Wednesday, December 31, 2014

REVIEW: Don't Drink and Hex by Milly Taiden

Summary:

A BBW Witch and too many bottles of wine plus a hot wolf = The hottest sex of her life

Drinking and Hexing is never a good idea. Selena Azul decides to help out a friend by creating a love potion. Only problem is she’s doing this while getting real friendly with a few bottles of wine.

Her hex goes wrong and suddenly her neighbor Gage is in her dreams. It takes a few minutes to realize she’s not dreaming. And her love potion has disappeared. She now has what she believes is a hot as hell hexed wolf wanting to take her in every way possible.

If only he weren’t so sexy and naked, she might have an easier time keeping him at arm’s length while trying to figure out how to fix this mess...

Title:  Don't Drink and Hex
Series:  Smut Shorties
Book #: 2
Author:  Milly Taiden
Approximate Book Length:  26 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

There were things I liked and things I didn’t like. I like the confusion over the spell gone wrong and Cleopatra’s cameo appearance. I also like Selena’s attitude. However, the story needs some editing, is too short for sufficient world-building, and while there’s plenty of lust, there’s no love. Despite how it ends, I like a little more emotion, even in my smut.

Bottom Line:

Don't Drink and Hex is a very quick sexy read that piques interest and leaves you wanting more. Don’t miss out!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

REVIEW: Sharp Change by Milly Taiden

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

Sophia is a geneticist studying the shifter gene after her sister was changed into a wolf shifter. In a freak accident in the lab, she’s infused with the genes of both a cat and a wolf. Chase is the pack alpha and he’s pathetically in love with Sophia after meeting her when her sister joined the pack. After her accident, Sophia goes to her sister’s for a get together and the sparks fly between her and Chase, but neither fully understand why. Chase helps her through her first heat only to discover that others know of her research and will do anything to get ahold of her. Everything between them will be put to the test.

Thoughts:

There was a lot I enjoyed from this story, with a few things that bothered me just a tad. First, this is book one in the series, but there were several times throughout particularly the first half of the book that I felt like I had missed a story and that was a little distracting. I also thought there were some unanswered questions in the end and that it happened a little too quickly; I think it could have benefited from an epilogue.

The world building was very good, giving relevant information without anything extraneous to overwhelm the reader. There are hints to more in that world which is cool, because it leaves the door open for future installments to go anywhere. There was really only one thing that stood out to me as a little implausible – the ability to scent the gender of an unborn child within the first couple weeks of pregnancy.

As for the characters, all were great. Julia is Sophia’s sister and mated to River, Chase’s brother. They were cute together, even if Julia was a little dramatic. I absolutely adored Chase and Sophia is fun, but I did feel that as smart as Sophia was, she should have been able to figure a couple things out prior to having to be told.

The love scenes are explicit and hot and do not lose intensity throughout the story, which is always nice. I’ve come to enjoy this author’s work and this one did not disappoint.

Sharp Change is an exciting story with compelling characters. If you’re looking for a very sexy romantic suspense, I definitely recommend it!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Canning the Center by Tara Lain


Thanks to Enchantress of Books Blog Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Tara Lain's Canning the Center today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

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?

Title:  Canning the Center
Series:  Long Pass Chronicles
Book #: 2
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  245 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

GREAT! This was a well woven sequel that had it all. Cameo from the couple in the first book, some mystery that kept me guessing, diverse characters, and a totally sweet romance. Jamal and Trevor are so freaking cute together you will feel nauseated in a good way. I don’t even know what else to say, except that I enjoyed Jamal’s story every bit as much as I’d hoped!

Bottom Line:

Canning the Center kept me enthralled from beginning to end. There are some surprises and in the end, you’ll be left with a smile!

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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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Saturday, December 20, 2014

REVIEW: Lightning by Taryn Kincaid

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

Lily is a traumatized succubus after putting her prom night lover into a coma after amazing sex. She’s steered clear of mortals since, afraid of hurting them, plus she knocks out the power whenever she has sex with the lightning that comes along with her. Campbell was changed after that sexy, but strange prom night. He throws himself into work to forget the woman he loved. They both remember that night and the love they shared. They have no idea what 1Night Stand really has in store for them.

