Thursday, September 10, 2015

Maid for Love by Marie Force

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by Marie Force
Series: The McCarthys of Gansett Island (#1)
Published by: HTJB, Inc.
April 28th 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 4 Stars




     This was s sweet story of small town gossip and second chances at love. Although is a cliche about a poor woman (Madeline "Maddie" Chester) and the town's golden boy (Malcom John "Mac" McCarthy Junior) it was still a great read for me. I laughed and I cried and I fell in love with Mac's will to help Maddie even when she was hell bent against it.

     I loved that Mac was patient towards Maddie and her insecurities and that he didn't push her to be comfortable with her body, he just gave her time for her to come to terms with it and let Mac in at her own time. I really think it was very generous of him to offer to pay for the surgery, but only if she wanted it. With that I think that she doesn't need it. He just showed her there that he isn't with her for her big breasts, that he likes her for her.

     Another thing I liked was that the author paved the way for the next book really well without taking away from Mac and Maddie's story, and I'm glad that this book is free because it lead me to this awesome series which I'll go ahead and buy book two. I can't wait for Joe and Janey's story, with that excerpt at the end I just have to read more!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ARC Review: Too Hard To Handle by Julie Ann Walker

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by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc (#8)
Published by: Casablanca
September 1st 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 5 Stars


     Like every book I've read from this author, I loved every second of it. Even when I was pretty sure of what was going to happen with Penni from the previous book, I was still engaged in the story and wanted to know what was going to happened.

     True to Julie Ann Walker fashion, this book kept me on edge and wanting to strangle every single character! I also got frustrated every time they got interrupted. When they got to the BKI warehouse? Hallelujah!! And OMG was that steamy.

     I was teary eyed (and not ashamed to say it) when Penni learned the truth and I don't really blame her for her assumption. I really though that something was going to go wrong for a minute there at the end.

    And last of all Mrs. Walker? I applaud you with that ending. Letting you know that I'll be obviously reading the next book and not just cause I want to find out...

***Didn't understand any of this review? Read this series, I dare you. I recommend each and every one of this books.***

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter (#26)
Published by: St. Martin's Press
August 4th 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     I couldn't be happier with this story. I've been waiting for Max's story for a long time and I think the author gave him a HEA worthy of each and every single page it was written on.

     The chemistry between Max ans Sera was sizzling and the fact that they had to fight every step of the way to finally have a modicum of peace and that Seraphina's sudden return didn't magically fixed everything and they went back to been together was a big plus too.

     I am freakishly curious about Apollimy and Savitar and am wondering if there will be a HEA or at least a HFN in there.

     There was that OMG scene with Illarion (which I'm glad will be solved in the next book) and the waterworks went into overdrive a bit there at the end which now has me curious about Falcyn.

     I just can't wait for more of this series and the characters we love.

     HEY, who was a time machine? Where is a Were-Hunter when you need one *pouts*

Friday, August 14, 2015

Review: Homecoming Weekend by Curtis Bunn

Homecoming Weekend: A NovelHomecoming Weekend
by Curtis Bunn
Published by: Strebor Books
September 4th 2012
Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary
Format: eBook

Rating: 3 Stars





     This was an interesting book, something different for me.

     I was kind of lost at first (I'm more a 2 POV kind of girl) but as I got more into the story all started to explain itself. This was a fun and crazy read with some real life situations.

     There are 4 different stories and they are from different age ranges. I really loved Earl and Catherine's story. It teaches us that real love can find us even if we are old and that not all men are the same like we saw from Earl at the golf game.

     I was really sorry for Don. As he was at the apex of personal problems and he was using homecoming as a temporary getaway from which he was looking to find some happiness.

     As for the others, they made me mad and they made me laugh. I really don't know how I feel about them so I'm not going to bother mentioning them ^_^

Friday, August 7, 2015

Paige Tyler's Wolf Trouble Spotlight

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Summary

     He’s in trouble with a capital T

     There’s never been a female on the Dallas SWAT team and Senior Corporal Xander Riggs prefers it that way. The elite pack of alpha male wolfshifters is no place for a woman. But Khaki Blake is no ordinary woman.

     When Khaki walks through the door attractive as hell and smelling like heaven, Xander doesn’t know what the heck to do. Worse, she’s put under his command and Xander’s protective instincts go on high alert. When things start heating up both on and off the clock, it’s almost impossible to keep their heads in the game and their hands off each other…

     Paige Tyler’s sexy, action-packed SWAT series is back this August with the release of Wolf Trouble! To celebrate this latest release, Corporal Xander Riggs has agreed to sit down for a Q&A with us:

     Do you have any role models? If so, who?

     My Pack Alpha and boss, Gage Dixon. He could have gone off and been a lone wolf when he turned, but instead he found us and taught us how to be a pack.

Excerpt

     Xander had to pick his jaw up off the floor of the training room when Gage introduced the newest member of the SWAT team. He didn’t know what to expect, but it sure as hell wasn’t Officer Khaki Blake. Tall with an athletic build and just enough curves to fill out the SWAT T-shirt, she had the biggest brown eyes and softest looking lips he’d ever seen. She had her dark hair back in a bun, so he couldn’t tell how long it was, but he’d bet money it fell past her shoulders. She smelled way too good to be believed, too—like a slice of frosted spice cake in a uniform.

     Shit. He was practically panting. If he didn’t get a grip soon, he was going to start drooling.

     He gave the other guys a covert glance to see how they were dealing with her scent and was stunned to see that none of them reacted at all. Why not? His nose wasn’t that much better than theirs. He knew for a fact that several of the other guys—Cooper Landry and Jayden Brooks specifically—could smell a hell of a lot better than he could.

     Maybe everyone was so mesmerized by finally getting to see a female version of their kind that the rest of their senses had stopped working.

     Gage had left it up to Xander to fill the guys in on what had gone down at the meeting with Deputy Chief Mason while he’d headed home to get ready for his trip to Washington State. While the guys had been pissed that the top brass was playing politics with the team, they’d been intrigued at the idea of adding a female werewolf to the Pack.

     They’d bombarded him with dozens of questions, none of which he could answer. Was she as fast and strong as they were? Did her abilities manifest themselves in completely different ways? Would she be as aggressive as they were and able to handle herself in a fight? Were there more like her out there, or was she the only one?

     Not all the questions were so general. Brooks wondered what she would look like, Max Lowry wanted to know if she would smell like them, and Eric Becker… Well, Becker just wanted to know if she liked to wear yoga pants. God, that kid had an obsession with those things.

