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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

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The Darkest Kiss
by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld (#2)
Published by: Harlequin HQN
June 1st 2008
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Rating 4 Stars

     It is very frustrating when you want to read a book so badly but have to keep pushing it back because you need to read some other books (that you've made a compromise to read) first. Well finally I was able to read this one after months of pushing it to the back burner.

     What can I say! When I first read this series I was looking to start a new series and was given Lords of the Underworld as a challenge read and couldn't wait to read more. This series takes place in a world where gods are at war with titans and that immortals in between have to do their dirty work or pay the consequences while been hunted for the demons that possess them.

     This stories are full of action, adventure, romance and sacrifices made in the name of love. What I liked about this story is that it kept me guessing. I kept thinking that Lucien was going to find a way to break Anya's curse. Then I kept thinking that Ms Showalter was going to let Anya keep the key somehow. I also kept thinking that somehow Lucien was going to convince Anya of his love and that with time she was going to remember. But guess what? Yup that's not what happened.

     I was surprised at every turn with the clever ways Ms Showalter kept spinning the story and how she was able to make it all work. I just can wait to see what else is in store for this poor demon-warriors, I mead Aeron? Paris? This woman is crazy!!

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Review: Daamon's Choice by Jory Strong

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Daamon's Choice
by Jory Strong
Series: Fallon Mates (#5)
Published by: Ellora's Cave
December 20th 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, GLBT, Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 3 Stars

     The books before this one I liked more. Maybe because they where helping their race?

     The females of Belizair can't have children because of a virus and the males are trying to help with it. In the mean time they are taking human women with the Fallon genes and mating with then because only solution they've found so far.

     Daamon d'Vesti was sent to earth to protect Grayson since he is a brilliant scientist and his work can help the females of Belizair with their fertility problem. Daamon is attracted to Grayson but he doesn't act on them because the d'Vesti society (much like earth) disapproves of this same sex relations. But when another d'Vesti acts on them in front of their society he is more than willing to try it with Grayson, with the condition that he tell his parents first.

     Daamon was matched with an earth female and I thought that he was going to share her with Grayson (after all the previous books are all threesomes), but Grayson doesn't have the Fallon gene so it didn't happen. The story just stayed with Daamon and Grayson.

     I was a bit disappointed but the author says that she sees the coming stories going the way a was thinking so I'm kind of happy about that and can't wait to read about the human males helping with this races problems.

Monday, March 16, 2015

ARC Review: Married to a Perfect Stranger by Jane Ashford

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21996365Married to a Perfect Stranger
by Jane Ashford
Published by: Casablanca
March 3rd 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 5 Stars




     Lately I have been in a reading funk but I am glad to report that this book has help me with that. From the first page I was sucked in and loved every minute of this story.

     This story was very different from any other historical romance I've read. First, the MCs were already married. Then they are not from the ton, they are what you'd call middle class in this times.

     John is trying to advance in his work, we could say he is trying to get promoted, by going above and beyond his job requirements. Meanwhile his wife is trying to help him as best she can, but with her skills to see beyond what's on the surface of what a person shows the word when she is painting, she might be more of a hindrance or will she?

     The characters are flawed, which makes them more human. It gives them characteristics with which to identify with. I laughed with the monkey scene. The situation with his and her family made a little sad. The MCs were just put together because their family thought of them as being just mindless, gullible people with no thoughts of their own? That is just some messed up family issues.

     This is the first time I've read this author and I can say that I'll be reading her again. I just hope Caroline and Conolly get a book of their own too.

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     Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!

     Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.

     When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.

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     Grant stepped out from behind the curtain to a roar of applause. The minute the lights hit him, Pepper felt her heart skip a beat in her chest like she’d been hit with paddles of a defibrillator. He was wearing a black, slim-fit suit with a black shirt and tie. Even though he was indoors and it was nighttime, he was wearing his trademark Ray-Ban sunglasses. The glasses always seemed to accent the square line of his jaw and the sharp angle of his nose.

     His full lips curled into his charming smile, with the slightest hint of a dimple visible on his cheek. It reminded her of him looking at her, just like that, from between her trembling thighs.

     Damn him for being so sexy. His confidence made him that much more attractive. And frustrating. And irritating. Her fingers itched to reach for her paddle, but she resisted. She wasn’t going to pay for his time, even when he smiled at her that way.

     “The lucky lady with the winning bid will go with Grant to a romantic dinner at Brio’s in Birmingham and if she likes, he’ll take her on an exhilarating ride down a windy country road on the back of his motorcycle.”

     Pepper could almost see all the wild fantasies rushing through the heads of every woman in the room. It was a nice thought—hair blowing in the wind, thighs clamped around Grant’s narrow hips, arms wrapped around his waist. Even she could imagine the hard feel of his abs beneath the thin cotton of his T-shirt and the vibration of the engine against her most sensitive parts. There was a rumble of approval as they readied their paddles and sized up their competition.

