Saturday, November 29, 2014

REVIEW: Paging Doctor Wolf by Rebecca Royce

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

As a trauma surgeon, Dallas is too busy to date, so he signs up with 1Night Stand, but his plans are derailed by a savage wolf attack. Still recovering, he agrees to meet with the woman Madame Eve found for him anyway. Werewolf Cara is disappointed when her date is cancelled at the last minute, but finds out a few weeks later why. She agrees to meet with him to help him to help him through all the changes he’s experiencing. Running out of time, they each meet with their own ideas, never realizing what Madame Eve really had in mind.

Thoughts:

Rebecca Royce certainly has a way with writing werewolves. She’s got plenty of world building in such a short time that catches anyone not familiar with her work up without any confusion. You can tell there have been other stories prior to this one, but it doesn’t hurt at all if you’ve not already read them, though it does peak your interest enough to want to go read them asap.

I enjoyed the dynamics between the characters; his sudden alpha side and her playful teasing side. I love a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to voice it. I also like how, despite the intensity of his urges, he still wants to do right by her.

The only thing that bothered me was that even though it’s explained away as instinct, it all still feels a little too quick and easy. That being said, it all led up to a pretty adorable ending, so I can’t complain.

The characters are tentative, yet blazing and it takes you on the same roller coaster ride they’re on as they explore each other and get everything figured out. A fun and sexy trip through the dynamics of werewolves, Paging Doctor Wolf is sure to leave you with a smile. Recommended!


Friday, November 28, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Cover Him with Darkness by Janine Ashbless

I'm sharing my review of Cover Him with Darkness today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

In rural Italy, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel — a prisoner. Only the elder holy man knows who this prisoner is and even the priest does not know how long he has been there — hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. His fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge. But what happens is even worse than he could have imagined. His lovely young daughter, whose innocence and devotion to god he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men and yet not. She looks in his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, she lives in fear that her father will catch her. One day he does and sends her off to America to be raised by her aunt in Boston. But she never forgets her silent love. Cover Him with Darkness is a thrilling story of an archangel banished from heaven and the human woman with whom he falls in love.

Title:  Cover Him with Darkness
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Janine Ashbless
Approximate Book Length:  238 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

The prose is beautiful. I thought the book was very well written. I love the mystery of who the prisoner is before it’s revealed and the lore surrounding it. The story is very compelling and unpredictable. I will say that I was left with more questions than answers and I want to say it ends in such a way that it can only be the first in a series, but I’ve seen nothing to indicate more is coming.

While this is considered a romance, it’s not terribly romantic. There’s the fact that she loved him and he latched onto her as a light in the darkness kind of thing, but he doesn’t treat her like he loves her. He treats her like a possession – like a toy. She doesn’t always treat him spectacularly either, but his behavior is quite asinine. The “love” scenes don’t really involve any love. They’re rough and fevered and frankly saddening pretty much every time. That pretty much sets the tone for the entire book.

Bottom Line:

Cover Him with Darkness is a very well written story that keeps you guessing. Check it out if you want an interesting dark paranormal read!

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About the Author
Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure – and that’s “fantasy” in the sense of swords ‘n’ sandals, contemporary paranormal, fairytale, and stories based on mythology and folklore. She likes to write about magic and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000, and her novels and single-author collections now run into double figures. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology Geek Love.

Her work has been described as: "hardcore and literate" (Madeline Moore) and "vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love." (Portia Da Costa)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

REVIEW: Twice the Growl by Milly Taiden

Summary:

A BBW in need of a date + Two hot Alphas looking for a mate = The hottest triad ever.

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.

Title:  Twice the Growl
Series:  Paranormal Dating Agency
Book #: 1
Author:  Milly Taiden
Approximate Book Length:  138 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and all around just short and sweet. It was uneventful in a good way. There were two confrontations and they were necessary, not to mention great! I loved the characters and their chemistry. My favorite is the woman that runs the agency. She’s mischievous and sly and crafty – and fun!

