Wednesday, September 30, 2015

REVIEW: Soulfire by Juliette Cross

Summary:

In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.

Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.

As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.

Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen's father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.

Title:  Soulfire
Series:  Nightwing
Book #: 1
Author:  Juliette Cross
Approximate Book Length:  109 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

As the first book in a new series, this was a great start. The conflict, while compelling, was on the light side making for a bit of a short read compared to what I was expecting. However, the story also wasn’t unnecessarily drawn out either.

The world building was wonderful! Everything we needed to know to understand and appreciate the setting was demonstrated. We’re shown what kind of weapons exist, some history of the Morgon race, the tone of the province the characters live and work in, and the nature of Morgons in general.

Lucius was totally loveable. He’s definitely got some alpha impulses, but he’s also very sweet with Jessen. I really liked Jessen, mostly because I found her to be incredibly brave on multiple occasions. I look forward to learning more about their future.

Bottom Line:

Soulfire is an awesome start to what’s sure to be an addicting series. Grab this one for an engrossing and emotional read.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Stranded With The Cyborg by Cara Bristol








Stranded with the Cyborg 
(A Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance)
by Cara Bristol 

Blurb:

The daughter of the Terran president, Penelope Aaron resented the restrictions imposed upon her, but that was no reason to take it out on the man assigned to protect her. She regrets how she got Agent Brock Mann booted from the security force. But now that she’s an interplanetary ambassador about to embark on her first diplomatic mission, she still doesn’t want him tagging along. Especially since he seems to be stronger, faster, more muscled, and sexier than she remembers. And pretending to be her husband?  This mission couldn’t get more impossible!

Ten years ago Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what. Much has changed in a decade: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up and is about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock was transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going gets impossible. So when he’s unexpectedly assigned to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA may become his most impossible assignment yet.





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“Ten years have passed. Penelope is different now,” Carter said.
Brock doubted that. “Does she know about me?”
“That you’re a cyborg? Of course not. She hasn’t been told anything about the program or even that you’re the one who’s been assigned to her.”
“Yeah, spring it on her. That will go over well.” He could envision the tantrum, and, after she calmed down, the scheme she would devise to circumvent the decision. The last time he’d seen her, she’d been emerging from his quarters half-dressed, a triumphant smile tilting her lips. Shortly thereafter, two fellow agents had come to arrest him.
President Aaron had exonerated him, the transcripts from the investigation had been sealed, and he’d been offered reassignment. Instead, he’d taken a position with an anti-terrorist investigative organization. His unit got attacked; his fellow operatives had died. Carter, who’d been working with Cy-Ops all along, had swooped in and saved his ass.
“I’m not saying I’ll do it, but, hypothetically, if I had a computer meltdown and agreed, what would be my cover story? I couldn’t tag along as her bodyguard because that would unsettle the Xenians.”
Carter poured another shot of Cerinian brandy and downed it. He met Brock’s gaze dead-on. “You’d accompany Ambassador Aaron as her husband.”
“Oh, hell no!”


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Multi-published, Cara Bristol is the author of more than 20 erotic romance titles. She writes science fiction romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and spanking romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

REVIEW: First of Spring by Kelsey Jordan

Summary:

Forged from a childhood filled with bloodshed and death, Trent had been raised with a blade in his hands. He lives the life of a warrior and carves through his enemies as if seeking redemption for his mother’s ultimate sacrifice. As the acting Mikko of the Order of Rockys, Trent leads the most dominant Lycans in the world. For that reason alone, he has no use or understanding for those who wallow in their vulnerabilities, rather than exercise their power over their own destiny.

Aryana doesn’t dream of everlasting love. Her life is ruled by a song that echoes from the halls of Oblivia, a fate that came to her under the thundering hooves of the Mares of Night. She is going to die, but with no clue as to when or why, Aryana is forced to do everything she can to negate the haunting words of fate,

“Weakness dies and you are weak.”

But the gods are merciless in their meddling in the lives of powerful mortals and the ones they love. How far will Trent have to fall for the weak female who steps in his life and claims his soul?

