Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Solar Dare by Tianna Xander and Viola Grace

Solar DareSolar Dare
by Tianna Xander, Viola Grace
Series: D. A. R. E. Project (#6)
Published by: Devine Destinies
April 1st 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     When I first read the DARE Project with Ruby, Topaz, Emerald, Opalite and Sapphire and saw that there were no more books or that the authors did not have anything on their current projects I was disappointed. There were so many things left in the air, mainly that mother and the other 3 quintets, so imagine my surprise and delight when I saw that there were five more book in store in this series.

     This are a short series of books that tell the story of twenty sisters born on the same day to a seer dragoness who was voluntarily "captured" by humans. She was pregnant with 4 fertilized embryos which the humans cloned and so were the sisters born in groups of five. The Gemstones (the first set of books out), the Flowers, the Goddesses and the Astronomical (this set of books).

     This sisters are trained to be soldiers in the Dimensional, Arrest, Retrieval and Extraction Project (D.A.R.E. Project) to bring back the travelers, prisoners, and escapees from earth to close up and heal the rifts caused in the universe by their passage from earth to other planets.

     If you are expecting some erotica or something similar you'll be very disappointed. But if you don't care about that you'll fine this series to be short but full of action. And beside the girls stories intertwine is their mother's.

     A can't wait for the following books and see if the other 2 cluster of quintets get their books too.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: The Proposal by Mary Balogh

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The Proposal
by Mary Balogh
Series: The Survivors' Club (#1)
Published by: Dell
May 28th 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eBook


Rating: 3 Stars



     I've read Mary Balogh's the Huxtable Quintet and really liked the stories, so I decided to try her again when I saw this book on the shelves. I have to say that it did not disappoint.

     Here we have Hugo Emes, Lord Trentham, who is a middle-class Englishman to whom the king himself has awarded with a title (though it does not specify what kind of title, just says he's a Lord) for his heroic display at a Forlorn Hope in war (in other words the infantry of modern military [you know the first to be sent]). Then we have Gwendoline Grayson, Lady Muir, who has been widowed for seven years.

     This two characters come from vastly different worlds. Hugo is a big brute of a man with no filters to his mouth and no social skills who is always frowning/scowling but with a gentle heart. And Gwen is a gentile lady who after a few hours with Lord Trentham can be cured of any shock for his unapologetic language.

     They meet when Gwendoline has an accident in a deserted beach and twists her ankle making her unable to walk. As the story progresses the hero and heroine find themselves fighting their attraction to each other, specially Hugo as he thinks he is not good enough for a Lady.

     I have read that Gwen has made an appearance in various other books in two different series. As I've not read this series I have a fresh eye as who Gwen is and not what I think she should be. That is why I think this story made me laugh at the occurrences and the loose tongue of Hugo and watery eyed as the past is revealed and it is shown how much the characters have suffered. 

     I am really looking forward to reading the next book and see what is behind the ever cheerful Viscount Darleigh.

Memorable Quotes:

     As George had said, no one could tell you about love or romance or what would happened if you married and the romance dwindle away. You could only find out for yourself. Or not find out.
     You could face the challenge or you could turn away from it.
     You could be a hero or a coward.
     You could be a wise man or a fool.
     A cautious man or a reckless one.
     Were there any answers to anything in life?

*****

     "Come to my world," he said.
     "How?" She frowned at him.
     "If you want me, Gwendoline," he said, "if you imagine that you love me and think you can spend your life with me, come to my world. You will find that wanting, even loving, is not enough."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Taste by Kate Evangelista

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by Kate Evangelista
Published by: Crescent Moon Press
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Author

Rating: 4 Stars




     Tired of Vampires? Have some Zhamvy!!

     I really like the concept of a new kind of supernatural beings. I'm not a really big fan of first person POV but this book got me going. At first it was kind of hard for me to get into the story. But as I have learn in the part after the first quarter of the book I got into the plot and I wanted to see how it finished.

     Something I didn't quite like was the fact that Phoenix had little to no interaction with Demitri. I really thought for a time there that she was going to end up with Luka. I also would have like this book to have being part of a series and to delve in Zhamvy culture more deeply.