     Xander had told them what he knew—that no one except Gage knew a damn thing about female werewolves. And Xander wasn’t so sure how much their commander knew, either.

     While Xander was lost in thought, Gage turned the floor over to Khaki, who was currently explaining how much she appreciated the opportunity to be in SWAT.

     “I know I won’t be handed anything, but I look forward to proving to every one of you that I belong in the Pack and on the team.” She spoke in a light, lilting voice that surprisingly filled the large classroom. Xander could definitely pick up the Midwest accent, so she probably wasn’t originally from the Pacific Northwest. “I’m not asking for anything from you but a chance to do prove myself.”

Author Biography

     Paige Tyler is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.

ARC Review: Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler

SWAT 2Wolf Trouble
by Paige Tayler
Series: SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team (#2)
Published by: Casablanca
August 4th 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 5 Stars



     Oh my, oh mi, what are this hotties doing to me!

     Another great hit on Paige Tyler's SWAT series. What I love about this author's stories is that they grab hold of your insides, your mind, your heart, any part of you it can and makes you want to do something stupid. Like calling sick to work just so you can finish it all in one sitting.

     Just like Gage and Mac's book, Khaki and Xander's story was full of action, team work and lots of sweaty, bare chested, alpha males we love to dream about. Although the story was about how a female wolf was introduced as a member of the team and how that was going to to work for the males in the pack, it was also about how two member of the same team can work together. How they needed to understand what been a cop is really about; putting your live in danger even when that doesn't go well with your mate.

     But it also showed us a little of what each one of the SWAT members have to go though to be as good as they are and what it is for a new wolf to learn of his/her powers.

     With each word read I fell more and more in love with this characters and this author and I can't NOT wait for In The Company of Wolves to see what is next in store for this characters, and of course not to mention the abs, biceps, triceps, shoulders, thighs, as.... you get my meaning. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Review: Two to Love by Sophie Oak


Two to Love (Nights in Bliss, Colorado, #2)Two to Love
by Sophie Oak
Series: Nights in Bliss, Colorado (#2)
Published by: Siren Publishing
January 24th 2011
Genre: Erotic Romance, Menage, Contemporary
Format: eBook

Rating: 4 Stars




     I liked the story in this book. There is something appealing in threesomes. Specifically those that focus on the girls pleasure. Who wouldn't kill to have such attentions bestowed upon them.

     I know that we all have different opinions but I would have liked that Zane could have being one of her firsts. If Nate got the first I think Zane should have had the second. But that's just me.

     The chemistry between the three was really good although there were times I wanted to smack Zane and/or Nate. I mean stupid much. Assuming stuff like that without knowing what was running by the others mind. But I guess that's human nature for you.

     Now I'm on to the next and hope Stef isn't so idiotic. (Not holding much faith, he made an ass of himself already and it isn't even his story ^_^)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

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by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson (#3)
Published by: St. Martin's Press
January 31st 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Humor, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed (Public Library)

Rating: 4 Stars



     I think I am scared for life. Even in this witty, funny and strange world that is the life of Charley Davidson, Mrs. Jones finds a way to keep you glued to every page and give you a good plot to keep things going.

     Poor Charley was sleep depraved and at her wits end but still kept doing her job. Kept going forward dealing with her PI business, helping her uncle, and on top of it all Reyes throws in his bit of problems when he tells Charley that Earl Walker, the man he is in prison for supposedly killing, might still be alive and in New Mexico.

     I really don't know how Charley can deal with so much and still be sane. Maybe is good that she has ADHD and can't give any one thing her attention for long.

     I do think that Charley just needs to have more faith in herself and that she can do anything and she will be able to master her powers. As long as she doubts it she'll have problems.

     As for my Swopes? *cries* I can't believe it!! Thankfully he will be okay.

     And last I was not expecting her guardian would be Artemis. I was looking (like I imagine all of us were) that is was someone of the two leg variety.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Julie Ann Walker Deep Six Series Spotlight + Giveaway

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Summary

     Only two things could make former Navy SEAL Leo Anderson return to the world of weapons and warfare. First, a capsule of chemical weapons lost on the ocean floor, and second, a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget-CIA Agent Olivia Mortier.

      Now, working together to race against the clock and a deadly terrorist faction, Leo and Olivia must find the missing capsule, all the while battling the intense desire burning between them. If they can survive, can their growing attraction become more than just a momentary flare?

     Hi everyone!  My name is Julie Ann Walker and I'm tickled pink to be here today talking about my BRAND SPANKING NEW romantic suspense series, Deep Six!  It revolves around six newly retired Navy SEALs who just can't seem to shake their past and the Navy SEAL motto that "the only easy day was yesterday."  Set in the Florida Keys, the series is filled with sun, sand, danger, intrigue, adventure, and plenty of half-dressed alpha hotties.  LOL!  Sound like a good time?  I guarantee it is!  And I guarantee you're going to fall in love with these six men.

     Take Leo "The Lion" Anderson.  With his sun-streaked, sandy blond hair and perpetual tan -- not to mention those hazel eyes and beard stubble -- he's sure to win your heart.  And that's before you get to his no-bullshit, take-command-of-any-situation attitude and the fact that he's trying to fulfill his father's dying wish. 

     Then there's Brando "Bran" Pallidino.  A native New Jerseyan, Bran grew up on the mean streets of Newark.  He's rough.  He's tough.  And his Italian-American heritage means he comes complete with soulful brown eyes, a face that belongs on billboards, and a love for good food and good wine.  (That last part means his beer-loving teammates give him a lot of grief. *wink*)

     You won't be able to resist Mason "Monet" McCarthy.  As a boy from Beantown, Mason learned to use the F-bomb in really colorful ways.  He's big.  He's burly.  He's not the kind of guy you'd like to meet in a dark alley.  Yet his thick black hair and crystal blue eyes soften what would otherwise be an entirely intimidating appearance.

     Who doesn't love a country boy?  Dalton "Doc" Simmons was born and raised in Montana.  He's a lean, mean, fighting machine, with a face that's all angles as if it's been carved down to its barest essentials by a hot, stinging prairie wind.  Doc has a tragic past.  And he's fighting to come to terms with it.