Title:  First of Spring
Series:  Gardinian World
Book #: 3
Author:  Kelsey Jordan
Approximate Book Length:  310 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This book was my least favorite of the series. There were times it felt like it dragged on a bit and the timeline and perspectives jump around a lot making it harder to follow. There were also some loose ends left wide open that bothered me.

While the gods were previously fun and interesting, and the still had their moments this time, there was too big a focus on them. I suppose you could say their novelty wore off.

I liked the couple eventually, but it took me a while with how difficult they both could be. Their story, while compelling and in the end interesting, was disappointing and sad all around.

Bottom Line:

First of Spring takes this series to a different level. Check it out!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

REVIEW: Heart of a Rocky by Kelsey Jordan

Summary:

The Takeover
Tor Omar James, King of the North African pride, needs one woman if he has any hope of keeping his sanity – Anise, his Soul’s Mate. There’s only one problem: she’s pregnant by Derrick, Tor of the United States pride. Anise is caught between the love that every Lycan covets and the motherly devotion to the son she would sacrifice so much for. Can Omar survive the takeover of the US pride and convince Anise that he is more man than lion?

The Defender
Asim Tyson, the Defender of the Hafiz, is fighting off the insanity of his longing after losing his Soul’s Mate in battle. Unfortunately, his self-centered existence results in the gross neglect of his people when they need him the most. When Harmony appears in his life, he is forced to make a choice. Should he resist the lure of Harmony’s caustic melody or embrace his weakness in order to keep her safe?

Title:  Heart of a Rocky
Series:  Gardinian World
Book #: 2
Author:  Kelsey Jordan
Approximate Book Length:  212 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This book is actually two novellas, so I’ll talk about each of these separately, though my rating is for the overall book. I will say that they can NOT be read as a standalone without feeling pretty lost.

The Takeover: This story was actually sweet, and very emotional. The bad guys are easy to hate and Omar is everything you’d want from a hero. The most surprising thing to me is that there are no love scenes despite the romance. That does not, however, take any of the heat or enjoyment out of the story.

The Defender: This story had some fun moments as well as some super awkward ones. It had a much darker plot than book one or the first novella and the love scenes fell somewhere between hot and uncomfortable. Frankly, I wasn’t fully satisfied with the relationship and just didn’t like Tyson.

Bottom Line:

Heart of a Rocky runs from one end of the spectrum to the other in terms of emotion and spice. Don’t miss this sequel that ties up a couple loose ends from the first book.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain

Sinders and Ash
(The Pennymaker Tales Series)
by Tara Lain

Blurb: 
Housekeeper Mark Sintorella (Sinders) works diligently at a resort hotel while designing clothes anonymously, hoping to get into fashion school. Then his carefully planned life is upended with the arrival of Ashford Armitage, son of the fifth richest man in America—and the most beautiful guy Mark has ever seen. Ash must find a wife or he’ll lose his grandfather’s inheritance, and he settles on Bitsy Fanderel. But secretly Ash is gay, and the guy who cleans the fireplaces sets his heart ablaze.

Further stirring the pot is the little elf of a man, Carstairs Pennymaker, who has Mark wearing his own designs and masquerading as a girl to impress the fashion investors in the hotel. When the clock strikes twelve, two beautiful princesses line up for the wedding—but one isn’t a woman. Will the slipper fit? Only Mr. Pennymaker knows for sure.




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Pennymaker turned and looked at Mark. “What are you working on?”

“Excuse me? I, uh, have to clean some fireplaces this morning. You know they keep the rooms cool just so they can use them? Makes work for me.”

“That’s not what I mean, of course.” Pennymaker turned back to the rack and pushed some jeans aside. “Aha!” His hand shot through the garments to the dress form. He made an opening in the clothes and stepped through to stand beside the red dress. “Perfect. Just beautiful. What a talent.”

“Excuse me?”

Pennymaker beamed at him. “You have exceptional design skills.”

God, it was hard to not be flattered. “Thank you, sir.” But how had Mr. P known to look for the dress? Who’d told him?

Pennymaker walked over to the chair and sat. It creaked. Hopefully the tiny man wouldn’t strain the old wood too much. “I would like to show that dress to some people.”

“Uh, who?”

“Let’s say some potential investors.”

No. He couldn’t get excited. “Really, sir? You’re in the clothing business?”

