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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton

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The Reluctant DomThe Reluctant Dom
by Tymber Dalton
Series: Suncoast Society (#4)
Published by: Siren Publishing
July 3rd 2012
Genre: Erotic Romance, BDSM, Contemporary
Format: eBook

Review: 5 Stars




     Okay so I started reading this book as a challenge. All I can say is WOW!! From the first page this book had me tearing up. Not crying mind you but with moisture on my eyes. And no I'm not ashamed to say it wasn't something in my eye.

     I sympathize with Seth about the heartache he went though as I had to watch my grandfather go though the same. There were funny things but there also was a lot of sadness.

     I admire Kaden's planing. Everything was conducted as if he still lived and he knew everything that was happening. Kinda spooky that. What got my fat running tears going was the time of his death. I gotta tell the truth. I was hoping for some miraculous recovery. A transplant, a laser treatment, anything.

     I can really say it's one of my fave erotic stories. If not the #1 at least in the top 5. I'm looking forward to reading Tony's story. Although I hope is not so sad.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Kayla's Gift by Jayne Rylon

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Kayla's Gift
by Jayne Rylon
Series: Powertools (#3)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
May 3rd 2011
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Format: eBook
Rating: 3 Stars


     In this next installment, Kayla has contracted the crew to help built her vision of a spa. In the mean time she has to fight her attraction to Dave and keep her real vision for the spa from the crew a little longer.

     When a snow storm is coming their way the crew must move quickly to make it home safely or be stuck on the mountain for the duration. But would it be so bad? From there the sparks fly and the chemistry between the three remaining single crew members is set loose. But will a members mistake threaten to end it all?

     I still insist that if the author expand the story it will be a hit! But well not all wishes come true.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Gone Country by Lorelei James

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Gone Country (Rough Riders, #14)Gone Country
by Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders (#14)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
December 11th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Cowboy/Western
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars



     OMG what a book!!

     I loved that Gavin could mend things with his family, specifically his mom, and that he could in the process find happiness and a sense of belonging. It was a very sad story that of his adoptive mama. But I'm glad he could give her at least some comfort.

     Another sad story was Rielle's as she struggle being a young mother. I admire her for her courage in finding change and sticking to it for the benefit of her daughter. We human beings are more comfortable with familiarity and rarely change from what we know.

     Throw in this mix Sierra, Gavin's "spoiled brat", and Rory, Rielle's "spoiled" daughter and you get a f**kload of trouble, misunderstandings, tantrums, and possible heartache.

     The last quarter of the book has my waterworks working overtime. What with Sierra and Boone, her ultimatum, and Gavin's choices. I'm just glad all worked for the best and can't wait for Dalton's book.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Review: Impulse by E. B. Walters

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23906007Impulse
by E. B. Walters
Series: Fitzgerald Family (#7), Infinitus Billionaire (#1)
Published by: Firetrail Publishing
January 30th 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     I can't tell you all how much I've been waiting for this book.

     This book is as good as all the previous ones in the Fitzgerald Family books. Lex is so sexy and wild and sophisticated and dark and such a man. I love that he goes after what he wants without apology and by any means necessary.

     I loved this story from beginning to end and am so glad that Ednah has thought ahead and instead of making it an ending, she made it a beginning. We got introduced to a new slew of characters and the idea that drought them together to form the Infinitus Agendum. I hope in the next book we deep a little deeper into this agenda and how they go about it to remain undetected.

     As for Lex and Jillian's story I can say that it surprised me. Specially Jillian's background. I would never have guessed what happened with the mafia people. It was all very misleading. But I loved every second if the book and I can say with certainty that Mrs Walters is a genius. She knows how to tell her stories and leaves you wanting more.

     I hope the next book is Dom's or Sloan, they where the two that grabbed my attention the most. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

ARC Review: Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder

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Filthy Rich
by Dawn Ryder
Published by: Casablanca
February 3rd 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Rating: 3 Stars

     It took me some time to warm up to this book. Nartan Lupan was a bit creepy and stalker-ish and Celeste was just to dang idiotic.

     I would have liked for the characters to have a little more interaction with secondary characters for the story to feel more real to me.

     I liked that the author put different POVs in the story but would have liked to have them a little earlier in the story, not in the last third of the book only. That way it would have had more meaning. I also started to get into the story about a quarter in. Nartan and Celeste's romance started to flourish and Celeste started to let down her walls down more and more as she noticed that Nartan was not like her ex-husband. He did not want to control her, just wanted to keep her safe.

     There are many a woman mistreated, but just a few of them let go of the fear they hold and see that there are good men out there and there are a lot of people who want to help them.

     I would like a story about Laura and Marcus, either together or each one having a book of their own. But what I'm really looking forward to is reading Tarak and Sabra's story Out of Bounds.

