Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Outing the Quarterback by Tara Lain


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Summary:

Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he's gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.

In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will's problems seem like nothing compared to Noah's. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn't happy about.

When a gossipmonger with a popular YouTube channel finds evidence that Will is gay, the quarterback’s closet doors begin to crumble. Hounded by the press and harassed by other players, Will has to choose. Stay in the closet and keep his family’s wealth, or let the doors fall off and walk out with nothing. Nothing but Noah.

Title:  Outing the Quarterback
Series:  Long Pass Chronicles
Book #: 1
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  237 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

This was a fabulous start to a new series. It was a fast, easy read and I loved pretty much everything about it. When you read a Tara Lain book, you can be assured that you’ll get authenticity. This book definitely keeps in line with that authentic feel that’s in all her work.

I love how everything played out with Noah, with Masterson, and with Will’s father. It was very realistic rather than over dramatized. I absolutely adore the people. Jamal and his family are wonderful and every character is multidimensional. I can’t wait for the next book!

Bottom Line:

Outing the Quarterback sucked me in from the very beginning and had me glued to the page through Noah and Will’s journey to the very end. Swoon the same way I did by grabbing this awesome read.

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About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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Excerpt

“You’re not telling me that your own parents don’t know you’re gay? No way.”

“Way. I’ve never come out to them.”

Noah opened his mouth, then closed it. Being alone looked better and better. “How is that possible? Did you just decide you like guys last week or something?”

“No. I think I pretty much knew when I was twelve.” He smiled. “Our neighbors had a son who was about sixteen. His bedroom was across from mine. I used to peek through the curtains and watch him dress. Watched him jerk off too. Man, he did that a lot.” Will laughed. “I got hard every time, and I ended up beating my meat as much as he did. One day I finally realized that he had a sister who walked around the backyard wearing, like, nothing. I never looked at her, just him. That’s when I got worried.”

Had Noah ever been worried about being gay? Maybe a little. “But you date a girl. I saw you with her hanging all over your body.” “Yeah. For the last couple years I’ve had sex with girls. I hoped I was bi.” He leaned his elbows on his knees and shook his head. “It doesn’t work very well. I even had to take Viagra once. I finally gave up and broke up with her.”

“When?”

“Today.”

“Jesus.”

He smiled, kind of sad. “Yeah, it’s been a helluva day.”

“So are you going to come out now?”

His golden eyebrows drew tight above that straight nose. So damned Aryan. “I wish I could. No, that’s a lie. I dread the whole thing. But the truth is, if I come out, the whole team takes it in the ass. Other teams will harass me, which means my guys will defend me. Some of them will. And they’ll get suspended for fighting. Anyway, it’s a fucking mess trying to come out in team sports. I’ve got to wait until after I graduate.”

Noah frowned. “If big-time athletes like you never come out, it will never change.”

“I get that and I hate to say this, but I’ve got enough shit in my life without carrying the damned rainbow flag.”

Noah sucked in his breath to call the guy a pussy. And stopped. Coming out had been no big deal for him. Just one more weird thing about weird Noah. No one expected anything different. Will’s life was another whole pile of bullshit. Different but maybe not better. “So why did you come here?”

The green eyes glanced up, then away. “To tell you I didn’t lie to you about my name because I wanted to deceive you. I’m just so deep in lies I can’t see over the top.”

“Why?”

“Why what?”

“Why did you want me to know? Why did you care?” He held his breath.

Will frowned. “Did you just have sex with Masterson?”

What the—? He pushed himself back on the couch. “What the fuck business is that of yours?”

He didn’t look up. “If you’re committed, spoken for, I want to know, that’s all.”

“Nobody speaks for me. I’m committed to no one. And I’ll have sex with whomever I please, got it?”

Will looked up from under his eyebrows, and this time he grinned. “I just wanted to check to see if you were too tired.”

Noah suppressed a snort. “What makes you think I’d want to have sex with you?” He tried to keep his lips from turning up. “You kissed me, remember?”

The smile must show by now. “What if I didn’t like it?”

“Not an option.”

“You think you’re that good, huh?”

Will steepled his fingers in front of his own smile. “Yep.”

“I might catch girl cooties from you.”

“You’ll have to take that chance.”

Noah cocked his head at the big, handsome quarterback. Did he dare suggest it? Hell, the guy ate painters for breakfast. “There’s just one thing, jockoid.”

“What?”

“I like to top.”

“Oh. My. God.”


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

REVIEW: A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

Mana can communicate with the dead, but she’s out of her depth when a soul attaches itself to a canis and declares himself the soul of an old friend’s long dead father. What’s worse is that she’s stuck with Vaughn and can’t tell him where she’s getting her information, nor does she dare divulge her secret fantasies that very much involve him. Vaughn is a warrior, but Mana calls to his softer side, at least when they’re alone. Outwardly he needs to be just as intimidating as ever while treachery lurks around every turn.

Thoughts:

I loved book one of this series, so I was really excited to delve into the sequel. I have to admit, I feel let down. I liked some of the banter between Vaughn and Mana, and even many of the other characters seen periodically. I liked the canis angle and thought it was fun, even though we’re never made to be fans of Vaughn’s father from stories of him both in this book and the last. I liked Mana’s spirit walking. The plague comes into play again from the first book, and yay for closure on that. Ultimately though, it doesn’t overshadow the flaws.