     Good luck to them, Pepper thought.

     Like a beach ball bouncing around the room, the bids flew fast and furious. Before long, they’d topped three thousand.

     Suddenly Pepper felt awkward. Even though she and Grant weren’t dating, she didn’t exactly want to sit around and watch other women battle for him. Looking around the room, she spied Adelia Chamberlain coming back to her table with a glass of ice water. Maybe another drink would help. Or perhaps it was the right time for a restroom break. She could beat all the other women that would rush the ladies’ room when the auction ended.

     Pepper slipped her purse onto her shoulder and picked up her paddle so she could dump it in the bathroom trash can. “I’m going to get some air,” she whispered to Ivy, then started to get up.

     The ambush was sudden and unexpected. When they first came in Pepper had noticed the cable that the A/V people had taped to the floor, but the room was much darker now. Adelia didn’t see it and caught the toe of her shoe on it. She didn’t fall, thank goodness, but she did stumble, slinging her full glass of ice water into Pepper’s lap.

     With a cry of surprise and alarm, Pepper leapt out of her chair, holding her arms high to avoid the water that practically covered her from neck to knees.

     “Four thousand!” Allison Price announced from the stage.

     The MC’s words were an even larger shock to Pepper than the water. She turned her head toward Grant and the action onstage. He was looking straight at her with a wide smile of confidence across his face. He winked at her, and Pepper felt her stomach sink into her boot. Allison was pointing in Pepper’s direction, trying to coax a higher bid out of the audience.

     Yes, please, she screamed in her head. Make it forty-five hundred. Hell, make it four thousand and one penny. Just outbid her. She was answered with deafening silence. The only one in the room making a sound was Allison up on stage. It seemed that suddenly, all the battling women seemed to give up. Even Grant wasn’t worth that much, it seemed, and she agreed.

     “No!” Pepper shouted, but there was no stopping it.

     “Going once . . . going twice . . .”

     “I didn’t mean to—”

     “Sold! To the lady in the blue sweaterdress, paddle twenty-two!”

     Pepper looked down at her dark blue sweater, suddenly made even darker by the spreading water mark. Her damned paddle, the one she never wanted to begin with, was still in her hand. She watched as it slipped from her fingers, clattering to the ground in slow motion as the gravity of the situation caught up with her. Four thousand dollars. She’d just bid four thousand dollars. Because of well-aimed ice water.

     “Oh, Pepper,” Miss Adelia fussed, dabbing her with an inadequate cocktail napkin and shaking off the well-meaning hands of the folks that were more concerned about the older woman nearly falling. “I am so sorry. I didn’t even see that silly cord,” she said. “Is your dress okay?”

     She couldn’t respond. All Pepper could do was close her eyes and try to keep the tears of frustration and aggravation from rushing down her cheeks.

     She had just paid four thousand dollars for a date with Grant Chamberlain.

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     Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.




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Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: The Last Arakad by Guillaume Wolf

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The Last Arakad
by Guillaume Wolf
Series: The Last Arakad (#1)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
April 20th 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
Rating: 3 Stars

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     This book is divided in three parts. The first part Maya and Thomas the main characters (brother and sister) are introduced and their situation. Their dad died in an accident. After his dead they start losing everything. Their mother starts drinking and then is diagnosed with cancer. And they are contacted by Uncle D, a friend of their father. When this things start to happen Uncle D makes them a deal. They move to Paris to work with him and he gets treatment for their mother. After they meet Uncle D he explains what the Arakad's are and that he wants to initiate them.

     Part two starts with a series of murders that affect Uncle D and the Arakad teachings. Here we are introduced to the Thaalung (you know there has to always be "the bad guys") what they do and what they want. Maya and Thomas are pushed to advance their training to help (although they don't know it yet) and forced to leave Uncle D's apartment. They are part of a prophecy and sought by the Thaalung who want to kill them (they were the ones who kill their father) to win the battle between good and evil. They go in search for the Old One and meet Markus. Then they suffer from a loss and Thomas rebels against Uncle D and his teachings. Because of it he goes to stay at Markus'. Mean while Uncle D goes to Egypt to find more info on the Thaalung and some things he's being missing about all this prophesy thing. While there he completes his training and becomes the Last Arakad Master and learns that Maya and Thomas are in danger. Back in Paris Maya goes to Markus' home to keep Thomas safe and discovers some weird things about Markus and his energy drink the "Nix Elixir" but it might be too late.

     On the third and final part of the book Maya and Uncle D are chased by the Thaalung. Maya is trained to fight Markus and in the process of finding herself and her center, she discovers her destiny.

     I liked this book's story. It was very motivating and heartfelt. In the mist of chaos and loss we still can find love where we least expect it.