Bottom Line:

Twice the Growl is an awesome sexy little read that starts off a new series that’s sure to be filled with steamy fun!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

As an asthmatic, I’ve had my share of lung related difficulties.  Thankfully though, I’ve never had lung cancer or known anyone personally who has.  I am, however, that much more sympathetic to the plight.  So when Heather Von St. James emailed me and asked if I’d help spread awareness by sharing a little of her story and some helpful information, I agreed.



Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a highly aggressive cancer most commonly attacking the lining of the lungs, as an adult, but learned it was caused by wearing her dad’s jacket to do outdoor chores as a child.  How, you ask?  It was covered in asbestos fibers.  I was skeptical that a person would track the cause to something so specifically random, until I learned that Mesothelioma has exactly one known cause: exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos still isn’t banned in the US.  So while it’s not widely used anymore, it’s still important to know the risk factors and signs associated with lung cancer.

General risk factors for lung cancer include exposure to: asbestos, radon, industrial substances, radiation, air pollution, and more.  Even plain old genetics can be a factor.  Warning signs for mesothelioma specifically can be difficult to recognize, because they can take years(!) to manifest, giving the cancer ample time to progress.  Symptoms can include: anemia; blood clotting; chest, abdominal, or back pain; nausea; coughing up blood; weight loss; fatigue; and more.  Many of these things can be benign on their own or symptomatic of a range of other illnesses, so it’s important to be in tune with your body and take care to see a doctor when you notice something abnormal.

Treatments for lung cancer, such as Mesothelioma, can include some unpleasant experiences and can be time consuming of long periods.  Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are among the treatments and are often used in conjunction with one another.

Overall, lung cancer is debilitating, can be subtle – thus often discovered late, and is both miserable and (I imagine) excruciating to treat and endure.  My heart goes out to survivors like Heather.  Her hope, and mine, is that this post and its information reaches out and touches at least someone whom it can help.


Here are some helpful links with more information on Mesothelioma and lung cancer in general.


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

REVIEW: A Scent of Longing by Cara Bristol

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

Lily won’t date a vampire, not ever again. The last time she did, it got her turned into one. She agrees to a one night stand only because she believes that she doomed to such trysts now. Luc, a three century old vampire, can’t continue to play into the fantasies of young ladies while he longs for a mate. He vows this will be his last, giving up all hope. Madame Eve is a skilled matchmaker, and has a surprise in store for both of them that neither are prepared for.

Thoughts:

From the very beginning, you get emotionally involved as you witness Lily struggle with the concept of re-entering the dating world while still adjusting to her new life as a vampire, courtesy of a former lover. Her friend convinces her to give one night stand a shot, and though she’s nervous, she gathers her courage to go through with it. Luc knows he’s supposed to meet his mate, but fears his time has passed and gives up hope, but meets Lily as his last hoorah so to speak.

Neither provide full disclosure, and the anticipation for them to divulge their truths and talk things out openly and honestly is exquisite. The story is predictable, but only to a point, as while I probably should have, I didn’t see Lily’s reaction coming. There’s also an absolutely laughable moment towards the end, and I want so badly to put it in the quotes but can’t because it would give something away, but I laughed for a full frickin’ minute. Then I cried. Well paced, it was such a great story and I look forward to more from Cara Bristol!

Overall, A Scent of Longing is a very sweet, sensual, and fun story. It will have you smiling and swooning right along with the characters at times, and wanting to cry for them both at others. I definitely think this one is a must read!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Perfect Mate & Blood Mate by Mina Carter

I'm sharing a little about Mina Carter's Perfect Mate and Blood Mate today. Happy reading!

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Monsters do exist...and they’re the good guys.

Lillian Rosewood leads an ordinary, boring life working as the manager of a psychiatric hospital. The highlights of her day, other than her skinny hot chocolate, are the hunky guards who work in the secure section. Until a late-night emergency is wheeled in.

Captain Jack Harper is insane, drop-dead gorgeous...and just had his abdomen shredded. Despite the fact they're not an emergency room, Lillian can't turn him away and risk a death on her hands. Unable to get the handsome soldier out of her mind, Lillian sneaks into the restricted area to check on him. What she finds is beyond belief. Somehow Jack has managed to heal himself from a near-fatal wound in mere hours.

