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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Release: Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti + Giveaway!!!

TOTAL SURRENDER by Rebecca Zanetti

A fight he must win . . .
Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can't resist . . .
Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

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New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day-or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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“Madison? I have one week to live. For once, have a heart and let me live out my last days.” It was the closest he’d come to asking the brilliant scientist for anything after she’d started hitting on him when he’d reached puberty. She had a record for playing with cadets, and he’d kept his distance, as had his brothers, he was sure.
“I didn’t raise you to be a quitter. Don’t worry. I have a plan,” she said.
As usual, he’d have to work against her. He shoved a hand through his hair, which had begun to curl at his nape.
“What’s the plan?” If he was going to figure out a way to save his brothers, he had to get out of there.
“For one thing, I’d like to schedule you for another MRI. Your brain is functioning . . . abnormally.” She stared at his forehead as if she could see into his gray matter, her lip curling. “I’m having a PET scan set up for later today, also.”
Fuck, shit, and damn it all to hell. He couldn’t let her discover his special abilities, nor those of his brothers. They’d succeeded for years in hiding the very skills that had kept them alive. But ever since the coma, something new percolated in his mind. Something he apparently couldn’t hide now.
“You’ve been doing scans for months. Nothing is different.”
“The scans from last week are different.” She tapped a red fingernail against her lips.
Yeah. His best guess was that new paths had been forged in his brain during the coma, and a weird tingling in his lobe had begun the previous week. Maybe it was his special abilities increasing in power, or maybe it was something new. Either way, he had to mask the truth.
Two heartbeats echoed from outside the room, so he tilted his head to hear better while trying to appear bored. Dr. Madison had no clue about his heightened senses or his extra abilities, and he needed to keep it that way.
A soldier entered first, followed by a woman in her mid-twenties, who slid out from behind him.
Jory’s breath caught in his throat. Exquisite  Jory’s breath caught in his throat. Exquisite. For once, that word could be applied accurately. She stood to about five foot six in black boots wearing a matching leather jacket. Light mocha-colored skin, curly black hair, and eyes greener than the most private parts of Ireland.
She took one look at him and stepped back.
He moved forward and flashed a smile that made her eyes widen. If he had to scare her to make her leave, he’d do it.
Anybody seeing him in captivity would be killed by the commander after serving their purpose. So he forced sexual tension to filter through the room.
How he could do it, he wasn’t sure. Maybe pheromones and bodily heat waves, and the ability came easier now than it had before the coma. It was a hell of an advantage to use sometimes, and he ignored Madison’s quick intake of breath when he employed it.
“Is she for me?” he asked, forcing his gaze to run over the newcomer’s body and surprising himself when he hardened in response. God. He’d been on a mission and then in a coma for two years before spending time in captivity recuperating. When was the last time he’d gotten laid? Way too long ago.
He’d always liked women, although he’d never gotten close to one. Not really. They were either part of a mission or worked as doctors in the facility, and those certainly couldn’t be trusted.
This one was petite with delicate bone structure and clear, intelligent eyes. Whatever her purpose, she sure as hell didn’t belong in the dismal place. Hopefully she’d turn on her heel and get out since he’d leered at her.
Instead she lifted one eyebrow. Her face flushed. “So that’s him.”
Well, damn. Another angel with the heart of a demon. A pang landed squarely in Jory’s chest. Beauty should never be evil. “Yeah, that’s me,” he murmured, dropping the sensual attack. “Who are you?”
She opened her mouth and shut it as Dr. Madison shook her head. “It doesn’t matter who she is,” Madison muttered. Grasping the woman’s arm, Madison led her over to a computer console. “Get to work, and remember the rules.”
The woman jerked free and stepped away from Madison. She eyed Madison like an opponent in a boxing ring—with wariness and determination.
Jory frowned, and his instincts started to hum. Was the woman a prisoner, like him? Maybe he could gain them both freedom, with her help. She was outside of the cage, now wasn’t she? He smiled.
Dr. Madison glanced back toward Jory, her gaze narrowing. “Leave her alone to work, and I won’t have you tranquilized again.” With that, she allowed the soldier to escort her from the room, and the door nicked shut behind her.
The woman sat at the console and turned toward him. “Piper. My name is Piper.” She eyed the partition. Her voice was smooth and sexy . . . feminine. She guarded her expression well. “They didn’t give me your name.”
Yeah. They wouldn’t have thought to give his name. “Jory.” He really liked the way her tight jeans hugged her curves, and he appreciated the intelligence sizzling in those spectacular eyes. She’d have to be smart to help him escape.
“Why are you here, Piper?”
She exhaled slowly and stretched out her fingers. “I’m here to save you, Jory.”

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Review: Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss. 

A passion she can't resist . . .

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

Total Surrender is the 4th in the Sin Brothers series by Rebecca Zanetti.  It is the first that I have read in the series.  I will be going back to read the other 3 to see what happened before.  It stands well on it's own, but I felt I was missing some of the back story.  That being said I loved this book.