This definitely doesn’t work as a standalone. There are many story arcs that stem from the previous book so if you haven’t read it before diving in, you’re going to be pretty lost. Speaking of story arcs, there were quite a few, and because they didn’t all mesh, it made for some confusion as the reader tries to figure out which conflict is the one to take the most interest in. The spirit walking made for a slower pace, while I felt other times were too fast paced, such as some of the action sequences and the romance as a whole.

I LOVED Vaughn in the first book and so looked forward to reading his tale, but he didn’t seem the same. He’s still gruff and all, but he just seems a little softer, and not just because of Mana. Mana, while she’s got some brave moments that were endearing, she largely comes off as painfully naïve, and occasionally a little slow. Old Father tried to tell her something about her soul mate, and it seemed to go right over her head. Their romance seemed a little forced sometimes too, which was disappointing. Overall, A Feast of Souls has some inconsistencies and just lacks that magic that made the first book great. That being said, I was still satisfied to have learned their story, seen more of Vaughn’s home and history, and find closure on certain plot lines.

A Feast of Souls is definitely one of those sequels where the first was far better, and it had some flaws, but you get more of the fascinating world of the Aranaea, and satisfying closure to storylines beginning in A Hint of Frost. I think it’s worth a look.


Friday, September 26, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Twice the Growl by Milly Taiden


Talia Barca needs a date. Badly. She uses the services of the Paranormal Dating Agency hoping for a decent guy to take to a family wedding. A wedding her ex-husband has wormed his way into as a guest.

Connor and Theron want Tally to complete their Alpha triad. She's sexy, curvy and funny. But she's human. And they're not sure she'll go for a relationship with two men at the same time.

As if deciding to give two men a shot wasn’t difficult enough, Tally will also need to deal with a threat from the pack. She'll either prove she's strong enough to be an Alpha mate or find herself at the mercy of a vicious opponent.


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Talia Barca stared gloomily at her drink. How would she ever survive the next time she saw her ex-husband? The rat bastard.

“So what are you going to do?” her cousin, Nita Islas asked. The soft question broke through Tally’s misery.

“I don’t know,” she muttered and lifted her amaretto sour to her lips. She gripped the cold glass tightly so the shaking of her hand wouldn’t cause her to let it drop. Stupid nerves. There was no real reason to be nervous and yet she was. So what that she hadn’t seen her ex in years. Her entire family had been invited to her cousin’s upcoming wedding, a wedding he’d also attend. That meant nothing. Okay, it did mean she had to see his dumbass again. To make matters worse, if she didn’t attend she’d look like she hadn’t gotten over him. How stupid was that when she’d been the one to put in for the divorce in the first place.

“Stop thinking so hard, babe.” Nita shrugged her shoulders. Her black, wide-neck top dove to the side and showed off a sparkly bra strap over golden brown skin. “I mean our entire family should know at this point that he was a jerk to you.”

“You already know they think it was miscommunication. Makes shit worse that he’s been great to most of them. That’s why they never really pushed him out of their circle.” She swallowed a gulp of her drink, draining what was left in the glass.

“If my parents weren’t traveling most of the year they’d support you too. This isn’t fair if you ask me. I mean the guy was a dick to you.”

A dick with a small dick. That’s what she’d called him once she’d given up on trying to make shit work. She sighed. An entire week near Paul of wedding festivities was not what she was looking forward to. He had a god-complex the size of Texas. It made no sense since he didn’t have the body or equipment to back that up. Not even something a person should be proud of. He was an all-star asshole.

“I’ll think of something.” Tally sighed. She’d better think of something ASAP or she’d have to decline attending and that would look even worse. She didn’t hide from shit, but Paul was one of those people that the mere thought of him gave her a headache.

Nita slapped her drink on the table with a thump. “What about Mrs. Wilder?”

“Gerri? My neighbor?”

“Yes!” Nita leaned forward. “Didn’t she tell you as we were walking out tonight that she’s running her business from her apartment in your building?” Nita’s brown eyes widened with excitement. “If I recall, she said it’s a matchmaking or dating service or something like that.”

Tally frowned and swept a long black curl behind her ear, trying to remember the conversation. Mrs. Wilder was her older neighbor from across the hall and a lot of fun. They were the only two on her floor and so Tally visited the older woman quite often. The reason was more so she wouldn’t feel alone than Mrs. Wilder being old. Tally didn’t really get along with her family thanks to asshole Paul. Now her days were either spent with Nita or Mrs. Wilder. The older neighbor always had a ton of male visitors. She came from a huge family and she’d mentioned some of her grandsons would be moving in to the building in the next few weeks.

“She did say something like that,” Tally mused.

“Well, there you go!” Nita passed her empty glass to the waitress, grabbed a fresh one and lifted it to her lips. “Problem solved.”

Maybe. Or maybe she’d be in deeper shit if she allowed the elderly woman to mess with her personal life. When it came to men, Tally had some seriously sucky luck. She glanced around the bar that was located a few blocks from her building. The crowd was younger than she cared to be surrounded with, but in a college town, it was bound to happen. At thirty-two, she’d started to feel like a miserable old lady surrounded by hot young men. She didn’t see how her personal life could get any better.

