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Saturday, October 31, 2015

4/5 Review: Tempest Rising by Julie Kenner

Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Ginny Moreno didn’t mean to do it, but when she came home to Storm, she brought the tempest with her. And now everyone will be caught in its fury…

This first book is about a girl named Ginny Moreno who comes home to Strom, Texas for the summer. She and a friend are driving during a nasty summer storm when tragedy hits, and she is now having to face a new challenge as well as face something she has had to face before. Change isn’t new for this girl since this isn’t the first time tragedy has struck for her and her siblings. Having to grow up at such a young age, Ginny can feels she can handle just about anything.
Tempest Rising is a book you can polish off in a few hours because of how drawn into the story you become. Kenner is able to keep your attention with her writing style and skill. There are a lot going on with twists and turns of who does this, and what is going to happen next! This book definitely leaves you wanting for more. With the tragedy and miracle that occurs in this books, makes you believe that anything is possible. Life is too short to worry about the unknown details, and focus on what is in front of you that very moment.   J Kenner and the other authors of this series have a good thing going and I look forward to seeing what more happens in this little town of passion and secrets. J Kenner along with Dee Davis can definitely write a page turner.

4/5 Review: Written in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

There's nothing worse for a writer than missing a deadline. For Griffin Montgomery, his failure to do what he loves comes at a blow. He didn't understand how it was affecting his life until his well-meaning family intercedes. His sisters have hired him a new personal assistant and he's outraged--that is, until he sees who it is.

Autumn Minor is light on her feet and a bare memory for most people she meets. She does her best to blend in everywhere she lives, even if it's only for a short period of time. Making sure no one truly notices her is the only way she's survived this long. Only when she meets Griffin and the rest of the Montgomerys, she's afraid she won't be able to let go when its time to run.

Though the two begin a tentative but explosive relationship, they know it can't last forever. Neither of them are made for the long haul when it comes to love and romance. When the demons from Autumn's past find her and put both their lives at risk, Griffin will stop at nothing to protect her. In the end, though, he'll be the one who needs a second chance.
This is the 4th Book in  in the Montgomery Ink series and I love them all. All of the men are Alpha's of course but Griffin  is tatted with a beard 100% male.I love how he kept Autumn on her toes. The chemistry between them is off the hook and the idea of leaving is getting harder and harder. he kept her thinking and challenged. It's a great fun read and will have you laughing out loud. Especially when Griffin throws a tantrum  when he gets mad..I love Carrie Ann Ryan books and this is definitely one of my TOPS for her!!

I have loved each book in this series but Griffinis by far my favorite! I loved his sexy and at times humorous dialogue, he is a smooth talking Alpha male who was hot hot hot! I loved the way he protected Autumn but was still hard-edged when it mattered, they were wonderful together & the sexy scenes were great. I enjoyed the suspense and the romance scenes and getting to meet new characters. The story moved at a quick and even pace, with an interesting and enjoyable plot. I like when you read a series and get to see glimpses of past characters, kind of like catching up with old friends,

Carrie Ann Ryan has delivered yet another great romantic suspense. Stockpiled with suspense and passion, Written in Ink  kept me reading dying to find out the truth! I could re-read Griffin and Autumn's story again and again and I'll be intently waiting for the rest of the series upcoming stories! I can't recommend Written in Ink  highly enough! I could go on and on about this book, but it's better for you to just go buy it and read it. You don't have to read the other 3 books to understand this one...although I would recommend that you do because they are really good as well!! 

55 Review: Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.

It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed .
This book continues the evolution (or devolution, depending on your point of view) of the Anita Blake character and the series as a whole. At the beginning of this series, the sex was rated PG, the violence R. As the series has progressed, the violence has remained constant, the sex become more prevalent. In "Blue Moon", the book two before this in the series, I said that the sex had matched the violence. Now, it has surpassed it; if you truly care about such things, I have to say that the sex in this book could be rated "X" This one's written light years better than any other Erotic book I have read, but that doesn't make the sex any less graphic.