Welcome Author! Dawn Ryder

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     Welcome Dawn to my blog. I know sometimes authors get "blocked" and have a hard time getting back on track to finish the book before their deadline. So do tell where do you go or what do you do to get your muse back?



     I sew or clean something. Nothing like giving yourself the option of scrubbing the bathroom or finishing your scene to motivate. LOL. Honestly, sometimes it’s a mental discipline. Sure we all have moments of laziness. For that reason I tend to keep myself to a firm schedule. I get up with the rest of the house and put my tail in my desk chair. I often say I have the best job in the world but part of that statement is the word job. Don’t expect something from nothing. If all I do is make up excuses to not get down to working, well, all I have at the end of the day is a pile of excuses.

     Honestly though, I see my scenes in vivid color. Like every other writer I know, there was a moment when you just knew you had to write a story down or that character was going to drive you INSANE. Most of my books are like that. I sat down and started laying down my first story and it was hard. I honestly didn’t have enough respect for my favorite authors because…I kept typing….and typing and it still wasn’t finished. I mean really! It took serious time. And then…I needed to go back and look at what I’d written and well…to be honest…cringe. Did I really use the word ‘growl’ ten times on the same page? Uggg!

     Writing is an art. We’ve all read a bad book. It takes a gifted story teller to deliver a grand book. Something I know I undervalued. It was easy to critique a book when I’d never written one, just as so many of us are free with our opinions over movies but we still get excited to see the next one.
I enjoy reading more now. I enjoy getting that view into an imaginary world and taken along for the adventure. I enjoy knowing that author worked hard to entertain me and I want my own books to meet with the same approval.


18509612Filthy Rich
by Dawn Ryder
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Erotic Romance
February 3, 2015
ISBN: 9781402287152

“Tantalizing” – RT Book Reviews on Out of Bounds

SHE’S FIGHTING FOR CONTROL
Celeste Connor swore that she’d never be a victim again. After the hell of her abusive ex, the last thing she needs is to be under another man’s thumb. But when she catches the eye of fiercely dominant Nartan Lupan at her best friend’s wedding, Celeste finds herself drawn into a glittering world of wealth and power that has her body aching and her mind reeling.

HE’S FIGHTING TO MAKE HER HIS
Nartan is a filthy rich businessman who works hard, plays harder, and doesn’t take no for an answer—and he wants Celeste with a hunger he’s never before felt. He’ll do whatever it takes to have her. But Nartan didn’t expect that he’d want still more…

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Dawn Ryder is the erotic romance pen name of a bestselling author of historical romances. She has been publishing her stories for over 8 years to a growing and appreciative audience. She is commercially published in mass market and trade paper, and digi-first published with trade paper releases. She is hugely committed to her career as an author, as well as to other authors and to her readership. She resides in Southern California.