When one of the doctors, Walker, attempts to rape her, things go from bad to worse. In the blink of an eye, Jack is loose and Walker is dead... and Lillian must accept a truth about her rescuer that will change her world forever. What if the patients aren't insane? What if their stories of secret government experiments and monsters are true?

Warning: Contains blood, mayhem and nude werewolves operating heavy weaponry. Large amounts of sarcasm and smart-ass vampires may offend some readers. No civilian hospital staff were harmed in the making of this story.


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The only thing they have in common? Really…sharp…teeth.

The Project Rebellion, Book 2

Major Antonia Fielding has one goal: to escape the clutches of the Project. With the blood-virus infecting her system, though, a body bag is likely her only way out. Until her boss lets slip that he may just have a cure for her—if she brings in an escaped Lycan.

Can she trust him? Now there’s the million-dollar question. Then again, can she afford not to take that chance?

Darce Foster was a Special Forces soldier, until the Project got hold of him. Now he’s a Lycan, a lab-created werewolf, this close to escaping his creators—until another of the Project’s experiments stops him in his tracks. Not because she has the power to hold him, but because he instantly recognizes the impossible. The vampiress is his mate.

Allowing her to bring him in is his only choice—and possibly the last mistake of his life.

Enemies or lovers, it doesn’t matter. When they discover that the Project is hiding yet more secrets, they must work together to bring it down...or die in the attempt.

Warning: Contains a cocky wolf who won’t take no for an answer, an ice-queen losing her cool and a pack full of hunky werewolves bent on rescue. And zombie spidermen.


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About the Author
Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spend her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.

So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all...

(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)

The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.

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Project Rebellion (SARA Book 1) - This is an offshoot of the Mate Series

There is life after death, unfortunately for them, it's the same one...

Brett Perkins was a soldier, until the Project killed him. Now he's finding that life after death isn't so hot. With the Project base destroyed, he and his team have been tasked with running down and destroying a group of rogue Bloods. Unfortunately the vampires always seem to be one step ahead. Then they start kidnapping women...

Thanks to her soon-to-be ex-husband, Julia Collier is despised and reviled in the small town of Greenwood. His stories have painted her as everything from an air-headed gold-digger to a nymphomaniac serial killer. She can't even shop in the local store without suffering abuse from her fellow townsfolk, and that's before the late night calls or her ex's bully-boys following her.

When her home is broken into, Julia assumes it's her husband making good on his threats to 'deal with her for good'. She never dreams that it will lead a descent into another, terrifying world. One inhabited by werewolves, vampires...and zombies. Or that zombies could be so damn hot. Espeically one certain example who makes her heart pound and all her common sense disappear over the horizon. After all, what woman in her right mind would fall for the undead?

Unless the undead aren't dead at all, but something more than human, from a world she'll need all her wits and new abilities to survive the battle between the undead...and the dead.

Project Rebellion: They're not heroes, they're something else... They're SARAs and they're about to kick ass.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

REVIEW: A Secret Match by Kelli A Wilkins

Summary:

Everett Kinkade is a world-famous professional wrestler and a sexy heartthrob for millions of adoring female fans. But Ev has a secret he doesn’t dare share with anyone—he’s gay.

After years of being Ev’s secret lover, Josh is tired of hiding in the shadows and wants Ev to openly acknowledge their relationship. Coming out, however, is the last thing Ev wants and fears it will ruin his career.

But one night in a moment of truth, Everett outs himself on live TV. There’s no going back, and his announcement sparks a firestorm of problems, both personally and professionally. He’s forced to come to grips with who he really is while facing down a tag team out to destroy him.

Torn between living a lie and losing the man he loves, Ev has risked everything. Can he find a balance between his career and his heart?