“I’m in many businesses, my boy.”

Okay, try not to be suspicious. “How did you know I was a clothing designer?”

The little man waved a hand. “That lovely T-shirt, of course.”

“No one told you?”

“Who would tell me?”

Had him there.

Pennymaker stepped back and surveyed the dress. “Now, who is your model?”

What? Mark cocked his head.

“Whom did you set the dress form to?”

“Oh, uh, myself. I, uh, don’t have anyone else. I’m pretty slim, so it works.”

“Perfect. Perfect. When do you have to be at work?”

This conversation was crazy. “In about an hour. This is my morning off. Unless they need me, of course.”

“Good. Put on the dress.”

“What? Why?”

“We’re going for a little walk through the hotel. You’ll be my… niece. Go on, go on.” He made a shooing gesture with his hands.

Mark shook his head. “Sir, I know I fit the dress to me, but that’s because I don’t have anyone else. I’m not a transvestite.”

“Never said you were, dear boy. But these people I want to have see the dress will be much more amenable to taking your designs seriously if they think of the idea themselves rather than me telling them. That’s how we all are, now isn’t it? I want them to see the clothes. We don’t have another model, and we don’t want anyone else in on our secret.”

Secret? “What if someone recognizes me?”

Pennymaker cocked his head. “That’s very unlikely. You do a good job making yourself plain and unmemorable with your cap and glasses.”

Mark felt the blush. Shoot. The man had him dead to rights.

“Besides, people see what they expect, and they certainly don’t expect to see Mark Sintorella in a dress. Now, put it on.”

Mark stepped behind the rack of clothing. He stripped to his boxer briefs and stopped. What the hell was he doing? He could jeopardize his job for this crazyassed little guy with his hairbrained scheme.

The voice came from the other side of the clothes. “Do you have it on?”

“Sir, I don’t mean to be rude, but are you sure about this? I really need the money I get from working here.”

“Tut-tut, my boy. Hurry. I want to make one tour around the lobby and public rooms before you start your shift. Time’s a wastin’.”

Mark pulled the dress over his head and let it fall into place. The skirt was just full enough to swing when he walked, so no one would notice his cock under it. “Uh, I don’t have any boobs.”

“Let me see.”

“See what? What I haven’t got?”

He stepped out. Pennymaker looked at him studiously. “Gorgeous. You don’t have breasts, but then neither do some women to speak of. I’m more concerned about the hairy legs. Go shave, quickly.”

“What? Sir, I don’t think so….”

“This won’t be your only modeling assignment, I suspect, so think of it as a long-term investment. Consider that brilliant young model who used to walk the catwalks in both male and female shows. You’re at least her equal in beauty.”

“But—”


“No buts. This is your future. Now go!”


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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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

REVIEW: The Lycan Hunter by Kelsey Jordan

Summary:

When Alexis James arrives at her first assignment in months, she anticipates the danger and violence rife in her calling as a Lycan Hunter. What she doesn’t expect is a handsome, blue-eyed wolf saving her life and kidnapping her. Surrounded by the enemy, Alexis must not only survive her prisoners but the bonds of a different sort that begin to form against her will.

Mikko Kyran was chosen by the gods to lead his pack, and he has made it his mission to end the eight thousand years of war plaguing his people. The Alpha never suspected that the key to the prophecy ending the Forever War would be held by a smart-mouthed, sexy Hunter determined to kill him.

Can two people from different worlds set aside everything they know about one another long enough to survive retribution from the Hunters, the pack, and the gods? Or will their differences start a war that neither can win?

Title:  The Lycan Hunter
Series:  Gardinian World
Book #: 1
Author:  Kelsey Jordan
Approximate Book Length:  308 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

It’s a whole new world…within our own? This has some good world building, but feels like “high fantasy” rather than “urban fantasy”. Humans are discussed, but never seen or dealt with making it feel like a different world entirely rather than just a secret existence within ours.

There’s a whole new interesting pantheon, though its politics get a little confusing to follow towards the end. There are ceremonies for EVERYTHING due to this pantheon and it gets a little tedious to read about.