Thoughts:

This novella was just plain funny! Very witty, it’ll have you laughing out loud on occasion. The world created is fun and interesting, though I wish we got a little more insight into it, such as why does the lightning come along with sex for a succubus or incubus. The chemistry between the main characters is sizzling. Almost literally, it’s like barely harnessed power.

The moment they realize who their date is was laughable and awkwardly fun. They proceed on their date, and there’s lot of foreplay, but I feel like the rest of the night was a little rushed. That being said it had a very sweet ending. I look forward to more from this author!

Hot, fun, and sweet, Lightning is sure to get your blood pumping and laugh rolling with its bold characters. Recommended!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Unknown Protector by Maggie Mundy


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Maggie Mundy's Unknown Protector. Happy reading!

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Two things have helped Nicole cope since the murder of her husband. One is running her detective agency, and the other is her guardian angel Mira. When Mira is killed by a demon, Nicole accepts the help of a Ridge, a long haired, cigar smoking diamond in the rough with wings.

Things go from bad to worse when a replacement guardian cannot be found. She has to trust Ridge, which is tricky when she realizes there are no demons or angels, just parasitic aliens that humans have built the myths of these celestial beings around. Ridge isn’t an angel or a devil, but an alien half breed known as a Midworlder.

He is also way too sexy for his own good, or is it her own good?


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“Please don’t drop me, please don’t drop me,” Nicole repeated as she closed her eyes. She didn’t like flying in planes, let alone being dragged through the night sky by an oversexed scruffy angel who was too hot for his own good. Or was it her own good.

“I won’t let you fall. Look around before we go over. I reckon you’ve guessed the events of tonight aren’t the way we normally do things. Humans aren’t meant to be aware of our flying through the night sky which means I can’t let you remember any of this.”

She took a deep breath and opened her eyes. His face was close to hers as he gripped her tight around her waist. It was too dark to read what he might be thinking from his expression. His lips were so close and her own were parting at the thought he might kiss her. She trembled, but not from fear anymore and hoped he couldn’t read her mind. They were being hunted and she wanted a kiss, no she longed for it. He had to be putting the thoughts in her head.

She needed to get her mind off him so she gazed down at San Francisco. Her adopted city stretched out below with steep streets reaching down to the harbor, while the lights on the Golden Gate Bridge shone in the distance, reflecting on the water below. She smiled as a tear flowed down her cheek. She had never seen it this way before. For a moment she forgot others were after them or after her in particular. She peeked over Ridge’s shoulder and glanced back over his wings as they glided through the sky. Three dark, winged shapes were following and could be seen against the light of the full moon. Maybe the full moon could explain why strange things were happening, because this was like staring at a scene from a horror movie, except it was real.

The shapes of their pursuer’s bodies blurred. She turned back to the city but the lights of San Francisco were disappearing. In the moonlight she focused on the face next to her. Ridge smiled and touched her cheek with his.

“It’s okay. I’m gonna get you a new guardian and all of this will go away. I won’t let anyone hurt you.”

She didn’t want a new guardian, she wanted Mira back. It went dark and reminded her of when she went adventure-caving in Australia. The absolute darkness of underground where not even a trickle of light breaks through, no matter how hard you look. She couldn’t see Ridge anymore, but the closeness of him and the darkness amplified the sound of his wings. For a moment they were all that existed in the universe. His lips touched hers and her mouth opened to him only to have him pull away. Did he mean to do that?

“I suggest you close your eyes and give your mind over to me,” he whispered.

Nicole shook her head and tried to get herself back to reality, whatever that was. “I’m not going anywhere with my eyes shut after tonight, and from what I’m picking up at times your mind seems a bit murky to let you in again.”

“Suit yourself darling, but don’t blame me if you pass out.”

Pain sliced through her temple. She squeezed her eyes shut and instinctively hugged Ridge tighter. His thoughts were in her head again telling her to relax, but this time it wasn’t working. She tried to hold down the rising alarm of what would happen next. Somehow she had an inkling it wasn’t going to be good.

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About the Author
Maggie Mundy lives in Adelaide, Australia and is a member of Romance Writers of Australia, and the local chapter SARA (South Australian Romance Authors).