Title:  A Secret Match
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Kelli A Wilkins
Approximate Book Length:  136 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I don’t know anything about wrestling. I never watched it as a teenager, and certainly don’t as an adult, so all I really know is that’s is staged and lots cheering for large sweaty men. That being said, I actually enjoyed the book. I didn’t expect not to or anything, but I thought it’d be weird and it just wasn’t. It’s just another athletic job. Only a couple things were weird about it, but they were supposed to be for even the characters weren’t loving what was going on.

There are some flashbacks and I am not a fan of that, but they were few and specific. The love scenes are sexy, but not amazing. My only other complaint is that it felt like there was a book before this (which there is apparently), and I feel like this book should be able to standalone a little better.

The story has its funny moments and is quite heartwarming. Coming out is a big thing and Ev just dives right out there…almost accidentally. I loved the secondary characters (though Nick really is a sleazeball and the “villains” were grade-A jerks) and I really liked the ending. The match is a little unexpected and the epilogue is cute. For a book about a big bad wrestler, the book as a whole is just kinda cute.

Bottom Line:

A Secret Match is a heartwarming tale of learning to accept oneself and not be afraid of being who you are. Don’t miss this sweet read!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOOK PROMO: Braving Fate by Linsey Hall

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blitz. I'm sharing a little about Linsey Hall's Braving Fate today. Happy reading!

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As chaos looms, a warrior queen is reborn

Bookish academic Diana Laughton has been having terrible dreams. Dreams of battle, dreams of blood... dreams so vivid she's living them day and night. When demons invade her quiet life, she wonders if she's going mad. Or if perhaps she's remembering a past life she had no idea existed...

In the midst of betrayal, he must protect her

Mythean Guardian Cadan Trinovante loved and betrayed Britain's warrior queen Boudica two millennia ago. Now he's tasked with protecting mortals whose lives affect the fate of humanity. His latest assignment is Boudica herself, reincarnated as a woman with no idea of her past or her fated future. Though in the irresistible form of Diana Laughton, it's possible Cadan has once again met his match...

To succumb to seduction could prove fatal

Thrown together in a shadowy world that exists alongside our own, Diana and Cadan must fight not only the demonic forces that want Diana dead, but a past and a passion that have lasted centuries. Their desire could be deadly. But as evil from the underworld unites against them, their only hope could be each other.


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Prologue

Central England, AD 60, eve of the Roman conquest of Britain

The woman he loved lay dying in his arms. Blood spilled over her breast, trickling from the dagger she’d sunk into her chest. Drops of blood hitting the dirt floor of the stone roundhouse echoed hollowly in his ears, amplified by the dawning knowledge of what he’d done. What she’d done. What they’d done.

“Why, Boudica?” His heart and voice were breaking. “Why do this?”

She shuddered in his arms, her broken body cold and fragile with looming death, but no less fierce than when she’d fought on the field of battle the previous dawn. She was their warrior queen, the force that had drawn thousands of British Celts together to revolt against Roman occupation, and he her top general.

She was his love. The one bright spot in the miserable spectacle of blood and death his life had become.

Boudica drew a harsh breath that rattled in her wounded chest and glared at him, her eyes alight with hatred. “Why?” It was clear she would have screamed it if she could. Another faltering breath. “After your betrayal, you ask me why?”

“Betrayal? I did it for you.”

Her bitter laugh died on a cough. “I thought you knew me. I was wrong. You only know what you think me to be. I’m a warrior, the leader and symbol of our beaten land. I led my people in battle for our lives, our homes, our freedom.” She paused to catch her breath. “But we’ve lost. Irreparably.”

His jaw clenched, his chest aching with the weight of their past and his future. For she would die this night, her future forever erased. Because of him. Because he hadn’t been able to protect her. As he hadn’t protected his village and family before he’d joined her.

“The Roman dogs are at our door.” She coughed. “My daughters dead at their hands. Our lands stolen. Why would I live when capture is inevitable and my very life will be used as leverage? My head will be on a pike in Rome before summer’s end. More likely, they’ll use me against our people.” She raked him with a scathing glance and coughed again. Blood marred her colorless lips. “What would you do, O great warrior?”