“You need to talk to more men,” Nita said as if reading her mind.

“I’m too old for dating,” she grumbled but smiled at the waitress who’d given her a new drink. “I’m about to get my cat lady starter kit any day now. Men are too much work.”

Nita laughed. “You’re insane. You’re gorgeous! What the heck would possess you to say you’re too old? Thirty is young!”

“Thirty-two.”

Nita rolled her eyes. “It isn’t like you’re ninety.”

“Sure feels like it,” she whispered with the drink by her lips. She winced at how strong it was. Apparently the waitress felt she needed more than her usual dose of liquor. Tally had to agree. She needed a damn miracle.

“All you have to do is stop dating the wrong men,” Nita stated matter-of-factly.

She pinned Nita with a glare. “I thought that’s what I was already doing. I mean I work at a damn lawyer’s office. I don’t date any of those assholes. But why is it that when I meet what seems to be a nice, decent man, he turns out to be some kind of double bastard with a side of dickhead?”

Nita’s brows curved up. “Wearing a suit to work doesn’t mean you should live in one. Cut loose, woman!” She exhaled loudly and pointed a red-tipped fingernail at Tally. “You need to get laid properly.”

“Shush!” She glanced around the bar. A couple of the younger guys threw winks in their direction. Flames of embarrassment heated her cheeks. “You’re going to get us kicked out of here.”

Nita giggled. “What I’d like is to get you hooked up.”

“I’d settle for a date.”

Nita shook her head. “No. We need drastic measures here. You need to get laid.”

“Nita!” She gasped, covering the side of her face with her hand. “Shut up! You make me sound like a desperate cougar.”

“Aw come on, Tally. I hate that you have to worry about a date for a family function. You’re such a wonderful woman. This isn’t something you should be stressing. You should be kicking men out of your door every night.”

Right. Because she was such a wild one. Not. With her black-framed glasses, unruly, curly hair, larger than most women curves, and somewhat bitchy personality, she didn’t really see herself as a femme fatale.

“I think you’ve had too many of those drinks.” Tally smiled and patted Nita’s hand. “I’ll figure something out. I might ask Mrs. Wilder for some help. Who knows? Maybe she can succeed where I haven’t.”

“I like Mrs. Wilder. I don’t care that she can probably chew me into little pieces even at her old age.” Nita scrunched her nose. She twirled the small straw in her glass in circles. “It’s a good thing she likes you, and therefore me by default, because I have heard some crazy stuff about those shifters.”

Tally knew Mrs. Wilder wasn’t your regular granny, but she was such a sweetheart. And she was someone she could share her cake addiction with. They took turns baking different things and sharing with each other. It’s what fed Tally’s chocolate urges and kept her with way too many curves to count.

“Yeah.” Tally sucked down a gulp from her new drink. “Who would’ve thought that I’d become such good friends with a shifter granny.”

Nita grinned. “Why wouldn’t you? She’s sorta bitchy, like you.”

“Gee, thanks,” she said drily.

“It’s a compliment. I’m so tired of these bubbly women that are fake about how they feel. Feel bitchy? Be bitchy.” Nita picked up her glass and pointed to Tally. “This world is filled with too many fake people. You’re not trying to be a copy of anyone, Tally. That’s why I love you. You’re always going to be an original.”

Tally grinned. Clinked glasses with Nita and sipped her drink. “Thanks. So far that hasn’t really brought anything good into my life.”

“It will,” Nita assured her. “Go visit Mrs. Wilder and for once tell her you need help. It’s not the end of the world to admit to needing a man.”

Tally chuckled. “I don’t need a man. Not really. I need someone to be my date for the week from hell.”

Nita shrugged and motioned the waitress for the check. “Maybe Mrs. Wilder will hook you up.” She gasped. “Oh, my gosh! What if she hooks you up with one of those scorching shifters she has visiting her all the time?”

“Now that would be something to celebrate.” Tally giggled. “They are so sexy. She told me she has anything from bears, to wolves, to big cats.”

“Wow.” Nita sighed. “Bears and big cats. I used to have a best friend who was a bear.”

“Really? When?”

Nita pursed her lips. “When we lived near the mountains for dad’s job with the fish and wildlife department.” “Was this before you all came back here?”

Nita nodded. “Yeah. We were sophomores in high school. He was so cute with his glasses and almost too innocent face. I told him everything.”

“What happened?”

“My family came back here. I loved coming back here after all the years on the road, but that meant my bear friend was left behind. He and I lost touch,” Nita said softly.

Tally pulled out one of the many cards Mrs. Wilder had shoved in her hand every time she went over to visit. “Here you go. Why don’t you sign up and see what she can get you?”

Nita stared at the clear business card in awe. “Do you really think she can set me up with one of her shifters?”

“Check out the fine print. She’s made me read it more than once. She will set you up with whoever she deems to be the right man for you.” She read the tiny words on the back of the card and adjusted her glasses. “So, you’re pretty much guaranteed a man. I haven’t seen a single bad looking one yet.”

“You have to do it, Tally.” Nita blinked wide excited eyes at her. “I need to know what she does. You’re in need of a date. This really is the perfect solution.”