She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English. She had a short story published in the Romance Writers of Australia Topaz Anthology Little Gems in 2010 called Sea and Vines. She has three books out with Rogue Phoenix Press. Two erotic novellas called Blood Scent and Blood Oath and a paranormal romance called World Change. She also has a supernatural thriller out with Soul Mate Publishing called Hidden Mortality and paranormal romance called Unknown Protector.

She has also performed for many years in corporate entertainment for which she wrote her own sketches, which probably explains why her head is so full of characters. She loves writing romance but thinks falling in love can be scary, especially in her stories where creatures of the night really exist.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

REVIEW: Tethered Wings by Cameo Renae

Summary:

Back from their quest into the Underworld, with the threat of Lucian hanging over head, Emma is faced with yet another problem—the Immortal Bond. The bond surpasses any reason and is something so complex, not much is known about it. Once an Immortal Bond is made, it is forever. A conjoining of two fated hearts, destined to be perfect companions.

Emma’s heart, already bonded with her Guardian, Kade, has unexpectedly and inconveniently bonded with Ethon, the son of Lucifer. Now she is faced with a decision she doesn't want to make. Both want nothing more than to love and protect her.

With the arrival of new company and old friends, things are bound to get heated.

Title:  Tethered Wings
Series:  Hidden Wings
Book #: 3
Author:  Cameo Renae
Approximate Book Length:  219 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this one. There were moments I liked, but overall this didn’t really come up to the same level as the last one and certainly not the first. I like the separate relationships between Emma and Kade, and Emma and Ethon, but I still really hate that theirs a triangle at all. Plus, Ethon is a walking contradiction. I sometimes like him, but I don’t want to. He's nice and sweet and then he goes and acts like a jerk – he is the devil’s son after all.

Also, while I’m glad that Emma got to see her old friends, I feel like they’re just thrown in to add another obstacle. They did add a good element though for Emma during the funeral that’s finally held for her parents. It’s very well done and highly emotional.

Overall, it had its moments, but it just didn’t have the same vibe from the first two and I didn’t like the plot or the action as much. I still love the characters – the guardians and Emma’s birth parents – though. They’re just fun!

Bottom Line:

Tethered Wings is all about the love triangle so don’t miss out on this installment to learn more about Emma’s dilemma. Just be sure you’ve read the first two books as this does not stand alone at all.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Curves 'Em Right by Milly Taiden

Thanks to Wickedly Innocent Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Milly Taiden's latest release Curves 'Em Right.

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Summary:

Daniella Flores is looking for a good man. A man who will accept her as she is and go crazy for her curves. So far she’s had no luck in the romance department and is worried she might never find the right one. When Mrs. Wilder of the PDA offers to help, Dani is all for trying anything. Mrs. Wilder promises to find her love, romance and hot sex. What woman in her right mind would say no to that?

Kane and Blake have been searching for a mate to complete their Alpha triad. There’s just one problem: they’ve yet to find a woman they both want. Not to worry, Kane’s mother comes to the rescue and brings in the PDA. Unfortunately for them, Mrs. Wilder has something up her sleeve and it’s not a bra. When they meet their mysterious date, they know she’s the woman they need.

A masquerade ball brings Dani and the shifters together. The two men who are really good friends with Dani’s overprotective older brother. She’ll get one chance to finally live the fantasy night she’s always wanted with the wild wolves. Besides, it’s not like they could really want her for a mate. It will take some maneuvering for Kane and Blake to keep Dani, not lose their friend and their pack, and prove her curves are the only ones they want.

Title:  Curves ‘Em Right
Series:  Paranormal Dating Agency
Book #: 4
Author:  Milly Taiden
Approximate Book Length:  186 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

The heroine in this one started out refreshingly strong and full of conviction. As time went on, she just came off as putting on a strong face, when she was really insecure about her body. If she were really that comfortable in her own skin, she’d stop obsessing over it so much. The final conflict was awkward plot wise. Other than that, the ending was nice and all, but overall, the whole thing just lacked substance for me.

Bottom Line:

Curves 'Em Right is a sexy ménage story that was a quick hot read with a HEA, but is uninspiring. It’s worth checking out though for the sizzle.

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About the Author
Hi! I'm Milly (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. 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.