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Excerpt

A howl woke her.
     Celeste sat up and looked around the room.
     The sun had finally gone down sometime after ten. Now the stars were brilliant, and a yellow moon was casting an amazing level of light in the nighttime hours.
     There was a whimper and then another long howl.
     Alaskan wolves.
     She could sleep when she got back to Southern California.
     She got up and hurried into her jeans. Only the range light was on in the kitchen, but with so much moonlight coming through the windows, it was easy to get to the mudroom and lace up her boots.
     She opened the outer door slowly, sliding through to keep from moving it too much. A howl sounded, so much louder now that she was outside. She pressed the door shut and knelt down.
     The starlight illuminated the wolves. At least six of them were pawing the ground as they moved along the road that connected the house with the test facility offices. Those offices weren’t even in sight.
     But the wolves were.
     And so was Nartan.
     He was crouched down twenty feet away. Her breath caught as she took in the way he blended with the moment. The wolves made yipping sounds as they came closer, smelling the road and the air as they went.
     Nartan lifted his hand and beckoned her toward him. Her steps seemed too noisy, the crunching sounds grating on her ears. A wolf looked toward her and she froze.
     Nartan beckoned again, turning to look at her.
     The animal was still fifty feet away, but it was looking toward her. She bit her lower lip, afraid of spooking the animal.
     Nartan closed in on her, moving right up next to her.
     “He can smell you. You’re upwind. Come down here with me. He won’t worry about you then.”
     “Oh…”
     Nartan clasped her hand and pulled her down to where he’d been. He lifted his head, judging the wind. The wolf let out a yip and joined the rest as they scratched at the dirt and one another. Two of them would circle another, lowering their heads and yipping. The wolf in the center was the one who lifted its head and let out a long howl.
     “The alpha…” Nartan whispered.
     He had his arm draped around her, his scent filling her senses.
     Why did he smell so good?
     Not that it really mattered. He was still as pond water but his skin was warm. His attention was on the wolves, but she felt like it was on her as well. He shifted just a bit, and inhaled next to her hair.
     Fresh from bed, it was a soft cloud. She reached up, self--conscious about how messy it was. He caught her hand and stopped her as the alpha looked at them. The animal’s eyes were pools of moonlight. Its mouth was open, giving her a glimpse of its long canine teeth. It made a low sound before pushing its front paws out and stretching its neck up and tilting its head until its nose pointed at the moon. A long, mournful cry filled the night.
     It felt like she was suspended in time. They might have been anywhere, in any year.
     “Lower your head.”
     He tucked his chin and cupped her nape.
     “To show submission…”
     Celeste stiffened. Nartan chuckled in a bare whisper next to her ear. “To the alpha.”
     She bent, the wolf watching her before losing interest and moving along with the pack.
     Nartan massaged her neck, his fingers working the stiffness from the muscles as she straightened.        “Well done.”
     It felt like there was innuendo in his comment. But maybe she was just being too sensitive.
     To--be--dealt--with list.
     She drew in a deep breath and forced herself to relax. The wolves were moving away now, heading toward a forested area. The alpha looked back at them before it disappeared into the timber.
     “That was amazing,” she whispered.
     Nartan’s hand was under her hair, the touch so intimate that she was loath to pull away. He threaded his fingers through her hair, pulling his hand free as he finger--combed the strands. He watched her as he did it, his eyes reflecting the moonlight just as the alpha’s had.
     He was in his element.
     Call it cheesy or lame but she couldn’t shake it.
     So she rose, backing away from him as he stood. His shirt was open all the way down his front, his jeans sagging low on his waist because he didn’t have a belt on. And his feet were bare.
     “Aren’t you cold?”
     He slowly smiled and extended his hand. “Judge for yourself.”
     She started to reach for him and froze. Indecision held her in its grip as the wind blew her hair around. One of his dark eyebrows rose as she hesitated.
     Chicken…
     She reached out and touched him. Allowed her fingertips to rest on his forearm for a moment that felt like a mini eternity. It ended when he twisted his arm around and captured her wrist. He stepped up to her, pulling her toward him. She could have broken the hold, if she was able to think.
     Which she wasn’t.
     Her brain seemed to have shut down. Somehow, she was caught in a storm of sensations, completely unwilling to think about anything. She simply wanted to experience the moment.
     Well, it was quite a moment.
     Rich with scents and sensations that were intoxicating. His breath teased her ear and then her cheek. A shudder shook her, sending a tiny gasp through her lips. Nartan took advantage of her parted lips, pressing his down on top of them and tasting them slowly.
     God, how long had it been since she’d been kissed?
     Pleasure flowed through her, gaining strength like a flame catching a wick. Sure, she knew that a candle was for lighting, but until it was lit, the memory of how bright it could shine was dim.
     She stepped back. Startled by how much she liked his kiss.
     She wanted more.
     A hell of a lot more.
     But she turned and headed back into the house before she could do anything impulsive.
     Moon madness. That was all.
     Only she wasn’t really sure if she would ever be sane again.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review: Bloodmare by Carmen Faye

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Bloodmare
by Carmen Faye
Series: Chrome Horsemen MC (#1)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
July 23rd, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Free on Amazon
Rating: 2 Stars

     This book can use some serious editing. Love the cover and the general idea of the story but that's about it.

     The author went a little nutty on the sex scene and ruin it with all the explanations about erogenous zones and what not. We don't want to know what they are just how they feel when rightly manipulated.

     And what's this about the "deja vu" thing. Unless this has some paranormal aspects to it I don't buy it. Usually, when you have a deja vu episode it's because something triggers it, a smell most likely. And it's not so frequent or just because you want to know something specific about a person. And most definitively not something about the future.

     I just read the book because it was free and I needed it for a challenge so it is not surprising when I say I won't be reading any more by this author.

Friday, February 6, 2015

ARC Review: Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen

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Earls Just Want to Have Fun
by Shana Galen
Series: Covent Garden Cubs (#1)
Published by: Casablanca
February 3rd 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Rating: 4 Stars

   If you know me you know that my favorite genre is Historical Romance, but you also know that I am very picky as to the authors I read in this genre as not everyone knows how to write it. Well it is with absolute certainty that I tell you that I am glad I decided to try Ms Shana Galen. This book had me glued to it from the first page.

     It was a bit confusing with the words that Marlowe spoke (flash ken, swell, bubble, etc.) at first but then I got the gits of it and was easier to understand her. But I'm sad to say that's way this book it's not a five stars for me. I just couldn't enjoy it every time she made a reference with those kinds of words.

     As for the rest I loved the story. It was funny and full of action and adventure. I liked the part where Lord Dane "shooed" away the three boys and made Beezele? (I don't remember his name at the moment). It showed to Marlowe that he really cared what happened to her. And that was really something that she needed to know.