“The same.” His throat burned. Capture was inevitable. And unbearable. Now, with the final battle lost and thousands of their families and allies dying in the fields around them, the fate that awaited her at the hands of the Romans would be worse than death, not only for her, but very likely for her people as well.

He’d tried to save her from this, but she hadn’t let him. He would have committed any deed, no matter how terrible, to save the woman who’d changed his life when he’d met her a year ago. But Boudica was a warrior first, his woman second. And she would die believing he had betrayed her.

She coughed, her pallor more pronounced. “And yet you would deny me my honorable death?”

“I love you. I’d do anything to save you.”

“And I thought I loved you,” she whispered. And as her eyes closed, the enormous life force that had propelled Boudica, Celtic Queen of the Iceni, evaporated.

The crushing weight of grief squeezed the breath out of his lungs. Collapsing over her, the black night swallowed his roar of pain. He would have vengeance.

Chapter 1

Cadan Trinovante jerked awake, the sheets tangled in his fists. He ignored the vibrating phone that had awakened him from the nightmare and stared at the wide wooden rafters supporting the ceiling above him, struggling to catch his breath. Of all the memories that had faded in his two thousand years of life, the memory of Boudica’s death was the one that never had.

Guilt tugged at him and he reached for the phone.

“Cadan,” he said as he glanced at the clock on the bedside table. The gleam of Edinburgh’s streetlights shone on hands pointing toward one a.m. The yells of revelers stumbling from pub to pub filtered in through the open window.

“Cadan, it’s Warren.”

Cadan merely grunted in response and walked to the window. He listened with half an ear as he stared out at the gothic spires of Edinburgh’s churches and the soot-blackened stone of the surrounding buildings. They rose tall and narrow, pressed cheek by jowl on either side of the sloping cobblestones of the city’s oldest street. Cadan shut out the cool night air and the sound of fading revelry.

“You’ve a new assignment,” Warren said. “Can you be here in an hour?”

Finally. He needed something to keep his mind off the past. The damn dreams had been hounding him more often lately and he was ready to forget, to slip back into work.

“Aye, I’ll see you by two,” he said.

Damn it. He could still hear the revelers below. Living for so long was wearying, but listening to others take such joy in life was just salt in the wound.

In less than an hour, he strode through the great iron-sheathed wooden doors of a building on the campus of the Immortal University. The eyes of the eerie stone gargoyles who guarded the entrance followed him as he entered the cool halls of the Praesidium, named over a thousand years ago when Latin was still the language of education.

Fucking Latin. Fucking Romans.

He dragged a hand through his hair. The short drive to the outskirts of Edinburgh where the university was located hadn’t fully banished his dreams.

His footsteps were soundless on the marble floor of the wide, familiar hallway. It was a habit he’d never broken, though there was no need for stealth here. Terrible, unforgivable things happened when you let your guard down. But this was the safest place for a Mythean in Edinburgh since it was hidden from the prying eyes of mortals, who shouldn’t know of the existence of the supernatural beings who walked among them.

He pushed open the old oak door at the end of the hall and entered his friend’s office, a book-filled room lit by a small fire that smelled of autumn. Warren looked up from his cluttered desk and leaned back in his chair.

“Cadan, thanks for coming in so early.”

“No’ a problem,” Cadan said. He sank into an old leather chair across from Warren’s desk. “Who’s it this time?”

As one of the few Mythean Guardians in the world, it had been Cadan’s responsibility for nearly two millennia to protect those mortal or supernatural beings deemed important to the fate of humanity.

Warren glanced down at a rumpled piece of paper. “Looks like a Celtic warrior.”

Interesting—a man who’d been alive for as long as he. “Why’s the bloke need protecting if he’s made it this long? Destiny just revealed to him?”

And why haven’t I met him before? Though he didn’t get out much, Cadan knew, or knew of, nearly all the Mytheans in Great Britain. The ones who hadn’t gone rogue, at least.

“Well, that’s where it gets a little strange. The warrior hasn’t been alive. The soul has just been reborn.”

“A reincarnate? They’re damn rare. Doona think I’ve ever actually met one.”