When I'm not working some really long hours at the day job, or hanging out in the awful life-sucking invention known as Facebook, messaging my bestie in the UK or shopping with my sis Julie, then I can be found watching scary movies. Buuut when I'm not doing that, I'm usually writing because the voices won't shut up.

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

Come by and visit me! I love to meet new readers!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cancer Awareness Posts

I've done a couple posts in the past about cancer awareness over the last couple years.  However, starting in January of 2015, I'd like to post every month about the various cancers or illnesses for which that month represents awareness.

If you have a story you'd like to share, email me and I'll include it in the relevant post.  I hope that this will not affect my blog followers as I know it's not book related in any way, but I think it's really important to be aware of cancer and illness.

After all, sometimes it takes losing time with and ultimately the life of a loved one to an illness before you realize that the illness exists and the impact it has.  Maybe those future posts will help, or maybe it'll just bring out appreciate for others plights, or simply send out positive vibes to survivors.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

NEW RELEASE: Songs of the Abyss by Lindsay Avalon

Blurb:
Her wedding day should have been a joyous occasion for the selkie Princess Nerissa. Instead, it was a nightmare. When the man who'd pledged to honor and love her attempts to murder the Princess, she flees for her life. Although she escapes, she finds herself trapped between skins, neither human nor seal. Consumed by hatred she waits, taking refuge in the sea and compelling men to come to her as she searches for revenge.
But will her thirst for vengeance cost her a chance at true love?
*** Previously publised in the Once Upon A Twisted Time anthology, this is NOT your average fairy tale. Newly revised with added content, don't miss the twisted take on a classic fairy tale! ***
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I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had "nothing" to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.
My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, "Breaking the Nexus", started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.
When I'm not writing, I've found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don't want.
Lindsay Avalon ~ * ~ Author of paranormal romance
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REVIEW: Cry Sanctuary by Sadie Hart

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

Holly has a unique insight into a serial killer that is haunting Sanctuary Falls, having once escaped his clutches herself. Due to that event, the werewolf has made her his ultimate target and changed his game to taunt her. Caine is the alpha of the pack “The Hunter” is terrorizing to play with Holly and he’s determined to not only protect his pack, but the hound he’s come to respect and care for. Together, they’ll face a horrible killer that wants nothing more than to scare Holly enough to make her run, for he loves the chase. Cry Sanctuary is a must read!

Thoughts:

The books opens up with a bang as Holly is at the killer’s mercy. This implies that this story will be a darker one than the first one was, and it certainly lives up to expectations. The villain is a real twisted bastard that you just ache to see get what he deserves. The investigation and conflict as a whole felt like I was reading an episode of Criminal Minds or something, which I thought was actually really cool. Despite occasionally seeing from the awful villain’s POV (which thankfully never gets very graphic), I really enjoyed the case in this book.

I really loved seeing characters from the first story. It lends a sense of continuity and familiarity to the series and just draws you in and hooks you. That being said, you do not need to have read the first book to enjoy this one, though I definitely recommend it to fully appreciate the significance of certain details.

The romance had a bit of a buildup rather than a lust at first sight kind of deal, so the teasing in the early phase of the relationship is titillating and just as toe curling as the love scenes later. It was a great combination of sweet and sensual.

Even better than the first, this sequel grabbed my attention from page one and never let go. You’ll be holding your breath and on the edge of your seat throughout and will be unable to put this book down. I definitely think that Cry Sanctuary is a must read!


Friday, December 12, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Marked by Rebecca Zanetti


I'm sharing a little about Rebecca Zanetti's upcoming release, the latest in the Dark Protectors series, Marked! Happy reading!

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Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…


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~EXCERPT~

Garrett Kayrs lifted his head and took a deep breath. Slowly and way too deliberately, he set Janie away from him. “Janie?” he asked his sister.

Her hands fluttered together, her eyes wide. “It just happened.”

Garrett growled, his eyes flashing a bright aqua, then rushed Zane.

Zane dropped into a fighting stance just before the vampire slammed him into the rock chimney. Shards ripped into his back and pinged off the floor. “Knock it off.” He cuffed Garrett on the side of the head the same way he would his brother Logan before punching Garrett’s thigh and knocking him to one knee. “I have ten years of combat experience on you, kid. Wait for the right time to battle.”