I loved this book. It had a little of everything in it. Anita is becoming a more well rounded person than she has been previously. She has become more comfortable in her skin. I hear so many negative comments about the Anita Blake series from people who had previously enjoyed the books. I have enjoyed all of the books and watching her transformation, metamorphosis...into who she is now. A beautiful, confident, bloodthirsty, tender, loving, empathetic woman.

I've always liked Hamilton's writing style. She writes her books as she sees them in her imagination. She also concentrates more on the story at had than filling in the in between. I've seen a lot of criticisms for her abrupt endings, but I love them. In truth, it's doesn't relate to the story or message she is trying to convey.

I recommend this book for all Anita Blake Fans. I can't wait until the next installment.


Friday, October 30, 2015

5/5 Review: Dirty Lies by Emma Hart

Bad boy drummer Aidan Burke of Dirty B takes center stage in New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart’s hotly anticipated follow-up to Dirty Past and Dirty Secret!

Aidan Burke is the perfect rebound guy for Jessie Law after she catches her asshole ex-boyfriend with his hands down some other girl’s pants. The world-famous drummer of Dirty B isn’t shy about his preference for no-strings-attached relationships, so when she meets him on a night out, she takes him up on his simple proposal: One night of fun. Hot sex. Zero expectations.

But Dirty B’s tour is over, and they’re back in South Carolina—which means running into Aidan more often than Jessie would like.

When Aidan saves Jessie from her ex-boyfriend by insisting the two are dating, the band’s manager convinces them to keep up the charade in the hopes of re-inventing Dirty B’s image as lovable bad boys, as opposed to d-bags. Now all Aidan and Jessie have to do is put on a very obvious, very public show to convince everyone their affection is real.

But pretending to be in a relationship is harder than it seems. Aidan’s hordes of jealous fans have no problem bombarding Jessie with threatening messages online—and worse. And things only get more complicated when Jessie realizes her feelings for Aidan may not be so fake after all. Can Jessie live with the risks? And is Aidan willing to let her?
Sweet mother of the Burke Brothers, I think I found a new favorite series.  This is the first book I read yet is the third in the series.  Aidan Burke and Jessie Law have hated each other since grade school.  A hate so deep the fine line in the saying, "There's a fine line between love and hate", was drawn in deep.  They knew that there was no way to cross it.  Or so they thought.  Aidan is a drummer for the Dirty B, a band which includes his other equally hot brothers.  After Aidan and Jess meet at a club things take a turn for the unexpected.  They feel a sexual attraction that they both hate because it is so compelling.  Who knew a one night stand would turn into a sea of lies.  A deal is made that will forever change their views of each other.  With the line being crossed how will they determine what truths lie in the masses of lies they've told.  Will they be able to come out of this without being heartbroken?
Amazing, captivating, erotic and sizzling hot!!! 
What an incredible story.  I wanted to laugh with them and cry with them as well.  I got angry with Aidan when he was being a jerk and told Jessie to suck it up and have courage.  I was so engrossed in this story I was able to finish it in one sitting  I can't wait to go and read the first two books.  I can only imagine what Kye has in store for us in his story, the fourth installment of the series.  I recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!!


4/5 Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden


Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night...When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she’s investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves…and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can’t end well.

Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It’s his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it’s time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane…

One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She’s important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can’t keep her at his side, if he can’t stop the darkness from descending on the town…then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.

And Jane is more than prey. Far more. 
Nothing is ever what it seems. Detective Jane Hart is figuring this out a lot lately. Not only is her past coming back to haunt her, the life she knew is changing. She is now dealing with werewolves and vampires in the city of New Orleans, and there is a monster out to get her. Aidan Locke is a werewolf alpha who has lived in New Orleans for years and now he has a Master Vampire to go up against. Plus it seems his own life is changing, and one women is constantly on his mind.
This book was thrilling and entertaining from cover to cover. Spine tingling, and wonderfully written. This is the first book from Cynthia Eden that I have read, and it will not be the last.  A book you would want to sink your teeth into. You want to be in the story, wanting to either be Jane or even Aidan. The storyline was easy to follow and it was something I wanted to keep reading. Bite the Dust is a supernatural romance thriller a person can get hooked on. Each chapter had something exciting and you don’t see a lot of what happens coming. Jane Hart is one tough cookie, while Aidan is tough and sexy as any werewolf could be. Eden is able to captivate and entertain her reads just by the words she uses to tell this story. 