“It doesn’t happen very often,” Warren said, picking up the Slinky on his desk and fiddling with it.

Why wouldn’t Warren meet his eyes? The claws of nerves crawled up Cadan’s back, little pinpricks sinking into his skin that wouldn’t shake loose. It took him off guard; he hadn’t felt that in centuries.

“I’ve spoken briefly to Aerten about it.” Warren finally glanced at him, but looked away almost immediately. Shite.

“What does the goddess of fate have to say about it?” He hadn’t seen her in ages. Hell, he’d only seen her a few times since she’d offered him a spot in the Praesidium. Whether he should thank her or curse her was something he hadn’t figured out yet.

“That only select souls are reborn. Those who were so strong in life that their souls never left this plane.” Warren set the Slinky down. “Their souls wait in stasis until humanity needs them. At that point, they’re brought back to perform a task that only they can accomplish.”

“So, I’m going to be protecting a child who will save the world?” A cold sweat broke out on his skin. Killing and guarding adults—no’ a problem. But dealing with children was something he was entirely unqualified for after being alone for two thousand years. Fuck, what a mess.

“No’ exactly,” Warren hedged. “Apparently with Druidic reincarnation, the soul is reborn in another person, but the person doesn’t become conscious of their previous life until they reach the approximate age at which they died originally.”

“Shite, they develop split personalities?”

“Ah, no’ exactly.” He paused, seemingly unaware that he’d grabbed the Slinky again and was juggling it faster and faster. “They doona survive that long. Once they remember who they are and complete their fated task, they die.”

“Die? That’s some shite luck.”

“Aye. The tragedy that took the soul too early the first time follows it. History is destined to repeat itself, after all. You need to protect the reincarnate until the fated task is complete, longer if you can.” That would be a challenge, but then, he liked a challenge. “Do we know what this guy’s task will be, once he regains his memory? And where is he, anyway?”

“Doona know the task, but Aerten has prophesied that a catalyzing event will spur the memory of the reincarnate and lead them to Arthur’s Seat, likely today or tomorrow. That’s where you’ll meet.” Warren hesitated before continuing, finally meeting Cadan’s eyes. “And the warrior isn’t a man.”

Cadan’s breath stuck in his throat and a chill broke out on his skin. Nay, it couldn’t be. “Who is it, Warren?”

“It’s Boudica.”

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About the Author
Linsey Hall is the author of the Mythean Arcana, a sexy paranormal romance series. Before becoming a romance novelist, Linsey was an underwater archaeologist who studied shipwrecks in all kinds of water, from the tropics to muddy rivers (and she has a distinct preference for one over the other). Her books draw upon her love of history, travel, and the paranormal elements that she can't help but include.

Several of her books may or may not feature her cats.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee


I'm sharing my review of Not Quite Forever today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she’s prepared to write him off…until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he’s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows he’s ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota’s doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?

Title:  Not Quite Forever
Series:  Not Quite
Book #: 4
Author:  Catherine Bybee
Approximate Book Length:  322 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This was a great read! I love the look into the life of a writer, especially an erotic romance author. I really enjoyed the couple. Dakota is strong and just great while Walt is a total guy, but thoughtful and caring. I loved their chemistry; they’re adorable together! The family dynamics all around are fascinating and it’s interesting how they play out.

My only complaints are that the breaks sometimes come at times that leave a scene feeling slightly incomplete and that time is tough to follow. I thought it had been maybe three weeks, give or take, but it’s suddenly been two months and there’s talk of what happens at the end of the three month honeymoon phase. However, despite it not being the easiest to follow, it does keep the book fast paced, which is good.

Bottom Line:

Not Quite Forever is a compelling read that will warm your heart. Between the exciting moments and the fun ones (including an adorable ending), I’m left happy and eager to read the rest of the series!

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About the Author
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.