Garrett shot a punch up into Zane’s groin.

Zane doubled over, waited, and then groaned when the agony hit. His eyes watered, while his temper flew. “Damn it.” He slapped his hands above Garrett’s ears, careful not to break his skull. Then he grabbed the young vampire by the nape, pivoted, and threw him across the room.

Garrett landed on the table and smashed to the floor.

Holy fuck. Zane leaned over, trying to breathe again. He’d forgotten vampires fought dirty.

“Zane!” Janie rushed forward and bent to help her brother up. A table leg rolled across the floor. “Stop hurting Garrett.”

Son of a bitch. Zane was the one with swollen balls. “Everyone calm down,” he groaned.

Garrett swore and leaped through the air at him.

Logan intercepted Garrett with a tackle a second before he hit Zane, the two young soldiers impacting the door and flying right through it. Snow billowed up and covered the floor.

“Garrett!” Janie jumped to her feet and rushed outside.

Zane reached out with one arm and caught her at the waist, forcing her to a quick halt. She struggled against him. “No,” he said. “Stay away while they’re fighting.” If one of the men accidentally hit her, they could take off her entire head. They were young and out of control . . . and both defending family.

“Screw you,” she muttered, turning and aiming a punch at his dick.

He turned at the last second, but she still grazed his groin. Nausea skidded through his gut. Damn fucking Kayrs family—they all went for the balls.

The sound of punches and grunts echoed from outside, and Janie fought him hard, trying to get out there.

“Stop.” Zane was done being gentle. He picked her up by both arms and strode across the room to drop her on the bed. She bounced, her eyes on fire, fury spinning a glorious red across her stunning face. He leaned in until his nose nearly touched hers. “Get off this bed, and I’ll flip you over my knee, regardless of who’s here.”

She blinked, rage darkening her eyes to a midnight blue. Then the combative woman tried to kick him in the balls again.

He swiped her foot away from his junk and pivoted to glare at Sam, who sat on a chair in front of the demolished table, a bowl of carrots in his lap. Sam finished chewing one and swallowed. “What?”

“Stop them,” Zane ground out.

Sam shrugged. “Why? They’re evenly matched and have too much energy. Let them beat the shit out of each other.”

The soft cry of distress from Janie struck right to Zane’s heart. A tree crashed on the earth outside. He turned. “Stay here and I’ll get them.” He pinned her with the glare he gave young soldiers during training and waited until she nodded.

He didn’t believe the nod for a damn second.

The young fighters burst through the door frame, ripping half of the wall apart. Furious hits and kicks punctuated groans and growls.

“Enough!” Zane reached down and dragged them both up by the hair.

Logan punched him in the ribs, and Zane threw him down hard. He bounced twice.

Garrett snorted and hit Zane in the knee. Zane tossed his ass down, and the vampire bounced three times.

“Let’s try again.” Zane hauled them both up again. Bruises and cuts marred their faces, while anger vibrated around them. He shoved Garrett. “You’re scaring your sister.” Then he pushed Logan the other way. “You’re pissing me off, and you ruined my cabin.”

Both young soldiers turned to view the missing wall. Snow drifted around, and the heat from the fire dissipated.

Garrett turned again, his gaze finding Janie. “How the hell could you?”

Zane stepped to block his view, his voice lowering to deadly. “Watch your tone with your sister.”

Janie scrambled to her knees and leaned around Zane. “Are you all right, Garrett?”

Garrett snarled. “Sure. The jerk here hits like a girl.” At Janie’s indrawn breath, he hastily added, “A girl who hasn’t been trained to fight.”

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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. Her current publishers are Kensington, Grand Central, and Entangled. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Her current series are: The Dark Protectors, The Maverick Montana Cowboys, and the Sin Brothers series. Upcoming series are: The Realm Enforcers and The Scorpius Syndrome.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Always the Quiet Ones by Cassandra Carr

Thanks to Wickedly Innocent Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Always the Quiet Ones by Cassandra Carr today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

King of the geeks Marty Johnston has a serious crush on his co-worker Elizabeth. The principal IT consultant wants more than just a flirtation, but guilt over a one-night-stand-but-maybe-more Marty had on his last business trip before meeting Elizabeth could cost him his big chance with the girl of his dreams. He’s comfortable dealing with computers, not people. Can he step way outside his comfort zone to sort things out, or will he lose the one he’s falling for?