Tally sighed. “At least you’re not suggesting those other websites that find your ‘perfect’ someone.” Nita blinked once. Twice. Then burst into giggles. “I’m sorry. It’s not funny after your last episode.” Tally clenched her teeth. She hated that her mother, of all people, had bought her a membership to a dating site that promised to find her soul mate. She swore that every man they sent her way had to have been rejected by every other woman. There was no way that her soul mate was really a forty-five year old man with seven kids, who lived with his mother, had no teeth and worked a maximum of ten hours a week. No way.

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About the Author
Hi! I'm Milly Taiden (AKA April Angel). I love to write sexy stories. They're usually either paranormal or contemporary with a large dose of heat. My paranormal stories can be anything from wolf-shifters (my favorites) to witches, demons and anything in between. My contemporaries are usually anything from soldiers to corporate romances.

I was born the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, I live in New York City with my hubby, the bossy kiddo and our little dog "Needy Speedy". Don't ask.

I am addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn't, right?) and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

REVIEW: Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule

Summary:

High school is tough. Romance with a sexy alien--even tougher.

Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he's an alien hybrid.

They're as different as night and day--she's a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he's a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac--yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden's insistence that dating each other is "off limits" and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane's learning to deal with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and getting a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating. But Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....

Title:  Lost in Starlight
Series:  Starlight Saga
Book #: 1
Author:  Sherry Soule
Approximate Book Length:  293 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This book was…interesting. The romance was pretty good, when they weren’t playing the “hot ‘n cold” game. The extraterrestrial part was intriguing and on occasion exciting.

The story, while predictable, was okay. I think Hayden is a coward and Sloane is naïve, but I’m curious what the next installment holds – especially after the way this one ended.

The bulk of the book though, was a little rough. The Friday Night Babble column was a cute addition, but I didn’t dig it much. There was a lot of detail that was unnecessary, sort of a “data dump” if you will; there could have been more show than tell in many places. The characters, particularly Sloane and her friends, were walking stereotypes and that bothered me quite a bit actually. There are definitely some similarities to a certain sparkling vampire saga, but it’s not overwhelming. Overall it just doesn’t stand out to me.

Bottom Line:

Lost in Starlight is an interesting read with a lot of potential that’s worth checking out.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Colors of Us by Sandra Bunino


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Sandra Bunino, author of Colors of Us, here today. Please give her a warm welcome!

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Welcome Sandra! Glad to have you here :-)

Hi Buffy! *waves*
I’m so excited to chat with you about my new release, Colors of Us, today.

The settings of my stories are almost like a secondary character to me. They set the tone, ground the reader and make the story real. I need to know where my characters are before I can write them so I’ll usually research the setting first and let the story evolve from there.

The setting of my new series, McAvery Brothers, is the SoHo section of New York City. The name “SoHo” refers to the streets “South of Houston Street” (for non-NYers: Houston is pronounced HOUSE-ton not Houston as in Texas).


SoHo is one of my favorite spots in NYC. It’s adjacent to Greenwich Village, where I spent many fun nights, and is filled with artist lofts, galleries, shops and restaurants. It’s quirky, cool, fashionable and bohemian all at the same time. A few great SoHo specific features are its cobblestone streets (which get a mention in Colors of Us), fantastic sidewalk restaurants and wonderful art galleries.


Fun fact: Those who read Brooke’s Wish may remember the dressing room scene at the lingerie shop. That shop is Kiki De Montparnasse in SoHo.


I took a few trips to the area while researching of Colors of Us to be sure I captured the unique vibe of the location. During these visits I found my inspiration for the fictional McAvery’s Bar. The story came together at that point because my characters had a home. McAvery’s is a special place and I look forward to continuing the journey into the lives of the McAvery brothers and the women they love.


What’s next? My heart belongs to New York and there are so many stories floating around this wonderful city. So I think I’m staying here for a while.

Thanks again for having me, Buffy! It’s always a pleasure to visit you.

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About the Author
Sandra Bunino is a romance author of several novellas including The Satin Rose Experience series. Her first full-length novel, Colors of Us from the McAvery Brothers series, released in August. She makes her parents proud by putting her MBA degree to good use dreaming up heroes who resemble David Gandy whenever possible. When not staying up past her bedtime torturing her oh-so-sexy heroes, she can be found shopping for shoes or saving turtles.

As a social media junkie in need of a ten-step program, you can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and her new addiction, Pinterest. Sandra loves to read and chat with other readers, so she formed the Bunino’s Bookalicious Babes group on Facebook where they currently share their love of Jamie Fraser from Outlanders…and David Gandy, of course.

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Colors of Us

Everything she knew to be true fell apart. Then fell apart again…

Michelle Willis is running from her past. What better place to hide than in the anonymity of New York City. Finding refuge in a tiny SoHo art gallery, she rebuilds her life one painting at a time.

A wrong turn sends Hunter McAvery on a crash course with disaster. He fights his own demons by following his big brother’s lead - drinking and bed-hopping his way through Manhattan.

A glance at Michelle’s self-portrait triggers emotions Hunter can’t tamp down. Driven to meet the artist, he discovers a fiery chemistry as their lives collide. But when their past threatens to tear them apart, can their love survive?