     Next up is Ray "Wolf" Roanhorse.  Wolf's Cherokee heritage makes him strikingly handsome, with a blade of a nose, high cheekbones, flashing black eyes, and a lush, beautifully-shaped mouth.  Born into poverty on a reservation in Oklahoma, Wolf has more than himself to worry about.  He has his whole family depending on him.  But if anyone can shoulder that burden, it's Wolf.

     And last but certainly not least, we have Spiro "Romeo" Delgado.  Romeo likes to play up that whole Latin-lover thing.  And with his swarthy skin, precisely trimmed goatee, and honed physique, he does a pretty good job of it.  But that's just what's on the surface.  Underneath it all, Romeo is desperately trying to make up for the mistakes of his past.

     See?  What did I tell you?  You love them already, don't you?  Read on for a bonus scene from HELL OR HIGH WATER where you get to meet all of the Deep Six heroes!

HELL OR HIGH WATER Bonus Scene

     Family isn’t only determined by blood, but by those who stand by you, fightin’ for you. By those you stand beside and fight for…

     That was the thought that drifted through Leo “The Lion” Anderson’s head when he looked around the warped wooden table at his men. Correction—the minute those five wild-ass SEALs snapped their final salute to the Navy and followed him to the Florida Keys to join him on his quest for high seas adventure and the hunt for untold riches, they stopped being his men. But they would never stop being his family. If they all lived for a hundred years, the bonds of the blood, sweat, and tears they’d shed together would never come unbound. They were too strong, forged in the fiery crucible of too many wars and missions to count.

     “Yo, man!” Brando “Bran” Pallidino leaned close to be heard above the twanging voice and guitar licks of the singer on the stage. The six of them had spent the day in Key West, gathering supplies and finishing up some repairs on Wayfarer I—the leaking, rusty salvage boat Leo had inherited from his father. And now they were enjoying beers and dinner at Schooner Wharf bar, the open-air establishment that saw more than its fair share of revelers, crusty sea captains, and miscreants who’d come to the end of the road in a bid to fall off the map completely. “That brunette in the yellow bikini top and flowery skirt over by the taps keeps giving you come-and-get-me-big-boy looks.”

     Leo glanced at the woman and sure enough. Slam! Her gaze collided with his and there was a definite suggestion glowing in her big, dark eyes. “I think she wants you to poke her hontas,” Bran concluded.

     Leo scowled at his best friend as a subtle breeze drifted in from the water, mixing the smells of fish and marine fuel with the sweeter aromas of boat drinks and barley hops that continuously flowed from behind the bar. “How long have you been keeping that little gem in your pocket?” he asked Bran.

     “Came up with it just this minute.” Bran grinned, wiggling his eyebrows. “My mind,” he continued, “is as nimble and as fertile as a…”

     Leo held up a hand. “Don’t finish that analogy. I can already guess what your mind is as nimble and as fertile as.”

     “Personally,” Doc said from Leo’s opposite side, twirling the ever-present toothpick in his mouth in a wide circle, “I would have gone with, ‘I think she wants you to engage her in a little gland-to-gland combat.’” Dalton “Doc” Simmons had one of those tough Midwestern faces. But right now it was split in a gleeful grin that made him look almost boyish. It was damn good to see Doc smiling. For too many years he hadn’t.

     “She wants you to rock her casbah!” Spiro “Romeo” Delgado piped up from across the table, never one to miss an opportunity to toss in his two bits.

     “Churn her butter,” Ray “Wolf” Roanhorse added after plunking his Budweiser bottle down on the table. He turned and slow-winked at the bird in the yellow bikini. Leo watched the brunette’s eyes widen, her head cocking like a cat considering a canary. With his Cherokee heritage, Wolf was the embodiment of the original American warrior. His visage equally fierce and—according to the lady at the hardware store this morning—beautiful. She’d breathed the word while staring all googly-eyed at Wolf.

     “And you?” Leo turned to the last remaining man at the table. “What ridiculous euphemism have you come up with tonight?”

     Mason “Monet” McCarthy was as big as a mountain, and just as silent. Usually. But even he couldn’t resist joining in. “She wants you to rumble in her jungle,” he said. His south Boston accent making it sound more like rahmble inna jahngle.

     And that’s the thing about family, Leo thought with a shake of his head as he slid on his aviator sunglasses despite the fact that the sun had slipped beneath the western horizon. One minute they’re standin’ with you against the world. The next minute they’re bustin’ your balls.

     And he wouldn’t have it any other way. Especially since the good-natured ribbing, immature as it might be, was proof positive they were all slowly crawling out from under the thick blanket of mourning that had descended over them, heavy as a death shroud when—

     “Yo, man,” Bran interrupted his thoughts. “You better stake your claim. If you don’t, Wolf’s gonna stake his.”

     “He’s welcome to it,” Leo said, leaning back in his chair and picking at the label on his Budweiser with the edge of his thumbnail. “’Cause I’m takin’ a pass on this one.”
Bran groaned and took a long slug of his beer.

     “What?” Leo demanded, frowning. “What’s that uuuugh for?”

     “Just that I coulda guessed as much.” Bran shrugged a shoulder, his holey tank-top accentuating the strength and sinew of his bare arms. According to Bran, if the sun’s out, the guns are out. Bran’s unending supply of tank tops had become a running joke between all of them. Leo’s balls weren’t the only ones that received a regular busting. Every man’s in the group were fair game.

     “And why would you have guessed as much?” he raised a brow.

     Bran leveled him with a look that called into question the validity of his IQ tests. “You’re kidding me, right?”

     “No,” Leo shook his head, feeling his temper flicker to life. What the hell was Bran getting at? Luckily—or unluckily?—he didn’t have to wait long to find out.

     “It’s just that this seems to be your new modus operandus,” Bran said.

     “What does?”

     “Eschewing the soft ministration and willing company of bar bunnies,” Doc interjected.

     Leo scowled over at him, then swung his gaze around to each man at the table. They all wore the same expression of agreement.

     Okay, and this is one of those times I wish these assholes weren’t my family. Because he could certainly do without them being all up in his goddamn business.

     “First off,” he said in his own defense, “after all that runnin’ around today, I’m too tired to sweat, much less do anything else. Secondly, when you start talkin’ bar bunnies, I only have one thought.”

     “What’s that?” Wolf asked, only giving him half his attention. The other half was securely focused on Miss Yellow Bikini Top who, having quickly picked up the disinterest Leo was laying down, was now giving Wolf all her come-and-get-me-big-boy looks.