5/5 Review: In the Company of Wolves by Paige Tyler

He opened his mouth to order her to drop the MP5 she had aimed at him, but nothing would come out. It was like she'd robbed him of the ability to speak. Shooting her wasn't an option, though. And the idea of arresting her didn't make him feel any better.

There's a new gang of criminals in town who are organized and ruthless in the extreme. When Eric Becker, along with the rest of the Dallas SWAT team, ends up in the middle of a shootout, he immediately senses werewolves-a lot of them. Turns out, the new bad guys are a pack of wolf shifters.

In a spray of gunfire, Becker comes face-to-face with the most gorgeous woman he's ever seen. Becker does the logical thing. He hides her and leaves the scene with the rest of his team.

Jayna Winston has no idea why that SWAT guy helped her, but she's glad he did. Ever since she and her pack mates got mixed up with those Eastern European mobsters, everything had pretty much fallen apart.

So what's a street-savvy thief like Jayna going to do with a hot alpha-male wolf who's a police officer?

SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team series, keeps getting better with each book in the series. Paige Tyler adds more details to her mythology, which adds to the suspense and intrigue. I love the addition of a new pack, including adding betas and omega werewolves. When I read a book that has captivated my attention in the most awesome way, I don't like to give detailed description of a book. You can get that from the excerpt and/or synopsis that the author releases. You will not regret reading this book.

Excellent read with lots of action, great plot and gorgeous hunky guys doing super macho rescues when they weren't— just what I expect from Paige Tyler. I adore this series. They're super fun to read and keep me smiling. Eric was a gruff and huggable, and Jayne is a Alpha Female. Perfect. And one of the absolute best things about Paige Tyler books? Her covers depict EXACTLY what she describes her characters as looking like in the book. A rarity these days in publishing, and one that comes greatly appreciated.

I really liked In The Company of Wolves   . I love shape shifter romances and I really liked both the Eric and Jayna- they were both strong yet vulnerable and both had a sense of humor. It was also nice to see a male who could deal with an alpha female without a whole bunch of power games. I thought that author Tyler also managed a successful balance between story and steam - with an action packed plot in the background and some steamy tension building in the romance.

This is an exciting story that I read in one sitting! I loved the 2 main characters and the chemistry between them is super hot. This book was great. It had the perfect mix of romance, action, and intrigue and I was hooked from page one. There was NEVER a point in the book where I was bored or willing to set it down. It was simply a great read and I can't wait for more from the SWAT team! As I mentioned earlier, this book is even better than the first, and I can't wait for the next!


4/5 Review: A Cowboy firefighter for Christmas by Kim Redford

Warm up this Christmas with a sexy cowboy firefighter who knows how to ignite flames as well as put them out...

He's hotter than a wildfire
Trey Duval is a rancher, proud as can be of his Wildcat Ranch. He's also the top volunteer firefighter of Wildcat Bluff, Texas, the town that pulls out all the stops for its Christmas festivities.

City girl Misty Reynolds comes to Wildcat Bluff just in time to help Trey put out a suspicious fire, leading him to dub her his "Christmas angel." Unfortunately, Misty's past has left her with terrible memories of fire, and of Christmastime.

As the two are thrown together again and again, Trey finds himself wanting Misty more and more, and Misty feels stronger and braver when Trey is around. Though their trust grows slowly, their passion for each other is burning hot...