     Last thing I have to say is that again if you know me you know that I love a good book that makes my cry. Well this book did that. In fact I bawled my eyes out with that ending! I knew how they where going to figure it out but the events before just about ripped my heart. I can NOT wait for the next book which I hope is Brook's or Gideon's.

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     His heart may be the last thing she ever steals...

     Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker-and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London's Seven Dials. It's a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she's alone, she allows herself to think of a time before-a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.

     Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.


     Hello Shana and welcome to my blog. I have to say that Earls Just Want to Have Fun was an interesting read as you'll by able to read in my review. But I have to ask how does a story come to you? (A dream, la la land, etc.)

     I don’t know. That’s one of those things I don’t think about too much because I don’t want to jinx it. I will say that I’m heavily influenced by popular culture. My books have been inspired by movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the James Bond series, and Disney’s Tangled. Sometimes a song will inspire me or a trope, like “second chance at love.” Mostly, it happens randomly when I ask myself, what if… What if a thief and an earl were thrown together? What would happen? That’s the basic setup for Earls Just Want to Have Fun, but the overarching series idea came from Oliver Twist. I just never know where I’ll get an idea!

     Those are interesting ways to get inspired to write a book. I mean, who doesn't like Tangled? This book is definitively going along those lines. Now talking about inspirations, hat do you do/where do you look for inspiration when you have writers block?

     What a great question. It’s interesting because I don’t get “writer’s block.” I always have something to write when I sit down and get to work. I think for me, writer’s block comes in the form of not feeling like sitting down to do the work, just like anyone else who’s ever had a day they don’t feel like doing their job. I set page goals for each day, so I know where I need to be at the end of the day. That helps keep me on track even when I don’t feel like writing.
     Once in a while, I find that I’m not sure of what a character should say in answer to another character or how I should begin a new scene. Usually, if I get up and walk around for a few minutes either to get a drink or put laundry away, I figure it out. There’s something about moving and doing something that takes my mind off the problem that allows my unconscious to work it out for me.

     I hope you never get it. I hear it's not fun. But you mention sometimes you don't know what your characters should say to one another so can you tell me what is the most frustrating thing when dealing with your characters?

     The most frustrating thing for me is that I have one vision of my characters at the start of a book and about halfway through I realize that I didn't really know them at all in the beginning. I always have to go back and revise the first few chapters because as I write I get to know my characters better, and they become more real to me and less like the cardboard inventions in the first few chapters.

     It's good to hear that they become real to you and not just a chore to be done as they definitively become real to us readers and we sometimes identify with them or their situations move us to try and be better. Like Lord Dane was moved by Marlowe's situation.

     Thanks for coming and I hope to read more of your books soon.


Shana GalenShana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books " lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ShanaGalen) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/shanagalen). Visit her website at www.shanagalen.com


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: Harvest Heat by Carol Lynne

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Harvest Heat
by Carol Lynne
Published by: Ellora's Cave
January 9th 2009
Genre: GLBTQ, Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 3 Stars

     It's been ages since last I read one of Carol's books. She was my first GLBT author and I still can't get enough of her stories. Her characters always fall in love almost instantly but it is the challenges they go though to keep that love above all else what really catches the heart and gives the characters substance and a way for us to identify with them.

     In this book we have Jamie, an American tourist trying to resign himself to the fact that he will be stuck with a job he doesn't want when he goes back to Kansas. But what he really wants is to follow on his granddad's footsteps and work the land. There is also Lachlan, an Australian farmer trying to work his ranch on his own and make it through the harvest before the birds eat all his seeds.

     Like most of Carol's books they fall in love quickly in the book (although a couple weeks has already pass in the story) but it is the challenges they go through to prove their love is stronger than anything that might happen that put the tears in your eyes.

     That is what I like most of Carol Lynne's books. They reach your heart and worm their way in until you have no choice but to feel deep what the characters are going through and fight your need to shed a few tears. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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11235712Cinder
by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles (#1)
Published by: Square Fish
January 3rd 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     I don't usually read Sci-Fi or fantasy books as they have words invented by the author that I have no idea how to even pronounce or what the author want them to mean. But I've been wanting to read this book for a while (I'm a visual person so most my books I get because of the cover). Well I'm glad I finally got around to reading this book.

     It is an interesting and new re-telling of Cinderella. I just loved it. I would never have in a million years thought of the twists this author has put in the story. Ms Marissa Meyer just shed some hope for this genre in my future.

     There are some mysteries still to be uncovered and I'm looking forward as to how this story is going to end as it was left in the open what will happen to Cinder and what is Emperor Kai going to do. It also has different characters with each book so I'm eager to see how is all going to be played and how all this will fit together in the end.