     “Hippety hoppety herpes is on its way,” Leo said, his lips twitching when Wolf blanched and swung around to attempt to fry his eyebrows off with a look.

     “You really know how to spoil it for those of us not currently hung up on…” Wolf trailed to a stop.

     The hair on Leo’s head tried to crawl off his scalp. Wolf didn’t need to finish. Leo knew where he was heading. “I’m not hung up on anyone,” he insisted, disgusted to realize he was trying to convince himself more than the guys. An image of Special Agent Olivia Mortier flashed before his eyes. Black hair. Blue eyes. A slightly crooked front tooth that never failed to make his dick twitch. There was just something about that tooth. That tiny imperfection amidst so much beauty only seemed to enhance her appeal. Maybe because it made her real. A real, live, hot-blooded woman with a mind like a steel trap, a wit that was as sharp as a tack and—

     Fuck. Maybe he was hung up on her. The wall he’d built up in his mind, the one that was supposed to keep memories of her at bay, was proving frustratingly weak.

     “If that’s what you have to tell yourself, cabron,” Romeo said.

     Leo sat there, a muscle twitching in his jaw. He refused to respond for nearly thirty seconds. He knew it was thirty seconds because he calculated that for every two seconds that passed he came up with a new way to assassinate the men at the table. He’d totaled out at fifteen.

     “You should see your face,” Doc said, the salty sea breeze causing the ends of his shaggy hair to riot. “You look like someone shoved a cactus up your ass.”

     “And yo, man,” Bran slung an arm around his shoulders, “there’s no reason to get all hot under the collar.”

     “The only reason my collar is hot is ’cause your sweaty arm is around it,” Leo grumbled, shrugging off Bran’s brotherly embrace and taking a hasty swig of beer. Thoughts of Olivia always made him feel punchy. Talking about her, even obliquely, made him feel…something. It was like if horny and confused got together with uncomfortable and had a threesome his current emotional state would be the unholy offspring of the encounter.

     “I was born on a farm where we used lots of fertilizer,” Doc said, seemingly apropos of nothing.

     Leo turned to him. “And that’s relevant to this because…?” He made a rolling motion with his hand.

     “Because it means I know bullshit when I smell it.”

     Bran grabbed his belly, crowing like the idiot he was. “You shoulda known better than to ask, bro.”

     Leo was considering the most painful way to wipe the grin from Bran’s face when Mason said, “You fuckers need to back the fuck off and leave him the fuck alone.” The man rarely spoke, but when he did his sentences were littered with F-bombs. Mason once told them that was the Southie way. The word fuck could be used as every part of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs…

     “Of course you’re the one to jump to his defense when it comes to rebuffing the babes,” Bran scoffed.

     “Now what the fuck’s that supposed to mean?” Mason demanded, the vein running up the center of his forehead beginning to pulse.

     “How long has it been since—”

     Leo figured he better cut Bran off before he went any further. Number one, because Leo could see the bull’s eye was about to slide off his chest and attach itself to Mason’s. And since Mason had come to his rescue…well, then turn about was fair play. And number two, because Leo knew just how much talk of Mason’s past—and the effect Mason’s past was still having on his present—bothered him. “Gentleman,” he said, “I think it’s best of we table this topic of conversation.”

     To his great delight, right at that moment their waitress appeared with a tray laden with chicken wings and conch fritters, two of Key West’s official delicacies. “And speakin’ of tables, wait ’til you see what’s about to be laid on ours.”

     With a flourish the waitress unloaded the tray. She’d barely stepped back before the feeding frenzy began. As the flavor of buffalo sauce mixed with hops and barley on Leo’s tongue, he once again looked around at the five men who’d been with him through thick and thin. The five men who’d bugged out of the Navy with him after they all made that soul-shaking promise to a dying brother to start living life.

     Ones that weren’t filled with death and destruction. These meatheads might be a constant pain in Leo’s ass, but they also happened to be a constant comfort and an unending source of entertainment.

     Like family, his mind circled back to its original topic. And it gave him a sense of peace. A sense of contentment. A sense of…urgency.Because they were all depending on him to come through with the big score. He felt the weight of that responsibility as surely as an anchor chain around his shoulders. They’d all made that promise, and now it was up to him to help them make good on it.

     Letting his gaze skim out over the marina, he watched as the boats bobbed gently with the tide. Their metal fittings caught the rays of the full moon and glinted as sweetly as the treasure Leo and the guys were ready to start hunting. The Santa Cristina, that legendary ghost galleon, the holy grail of sunken Spanish shipwrecks…she was out there. Somewhere.

     And come hell or high water, we’re goin’ to find her…

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     Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

ARC Review: Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker

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by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Deep Six (#1)
Published by: Casablanca
July 7th 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 4 Stars


     Holy hot heater! I love Julie Ann Walker. I can honestly say that she is one of the few authors that I read this suspense genre from and she makes me love every minute of it. Even if from the beginning she tells you who the bad guy is, she finds a way to twist the story that lets you enjoy it and want to be a part of it.

     I started reading her BKI series and was getting a little sad that there were less characters to continue the series (she can't, after all, magically add more guys to the series without it having repercussions on the readers) and was glad that she took this secondary characters from BKI and gave them the spotlight (they definitively got my attention in Full Throttle).

     Another thing that I like about Walkers books is that they revisit the characters of the previous book, in this case Mad Dog, and gives you a little extra in what has happened in their lives since last you saw them. Not letting them just fade and/or disappear from the series.

     I am definitively reading the rest of this series, which I am already waiting impatiently for book 2, and can't wait for the next BKI book either.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: Lying in Bed by Jo Leigh

Lying in BedLying in Bed
by Jo Leigh
Published by: Harlequin
December 18th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Rating: 4 Stars





     This was a fun reading and also a heart tugging one.

     What Ryan needs and what Angie wants are one and the same although they don't want to acknowledge it. I almost cried at Ryan's confession at the workshop the last day and was pissed at him at the way he handled the day after. I mean prick much!

     Anyways, I love the story and the elements behind it. The way they went about solving the mystery and the bad guy. I just can't believe for what he used the freaking blackmail money!!

     The end of the book I would have liked something different like, I don't know, have something more concrete about their future. Maybe he took the job in DC and she transfer there. But all in all it was an amusing, interesting and slightly annoying (in a good way) read.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: Lust Unleashed by Desiree Holt

Lust UnleashedLust Unleashed
by Desiree Holt
Series: Night Seekers (#1)
Published by: Ellora's Cave
August 11th 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica
Format: eBook

Rating: 3 Stars




     Okay so I liked the story and the legend(I'm from PR), but there was something in it that didn't held my attention. It might be that I'm reading lately lots of erotic books or that there was many sex scenes and little story to it. It might be too the fact that Dakota and Jonah "fell in love" just so damn quick. I mean they couldn't have being together more that a week.