Misty Reynolds is a Dallas city girl who pushes anything Christmas away from her life, so when she's offered a job looking into a possible arsen at a tree frame, she thinks it's the best time to get away from the big city and all the Christmas reminders around her. Little did she know that Wildcat Bluff is bursting at the seams with Christmas cheer and decorations at ever turn. Then Trey Duval jumps in front of her (literally  in front of her moving SUV!) And begs for help putting out a gas fire, another deep seated fear of Mistys, but his good looks and sexy body (did I forget to mention he wasn't wearing a shirt) pull her out of her vehicle to help him. Trey is a sexy cowboy firefighter that has Misty's tongue wagging, but can she trust him? Or anyone else in the small community? Everyone has a motive, and she was warned not to trust anyone!

Ok, so first things first, I was REALLY  excited to read this book, a sexy cowboy firefighter, what's not to love!? The author is very detailed with this story, the entire book is only a 5 day period and it's almost 400 pages long. I was really enjoying learning about all the characters and the town, and she makes thing easy to picture. However this is a romance, and I expect my romance books to have sex scenes in them... after all the build up, and all the details to each day, the sex scene fell completely flat, like 1 paragraph flat. 3 sentences. *sigh* ok, it's still a good story line and I'm curious to see how it ends, and maybe a better sex scene towards the end? Nope. The next sex scene is a mere 2 sentences! The end felt very rushed to me compared to the rest of the book, and the last page was definitely not how I imagined it ending, but maybe I'm crazy and feel time is important in a relationship. 

So overall I give this a 4 out of 5, because I did like the story and the characters, I just wish the author would have kept the detailed story flowing during those important scenes, and made the end a bit more believable. 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

5/5 Review: Bonded by Laura Wright

Ranch hand Blue Perez’s once simple life is spinning out of control. He’s discovered he has three half-brothers, and they’re not ready to accept his claim on the ranch. Also, Blue’s girlfriend may have betrayed him in the worst way possible. And after one evening of drowning his sorrows at the bar, there’s someone he can’t get out of his mind, a woman who says she’s carrying his child.

Following a night of breathtaking passion in the arms of a man who now rules her dreams, waitress Emily Shiver is contemplating her next step. Blue is determined to be a part of her life, yet she would rather raise the baby on her own. But when she becomes the target of someone’s dark obsession, Emily must let Blue in—to both her heart and her future.


I'm in love.  Both Blue and Emily had me emotionally a mess.  The characters were complex, enthralling and just plain real.  I felt every struggle, every heartache, every tear.  Blue's mother is another character that I can relate to in the sense of being a single mom with the only thing going through you is the intense need to protect your child.  I cried when
Blue wouldn't forgive his mother for the secrets she held from him.  This book is filled with romance, real issues, drama, action and more.  This is a definite most read.  I could go on to tell what my favorite parts of the book were but that would be spoilers.  

Laura Wright has an amazing talent with word.  She brings the story to life in ways that unfortunately others cannot.  I recommend her books, this one especially, to those romantics who love reading about real issues.  I see a lot of people who can relate to each character in this book.  Truly the work of a great writer.      


Release: ONE WILD WINTER’S EVE by Anne Barton + GIVEAWAY!!!

As the Duke of Huntford's sister, Lady Rose Sherbourne follows the rules of well-bred society. Always chaperoned. Never engaging in unseemly behavior. Well, except for that one summer, years ago. And yet she's never been able to forget that handsome stable master or the stolen moments they shared. She's always wondered what might have happened if he hadn't disappeared without a word . . . Now she's about to find out.

Charles Holland never expected to see Lady Rose again. And yet the years haven't lessened his devotion-or his desire-in any way. Despite their differences in class, Charles cannot stop himself from wanting to possess her. But as they uncover one intimate secret after another about her family, they realize that, this time, their love may come at a very dear price . . .


About Anne Barton

Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom's bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London-home to her favorite heroes-she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband (who, sadly, is not a peer of the realm-but a great guy nonetheless) and her three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.

