to defeat all Vangels forevermore. In an epic madcap battle between good and evil, a Demon just might earn his wings . . . and spend eternity with the Vangel of his wildest dreams.


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The basic premise is that back in the day, the Vikings pissed off God with their heathen ways and worship of other deities. He was going to smite them all, until the Archangel Michael convinced Him to give them a chance at redemption. They would live as vampires/ angels-in-training for hundreds of years. Their mission is twofold. --1-- To fight demons who wish to harvest human souls to hell. And --2-- to help those humans set on a sinful path --to change to a righteous one. Seven brothers make up the head of the vangels.

There are so many awesome aspects in the pages of Good Vampires go to Heaven. I loved the characters. They are numerous and individually distinctive. I loved the Zeb, the non-vangel. I am hoping to read the entire series. I enjoyed the “near-sex,” it was nice to see Zeb and Regina and the way the Sparks flew when they were together. I was not expecting humor and this book is hilarious at so many times. I liked the religious/biblical aspect. The Viking vampire angels are out there doing God’s work. They’re saving individual souls and battling the evil Hell vamps.

Overall, I didn’t hate the book. It was fast paced, had some action, introduced a new sort of pantheon, and had some old friends in it. If you are a fan of this series give it a try. It fell flat for me, but may work for you. It won’t stop me from picking up the next one in the series though. Maybe next time it will rock my socks. One so-so book does not make a bad series.




4/5 Review: A Warriors Heart by Donna Grant




Regards Reader -

There are those who would love to rid themselves of painful memories, to forget nasty pasts and mistakes. They say its hell to live with those memories. I say its hell to live without them. I have no memories of my past, my friends or family.

I owe my life to the Fae who discovered me bleeding and nearly dead at their doorway. They saved me and offered me a new life, regardless of my past. So I've served the Fae and the Shields since that day. My special knowledge of herbs and healing has been needed to save the Shields countless times. They are my brethren, my family, yet I am alone.

No matter where I search or what questions I ask, I discover nothing to open a doorway in my mind of locked memories. Until I catch a glimpse of a woman who seems as familiar to me as breathing.

Jayna.

Though she claims to not know me, our bodies know each other. Yet, I agonize over what she keeps hidden in the depths of her haunted hazel eyes. I fear the dark thoughts that lurk in my heart, and wonder at any black deeds in my past. If what I dread comes to pass, death will not come swift enough.

Above all, I must keep Jayna safe. She is the only one that has quieted my soul and shown me what serenity was.

Gabriel the Hollow

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A WARRIOR’S HEART is the fifth and final installment in Donna Grant’s The Shield series. The Shield series focuses on a group of ancient warriors, all from different realms and times, hoping to rid the world of The Great Evil.
 loved the storyline of the Shields; warriors working for the Fae to save the realms from destruction, traveling through time to do so and fighting an ever growing evil along the way. The pace was fast, grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept me wanting more. I liked the interaction between the characters, main and supporting.

 The world building style reminded me a bit of Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, in that Grant threw you into this World with little to no explanations as to how it came to be, and as a reader you were on your own. I personally like that because to me,  the reader is as smart as you make them . Many authors assume their reader needs to be lead on a leash through their worlds and that's not always the case. Donna Grant gave the reader the chance to use their intelligence and I greatly appreciated it.

Overall the story was entertaining, I enjoyed getting to know Gabriel and  Jayna.  This world has definitely captured my imagination. I will definitely be reading the entire series to see where the story begins.

This book had me right from the beginning. It was a fairly quick read and had its funny moments.  I can honestly say that I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the books in this series!





Wednesday, February 1, 2017

5/5 Review: Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose




When FBI Special Agent Griffin "Decker" Davenport opens his eyes after several days in a coma, there is unfinished business still on his mind. Decker's on the cusp of discovering the mastermind behind a human trafficking case, and he and his partner, Special Agent Kate Coppola, are determined to bring the perpetrator to justice. And they’re about to get a surprising new lead from a very unlikely source.

Eighteen-year-old Mallory Martin and her little sister, Macy, were the victims of an illegal adoption—sold by their addict mother for drugs. But their “benefactor” is not who everyone thinks he is. Mallory has never told his secrets before—the danger to her and her sister has always been too great. But everyone has a limit to what they can endure...