     But as for the chemistry between them and the story as a whole I liked it. Even though I would have like to have less of some things and more of others. I will definitively read the next one and see if it might improve a bit and held my attention best.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ARC Review: Highland Wolf Pact Compromising Positions by Selena Kitt

http://astore.amazon.com/wwwexcessicac-20/detail/B00YSJO86GHighland Wolf Pact: Compromising Positions
by Selena Kitt
Series: Scottish Werewolf Shifter (#2)
Published by: Excessica Publishing
June 2nd 2015
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Format: eARC
Source: Author

Rating: 5 Stars



     Well I got my wish. This is Kristin's book and like Sybil and Raife's I loved every single minute of it. This book takes place just a bit after Darrow is injured in the first book and before Raife and Sybil's reconciliation.

     It was fun to see how things happened in the first book behind the scenes as it were. How everything went about and how Donal was truly in cahoot with Kristin to make Raife talked to Sybil so she could explain.

     I was convinced by this story's development as they were looking for a cure since book one. And the way it was told it was truly believable. I was transported to the time this book took place and I felt the chemistry between Donal and Kristen from the beginning. And as with book one I like the fact that they didn't just fall onto bed together the first chance they got (although it was faster than Raife and Sybil, maybe because it was a shorter story) but it still hot as heck when they did.

     I liked how both books were interwoven and at the same time were completely apart. I really would have liked to get more books in the series (Lorein for example) but I think it's a trilogy with Highland Wolf Pact: Blood Reign been the last one.

     I can't wait for the last book but I'll still pray for more books.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

http://www.daryndajones.com/second-grave-on-the-left/Second Grave on the Left
by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson (#2)
Published by: St. Martin's Press
August 16th 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Humor
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed (Public Library)

Rating: 4 Stars



     This story had a lot of acronyms attached to it, among then been OMG and WTF. I couldn't read it fast enough (I'm not a fast reader plus I had to work) but it was worth every moment I spent on it.

     Charley is still witty and fun and charismatic. She is still 100 percent team Reyes (yes lady keep your eyes over there not my Swopes) and still been the best consultant for the police department in between doing her private investigator stuff and helping the dead find closure.

     I think Cookie should ask for more payment! She is a miracle worker and a fast researcher. But when this two get together there is some strong friendship in there even if Cooks is older that Charley. I think their friendship gives the story a more sentimental value then anything else and I don't think this books would work without that.

     As for poor Reyes that guy is more screwed with a capital F than any one person should. But he is the son of Satan after all so I don't think he can have it all sunshine and flowers. I just think the dude should get at least one brake from all the crazy.

     I can wait for more of this series and more of my man Swopes!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

http://www.daryndajones.com/first-grave-on-the-right/First Grave on the Right
by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson (#1)
Published by: St. Martin's Press
February 1st 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Humor, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed (Public Library)

Rating: 4 Stars



     It is said "never judge a book by its review". I confess that I just read 1 single review on this book and it was a bad one. I decided to try it then. When I'm trying to start a new author or a very popular series I tend to look for the baddest reviews I can find so that way I won't be disappointed if I don't like the book. But can you believe that hasn't happened yet? I think I go in expecting the worst and end up enjoying everything about the story because of it.

     This book was so outrageously funny it wasn't even funny (lol). Charley was witty, fun and quick to make fun of herself. She didn't let people get her down and was always getting in trouble. I don't think that girl is right in the head. I mean Danger and Will Robinson, really?

     I am in lurve with Swopes, I don't care what you say that man is swoon worthy and I  want him all to myself, so Charley girl keep your hands to yourself if you don't want to loose them and back off my man, you have Reyes.

     As for Reyes all I can say is just poor chap. I hope everything works out for him.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

15724908Persephone
by Kaitlin Bevis
Series: Daughters of Zeus (#1)
Published by: BelleBooks Publishing
May 31st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 5 Stars



     "Persephone..."

     That my friend is the start of the best journey I've had in quite a while and let me tell you it is a journey you cannot miss. I can't even put into words how much I liked this book. From the very beginning there is action, adventure and a slew of other thing that will grab your interest and not let you go even when the story is finished.

     This is the story of Persephone and Hades like you've never seen it before. It is a different story than what you are used to and that is part of the allure. Plus everything in the story has a purpose. You won't even guess how it all ends. It is one surprise after the other and it leaves you wanting more.

     I like that Persephone is attracted to Hades and even tho she is only 16 (until the end of the story when she turns 17) she was not obsessing about him and making the story revolve around that "how do I make him like me; am I wearing to much make up? Too little?" insecurities other teen books I've read focus on.

     I can't wait to read the next book and see what else is in store for this two characters (that little excerpt at the end has me needing more, it was not enough!)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Review: 10 Ways to Steal Your Lover by Dee Tenorio

10 Ways to Steal Your Lover10 Ways to Steal Your Lover
by Dee Tenorio
Series: Love by Numbers (#1)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
December 14th 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     This book made my think of the Hungover movie. Kane and Delilah wake up with no memory of the last 24 hours and need to retrace their steps to figure out how they ended up married on the honeymoon suite of the Crown Palace hotel and with bags full of money.

     It was very funny watching this two try to make sense of what they did the previous day/night.

"You beat up a boxer for me," Delilah said as people passed them, blinking as if she could hardly believe it.
He'd be affronted if he could believe it either. "You promised to still be impressed if I get arrested for you?"
The corners of her mouth curled upward, that impish, too-damn-sexy grin of hers forming at a slow, delicious pace. She sashayed forward in the line, looking at him over her shoulder in what could only be called sinful temptation. "I always did have a secret thing for bad boys."

     It was also a read full of touching and romantic moments. With a little sprinkling of sad, heartbreaking ones.

     Kane was determined to show Delilah they would be good together and Delilah for her part was confused as what to do since she was supposed to be married to Kane's best friend.