The novel is packed full of action, intrigue, mystery, suspense, and romance.  In this one we get to know Jory, the youngest of the Dean Brothers.  They men were born in a lab, and trained from birth to be killers for a man called the Commander.  I understand having not read the series that Jory is presumed dead, however he has been in a coma for 2 years.   Time is now ticking for the brothers, there is a Kill chip placed near their spines that is set to go off in a week.

Enter Jory's love interest, Piper - she is a hacker of epic proportions and has been blackmailed into working for the Commander - she thinks to keep her out of jail. Turns out the Commander is her Father.  She is brought in to help turn off the chips before they explode killing the brothers.  Piper has been told that Jory is a traitor and sold information to the Russians.  

When Piper meets Jory through a glass prison cell, they both feel instant chemistry.  Jory ignores the chemistry and decides to use Piper to escape and find a way to save his brothers.  The twists and turns are amazing, the chemistry is visceral.

If you are looking for a book full of action, suspense, and romance, this is definitely worth it.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Review: I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm by Kelly Bowen

WHERE SECRETS SMOLDER . . .Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion-her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed facade and igniting her deepest desires.

This isn't the first time Jamie Montcrief has awakened naked and confused from a night of drinking. It is, however, the first time a stunningly beautiful woman offers him paymentafterward. Gisele has a business proposition for him, a mission involving cunning thievery and a brazen rescue. How can he say no to a plot this dangerous . . . and a woman this delectable?
Kelly Bowen takes on a serious subject matter and handles it with heart and strength in this highly entertaining read. At times I cried and got angry but I also smiled and laughed out-loud.
Both Gisele and Jamie are wounded characters but stronger than I think even they realize. Their faults just make them all that more appealing to me and I loved watching them dealing with one another. As a fan of character's with believable flaws I enjoy seeing deep into the lead couple and Ms. Bowen has developed two extremely interesting ones. I loved Gisele's loyal friend he kept me in giggles almost whenever he appeared. This was an engrossing story with so many endearing characters. I cannot wait to read more by this author as I loved her style, the details and her characters are just amazing. If you like your stories to have depth while they remain entertaining then this is a must-read.

Review: Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys

Vampires are nothing but trouble…As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn't’t be sticking their noses into New York’s supernatural politics. They don’t know jack about running a city—not even that hot-as-sin new vampire-werewolf liaison who’s just arrived in town.

Werewolves are too sexy for their own good…

The last thing Killian Bane wanted was to end up in New York City playing nice with vampires. Unfortunately, he’s on a mission, and when he encounters the sexiest, most stubborn female vamp he’s ever met, he’s going to have to turn on a little of that wolfish charm…and Sadie’s going to learn a thing or two about what it means to have a wild side…

I loved everything about this book. The complexity of the plot and the myriad of plot threads that Humphreys wove together throughout the story were impressive. There's so much that goes on, and so many characters involved in so much of it, with a rock-solid foundation built by every one of the preceding books, that I would definitely not recommend a reader new to the series start here.

It could be done,Humphreys  has a gift for condensing necessary exposition and fitting it in well with current developments, but so much of the emotional impact would be lost that it just shouldn't be.

I adored the relationship arc and character developments for Killian and Sadie in this book. It wasn't what I would call a traditional romance, really, and that's what I love about Humphreys. She has such a gift for creating stories that fit perfectly with the characters featured in it. Killian and Sadie have known each other for a while, have battled and locked horns, have struggled against their attraction for years, so the relationship between them is in a completely different place and needed completely different things than, .

The pack,the Vampire's, the past, who they are, what they're responsible for, what they can do, the issues each have with how they feel, the threat of not being able to have Sadie, all of that plays a significant role in each character's definition and development, not to mention on their romance. It was frustrating at times (very frustrating at times). It was enlightening at others. There were moments that made me mad and moments that made me laugh. Sometimes it just flat-out broke my heart. For me, though, all the sublimely well-crafted pieces that factored into their personalities and into every moment of their relationship arc worked...perfectly. I loved every second of it.
This book totally led me on an emotional roller-coaster ride, not only with Killian and Sadie , but with the rest of the characters as well. I love the amount of time the author spent on building up the relationships so that we come to care about every single character.
If you haven’t had the opportunity of reading this series I would highly recommend grabbing it now

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 Tessa 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

5/5 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.

Review: Between the sheets by Molly O'Keefe

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.

Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him

Molly O'Keefe is an excellent Author.  She brings life into her books.  From chapter one until the end, this book was addicting.

Shelby has her own demons and her home situation just adds to her stress.  She pours her heart into teaching.  I really enjoyed reading about the barn and the way Shelby dealt with her life.

Ty is strong and hard working.  Being a single father adds to his issues but he deals with his son honestly and tires his best to be a good father.  Put these two characters together and it makes for a really great read.

Ty and Shelby work together with Casey to build up his self worth. He opens up finally and Shelby could not be happier. 

Together as a family, they can be any odds.