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

REVIEW: Magic of the Loch by Karen Michelle Nut

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

With a medical condition threatening her life, Michaela decides Scotland will be her final vacation. There she meets Alan, the Loch Ness Monster, and he believes she’s his soul mate. But besides her medical condition, there’s another threat looming, and they must survive this villain, or they won’t need to worry about the health issues Michaela faces and the curse Alan bears.

Thoughts:

First thing I have to point out is the speech. The author keeps up with that Scottish brogue throughout the book, and I can totally hear Sean Connery’s voice speaking. It’s pretty awesome. It’s such a simple thing, but it totally got me. Another fairly simple thing is the way the magic worked. Shape shifters didn’t need to strip down to shift, and when they came out of the water and shifted back to human, they’d be bone dry and clothed. So cool.

I really liked Alan and Hyatt’s outlook on their lives as Loch Ness Monsters. Hyatt actually kind of likes being what he is, loves the water. Alan yearns for his soul mate which would break his curse, but he too loves the water. Hyatt likes to flirt with the humans, but Alan is the one that has truly had lives during his years on land, and when he finds Michaela, he doesn’t plan on letting her go. I also liked Michaela’s desire to live what’s left of her life rather than risk ending up on life support with no quality of life. Under the circumstances, I’d choose the same path.

There’s a cruel and mysterious villain. We don’t find out who he is until just before the final showdown, and the author plays up all the suspects very well throughout, just ratcheting up the intrigue.

Now, let it be said that I actually liked the book. A lot even. However, there were a few things that bugged me. For one, I’m a smut addict, so while the sex scenes were sensual, they were a little short lived and chaste for my personal tastes, leaving me slightly disappointed. Beyond that, I think Alan brought on some of his troubles with Michaela by severely procrastinating having the “what I am” talk. Finally, the biggest problem I had was that I sometimes felt like the story was dragging on a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I like that the heroes weren’t always on the right track with solving the big mystery, but it still just lagged a bit after a while.

The longer the story went on, the more predictable it became, however the final showdown was anything but anticlimactic. The book had a great ending, and a grand finale that I really enjoyed.

An interesting story with compelling characters and a sweet, slow-building love, Magic of the Loch is a fun mystery that will leave you with a smile on your face.


Friday, September 19, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Dead Reaper Walking by Mina Carter


Thanks to Book Monster Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Mina Carter's new release, Dead Reaper Walking. Happy reading!

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Liberty, Oakwood series, #2

Underage witches, a breakout from demon prison and a new hellgate… What could go wrong?

Reaper extraordinaire, Laney Larson, is stuck in Liberty, Oakwood of all places, for two reasons. One, there’s way more paranormal activity going on than normal for a little town like Liberty. And two, a sexy as hell cop called Troy.

So when the proverbial hits the fan and they get wind of a demon break-out from the third hell, a prison even the demon king himself won’t set foot in, what’s a reaper to do but strap on her blades and help track the escapee down? But then the creature takes her man, and all bets are off.

A reaper, a demon and a cop…will Death claim them all, or just one?


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Mina Carter is a bestselling, multi-genre author. She lives in the UK with her husband, daughter and a bossy cat.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

REVIEW: In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Summary:

It's not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d'Alençon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can't seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist...

Jenna never imagined she'd end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity...

Title:  In Still Darkness
Series:  Immortal Guardians
Book #: 3.5
Author:  Dianne Duvall
Approximate Book Length:  98 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

For a novella, this book is EVERY bit as good as the full length novels in the series! It was originally part of the Predatory anthology, but was recently released on its own. I’m so glad it has, so it can get the attention it deserves.

Richart’s story takes place primarily between books 3 and 4, but contains glimpses of events from his point of view from book 2 as well. It’s sexy, riveting, and most of all it’s adorably sweet. While it’s overall an awesome novella, my favorite part actually involves Roland. Too freakin’ funny!

Bottom Line:

In Still Darkness is an exciting and just plain fun novella in Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians world. Fans of the series would be remiss if they skipped it!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW RELEASE: Outfoxed by Eve Langlais

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!


Kodiak Point – Book 2

Boris left to defend his country still a boy. He came back a changed man. A damaged man.

But Jan still wants him.

A man of few words, Boris has a firm way of saying No, but a determined vixen knows he’s her mate. Jan has not had much success in getting her bullheaded moose to notice her, but all that changes when her life is put in danger.

Suddenly the damaged soldier keeps finding excuses to come to her rescue, but as far as Jan is concerned, her mate is the one in need of saving.

It will take some subtle maneuvering to outfox her moose into admitting he loves her, but this wily vixen is more than ready for the challenge. And if that doesn’t work, momma’s offered to loan her the shot gun used for her own engagement.

Welcome to Kodiak Point, where the wildlife might wear clothes, but animal instinct rules the heart.




~EXCERPT~

As Jan placed her body close to Travis’s, her hands over his, her breasts pressing into him, her voice low and encouraging, Boris felt himself detach from his body. It was the strangest thing. He knew on some level that what he witnessed was perfectly harmless, but that rational-minded level wasn’t the one in charge of him at the moment.

A more primal part of him surfaced, a possessive aspect to his personality that had, until now, remained dormant. It rose to the top, commandeered his limbs, and was to blame for the fist that met Travis’ jaw when he spun around after his successful shot.