“What are you doing?”
The voice was authoritative, rich, and deep. And hauntingly familiar.
She turned, hiding the letter behind her. She made a clumsy attempt to shove the drawer shut with her bottom but only succeeded in bumping the desk, which rocked on spindly legs. The man must be a servant. If she could manage a haughty tone, she could probably talk her way out of the situation. But she’d never been particularly good at haughty. Her face burned.
“I was looking for something.” She looked at the man, hoping he wasn’t half as intimidating as he sounded, and froze.
Dear God. It couldn’t be.
“Rose?” He blinked, clearly as stunned as she, then quickly corrected himself. “Lady Rose?”
“Charles.” The sound of his name on her lips was surreal. She’d thought that her feelings for him had withered, dried, and blown away like dead leaves.
She’d been wrong.
He was the same as she remembered—confident, solid, and steady. But he was different too. His hair had turned a darker shade of gold, and he seemed to have grown all over. His neck was thicker, his jaw stronger. He’d traded the patched trousers and threadbare shirt that he’d worn in the stables for buckskin breeches and a nicely tailored jacket, both of which showed his strong physique to advantage. But the biggest change in him was the way he looked at her.
And it nearly broke her heart.
For instead of looking happy to see her, like he was anticipating a few stolen moments of summertime bliss, he looked suspicious. The laughing amber eyes that had always welcomed her to the stable glowered, chilly and remote.
She choked out the obvious question. “What are you doing at Lady Yardley’s?”
“I could ask the same of you.” The words, formal and clipped, didn’t fit with the Charles she knew.
She raised her chin and matched her tone to his. “I’m acting as a companion to Lady Bonneville, and we’re guests of the countess.”
“You’re a companion?” He raised a brow, skeptical.
Once, she would have willingly explained everything to him. For even before she’d regained her voice, she’d shared her whole being with him—she’d been as honest and open as it was possible for her to be. But now, his question irritated her. It presumed too much—a connection, a trust, a bond.
“I don’t see where it’s any concern of yours.”
“Forgive me.” But the look he leveled at her belied his apology. It said, Fine. We can play it that way if you’d like.
Fighting the urge to shiver, she folded the letter behind her back. She felt for the drawer, slipped the note through the crack, and slid the drawer shut. “You’re no longer a stable master.” It was an idiotic thing to say, but she had to say something—anything—to fill the vast and unnatural gulf between them.
“No.” His stiff smile didn’t reach his eyes.
“And I think it’s safe to presume,” she stated saucily, “that you’re not Lady Yardley’s companion.”
“I am not.” This time, his smile was genuine.
Dangerous, that. She gripped the edge of the desk behind her to keep her knees from wobbling.
He took one step toward her. “I’m her steward.”
Ah, he’d been too busy moving up in the world to reply to her letters. She couldn’t blame him for wanting to better his station in life—that had always been his dream. Perhaps he wanted no reminders of the days he’d spent mucking out stables. But those days happened to be the ones she most treasured.
“Congratulations are in order then.”
“I’m grateful to Lady Yardley for giving me the opportunity.” He took another step toward Rose. “And I am in her debt.”
The show of loyalty to his employer stung—especially since he seemed to have forgotten the sultry summer days and the confidences they’d shared. “I’ve no doubt you’ve proven yourself worthy.”
            He strode closer, till only an arm’s length separated them. His clothes might have been more refined, but the man beneath them was not. He looked like he’d be more at ease chopping wood and hammering nails outdoors than reviewing ledgers and attending to correspondence in a study. The merest shadow of a beard covered the lower half of his masculine face, but his lips, soft and full, captured her attention. She’d imagined kissing him so many times that she could almost convince herself she had.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

4/5 Review: Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan

He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.

She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.

In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.

Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?


Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan is an amazing book.  Imagine having a soul mate out there. One person who is the other half of yourself.  Who will stop at nothing to protect and cherish you.  That is what Andre and Teagan found when they found each other.  The instant pull was to hard to ignore. 
Teagan was running for her life.  Getting betrayed by a friend was not in her plans.  She was on a trip looking for a stone that will help heal a loved one.  calls on a friend to guide her into the Carpathian Mountains.  Little does she know that the man she calls friend is in fact a monster.  On the run she comes across a cave.  What lies inside will undoubtedly change her entire world.
Andre is a vampire slayer who no longer sees the beauty and colors the world holds.  He has no emotions.  That is until his soul mate finds him wounded.  When Teagan finds him, he feels the instant pull at his soul.  Colors and emotions come bursting forwards.  Both with issues they must face have no choice but to face them together.  Will giving into the passion they feel keep them safe?
This has to be one of the best Christine Feehan books I have read.  She gives her characters depth and intrigue.  I will be reading more of the Carpathian series.  I applauded Andre when he went after the men who tried to take his woman from his.  The sheer strength he possesses had me squirming in anticipation.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