Title:  Always the Quiet Ones
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Cassandra Carr
Approximate Book Length:  47 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This story was a little awkward, though cute too. However, it felt really rushed. I almost think this was actually a prequel or something leading into a bigger book, except that their story was pretty much told.

The love scenes are mostly “closed door”, but you do get a few fun, hot foreplay scenes. The rest were the awkward, rushed parts. I liked the ending, but it definitely added to the strangeness, because it didn’t actually involve the heroine.

Bottom Line:

Always the Quiet Ones is a quick, but confusing read. It’s worth checking out for a sweet story about romantic potential.

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Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra's books have won numerous "Best Book Of" awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT's Reviewers' Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is penning stories about love and sex while most others struggle with commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

REVIEW: Baby by Design by Elley Arden

Summary:

Trish DeVign knows what she needs to be single, successful, and satisfied. She needs a baby. With recent relationships falling short of her expectations, she’s single by choice. With a thriving interior design company, she’s got successful covered. It’s the satisfied part that eludes her, and that’s her mother’s fault - not her adopted mother, but the mother who gave her away, sentencing her to a privileged life with two good people who don’t share with her a single drop of DNA.

Tony Corcarelli has spent his adult life as the black sheep of his large Italian-American family ever since he turned his back on running the family carpentry business so he could live a more laidback life, forcing his sister to take the reins. Now, Tony’s grandmother has cancer, and he’s expected to join the family in making her wishes come true. Unfortunately, the two things Nonna wants most for Tony are two things he can’t fathom: a wife and kids or the priesthood. There has to be another way.

When Trish asks her best friend’s brother, Tony, to escort her to a wedding, a night of fun and flirtation turns serious, with Trish confessing she wants a baby. Could a calculated conception be the answer they’ve both been looking for?

Title:  Baby by Design
Series:  Designing Love
Book #: 1
Author:  Elley Arden
Approximate Book Length:  190 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This was a cute story, though it definitely had its share of awkward moments. It was very predictable, but had a surprise or two. I didn’t get all the foundations for their personalities and the reasons they had to behave the way they sometimes did, but they were who they were and it still worked out as a story. Not an exceptional or stand out story, but still cute.

Bottom Line:

Baby by Design is a sweet story about family. Don’t miss out if you just want a nice, easy read with no gratuitous love scenes.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Want It by Jennifer Chance


Thanks to Barclay Publicity for hosting this blog tour. I am sharing my review of Jennifer Chance's Want It today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

For Erin Connelly, being a good girl isn’t such a bad thing. She’s working her dream job at a Boston art gallery and staying out of trouble, which is more than she can say for her deadbeat mom. Unfortunately, her mother’s latest misadventure lands her in the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Now the only person who can save her is the one man Erin has no business asking for help: the sexy-as-sin army ranger who just so happens to be her former high school sweetheart.

Zander James is no gentleman—and no officer, either, thanks to Erin. Four years ago, she made a call that terminated his highest aspirations ... and their relationship. He’s never forgiven her, but when he learns that Erin’s embarking on a half-baked rescue mission, he sure as hell can’t let her go alone. Now, with a treacherous enemy lying in wait, the electrifying tension between them may just be Zander’s undoing. Because while he may be able to keep Erin alive, he can’t promise to keep his hands off her.

Title:  Want It
Series:  Rule Breakers
Book #: 3
Author:  Jennifer Chance
Approximate Book Length:  233 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

Just like the last book, I didn’t read the back blurb or anything, I just dove into the book. Each book in this series stands alone really well. You see the same friends, but nothing more. The couple from book one were mentioned, but not seen. The couple from book two did have a little cameo though. Beyond that, there’s nothing that would scream “you’ve jumped into the middle of a series!” and I love that!

The past between Erin and Zander is a tumultuous one and I get why they were so upset with each other. However, I did think they took their stubbornness and anger a little far. So much so, that Zander honestly came off as a major prick to me at first. He redeems himself though, and their chemistry – especially since they already have a history – is sizzling and downright tangible.