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COVER REVEAL: Canning the Center by Tara Lain


Canning The Center
(Long Pass Chronicles Series, #2)
by Tara Lain

Blurb:
Six foot seven inch, 300 pound Jamal Jones loves football, so when he finds out the ultra-conservative owner of his new pro football team fired their current center because he’s gay, bisexual Jamal decides to stay in the closet and hang with the females. Then, at a small drag show, he comes face-to-face with his sexual fantasy in the form of Trixie LaRue, a drag queen so exquisitely convincing she scrambles Jamal’s hormones -- and his resolve to nurse his straight side.

Trevor Landry, aka Trixie LaRue, hides more than his genitals. A mathematician so brilliant he can’t be measured, Trevor disguises his astronomical IQ and his quirk for women’s clothes behind his act as a gay activist undergrad at Southern California University.

To Trevor, Jamal is the answer to a dream -- a man who can love and accept both his personas. When he discovers Jamal’s future is threatened if he’s seen with a guy, Trevor becomes Trixie to let Jamal pass as straight. But Trevor risks his position every time he puts on a dress. Is there a closet big enough to hold a football pro and a drag queen? 


Release Date: 
December 17, 2014


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Excerpt


He’d nestled the Cadillac all the way at the rear of the lot, against the chain that separated it from someone’s backyard. Some eucalyptus trees lined the division. Not everyone’s favorite part of the lot, since it was kind of dark and looked like a good spot for a mugging. Who’d mug him? Only someone with three friends and a horse. There were advantages to being a giant.

He beeped the car lock, opened the driver’s door, and reached up to pull off his leather jacket. A breeze ruffled the tree branches.

He heard a scraping sound and turned, tense, ready to defend himself. What?
The moonlight shone off shining yellow sequins, but their glint didn’t equal the halo shimmering off the pale blonde hair. Walking straight toward him across the rough dirt lot was—Trixie LaRue.

He opened his mouth—and closed it. If this was a dream, he didn’t want to wake up.

She got to the rear of the car and stopped. “Hello.”

“Hello.”

“I noticed you’ve been to see me twice this week.” Her speaking voice was almost as musical as her singing and just as androgynous, neither low nor high.

“I’m sure lots of people come to see you every time you perform. I’m surprised you noticed me.”
She smiled. Sunrise. “Few people are as—memorable as you are.”

He grinned. “What? You don’t have a lot of giants in your audience? No orcs or ogres?”

Her lips tightened a little like she was trying not to laugh. “You’re our chocolate bunny.”

“What?”

“That’s what Lucretia calls you.”

“And you?”

She glanced down at her golden high-heeled shoes. “You look rather like dessert to me too.”
Oh crap, his heart couldn’t beat that fast and survive, could it? “You must really have a sweet tooth.” His voice sounded breathy.

She nodded slowly. “Yes, I do.”

He stared at her. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what to do here. I’m a very big guy and this is a dark parking lot. I don’t want to appear creepy or be presumptuous.”

She glanced up. “You don’t want to presume that my flirting means anything else?”

“Exactly.” He smiled and let all his teeth show. “Since this feels like some dream I conjured out of pure desire, I wouldn’t want to scare you away.”

She took two steps closer and stopped. His estimate of her height seemed right on. About five ten, plus the very high heels she wore, which still made him four inches taller. She gazed up at him. “You do understand that under these clothes there’s a man?”


He nodded. “I’m counting on it.”


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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Saturday, November 15, 2014

REVIEW: Hounded by Sadie Hart

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

Lennox is a Hound from Idaho’s Shifter Town Enforcement, and she’s on a mission to arrest a lion-shifter. Without back up, she finds herself outnumbered by Kanon and Tegan and ends up believing his Kanon’s innocence. None of them have any idea why he would be framed for murder, but they’re in big trouble that gets worse by the minute and they’re only way out is to work together. Along the way, all three of them discover an unrivaled passion, but it could lead them to ruin if they lose sight of the killer hot on their tails. Lennox will have to learn to trust beyond herself in order to survive the danger that lurks closer than she ever imagined.

Thoughts:

Despite the serious danger that definitely lurked in the background at all times in the story, it was actually a fun book. I loved the banter among the characters, the world building was nice and progressive, character development had good depth, and story was well paced to keep constant interest. There’s a nice variety in the types of shifters, which is always nice, because shifters stories tend towards big cats or wolves a lot of the time. There’s also magic in the world making it a well rounded urban fantasy.