4/5 Review: Hades: A Demonica Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Larissa Ione

A fallen angel with a mean streak and a mohawk, Hades has spent thousands of years serving as Jailor of the Underworld. The souls he guards are as evil as they come, but few dare to cross him. All of that changes when a sexy fallen angel infiltrates his prison and unintentionally starts a riot. It’s easy enough to quell an uprising, but for the first time, Hades is torn between delivering justice — or bestowing mercy — on the beautiful female who could be his salvation…or his undoing. Thanks to her unwitting participation in another angel’s plot to start Armageddon, Cataclysm was kicked out of Heaven and is now a fallen angel in service of Hades’s boss, Azagoth. All she wants is to redeem herself and get back where she belongs. But when she gets trapped in Hades’s prison domain with only the cocky but irresistible Hades to help her, Cat finds that where she belongs might be in the place she least expected…


I am going to write this review on how this book was written and not my personal feelings towards it.  I will explain.  This was a very well written story with all that one would look for in a great read.  I, however, am a Mythology fanatic and cannot see Hades as he is portrayed in this story.  To me, Hades is the God of the Underworld, this includes both Tartarus and the Elysian Fields.  He is strong, dark, and mysterious.  
In this story he is portrayed as a fallen angel who is working for Azagoth.  He is the jailer of the underworld, and is known for his meanness.  As for his appearance, I apologize but I just do not see him as having a blue Mohawk.  This does not scream Hades to me.  I have to say he is my favorite God in Mythology along with Ares.  It is hard for me to read books about them if they are altered too much.  
Now on to the book itself.  It was a good piece of writing.  That I will not take away from the author.  I could see myself falling in love with the characters as I did with the plot if I have not been such a fan of Hades.  Cataclysm, a recently fallen angel who is trying to regain her positon has a hard time coping.  She is in other words clumsy and naïve.  She brings about the start of Armageddon without intentionally doing so.  I don't know why but I love how that came about.  It brings me to the cliché saying, "things happen for a reason".  What that reason is, is for the reader to find out.  
I would recommend this book to any lovers who love a quick romance book filled with lots of excitement.    

5/5 Review: The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter

Millionaire video-game creator Lincoln West has a dark and tragic past. The sought-after bachelor lives by a rigid schedule and a single rule—one relationship per year, lasting no more than two months. No exceptions. When he gave up the big city for a small town, he hoped to escape the worst of his memories—until a brash beauty dredges up long-buried emotions.

A reformed party girl, Jessie Kay Dillon is determined to walk the straight and narrow. But her love-hate sizzle with West is just too irresistible. They can't be near each other without tearing off their clothes, but the last thing she needs is to be his next two-month dump. Will she become the one exception? Because as any former girl-gone-wild knows: rules are made to be broken.
Lincoln West is a millionaire video game creator who has a tragic past, a stern daily schedule, and a ridiculous dateing rule. Jessie Kay is a free spirit woman who delivers sandwiches for her sisters business, doesnt have a penny to her name, and a tragic past herself. She's the one thing Lincoln can't control, not her punctuality, not the way guys flirt with her, or how badly he wants her. So he ignores her and is rude to her, thinking she'll keep her distance. Wrong. It doesn't douse the passion she has for him. She's snarky, blunt and loud and he can't keep his feelings to himself any longer, but Jessie Kay wants him to rid his stupid dating rule. Can Lincoln put his past behind him and see a future with Jessie Kay? Or will their tragic pasts continue to haunt them and forever doom them to be unhappy?