The story itself was a little predictable with a final confrontation that was eventful, but so short it was almost anticlimactic. There were also some loose ends here and there that are never really addressed.

The romance was good though. I was expecting something a little harsher or more hardcore and was pleasantly surprised. The characters were all likeable and had some depth. Lykil was one of the funnest.

Bottom Line:

The Lycan Hunter is a surprisingly emotional read full of interesting new gods and ways of life. Don’t miss this start to an intriguing series!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NEW RELEASE: The Girl without a Name by Sandra Block

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!


In what passes for an ordinary day in a psych ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is stumped when a highly unusual case arrives. A young African American girl, found wandering the streets of Buffalo in a catatonic state, is brought in by police. No one has come forward to claim her, and all leads have been exhausted, so Zoe's treatment is the last hope to discover the girl's identity.

When drugs prove ineffective and medical science seems to be failing, Zoe takes matters into her own hands to track down Jane Doe's family and piece together their checkered history. As she unearths their secrets, she finds that monsters hide where they are least expected. And now she must solve the mystery before it is too late. Because someone wants to make sure this young girl never remembers.

The Girl Without a Name is a powerful novel of memory and forgetting, of unexpected friendship and understanding...and of the secrets we protect no matter the consequences.


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About the Author
Sandra Block graduated from college at Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York, for medical training and never left. She is a practicing neurologist and has been published in both medical and poetry journals. The Girl Without a Name is her second novel.


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Friday, September 4, 2015

BOOK PROMO: Chimera by NJ Tanger


The Stephen’s Point colony is dying. Desperate, the colony must restore the ancient colony ship Chimera for a dangerous return journey to Earth.

To sixteen-year-old Theo Puck, the Mandate to crew the Chimera seems like a game—one he isn’t invited to play. A brutal murder changes everything: left with no choice, Theo has to complete the Selection training and make it aboard the Chimera or face terrible consequences.

Selena Samuelson wants to do what she does best—fly. Piloting her father’s ore trawler is the only life she’s known before a horrifying accident strands her aboard the Hydra, the station responsible for rebuilding the Chimera. Forced into the Mandate testing against her will, Selena encounters an unexpected ally, forever changing the way she sees the Chimera and herself.

Forced to make dark choices in order to survive, Theo and Selena’s fates intertwine. But behind the scenes, someone else sets into motion events that could destroy everything they’re fighting to protect.


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~EXCERPT~

Theo had seen Stephen’s scratchings before at the various shrines that dotted the mountain ranges. The Order considered them prophesies, left behind by the original navigator of the Chimera. Many of them looked just like the drawings in Stephen’s journal, the book the Order referred to as The Emergent Intellect. Neither the journal nor the drawings meant much to Theo, but he’d never admitted his doubts to anyone, least of all his mother. She believed in Stephen and his prophesies. Almost everyone did. If genuine, a new discovery of scratchings would make the value of the hacked Selection list seem trivial by comparison.

“Theo? You should come out now. I just wanted you to see—”

“And now I see,” Theo snapped. He twisted his shoulders, inching himself down and forward, scraping with his fingertips. If he could get through the opening and down into the cavern …

A tiny current of air rose from below. Theo gagged. The air smelled bad. Like rot. What was down there?

“What are you doing?” Meghan’s voice was faint; his body filled the hole like a cork, muffling her. “You can’t fit!”

“I can make it,” Theo shouted. “Put your back against my feet so I have something to push on.” A second later, Meghan’s sturdy back pressed into his feet. Theo shoved forward, clenching his teeth as rocks dug into his abdomen and hips. The downward slope that had seemed so manageable before became unbearable, his head pounding from the blood flooding it. The walls tightened around him, closer, squeezing, crushing. Frantic, Theo pushed harder. Reaching with his arms, he felt along the lower portion of the opening, searching for leverage. Below him, the light from his fallen handscreen dimmed and then went black.

The rock was moving in, constricting, pushing the air out of his lungs. Devastating terror threatened to overwhelm him. “Help! You have to get me out!” Theo’s panicked voice echoed into the depths, taunting him.

“Stuck?” Meghan asked, voice coming hollow and tiny. He felt her shift against his feet, the cool air of the upper cavern cold on his ankles where his pants legs had rolled up. Then Meghan’s hands circled his feet and yanked. Theo slid two inches, legs catching against the rough rock, one of his shoulder blades catching.