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Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose is the 3rd book in the Cincinnati Series.  This can be read as a standalone but why would you want to.  This book deals with a lot of issues from abuse to child pornography and more.  I can honestly say this story was hard for me to read.  I cried during so many parts of this story that my vision was constantly blurred.  It is horrifying to read a story like this but it pulls you in because it brings into light so many issue we do not think about on a daily basis yet for others they experience it their whole lives. 
Kate and Decker have a strong connection from the beginning.  They formed a bond that is so rare to find.  They both have troubled pasts.  This is one of the reasons their bond is so strong because not only have they been through traumatic experiences, they came out of it as survivors. 
Mallory is an 18-year-old girl living with a man who has abused her since childhood.  Being forced into child pornography, rape, physical and mental abuse are just a few of the horrendous things she has been exposed to.  She stays in order to protect her sister but she can’t keep quiet anymore.  She resolves to go to the police and expose the man she’s been held captive by for so long.  Her struggles had me in tears from the beginning.





Monday, January 30, 2017

4/5 Review: Make Me by Beth Kery





Harper McFadden established herself as an investigative journalist by being both compassionate and fearless. After tragedy strikes her family, she moves to the shores of Lake Tahoe to find some peace. But when mysterious software mogul Jacob Latimer enters her life, her thoughts turn from her own healing to an insatiable desire to get closer to him...

No one knows what secrets lurk in the past of Jacob Latimer. He built his corporation from nothing, but rumors abound about his mysterious rise to power. Harper is the last person he should let into his life. She could expose the truth about his origins. But Jacob knows things about Harper’s past that draw him in. He wants nothing more than to make her his—and Jacob is a man who always gets what he wants...

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Make Me was originally released as an eight part serial, this is the serial in it's entirety.  It is a standalone erotic romance.  We meet Harper McFadden and Jacob Latimer on a beach in Tahoe Shore.  Harper has just taken a job as newspaper editor to get away from the stress of investigative journalism and to heal from the recent death of her parents.  Jacob well he is a reclusive billionaire - with a hidden past that we learn about through the story and he knows Harper who has no recollection of who he is. 

The story is told by both characters through dreams, memories and present day.  It's a second chance romance of sorts even though they were both children.  One with memories and the other with none (it seems that her father was able to wipe the sordid details away.)

Ms. Kery, entwines the past and present beautifully.  We learn about each character and the story will keep you guessing as to the final outcome.  Her story lines are solid, her characters are strong.  The erotic aspect of the novel  doesn't take away from the forward motion.

If you are in the market for a wonderfully written, story with a bit of mystery and a bit of a different twist on a second chance romance, I highly recommend Make Me!





3/5 Review: Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh




Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune and a scandalous secret that will forever alter the lives of his family—sending one daughter on a journey of self-discovery... 
With her parents’ marriage declared bigamous, Camille Westcott is now illegitimate and without a title. Looking to eschew the trappings of her old life, she leaves London to teach at the Bath orphanage where her newly discovered half-sister lived. But even as she settles in, she must sit for a portrait commissioned by her grandmother and endure an artist who riles her every nerve.

An art teacher at the orphanage that was once his home, Joel Cunningham has been hired to paint the portrait of the haughty new teacher. But as Camille poses for Joel, their mutual contempt soon turns to desire. And it is only the bond between them that will allow them to weather the rough storm that lies ahead...



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Someone to hold is the second in Ms. Balogh's Wescott Series.  It stands well enough on it's own.  

Camille Westcott has always been a perfect lady.  It has been revealed that her parent's marriage was not legitimate and she and he siblings are penniless and set out in the world.  In an attempt to settle into her new place in life - she takes a job teaching at the orphanage her legitimate half sister was raised and taught.  There she meet a young painter named Joel - with whom she takes and instant dislike for but there is also and attraction.

I had a bit of difficulty reading this one because I took a bit of dislike towards Camille - she is all prim and proper for naught.  However, once through a bit I had to find out how things turn out for her and Joel.

Ms. Balogh's writing is well rounded and her characters are strong even though at times you want to shake them.  Her story lines are fluid - although I have to admit the sex scenes in the book are more clinical then enjoyable to read.  That being said - if you enjoy period romances this one is worth the time.