One thing that bugged me a little is that unless there’s a really good reason (and I’ll admit it was pretty good here), I kind of hate reading from the villain’s POV. It was a little aggravating at times, but for the most part, this author’s style definitely added a level of mystery and kept you guessing as to his identity until the moment he’s revealed to characters in the book. It was also disappointing that until the last few pages, there was actually little to no shifting, but there is still plenty of mention of the animals just beneath the surface to remind you what lurks under the skin of them all.

At first I was a little nervous about the romance aspect of the book. There are times where PDA and such were viewed so casually that it didn’t feel “special”. That gets better quickly though as the connection between Tegan, Kanon, and Lennox grows. There’s tons of sexual tension for a while, taking the anticipation up a notch, and it’s just…gloriously frustrating! When they finally get down to business, it’s worth the wait.

This book is full of fun, suspense, blazing ménage, and heartwarming romance. Loyalty and the bonds of friendship are tested leaving you on the edge of your seat through the last few chapters.


Friday, November 14, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Devada by Tich Brewster

Wickedly Innocent Promotions is hosting a cover reveal for Tich Brewster's Devada of the Angels & Demons series. I'm here to share that cover and a little about the book with you. Happy Reading!


Devada - Angels & Demons Book 1

Angels and demons, God and Satan, heaven and hell. What do you do when you find out that these things are not some made-up fantasy but they are real? Not only are they real but you discover that you were created to fight in this warfare.

Hannah's life is turned upside down when she discovers that everything she thought was fictional is actually real. Everyone she loves is in danger and to top it off, she learns that she is a Devada. She was created to kill demons.

Will she be able to learn and master her Devada abilities before the demons find her?


About the Author
Tich is an Oklahoma resident and the mother of five. Her passion for reading started at an early age when her Aunt Vicky gave her the novel Heidi for Christmas. She didn’t start writing until middle school, after being inspired by her best friend’s short stories. “Genny’s stories weren’t just great but they inspired me to put my pen and paper to good use.” Tich never thought of publishing her works until working with Teresa on the Royal Blood series.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

REVIEW: Fifty Shades Freed by EL James

Summary:

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

Title:  Fifty Shades Freed
Series:  Fifty Shades
Book #: 3
Author:  EL James
Approximate Book Length:  594 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

*I don’t usually write “bad” reviews, because I don’t want to be rude. This one however is a HIGHLY popular trilogy and I finally read it to see what all the fuss was about. I’m sharing my honest opinion.*

Holy flashbacks Batman! I hate flashbacks unless they’re used infrequently and very purposefully. These were unnecessary and far too frequent. Beyond that though, I am kind of ashamed to admit that I was regrettably invested in this book. At least I was one love scene where Christian’s “fifty shades of messed up” shines through in vibrant color. Not counting that one, a couple of the love scenes (after all, there are MANY) aren’t bad – however the rest were pretty boring and I skimmed through probably most of them.

I do have to say that for once, the characters aren’t completely predictable. They are mostly, make no mistake, but they throw you a curve now and then. The plot itself though is pretty freaking predictable. The epilogue jumps around some, and there are some unresolved plot lines (such as Mia and Ethan – sorry if that’s a spoiler). Overall the ending just seemed anticlimactic with how overdramatized the rest of the book (and trilogy) has been.

Random note: the Twilight similarities were painfully obvious in this book.

Now that everything is over and done, I have to say that I just can’t reconcile how quickly and easily he went from abusive, control freak Dom to happy daddy. There’s a certain addictive element that eventually sucked me in and I honestly couldn’t put it down…even though part of me HATED it. I’ve never had more mixed feelings over something I’ve read. I can’t deny the allure, but it’s just NOT WORTH IT.

Bottom Line:

Fifty Shades Freed is the conclusion to a trilogy that lives up to its name – fifty shades of screwed up.

Rating:


N/A

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