As for the full story, I found it exciting until the highest point of conflict. I was a torn between being disappointed it was a little anti-climactic and happy that it was. It didn’t evolve into some huge plot twist or deeper conflict or anything, and frankly I appreciate that because drama for the sake of a longer book or something can be counter-productive. There are some flashbacks, which I usually hate, but these are short and relevant. The ending itself was sweet and I enjoyed the reconcilliations between various people.

Bottom Line:

Want It is a reunion story that jumps off the page and drags you in. A gripping story with strong and authentic characters, this was an pretty awesome read that left me looking forward to the next one!

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About the Author
Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series, which feature sexy, wish-come-true romances that launched with ROCK IT and FAKE IT in 2014. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Sliding into Home by Anne Lange


Thanks to Wickedly Innocent Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Anne Lange's Sliding into Home today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

Can an injured ex ball player convince the woman he wakes up married to in Las Vegas to take a second chance on him?

After spending the last four months drowning his sorrows over the end of his baseball career, Jack Bishop finds himself winging through the blue skies to Las Vegas, not so ready to spend the weekend with some woman his best friend set him up with. He expects a paid escort. What he gets is the woman he walked away from ten years ago to pursue his passion, and she’s not very happy to see him.

Devyn Tate believes she’s quite capable of finding somebody to take her out to dinner. She’s no longer looking for a lifelong promise. She has a commitment only to her battery-operated toy to fulfill that particular need. Yet her friends have managed to talk her into spending the weekend in Las Vegas, on a blind date of all things. They promise the guy is trustworthy. They insist that she should have fun. Unfortunately, fun is not what she envisions when she discovers Jack Bishop lying on the floor of her suite in nothing but his underwear that’s on backward, and she has a wedding ring on her finger.

Title:  Sliding into Home
Series:  A New League
Book #: 1
Author:  Anne Lange
Approximate Book Length:  131 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I got as drunk on these two characters as they did booze the night they got married. Their chemistry is blazing, sizzling right off the page. The premise of the book is a little cliché, but is compelling none the less. Jack is a sulky ex-baseball player, but is mature enough to behave like an adult and Devyn is a scorned woman from multiple directions and yet she makes the best of her situation. Overall, just a heartwarming read that left me with a smile.

Bottom Line:

Sliding into Home is an addictive second chance story that left me looking forward to more in this new series!

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About the Author
Shoes are her addiction, but books are her passion. Anne Lange grew up with a love for reading. If you take a close look, she’s got either a book, her Kindle or her Kobo—maybe all three—tucked into her bag or a pocket when she leaves the house. You know, just in case there’s time to sneak in a chapter or ten. Anne reads many genres of romance, but prefers to write sexy stories, often with a dash of humor, and usually with a side of those sinful pleasures your mom never told you about.

Oh, and always a happily ever after.

While embarking on this wild journey of becoming a romance author, Anne juggles a full time job and a family. Not always successfully. Who needs a clean house every day? And what’s wrong with cereal for dinner? She lives in Ontario, Canada with her wonderfully supportive husband, three awesome kids who are growing up way too fast, and Rocky the bearded dragon.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

NEW RELEASE: Disfigured Love by Georgia Le Carre

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!


My name is Lena Seagull. I should still be in school, hanging out with friends, meeting boys, falling in love—just like you. But on my eighteenth birthday my father sold me. Now, those are yesterday’s dreams.

My home is a remote castle. And the man who owns me? I have never seen him.

Guy Hawk keeps his face hidden under a mask. At first, I knew only fear, but now his voice and touch make me unashamedly want him. Each night, his hired help blindfolds me, and takes me to his room. He whispers that I am beautiful and we have sex. It is wild and exciting, but when I awaken he is always gone.

He and his castle hold dark secrets that I must unravel, but what he fears most—being unmasked—is my deepest desire.

Will either of us survive the consequences of my desire?


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~EXCERPT~

My name is not really Lena Seagull. Seagull is the nickname my father was given by those who knew him. While you were alive he would steal everything from you, and when you were dead he would steal even your eyeballs.

My first vivid memory is one of violence.