     I wanted to read Craig's story (Kane's BFF) but I think the author gaved up after this one book :( But I will hold hope that she will eventually write it.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

ARC Review: The Beautiful One by Emily Greenwood

23510358The Beautiful One
by Emily Greenwood
Series: The Scandalous Sisters (#1)
Published by: Casablanca
June 2nd 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 4 Stars




     This is a new author to me and I fell in love with Emily Greenwood's writing. This is a very unique story and it had me wishing I was a faster reader so I could devour the book in one sit but now that is over I want it to never have ended!

     Anna went into hiding after finding there is a book of nude drawings featuring herself. She was spied on and she knows if that book is connected to her she will be ruined. She ends up going to a school for girls and changing her name from Anna Black Bistrol to to just plain Anna Black. She ends up becoming the companion to Elizabeth Tariton the Viscount Grandville's ward in her journey to Stillwell.

     Anna's journey to finding love and helping Will come out of his funk and become the Viscount he was meant to be was heart moving and at times just too funny. I was surprised by the French Letter (condom) and had to look it up online. It is quite interesting to learn about new things. I didn't know condoms were that old! LOL I think what Will did with the tower for Anna at the end was really sweet and I'm glad everything worked for her.

     I look forward to the next book on the series which I hope it is Lizzie and Tommy's. In the mean time I have three more books to read by this author.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: Wed to a Highland Warrior by Donna Fletcher

Wed to a Highland Warrior (The Warrior King, #4)Wed to Highland Warrior
by Donna Fletcher
Series: Warrior King (#4)
Published by: Avon Books
October 30th 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 3 Stars




     Well I like the concept of the story. But there was something missing. I can honestly say that it is the first historically romantic book, specially a Scot one that are my faves, which I give it less than 4 stars.

     It might have being that everything was happening to fast or that everything was kind of the same in the way that Bliss was always waylaid and that it always was for the same thing. And also that there was no surprises. She knew that something was going to happened and I was always expecting it.

     I think there was something missing in the intimate moments as well. It was just to much on the surface and kind of fast. Other than that I think it was an okay story with many truths revealed and some tears shed.

     I would have liked more drama and more action. But that epilogue was awesome. I didn't know that was what he'd mumbled.



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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: Touch of Amber by Jayne Rylon

http://jaynerylon.com/touch-of-amber-2/Touch of Amber
by Jayne Rylon
Series: Hot Rods (#7)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
April 14th 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 5 Stars



     I'm sorry Barracuda but you just fell in second place. This is my favorite book on the series so far. I couldn't read this book in one sitting. My tears wouldn't let me! I had to stop many times to take a breather and stop the tears. Mrs. Rylon outdid herself with this one, and I thought Barracuda and Meep made my cry.

     My heart was hurting for Gavyn. It was just so heart breaking to see him struggle and break down. I also got pissed at him a little bit for pushing the people in his life who could help him. In the end I'm happy that he accepted the support of all and that he took the necessary steps to protect himself in the future; like the restaurant scene.

     I was also glad to see the Powertools and Hot Rods gang together again. That is something I like about Jayne's books. Just because their books are done the gangs don't fade to the background. And that ending? OMG I can't wait for Tom and Willy's book!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blog Tour The Way of the Warrior Anthology

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23158405-the-way-of-the-warrior
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Way of the Warrior
by Suzanne Brockmann,
Julie Ann Walker,
Catherine Mann,
Tina Wainscott,
Anne Elizabeth,
M.L. Buchman,
Kate SeRine,
Lea Griffith
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
May 5, 2015











Summary

     EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES

     To honor and empower those who've served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
     The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

The Authors

Suzanne Brockmann on “Home Fire Inferno”

     I write about a SEAL team, so my military heroes tend to show up in a rather large group! And although Home Fire Inferno focuses on Navy SEAL Dan Gillman (whose wife, Jenn, is about to have a baby!), you’ll also see quite a bit of Izzy Zanella, along with Mark Jenkins, Jay Lopez, and the inimitable Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok. Readers will also get to meet the SEAL with the face of a serial killer and the intriguing nickname HoboMofo . . . who happens to live with his mother and his ten-year-old daughter. But all the SEALs in this story would be in full agreement that family is the one word answer to the question “What is your military hero/ine most excited about returning to after active duty?”
     Honoring love and family is a long-held tradition in the U.S. Navy. A ritual called the First Kiss is still practiced for ships returning to their homeports. (Google “US Navy first kiss tradition” to see pictures that will brighten your day!) All married sailors, officer and enlisted alike, can take part in a lottery in which the winner is the first to disembark, greet, and kiss his or her spouse after many months away from home. It’s a huge deal, with boatloads of ceremony involved. This is the big, bad U.S. Navy, part of the most powerful military force in the world. But everyone—from admirals to seamen recruits—unabashedly recognize that the most important part of their homecoming lies in the arms of the men and women waiting for them.

Julie Ann Walker on “Hot As Hell”

     Despite running missions to the ass ends of the earth, Navy SEAL Michael “Mad Dog” Wainwright from Hot as Hell is a family man at heart.  Born and raised in Atlantic City, he longs for the sea when he’s conducting sorties in the desert.  Hankers for the boardwalk when he’s belly deep in some bog in the jungle.  And craves a slice of Tony Bologney’s pizza when he’d eaten one-too-many MREs – meals ready to eat – to count.  So when Michael gets time off from missiles and mayhem, you can bet your bottom dollar he races home to be with his two brothers and his mother and father. Together, they make a night of pizza, walks along the boardwalk, salt water taffy, and some tossing of the dice at one of Atlantic City’s seaside casinos.  It’s a bit of normalcy in a life that’s otherwise filled by the extraordinary.  A bit of fun in a world Michael knows can be full of horror and woe.  A bit of life to go along with so much death.  Michael “Mad Dog” Wainwright lives for those moments, for those homecomings.  They’re what he fights for…

Catherine Mann on “In Plain Sight”

     Tech Sergeant Gavin “Bubbles” Novak isn’t known for a sparkling wit, but his steely eyed focus on the job has made him the go-to guy in the most stressful of pararescue missions. Until a fateful military mission leaves him blind and ends his Air Force career. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his small Kentucky hometown with his seeing-eye dog and takes a job as a 9-1-1 operator. His first day on the job brings a voice from the past, the only woman who has ever blasted through that tough shell to reach his soul - his high school sweetheart Stacie Curry. She’s being stalked by her abusive ex-husband and he’s broken into her home.
     Stacie Curry thought she made the safe choice in marrying the hometown boy rather than leaving with brooding outsider Gavin. But her decision has led to a nightmare existence. Since her divorce, she is stalked and terrorized by her ex. When she calls 9-1-1, she’s stunned to hear Gavin’s deep voice on the other end of the line. And when she sees him face to face afterward, she’s shocked – and heartbroken – to learn he’s blind. But she soon finds Gavin will let nothing stand in the way of protecting her.
     Learning to overcome the loss of his sight and his Air Force career, Gavin comes to her rescue, protecting her, helping expose her ex … and rekindling their old romance with a blazing-hot flame.