“Stop, I can’t move!”

Theo’s chest deflated again, breath coming short—his lungs wouldn’t expand. He was suffocating. He would die. His mind filled with images of his homeroom at school, his house, his sister Liddy, his father and mother. Crystalline awareness flooded him, a calm, almost benign understanding. This was how people like him died: in the stupidest way possible, stuck in a tiny hole in a giant mountain, trying to impress a girl.

A pair of hands tightened around his dangling wrists and without a shred of tenderness, jerked him through, down into the cavern below.

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About the Authors

Nathan Beauchamp
Nathan M. Beauchamp writes speculative fiction ranging from hard science fiction to magical realism and horror. His short fiction has appeared in Spark, Pantheon Magazine, the Exigencies Anthology, and numerous other fine magazines and anthologies. He holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western State University and lives in Chicago with his wife and two young boys.

Joshua Russell
Joshua has spent most of his life as a filmmaker. He has worked as the writer, director or producer for several highly-awarded short and feature films including: OMG, NOSTALGIC, DOG JACK, FANCYPANTS, F-LOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE, the upcoming feature ABSOLUTION and documentary 147 PIANOS. He has taught screenwriting for almost a decade at Columbia College and DePaul University. The Universe Eventual book series is his first foray into fiction writing.

Rachael Tanger
Rachael Tanger is from the Midwest and currently resides in Chicago. She was an English major and attended Purdue University. In the last fifteen years she has worked in advertising in varying capacities, most recently as a freelance consultant in SEO and marketing for small businesses as well as non-profits and religious organizations. Her experience in the multi-faceted world of modern marketing covers everything from website and graphic design to search engine optimization and print campaign rollouts. Rachael has lived in several major US cities, as well as London, England. Along with her husband, she has traveled three continents, homeschooled, and blazed new trails. Rachael is dedicated to the crossroads of art and technology and values the flexibility of owning her own creative-focused business.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

REVIEW: Forsaken by SJ Harper

Summary:

Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She protected him. He loved her.
They can trust one another with their lives, but what about their hearts?

Special Agent Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren seeking redemption. Thousands of years ago, she was banished from Mount Olympus by Zeus and cursed by Demeter for failing to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades. Now she’s working for the FBI, seeking salvation while searching for and finding the missing. Her partner, Zack Armstrong, is a werewolf with a grievance of his own.

The former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments is atoning for his past. Ironically, Zack’s just discovered an important piece of his past has been magically wiped from his memory—an affair with Emma. It doesn’t matter she used the spell to save his life, that’s something he’ll never know. With trust eroded and love overshadowed by betrayal the only thing holding them together is the job.

When the son of multi-billionaire Roger Maitlan is kidnapped and his babysitter murdered in cold blood, Emma and Zack travel to New York to work the case. They go undercover, infiltrating a playground of private dungeons where those who are rich and powerful can live out fantasies without consequence. What they find is a conspiracy born of a twisted mind and fueled by greed. The clock is ticking. Will Zack and Emma be able to find the missing boy and their way back to one another?

Title:  Forsaken
Series:  Fallen Siren
Book #: 2.5
Author:  SJ Harper
Approximate Book Length:  135 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

*This book does not stand alone at all. I reveal no actual spoilers, but if you’ve not read the previous book, you’ll get an idea about the ending.*

This series has always kept me enthralled, even when it made me mad or sad. One of the reasons for that is the case the couple works through in each book. The mystery has always been very well done and well-paced, keeping me guessing and glued to the page. This time wasn’t as strong in that department, though it was still exciting and contained a curve ball or two.

However, with how the last book ended, I was mostly interested in Emma and Zack’s relationship. I was not left nearly as sad as I was in book two, though things are still sort of open ended. There were some steamy scenes that I appreciated, but ultimately I’m just rooting for them so hard that every obstacle and misunderstanding just makes me want to cry for them.

Bottom Line:

Forsaken is a quick interlude for Emma and Zack in the series, but it puts a much needed band-aid over the heartbreaking ending of book two. Don’t miss it!

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