I was not yet five years old and I had disobeyed my father. I had refused to do something he wanted me to. I cannot remember what it was anymore, but it was something small and insignificant. Definitely unimportant. He did not get angry, he just nodded thoughtfully. He turned towards my mother. ‘Catherine,’ he said calmly. ‘Put a pot of water on to boil.’

I remember my mother’s white face and her frightened eyes clearly. She knew my father, you see. She hung a pot of water on the open fire of the stove.

He sat and smoked his pipe quietly. Behind me my sisters and brother huddled. There were seven of us then. I was the youngest. Two more would come after me.

‘Has the water boiled yet?’ my father asked every so often.

‘No,’ she said, her voice trembling with fear, and he nodded and carried on puffing on his pipe.

Eventually, she said, ‘Yes. The water is ready.’

Two of my sisters began to sob quietly. My father carefully put his pipe down on the table and stood.

‘Come here,’ he called to my mother. There was no anger. Perhaps he even sighed.

But by now my mother’s fear had communicated itself to me and I had begun to fidget, fret and hop from foot to foot in abject terror. I sobbed and cried out, ‘I’m sorry. I’m very sorry. I will never again do such a thing.’

My father ignored me.

‘Please, please, papa,’ I begged.

‘Put the child on the chair,’ he instructed.

My mother, with tears streaming down her cheeks, put me on the chair. Even then I think she already knew exactly what was about to happen because she smiled at me sadly, but with such love that I remember it to this day.

I stood up and clung desperately to my mother’s legs. My father ordered my older sisters to hold me down. They obeyed him immediately.

Reluctantly, my mother dragged her feet back to my father.

With the dizzying speed of a striking snake he grabbed her hand and plunged it into the boiling water. My mother’s eyes bulged and she opened her mouth to scream, but the only sound that came out was the choke that someone makes when they are trying to vomit. While she writhed and twisted like a cut snake in his grip, my father turned his beautiful blue eyes toward me. My father is an extremely handsome man—laughing gray eyes and blonde hair.

The shock of witnessing my father’s savagery towards my beloved mother was so total and so all encompassing that it silenced my screams and weighted me to my chair. I froze. For what seemed like eternity I could not move a single muscle. And then I began to shriek. A single piercing wail of horror. My father pulled my mother’s hand out of the pot and rushing her outside, plunged her blistering, steaming hand into the snow.

I ran out and stood watching them, icy wind caught in my throat. My father was gently stroking my mother’s hair. Her face was ghostly white and her teeth were chattering uncontrollably. Then she turned to look at me and snapped them shut like a trap. I was never the same after that day.

I obeyed my father in all things…

About the Author
Georgia Le Carre lives in England, in an old 19th century romantic cottage surrounded by a magical garden filled with fruit and walnut trees.

When she is not feeding words into her laptop, she is either curled up in bed with a box of chocolates and a good read, or lost in a long walk in the woods. Especially on moonlit nights. And often with the man of her dreams.

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REVIEW: Weighted by Ciara Knight

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

Held captive following the war of 2185, Raeth is fearing interrogation, torture, and a slow and painful death. Her only chance is a potential ally in the Queen’s daughter, but what can she trust when they’re using mind alteration to attempt to extract information? She can only hope to die before she gives up the secret of herself and her people.

Thoughts:

This is a young adult story, and the age of the main character, Raeth, is said to be twelve, but damn if this isn’t a bit dark. The pain and hopelessness from the torture scenes, not to mention the state of society is just dark and depressing. If it weren’t for the age of the Raeth and the fact that the violence isn’t as graphic as it could be, I’d wonder if this really should be young adult.

I was intrigued with the world as two races are named and war is referenced, with a powerful “gift” among one of them, but we never get any solid confirmation on the “why” for the primary conflict and we don’t get much explanation on the races or the desert beasts that are mentioned occasionally. I would’ve liked to learn more.

The biggest disappointment for me was the lack of romance. There’s no potential love interest for anyone, unless you count the princess who is a secondary character, and even then it’s unlikely. The story in its entirety felt almost like a segment taken from a much longer book and put out on its own. Overall it just seemed too short and incomplete and left me feeling more confused than entertained.

Weighted is a short fantasy story that piques your interest, but ends before fulfilling its potential. If you want a quick introduction to a bleak high fantasy world, you might enjoy this one, but I say eh, whatever.