Tina Wainscott on “Beauty and the Marine”

     Once the gorgeous golden boy of his small Georgia town, Marine Griff Tate returned home scarred from an explosion in Afghanistan. Now, the only people he sees are his family and the out-of-towners he takes hunting and fishing on their private acreage. Griff thinks that all he wants is to be with his family in the comfort of the woods in which he spent his youth.  He can barely look at himself in the mirror—how can he expect a woman to want to wake up to his ugly mug every morning?  But even a battle-scarred veteran needs love … even if he doesn’t know it!

Anne Elizabeth on “SEALed with Passion”

     Navy SEAL LT Cmdr Jonah Melo has his feet back on American soil. That's when the itchy-need begins--to get back into the action and/or to fill his time with something useful. Luckily, he's got an opportunity to jump in and do a building project for the Wounded Warriors. This particular house is special because it's going to be the home of his long-time friend Kevin Toms. Melo has participated in a lot of builds before, but seeing his buddy in a home that enables his happiness and mobility is going to top the list of experiences. If only he could be as blessed in love as he is in friendship.

M.L. Buchman on “NSDQ”

     U.S. Army Captain Lois Lang knows only one thing, flying combat search-and-rescue helicopters into the heart of the battlezone and getting her people back out. And when a CSAR mission gone wrong forces her to make the ultimate sacrifice—for her it isn’t a choice. Her crew and the wounded they’ve recovered always come first.
     But the battle that awaits her will test her limits. She can learn to walk again, but she must discover the strength to face what to do when she can’t fly.

Kate SeRine on “Torn”

     During his deployment, the thing that kept Joe Dawson going was the thought of returning home to Sadie—his best friend since childhood and the woman he’s been in love with for as long as he can remember. But a mission gone wrong has left him scarred—both inside and out. And when he and Sadie finally share an unexpected moment of passion, Joe has a hard time believing that Sadie could have feelings for the damaged man he has become and worries that her heart is being ruled by pity and not love.
     Those doubts are compounded now that he’s set to resume his duty as a deputy sheriff. With his father and three brothers already making names for themselves with successful law enforcement careers, the pressure’s on, leaving Joe torn between honoring the family tradition and leaving behind the only career he’s ever known outside the military.

Lea Griffith on her inspiration for “War Games”

     There are many things I could tell you about my stepfather. He married a wonderful woman with a tiny, 6 year old girl from a previous marriage who still wondered why her daddy couldn’t be a daddy—and then he became a stepfather and helped raise her. A strict disciplinarian he nevertheless was giving to a fault. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. (Side note: he refused to call it a “conflict”. He always said, “When people kill people like we killed people that’s a goddamn war.” Finally, I guess I’d tell you he was one of the most tortured souls I have ever known. In the midst of his torment, the nightmares and flashbacks, the anger that always simmered just below the surface there was a strength to be admired and it is that strength that makes him one of my heroes.
     My stepdad was born and raised in a little town called Tennille, Georgia. It’s nothing but country with field after field of corn and cotton and country folk living a simple life. When young men came of age they either went into the family business of cotton and corn or they went into the service and this is the route William Thomas Howell, Jr. took. He entered the Air Force and lost any innocence he might have once had running tactical rescue and recovery missions in Vietnam of which he would say nothing about. I remember asking him what war was like and he refused to answer. Then one day when he was talking about Vietnam—not the war, mind you, but the country itself—I asked him what he missed the most about home when he was “in country”. He smiled and for some reason my gut clenched and I remember wishing I hadn’t asked the question. But then he answered and I had to smile with him. “Lightning bugs,” he said. “Lightning bugs and Coca Cola.”
     My stepdad passed away almost nine years ago. He has missed the births of several of his grandchildren and the marriage of one of his children. But in the midst of his loss, he left a legacy that includes perseverance, giving and most of all a love of Coca Cola.
     Oh, and the lightning bugs. I cannot forget the tiny bugs with the “lights in their butts”. It seems the smallest bug made a light big enough for my stepdad to yearn for. They make me smile every time spring comes. And yes, because he made me smile with his longing for lightning bugs I taught my girls how to catch them and put them in a mason jar for a little while before you release them. This more than anything else has helped me remember him.

About the Authors

Suzanne Brockmann

     Suz Brockmann is the award-winning author of over fifty books, and is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's #1 Favorite Book of the Year and two RITA awards.


Julie Ann Walker

     Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.


Catherine Mann

     USA Today bestselling author Catherine Mann specializes in military romances with over 50 books in print. A RITA winner, she has also won the Bookseller's Best Award. Catherine's books have been widely released internationally including in Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Iceland, Australia, and Japan. She lives with her husband, who is a combat veteran and retired Air Force Colonel, near Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle.


Tina Wainscott

     Tina Wainscott has always loved the combination of suspenseful chills and romantic thrills. She's published fifteen romantic suspense novels, as well as ten paranormal romances as Jaime Rush. Losing her nephew, a Marine, in the war made her realize that our military men are really the perfect heroes. Not only during the war but afterward as they try to stitch their lives and souls together once they're home.


Anne Elizabeth

     New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth is an award-winning romance author and comic creator. With a BS in business and MS in communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego.


M.L. Buchman

     M. L. Buchman has over 30 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” He also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction. In addition to his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world. He is now making his living as a full-time writer on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife.


Kate SeRine

     Kate SeRine (pronounced "serene") is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.


Lea Griffith

     Lea Griffith began sneaking to read her mother’s romance novels at a young age. She cut her teeth on the greats: McNaught, Woodiwiss, and Garwood. She still consumes every romance book she can put her hands on, but now she writes her own. When not working as a Practice Manager for an Internal Medicine Physician, you’ll find her at her keyboard, writing. She loves romance and nothing is off-limits when it comes to her muse. Lea lives in rural Georgia with her husband, three teenage daughters, two dogs, a cat, and a Betta fish named Coddy George.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ARC Review: The Way of the Warrior Anthology

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23158405.The_Way_of_the_WarriorThe Way of the Warrior
by Various Authors (Anthology)
Published by: Casablanca
May 5th 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 5 Stars




     Every one of this stories was unique and even though most of them are part of an established series they can be read as a stand alone.