Did Boris feel bad when the cub’s eyes rolled back in his head and he slumped to the ground? Nope. Damned fool had his hands on Boris’ woman. He was lucky Boris let him live.

Unfortunately, Jan didn’t quite see things the same way.

“What is wrong with you?” she exclaimed as she dropped to her knees in the snow beside Travis’ prone body.

“Me? I was simply giving the boy a lesson.”

“In what? How to survive a concussion from a rabid moose?”

“Bah, I barely touched him. Not my fault he’s got a soft melon for a head. Besides, it would never have happened if he was paying attention to his environ. If you ask me, he got off lucky. What if I were the enemy? You all could have died.”

“You moron. We knew you were there from the moment you pulled in with your noisy truck.”

“So why didn’t you acknowledge me?” Jan hadn’t looked his way once. It was enough to prick a man’s ego, if he cared about such things.

“Because I didn’t feel like it,” she retorted. “But if I’d have known being ignored would send you in to a childish snit, I would have rolled out a red welcoming carpet.”

Snit? Boris didn’t have snits. He was a man, and a moose. He had episodes that some of his friends termed psychotic but he labeled stress relief. “Well, how was I supposed to know you knew I was there?” Given the convoluted direction of the conversation, Boris could feel himself going cross-eyed and possibly having another psychotic episode.

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Hello, my name is Eve Langlais and I am an International Bestselling author who loves to write hot romance. I should warn you, I have a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor and am known for making readers giggle with my stories.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

REVIEW: Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

After bearing witness to a brutal murder, Gabrielle Maxwell’s life turns upside down when the police find no evidence and she’s left thinking herself crazy. Lucan Thorne dispatches the Rogues outside the club, and follows the woman that was lucky to escape the carnage with her life and pretending to be a police officer, aims to find out what she knows. He doesn’t intend to get involved with her, but upon discovery that she’s already immersed in his world, he’s forced to give her all the gory details. It’s within each other that they find everything they were missing and never thought to look for in their lives.

Thoughts:

I enjoyed this take on vampires. I have never read a vampire story with a lore quite like this one, it was positively out of this world! The fine line that divides the good guys from the bad makes you hold your breath at times waiting to see if that line gets crossed. There’s such a delicate balance that any Breed, especially the older generations, could find themselves on the other side in the blink of an eye, and there’s just no going back once that happens.

The Rogues definitely embody the “enemy” role as they’re brutal and insatiable. Knowing their numbers could grow before anyone saw it coming makes them an ever-present and very dangerous threat. Add a woman that finds herself mysteriously drawn to them making her the center of both the Rogues’ attention and the Breeds’, and you’ve got the catalyst for a hell of conflict.

This book is well paced and well written; the plot elements interesting, and the character dynamics occasionally fun. However, overall I think it just felt like it was missing a little something, but I can’t quite put my finger on what. The romance was there, though at first based purely on physical attraction rather than any emotional ties (those grew later), but the sex scenes felt a little short lived. Maybe I’m just a smut addict and wanted more in that regard.

Kiss of Midnight is a very intriguing read with danger, sex, some surprising plot twists, and a wide range of relatable and occasionally addicting characters (love me some Dante!). A recommended read!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall


Thanks to Authors Taproom for hosting this blog tour. I have Dianne Duvall, author of Night Unbound here today with a fun character interview. Happy reading!

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Character Interview: Lisette

Thank you for joining me! And thank you, Buffy, for letting me visit again! I’m thrilled to be here today, celebrating the release of NIGHT UNBOUND, the fifth book in my Immortal Guardians series. For those who haven’t yet picked up a copy and who aren’t familiar with my series, I thought I would give you a glimpse of my Immortal Guardians crew through a character interview. (There are other character interviews sprinkled throughout my blog tour, if you’d like more glimpses.)

Today Sheldon, one of the mortals in my series (and a favorite of myself and many readers, thanks to the comic relief he provides) will be interviewing Lisette d’Alençon, the heroine of NIGHT UNBOUND.

Sheldon: So . . . you and Zach, huh?

Lisette: Me and Zach.

Sheldon: You are freaking ballsy, lady.

Lisette: *laughs* If you say so.

Sheldon: I’m serious. Seth is the oldest and most powerful immortal on the planet. He’s the leader of the Immortal Guardians. He LOATHES Zach. And you decided to date the guy?

Lisette: If, by date, you mean risk everything to be with him, then yes.

Sheldon: Why?

Lisette: Because from the moment I first saw him, I was drawn to him . . . more so than I have been to any other. Because Zach woke me up and made me feel more alive than I had in two centuries. I needed to know where that could take me.

Sheldon: *slow nod* I can understand that.

Lisette: Because there is someone YOU would be willing to risk everything for?

Sheldon: *flushes bright red* Maybe. DON’T-READ-MY-THOUGHTS!

Lisette: As you wish.

Sheldon: Thank you. Now . . . I heard there was . . . an incident.

Lisette: *arches a brow* Which one?

Sheldon: *laughs* Not the explosive one that ended with David’s house needing a little redecorating. The other one.

Lisette: I’m afraid you’re going to have to be a little more specific than that.

Sheldon: Really? There were others?