     But all in all it was a good book and I'm really thinking that vampires are overrated!! BRING IN THE ZOMBIES...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James

 Long Hard Ride
Long Hard Ride
by Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders (#1)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
May 1st 2007
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     Well can you say HOT!! I think this is my fave M/F cowboy series. I love how real Mrs. James illustrates the characters. The way they talk and act and how he-men they are. In this book Channing is charmed by Colby from the first time she sees him but she is with someone else at the moment. When she realizes the man is married she leaves him and accepts Colby's outrageous proposal without knowing that what they will developed in the road was going to be more than just sexual heat. This story made me laugh, cry and get mad at.

     But I think it is a series that leaves it's readers hot and bothered. So warning read at your own risk and if you have someone to take the heat of with do it. If not PLEASE take a really cold shower...or matters in your own hands ;)

Monday, August 18, 2014

ARC Review: The Arrow by Monica McCarty

http://monicamccarty.com/books/arrow.phpThe Arrow
by Monica McCarty
Series: Highland Guard (#9)
Published by: Ballantine Books
August 26th 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Publisher

Rating: 5 Stars



#Contains Spoilers#

     I was lucky enough to win this book on a Goodreads Giveaway as an ARC form the publisher. Monica McCarty was the first author I read in the historical romance department. And she keeps surprising me with her stories and making the waterworks go full force.

     Mrs. McCarty is a great writer and I love that the tone of her books literally transport you to medieval Scotland. I have read many historical books where the author uses a lot of modern lingo and leaves you with just a story and nothing you can use for your imagination. Monica writes her stories like describing a picture but at the same time not overwhelming it with too much details. Just enough to give an idea and the right tone to transport you to the era in which is occurring.

     In this latest book on the Highland Guard series Cate's little village was attacked by the English and everyone killed and burned. She was left to die alone as punishment for trying to save her mother. After a couple of days Gregor "Arrow" MacGregor said to be the most handsome man in Scotland rescues her with a couple of other Guard members and takes her to his home in Roro.

     Been the best archer in all of Scotland after seven years of war Gregor starts having trouble with his aim-at least in his own eyes-and after a failed mission to reclaim Berwick Castle-in which his identity has been compromised-he is sent home by the king to lay low. It is then when he learns that war not always include people dying and the conquerors are not always kings.

     Some people might say that Catherine was manipulating Gregor and putting him against a rock and a hard place, but I think it was necessary with this particular character. Gregor needed to see her, and the only way was for Caty Cat to be insistent and throw herself at him and be in-his-face or he might have always ignore her and not acknowledge that she was different from the rest of the female population who just wanted him for his "pretty face".

     And then there is the surprise of Cate's parent. I literally didn't see that one coming. I also like that at the end Cate decided not to go through with the wedding. I was expecting a forced marriage because 'duh' that happens in a lot of books (at least the historical ones) and it was refreshing to have to see a man like Gregor grovel a little and earn that trust back.

Memorable Quotes:

     "It wasn't bad luck," Gregor corrected. "It was my fault. I hesitated."
     Bruce lifted a brow. "To shoot a dog?"
     Gregor gritted his teeth, humiliation burning inside him.... "Aye"
     "In his defense, sire, it was kind of a cute little blighter," MacSorley added with a grin. "And we did find out one thing that is important."
     "What's that?" the king asked suspiciously, expecting the jest.
     "The rumors are wrong: he doesn't just break hearts, he actually has one."

*****

     The famed seafarer's grin turned smug."I'd say it's exactly like that." MacSorley put his hand up to his ear, as if he were listening. "What's that crashing sound I hear? Must be the sound of all those thousand of hearts breaking across the Highlands. The most handsome shark in the sea has been good and hooked."
     Gregor shook his head "Hell, Hawk. I'm saying my vows, not taking them."
     MacSorley waved off the protest. "I've experienced the lass's unusual skills first hand. If I were you, I wouldn't give her a reason to put a knife to my throat-or anywhere else, for that matter."

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     This book had a previous cover to it. I'll like to point that I like the cover with which it was released but I would have preferred the color of the previous one.

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