5/5 Review: It Happened in Scotland by Patience Griffin






Christmas in the sleepy Scottish fishing village of Gandiegow this year is a time for quilting, patching up broken hearts, and rekindling an old flame... 
After pulling herself out of a three-year fog of grief over the loss of her husband, Joe, Rachel is bringing their five-year-old daughter to see his hometown of Gandiegow and visit with his grandfather. But Rachel wasn’t planning on running into Joe’s cousin, the man who made her have second thoughts at the altar...

Brodie has come home to help his grandfather’s fishing business, but he’d prefer not to see Rachel. Although she did break his heart six years ago, the grip she has on him hasn’t faltered. If they can stop butting heads long enough and learn to overcome the past, they may find new love in the new year...

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It Happened in Scotland was a very fast read for me, but that was simply because I couldn’t put it down! I will definitely be rereading this one. Her descriptions of Scotland and Gandigow, though fictional, make me feel as if I am right there, and I really want to go visit there now.  I haven’t read the other books in the series but will be going back to purchase those also. Patience Griffin has a unique way of writing that makes you feel as if you really do know the characters, with all of their imperfections, yet lovable personalities. You find yourself inside the story, as if you are a character also. That is my favorite kind of book.
 
Rachel, an American widow, takes her daughter to Scotland to visit her deceased husband’s family. Rachel once had feelings for her husband’s cousin, and surprise, they are still there.  She is reluctant to go because she knows the village believes she ‘stole’ one of their own. Rachel and Brodie, the cousin, spend the book trying to heal broken bonds and hearts, will they work at in the end? I leave you to read for yourself.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5/5 Review: Satisfaction by Lexi Blake




Brandon Lawless is a man on a mission: obtain the information that will clear his father’s name. He’s willing to do whatever it takes—even seduce his enemy’s personal assistant, the beautiful and innocent Carly Hendricks. But with her beguiling smile and captivating intelligence, Brandon soon realizes he doesn’t want to deceive Carly, he wants to win her over—both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Then a twisted crime leaves Carly vulnerable and Brandon finds himself reeling. The stakes of his mission are now life or death—Carly’s life. And Brandon realizes he’s lost his heart to an amazing woman and his plan must succeed, because the stakes are no longer just revenge, but a once in a lifetime love.

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Book 2 of this ridiculously sexy book is just as I expected it to be. Perfection. Pure perfection. 

Branden (Bran) Lawless is not a very complicated man. Give him booze, strip clubs and fist fights and he's happy, well he's a least easier to be around. But under the surface lies a long ago devastating past that he can't let go of. He can't let go of his rage, so he covers it up, or fights it out. Nobody can talk sense into him, or calm him down, until Carly Fisher that is.

Carly Fisher hates her job. And by hate I mean she loathes it. But she's stuck with no wiggle room of any kind. Until a sexy stranger makes her an offer that she can't refuse... can she? Turns out she can't, cause helping the Lawless family, and gaining her freedom sound like heaven. Until she finds out what her cover story will be, and how it involves the sexy stranger, aka, Bran.

So I'm fairly new to reading Lexi Blake books, and I can truly say she has not let me down! This book explodes with passion, suspense, mystery and pure erotica fun! Who wouldn't want to read this!? It keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next, what crazy things will the villain think of next, and the end is mind blowing! I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out! 

Definitely a must read! And by must, I mean right now! But if you haven't read the first in the series 'Ruthless' please read it first. You'll thank me later!








Saturday, January 21, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Curly Q by Jamallah Bergman




“Curly Q!”

“What?”

“That’s what I’m going to call you from now on. With all those curls you’ve got, they look like mounds and mounds of curly Q fries.”

Madison Wilson had always thought the nickname her brother in law gave her was funny and it would be something she would grow to love over the years. She had an amazing career being a partner of her own law firm as well as having a loving husband and family who cared for her. Then her life came tumbling down around her and she realizes she will slowly have to pick herself up from the fiasco that has now become reality, after living in a dreamland for so long. But when her big sister, Candace tells her to visit her and her family, Madison never thought her visit would turn out to be something more than she ever expected it to be.

Austin Collins always had a camera in his hand. With that camera, he’d traveled all over the world, taking pictures of places, people could only dream of visiting. When he came back home, he didn’t realize an impromptu visit would end up being something far more than he ever imagined.

Curly Q is a story of self-discovery between Madison and Austin, two people whose sudden friendship quickly brings romance, long kept secrets and intrigue that could change their lives forever.