This is the first non paranormal book I've read by Gena, I was hesitant at first, not only is is not paranormal, but it's the third book in the "series" but despite my OCD, I read it anyways, cause I love Gena's other books, and boy am I glad I did! This book just pulls you in and makes you feel for both the hero and heroine. Both have tragic pasts And a lot of guilt weighing on their shoulders, but you can't help but feel only compassion for them both. I like that the couple took their time (not always by choice!) And it's rare to read a book where they aren't rushed. Saying "I love you" within 2 weeks feels completely unbelievable to me, so I really enjoyed them taking their time in saying "yes" to one another. This book will definitely give you the feels and I can't wait to go back and read the first two in this series! A must read for and romance genre and Gena fan!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

4/5 Review: Too Hard to Handle by Julie Anne Walker

"The Man" is back
Dan "The Man" Currington is back in fighting form with a mission that takes him four thousand miles south of BKI headquarters, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He's hot on the trail of a rogue CIA agent selling classified government secrets to the highest bidder, when Penni DePaul arrives on the scene. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and keeping Penni safe becomes Dan's number one priority.

And this time she's ready
A lot has changed since former Secret Service Agent Penni DePaul last saw Dan. Now a civilian, she's excited about what the future might hold. But before she can grab onto that future with both hands, she has to tie up some loose ends-namely, Dan Currington, the man she just can't forget. And a secret that's going to change both their lives-if they can stay alive, that is.

Too Hard to Handle is an amazing book written by an incredible author, Julie Anne Walker.  This is the 8th book in the series but my first time reading the Black Knight.  This book had me enthralled.  I need to go back and read the other 7. 
The Black Knights are a Secret Agency that goes on missions assigned to them by the president.  In this story, Dan Currington and Dagan Zoelner, two members of the Black Knight’s, are in Cusco Peru on a mission with one of the CIA’s special agents, Chelsea Duvall.  Their mission is to apprehend Winterfield, an ex CIA agent who has stolen data from the government. 
Penni DePaul is an ex Special agent having turned in her badge soon after a traumatizing mission.  She and Dan have a past that she cannot give up on.  Determined to speak with him she travels to Peru where she gets caught up in the mission.  Giving in to their mutual connection will working a mission is not a good idea but neither can help it. 
Catching a traitor, fighting for their lives, and finding out where there is hope for a future together are just the start of the things they need to face in this book.  I can honestly say that I would recommend this book to everyone who loves romance and suspense.  Another great aspect is that you see a connection between Chelsea and Dagan.  Oh I can’t wait for their story.  Happy reading.         


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5/5 Review: The Billionaire Takes A Bride by Jessica Clare

"Your mother has cancer" talk about an eye catching story opener! I was shocked and my mouth dropped, same as Sebastian did when he was told it was all for rating on his mother's reality show! Talk about your desperate plea for attention from your audience. Reading about Sebastian's crazy family made me cringe, but I guess that's the point. I'd refuse to be a part of their show too. So when he meets the beautiful Chelsea his world brightens a little. But she's got a serious case of the secrets that she's not willing to share...

Chelsea is a kick ass roller derby girl and her guts on the rink make me super jealous. But when she's alone she has panic attacks that would scare the crap out of anyone, so when she meets the cool, calm and sexy Sebastian at her friends wedding pre-rehearsal dinner and her instinctual panic doesn't arise, she asks for his help to get her through all the wedding events as her "safety date" 

The idea of a safety date seems like a brilliant idea and it drags me into this fantasy of "what if" and "will they" which of course keeps me interested and desperate for more! Then Sebastian proposes a fake marriage to keep his crazy ex and the crazy cameras off him... I found myself saying yes right along with Chelsea! Who wouldn't want the safety and comfort that comes with what he has to offer her. I love reading the thoughts of the two characters and how hard it is for each to live their every day lives. I'm desperate to find out Chelsea's secret and for Sebastian to make all her pain and worries go away! 

The whole book kept my attention and kept me up late into the night wanting more and missing when it was over. The author writes remarkably and vividly. I'll definitely be reading more from this author!