Lisette: Surely that doesn’t surprise you. Zach isn’t exactly beloved by my fellow Immortal Guardians.

Sheldon: That’s just because he’s the first immortal—at least as far as anyone knows—whom Seth wanted to kill.

Lisette: *mutters* He won’t be the last.

Sheldon: I’m sure he wo—wait. What?

Lisette: Never mind. To what incident are you referring?

Sheldon: The lollipop stick incident. A certain someone who shall remain nameless—

Lisette: Tracy?

Sheldon: Yes, damn it! Are you reading my mind?

Lisette: Yes. This time.

Sheldon: Well, stop! There are freaky things up there that I don’t want you to see.

Lisette: You’re telling me.

Sheldon: *flushes again* Why did Zach go ballistic when Tracy threw away a couple of discarded lollipop sticks?

Lisette: They weren’t discarded. Zach was saving them. Or rather he IS saving them. We found them in the trash bin.

Sheldon: *blinks* For what? What’s he going to do with them?

Lisette: Nothing. He’s saving them because they have meaning for him.

Sheldon: Lollipop sticks?

Listette: *nods* The first time Zach was tortured for aiding the Immortal Guardians, Ami sensed his pain, sought him out, and offered him solace . . . along with two lollipops. Those lollipops were the first gifts Zach had ever received.

Sheldon: *stares* Seriously? He’s lived, like, thousands of years.

Lisette: Which is why the sticks are important to him. Tracy saw them on the mantel and threw them away. Zach was furious.

Sheldon: And Tracy spent the next several nights sleeping at David’s place. Zach is freaking scary. Almost as scary as Seth. Which brings me to my next question: How terrifying was Seth when he found out you were seeing Zach? Seth DID, after all, declare Zach a traitor and tell you to stay the hell away from him

Lisette: Terrifying doesn’t even begin to cover it. Next question, please.

Sheldon: You don’t want to talk about it?

Lisette: I would prefer not to.

Sheldon: Okay. Moving on. I always kinda thought you’d end up with someone else.

Lisette: *squints eyes, then widens eyes* You knew?

Sheldon: Are you reading my thoughts again?

Lisette: Yes. How did you know about—?

Sheldon: I’m more observant than you guys give me credit for. And stop reading my mind. Freaky things, remember?

Lisette: Did you tell anyone?

Sheldon: No.

Lisette: Good.

Sheldon: But I’m pretty sure everyone knows. Or rather knew.

Lisette: EVERYONE?

Sheldon: Well, everyone except for Richart and Étienne. I think everyone kept it from them because they’re your brothers and would’ve wanted to kick his ass.

Lisette: Great.

Sheldon: Does Zach know?

Lisette: *growls* Yes.

Sheldon: And Zach didn’t try to kill him?

Lisette: No! Well, yes, a little. But that was before he . . . *clamps lips together* Next question.

Sheldon: I’m starting to see why you said there have been incidents plural. Now— *jumps and cries out when Zach abruptly appears: 6’10” of muscle clad only in leather pants and boots, his dark wings spread so that the feathers brush the walls on either side of the room.*

Lisette: *smiles* Zach, what are you doing here?

Zach: *scowls* I sensed you were upset.

Sheldon: Dude! Seriously! You gotta give a guy some warning before you do that! You scared the crap out of me!

Zach: *narrows his eyes* I’ll do more than that to you. What did you say to upset Lisette?

Sheldon: *rises and backs away nervously* Nothing. Really. We were just shooting the breeze and she . . . uh . . . read my thoughts and . . . saw a weird . . . sex thing in my memories that involved a, uh . . . bullfighter’s uniform. Hey, is that my phone? I think that’s my phone. *pats his pockets and retrieves his phone* Hello? Uh-huh. Yyyyeah. I’ll, uh, I’ll be right there. *lowers phone* That was Richart.

Zach: *withering look* Your phone didn’t ring. You weren’t talking to anyone. We have heightened hearing, remember?

Sheldon: *swears softly* It was . . . on vibrate and the other guy was whispering. Anyway, thanks for the interview, Lisette. Gotta go! *hurries away*

Zach: *cocks a brow at Lisette*

Lisette: *shrugs* It wasn’t ALL a lie. There actually WAS a weird sex thing involving a bull fighter’s uniform in his memories.

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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Dianne Duvall earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied fiction writing, playwriting, and poetry writing. Darkness Dawns, the first book in her Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, was nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance - Vampire by The Romance Reviews. It was also deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. Night Reigns, the second book in the series, was nominated for Best Best Book of 2011 - Paranormal Romance by The Romance Reviews and declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. Phantom Shadows, the third book in the series, has been declared a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella In Still Darkness was released in the Predatory anthology on May 7, 2013, and has received many fabulous reviews. Darkness Rises, the fourth book in the series, hit the USA Today Bestseller list, has been nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and was deemed a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.

Dianne has also completed two not-yet-published paranormal romance novels that are prequels to Darkness Dawns. A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that won awards in the Lone Star, Where the Magic Begins, Southern Heat, Picture This, Book of Your Heart and Suzannah national writing competitions. Rendezvous With Yesterday is a time travel romance and won second place in the Picture This writing contest.