     I have to be honest and say that I've read only one of all this 8 authors and that is the only reason I requested this book. But I am really glad that I did because now I have more authors to look forward to reading. I am definitively reading the other books in the series of each author.

     In Hot as Hell (4 Stars) I would have liked this book to be longer. To show more in the life of the characters. There was something missing in the story and I think if the book was a novel instead I could have gotten what I wanted.

     In Plain Sight (5 Stars) was something different for me. When we read military romances the MC has either a missing limb, has PTSD or if gust flipping dandy. But what about those who's injuries leave them blind or deaf? Well here is one story that will tell you that they can get their HEA too.

     Torn (5 Stars) is a great start to this new series Protect and Serve which will be releasing it's first novel in November. This story even for been short had a lot going on and didn't leave you hanging. I loved the chemistry between Joe and Sadie and the way they protected each other.

     War Games (4 Stars) for me was like Hot as Hell, there was something missing. Maybe because it all happened in the span of 24 hours? I just would have liked it to be longer. For it to delve deeper into the story and the characters. But like Hot as Hell, it too was a great story. And if I'm not mistaken this is the only story not part of a series.

     In Beauty and the Marine (5 Stars) we got Griff who had been physically scarred in war and Kristy a model. I loved this story's "dirty" side. The mud races where very exiting and the chemistry between them was off the charts good. I just would have like like with all this stories that it was longer.

     NSDQ (5 Stars) was a very moving story because not everyone would have sacrificed themselves like that to save others. And it was a really beautiful thing what Clark did for Lois with the simulator. To show her that she couldn't have made a better choice if she had tried. To give her that little peace of mind.

     SEALed with Passion (5 Stars) I think it's the only story in which the MC will be going back to service. The author gives us a little of history the history between the characters and the reason with which Jonah left Alisha after a night together. But it all gets cleared up and now Jonah has to help Alisha finish up her work after he distracts her.

     Home Fire Inferno (5 Stars) is the only story I think you might need to read the previous books in the series to know where everyone is. But again it is not required. I understood the story all by it's own and I really liked it. The unity of the characters and the way they protect each other and all the willingness of each to do whatever they need to to keep others safe.

Monday, May 4, 2015

ARC Re-Release Review: Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

http://www.elizabethmossfiction.com/p/wolf-bride.htmlWolf Bride
by Elizabeth Moss
Series: Lust in the Tudor Court (#1)
Published by: Casablanca
May 5th 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 3.5 Stars



     I didn't know if I wanted to give this book 3 or 4 stars. This is one of the few books that I've given a .5 because I'm undecided.

     There where somethings that annoyed the itches out of me. Mostly that Eloise was always misunderstanding what Wolf was doing. I get the scene with the king (if she didn't believe Wolf everything would have gone down the hill), and at the beginning of their marriage (since she didn't know him) but the rest I just didn't get. She didn't even had a kernel of doubt. I mean he did ask her to trust him no matter what happened and she agreed with it.

     As for Wolf himself? Oh my! *Fans self* What a man. I think if the story was all from his POV this would have been a 5+ stars review. But alas it was not. He was very sure of himself and in his position within the king's ranks. Even that odious Cromwell with all his influence with the king didn't put a damp on his knowledge that the king was more likely to believe him that any of the court gossip.

     I will give this series a try again with the next book Rebel Bride since I was intrigued by Hugh throughout the book and more so after that ending. I just hope I don't get annoyed by Sussanah's POV.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon

http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/book/son-of-no-one/Son of No One
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunters (#25)
Published by: St. Martin's Press
September 2nd 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     Like every Sherrilyn Kenyon's DH book this one was a great read. We have Cadegan, an immortal warrior who has been punished for something that someone else thought was something someone evil could only do or someone on the path to evil (hope you understood that, lol). He was left to fend for himself for centuries and then in comes rescue in the form of Jossette.

     Jossette is cousin to the crazy Devereaux family. She, like Amanda before her, didn't believed in all the things her family believes in. Then she was in another dimension and even when everything felt like a dream she got a very rude awakening to the reality of her world.

     Cadegan is one of the few entities, like the Malakai and Ash, who has the power to end the world or save it.

     Also the Thorn revelation was an OMG moment, both who his son is (which I didn't know he had) and who his daddy is. I mean can this series can get any more f'ed up? I hope so cause I'm loving it.

     This series gets more interesting book by book and I don't see myself getting bored by it any time soon. Yes, like everything, there are some things that I like more than others so there are some books I like more than others, but the stories are still good and I can't wait to see a complete immersion of the CoN and DH series.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks

http://www.kerrelynsparks.com/books_past.htmlWild About You
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake (#13)
Published by: Avon
November 27th 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher

Rating: 5 Stars



     This story was one of the best on Mrs. Sparks repertoire of awesome books.

     Howard, as we who follow the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks know, is a were-bear. We also got a glimpse of his nemesis Rhett at Wanted: Undead or Alive.

     What we don't know, but are made to understand in this book, is that Howard and his clan are cursed. This curse comes from a thousand years back, based on betrayal and deceive.

     But as many a young generation Howard doesn't believe in it and pushes it aside like a crazy fairy tale his grandfather loves to tell. But as he discovers, the same way them weres, vamps, angels, etc. are good tales for us mare mortals, so is his curse. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean is not there.


     I'll mention the cover of the book really quickly as it was a mystery to me why the guy was grey. Well it is as simple as before and after Howard shifts he is momentarily colorless. And let me tell you that is so cool!

     Okay, back to the story. Shanna accidentally (or maybe not so accidentally) finds out Howard's obsession with Elsa Bjornberg a TV star for a re-construction program (Can we say Property Brothers (HGTV show) but with the addition of a sexy 6' tall blond in shorts?) and decides to call on her to fix the new house where she will be living with her family near the Dragon Nest Academy.


     But what no body can guess is that Howard's obsession with Elsa goes farther then mare attraction. When secrets and destinies are revealed their new found and growing relationship will be put to the test and it might come to an end sooner than they might like. Or will it?

     I couldn't have asked for a better story for Howard. I literally have nothing to say about the book that doesn't reveal anything. It was that good (at least for me). Kerrelyn does it again and I can't wait to read the next one.

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