In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-wining screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared on screen as a machete-weilding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

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Night Unbound

Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians protect humanity from unspeakable horrors--but their hearts are as fragile as any mortal's. . .

For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for--and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.

Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he'll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

REVIEW: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall

Summary:

For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for--and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.

Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he'll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?

Title:  Night Unbound
Series:  Immortal Guardians
Book #: 5
Author:  Dianne Duvall
Approximate Book Length:  433 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

It is extraordinary to see a series that is so consistently enjoyable and well written. I LOVED this book. I laughed, I cried (a lot in fact), and was left wanting more in the best way. There are parts that keep you guessing too and I have my theories on what’s to come in the next book. I also bet I know who the next book is about!

We get a lot more info, but also many more questions. We learn about Zach and even Seth and that was SO good to see. I can’t wait until Seth gets his story – David too for that matter! There’s a great deal covered just in this book and it’s impressive how well paced it is to encompass so much. We see new as well as familiar faces and the story is overall just heartwarming in a variety of ways.

Bottom Line:

Night Unbound is sexy, exciting, and emotionally gripping. It only fuels the love I have for the series as a whole. Dianne Duvall is an amazing author and this book just goes to prove why in a breath taking show of talent!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Future of the Blog

So here's the deal.  My daughter is just over a year old now, and she's a huge hand full.  She's still nursing (frequently) and plays best if I'm on the floor with her.  She's also still sleeping with us, so when she goes to bed, so do I.  I am barely keeping up with posting 1-2 reviews a week right now.  My wonderful, supportive husband knows how much I don't want to shut the blog down, so he's willing to help me, however, being on the verge of shutting down the blog, I have to wonder how much it's really worth it.  

IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT STILL READS THE BLOG?

If I still have some kind of following or readership, I will do my best to keep up the blog until things get better and I can even make it more interesting again (like start writing my own stuff again beyond reviews).  If I don't get any comments, particularly of the "I still read - please don't shut it down - I like you!" persuasion, there's not much point in making the effort...

**Note to any of my authors that may see this (Tara, Sandra, Dianne, Milly, and Jenn - my street teams - in particular), I understand that I probably won't get any ARCs anymore or anything, but I still have every intention of reading and reviewing your work.  It just won't be for a blog.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

REVIEW: Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

The Feral Warriors – an elite group of immortals who can change into animals – are on the verge of extinction, and their last hope lies with woman who has no idea who they are or what her future holds. Her small town human life is transformed when a stranger shows up on a rainy night and whisks her away to his home. With their race, their power, their very lives on the line, they realize the depth of the connection that’s bloomed between them. Will they risk their souls to keep that bond and save the world?

Thoughts:

This book was such an emotional roller coaster! The story opens up with a short stint with the Ferals, but then jumps right to Kara’s life-changing night, when Lyon shows up and takes her home with him, whether she likes it or not. She’s heart-broken over the life she left, utterly terrified of the unknown before her, and completely addicted to her kidnapper. While Lyon tries to reassure Kara and make her comfortable, he knows how much the Ferals need her to assume her role as their Radiant, and she can’t help but be overwhelmed by their intensity.

As Lyon tries to calm and protect her, he finds he’s unable to keep himself fully under control around her. She’s got him completely enthralled with her more-than-willing attitude and luscious, responsive body. When his beast gets the best of him, no one can tame the raging desire that flows out of him, except maybe Kara. It may just be too late when they finally figure that out.

There are twists and turns along this ride. One minute I’m smiling to myself because a moment shared was so touching and sweet, and the next I’m crushed because of something that happens or that they’re reminded of. Just when you think they’re getting something right and everything will be ok, it all backfires and they’re in even deeper trouble. I also had some laugh out loud moments, such as when the Shaman orders everyone to get laid to rid them of magic. For some reason the song “Sexual Healing” then got stuck in my head *giggle*. There were a few mysteries that I could guess at pretty easily, but there were also questions that were much harder to answer and some surprises that I couldn’t see coming.

We see primarily from either Lyon’s or Kara’s eyes, but occasionally from someone else’s when it’s pivotal to the plot, so we feel the impact of every event that’s experienced, especially the emotions Lyon and Kara feel when together. The book is very well written, and while it’s a romance about animalistic men, Pamela Palmer shows their gentle and caring side, and does it without using any vulgar language (not that it’s a bad thing). However, she does show their animalistic side in their rituals…let’s just say, they’re not shy.

Desire Untamed had me on the edge of my seat and reading into all hours of the night! If you like sexy “alpha” men that happen to change into big cuddly kitties with some very sharp claws, you must read this book! You will not be disappointed!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

REVIEW: Against the Cage by Sidney Halston

Summary:

For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.

Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.

Title:  Against the Cage
Series:  Worth the Fight
Book #: 1
Author:  Sidney Halston
Approximate Book Length:  229 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

The couple in this book had great chemistry. I liked them a lot as individuals and as a couple. They were great fun, especially with Drogo (I adored him!). The points of view start off being separate, but they start to sort of mush together at some point, but are still easily read and understood. The plot was a little over dramatic on occasion and very predictable, but overall good. I enjoyed the story and look forward to more!

Bottom Line:

Against the Cage is a sexy, compelling story with great characters. Don’t miss this fun story that starts off a new series that’s sure to keep you entertained!

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